NOTE: If you’re interested in B-School for 2016, then click here.
This is a post for 2014.
We started our online business in April 2010 in the most dire of circumstances. We were facing bankruptcy, working two full-time jobs, living in a foreign country, AND raising our daughter.
The first year of business did not get any better with more trying circumstances: a relocation home, inconsistent income, a miscarriage, and chronic health issues.
And we were still broke, living with Craig’s parents. Let’s not even go there with our self esteem.
Our life was a roller coaster of emotional, physical and financial stress.
We kept moving forward with our business because we believed in the dream life we desired. We progressed in small steps, but it wasn’t until the past 12 months where things really changed and the life we believed in arrived.
How did we become one of the world’s biggest travel blogs, despite all our challenges, and not knowing anything about business or blogging?
There is a LONG and a SHORT answer.
The short answer is – we learned from the BEST.
“If you want what others have, you’ve got to do what they do”.
Over the years we’ve spent thousands on courses and conferences, and always learned valuable lessons that helped us grow. But, we were still not getting the results that reflected the value we felt we offered. We were frustrated and annoyed that others seemed to make it work and catch all the breaks, while we were stuck driving on dead end streets waiting for luck to notice us.
Our psyche was missing the savviness we needed to elevate our business.
Why couldn’t we make it work?
Now that we’ve got the business smarts, we’ve learned all the things we were doing wrong.
We didn’t have a business plan and systems in place. We didn’t understand who our target market was, nor how to get in front of them and build a relationship, AND how to convert them into customers. Growing an email list was not a priority, our newsletter wasn’t focused, our website wasn’t optimized, our content wasn’t sharp, and we had no products to sell. AND, we didn’t know how to market without feeling sleazy, slimy and scammy.
We knew our dream was worth chasing and we knew we were inspiring people to change their lives, but none of this mattered if we couldn’t find a way to take our business to the next level and sustain an income from it. The door taking us back to jobs we hated was fast approaching.
We had some tough questions to answer,
“Well then, what are we going to do differently so we’re not looking back in 12 months from now giving the same answer?”
People have success because they follow certain principles and mix that with a passion and action that’s committed to serve.
Once you discover the success steps AND implement them, making money doing what you love is possible. (yet still involves work – you can’t miss the ACTION part!)
We’d been following Marie Forleo and her blog for some time before doing her B-School course. We loved her fun, modern and heart-felt approach to business, and despite having a lot of fear, last year we took the leap to do something different, and invested in our future by doing her online business program.
We wanted to be like Marie – doing what we love, changing the world, and getting paid for it.
B-School’s mission is to help you realize your full potential and make the impact in the world you’re meant to make. It is the online business school for modern entrepreneurs. It’s perfect for both men and women business owners, and those who DREAM of creating a business they love.
Marie shows you how to build an online business from scratch, or take your existing business to new heights. She has one of the sharpest marketing minds online today and has been interviewed by Oprah as a thought-leader for the next generation.
She’s gone on holiday with Richard Branson, been interviewed by Tony Robbins, and she’s helped thousands of entrepreneurs like you create profitable online businesses they love.
If you follow Marie’s blueprint and apply all her lessons, it won’t be long before you’re living a life you designed either. It’s all up to YOU (isn’t it always?)
Marie JUST opened registration to her legendary B-School program today. She only opens it once a year. Enrollment doors close March 5th, 2014 so if it’s the right fit for you, now is the time to enroll.
We’re sharing with you our B-School bonuses further down the page, but to get all the details on exactly what you’ll learn including:
- The course carriculum
- Who is B-School for?
- How B-School works
- Testimonials from graduates
- and the investment
Marie tells you in THIS VIDEO
How can B-School help your business?
Here are our results since joining B-School:
- We’re both working full-time on our business.
- Our content is more aligned with how we wish to serve our readers.
- We’re getting a much better response from each post, especially our newsletter.
- Our email open rates have increased by 10%, taking them above industry average.
- Our email subscriber list has doubled and unsubscribe rates are low.
- Our traffic has quadrupled – 200,000+ unique visitors per month.
- Last month we earned triple what we would have in our past jobs.
- We’ve published and sold hundreds of copies of our ebook and have glowing testimonials.
- We now outsource the work we hate to the experts.
- And got the confidence to say YES to our #yTravelOz indefinite road trip around Australia (5 months in and having a blast)
- MOST IMPORTANTLY: We are changing people’s lives and sharing our sacredness – that special something only we have to contribute.
And, just in case you didn’t know:
- We were recently featured on the Pinterest blog highlighting our 4.3 million Pinterest followers.
- Virgin Australia named us one of the Top Travel Bloggers in Australia.
- We’ve partnered on campaigns with Qantas, Canon, Expedia, Carnival Cruise Lines, Tourism Australia, and Nissan.
- We’ve been featured in places such as Huffington Post, SocialMediaExaminer.com, ABC Radio Sydney, The Sydney Telegraph, and Tourism Australia.
- We regularly speak at the ProBlogger conference and other events on blogging, social media, and travel.
The BEST benefit of B-School
The best benefit for us is the increase in our confidence and the belief in our VALUE.
The more time we spend learning from Marie and being surrounded by awesome people in the B-School community – who are just smashing it with their results – the happier and more confident we feel with what we’re doing.
Early on in our business we were lost, frustrated, and overwhelmed. We weren’t confident enough to step up and to let our light shine so we could OFFER the best. We stayed hidden and accepted less than we were worth.
Confidence opens space for new opportunities and helps your action steps to become more in tune with your greater purpose and value.
Marie mentioned us in her email newsletter twice last week, amongst names of thought leaders I’ve long admired and hoped to be like such as: Kris Carr, Danielle LaPorte, Derek Halpern, Melanie Duncan, Gabrielle Bernstein, Rick Reid and Nick Ortner.
I wrote to her a message of gratitude, “Seeing my name in your newsletter was one of the top 10 highlights of my life, and I’ve travelled for 15 years and seen and done some amazing things.”
What about the investment?
We chose not to do Marie’s course in 2012 because we were worried about the investment.
It was a big mistake which delayed our freedom by a year, caused us to make more mistakes we now have to fix, and added a few more personal problems to our life. It was a costly decision in both time and money.
We hated sitting on the sidelines watching several B-Schoolers within the space of a year go from not knowing what they wanted to do, to working full-time on their dream. Another opportunity had passed us by. When the doors opened in 2103, we were ready to invest in ourselves and our business.
Pros invest, they take risks and then they step up and get it done.
The return on B-School is infinite, not just in terms of money, but in terms of how it changes you as a person.
There’s no price you can put on spending every day being who you want to be and living the life you love.
Is 2014 the year you step up? If not now, when?
Our B-School Bonus: Private Mentorship Group
By enrolling in B-School under our special affiliate link, you’ll join us in our private mentorship group, created only for B-Schoolers. This is the only time we’ve opened up our doors to mentor, despite repeated requests.
Throughout the B-School course we’ll hold you accountable, be a personal source of encouragement and a resource to help you on your journey.
Our bonuses (outlined below) are worth $2,112, but we’re giving it as a free extra for you, when you sign up to B-School.
(Yes, we are proud affiliates of B-School and may earn a referral fee if you sign-up from our recommendation (at no extra expense to you). But we don’t recommend crap. We only recommend programs we have done, and got results from. As online business owners we value our reputation and credibility immensely, and stand behind everything Marie and B-School stands for.)
We thought hard about the bonuses we wanted to offer. We didn’t want to give you more courses to overwhelm and distract you. We wanted to give you support and advice that hones in on your concerns and questions.
We want you to SUCCEED in having that dream business and life.
BONUS 1: Membership in an exclusive mentoring group
We’ll host a series of mentoring calls where we’ll share our tips and lessons learned, as well as answer your questions.
The mentoring calls will be in alignment with the B-School curriculum so we can give added insight into what worked for us and what didn’t. We can help you avoid the traps and share simple things you can start applying for success.
We’ll be sharing things that worked for us and simple tweaks that changed our business including:
- Changes to our newsletter content and structure to improve open rates and enthusiasm for each newsletter.
- Strategies and tactics that are working in our business now.
- Our visual image strategy and how it brings 100,000+ visitors a month to our site.
- Our journey from bankrupt to 6 figure business – what the key changers were for us and the BEST decisions we’ve made.
- The biggest mistakes we’ve made and what we’d do differently.
- We’ll reveal our top strategies for building quality relationships that help move your business forward – in a fun, non-sleazy, non-desperate way.
- The process we go through when it comes time to launch our own products and how to avoid the mistakes we made.
- How Craig and I manage a full-time business, whilst being full-time parents and full-time travellers.
Logistics will be determined after B-School has started and we assess number of participants and needs.
All calls will be recorded, just in case you can’t make the live call.
BONUS 2: Membership in our private Facebook group, “The Dreamer Fools’
A dreamer intelligent sits on the couch, where it is safe, and keeps dreaming. A dreamer fool goes after the dream where it’s dangerous and dark. They take risks and do things 80% of people won’t so they can fall in the 20% of people who achieve success. They’re the fearless risk takers who believe in their dream enough to know they have what it takes to make it a reality. Our private facebook group, The Dreamer Fools, will be a source of support and help keep you accountable while you go through the program. We’ll be active throughout B-School sharing our tips, giving you encouragement and cheering you on. PLUS, Craig and I are doing the course again this year (you get lifetime access to the course) so we’ll have lots of great discussions. This group will help you get the attention you need. The official B-School Facebook group is HUGE, so sometimes it is hard to be seen and heard. Our smaller group will help you connect with other passionate entrepreneurs on the same journey in a more personal way and form genuine relationships. B-School connections can open many doors.
A dreamer intelligent sits on the couch, where it is safe, and keeps dreaming. A dreamer fool goes after the dream where it’s dangerous and dark. They take risks and do things 80% of people won’t so they can fall in the 20% of people who achieve success. They’re the fearless risk takers who believe in their dream enough to know they have what it takes to make it a reality.
Our private facebook group, The Dreamer Fools, will be a source of support and help keep you accountable while you go through the program.
We’ll be active throughout B-School sharing our tips, giving you encouragement and cheering you on. PLUS, Craig and I are doing the course again this year (you get lifetime access to the course) so we’ll have lots of great discussions.
This group will help you get the attention you need. The official B-School Facebook group is HUGE, so sometimes it is hard to be seen and heard. Our smaller group will help you connect with other passionate entrepreneurs on the same journey in a more personal way and form genuine relationships. B-School connections can open many doors.
BONUS 3: : Free copy of my upcoming ebook Step into your Sacredness
These are the principles I’ve followed to create my dream life of travel + becoming one of the world’s most successful travel blogs.
It’s a book that builds a foundation under lofty dreams so they become reality. Part empowerment, part spiritual, combined with the magic of the Universe this book shows you how to tap into your own power to create the dreams that lie in your heart.
When you follow these principles, magic arrives.
BONUS 4: Free copy of our travel ebook – How to create the travel life you love
There’s also a section on saving money – a must for everyone! Dig deep into it when you’re ready to travel (once you get your business firing I’m sure you will be!)
We travel a lot, and we’re really friendly, so if we’re passing by your area, we’d love to meet for a coffee and a chat. (OR, if you dig wine and beer more, we’re happy to support you)
We do not take your decision to join B-School and us lightly. We’re here to encourage, guide and help. It’s what we usually do naturally anyway!
To take advantage of these exclusive bonuses, you MUST purchase through our B-School link. When you are ready to join you MUST click on this link. So bookmark this space and return here. Otherwise you won’t be able to enter our mentoring group.
Once you’ve enrolled and I have the information on my end, I will set you up with your bonuses. We don’t want you to miss the opportunity to work with us, so make sure you click on the button above.
We’re so ready to help you soar! Is now your time?