Decision Day: Quit


Today is my D Day:
Quit day job

Hi there folks, Brian Charles Jowers here, today is my Decision Day (D Day). I have had enough of travelling and working away from home, so I am going to work for myself, at home for a while.

What brought on Decision Day?

As I have said elsewhere, I have been contracting for nearly two decades, most of which has been miles away from home. Also, as a contractor I felt sort of obliged to work, only taking long weekends (working the required hours in four days) and a week or two at the end of the year. Minimum week would be three days.

I had been reflecting for several days:

  • Why am I doing this?
  • Do I really want to get up before 4:00 am every Monday?
  • Do I really need to drive over 160 miles to get to work?
  • Do I really need to stay away from home during the week?
  • Etc

So the time had come to make a decision, probably the biggest decision I have made for some time.

Felt like I had been working there all that time…lots going on with family and at home so made the decision not to renew the contract: the equivalent of quitting from a permanent job.

The Bigger Plan

I have always wanted to work nearer to home, the opportunity to do so has become even less these days. This, has come about with a general contraction of the defence industry, together with restructuring and company acquisitions, making the available jobs further away.

Why not work from home?

Now, that is a good idea, just need a business set up, simple!

Why not set up the business now?

Brilliant idea. I am not currently going to work could take two or three months before having to look for another contract. Need somewhere with plenty of space, current office space is cramped.

I have this homemade summer hous at the bottom of the garden, set within a deck area.

Summer house and decking
Homemade summer house

It would take quite a bit of effort but….

Dismantling
Takes a lot of effort…

…. here is the base for a log cabin.

 

Concrete base
Ready made base

All ready to go:

  • Need the log cabin
  • Power connection
  • Broadband connection

And will be all set (and of course tidy up the garden)

 

Until next time…

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How are you getting on? I would love to know how you are getting on, any difficulties you have overcome?

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Brian

Successfully completed: Quick Start Challenge


Success with QSC Completed:

Still plenty to do though

Hi, Brian C Jowers here, it is nice of you to drop by and check up on my progress with the Quick Start Challenge, see the last blog post.

It has been a very busy 4 (now 5) weeks and the training has been completed, but it has been well worth the effort and a success all the way. I have been able to consolidate my knowledge into a practical application, and even a future product, maybe.

What did the Quick Start Challenge cover?

The QSC was setup to create (from scratch) a system that was capable of generating sales of $100 per day; within a 30 day target period.

This was to be 4 training webinars, a Question and Answer webinar and a Facebook community for peer support and encouragement.

Here is a brief breakdown of what we did during the challenge, on a week by week basis.

The first week

The premise for the course is that participants have been ‘doing an online business’ for some time, could even be for a decade or more with little returns. The shiny objects, courses, must have eBooks etc. have probably cost more than anything they have earnt on line.

This challenge is the means to change this NOW.

‘If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always gotten’

What we know is Change is automatic, like the weather (Here in the UK this is very true)

However, PROGRESS is not automatic, we need to take control, and action to see real progress. This formulae is the key:

TM + EP = Faster Success

TM = Time Management

EP = Effective Planning

The introduction then went on to show:

  • how we can manage our time to give effective planning
  • how the internet has changed
  • what we need as our foundation

The first week completed with the setting of the challenge for the week.

The second week

OK, so we now we know how to build a website, what shall we do with the visitors, we need to know who they are because:

  • We want our own traffic we can control
  • An audience to communicate with when we want to
  • Able to send traffic on demand
  • We can make money on demand

This is why we want an email list

To get subscriber details we will need an opt in page, which traditionally led to a confirmation or ‘thank you for signing up’ page. This is not good enough these days.

The NEW approach is as follows:

Opt In Page      This page now offers a ‘bribe’ for opting in, acquiring leads. It has to be something of value, but essentially FREE.

Connection      This page creates the connection with the new subscriber
                           Delivers value and builds trust
                           Delivers the promised ‘bribe’, OR explains how to get it
                           AND has a call to action (CTA) as the final step
Money Page    The CTA leads to where you can make money
                          An offer for a paid entry level product, that ideally leads to higher value sales
The second week is again completed by the setting of a challenge.

The third week

OK, so we have captured a few email addresses, what to do with them?

We need to give them value to build the audience so that they come to know, like and trust us. Lets face it, you only buy from your local shop because you have built a relationship with them. You may even know the proprietor and even the staff, any bad encounters, shoddy goods or grumpy staff would have put you off.

What do we email about?

  • Valuable content / promotions  a mixture, too many sales promtions will lead to unsubscribers
  • Keep it simple, and not too long, occasional lengthy useful content can be of benefit
  • Share content across different media blog/videos/social media
  • Share your journey and experiences
  • Most important – be YOU

BUT, we can automate the sending of the emails. An autoresponder will send the emails out on a daily basis, we just need to provide the sequence of emails in advance. AND, keep adding to the sequence.

That is week three completed, except for the challenge.

The fourth week

The subject here is traffic, people, visitors to our site, but NOT just anybody.

What we want is the ideal visitor (a buyer), this is ‘Targeted Traffic’ for our offer.

Completed - now for traffic
We need people

If someone had an interest in “cats” they would not be interested in an offer for “dog training”, getting someone in front of an offer that they are interested in is an opportunity to make money.

This leads to traffic temperature classification:

COLD traffic      – Does not know us

WARM traffic    – May know or heard of us

HOT traffic        Knows us, likes us and trusts us

The hotter the traffic the better the quality and the more likely to buy from us.

The other consideration is how the traffic is obtained

  • FREE – paid with TIME rather than money
  • PAID – paid with MONEY

Examples of FREE Traffic include:

  • Social media marketing
  • Blogging
  • Video marketing
  • Forum marketing
  • Podcasting

Examples of PAID Traffic include:

  • Facebook Ads
  • Email buys / Solo Ads
  • Banner Ads
  • YouTube Ads
  • Google Ads

The first challenge was to consider what your traffic option would be.

The next webinar gave a recap of the free and paid traffic methods and delved into the need for a ‘Traffic Strategy’, and how to measure its effectiveness.

The free tool, Google Analytics is popular and the ‘Google Analytics Dashboard for WP’, a WordPress plugin is a useful way to monitor from your WP dashboard.

Once the example traffic strategy had been completed, the next challlenge was then issued.

Finally, we had a lengthy training in how to create a FaceBook Ad, this was a very welcome bonus for all participants.

Completed and the BONUS

The bonus training showed how this foundation that we have just built can be deployed to take your business up into $1000 per day, even multiple thousands.

But, I now have a blog site set up as per the QSC training, a solid foundation for a business with a $100 per day turnover, that is an average YEARLY salary in any ones money.

All we need now is a first product, something to attract potential customers, something that is FREE is the best, but having a solid value. How about something irresistible, over an hour of video training on how to setup your first sale and a strategy for your business, click here for The Perfect Offer.

 

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The Quick Start Challenge: An introduction


Why I signed up for the Quick Start Challenge

I have been trying to get an internet based business running for some time now, with all the usual distractions in the past.

Fortunately at the end of last year I came across my mentor and coach Mr Dean Holland, and have successfully established a presence in the Internet Marketing niche.

Quick Start Challenge

Why did I get involved?

I heard that my coach, Dean Holland and his friend and prior colleague, Craig Crawford had teamed up again for the 2017 iteration of The Quick Start Challenge.

The programme is designed to take someone from nothing, to making $100 per day, in just 30 days? Yes, you read that correctly, from zilch to your first $100 in a month.

I decided that I had to get involved because:

  • I needed to regenerate the enthusiasm I had earlier in the year
  • To explore a different aspect (or sub niche?)of the Internet Marketing niche
  • AND I would be supporting a worthy cause – donation made to children’s charity

Therefore without hesitation I decided to sign up.

The first week

The first webinar, held yesterday, was an introduction to the four week training, outlining what was to be covered over those weeks.

And we also found out about the weekly challenge, yep every week there is to be a challenge. Well let’s face it, the title is ‘The Quick Start Challenge’.

You guessed correctly, the first challenge is to set up a blog, so following the teachings I have dived straight in – the tidy up will be ongoing…….

 

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