Laptop Lifestyle

Life First, Then Business

OK – Let’s talk NOT compromising…

There are a lot of people out there selling a lot of stuff and telling you a lot of things you MUST do:

  • Build your website.
  • Blog.
  • Post on social media.
  • Write emails.
  • Create great graphics.
  • Do video.
  • Do webinars. 
  • Get on calls.
  • Send DMs.
  • Be active in the comments. 
  • and on and on and on! 

There’s a time when we’re new and we just look for SOMEONE to tell us what to do because we simply don’t know. 

The big issue that can come up is that if you follow someone else… you might not like the business you build. 

You might want more freedom. Less things on the calendar. Less people demanding your time. If you don’t think of these things FROM THE START then you might build a successful business but your life might not look the way you want… and if that’s the case it’s going to be a big mess to untangle and recreate what you want. 

I ALWAYS think of my lifestyle first. 

I will NOT do things that compromise my free time and lifestyle. 

To me it goes:

If I were to attend webinars all week, in the evenings, that affects my family life. 

If I were to book coaching calls all week, during the day, that affects my ability to have time-freedom and to jump up to be there for Ella or other family/friends when need-be. 

If I were to be on social media posting and commenting and DM-ing that affects my mental health and anxiety levels. 

The problem for many people, though, is they don’t KNOW they don’t HAVE TO do these things.

They think it’s “the way”. The way you HAVE TO do it or you can’t be successful.

I’m not here to tell you any way is THE WAY. 

There are SO MANY WAYS… you literally have a pick your own adventure life when it comes to building a business online. 

The adventure I pick, as you may know, is to Email for a Living. I have found it fits best for ME… will it fit for you? Maybe, maybe not. But if you want to check out my AWESOME new program then check it out here while registration is open and join me if you think it could be JUST the right thing that does not ever compromise your life vision:

Email for a Living

I have to take my prompts for my girl Ella, too. She knows what she wants, always. There’s no thought in her mind that she can’t total build her own adventure. I LOVE that about her. 

Kids are like that… nobody’s drilled so deep into their psyche to make them think there’s anything they can’t do. The world is wide open for opportunity! 

Bloggers: I Won’t Read Your Ad-Filled Blog Posts

Before we go too far please note that I write this with the highest respect for the work and art that goes into writing. This post is meant to present an opinion from the view of a reader, a blogger and a marketer.

I totally get it that you have to earn a living for your work.

Please allow me to present another, very viable option, from my own experiences and observations.

Let’s get to it: I Can’t Stand Reading Blogs with Ads

There I said it.

I’m reading your great post and scrolling down and noticing myself skipping over the ads without even looking but then scrolling back up to make sure I didn’t skip over something that is part of the content. OR I’m reading and I acknowledge the ad and get confused… is it part of the content? No? Ok… keep reading. OR I see the ad, get annoyed because it’s the tenth one and I’m only partway down the post and I leave, even though I really wanted to read your post.

Recently I’ve been trying hard to quit social media. So instead I have been going to Pinterest to search on various topics of interest to me to read blog posts on those topics – things I want to learn, do, have, etc.

This is where I’m finding almost ALL blogs are filled with ads.

It just makes your post unreadable to me.

I’m a blogger, too.

Now I’m no professional blogger but I did write my first post in 2005. I get how personal they are to you when you put your heart and soul into it.

Did Someone Tell You This is The Only Way?

It’s not.

I can 100% tell you it’s not.

At the beginning of last year (2021) I purchased a blog that was once one of the top blogs in the industry it speaks for. It still gets a decent amount of traffic and has tens of thousands of followers on social media.

When I bought this blog I had a choice – become a pro-blogger (which I had no real idea how to do) OR continue on in my skills as an email marketer.

I choose Email Marketer.

This is the option I’m proposing to you.

You can keep your blog posts CLEAN and CLEAR of ads and drive your traffic to an email list.

You probably have build a list already. I’m just saying you could build it bigger, focus on it AND send them emails – a lot of emails.

The brand I bought was used to not that many emails. They weren’t used to being sold via email, either. I wasn’t worried. I jumped right in, started sending emails with HIGH value and put in offers that were highly relevant, didn’t break up my content and were really just more ways to HELP my audience with the reason they were there – not distract them and interrupt them with ads that were of no relevance to what they were reading my emails for.

I had to say it.

I wish you to know the power of email marketing.

Ang ❤

Re: Relationships

Here are some of the things I think that matter most when building a business that stands the test of time (in no particular order):

  • Relationships
  • Consistency
  • Direction
  • Visibility
  • Service
  • Authenticity
  • Accountability
  • Honesty
  • Results
  • Impact
  • Pride
  • Sales
  • Profit

For me, these combined create a business that is profitable, that I’m proud of and that rewards me financially over and over again.

Today I wanted to talk about relationships with you, the first item.

When I first got online I just wanted to sell soap from my website. I figured I’d just put up a website, sell to strangers on the internet and go about my daily life.

But then I started looking for help and I found these online communities of people in forums who became my friends (long before Facebook).

I had no idea at the time how very important and valuable those friendships would be to my long-term success!

You’ve heard it before that people do business they KNOW, LIKE & TRUST. That’s not just a catchy thing to say, it’s TRUE. And if you’re trying to get people to know, like and trust you at the time you are launching your program then you are making your work multiple times harder than it needs to be and you’re risking it being unauthentic and ineffective.

Let me be really clear on what I mean and how relationships help your business. I’m going to give you the steps to take to make relationship building a business task:

  • Step 1: Connect with people you like and have something in common.
  • Step 2: Build an actual, real, beneficial relationship with them.
  • Step 3: Offer ways to work together when it makes sense.

Let’s break this down a bit more:

Step 1: Connect with people you like

Let me give you examples:

  • I became friends with Charlotte Caunter of HealthShero last year when I joined Juice Plus and ever since I’ve connected with her as I asked her questions to grow my business. I thought she was awesome and she says she thinks I’m awesome so then we met up to go to events and we took our kids to hang out on the beach. She’s my FRIEND. My BFF as Ella calls her lol! And now we know when they’re an opportunity that fits for us both to work together, either of us can reach out.
  • I met Cindy Bidar of on one of the original forums I joined back in 2005 and since then I’ve hired her, we’ve promoted each others products countless times as affiliates and we’ve been accountability partners for YEARS. It’s been amazing to grow our businesses together and that’s what friends who’ve built a relationship do.
  • Tawnya Sutherland of VANetworking and I met many years ago when I was a Virtual Assistant and we’ve partnered together many times. I’ve been a speaker at her training, VA Viruosos, more than anyone else as of the last event and we’ve both promoted each other as affiliates.

That initial connection to building relationships is really as simple as find a human you like and start talking to them. You can see where it goes from there. Don’t push it, let it develop naturally or not. Keep repeating this! You need to build many relationships so that you have opportunities that are mutually beneficial all around.

Step 2: Build an Actual, Real, Beneficial Relationship With Them

Not everyone you meet will become a friend or you’ll be able to build a relationship with but when you find someone who you have mutual appreciation with, foster that. Connect with new people in pure interest of building a relationship. Be interested in them, offer to listen to what they’re doing or what they have to offer!

This benefits you because you now have the information you need to decide if you can work together.

One of the best ways to connect with people is to find out what you have in common. You can often find this out through their website, social media or if you have a mutual friend in common that’s great, too.

People often ask me how to find affiliates. That’s easy – ask the people you have a relationship with! Now many people just getting started having built those relationships and so now the question becomes how to build relationships… and that’s what I’m answering for you in this email.

Don’t forget your customers, either! I’ve become friends with so many of my customers because I care about them as people and their success. I’ve also become friends with people I’ve bought from, as well, by showing them my appreciation for the products I’ve purchased. That started the conversation, often by my sending a testimonial, and we took it from there.

This is important! It works! Just because you’re reading it in an email and not a paid product (it could be) don’t dismiss the value of this information. What I’m giving you right here is a major key to building a long-term, profitable, sustainable business.

By the way if you are thinking that I had 19 years to build relationships and that’s why I’m where I am. Yes, I did have 19 years but in the last year I’ve made dozens of new connections and a few of those have turned into great relationships already that have also already turned into partnerships.

You can have friends and partnerships within 3-6 months. It doesn’t have to take years.

Step 3 – Offer Ways to Work Together When it Makes Sense

Once steps 1 & 2 are in place then you are set up for the results, the partnerships.

This is where you can find affiliates, be invited to events as a speaker, do guest blog posts, get or give referrals, etc.

Your friends are the people who know you best, they’re the ones rooting for you, they’re the people you want to be selling your products, telling others about you and more! It makes the most sense 😉

p.s. As you build your friendships you’ll also want to be super SMART with your time. Everything you do in your business can likely be done faster if you’ve not been tracking the most effective actions. In order to do that I’ve written a quick and precise guide on how to do more in less time. It’s only $15 under Wednesday and you can buy it here: Your Time-Freedom Action Guide

The World Needs Your Help in Multiple Ways!

You know what’s happening right now? 

The world has literally stopped everything else they’re doing and joined the online world. Almost everyone is online.  

More people on social media.
More people looking at starting businesses. 
More people shopping for stuff they need, or don’t need. 
More people looking for entertainment. 
More people looking to be healthy and build immunity. 
More people interested in getting fit solutions.  

More people – ONLINE.  

It takes time to build a business like mine that supports you during a time like this. It took me about five years to get to a monthly recurring income from various sources that has me in a nice position to know I’m OK. It’s really great to have that recurring income coming in. Be it from a membership, recurring affiliate commission or other sources.  

That said – when money is in immediate need and while your business is growing I ALWAYS will recommend to my clients to look to providing some services in the meantime.  

When you provide services you have an immediate source of income

You won’t have to wait for your work to pay off or get screwed if you make mistakes and have to start over with your methods.  If you work for clients you can get paid hourly.  Hell – during a time like this I’m looking at all my options and I’m seriously considering offering a few little offers myself and I haven’t offered services since 2012!   I just think it’s really important to have multiple streams of income both WITHIN the business I am running and also outside of that business. 

Here are some of my current income streams:

  • membership site
  • product sales (group coaching, digital downloads, bundle sales, etc)
  • coaching
  • affiliate marketing

The FIRST profitable income stream I had was services. After many years of trying desperately to find a way to work from home that is what worked for me.  I had been networking with a mom group and when I decided to offer my services I posted a special offer of 10 hours for $50! My thought was if I could get my foot in the door to work with people I’d understand what they needed and how I could help them. It worked! I got eleven clients in 24 hours and never looked back! 

Now – I didn’t stay with services but being a Virtual Assistant has set the foundation for EVERYTHING I do today and I’m so grateful for that experience.  Yesterday I polished up and re-released an ebook I called Overnight VA Success Story. It tells you the full story of what I did to get that many clients that fast.

Here’s a challenge for you: Buy the ebook for $10 and TRY IT! You don’t have to make the same offer I did but make AN OFFER and see if you can’t make that $10 back really, really fast!  Here’s are a few examples of what you might offer:

  • Special rate on Trial Services – 3 hours for $45!  (I loved this method before going deep into working with a client).
  • 10 hours for $100 (still an amazing deal – or do 10 for $200).
  • Project based specials (example – I’ll set up 5 email autoresponders for $75 – then regular price is XXX)

To be clear this is not about discounting to devalue your services! It’s about removing the RISK of hiring you. People who want to hire a service-provider have no idea what they’re getting into. Prove to them you can do the work and you’ll be a joy to work with and you’ve got a long-term happy client! Just make sure they know up front your regular rates and that this is INTRO pricing!  I’ve released Overnight VA Success Story at $10 (vs $27). 

The price will go up to $27 by Friday so grab it now before you forget.  

How to get clients FAST & Five week action plan << buy now! 

Confession Time: I Don’t Like My Business

“You know very well that destinations never matter… it’s what you learn along the way”
(Quote from Once Upon A Time Season 6, Episode 14)

The quote above is VERY fitting for this post.
It was a reminder to me as I was about to do some editing while binge-watching my current favorite show that where I THOUGHT I was going doesn’t matter, it’s what I learn along the way.

That’s actually really what this post is about.

Regardless, it’s a tough one to write for me. It’s tough to admit I don’t LOVE and ADORE every piece of the business I’ve build to over six figures gross income per year. I hit that six figure goal in 2018 and THAT seemed like the “where I was going” but then when I got here it really didn’t seem to matter – nothing changed. My world didn’t suddenly shift to six-figure bliss. It was mostly as it was before, with no real noticeable change.

Here’s my confession in full detail:
There are PARTS of my business that I don’t like.

It’s not everything but the parts are so significant to how I’ve been running my business I felt it’s time for a full out confession.

Before we get too far into that let me tell you why you should care:

  • Businesses evolve and people change. You might be going through something similar without realizing it.
  • I WANT to serve my customers and subscribers and followers in a MUCH better way and I believe that starts here, now.
  • I think it’s so valuable for you to see the problems AND solutions to those problems in a real way. By sharing this with you now I can also show you what I’m doing to FIX IT.

This is where I’m at now:

I’ve been running my membership, Laptop Lifestyle YOUniversity, since 2015.

Since then it’s had three different names and a bunch of different kinds of offerings.

Currently we are running quarterly collaborations, a weekly call, have a Facebook community and a training library.

I built my online business by selling products. First it was a graphics course, then it was a course on WordPress websites. After that I created a bunch of courses I wasn’t all that excited about.

I’ve written a TON of digital products.

I’ve written ebooks, ecourses, reports, worksheets, checklists, presentations and I’ve recorded audios and videos and presented more live trainings than I can count.

Everything I’ve created over the years has always been out of service. It has always been out of a deep desire to help people achieve what I had up to that point. The problem, as I think I see it now, is that I also did it with an urgency to earn money.

The Urgency to Create Income Doesn’t Create Passion

When I think about it I move into most of my business ventures purely out of a desperation to earn money and find the thing that “worked”. I made over $100,000 from my WordPress course and I created that because I was so tired and frustrated with working for clients and I wanted to find another way to make money.

Being an academics type teacher has never been a goal of mine or even something that excited me.
I don’t love making outlines or creating the course content or laying out the program.

I did it because I thought I had to.

AND – I’m feeling pretty done.
I’m feeling pretty tired of teaching in this format.
I’m feeling pretty sick of trying to figure out the outline, the best format, write the salespage and teach the training.

It’s just not exciting me anymore AT ALL.
I’m not feeling the need to teach any more marketing courses.

How Do You Know When It’s Time to Turn the Page?

I was talking to my friend and accountability partner about this today and I said what I just wrote to you to her. I felt emotional as I said it but it also felt very true. I’ve actually been feeling this way since 2017 but I’ve fought it, tried to “get over it”, tried to just fix something I thought might have been broken in my process, my inspiration, my methods.

But the truth is it’s not my passion – course creation. Digital product creation WAS my thing once but now I’ll be happy to take it out of my skillset and move on to something else.

I also said to my friend “I just don’t want to teach anymore and that is unfortunate because I need to make money.”

That was short-sighted of me.

After I spoke out this truth my brain must have gotten to work in the background because ideas started flowing to me.

I thought if I said what I felt then I’d have to QUIT running my membership, DISAPPOINT my members and be left without an income!

That was not something I would willingly do so I think I’ve been avoiding facing this.

But now here I stand – facing it.

And what a time to face it. We’re in isolation right now, like much of the world. The world has in many ways come to a standstill and in this moment of pause it became really clear to me what I didn’t want.

I share it with you because as I write and create messages to you I want you to know where I’m coming from and what I stand for. It’s always been important to me that the person I buy from is committed to what they’re doing and to serving their customers needs in the BEST way they can.

You can ONLY serve in your best way from your zone of genius and I fully intend to open myself up to getting and staying in THAT zone, rather than the one I felt I had built myself into.

Surrendering the How & Committing to the What

  • I want to blog. I want to do what I’m doing right here, right now.
  • I want to do affiliate marketing. I want to share other people’s stuff because I am so good at telling people about stuff I love!
  • I want to build up my community. I want to support my members, share what I know in a way that fits me and bring in other people who know more than me to teach my members.

So I’m creating new plans.

They look something like this:

Laptop Lifestyle YOUniversity – This is my main gig, my main business. I have members who’ve been with this membership since the very beginning and I love seeing them grow and thrive. I intend to dig much further into the theme of collaboration I’ve built into the membership and I’m looking into ways to get others to teach my members in a way it’s a win-win-win!

What I love about bringing teachers into LL YOU is that it really opens up the doors to teaching so many other topics that I’m just not experienced enough or have enough results in to teach. It will allow me to support members in the way I do best (community leader) and let others contribute to the membership in a way they’re great at. I can’t way to flesh this out some more and bring it to life!

MEconomy – Yes this is a course and yes I just hinted that I would rather stick a pickle in my eye than create another course. It’s actually a different kind of course though because it’s really a group coaching program. I am guiding students in live training and sessions and that I LOVE because I get to see and hear the lightbulb moments live and that lights me up. This course I am running now and for the next nine weeks and it’s not too late to jump into ANY week – now or in a few weeks.

Chasing Vegan – THIS is a new passion for me. I am coming up soon on one year of being a vegan and as I said above, I want to blog. I want to connect with people in this manner and I have had this dream of blogging since 2015. I LOVE words. I love sharing my feelings, emotions and thoughts with others and the content of an email to my list or a social media post is simply NOT ENOUGH for me. I want more ways to say what I feel and think and share what I know. Since Laptop Lifestyle YOUniversity is my main gig, Chasing Vegan is my side hustle and you will be hearing a lot more about that in the near future!

I’ll admit I’ve been down about the LL YOU membership for some time now and it’s shown in the membership sign up rates. I thought I might just need to let it go and transition to something else but I’m not feeling that way anymore!

I feel that I can run Chasing Vegan AND Laptop Lifestyle YOUniversity and create a diversity in my income, which is so important right now for everyone in the world earning money.

Where You End Up Won’t Be Where You Thought

As the initial quote of this post says it doesn’t matter what the you think your business goals are right now because you’re going to learn so much along the way. That will change you. It will shift and grow and move and pivot your business to a place you would never have imagined.

Having worked with business owners for over 15 years now I’ve seen so many people agonize over getting that initial goal “right”.

I see people needing to get all their ducks in a row, as they say.

But what if it didn’t matter.

What if you picked a spot and headed for it because what you learn along the way will be so much more important than that thing you picked.

That’s the surrender I’m talking about now.

I’m throwing out the monetary goal.
I’m throwing out the ideas of what I can buy at a certain level of success.
I’m throwing out the perception that what I create has to be or look a certain way.

And, instead, I’m going with my intuition. I’m trying the guidance of my gut and I’m going to share what I know to be real and true and valuable with my community.

Covid19 – Beat Work at Home Isolation & Loneliness

Suddenly so many people are working from home because of Covid-19. Even with your own family it can feel very isolating, weird and new. I get it, I’m new at having my fam all home but the being home part is mostly just another day because I’ve worked from home since 2007.

I have previous isolation experience and I’ve got good experience with handling it.

It’s been a crazy time right now.

I’ve been thinking about how I can help.
I’ve been thinking about what’s most important for me to do right now.
I’ve been thinking about my family and their health (of course).

While we ARE isolated, we do not have to be ALONE!

Even if you are a single person isolating alone you have so many ways to beat the isolation blues.

I wrote a post a few years ago about how to beat isolation and loneliness while working from home and MOST of my tips were about going to events, meeting friends for coffee, going to coworking, working from the library, etc. Obviously not so relevant when you literally should not be leaving your house at all.

But I DO also have don’t leave the house experience, too:

  1. In 2007 I got myself into a rut that lead to burnout where I worked all day long, constantly, taking no breaks and neglecting my self care. I was isolating in desperation to earn money and it was bad, bad, bad (for me and for business).
  2. In 2013 I broke both bones in my ankle and had to spend about three months literally on the couch, getting up only for washing and bathroom breaks and eventually to get myself some food when I could move. It taught me a LOT about being still and being happy with JUST being YOU.
  3. In 2014 I had a beautiful baby girl and for the next three years I spent about 95% of my time and attention on her as she was high-demand and I was barely sleeping. The lack of sleep made me really feel like I couldn’t function resulting in a hot-mess-mom who did NOT want to leave the house.

So, yea, you’re looking at an experienced isolator right here lol!

When you can’t leave home, here are my best tips to keep you SANE, PRODUCTIVE and HAPPY EVEN:

Gratitide is magic pixie dust:

YEP, you know this!

I couldn’t help but notice when I broke my ankle home my people RAN to me to help.

Literally my husband rushed out the house when I called him from the sidewalk, got me a blanket to keep me warm and never left my side as we waited for the ambulance. My parents rallied to get my son at school. My son, when home, cooked me food, got me things and cleaned his room then took pics so I could see. I was on the couch, my leg in pieces (literally as they sent me home before surgery) and I felt so much LOVE that it was all OK. Weird, but true.

Maybe you don’t have this situation but there’s ALWAYS something good. Always something to be grateful for.

Look for that.

With Covid-19 there are so many things to be grateful for:

  • The world is letting the earth have a break with less vehicles from land and air spewing out emissions.
  • Most of us have the comfort to isolate with technology and have access to people and conversations at the click of a mouse. Not truly isolated at all socially.
  • We are seeing the responses of people who are HELPERS. People who are stepping up to find out what and how they can help.
  • The front line people. The people who didn’t ask to be hero’s but now are. If you do have to go out for groceries or any essential I bed it would brighten their day, and yours, to offer a heartfelt thank you to someone who serves you.

If you love pretty gratitude I have a wonderful friend and client Ruth Bowers who has so many awesome things you can print here. Oh and my friend Lynette Chandler has great stuff HERE.

Self-Care is Essential

Remember hot-mess-mom I told you about up above?

She was someone I lived with for FAR longer than I wanted to and I wish I’d done something about her sooner.

She made me stressed (about me).
She probably made me a bit depressed (about me).

You don’t want to get there – don’t go there!

A little self-care goes a long way!

I’m talking about:

  • regular showers
  • put your makeup on
  • do your hair
  • hydrate
  • get outside for walks (while social distancing of course)
  • stretch
Credit: SmartAssy Mamaツ

I’d like to single out the get dressed part because to me it was a really important one. Sure it’s a great novelty right now to wear your “daytime pjs” and your “nighttime pjs” but living and working in your pjs while letting the showers and the hair and the eating slip is a very slippery slope. Keep down this path and one day you might look in the mirror and wonder “WTF happened?!” … Ask me how I know! ?

creativity is theraputic

I bought three canvas boards for painting and we had a family painting session (hubby was at work at the time). I asked my teen son if he wanted to participate and he said YES, which surprised me.

I created this “art”. I’m no artist but I just wanted to paint my feelings. The middle is the threat we have to face right now and the darkness surrounding it. The circles and lines are the people joining together and the outside is the peace, calm and harmony once we beat this thing – and we will.

This was therapeutic!

You don’t have to paint, of course.

There are so many other ways to be creative!

Those are just the tip of the iceberg! Soooo many things you could create!

Here are more ideas:

Community is needed now more than ever

I run a paid online community, the Laptop Lifestyle YOU.

We meet every week and these last few weeks have been sooo important to me and, I think, to members. They know they have a place where they are welcome and where they belong. They know it’s SAFE. They know people are there to connect with them.

We NEED this kind of community right now.

Thankfully in this time in our history you can even find that on Facebook.

I’m so heartened to see people REALLY listening, really responding, really communicating on what was previously, to me, a noisy blasting of opinions and arguments. I don’t know if it’s just my gratefulness and positive attitude but what I’m seeing on Facebook right now is just an amazing pulling together. The fights and silliness over who’s right or wrong seems to have fallen away (for me at least) and I see the good.

I see the funny memes (love them).
I see the people asking how they can help.
I see the gratitude for front line workers.

Facebook is a free community.
I have a paid community.
Your family is a community.

Get your people on Zoom. It’s EASY to use and you can have a bunch of people in a room on video for a chat and fun. It’s great to reconnect that way!

My daughter has been using Facebook video calls to talk to her BFF from school. They’re six and my daughter takes my phone, goes off and chats for an hour – mom break!

And speaking of the moms – please don’t overpressure yourself to get this all perfect! It’s a stressful time. I’ll be honest and tell you I felt a twinge of guilt when I saw the moms posting about how they started homeschooling yesterday.

I haven’t even LOOKED at what I might need to do to make that happen. I’m running a business and a household and trying to keep my shit together and not stress out so, yea, I’m giving myself some grace about not getting my daughter a grade-A education for a few weeks. I know she’ll be OK and we’ll figure it out as we go!

Do you have anything to add to this?

These are the best things I could come up with based on what I learned in isolation myself but I’m sure there are more tips and tips for people in different life circumstances. What’s worked for you? What is helping right now during Covid-19 social distancing, isolation or lockdown? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

If there’s anything I can do for you, anything I can answer PLEASE reach out. I ALWAYS love to answer emails, help by offering guidance and support you but now so more than ever I want you to know to just let me know.

Peace, Love & Laptops!
Angela Wills ✌❤?

10 Steps to Take to Create Your Online Business

Here are the things you need to do to turn what you know into a business:

1. Clearly define who you want to serve. You have to move people into action with your content and offers and you can’t do that if you are speaking generally. Your message will be clear and motivating IF you know who you’re talking to. 

2. Determine how you will make money. It’s important to understand the different ways you can make money online and then make a clear decision on how you will do that. 

3. Determine what you will sell.  The more products you offer, the more chances you will have at figuring out what your market will really respond to. Regularly review your product offers and do the math to make a reasonable guess as to how many you can sell and how much money you will make that month (based on the resources you have). 

4. Create your customer path and build your community. Without a community you won’t have anyone to sell to. This is your email list, your social media and anyone who you can connect with and offer value to. Before you get your community going, create a path for them to become a customer for you, so they know where to go once they join your community. 

5. Gather and setup the technology. Stop looking to model other people with their tech! Use just what you need to get results NOW. Too many people underestimate that it takes time to learn new software programs – don’t put the pressure on yourself to learn 10 new things at once. I usually take about six to nine months to learn to use a new program and then I stick with the ones I know! 

6. Create your products. eBooks, eCourses, Group Coaching, Video Training, Workbooks, Printables, anything! The format of a product doesn’t matter nearly as much as how it SERVES your people. Do that. Focus on that – the service. 

7. Prepare your mind. It’s not easy being an entrepreneur. Prepare your mindset for success with books, motivating mentors, etc. 

8. Create sales content that makes sense. Learn how to write compelling content. You have to SPEAK to your audience, let them know who you are and what you stand for. It needs to make SENSE to them and have high value before they’re going to part with money to work with you. Believe in your offers and learn some good copywriting techniques. 

9. Step into leadership. People will be looking to you and as the owner of your own business it’s time to stop needing someone to tell you the answers and know they are within you. You can do anything if you believe you can. 

10. Get the word out. You must be marketing your business consistently if you want a consistent flow of sales. Find methods that are the easiest for you and if they can be automated, awesome! 

This is how I built my business. 
This is how I helped others business their business when I was a VA.
This is how I now TEACH people to build their businesses. 

If you’re ready for this and you’re looking for intensive help to get this done, a guide who’s there by your side day after day then this is what my program MEconomy (ME Economy) is about. 

We go through each of these topics week by week for the next seven weeks (first three ready for you now).
I live-train on Tuesdays from 1-3pm ET and that also includes a lively Q&A session with lots of questions and help. All sessions are recorded and posted into the customer area.

PLUS we have a Facebook group and you also get FREE RETAKES of this course whenever I run it live again. 
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If you have any questions on this program at all just shoot me a reply to this email ( 
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How to Live the Laptop Lifestyle (Checklist)

We’re on Christmas school break over here but I’m trying to get some emails out and written in the mornings. I love having my girly and my almost adult-son home but I am also missing my routine time!

Below is a photo of my daughter Ella and I testing out my new green screen and lighting LOL. She is determined to be a YouTube star and was trying to get me to film her an upload right away. 

I hope you’re enjoying your holiday time if you have it right now. 

Do you REALLY want a laptop lifestyle?
Do you want to do whatever the F you want, whenever you want, with whoever you want, working on whatever you want, working from where ever you want? 
I mean do you want it so much you won’t let ANYTHING stop you from getting it. 
I mean do you want it so much that you’re willing invest SMART to learn how.
I mean do you want it so much that you’re OK with failing over and over again.
I mean do you want it so much you’re going to be PATIENT while it is generated.

Nobody can hand you freedom of lifestyle, it gets earned. 

You will probably have to have some screw ups and major fails before you get the resolve to stop screwing around with stuff that doesn’t make you money because you “don’t like to sell” and start doing the things that actually create profits! 

When you’re ready and you really want a laptop lifestyle, here’s a checklist I created based on my experience:

Here’s your Laptop Lifestyle Checklist:

  • In VIVID detail, decide what your laptop lifestyle looks like
  • Always Remember Priorities (ie. Family, Freedom, Income). 
  • Establish an income plan that supports the lifestyle you WANT. 
  • Create a community who loves you & listens to you. 
  • Generate an income that provides you with financial freedom.
  • Take as many daily actions as possible to create profit. 
  • Remove anything that doesn’t give you lifestyle freedom. 
  • Become a money master. Don’t ignore your money.
  • Create & maximize recurring & passive income.
  • Automate & Outsource to create all the leverage possible.

Let’s talk about this list.
For one, never take anything I give you (or anyone else gives you) and work on it blindly. Look at this list and really customize it for you, always. 

Nobody knows you, your business, your vision, your skills and your market like YOU. 

Too many people hand over the responsibilities of their success over to others, and then cry when it doesn’t work. Don’t do that! Take FULL responsibility (and credit) for you own successes! Others can absolutely influence you, offer advice, guide you and more but you have to steer this ship of yours, only you can do that. 
Once you’re claimed that leadership role in your own business then you’re going to need to really keep focus on what you want your LIFE to look like. 
That’s the “lifestyle” part and it’s really important. Business can overrun your life if you’re not careful so you have to design what you want your life to look like.

Then you need to establish an income plan that supports your laptop lifestyle.

For example – when I quit my job in 2007 to become a Virtual Assistant I did this WRONG. I picked an income plan and a business model that did NOT allow me the lifestyle I wanted.

I was so focused on gaining so many clients that I didn’t realize how much time they would suck from my life and how LITTLE I would make because of the rate I was charging. It was soooo demotivating and NOT what I had wanted to create. At the time I didn’t even realize how much power I had over my own life, I just knew I had created something I really didn’t want. 

So I made a NEW plan. At the time I saw a lot of my clients and potential clients struggling with WordPress. So I created a WordPress group coaching program. I helped people get their websites created and started earning so much more per hour than I was as a VA and eventually transitioned right out of services!

You’ll notice on the checklist is daily actions to create profit. I call these daily money tasks.

You HAVE TO do your money tasks.
You can’t just hope money falls into your lap. 

Ask for the sale. Put out the offers. Be proud of how you serve.

And do that EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. As many times per day as you can possibly do. That is your priority! 

You’ll also see that you need to build your community. You won’t have anyone to make those offers to if you don’t have people willing to listen to your message. My favorite way to get my message heard is through email marketing. 

Social media is not a business asset. An email list is an asset. 

That means your social can be taken from you at any time, it’s not yours.
Your email list can not be taken from you.

I do both email and social, yes, but I focus mainly on the emails because I like the security in knowing I can’t lose what I’ve built. 

Also on the list: Becoming a Money Master
I haven’t mentioned lately that I’ve been in debt to the tune of over $30k more times than I can count. Seriously. I lost count. I think it’s five times but it could have been four times. 
Most of that time I’ve actually been making enough money and overspending it. It’s because I wasn’t mastering or respecting my money. 
So I created the Money Master Challenge once I decided to be DONE with the stress of never having enough money. This challenge is free for members of the Laptop Lifestyle YOUniversity. 

Don’t ignore your money. It’s an important step for emotional freedom and healthy mental health.

Maximizing Your Business with Passive and Recurring Income and Automation

It wasn’t long into launching my WordPress course that I created in 2010 that I realized that I didn’t like the up and down roller coaster of launching products. 

I decided to start a membership site. I believe I started my first one in 2011. 

I was also getting heavily into affiliate marketing and I’d recommend hosting, themes and plugins as part of my course, which was a success method of getting immediate AND passive income. 

This checklist I’ve given you is a pretty accurate description of how I have been living the Laptop Lifestyle since 2007 and how I’ve refined it to look exactly how I want it to be since then!

I didn’t start out with all this freedom… it was definitely a process and it took TIME. 

That’s why I’m not a fan of sharing anything with you that promises fast riches. I want you to have a really real view of how much patience, grit and determination you need to make it happen for YOU. 

The Laptop Lifestyle YOU was created for just that reason. 

When you are feeling like it’s taking too long and you need to dig deep to keep the ideas and inspiration rolling, the YOU is there for YOU. 

When you’re ready for the next step but aren’t QUITE sure what it is, the YOU is ther for YOU. 

When you want to talk with others who get it, either on a regular meeting or in our forums, the YOU is here for YOU. 

When you’re building your community and would love to partner with someone to do that with, the YOU is here for YOU. 

At $297 for an entire YEAR you won’t find many things out there that top the kind of support, help, advice and actual helping you do it out there. Not to mention you won’t find many people charging what I charge with the experience I have in this business that dates back to 2002.

I KNOW how to make money online, I’ve been doing it for over 17 YEARS now, since long before people even believed it was possible. I love to share in what I know! 

You have until Dec. 31st and then I’m pulling the annual option right off the salespage for a while, maybe forever. 

I would absolutely LOVE to welcome you to the Laptop Lifestyle YOU!