When a client who comes to me for guidance, one of the first questions I ask is “what do you want your life to look like?” For some, it’s important to have a routine, know what to expect every day and have a modern office with a city view. Others are night owls who want to sleep late and work alone in their studies while the rest of the world is quiet.
As a life-long entrepreneur, my ideal work style has changed at different life stages. When my son was young, I wanted the freedom to either work from home or take him with me. When my father was ill, I set up my business model so that employees could keep it going while I made frequent flights cross country to be with him. Because I thrive on change, diverse environments are important to me so I’ve designed my businesses to be mobile and adaptable.
When I spend the summer at home on the central coast of California, I work on my laptop in my camper van at the Moonstone Beach, taking frequent breaks to walk my dog Lucy on the boardwalk. The winter I lived in Florida, I planned my days around beach walks at low tide.
Almost daily I receive emails asking how I’m able to “take so much time off to travel”. I used the word “fortunate” but honestly, luck has nothing to do with it. I don’t have a trust fund or a partner who supports me financially. I DO have to make a living so It took a lot of hard work and strategic planning to create this freedom lifestyle.
Whether your choice is to work from home with your children and pets or to live in a different country every year, you can create a livelihood that enables that freedom but it takes planning and prioritizing.
Here’s an example of how I adapt my business to make it work:
This summer, I’ve committed to volunteer 20 hours a week to the state parks so how will I keep my business going for the three months I’m off playing in the woods? I’ve made two big changes to my business model to fit the way I want my summer to look. I’ll have less time for one-to-one consulting so I’m limiting the number of individual clients I accept for the summer. ( I only have time for 3 more so if you want one of those spots, please hit “reply to this email”. )
And, since many of you want to grow your businesses over the summer, I’ve designed a way to help more of you with less time. I’ll be opening up a “Drop-in Line” 8 times a month so that you can call in and ask any questions you want. For an outrageously low flat fee of $87 for all three months, members will have access to me 12 hours a month. PLUS you’ll have the additional benefit of others on the call who might have ideas or resources for you.
For June July and August, I’ll open up my conference line every Tuesday and Saturday from 12 noon to 1:30 PM Pacific. As a member you can just drop in with a question and I’ll help you get unstuck. You’re not committed to be on every call. You can pop in once a week, twice a month or all 24 sessions if you want. There’s no set topic-it’s your time for whatever you need to help you get unstuck. Register HERE