When I work with people changing their careers, or even just chat socially with people and the conversation turns to work, so many express the desire to work for themselves. Frequently this is followed by “I’d love to create a business online and work from home.”
This is a career move that is close to my heart, after all I live it every day, but I have, until now, hesitated to recommend it to people because there can be a few speed bumps on the road to online success. I know because I think I’ve hit every one of them over the last eight or nine years!
It’s been an interesting journey and along the way I have met some amazing people. Sometimes it is the people you meet that make the most unexpected impact on your life, even years later.
On a cold and dismal day in London in 2010 I arrived at a business workshop after flying into the UK from Australia. I was jet lagged, excited, nervous and not quite sure what I’d let myself in for. I’d gained access to the workshop through a competition online and I think I only won because I said I’d fly from Australia to London to attend. It certainly wasn’t for the quality of the video I’d submitted!
I met an interesting couple almost as soon as I arrived at the venue. Susan Beesley and her husband Chris were accountants and management consultants who were just starting to learn about internet marketing. The workshop required quite a lot of “buddy” work, so Susan and I became “buddies” and worked closely together for some of the workshop and the three of us often chatted in the breaks. I enjoyed their company and we kept in touch over the years.
Now they are highly regarded internet marketers, keynote speakers at major internet events around the world, and reaping the financial benefits of their hard work, their new skills and their ability to explain complex concepts in an interesting and understandable way.
I recently met up with them again after all those years. We had kept in touch, and in fact I’d been following their work and learning from them for several years. They traveled to Australia to be the keynote speakers at an Online Business Education training.
My husband attended the training with me and we were most impressed by their knowledge and their stage style, which is just them being exactly who they are on stage. That is refreshing in an age of youthful success, photoshopping and manufactured images.
We also had a great time catching up socially, with lovely dinners and the occasional glass or two of bubbles! With a common interest in creating a great lifestyle that encompasses lots of travel and embraces some work online to enhance that lifestyle, we had a lot to talk about.