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Six weeks since quitting work and now it is website launch time

For the passed few weeks, I have been doing an on-line course called The Website Launchpad, learning how to set up a successful on-line business. I started this course not knowing much at all about how to create a website but was willing to learn.

Where and what I started with

My past experience amounted to not much in this area. I’d dabbled with WordPress but didn’t know about hosting or plugins. I really don’t have any technical skills. If my computer plays up, I only know the turn it off and on again rule.

I also didn’t want to put heaps of money into a website as I have heard so many horror stories of people throwing lots of money at a website designer and the business not surviving anyhow. If this didn’t work, I didn’t want to be out of pocket.

What business theme to choose?

I didn’t really know what I wanted my business to be about. This problem wasn’t because I don’t have anything I am passionate about or that I don’t have many interests.

It is the opposite problem – how do I narrow down all the things I enjoy and have potential to be a business, to just one. To combat this I had a coaching session (yes, even life design coaches need coaches of their own) and got the nine areas of possibility down to three. One option that would be my main focus and two others that would follow on later.

Progress so far…

So far so good. I’m six weeks into my year of not working and launching my website this week.  I’d love for you to check it out.

The course I have done has taught me heaps and I love researching so have been reading many articles and watching many YouTube tutorials to learn new skills.

I’m very impressed with how far I have come but I know I have a long way to go.

So the end product is a website that is going to be a work in progress. I am happy with launching now and letting people have an explore but also hoping they will return again and again as it will grow and develop and improve over the coming months.

I could wait until everything is perfect but that may be a long time coming. Taking action and getting out there only adds the pressure I need to keep things moving along quickly.

What I’m doing next

The next steps are to build a community of like minded souls and those that will benefit from my help and to of course make a living from the business. I look forward to making this work. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

What about you?

Has the thought of ditching your job and starting an on-line business ever crossed your mind? Let me know in the comments or send me an email telling me about it. I’d love to hear your thoughts and tell you about how you can do it.

Confession of a missed opportunity – 12 months behind my friend, with a successful online business


I had a chance to change my life and start down the on-line business path 12 months ago and I blew it!

But what makes it even worse is I travelled to Melbourne and caught up with my friend Tristan, who was on the same wave length as me. We discussed our ideas and what books we had been reading that had influenced us. Books such as “12 months to Retire” by Serena Star Leonard and “The Four Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferris.

We shared our website ideas and how great it would be to work remotely. I remember the energy, excitement and how much I enjoyed the conversation.

From this moment on my friend went after his dream. Tristan did it gradually as a side gig, while working part time and now has a great on-line business His wife and himself are now travelling through Thailand looking for somewhere to live for a time. All the while still managing to keep his on-line business alive.

I have to be honest, I am very jealous of him. After that energized conversation we had, I returned to New Zealand and back to my job. I was fired up to start my on-line business goal so asked to reduce my hours to 20 per week. This was so I could start a website on the side and still have the security of an income.

Here is where my plan took a curve ball. Instead of saying yes to my working less hours, my boss offered me a promoted position to a very enjoyable job of organizing major events, taking away all the parts of the job I was currently doing that I didn’t like and were tedious or frustrating. And to add to this, a decent pay rise.

Stupidly, I said yes. Well it wasn’t that stupid as I did enjoy the job and the extra money for another 8 months. It kept me distracted from my goal and I didn’t seem to mind.

Now back to my friend Tristan, I was mentioning. Once I heard of his on-line business success and his plans to travel and work, it replanted the seed. I remembered that it too was my dream.

I let others make me offers that I thought were too good to refuse. It blinded me to what I really wanted to do.

So I guess the lesson learned here is when you reach a fork in the road, try to look a year into the future and imagine the result of your decision. What do you see and what do you feel? Will you be happy with putting off what you really want to do.

I wont lie, it is hard seeing my friend 12 months ahead of me. I can’t do anything about that now but I can take the next 12 months and catch him up. He is giving me something to strive for and the belief that it can be done. So it is a good thing and I can’t wait to compare notes with him later in the year.

Do you have any inspiring friends?

Have you been distracted from your goals by other offers?

Let me know in the comment box below, I’d love to hear from you.