Never give up your dreams, no matter how far audacious and untenable they seem…
I took the photo on the right today, almost 2 years exactly since I took the one on the left.
When I took the photo in 2019, I’d just come out of an investment meeting whilst visiting Sotogrande for a few days from Jersey.
With crystal clarity, as I took the picture I remember thinking to myself, I want this to be where I live and work. I want this vision to be on my doorstep.
I don’t know how it was going to happen, but it was…
Jules and I flew home 3 days later and I made the photo centre of my vision board.
At the time, the world was relatively normal; Jules was in her full time job, I was working with my clients in Jersey, and we had the obligatory 4 weeks holiday a year.
Just ordinary stuff…
But I had a fire in me. Every time I looked at that photo on our vision boards, I wanted to be back there more than ever.
Less than a year later the world changed for ever....
How long have you spent trying to get your online business idea perfect?
A tweak here, a tweak there, I’ll just watch another video on this or that before I launch…
I get it, because I’ve been there!
Days run into weeks, into months, into years, and still you’re no further forward because ‘it’s just not quite right yet’…
My first business was launched through necessity. I’d just told my boss to shove the sun where it don’t shine, so I needed an income.
I didn’t have the luxury of getting things ‘right’ - I had to start my business in order to survive.
And you know what? It wasn’t perfect, but it got off the ground.
I tweaked it as I went and made it better along the way . . . and it has served me a 6-figure salary year after year.
Once I learned that perfectionism kills progress, there was no stopping me.
I launched businesses in the UK, Australia, the US and now in Spain.
Tomatoes; as I type this whilst sitting in the car, Jules is in Lidl shopping for tomatoes…
Yup, we’re living the dream as entrepreneurs!
The thing with that is, life goes on.
Unless you’re a gazzillionaire and have people to do your shopping and general lifey things, then stuff has to get done.
My challenge used to be how to fill those small gaps in your day when in-between bigger tasks.
Don’t get me wrong, I often help with the shopping (no, really, I do…), but again when you work in a partnership you have to know how to best make use of your time and play to your strengths.
So Jules and I agree that if we go to the shops together, I’ll work in the car whilst she gets some trolley action in.
And to make my time effective, I use the Pomodoro technique…
This is where you set yourself 25 minutes to get some deep work done.
All distractions turned off; phones, radio, alerts, and then seriously get your teeth into one task. A bit...
Think about this; in order for someone to learn from you (and more importantly, pay you for it), sometimes all you need is experience…
The only formal qualifications I have are as a pilot, but I don’t teach people to fly.
What I do have is over 20 years of hard earned, in the trenches business experience, and that’s what people pay me for.
I help them create a transformation in their life without them having put in all those years that I did.
So, I help fast-track people who want to startup an online business. And yet I don’t have a PhD or MBA.
Don’t get me wrong, qualifications are great but they’re nothing without experience.
If you are one step ahead of the person who wants to learn from you, then you have a viable product.
As long as you can deliver your subject in a clear fashion from which they can take action and get results, you have a viable product.
Now, here are those 3 things not to do when starting an online business:
1. Do NOT...
It was Winter Solstice yesterday; the shortest day and the longest night. To be honest, it was hard to comprehend…
Standing on the jetty gazing out over Gibraltar, North Africa and the Atlas Mountains, the stars seemed brighter than ever as the slight westerly breeze brought warmth across the Mediterranean.
The bleak mid-winter it was not.
It’s nearly 10 weeks since we arrived here in Southern Spain and we are still as grateful as we were on the day we arrived.
During that time though, along with the incredible experiences, I’ve also had my challenges in adapting to being self employed and getting my online business up and running.
What I’m coming to realise now is that things just don’t happen overnight. It takes time to build trust with a new audience.
I also have a lot to learn about Facebook’s Algorithms (I think that’s what they’re called), and why, when I create a post, it’s not shown to all and sundry on the platform.
“At least nobody got hurt…”
My thoughts as I drove over, instead of around the roundabout…
Granted the flowers weren’t looking too healthy now, but I’d survived the excursion.
Sometimes what seems like the smallest thing to one person is a huge mission to someone else.
That was me last week when I went ‘solo’ for the first time driving on Spanish roads.
I’d been putting it off for weeks, making up all the lame excuses to not get behind the wheel; It’s a new car. I’ve never driven a Land Rover, nor have I tackled an automatic.
And . . . the steering wheel is on the wrong side! There’s no possible way I can drive this down here.
But in the back of my mind I knew I had to tackle the beast…
I was losing my independence and also relying on Andy to drive us everywhere we needed to go. His enthusiasm for Lidl and Mercadona was starting to wane.
When people are procrastinating, Andy has a...
I won the lottery.
No really, I did…
Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t the EuroMillions or anything like that, but it was a good chunk of change.
When something like that happens, the first thing you think is; can this be real? Can I actually be that lucky?
Well I certainly was that day, and it felt amazing!
Sorry to tell you that we didn’t go out and buy a Lamborghini and a yacht.
Granted there were a few pairs of new shoes in the mix and the odd bottle of expensive champagne, but the rest went to paying off our mortgage.
Maybe, but on reflection, now that I’m building my own business, what I’ve realised is it’s all about playing the long game.
And now that we’re living in Spain, ‘long game’ has a WHOLE new meaning!
Sure I could have gone and blown the lot on the day I cashed in the ticket, but what I did then is now affording me what I do now.
Starting your own business is not a quick fix. It takes time,...