10 Nov Podcast Masterclass, How To Start A Lifestyle Business
Masterclass in becoming an entrepreneur to living that location freedom lifestyle
Chatting with Champions #98 by Tyler Basu featuring blogging wizard Yaro Starak
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“A Blueprint For Building A Profitable Blog In Any Niche”
Yaro Starak is one of the most well-known and highest grossing bloggers online today. After hustling his way through various enterprises, from a card game e-commerce store, to an online proofreading business for international students, to investing in websites in various industries, Yaro decided to create his blog Entrepreneurs-Journey in 2005.
Initially, his blog was intended to be a hobby site where he would share stories from the previous years he spent as an entrepreneur. However as his blog grew in popularity, it eventually became his primary business, and to-date it has generated him over a million dollars in revenue.
Yaro has since taught thousands of others how to make a full-time income from blogging, how to buy and sell blogs and websites, and how to successfully launch information product businesses.
Visit Yaro’s website: www.entrepreneurs-journey.com
Topics discussed in this interview:
- How Yaro got started in business & why he became an entrepreneur
- The process of starting and growing his blog
- An overview of his business today
- How to choose a topic to blog about
- Ways to increase traffic to your blog and build your audience
- How to create products your audience will buy
- Mistakes to avoid when trying to turn a blog into a business
- Challenges entrepreneurs face and how to overcome them
- Specific habits that are key to Yaro’s success
- Yaro’s definition of success
- Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs
- Problogger.com (Darren Rowse)
- Living the 80/20 Way by Richard Koch
- The Perfect Store by Adam Cohen
- The PayPal Wars by Eric M. Jackson
** FREE BONUS **
- Before you start blogging, you really need to spend some time on topic selection. If you get this part wrong, it really doesn’t matter how well you do everything else, you’ll still fail.
- Since it takes a while to create a product, you don’t want to spend time creating one that may not sell.
- Don’t drive traffic to a blog that has no mechanism for returning some sort of metric to gauge success.
- Content creation has by far been the best thing I have ever done for my business. All the hard work I did, I’m living off it now. I still get traffic from articles I wrote 10 years ago.
- Identify the 20% of tasks that deliver the 80% of value.
Find host Tyler Basu @TylerBasu and Yaro Starak at @YaroStarak and his site BlogProfitsBlueprint.
Rise of the Entrepreneur #2 by Zac Johnson featuring entrepreneurial guru Jim Kukral
“How To Run A Lifestyle Business”
The journey from employee to self employed entrepreneur is a long and lonely path. For some it may come faster and easier, but for the majority of us it’s quite the task.
Many times people read or hear about the success of others online and think having your own business is the greatest thing in the world (which it is!) and that the majority of us are lucky (which rarely has anything to do with it)… however what many of them don’t realize or get to read about is the long hours of constant work, frustration and failures that we endure until we finally hit that success we’ve been looking for.
This is exactly what we are going to be talking about in the latest episode of the Rise of the Entrepreneur.
Nothing comes easy in life, especially when you are just entering the work force and trying to make your own path.
Jim Kukral is a real life example of someone who has worked their way up from the trenches of the dreaded 9-to-5 to achieving his dreams of being his own boss and doing what he wants with his time.
Like many of the special guests on my show, Jim and I go back many years. I first met with Jim back in 2000-2001 on the AffiliateForce cruises when he was working with another ad network and I’ve personally seen him transition himself from being an employee to running his own lifestyle business and now even his own book marketing club and conference. In short, he’s running the “lifestyle business” he’s always wanted.
Talking Points Discussed in this Episode:
- Jim brings us back to 1995 to discuss his first job experience
- How to achieve the goal of a life-style business
- When Jim knew he never wanted to work for anyone again
- Finding your passion and sticking with it
- Self Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing
- From online entrepreneur to conference builder
- Three great Q&A questions for Jim in the Pit of Fire
Mentioned URLs and Resources:
- JimKukral.com (Jim’s Personal Blog)
- Author Marketing Book Club
- Author Marketing Live Event
- Twitter – Follow Jim on Twitter
Christmas time came around and I said, “Where are the owners?” They said, “Oh! They went shopping.” We are all sitting around, waiting for our Christmas bonuses.
They came back with a truck full of Ikea furniture and then proceeded to say, “Look at all the great, big furniture we bought.” I saw and said, “That is great.”
Then, they handed up the Christmas bonus checks.
I got mine and it was like, $600. Now you say, “Jim, $600. You should have been really happy with that.” They weren’t paying me very much, and I just found out that they spent 38,000 on Ikea.
Jim: I looked at them and I said, “I just busted my butt…” We are talking about a million dollar account. “I made all this money for you, guys and you went out and blew all the money on Ikea furniture and gave me a measly $600 for Christmas bonus.
That is the exact moment I knew I never wanted to work for anyone ever again because I knew I could not handle letting someone else control my profit, controlling my success. And that is when I started to become an entrepreneur, really take a heavier input in my life and building a lifestyle business.
is a really niche audience. There is going to be a high demand for that.Jimget back up.
Not only is he a great guy, but he is also a finally found his calling and become quite the authority in the self-publishing and book world. For many of us, we maybe way too envious of this success of others and think that it just comes to them way too easy.
Jim’s story was a perfect example of how much work, time and effort goes into finding and paving your own path. The important thing to remember is that nothing happens overnight, and in Jim’s case, this was a journey that took shape over the course of many years.
Now is the time to turn your dreams into a reality. It does not matter what you want to accomplish in life as long as you start to take action right now. If you are trying to change your life for the better, create that new business that you always wanted. Or even just figure out how to make a few extra dollars online. You need to take action and make things happen.
Today, I want you take that first step to achieving your goal and setting your path in the right direction. Create that new business that you have been thinking about.
Call that family member that you have not talk to in a while. Just grab a piece of paper and write down that big goal that you keep pushing to the side. Take that immediate action today.
As always, I want to thank you for listening to the Rise of the Entrepreneur and there is nothing I would love more than to hear your feedback on the show.
Feel free to leave a review or rating within the iTunes and connect with me on social media and through the blog.
Don’t forget to visit zacjohnson.com for show notes and more. Until next time, this is Zac Johnson. Seize the day and go make your dreams become a reality.
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I can’t thank you enough for listening in to the second episode of the Rise of the Entrepreneur. Be sure to check back often as a new episode will go live every TUESDAY and THURSDAY. You can listen to each of the episodes through the blog or itunes, stitcher etc..
Find host Zac Johnson at @ZacJohnson and his personal BLOG and guest Jim Kukral @JimKukral and his site here.
Ending the Grind by #12 by Steve Roy featuring Sean Ogle aka the “LocationRebel“
“Creating A Life Worth Writing About”
Sean Ogle runs a very cool blog called Location180, which is about helping people create online businesses that can be run from anywhere in the world. He’s been all over the world and is actually living the lifestyle of his choice.
There are so many blogs out there (including mine) that talk about lifestyle design, living on your own terms, and being passionate about life but aren’t actually doing them yet. Sean is.
His online businesses afford him to live anywhere he wants, enjoy his life, and experience life to the fullest. If you don’t believe me, watch his video on his “About” page. Pure inspiration.
Sean and I had a great chat and I enjoyed his easy going nature and humility. He seems like someone who is genuinely happy with their life. How many people do you know that can say the same?
In our conversation, a few things stuck out to me:
- Instead of letting his fears control his life, he took action towards moving past them. They paid off!
- Why learning marketable skills can help you end your grind much quicker that you think.
- The two things that are holding you back from living your ideal lifestyle.
- How he found an underserved market, filled the demand, and is earning passive income every day from it now.
Sean also has an excellent free eBook called Location Rebel Arsenal, which details all the tools he uses to run his businesses from anywhere. I’ve read it and there are a lot of great tips and ideas for online entrepreneurs.
Thanks again to Sean and I hope you enjoy the interview! And if you do enjoy this interview,why not listen to the rest of them and subscribe to my Podcast in iTunes.
Find host Steve Roy on Twitter @EndGrind and guest Sean Ogle at his Blog and LocationRebel sites.