On January 1, I started a secret niche site (Pat Flynn style!) and have been working on it pretty consistently.
I wanted to share more about it here, as it’s turning out to be a fun experiment in seeing how I can grow something without using any of my own social capital to share/promote it. It has grown only through organic traffic, white hat SEO, good honest content and new Twitter friends (it has its own Twitter account, but that’s all when it comes to social media).
It’s also an interesting case study in how someone completely unknown in the land of the Internet can start and grow an audience, engagement and a passive income stream without any prior contacts or connections.
About one month in, here’s an update:
Continue reading My Secret Niche Site: One Month in Progress Update!
I’ve thought about starting a coworking space many times, because it is the brick and mortar equivalent of what I believe can change the world—a community of people with strongly aligned value systems around creation, receptivity and sharing.
But in 2014, I believe we’re quickly approaching the time when, “I opened a coworking space!” will no longer be newsworthy in the eyes of journalists. In a lot of cities, we’re already there.
Welcome to Avocado Mornings, Episode 2! This week, I reveal my big problem—actually, my TWO big problems—with the phrase “do what you love.”
Here is the audio link, which will open up in a new tab: The Problem with “Do What You Love.”
In this episode, I talk about:
- The stressful stigma of doing what you love in an entrepreneurial world
- The unheard ending of the phrase that no one talks about
- The potential for added stress when we attach financial stigma to doing what we love
- The place we should really be starting from
- How I let salsa dancing just be something I loved, without a stigma attached
- What really matters when it comes to the things that you love
- How to reclaim the phrase
Continue reading My Big Problem with “Do What You Love” | Avocado Mornings #2
Natalie Sisson is crazy passionate about building amazing businesses online that you can take anywhere. She has been helping people create freedom in business and adventure in life since 2008 with her location-independent brand. We recently got a chance to sit down and chat via Skype (from Waterloo, Canada to Boulder, Colorado), and we talked about her awesome new book, The Suitcase Entrepreneur, based on her business and website.
Natalie, you offer an incredible amount of free information on how people can choose freedom in their lives and business and really implement those values into their lives. How do you convert people to readers (and buyers) of your book when you already offer so much on your blog for free?
Well, thank you! While I do believe in repurposing content, I wrote most of the book from scratch. It’s mostly all new material. I even read it afterward and thought, I’m not even following all this advice myself! [laughs] But really, people have seen how much I give—90% of what I do is free. So it felt necessary to condense it all down into 300+ pages. It’s $7 on Kindle, and one of my clients who’s taken a lot of courses said she learned thousands of dollars worth of information. I was worried that my book was too comprehensive, hitting on a lot of things, but I think with the three Acts the book is divided into, I managed to combine all of them really well.
Tip #1: Consistently offer tons of free information on your blog to keep people involved and engaged.
I know you Kickstarted your book to the tune of $9,400. How did Kickstarter help with your marketing?
Continue reading 6 Solid Tips to Build a Rockin’ Location-Independent Brand: A Talk With Natalie Sisson, the Suitcase Entrepreneur
The entrepreneur, speaker and New York Times bestselling author of “Book Yourself Solid” talks about why he doesn’t want to be a billionaire and why you should toss the elevator pitch.
Amy Segreti: How important is lifestyle when it comes to how we work and what we define as success?
Michael Port: It’s incredibly important for all of us to decide what kind of lifestyle we want to live. I would need to work more given the way my business is designed now, but it’s not important to me to make that extra money if it means that I don’t get to do the other things I enjoy in life, like being with my son many hours a day, kissing him on the forehead after he goes to sleep, and having a relaxing day of some yoga, a few interviews and writing.
A lot of people put those things off until after they’ve made their fortune.
I think that we can design our lives so that we have the revenue we need to live the lifestyle we want. And if you want to have seven homes and fly off to Abu Dhabi, you’re going to have to make millions of dollars. But does it make you happier? If you saw my house, I’ve got nice stuff, but I know that stuff is not going to make me a happier person. Experiencing the things that I enjoy is what adds to my happiness and my pleasure.