If you've been following my updates and photos around the web, it may not *seem* like I'm working much at all.
And of course I'm water skiing every chance I get now that the weather is turning HOT here in Tennessee!
I'm actually looking forward to the slower Summer months settling in, but lately I've been really grateful for a (very) flexible work schedule and on-the-go devices. Because I DO have some awesome projects in the works, and that allows me to live life to the fullest while also enjoying my awesome career.
On that note, Ann Smarty asked me what it is I'm working on, and why - in her invitation for me to join in on a popular "Writing Blog Tour" on the topic. I haven't been invited on a Blog Tour in ages, so of course I said YES! Here goes...
Here are the four questions for the Writing Blog Tour, and of course - my answers! This will give you a little insight into what I'm focusing on right now, and WHY...
1. What am I working on?
As always, I'm working on a variety of things at the moment. But my biggest writing project (and my favorite!) is the Niche Success Blueprint.
It's a weekly training series on starting a successful online business in any niche, with a new training module sent out every week for 52 full weeks.
The goal is to get a blog or business up and running, and work toward maximum profit potential - with step-by-step help through your entire first year.
While it's very "newbie friendly", it's also great for anyone with an established blog or online business that really wants to take it to the next level. I share advanced marketing strategies, creative revenue sources, and tons of live examples. Readers of all experience levels are loving it!
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
There are few points that make Niche Success Blueprint stand out from the crowd of how-to courses out there. First, it's very current. Most of the courses on the market are totally outdated in my opinion (and personal experience). I write each training module myself, deliver it the same week, and share exactly what I am doing to achieve great results on my own niche site.
Which brings us to point #2: I actually do what I teach. There are a lot of courses and books out there that are created by people who don't have (current) hands-on experience with what they're teaching, so you have to be super cautious about who you choose to learn from.
The weekly training modules work out much better than a typical "home study course" or how-to guide because you don't get bogged down or overwhelmed with entirely too much information at once. You simply get the training, understand the concepts, and do the assigned tasks each week, following along week by week doing the steps strategically and in the correct order. It's the easiest way to stay on track and keep moving forward so you can reach your goals.
3. Why do I write what I do?
For years now I've been trying to figure out a way to teach "niche marketing" in a way that was easy to follow and implement. While I share tips, resources & tutorials here on my blog, speak/teach at various events, and work hands-on with members of my Private Brainstorming Group, I've been asked time and again for a "step by step course" so people can easily model my methods.
There's only so much you can teach from the stage, in a webinar, or in a single blog post. People need ALL of the pieces, not just a bit here and a bit there with no real idea how to tie it all together. That's where the idea for Niche Success Blueprint was born. I knew the only real way to deliver current, relevant, step-by-step training was through a series of topical weekly training modules.
The BIG "why" behind everything that I do though, and especially this training series, is so that others can have the opportunity to enjoy the same lifestyle that I do.
If I could gift everyone with the ability to live life on their own terms, I would. And that's my mission with the Niche Success Blueprint.
I worked hard to figure things out on my own, and I've been in business more than 17 years now, so there were very few resources. Much less "working models" you could simply copy by following the steps week by week.
Success looks different to everyone. Whether it's more about finances, enjoyment, freedom, etc - working online from virtually anywhere is the way to achieve it. I've been able to be a full-time parent at home and have a successful (fun!) career at the same time. And whether I'm traveling the world, or hiking the gorgeous waterfalls in my home state of Tennessee, I'm all for "quality of life" - having the time, money and freedom to ENJOY the days.
There's no reason everyone can't achieve the same "success" (or your own definition of it). Unfortunately there is so much outdated and/or disjointed information out there about how to run a REAL online business. Which is why I finally put my fingers to the keyboard and started creating this much-needed series of training modules.
4. How does my writing process work?
I always start with an outline. A blank piece of paper or a blank screen is intimidating, so at the very least I write "Title" (literally) at the top and then create bullet points (with "xyz" beside each one, at the very least) and below that type "conclusion".
As silly as that sounds, I find even a blank outline to be a great starting point for anything from a blog post to an info-product. From there I simply fill in the blanks, usually with basic ideas to start until I have a working rough draft.
I use Evernote for all of my writing - from task lists to my weekly training modules. Evernote automatically syncs across all of my devices, so I can start anywhere and finish anywhere (else), whether it's my iPad my PC or my Android mobile device.
I'm Looking for Affiliates and JV Partners!
I would really love to get the word out about Niche Success Blueprint to even more people! I have an affiliate program set up that pays 50% commission, and it pays you instantly via PayPal for each referral.
If you have a list or group that would be interested in step-by-step training for setting up a blog or online business, or know someone that does (it pays 10% on the 2nd tier too!), you can sign up for the affiliate program here. You simply need to register at JVzoo first if you don't yet have an account there.
I am actively looking for new affiliates, affiliate recruiters and JV partners to get NSB in as many inboxes as possible. Feel free to email or message me if you have questions or are interested in working together on your promotion!
Now I get to Tag three more people to participate in the Writing Blog Tour. So I'm passing the blogging torch to these cool bloggers...
I look forward to hearing what they're working on (and why!), and how their writing process works as well. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it.
A big thanks! to Ann Smarty for including me in the Blog Tour! (If her name sounds familiar to you, it's because she was the subject of a major guest blogging penalty recently which I blogged about here on ClickNewz.)
p.s. I would love to hear what YOU are working on. Leave a comment below and share your "what" and "why" with us.