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If you want to build a lifestyle business you can run from anywhere in the world whether that be your kitchen table or a beach in Fiji, you're in the right place! Host Jo Barnes is on a mission to arm action takers like you with the knowledge, tools, strategies & inspiration to do just that! Join Jo & guests to explore the world of living life by your own design.
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“It's really all just one big mind game. Which can be frustrating until we understand how liberating that really is. Within our thoughts, we have the power to achieve anything we're willing to work for, if we only have the discipline to control our thoughts towards the goals we have.”  Nick Peroni In today’s episode, I'm joined by Nick Peroni, the founder of Ecom Empires and the Worldwide Ecom Tour. Nick has spoken in over 20 countries, worked in multiple verticals, and helped thousands find success with eCommerce. Tune in and find out how Nick started Ecom Empires, why he offers his courses for free, how he developed his mastermind sessions, why mind game is Nick’s key to success, and much more! Overview of Episode: · 00:00 - What you can expect from this episode · 03:42 – Who is Nick Peroni? · 06:52 – How Nick started his company, Ecom Empires · 10:21 – Why content is king · 12:30 – Why Nick didn't make a shift from free to paid courses that he has made · 16:56 – What piece of advice Nick has for newbie entrepreneurs · 20:58 – The importance of sharing knowledge and following your passion · 24:09 – Nick’s greatest passion and the biggest lessons he learned on his eCommerce journey · 29:56 – What to do when you are at the beginning with your business and “it’s not happening” · 35:53 – How Nick monetized his website with a free membership · 38:43 – How Nick developed his mastermind sessions · 40:46 – Two important benefits of partnership · 45:21 – Curating other people’s content and time effectiveness · 48:28 – How to generate funds quickly with your business · · 51:35 – All you need to know about Nick’s public speaking and Ecom Empires · 56:11 – Nick’s explanation of an introspective post he wrote on Facebook · 01:01:34 – What’s in the future for Nick · 01:04:04 – Is dropshipping still a thing? Episode Links: · Greg McKeown: “Essentialism” - https://amzn.to/34kUbmH · Ecom Empires Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/ecomempires · Ecom Empires Website - https://ecomempires.co/join · Full Post & Show Notes - · Your Lifestyle Business FB Community - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/fbcommunity  · Your Lifestyle Business Instagram - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/instagram · Your Lifestyle Business Shopify - http://yourlifestylebusiness.com/shopify
How Mom & Daughter are Helping Change the World with Ecommerce “You really need to know where your products are coming from and we think that every purchase should have a purpose.” Christine Sacramone This Monday, I interview Mum and Daughter duo Christine and Madison Sacramone, founders of High 5 Humans, an eCommerce store specializing in Fair Trade & Handmade Fashion Accessories. What is special about this duo is that they work with organizations all around the world who in turn work with women and people in developing countries who make their handmade products. Therefore, Christine and Madison through their enterprise actively help women in third world countries to grow their business and income, thereby transforming their lives, lives of their families, and their villages. In this episode, you will find out how Christine and Madison find their artisanal suppliers, how they manage their stocks, how they advertise their products, and why telling a story is more important than selling a product. Furthermore, you will learn how to start a similar business on a budget! Full post & show notes at - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/world-changing-ecommerce/ Your Lifestyle Business FB Community - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/fbcommunity Your Lifestyle Business Instagram - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/instagram
Are you aware of how powerful & unique you are, just as you are? How many times do we second guess or doubt ourselves. Maybe we stop ourselves from doing things we know would take us closer to our goals because we're worried that maybe we're not as good as we think we could be or we're worried about what others may think or say. Perhaps we believe somewhere deep down we don't have the skills required to make 'it' work, or we're not as good as someone else in our niche so why try to compete? You, beautiful lady. Yep you, I'm talking directly to you, are amazing just as you are and have everything you need within you right now to create the life you truly want to live. It's time to find that voice within you and get out there and OWN IT! Let's go... Full post & show notes at - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/women-find-your-voice/ Your Lifestyle Business FB Community - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/fbcommunity Your Lifestyle Business Instagram - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/instagram
There is nothing worse than feeling tired, sluggish & desperately lacking in energy, particularly if we’re trying to build the business & life of our dreams and even more so when we want to go bounding around the world exploring new places & cultures. It’s easy to simply say eat more fruit & veg, drink more water & do more exercise but as someone who’s been on a long & arduous health journey myself the last few years I’m not sure it’s that simple. That’s why I was so happy to interview travel & fitness guru Nate Palmer creator of n8trainingsystems.com & author of the aptly titled book - Passport to Fitness. I must admit I did use the interview as a bit of a personal coaching session but if you’re looking to shift a few pounds, get fitter, stronger & healthier & have the energy to suck the juice out of every day then you’ll live his tips & advice. Enjoy! 😁 Full post & show notes at - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/passport-to-fitness/ Your Lifestyle Business FB Community - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/fbcommunity Your Lifestyle Business Instagram - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/instagram
I’ve recently increased my own productivity beyond measure. I’m getting more done in a day now than I used to in a week, sometimes even longer. I’m no longer spending my days thinking or planning or getting distracted on social media. I’m just ‘doing’! And the great part is I’m loving it! There is no need to be in a constant state of stress or overwhelm my friend. Life is far too short for all of that. I have made some very specific changes to my life to create this shift and in todays episode I’m excited to share the key steps I have taken to get more done and create so much more enjoyment in my working life! Full post & show notes at - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/12-steps-get-more-done/ Your Lifestyle Business FB Community - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/fbcommunity Your Lifestyle Business Instagram - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/instagram
Recently I have once again been exploring the world of SEO. I say once again because I have periodically dipped my toe over the last 10 years determined to get my head around how it all works, only to give up after a week or so because it’s so bloody complicated / long winded and frankly boring. Clearly I am not a ‘devil is in the detail’ person. It’s a weakness. But as one of my main goals over the next few years is to grow my site I felt it only right to give it a go once again. Here’s the thing though, in my niche, ‘building a lifestyle business’, the keywords I would like to rank for are so ridiculously competitive it seems like a pointless task to even try. My logic is backed up by all the SEO blogs I read who say anything with a keyword difficulty over about 20 is not worth competing with and as most of my keywords are 50+, case closed. In this instance the advice is to use long tail keywords and sure enough - ‘Build a lifestyle business you can be proud of and that will change your life and that you can do while watching TV & picking your nose’, isn’t too competitive! So I can see where they’re going with that. But seriously, how important is it? Should we care enough about SEO to devote some of our precious time towards it? That’s what I’m exploring in todays podcast. Full post & show notes at - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/to-seo-or-not-to-seo/ Your Lifestyle Business FB Community - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/fbcommunity Your Lifestyle Business Instagram - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/instagram
For the last 10 years my small family & I have been traversing the seas chasing the sun around the world! In order to do so we had to make some money along the way and so between us, my hubby & I, we built two very successful, life changing online businesses. Businesses which gave us the freedom to live anywhere, work anywhere, for me to pack up work for a couple of years and also for us to start to build a nest egg and make our money work for us over the long term. Whilst I’d love to tell you we did all of this while sipping cocktails on a beach that is only partially true! I say partially because there have been plenty of times we have been toiling away on our computers while sipping a bottle of chang by a pool or by the beach, such is the nature of working from anywhere! But there have also been many many times I have watched the dawn break over the top of my computer screen as I realize I’ve been at it all night or we’ve holed ourselves away somewhere for days on end to just work our butts off to make things happen. Many frustrations, lots of tears, a bit of burn out at times and more moments than I care to admit when you ask yourself whether just going home and getting a job would be easier. But overall it’s 500% worth it. The lifestyle we live, the freedom we have, the experiences we have been afforded and can continue to expose our daughter too. I wouldn’t give up what we have in a heartbeat and to be honest right now I feel a huge second wind coming and the next few years are pure excitement to me! But before I get carried away, let’s have a look at some of the key lessons I have learned along the way. Lessons I hope will inspire and help you with starting and running your own lifestyle business. Full post & show notes at - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/10years-lifestylebusiness/ Your Lifestyle Business FB Community - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/fbcommunity Your Lifestyle Business Instagram - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/instagram
10 years ago, we sold everything we owned in a 5-day gumtree sale (the UK equivalent of Craigs List), generated a princely sum of £900, jumped on a plane with our 4-year-old under our arm and haven’t looked back since! Since that day we have visited and lived in over 30 different countries and have plans to experience many more, however, it’s not all chocolate and roses, especially with a child. We’ve had our fair few challenges along the way, have learned a lot and have made plenty of mistakes, however, it’s quite possibly been the most interesting, eye-opening and mind-broadening 10 years I’ve ever had - particularly seeing my hubby in a pair of cut off women stockings acting as a pair of knick knack paddy whacks in a massage parlor!. Here’s what I learned... Full post & show notes at - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/10-years-traveling-the-world/ Your Lifestyle Business FB Community - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/fbcommunity Your Lifestyle Business Instagram - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/instagram
So last week a good friend and member of the YLB community contacted me with a conundrum. He has a full time job and needs to replace his income within the next 3 years or so. He’s been working on 2 or 3 online business ideas but is unsure which one to pursue. Should he do the one he has some experience with and kind of got started a while ago but was thwarted by platform updates. (I’ve been there many times, hence why I don’t publish social media courses anymore!) Should he go with a dream of his he’s had for a while or should he go with a business he’s already invested into quite heavily with his partner, but is mainly his partners dream. Hmmm, decision, decisions. But you know, its decisions like this that hold us back from getting out there and living the life we dream about, so in todays episode I’m going to talk about why starting a lifestyle business is a lot like getting married and how this can help you finally make that all important decision. Full post & show notes at - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/lifestyle-business-like-getting-married Your Lifestyle Business FB Community - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/fbcommunity Your Lifestyle Business Instagram - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/instagram
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” Dr Seuss I love to read. I so enjoy hearing about other people’s journey’s, thoughts, opinions, learnings etc. In fact if it weren’t for books, I may never have become an entrepreneur in the first place. With that in mind in today’s episode I thought it would be fun to give a summary of the 10 top books that have had a huge impact on my life this year and that I believe are an awesome read if you’re wanting to expand your knowledge, build your business, grow your confidence and become an awesome action taker! To quote one of the authors 'if you want to walk around so lit up that you shoot sunbeams out of yer eyeballs', then listen in to today's episode my friend! Full post & show notes at - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/mihm113-books-for-lifestyle-entrepreneurs Your Lifestyle Business FB Community - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/fbcommunity Your Lifestyle Business Instagram - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/instagram
Back in 2015 my partner & I started a business selling products on Amazon. Kitchen products to be precise. Within one year we had grossed over a million bucks with just one product. In the following years we grew our product line and our revenues so much so that I packed up work for a couple of years to focus on my health & my daughter. However after two years of lunching & brunching I realized this was not my destiny and earlier this year relaunched my Jo Barnes Online brand as Your Lifestyle Business. My mission is to arm action taker with the tools, strategies and inspiration to build a business you can run from anywhere in the world whether that be your kitchen table or a beach in Fiji. To that end I am about to launch my first experimental ecommerce store using Shopify. The goal being to build my own store and educate the members of my FB group as I go with over the shoulder videos, posts, and lots of discussion. In todays episode I’m walking through my 12 step plan to get it off the ground. I hope it helps and be sure to come and join the Facebook Group to watch it come to life! - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/fbcommunity Full post & show notes at - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/mihm112-start-ecommerce-biz-today/ Your Lifestyle Business FB Community - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/fbcommunity Your Lifestyle Business Instagram - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/instagram
Over the last 10 years we have had the fortune to live in or visit over 30 different countries. We have traveled with wild abandon dragging our little daughter with us for the most part, slowing only when it was clear that school agreed with her & she should stay in one place for a while to make the best of it. We still go away every holiday & I continue to travel at other times through the year. This has only been possible because we started a business back in 2010 which we could build & manage completely online. Since then we have gone on to create two life changing businesses and have plans for many more. In last weeks episode - ‘What Business Should I Start?' I shared with you the different types of lifestyle businesses & how to decide what business you should start if you’re currently unsure in which direction to go. Today we’re going to explore the 10 steps to building your lifestyle business no matter the model you choose. Full post & show notes at - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/mihm111-10steps-to-building-your-freedom-lifestyle-business Your Lifestyle Business FB Community - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/fbcommunity Your Lifestyle Business Instagram - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/instagram
Do you know you want to start a lifestyle business but are stuck for ideas? Perhaps you’re low on cash, time, self belief? Whatever it is one of the issues facing us in this day and age are the sheer amount of opportunities now available to us. Where do we start? In todays episode of Make It Happen Monday, I’m answering an email I received from a lady called Sarah who asked this very question - What business should I start? Here are my top 3 tips for hacking away the jungle of information surrounding you and making your way out into a sunshine filled clearing with decision and precision in mind! Full post & show notes at - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/mihm110-what-business-should-i-start/ Your Lifestyle Business FB Community - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/fbcommunity Your Lifestyle Business Instagram - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/instagram
Do you ever find yourself thinking that you’re just too old for all the change in the world and that the online world particularly is for the ‘young’uns’ nowadays?  I’m not going to lie, as someone hurtling towards 50, I have my own moments of doubt.  But this morning a beautiful quote popped up on my computer screen & I wanted to share out with you.  Enjoy, I hope it inspires you to take action today!  Full post & show notes at - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/mihm109-never-too-old/  Your Lifestyle Business FB Community - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/fbcommunity  Your Lifestyle Business Instagram - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/instagram 
So what do you do if you suffer with crippling self doubt?  So much so, that it’s stopping you in your tracks. Stopping you from getting out there and truly being who you want to be and doing what you want to do?  That was the question in an email I recently received from a member of the YLB Community.  In this weeks episode I’m giving you three tips you can start to practice today to eradicate or at least minimize your self doubt and start taking action on your dreams.  Full post & show notes at - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/mihm108-self-doubt/  Your Lifestyle Business FB Community - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/fbcommunity  Your Lifestyle Business Instagram - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/instagram 
Are you stuck for content ideas for your service based business? Perhaps you’re a social media manager, run FB Ads, build websites or manage email marketing and communications for clients and you’re just not sure what kind of content to create to offer value, grab their attention or grow your audience. The truth is it doesn’t matter what business, niche or market you’re in, you can find an endless supply of content ideas at the end of your fingertips! Here are my 7 top ways to ensure you never run out of content ideas again! Full post & show notes at - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/mihm107-endless-content/  Your Lifestyle Business FB Community - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/fbcommunity  Your Lifestyle Business Instagram - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/instagram 
Are you a little (or a lot) intimidated by video? Does the thought of getting in front of the video camera leave your palms sweating & your pulse racing? I’m fairly confident when I say you’re not alone in this. The No 1 fear above death is public speaking so it makes sense that video (which in it’s own way is a bit like public speaking) would move even the most confident person a little out of their comfort zone. And when the face staring back at you on the video is not representative of the 22 year old inside your head, that’s when it can get really tricky. In todays episode I’m going to walk you through 6 steps to make getting in front of the video camera easier & more comfortable even if you’re not feeling like a spring chicken anymore! Full post, show notes & video at - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/mihm106-super-comfy-on-camera/  Your Lifestyle Business FB Community - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/fbcommunity  Your Lifestyle Business Instagram - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/instagram 
Do you ever find yourself sitting in front of a blank screen or scrolling through Instagram, Facebook or YouTube doing ‘research’ trying to get inspiration for the content you’re going to create?  Perhaps you’re so unclear about what you should be posting, you don’t post anything at all?  In todays episode we’re going to knock that out of the ball park. No more listless scrolling or whiling away the hours watching videos and getting ideas but never actually creating anything yourself.  Today I’m going to walk you through 6 steps to a super simple content strategy. 🙂  Full post, video & show notes at - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/mihm105-simple-content-strategy/  Your Lifestyle Business FB Community - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/fbcommunity  Your Lifestyle Business Instagram - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/instagram 
Welcome to another Week in the Life of a Travelling entrepreneur. This weeks episode is coming from Hawaii! 🌺 Happy 4th July my friend! 😀 Do you find you're doing things online that you don't nececessarily enjoy doing, but believe it's what you're supposed to be doing to grow your business? Todays episode talks about being authentically you, doing what you love and also what I've discovered this week about effective posting strategies on Instagram. Enjoy & have a great week! 😀 Full post & show notes at - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/weekinthelife4 Your Lifestyle Business FB Community - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/fbcommunity Your Lifestyle Business Instagram - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/instagram
I hate the term ‘Make Money Online’. I’ve always said that the phrase is a misnomer as your business is your business and the internet or ‘online’ is simply a tool to amplify your business. However, there’s no denying that the internet makes it possible these days for us to grow a huge global brand from home. A few weeks ago, I received an email from a YLB community member asking how I made my money. I decided to share my story briefly in today’s video and focus on all the ways you can generate an income using all the online tools at your disposal in todays fast moving day and age. I hope this helps! 🙂 Full post & show notes at - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/mihm104-how-to-make-money Your Lifestyle Business FB Community - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/fbcommunity Your Lifestyle Business Instagram - https://yourlifestylebusiness.com/instagram
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