3 Entrepreneurs Evolving Online

March 26, 2014

airplaneI’ve been thinking a lot lately of my online journey. I won’t go into my story in this post but I will say that where I started is a lot different from where I am today. And I’m glad.

Am I the only one who has changed what I do online? Nope. Here are 3 people I can think of right off the bat.

Nicole Dean
When I started online, Nicole was the affiliate manager for Jimmy D. Brown. From where I sat, she was a whiz at getting things done and an outsourcing master. She was also in the WAHM or mom niche. She didn’t stay put in those arenas though, she eventually moved on from being Jimmy’s right-hand gal and away from the mom niche and ramped up her EasyPLR store among other things.

Now she and Melissa Ingold have this amazingly successful content for coaches business called CoachGlue. Nicole does a very good job at spotting needs and providing solutions. I like that.

 

Alan Petersen
I’ve know Alan for quite a while and we’ve partnered on a few products in the past. He’s a solutions guy, and much more techy than me. He has never been afraid to try out new tools and software and was successful as an affiliate marketer for his niche sites and in the IM market. BUT… he’s only got a toe in IM now because he’s following his passion as a fiction writer. I’ve had the pleasure of reading his first book and I’m eagerly awaiting the next 2 in the series.

How wonderful is that? Internet marketing had lost some of it’s appeal and he decided it was time to go after what he wanted offline – writing novels. And because of his online marketing background, he’s able to market the heck out of his books. What we do before always has a say in how successful we are now. It all comes together, doesn’t it?

 

Lisa Stoops
Lisa has had a PLR store for quite some time now. The earliest memories I have of her are watching how much she got done while she was 8 and 9 months pregnant with her last child. Wow, she was laser focused and knocked out content right and left. Then while she was doing that, she learned all the ins and outs of social media and teaching others. one day her husband decides to market his soy candles and they opened an online store. Next time I turn around they’ve got a physical store and they’re also renting out space to other artisans. They’ve created a full artisan market.

But I think Lisa has really found her calling with her newest venture – the Secrets To Her Success podcast series. It amazes me how far she’s come from where she’s started.

Is there a point to me sharing these stories?

Right livelihood. I think it has to do with saying okay to yourself if you want to change what you’re doing. I’m not talking about chasing shiny objects and running off in a different direction every time something promising comes out.

I am talking about finding something that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning, something you’re really jazzed about.  Sometimes we try to force things to work even if it’s not really a good fit, and other times what used to fulfill us work-wise no longer sustains us.

No apologies. Redefine your passions. Go in the direction of helping others and making them happy while creating an income from that. Alan entertains a lot of people with his writing. Lisa inspires people with her interviews. Nicole helps people get ahead.

How about you? How have you evolved? Where are you heading now?

Summer Happenings For This IMer

July 19, 2013

My summer is 2/3 over because it started when my kids finished their finals, which was May 17th. So what do I have to show for it so far?

Summer is never business as usual. I would like to say I had my laptop out by the pool but I don’t have a pool and I can’t see my laptop screen outside. So it seems I get to split my time in more directions – get some work done, go for a run or bike ride, back inside to hide from the heat and get more work done, build a bookshelf, go to the movies with my son, and so on.

Here are some of the highlights, and then it’s your turn to tell me yours.

Work-wise

While I’ve certainly not been writing blog posts, I have written several new PLR packs and listed them at a discount.
Vegetable Gardening
Homeschooling
Affiliate Marketing
Blogging
Internet Marketing

And I’ve been promoting people who put out high quality products such as Nicole and Melissa’s Coach Glue, Sharyn’s Business Content PLR and Jimmy Brown’s Contentaire.

I’ve also been working hard at the business I co-own with a partner. We’re doing great with it although I’m having to adjust my marketing a bit because we create and sell a physical product. Some things are so different and I’m loving the challenge. This is where I’ve been spending a lot of my time.

And next weekend I’m going to Ken McArthur’s JVAlertLive. It’s right here in Denver so how can I not go? The list of speakers is pretty amazing. Must resist being star-struck by Joel Comm. Do NOT ask for his autograph, Peggy.

Health-wise

I ran a 10K (6.2 miles) with my daughter, friend, and her daughter at the beginning of summer. That was a challenge, and so much fun when the actually running part was done! Now I’m concentrating on improving my 5K times so I can come in 1st place instead of 3rd at the Turkey Day 5K (transparency note – very very small race and I’m in the old lady division).

Hubs and I ride bikes when we can. Recently we rode up Vail Pass which is something I’ve always wanted to do. We’ve come down it several times (you can be shuttled to the top for a nice 18 mile glide down) but we’ve never gone up it. Our up was only about 7 or 8 miles, but did I mention it was UP?

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Hubby riding back down Vail Pass.

 

Vacation-wise

Camping in the mountains next to an alpine lake for a weekend and one more trip planned in August. We have a popup tent trailer thingie that doesn’t get near enough use in my opinion.

We just got back from a week-long family reunion at a house on the water on Whidbey Island. The weather was perfect, the crabs were fresh and tasty, the hiking was amazing, the food and beer good, and there was water everywhere! Oh, and I even still like my relatives. They got a kick out of hearing my phone cha-ching every time my shop got a sale.

 

Waiting for the ferry to Whidbey Island.

Waiting for the ferry to Whidbey Island.

 

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The view from the deck of the house – Mt Baker.

 

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Me and the kids after a hike.

 

Home-wise

As mentioned, I built a small bookcase and now I’m turning my daughter’s room into a guest room. We’re also getting granite countertops in the kitchen. The slabs are picked out and paid for, just waiting for the installation. Yay!

The veggie garden looks amazingly lush and we’ve been eating the broccoli, green beans and yellow squash. Lettuce is done and tomatoes and peppers aren’t even near ready. The grape vines are starting to cover the arbor over our patio and judging by the number of grapes, I’m going to have to learn how to make wine just to use them all.

Oh man, this sounds like a Christmas letter. At least I didn’t brag about my children.
Ok, your turn! I’d like to hear what you’ve been up to.

Choices and Risks

January 5, 2013

Choice /CHois/ Noun. An act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities.

Every choice comes with a risk attached, wouldn’t you agree?

It seems like a new year propels us to rethink what we’re doing, what choices are available to us, and what risks are involved. Sometimes we choose to step out with baby steps and sometimes we feel forced by circumstances to take make big choices for hopefully big rewards. Other times we don’t make any choice at all, which is really a choice too.

I rarely do this, but I’d like to send you to a post of mine from March 2010 where I share my experience with choosing. The pictures are pretty too. :)

http://www.peggybaron.com/blog/skiing-or-internet-marketing-are-you-afraid-to-take-risks

Then come back here and leave a comment!
What do you choose to do this year, this month or this week?

Update on the Empty Nester Thing

November 6, 2012

In my last post I talked about becoming an empty nester and how peaceful it is. I mentioned that I was doing a lot of thinking and I was going to reinvent myself somewhat. Well, it’s more like I decided to take advantage of all the time I now have and I went exploring.

Yes, I traveled near and far!

I also started another business, but I’m not going to tell you about that here. Instead, I wanted to blather about all the fun I’ve been having getting to know new and old places.

Cripple Creek, University of Colorado, Red Rocks, Vail, Breckenridge, University of Denver, School of Mines, Golden, downtown Denver, Wash Park, Starbucks everywhere, downtown Seattle, Pike Place Market, Mt Rainier, Gig Harbor, Sequim, University of Washington, Snoqualmie Falls, Issaquah, Whidbey Island, Dungeness Spit, Ballard Locks and more!

I was going to post pictures, but I threw them all together in a short (around 1 minute) video instead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you been to any of these places?
What are your next travel plans?

All The Time In The World For _______

August 17, 2012

empty nesterI’m in an insightful mood having just become an Empty Nester. Yep, we threw our youngest to the wolves… I mean, took him up to college. He is now crammed in a dorm room along with all his things and a roommate he just met. Fun times are to be had, and hopefully he’ll find time for studying as well.

Me? There are a lot of thoughts and emotions working their way through my noggin right now. But at the moment I’m enjoying the quiet – all I hear is the clacking of my keyboard and birds out my window and it is PEACEFUL.

Will I get more done without all the interruptions of kids home during the summer? I sure hope so because I’m all out of excuses. ;)

And that’s a little scary.
No more excuses.

I also had another birthday and that also is a little scary.
Both events cause me to look at what I’m spending my time on and how I can enjoy life more.

I will be reinventing myself a bit in the coming months.
And that’s exciting!

Believe me, I know that I’m extremely lucky to be able to do the kind of work I want to from home. I want to make the best of it.

So here’s my question to you:
If you had ALL day (with no distractions) to do something that brings you income, what would you do?
Or if you’re ready to reinvent yourself, what path would you take?
Please leave your answer in comments! :)

Creative Commons License photo credit: xornalcerto

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