My clients took over my life because I didn’t do this…

So… did you see my little “craft project” I’m about to do? TODAY. It’s the LifeWheel Workshop and it starts at 2pm ET. It’s free for Laptop Lifestyle Business Club members. It’s for EVERY SERIOUS business owner and I’m about to explain why.

Doing this could literally mean the difference between business freedom and a business that runs you completely ragged and burns you out before you get to live your Laptop Lifestyle.

Lifestyle Business Planning Workshops, including LifeWheel >> You can sign up here.

Join today to join us live or get the replay immediately after.

It looks like this:

I know… this looks like something you could skip, unless you’re feeling crafty. I’m actually NOT a crafter, not anymore. I have to force myself to do crafts with my little one (who loves them and as you can tell is trying to steal my LifeWheel materials, lol).

Yes… this is for a LifeWheel.

And when I quit my job in 2007 I went from a stressed-out factory worker to an overworked, stressed-out, overwhelmed Virtual Assistant.

The thing I didn’t do:

PLAN MY LIFESTYLE

Not a thought went into what I wanted my life to look like. I had blinders on… I wanted to QUIT my factory job. I was putting every ounce of energy I had into making that happen and I was so proud of myself when I did. But then… I didn’t plan for the important things, the essential things, the reason I wanted to quit in the first plan – to spend time with my son.

Things got so outta hand, so fast.

I had clients expecting me to return their calls and do their work immediately.
I had clients calling me on the weekend and thinking I’d call them back.
I had clients giving me “rush jobs” and “emergencies” constantly.
I had clients who basically didn’t sleep and expected me to do the same.
I had clients who were panicked to make money, nit-picky because they were scared and just plain not ideal clients for me.

And the kicker… I had two clients who had invoices due before Christmas. They were late and I was almost positive I wouldn’t have money to buy my son Christmas presents. They came through with DAYS to spare after my bugging them constantly but it was enough to make me say ENOUGH!

I knew I needed to DESIGN my life AND my business.
I knew I needed to take control of my time.
I knew I needed to set priorities, create boundaries and enforce those boundaries like a night guard who will not be messed with.

I mean at that point I really had nothing to lose, anyway… I was an overworked, stressed-out, broke single mom who didn’t get enough sleep. It definitely wasn’t getting much worse than that!

So I decided to basically start from scratch.
I got rid of almost all my clients (except kept a few of the really amazing ones).
I thought about getting a job again.
I vowed no phone calls with clients to avoid the call issues and over-talking when I could be working.
I insisted clients pay me UP FRONT and thought that was more than fair (if they couldn’t pay, why hire me anyway).

I happened upon a free LifeWheel workshop about that same time. It just seems like a silly little project but I can assure you, it’s REALLY NOT.

You might be working too hard for too little right now.
You might be overwhelmed with clients and telling the kids “not now honey, I gotta work”.
You might be waiting on clients to pay you for work you don’t feel excited about doing.
You might be busting your butt building a community and basically “donating” your time and hoping it will pay off. 

If you are doing any of those things, and there are plenty of others, you need to PLAN YOUR LIFESTYLE!

Creating that life wheel and assigning priorities to the things that are most important to YOU is a key, key, key piece to building a business you love. That first LifeWheel I made taught me that. It taught me I can’t put a business at 10 and everything else at 1 or 0.

No… there had to be more balance than that.
There had to be smarter work than that.
There had to be a business model or method or marketing that allowed me to create a lifestyle and a business that supported what I wanted.

And there was!
And there is!

I’m so happy to say I have a pretty awesome lifestyle. It didn’t fall into my lap. It didn’t happen without planning. It didn’t come without design.

So I encourage you to take STEP 1 in this three-step workshop series and join the Business Planning Workshops. AND I encourage you to join the Laptop Lifestyle Business Club, if you’re reading this in December, so you can get the workshops for FREE and then join the challenge to create your activating business plan for 2018 in just 10 days!

You get it all in the club DECEMBER ONLY. You can join here <<< use coupon code: lifecantwait

Hurry! We start at 2pm ET TODAY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gift Ideas for Lady Boss Types Like Us…

What should they get for the work at home, boss ladies like us?

I know, I know… the people in our outside world don’t really get the whole online marketing thing! So, they might not know the kind of things you really would love to help you grow your business.

I’ve curated a bunch of things I’d LOVE to own myself and I thought you’d love them, too!

Full disclosure here in that I haven’t tried all of them but all of them I WANT to try and would love to get as Christmas Gifts. I’m especially hoping someone will take the hint and grab me that GORGEOUS boss lady coffee mug.

So… here’s the list, below. But if you’d like to print it out I also made a PDF version. I envision this getting left on the coffee table, the kitchen table with your notes and checkmarks of what you want as a not so subtle HINT HINT to your loved ones about what you’d love for the holidays!

Download the Printable PDF Version Here >>>  Gifts For Lady Boss

 

USB Neckace:

I’ll feel like a bond girl with a usb hidden in my necklace!

http://AngelaLikes.com/usb

Leather Tote:

This tote is the perfect “office” for the Laptop Lifer! Buy it for me! 😊

A quality leather bag is a great investment because of the durability and strength of leather I bought a cheap bag that fell about within a month or two of buying it. Find yourself a stylish, quality bag for work or play made with full grain leather for the utmost protection of your valuables. I am loving the look of this Florence Tote from MAHI Leather – loved ones can have it personalized with embroidery of your initials in cotton thread (or your own if you’re wanting to treat yourself!)

https://mahileather.com/collections/totes

Boss Lady Travel Mug

I REALLY want this travel mug! It is gorgeous and clearly shows the world who’s the boss…

😉

This is a 16oz insulated travel mug. Shiny Gold Foil Screw on lid with slide closure. Hand written design. PBA, phthalate and lead free. Hand wash.

http://AngelaLikes.com/bossladymug

Aquanotes

Um… I need to try these! Do you think of all of your best ideas in the shower? Solution found. 😉

 http://AngelaLikes.com/aquanotes

Gorilla Pod Tripod:

I use, love and recommend a flexible tripod like this for photos and videos on the go for the Laptop Lifestyler! I’ve used mine at the beach, at home and on the go.

http://AngelaLikes.com/gorillapod

Amazon Gift Card:


Lots of stuff I could buy for business on here!

Use an Amazon card to buy anything you like on Amazon. Good deal.

http://AngelaLikes.com/amazon

Coffee Shop Gift Card:

You could get me a gift card from my favorite coffee shop ’cause you know I love coffee!

_____  StarBucks

_____ Tim Horton’s

_____ Second Cup

_____ Other

Philips Wake Up Light

The darker days and large amount of time inside can be hard on a work at home entrepreneur. I think this light will help me wake up happy 😊

Amazon description says this light is meant to improve sleep, energy and well-being. Clinically proven to help you wake up feeling more refreshed. You can also use it as a bedside reading lamp!

AngelaLikes.com/wakeuplight

White Board Paint:

It would be so cool to paint a wall of my office in white board paint… ideas will be everywhere!

www.IdeaPaint.com

Also at Lowes & Home Depot

Daisy Cakes:

These look like the most delicious cakes on earth and I WANT ONE! (As seen on Shark Tank, a marketer’s TV show ;).

http://www.ILoveDaisyCakes.com

Sticky Notes Set:

I love this sticky notes set for easy business planning. I use the arrows on a printed calendar and color-code different types of projects. Easy to move around as needed.
http://AngelaLikes.com/stickynotes

Magazines Gift Certificate:

Business magazines help me keep relevant and make me a better business owner.
Magazines.com

LipSense Long-Lasting Lip Colour

Nothing makes you feel like a Boss Lady more than a gorgeous lip color that does not budge! I’m a LipSense Distributor (full disclosure) and I highly recommend this, of course. I’ve never felt more confident, empowered and put-together as I have since I started wearing this product daily. I can sell to Canadians only but you can find US-based reps all over social media AND if you’re interested in this amazing business opportunity you can actually join my team.

Get LipSense by Private Messaging Me – Join My VIP Group here

 

Whatever you decide to do with this list I hope you have an amazing and joy-filled holiday season and you keep being the awesome Lady Boss you are!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notice: You should assume I have a relationship with some or all of the companies referenced above through the gifts. I am recommending some products I’ve used and some I haven’t but all I would love to have. I may be reimbursed through cash or gifts for this post or if and when a sale is made. Regardless of that I want all these gifts and I’m printing out my own gift guide to give my family! You should too 😉

Work at Home Isolation is Real… How to Beat It

When I tell people that I work from home the first reaction is almost always something along the lines of how great it would be and that they wish they worked from home. I mean it sounds amazing, and really it is, with the total freedom, the completely flexible hours, the working from the couch (or the bed even), the making money while you sleep.

I quit my job back in May of 2007 and so I’ve had a lot of years to experience both the good, the bad and even the ugly of working from home. The good FAR outweighs any downsides in my opinion and that’s why I’m coming up on my tenth year of working completely from home to earn my living and support my family.

One of the big downsides, though, is isolation and loneliness. That’s real and it’s a slippery slope because work at home isolation and loneliness can lead to depression if you’re not careful.

So let’s tackle this challenge!

I’ve learned a lot from my years at home and I’ve experienced the isolation and loneliness myself. Even though I see family every day we need more interaction in our lives than just the few people in our immediate family.

Here are my best “Beating Work at Home Isolation & Loneliness” tips:

    1. Lunch With Friends – Do you have other work at home friends? Maybe a mom friend on maternity? A friend who works shifts or weird hours? Do lunch! Meeting with my work at home and stay at home mom friends has been a great way to pick me up every single time. It’s so nice to get out with a friend and share a meal, chat about common interests and just have a laugh!
      Me and local friend Jen Hazlett of Alt Admin meet up for coffee and lunch on the regular.
    2. Coffee. Get Coffee. – When I feel like I need to get out and I can’t arrange time with a friend I like to go and just have a coffee at the local coffee shop. Sometimes I’ll work, sometimes I’ll sit and people watch (not stare of course or be creepy in any way 😉 ). It gets me out around people and that’s often enough to make me not feel isolated at all.Love spending an hour or two at the local coffee shop.
    3. Events – There are always events to go to. You can go to events related to a hobby or personal interest, or go to ones related to your business. Of course it’s fun when you can combine the two! I’m going to start looking into going to much more events now that I’ve figured out I’m totally able to get to downtown Toronto on the train. A quick and easy 45 minutes or so and I don’t have to brave the busy city in my car opens up a whole lot more opportunity to attend events.
      My son in the first row, me in the second at Kelly McCausey’s Exposure & Profit Event, Toronto 2014.
      My daughter was there too, just six months old but she’s out of the shot.
    4. Make Business Social – One of the BIGGEST reason I joined SeneGenece (the company that makes LipSense) was for the local connections. It was important to me to find ways to connect with people in person and I in the past have LOVED the energy and motivation I get from being part of a network marketing company. Of course another reason is that I LOVE LOVE LOVE the product! Every now and then my upline and I, Tara, meet up with our kids at a play place. We talk business while the kids have fun. Win Win.
    5. Join Groups – One of the best things I EVER did for my business was join a membership group for moms who wanted to work at home. I did that back in 2006-ish and I still have so many friends from that group that I can email and connect with on facebook anytime I want to talk with someone who understands what it is I do for a living. That’s entirely why I created my own membership at the Laptop Lifestyle Business Club. I know just how incredibly valuable it is to be part of an online community of people working towards the same goals.
      Meetup with online business friends, In Real Life.
    6. Go to Nature – There’s something awesome about getting out or working out in nature. In the winter here it’s harder but in the summer I’ve been going to the beach a lot to work. Usually it’s to journal but sometimes I bring my laptop and write or create emails to send out to my subscribers. In the summer I went to journal at a Lavendar Field and it was AWESOME. I am 100% putting that on my plans to do again next year (and then every year after) when I do the Sticky Note UnStuck Easy Planning System in December!
    7. Get Your Blood Tested – Weird one, right? You might think you’re lonely and unmotivated because you’re working at home but you could also be suffering from a deficiency in something. A common deficiency for many people these days is Vitamin D, which would only be made worse in our industry because we spend less time outdoors. Our office is just a few feet away and we don’t even get a little sun on our way to work. I found out last year from my own blood tests that I was both Vitamin D AND Iron deficient. Both of those can have big effects on your productivity!
    8. Workout, Sleep & Eat Right – Another one that SEEMS out of place but it’s so NOT. Working at home can lead to major inactivity if you let it and that can lead to weight gain, poor meal choices and very low energy. I chose to make a change back in September when I became a Beachbody Coach and signed up to do the 21 Day FIX. I lost 21 lbs within the first couple of months and I started my own blog. I’m serious about making this a life change and it’s been hard. I know it will be worth the effort in the end and I KNOW this will help me beat feeling isolated and lonely. The thing is when you’re energy is low you don’t want to leave the house, and when you don’t leave the house you’re sure to feel more isolated and alone. Keeping on top of health and fitness will give you the ability to think better and have more energy. Thus allowing you to get doing all the other tips I’ve given you so far in this post.Toddler girly and me getting a workout in.
    9. Rent Shared Office Space or Co-Working Space – Did you know that some places have shared office space for rent? You’re not renting a whole space on your own, rather renting a room for a few hours, days or weeks out of the month. Then there’s the whole co-working thing where you work in a big open space with other business owners… pretty cool! I looked into this in my local area and I can rent space for 2 hours for just $60/month or 10 hours for $190 per month. It’s a great way to get that office atmosphere and connect with others without committing to renting one on your own.
    10. Work at the Library – I love working at the library. There’s something quite awesome about being surrounded by books, filled with information. All I have to do is glance in either direction to get all kinds of inspiration and content ideas! Also, working at the library gets you around others which takes you out of isolation. Here’s a pic of me in the summer heading into the library to work:
    11. Take a Class – You could take something related to your business, or not. Either way you’ll get around people of similar interests and you might make a new friend! I’m seriously considering taking hula hoop classes myself, or hula hoop class instruction. I’ve always found it fascination and fun what people can do with a weighted hula hoop.
    12. Take Care of YOU – This fits with suggestion six on working out and eating right but it encompasses so much more. You’ve heard the work at home people talking about spending all day in their pajamas. What about when all day turns into a week? Is that ok? What if you barely shower? What if you’re too busy working that you don’t clean the kitchen and as a result you don’t cook healthy meals. You see how this can quickly spiral out of control leaving you with no desire to leave the house or socialize. That’s a problem! Take care of YOU. Do that workout, shower, get the laundry done, cook healthy meals, clean the house and take time to do things that make you feel renewed, energetic and ready to go see the world (or at least something more than your own four walls)! This is another reason I joined SeneGence to sell LipSense. To me lip colour is a finishing touch and it means I’m forcing myself to get up, get ready for the day put on some makeup and get a movin!

I’m looking for events in Toronto, Ontario based on blogging and marketing. If you know of any could you let me know? That will help me take care of marking tip three off my list 😉

I know I’ve given you a LOT of tips. You don’t have to do them all. I don’t do them all. I have done most at some point or another. For now I’m actually going to use this post for myself as a sort of to-do list to get out and social MUCH more than I’ve been. I hope it helps you do the same!

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What is the Laptop Lifestyle?

This Laptop Lifestyle means I work at home, on my terms and I get to work with the amazing people that are attracted to this business. People like the members of my Laptop Lifestyle Business Club. They are building awesome businesses on their terms, with THEIR lifestyle in mind.

That’s the thing too.

I didn’t just wake up one day and have someone say “Hey go ahead and go to the mall because you deserve it.”

Nope.

I created it.

I worked for it.

I got up early for it.

I worked late for it.

I slept five hours a night for nine months for it (back in 2007, before I quit my job).

I earned it.

I’ll never stop being grateful for this lifestyle. I’ll never stop sharing how grateful I am.

You know why? Because it’s my why, my mission, my greatest desire to deliver on is this message to you. The message that true freedom and joy from your business is possible. Not only possible, VERY possible.

But you have to create it. You have to DECIDE what it will look like. It won’t just show up at your door!

The Laptop Lifestyle to me is in a word… Freedom.

Of course, it includes using a laptop, which basically represents the ability to move and be free to go where ever you want. But it’s not just about physical freedom. It’s emotional freedom to feel happy in what you’re doing. It’s work freedom to do what you enjoy. It’s choice freedom to work with only the people you LOVe to work with!

And p.s. that time when I was getting five hours sleep on the regular.. I don’t recommend that permanent but it was what I needed to do to make my lifestyle happen and so I did it. NOW I love, recommend and advocate ALWAYS getting enough sleep! There are just too many ways to build a business online not to take care of YOU… that’s part of the lifestyle, too.

You don’t have to create a service business that runs you ragged.
You don’t have to work for clients who don’t appreciate you.
You don’t have to work for less than you deserve.
You don’t have to go to a job you hate.

You just have to want this lifestyle MORE than you don’t want those things. You have to be willing to work for it no matter what, to do whatever it takes.

Don’t ask me if it’s easy.
Don’t ask me if I’ve got your step by step plan.
Don’t ask me if you can get rich overnight.

Those are the wrong questions.

Ask me HOW you can make it happen. Ask me if I think YOUR step by step plan is smart. Ask me if you can make amazing income doing what you love (um… YES).

Also, ask me how I can help!

I’ll tell you:

I can help you build the beautiful business you love.
I can help you connect with a supportive, motivational, helpful community.
I can help you get past technology blocks.
I can help you make more money.
I can help you build your email list.
I can help you get things done.

YOU need to take action, though. You need to show up and be willing to do the stuff that needs doing. The first step to be in my world and be part of this Laptop Lifestyle community is to join the Laptop Lifestyle Business Club.
We’re here, I hope you will join us, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

p.s. Creating the Laptop Lifestyle means you need to take some time to really THINK about what you want your life to look like. Have you done that lately? Have you really dedicated time to envisioning the LIFE you want and how that looks?

And I mean whole life… family, money, activities, hobbies, work and more! It’s time, right? Join me for the first workshop of the series of Freedom Business Planning Workshops, the Lifewheel Planning Workshop to dedicate the time to decide WHERE in your life you want to focus now, so that as you create your business you’ll keep time to create that and make it sacred so that it actually happens.

 

Join & design your lifestyle here.

13 Reasons to Join the Laptop Lifestyle Business Club

I’m so determined to turn you into a member of my club.

Why? Because I know you’ll love it ♡.

♡ I know you’ll love it because you’re reading this post and you didn’t leave after I told you my intention.
♡ I know you’ll love it because I loved a group like mine when I was jumping into this world of online business.
♡ I know you’ll love it because a need for community is ingrained in us since the time of the caveman (except without it, they’d die).

And I set out to create the best community to support online marketers running heart-based businesses on the internet! It’s my mission to create a “wow” experience for you, to support you, to help you grow, to connect with you and guide you to YOUR Laptop Lifestyle.

It won’t be easy (see this post) and it’s won’t be super quick.

You’ll need time, discipline, GRIT and a sense of confidence you might not YET have.

But you’ll get there and I’m determined to help you do so.

In my efforts to woo you into what some say IS the best business group online, here are my 13 best reasons to join the Laptop Lifestyle Business Club:

  1. Fast-Action, 10-Day Monthly Challenge to give you small wins and get your business in motion.
  2. $5 Amazon Gift Cards to ALL MEMBERS who complete each months challenge, guaranteed.
  3. Ready to Sell Challenge Rights every month. I give you my proven challenges, to resell or give away!
  4. Massive 50% discount on all other products I create and coaching programs.
  5. A Leader (Me, Angela Wills) who REALLY CARES about your success. >>> It is so important to me and it makes me cry happy tears when my peeps tell me I truly helped them.
  6. You Won’t Be Alone. >>> We know for a fact that working from home is isolating. It can get into some seriously concerning issues like depression and SAD (seasonal affective disorder), because the nature of our work is that we don’t leave the house. Connecting with others is essential and in this group, you won’t be alone.
  7. Accountability. >>> You want us to hold you responsible for something? You need to get work done? Come post it in the group and be accountable to get it completed.
  8. Get Answers to Questions as they Come Up. >>> We have members in many ranges of businesses from Writers to Yoga Instructors to Parenting Experts to Virtual Assistants and more. Most of us build some sort of online offerings from written reports to group coaching courses to services and more. With the variety and a focus on a freedom business using online marketing methods, you’re very likely to get help from a few of over 100 members in the club!
  9. Friends! >>> Some of the BEST, best, best friends I’ve ever made have been through an online membership group just like the one I run and it’s a large part of the reason I run it. Join us and make really awesome friends, because we have awesome members.
  10. Member’s Only Perks & Freebies >>> I’m working with partners to offer member’s only perks and freebies. Right now you’ll find a coupon code for FREE pre-written content right in the member’s download area.
  11. Member Spotlights to highlight the awesome things our members are doing.
  12. Member Promotional Days so that we can hear from YOU and your business on a REGULAR BASIS.
  13. Regular Weekly Strategy & Business Meetings so we can talk what is happening in our businesses and the actions we need to take to grow.

I am so, so proud of my club! I’m proud of my members! Heck, I’m proud of me. I had the vision of this club in 2015. I worked at it until it hit just the right sweet spot and now I’m hitting the momentum with it where we’ve got awesome monthly content, awesome meetings and awesome members. LOVE IT.

It is perfect? Are WE perfect? HECK NO! We’re regular ol’ Joe’s (as in Joanne’s mostly as we’re largely women, though not men exclusive by ANY means!)… We’re real people. We’re working on our ACTIVE, PASSIVE & RECURRING income to build a true laptop lifestyle with complete business lifestyle freedom.

☕☕☕ So go grab a coffee, or tea, water or Kombucha… up to you… and click the link below to sign up. Then, pop on in, get cozy, get to know us and let’s all build this wonderful lifestyle together.

I CAN NOT WAIT TO WELCOME YOU TO THE CLUB!

JOIN THE CLUB HERE << Use Coupon Code: lifecantwait on the monthly payment option to join for just $18.50!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. This week, for Black Friday I’ve got a couple of deals on the go and one of them is 50% off the FIRST YEAR of the Laptop Lifestyle Business Club. That means if you join now and you choose the YEARLY option, you’re going to end up paying for less than six months of the monthly rate. That means you get six months MORE membership with the yearly option than you do when paying what monthly payments would get you! Sign up here. 

This is not the “easy” choice…

I went to a get-together yesterday with friends at their house. And I got to talking with the hostesses, who I know and have met many times but had never asked her what she does.

She’s a graphic designer. For a good company. With a good job. Her and hubby seem to do very well. She has two small children.

And through our conversation, she said to me… “Some people ask me why I don’t start my own business and freelance. And I tell them because I just want to do my work and go home. If I did freelancing I’d be the person doing the accounting, the marketing, the dealing with clients. I don’t want any of that. Running a business is hard. And it’s distracting working at home. Plus I’d also miss the opportunities to collaborate with others and be around people.”

Wow. And as she said these things I was shaking my head… shaking it YES.

Her summary of it was “it’s not for everyone”.

And she’s so right.

And I think back to the days when I decided to be an entrepreneur. Would I decide to do it again if I knew that this was not the “EASY” path.

I’d say it’s not necessarily the hardest path, but it’s also not the “easy way out”.

Would I pick it again? YES.

Because it’s also hard working in a job when you want to have total freedom.
It’s also hard working long days, picking up kids from daycare and trying to get dinner on the table.
It’s also hard spending your weekends cleaning the house and doing the shopping because you have no time during the week.
It’s also hard going to a job you hate to work with people who don’t get you.

If you’re one of those people who LOVE what they do and have a great job, then this probably isn’t you. Because having a job you love make the other inconveniences worthwhile. And I think there are some lucky few who really found something they loved in a job and they are just happy. That’s the key… where’s the happy?

For me it’s not in a job. Didn’t find that. Couldn’t think of anything I wanted to do and didn’t have a job ever that I actually enjoyed going to.

So I knew entrepreneurship was for me because it makes me sooo happy!

Would I pick it again? YES

Because the hard of it is worth the happy of it.
The joys of having a client tell me something I taught changed their direction.
The joys of having the freedom to do what I want every day.
The joys of being able to help people help other people.
The joys of teaching my kids to follow what you’re passionate about and seeing that showing up in my son.

Those things make the hard worth it.

I’m not here to tell you this business is a breeze. That’s not the truth. You won’t find that here.

The determination you need to be a success in this business better run DAMN DEEP. If you’re wishy washy or half-hearting it right now I encourage you to DIG… DIG with all you’ve got if you want to make this work.

And if you say any of these things… cut them out right now:

What’s the easiest way?
Is this easy?
I just want the step by step to this.

That thinking will get you nowhere fast. Because if you’ve decided it has to be easy, you’ll stop when it’s not. Instead… EXPECT HARD… BE READY FOR HARD… BE A BADASS WHO CAN TAKE THE HARD DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY AND NOT FALTER…

Then… when and if it’s easy.. BONUS. If not you’re not going to be knocked off your path. You’re going to KILL IT.

You’ve got this.  But this is not the “EASY” choice…

Now that that’s settled. Join me here (code: fbclub) 😉

Angela Wills

45 Days left in 2017. Here’s my plan…

Including today there are 45 days left in 2017, I counted.

I’m taking this time (today) to ask myself:  “What Will You Do?”

I’ll be sharing my answer in detail on three live training workshops. See here:
Lifestyle Business Planning Workshop Bundle << Use coupon: letmein

I’ve already been working on my planning process and making it easier.
I’ve been talking with my coach about a signature program I’ll launch in the new year.
I’ve been working on my health with trips to the gym and my sugar-quitting ambitions.

But my biggest effort is this:

Planning my lifestyle – What do I want my life to look like?
Planning my income – What do I want to earn and what do I need to sell to make that happen?
Planning my actions – What do I need to do to earn an income that supports the lifestyle I want?

And that’s why I’ve created the Lifestyle Business Planning Workshop Bundle!
(save $30 with coupon code: letmein  << expires Monday)

You can sign up NOW, we start December 1st but if you want your best price you need to register before Monday.
Either that or join the Laptop Lifestyle Business Club and get this as the December Bonus, no extra cost whatsoever.

As I mentioned, there are three key components to this planning for me and I’ve laid them all out in workshop format so WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER. During each workshop I’ll be giving you a mix of training on the why and advice on the how so you can leave each workshop having throught about what to do next and in some cases having part or all of your plans completed while you’re with me!

Here’s what I’m sharing with you in each workshop:

  1. The lifestyle you want  – What do you want your LIFE to look like? The Lifewheel Planning Workshop is for that.
  2. The income you want – What do you want to EARN and what do you need to SELL to make that happen? The Predict Your Business Profits Workshop is for that.
  3. The actions you’ll take – What do you need to DO to get my BEST SHOT at your incredible lifestyle plans? What needs to happen… and when. The Sticky Note Business Planning Workshop is for that.

So if you’re not a planner like me but know you NEED to make plans and DO THEM then I’ll share with you right now how I’m answering the “What Will I Do?” question for me.

Lifestyle Business Planning Workshop Bundle << Use coupon: letmein

1 – Sticky Note UNStuck

Tomorrow I’m taking three months of printed Google Calendars and doing the Sticky Note Unstuck planning I’ll be teaching you in the December workshop series.

2 – STRICT Weekly Planning

I want to kick this year right into 2018 and so I’m going to be very strict with my Sunday night plannings.

I’m so serious about it that I’m creating a series of printable planners that will be ready soon and I’ll be adding as a bonus to the workshops, which I’ve also decided to add to the Laptop Lifestyle Business Club in December for my members. I LOVE my club members and I just want to help them RAMP the new year in style and so I’ll be loading up the membership for the last month of the year.

Anyway… back to weekly planning. You can see my planner here a little bit…

One of my favorite parts of it is that it goes from 5am in the morning of that day to 12am. Sometimes I’m up early, sometimes I’m a night owl and my family life is hectic with a teen, a three year old and a night-shift working hubby that I have to grab working time ANY TIME I CAN.

3 – Working With My Coaches

There is nothing like having a support system that really gets you. My coaches Nicole Dean & Kelly McCausey are just the best. I’ve got a call with Nicole next week about my signature program coming up and to be honest with you I NEED to talk it out with someone because I’m getting that “this is too big in my head” fear that is stalling me in my tracks! I need to get past that and I’m positive between the two of them I’m going to and I’ll create a rocking, rocking program for the new year! I’ve loved working with my coaches so much that I’ve reopened my own coaching program and named it Coach in Your Corner. If you’re interested there are just three spots left (as of this writing) and one could be yours.

4 – Working on My Health & Fitness

 

I left my bootcamp I joined last year and now I’ve joined a local gym and I could not be happier with that decision! The gym has a child care area and so now I’m free to go anytime I want to. I love it as a daily mama-break, a daily personal development session (listening to books on my headphones while walking on the treadmill), a daily self-care opportunity (shower and makeup with zero interruptions, yay!) and of course a focus on my health and fitness!

As far as food goes… I struggle. But I’m about to quit sugar again. I just did an 8-day sugar-free stint but I can do better than that. Wish me luck!

 5 – Planning Out Promotions

I’ve already got dates on the calendar for some upcoming training and courses and I know what I want to promote this month so what I’m doing is using Basecamp to project manage and make to-do lists. I’ve created a daily topic list with my emails for my list, matter of fact today’s message is a result of taking time last night to fill out much of this promotional list. I knew, of course, today would be the day to talk about my Freedom Business Planning Workshops and how to CREATE YOUR MOST AMAZING 2018 on purpose.

6 – Focusing on ACTION, Not Results

It’s always good to remind yourself that you can not control the results of your actions. You can only control your actions. If I want more sales there are certain actions I need to take. I often talk about the daily money tasks and how important they are to do FIRST when you are working on your business. It’s even better if you can do multiple money tasks daily and I’m going to be focusing on this kind of action as often as possible.

So that’s what I’ve got in mind for the last month and a half of the year.

How about you? Are you planning or flying by the seat of your pants?

I know planning isn’t fun but I highly recommend you do it!

So get signed up for the workshops. You will NOT be dissapointed and you’ll be in GOOD COMPANY with so many awesome peeps who are ready to create an amazing year in 2018!

You have two options:
1) Buy the workshops for $67 with coupon code: letmein
2) Join the club and get them free. You can join for 50% off your first month with code: lifecantwait

There you go! You know accountability is probably the only way you’re going to REALLY take action on this. So join us. I’ll be adding a private group just for these workshops, too… so that will give you a group to work with the entire month of December and throughout the year, too! See you there. Sign up here! 

angela

 

Don’t You Quit

In high school, I was part of the Cross Country Running club.

I don’t know why.

I’m NOT an athlete. I have never been an athlete. I will never be an athlete.

Just so we’re clear… hahaha.

But… I think I joined just because my friend did.

AND… I SUCKED. I mean, I really sucked. I’m not being hard on myself. I was BAD. I’ve never been a runner and it showed.

I was the kinda bad that my team members finished the race and then came back to run with me to the end.
I was the kinda bad that I ran the only person I ran faster than was the girl who hurt her ankle during the race.

I knew I was bad… but you know what? I kept trying.

I kept trying because I didn’t believe in quitting.
I kept trying because I had committed to doing it.
I kept trying because I wanted to get BETTER, at least.

You’ve gotta understand… running felt like the hardest thing in the world to me. Like I was gonna die mid-run. And so my “winning” in this case was actually just completing a big run. Did I become a gold-medal runner? Nope. But I did not quit. I knew that if I’d quit I’d have felt so much regret over the thing that I couldn’t do in high school. Now it’s just a thing I did that wasn’t for me, and I’m totally OK with that.

I’m getting emails from people lately about how they’re not making any money while trying to build a business online, how it’s hard, how they’ve got so many things going on but nothing’s working.

I get it. And I wish I could tell you that every single one of you are going to be million dollar business owners. But we all know that’s not true. But one thing I know to be true is that if you are determined, if you decide you will not quit and if you are adamant about finding a way… you’ll finish.

You’ll finish your website setup.
You’ll finish your product.
You’ll finish a marketing campaign.
You’ll finish a webinar JV.
You’ll finish sending that email to your list.
etc, etc, etc

And bit by bit those things will add up, and over time you’ll have a business. How big that business is and how well it serves you I cannot say, it’s up to you. But what you are in complete control of right now is if you quit or not.

When I was waiting to go on my races in high school I’d read this plastic card I kept in my pocket with a poem on it. The poem was called don’t quit and I really think it set me on the path to be the person I am today. I took that poem to heart and I remember it to this day. I memorized it. I want to share it with you if you’re feeling discouraged in your business today or ever. Read it and read it again like I did… and then go take action.

Don’t You Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than

It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out –

The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

xo Angela Wills
LaptopLifestyleBusiness.Club

p.s. If you know your determination will get you through and you’d love some one-on-one guidance from me check out my coaching offer here. I love to work with go-getters who will TAKE ACTION. 🙂

How to Know When You’re Ready to Hire a Coach

I sent out an email yesterday about my new coaching offer and I got a good deal of clicks but no sign ups.

So I figure people must be interested, but hesitating. With that in mind I thought it would be a good time to write about a few of the ways you can tell if you’re ready to hire a coach. Here they are:

How to Know You’re Ready to Hire a Coach:

1. You are Coachable. Ok, obvious one here but let’s think about this. Are you open to really being guided by someone else? There’s a stage of personal development where you have little to no ego about someone else giving you advice. You need to “put on your big girl pants” as my coach says and be willing to hear some things you may not like. For example if your coach sees you’ve done something that’s a pretty big “no no” they’re going to tell you. And while a coach is most certainly supportive and encouraging you can’t come back and say that they’re “picking on you” or any such other type response. You’ve got to be willing to hear things you don’t like and take actions you might not have though of.

2. You’ve Researched Your Coach. If you don’t know me you shouldn’t hire me. By know I mean you’ve read enough of my emails, you know enough of my values and you’ve heard enough to know I’m the right coach for you. Not every coach fits every person and you need to research to see if the person you are considering hiring is actually doing what you want to be doing and is legit and is someone you’re going to get along great with!

3. You Know YOU Are Responsible For Your Success. I know, weird right? One of the biggest mistakes people make is thinking a coach will get them from A to Z, or even A to B. A coach isn’t there to DO anything for you and they are not going to change you. The work is all on you. If you don’t already realize that, then you need to really reconsider if you’re ready for coaching. I have two coaches and I put no responsibility for my success on them. I give them tons of CREDIT for being invaluable to me in terms of insight, advice, guidance and value but they are not the people responsible for my actions. I am in charge. I am the leader of my business. They are my support and that works amazingly well.

Coach in your Corner << 4 spots left.

If you’re still unsure I’m so honored to share what one of my long-term coaching clients, Tammy Lorette, had to say about my coaching services with her:

“So, more on what we were chatting about today – this is what I am working on….

I am still working on my building my list
I am working on building my Facebook page and my Facebook group
I am working on product to sell and to give away
I am going to be using PLR to start until my creative juices start flowing more
I am also feeling a lot more organized and focused in my business
I am also really loving my business lately

And I want you to know that I really do credit this to YOU!!

I am now using WordPress thanks to you
I am now promoting or pushing more in my pages and groups thanks to you
I am now starting to blog thanks to you
I am using AMember thanks to you
I entered my first affiliate contest thanks to you
I am using so many other programs that I was never using thanks to you

I have grown so much in the past year and I am very thankful to you!”

Tammy Lorette, MyVAConnection.com

Coach in your Corner << Go now to secure a spot.

Talk soon,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://LaptopLifestyleBusiness.Club

p.s. If coaching is not quite a fit for you yet, I’d love to have you join my community and monthly challenges. The Laptop Lifestyle Business Club is growing quickly these days and our members are currently ROCKING the Passive Income Challenge. Details and sign up here >> Coupon Code to save on first month: lifecantwait

Me-time Not Wasteful… It’s Wonderful

I just spent a soul-filling time lakeside on the beach this morning.

I journaled.
I thought.
I felt gratitude.
I prepared for my day.

I wanted to connect today, with my people, with those I can serve and help. But before I did that, before I can fill anyone else up, I had to fill ME up.

And the beach does that for me.

Journaling does that for me. Continue reading

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