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The Paradise Pack Journal 003: SEO, Freelance & More Journals.
This week has been a fun week. What I’m starting to feel now is the beginnings of that momentum. You know that feeling when you’ve been peddling uphill for a long time, it plateaus out and becomes a lot easier and then you feel the tipping point. As the flat ground starts to change to downhill you feel the momentum starting to build, that’s where I feel I’m at right now.
I’m finding that whereas before I might have had to force myself to spend time thinking about my business, now I’m working on my blog without having to force myself. This is also allowing me to have more free time to work on other future projects. I’m focusing on my blog more than ever, I’m discussing with friends both at work and in my personal life about location independence. I’ve been chatting to my sister about blogging and she’s this week decided to set up her own blog; her passion is all about health and will be launching in the near future!
I also got talking to one of my best friends about passion projects this last week, he is a very gifted manager in the engineering profession and was talking with me for hours about leadership and what he feels good leadership is. I just got off the phone with him a few hours ago and he’s now in the process of setting up his own blog to talk about his passions towards leadership!
It feels like everywhere I go the positivity I focus on is being reciprocated all around and the feeling I have is like nothing I’ve ever had before. The more help I give to people the more I want to reach out even further and give back even more. This leads me neatly onto this week and my progress through The Paradise Pack.
What I’ve been up to this week in The Paradise Pack
Last week we talked about the journal and Sean’s course, check it out here.
Progress this week has been great for the growth and future of Let’s Get Jobless. This week from The Paradise Pack I’ve gained a lot of insight into what I want Let’s Get Jobless to become and what I want to grow my business into. I’ve been continuing to work through Sean Ogle’s course ‘The Complete Beginners Guide to Starting a Lifestyle Business’ and I will share with you what insight I’ve gained and how it will be affecting what I want to focus on going forward.
This week I’ve spent a lot of my free time not just working on my blog but thinking about my future location independence and how I can grow my business. I listened to a fantastic podcast from The Smart Passive Income Podcast (SPI 263: Laddering Up: How to Build a 7-Figure Business by Building a $7K per Month Business), and although the podcast was about how to build a 7-figure business he also talked about the most important thing to do in the first steps of growing any new business.
You need to identify your audience, and then grow & nurture it.
The podcast featured well-renowned business entrepreneur Clay Collins, Co-Founder of Lead Pages. He talked in depth about the importance of understanding your audience and really nurturing it, and how it is much easier to grow an audience of email subscribers than it is to sell people your product. An interesting thought but Clay put up a challenge to match. He remarked:
If you cannot grow an audience of 2000 email followers within a reasonable amount of time (3-4 months) then how would you ever sell anybody a product?
Listening to that, I thought… WOW! 2000 email followers in 3 months? That’s so many! How on earth could I ever achieve that?
Well, when I thought about it I realized that it doesn’t sound like such an outlandish proposition after all. All I need to do is find the people out there who want to hear about what I’m writing about. Surely there are hundreds of thousands of people who want to become location independent. All I have to do is connect them to my page.
So since I’d managed to complete one of my freedom buds in my Sweet Ass journal (1 of 3 goals I’ve set myself to complete in my 100-day journal) I decided I would set myself a new freedom bud. To grow my audience to 2000 email subscribers within 3 months.
What else have I been up to this week? SEO
This week I had the very good fortune of spending a full working day with one of my good friends Kevin Redfern, owner of digital marketing agency Your Digital Marketer. It was a great opportunity for me to learn a few more practical skills within SEO and Kevin helped me to identify areas in which my site was falling a little short with my on-site optimization.
I also made a pretty awesome purchase this week in the form of a bullet journal! I’m going to cover this journal in a little more detail in a later blog post but I’ve decided to wait until I’ve been using it for a little while first so I can help you guys get a flavour for how often I’m using it and the practical benefits it may or may not have on my blogging.
Some of you may be pleased to know I’m back on the horse with completing my daily Sweet Ass Journal, and this week I’ve made some really great progress in focusing on my wins and what makes me happy and I’ve been getting a little more creative with the gift giving ideas, trying to go and above and beyond especially in my new house. As I’m brand new into a house with 6 strangers, tensions could always run a little high, so I’m doing my very best to try to build good relationships and bonds with the people I now live with! (Good news though, they all seem absolutely lovely and I’m already feeling like a part of the Fountain Road family!)
Some of my wins for the last week:
- I told my boss about wanting to leave the business in the next 2-3 months and potentially go traveling and he was very receptive. He listened to me, understood my reasoning and reassured me that all he wanted was what was best for me. This was a huge boost for me, the guy has supported me massively over the last year in work and has pushed me forwards within the company and I was worried about letting him down. To know that he now isn’t going to be let down with me leaving is a weight off my shoulders.
- I bought a bullet journal & have started journalling daily alongside my Sweet Ass Journal. This has been great as it’s allowed me to put my separate to-do lists that I would write altogether in one simple journal. This will also be very practical for when I’m traveling so I don’t need mountains of paper to carry around with me.
- I’ve spoken to a new family member or friend every day, this was one of my freedom goals that I set myself when I first started the Sweet Ass Journal, and this has been the first week in which I’ve completed it every day, so I hope to keep doing this throughout next week as well.
- Learned more about SEO & built greater bonds with a friend / future potential business partner. This was brilliant this week as I got to spend some real quality time building relationships with somebody who I’m hopefully going to be working with in the future when I’m location independent. I’m very grateful as well to the time he allocated to helping me with the site and I’m looking forward to helping him in the future with the sales side of his business.
- We got our deposit back for our old house, what a win! This was something that I knew we were going to struggle with but after a classic good cop, bad cop routine between me and Oly, my housemate, we managed to agree with the landlord to get 90% of our deposits back when we had all counted on getting none of it back at all. Very happy with this one! Sangria all round!
- I’m settling into my new house & building great bonds with my new housemates. Apart from a small drunken misunderstanding, I think as a whole I’ve connected really well with the new house, some of them it feels like I’ve known for years already, which is a real result after being in the house less than a week. What I’m really looking forward to is getting to know the rest of the house closely over the next few weeks. Meeting new people and growing friendships is one of the things that I prioritize as highest in my life that helps me be truly happy, so I’m going to work on this!
Progress through Sean’s Course – Starting a Lifestyle Business
Last week I talked about how I was going to try and make my way through the rest of Sean’s course, the thought seemed easy. It’s only 12 chapters and I was into chapter 3 already. After investing a decent amount of hours into this last week I can wholeheartedly say I’m only up to chapter 5! The good news, however, is that it’s more due to the quality of the content than on me being a slow reader.
This week within the course I’ve managed to cover off a few great points:
- I’ve drawn out a detailed and vivid vision about ‘what I want from life’ and I’ll include a picture of my rather messy mind map to show you guys visually what my vision looks like. I’ve included points on work & business, relationships, happiness, experiences, physical items, health & fitness & community. By writing down exactly what I think that I want I’m able to try and work towards those goals in my lifestyle business.
- I also talked about what my perfect day looks like. Both the ultimate ‘I MADE IT’ day which is a rather crazy view of what my dream life might be like, and also the more realistic ‘perfect normal day’. I’ll write these out below and share them with you guys, please let me know down in the comments what you think your perfect day includes.
- I also answered 10 questions to see if a lifestyle business was right for me. This was a really great exercise within Sean’s course as it helped me assess what stage I was at right now, and it has helped me figure out what I need to focus on in the next 2-3 months before I go traveling. Some of these questions really made me think and included: What does my perfect day look like? What type of work do I love doing? What style of lifestyle business am I trying to pursue?
One of my absolute favourite questions that he asks: 'If you had to choose one, what's more important: Money or freedom?'
- One of the last parts of Sean’s course that I got into touched on the #1 easiest way to start a lifestyle business, and he explained that for him, the best way was freelance writing. This is something that I’m going to spend a bit of time on this week understanding a little better. One of Sean’s top tips is to not focus on the ‘sexy’ business ideas first and to instead knuckle down on some freelance work that is going to hone your skills and ultimately bring in money. I for one have fallen into the trap of being allured by the idea of affiliate marketing, blog writing for an income and E-book selling but he is right. All of these businesses can be very lucrative and fun to work towards, but all of them require a lot of work upfront and often don’t have great financial rewards until much further down the line.
For you guys who are interested, he is my mind-map I drew of ‘What do I want from life?’
My perfect Day!
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Summed up, not a bad week!
Overall I’ve been really happy with the progress I’ve made this week and one thing I’ve felt like is that this whole process is getting a lot easier. By using my Sweet Ass Journal everyday things that before seemed a chore is becoming easier, I’m getting ahead on my content for my blog due to posting twice a week some weeks and I’m feeling more focused and prepared for the upcoming months on how I’m going to grow my business.
What I need to work on for next week
- Focus on freelance as suggested in Sean’s course this week and come up with a strategy for how to start earning money freelancing ready for when I quit my job.
- Implement some of the new SEO techniques I learned this week from Kevin at Your Digital Marketer. It’ll be great to see what difference this has to my organic traffic in the future months.
- Continue to use Heath’s Journal but also start using my new bullet journal to keep on top of all my tasks and to help me be more focused.
Let me know in the comments how your week has gone, and let me know if you have any questions reference anything discussed in today’s blog post, I wanna hear from you guys! Also if you get a chance feel free to share this post on any social media or reference it in your own blog posts! If you do be sure to let me know.
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Paradise Pack Journal 004: Launching a New Site & Travel Planning click here!
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