Thursday August 14, 2014
Thinking of packing up your laptop and running your business from wherever you are in the world? After spending 6 months in South America this year as a digital nomad (3 in Ecuador and 3 in Peru), I have figured out a few things that worked, didn’t work and perhaps I could have done better.
Below is a list of 9 things you will want to address before you hit the road and say see you later to your old life (next week, I will have a ‘once you are there’ list on how to run your business digitally).
Thursday July 31, 2014
It’s been a week since I returned from my 6-month #digitalnomad journey to South America. It was my first time in the continent and I spent 3-months in both Ecuador and Peru. Now that I am back, I’ve had some time to deliberate and really reflect on how life is different in those countries versus home (Newfoundland, Canada).
For those of us living in a fully developed country, we have a lot to be grateful for. But there are some advantages to living in a developing country that I think we could learn a few things from. I decided to make a list and share it because I feel that as entrepreneurs (and as people), when we can focus on what is going right for us and our blessings, we are happier, more fulfilled and therefore more productive in our businesses as well as our lives.
As well, it’s always fun to take some ‘best practices’ or good ideas from other places and bring it into our own lives in a way that makes sense for us.
So, here it is: my list of why I’m grateful to live in a developed country and also my list of a few things we can learn from our friends in Peru & Ecuador. I hope you like it! :)
I’m grateful for...
Thursday July 17, 2014
On Tuesday, I did a webinar (which you can still watch until this Sunday, July 20 by clicking here) about how to create a coaching business to fit your ideal lifestyle. It was awesome and the feedback was incredible.
Based on the feedback I received, there were a few things in particular that really stood out for some people in helping them fast track their journey to success. I wanted to take one of those concepts and expand on them in a blog post for you because I believe it is a big one that most coaches (actually most people in general), struggle with. I know for myself this was something that held me back until I learned to ease my way out of it.
Do you ever find yourself in a position where you are wondering any of the following:
- How come I’m not there yet?
- Where’s the money?
- Where are my clients?
- She did it in 2 years and I’m in year 3 and not even close, what’s wrong with me?
If any of these sound vaguely familiar, then I can tell you without a shadow of doubt, this is one of the biggest reasons you are not yet where you want to be...
Thursday July 3, 2014
You came across my mind today, as you do many days (I’m forever grateful for my online community). As you read this I am 5 months into my 6 month South American adventure. There is something that I have realized on this trip and it’s so important that I had to pass it on to you. I hope you take 5 minutes to read this blog - I think you will be happy you did.
So much has happened on this journey and there have been a lot of highs and a few lows. As you probably know last year on August 20, 2013, I lost my father. It was unexpected, fast and a whirlwind of emotion.
I had decided to move to South America before we had any inclination that dad was sick. You see, my business had gotten to the point (and not to mention I was 32 at the time and all of my friends were either home-owners, getting married, having babies and/or a combination of them), where I felt the pressure. It was time to buy a house, a car, invest in this and do that.
And I almost did it. But then I remembered something...
While having those things are great for some people, I didn’t want them.
They weren’t my dreams...
Thursday June 19, 2014
Recently, after launching my new training book, 10 Steps To Stop Struggling & Start Thriving In Your Coaching Business, I have been talking to a lot of self-help coaches who are new to the industry and just getting settled into their businesses.
There have been some interesting dialogue happening but one topic that seems to arise, especially with coaches who have yet to really put themselves out there, is ‘the dark side of marketing’. It seems as though marketing has gotten a bad rap lately and I, being a proud marketer, feel it is time to open up the dialogue on the truth about marketing.
Many coaches seem to think marketing is bad because they feel like they are somehow manipulating people into buying things they don’t need. That marketing is like luring people into a dark cave where they will never, ever be seen again.
Let’s back up the story...