Imagine a life where you get up, laptop in hand, and head out to a beautiful table with your favorite scenery all around you. I like the beach, so I’ll talk about the beach. But if you prefer snow-capped mountain peaks, you can easily keep that in mind as well.
So imagine you’re sitting at this table and you open up your laptop and start typing. Whatever your Big Idea is, whatever lifestyle business you are thinking of building, it will be built around your ability to write.
You type away building up a blog post for the week. You fill it with information you know your readers are going to love. It may be helpful tips. It may be resources you recently found.
Then you write a bit more, and make connections on other blogs, on Facebook, on LinkedIn.
You answer email. You check in with your systems to make sure everything is working. Then you close up your laptop for the day, and head out to play with your family and friends.
Great life, right? That is the key to a lifestyle business.
Yes, there are days you will meet with clients either in person, by phone, or through Skype. There may be days you have huge live events. There may be days you are working with groups of people. There may be days when you are in the middle of developing new products and rarely get a chance to come up for air.
But on an average workday, everything you do is all completed on your laptop from the convenience of wherever you choose to work.
I Got Here By Being A Writer
Back when most business owners didn’t have a website, and the one’s that did had just a couple of pages of information, we decided to take a fresh approach and build an entire page dedicated to every client we had. We filled those pages with photographs and all kinds of information about what made each client special. Very quickly we had hundreds of pages on our site, with thousands of images supporting those pages.
People told us we were crazy. Gurus told us to take everything down; nobody would look at that kind of content with dial-up modems. We proved them wrong, and our business grew.
So of course when things work, you do more of it.
So I wrote. And wrote and wrote and wrote.
I experimented with blogging. And my experiment turned into books, training products, columns with major newspapers, and articles in many different trade publications. Eventually I even sold that very first blog I ever created for a nice tidy sum.
How cool is that?
And the best part about it is it didn’t matter where I was or what time I wrote. I could be in Barcelona, Spain writing at 9 pm at night, and it helped my business succeed. I could be on my living room couch at 6 am in Denver, Colorado and it helped my business succeed.
It all helped me get to where I am today.
What About You?
And now I believe you can do it too.
You see, you have something deep inside of you itching to get out. You’ve experienced things that others could learn from. You have a message that only you can share.
And the idea of having a lifestyle business is something that’s at the top of your bucket list because you know the type of impact it would have on your life.
This is about you!
Because only you can share your experiences. Only you can combine that with your knowledge, and showcase what you have to others out there looking for your thoughts and ideas. If you don’t release it, who will?
Why Write … It’s In The Opportunity!
Why a blog you might ask? Because it’s the easiest, most effective way to get your message our there. It’s a convenient way of getting your ideas out of your head and into the world. It’s the best way to do the work once, and connect with anyone, any where for as long as your blog is up and running.
And when you do that over and over again, you never know where things might lead.
That’s exactly how Vision Of Success came to be.
I’ve started up and operated 3 successful businesses in a variety of niches and fields. I started up my first blog many years ago just to see what I could do with the “new” technology everyone was talking about. I had no idea how powerful blogging could be at that time, but I quickly found out. I started from scratch and wrote. I added products along the way. I created a healthy monthly income that impressed a potential buyer so much, he made an offer on that original blog. I accepted.
And I took that knowledge and revenue and put it all back in Vision Of Success.
I knew there were hundreds, thousands of women out there that could benefit from a lifestyle business in which they took their knowledge and experience, blogged about it, created a nice tidy income from what they wrote about, and enjoyed every day of their lives from this point forward.
Writing is the best way to get your information out there. Daily writing develops habits that will put you on the track to success. But trust me when I tell you it doesn’t have to be all about writing. You can write posts like I write every week right here on Vision Of Success. But you can also create videos like I do on Vision Of Success TV as well. Which for some people is even easier than writing.
SO, many of you ask about the complexities of writing a blog, and when you should get started with the project if you know it’s a part of making your Big Idea come to life.
When should you start a blog if you have a Big Idea in your head?
My answer is … yesterday. And if you haven’t started yet, there’s no better time than the present, right?
If you’re serious about turning your Big Idea into something more, this is something you simply can’t NOT do. Its time for action NOW!
So let me show you how to do it. There’s nothing complicated about it. And in fact, you can be up and running in a mere 30 minutes of less. Even if you have no computer skills. Its that easy … for the set up process any way. And that’s where you need to start. So let me give you the steps to get started.
Step 1: Put everything on hold, schedule at least 30 minutes into your schedule, and do every step from this point forward right now.
The key to success is to take action. I’ll spell it out in the simplest of terms right here, and give you the steps you need to succeed. But I can’t do it alone. You have to schedule the time, you have to work through the steps, and you have to take the action.
Yes, your Big Idea is a monumental task, one that will take many steps and many months and years to build exactly the way you want it to be. Put all that aside for right now. You have to start somewhere, and this is your blueprint for how to do it.
Okay, now that you have 30 minutes in front of you, lets get started.
Step 2: Sign up for the most basic website hosting account
In order to have a website online, you have to have a hosting company “host” it in order for it to show up online. Think of it as renting a small space for your “shop” in the online world. It’s your “rent” to get your business started.
We use a company called HostGator, and I highly recommend them to everyone I speak with. Why? Because I use them and I can happily say they are a great company to work with.
What do I like about them?
- They offer unlimited hosting of your domain names
- They offer unlimited bandwidth
- They offer unlimited disk space
- They provide excellent service and we’ve rarely experienced down time (important because you don’t want your “store” to be down, right?)
- They provide excellent customer service if you need to contact them
- They offer cPanel, which means you can have WordPress installed on your site with one click (I’ll talk about WordPress more in a minute)
And we’ve used them right here at VisionOfSuccess, and for many of my other sites as well. Plus you can get all of these features from one of the lowest prices imaginable – $3.95 a month. If you can’t afford that, you really need to rethink your dedication to your Big Idea. 😉
Notes to questions you may be asking yourself:
- Why a hosting service? Why not use a free site like Blogger? As a business owner, you have to take control over your information. You have to own the content you produce, have to be able to control your marketing systems, and be able to create things the way you see fit. If you use someone else’s system for free, you are bound to their rules, their regulations, all of which can switch at any moment in time. Just by making this very small commitment, you are setting your intentions for moving forward with your Big Idea – that is no small endeavor! Plus you’ll have a ton more resources and options along the way. But lets not get side tracked right now. Do this because this will put you on the path to the very first marketing tool you will use to create your new lifestyle! What could be better than that?
- I am an affiliate of Hostgator, have used their service for years, and highly recommend them for all your needs. Being an affiliate means I get a small commission if you click on the link and use the service. That’s how people make money online, and through a lifestyle business. That’s one of the ways I was able to build up a profitable blog in a few years and sell it for a nice tidy sum. I’ll teach you how to do that as well as we go along – it really is worth looking into. And I want to assure you that I only fully recommend things I personally use and have had a reliable service with for years.
Step 3: Choose a domain name
Your domain name or your URL is what people will type in to find you online. Keep it simple – don’t overthink this for now. If you have an idea for your Big Idea, find a domain name around it. Use your own name if you can’t think of something else. I’ve had LoriOsterberg.com for years. Sometimes I use it as a separate site to promote things I’m doing; other times I point it over to a site I’m currently working with, like I do now to VisionOfSuccess.com. This is what will get you started, and allow you to start the process of writing. So make your decision now, knowing you can always add more to it down the road.
And of course, once again, I use an affiliate through GoDaddy to offer you one of the lowest prices possible for domain names. I’ve seen domains go for $20, $30 or more (for a dot com) through other companies, and that just isn’t right when I know you can get it for less. So I found the best deal out there, and once again, I purchase all of my own domain names through this source as well.
If you do buy it through another source, I ask that you be careful of one thing. Make sure you own full rights to your domain. I’ve seen certain companies give “good deals” on domain names. The caveat is you can’t take the domain name with you should you choose to move to another company for hosting it. In other words, they hold your domain name hostage to make sure you pay forever. Don’t fall for this; always make sure you own your domain name and can take it with you any time you choose.
Step 4: Set up a WordPress platform on your new site
One in four sites right now are build on WordPress. It’s that powerful. And many of the sites you are on every day use WordPress – TED, CNN, Time (click for more). Bottom line, if the big sites trust it, it should be an easy decision for you as well.
In fact, one of the reasons we promote and use Hostgator is because of how easy it is to install a WordPress platform on your site. Honestly, its as easy as clicking a button.
After you login to your cpanel, you’ll see a variety of tools you can use. Find the QuickInstall feature under Software, choose WordPress, fill out the appropriate information and hit install. It does the rest.
Once the WordPress panel is located on your site, and you have access to it, your writing can begin.
Step 5: Pretty things up
This is the part you can keep as simple or go as customized as you choose. This is where you design the look and feel of your site.
This is also the most difficult part of the process.
You can go with a free template – look through WordPress to find one you like. Or type “free wordpress theme” into Google and you’ll find many different options as well.
You can pay for a template and have more customized features. Studio Press Themes, ThemeForest or WordPress Themes all have templates I’ve used over the years and love and have had great results with.
Or you can hire a custom designer to give you a customized look and feel. You can pay as much or as little as you choose.
And keep in mind that this is something you can grow with, build and change over time.
This shouldn’t hold you back. Keep things simple in the beginning, knowing your biggest task should be to get to step 6.
Step 6: Write
Now its time to write your first post. Don’t worry if you aren’t a great blog writer right now. That comes with time. I’ve written thousands of blog posts over the past few years. I can sit down and write a 1,000 word post in probably 20 minutes. It’s natural to me. But don’t let that intimidate you. Let that inspire you.
Even I started somewhere, and that’s where you are today. So write.
And since I know that very first blog post can be difficult, let me make it easy. Choose one of these inspirations, create your blog title with your content, and start writing.
Why [My Big Idea] Matters – i.e. Why Vegetarianism Matters
How [My Big Idea] Inspired This Blog – i.e. Why Breast Cancer Inspired This Blog
What You Should Know About [My Big Idea] – i.e. What You Should Know About International Travel
The History Of [My Big Idea] – i.e. The History Of Minimalism
See how easy it is?
It doesn’t matter what you write or how you write it. This is where your personality should shine through. Because this is all about you!
Schedule it into your days. Do it on a regular basis. Write even if you think nobody is reading. Frankly, you may be writing for yourself for a while until you start getting some readers. And that’s okay. The important thing is to keep doing it over and over to develop a pattern. A pattern becomes a habit. And a habit leads to many things.
And that’s where the adventure begins!
My Adventure Started With My Commitment
Back in the early 2000s, my blogging adventures began. And I’ve accomplished so much in the past few years. I’ve met some amazing people. I’ve presented at some amazing conferences. I’ve written some amazing books and training programs.
And I did it all just because I stayed true and committed to my blog writing.
Now if you went back to my very first blog, it was a little on the ugly side, and my first posts were a little short and lackluster. I’ve learned a lot since then. But the point is I didn’t let any of that get in my way. I did it.
And that’s what this is doing for you right now. It’s here to inspire you to take action.
If you’ve only “read” through this post instead of acted upon it, turn around now and work your way through it. It’s the only way you’ll ever get one step closer to making your Big Idea come to life.
You have to crawl before you walk, and walk before you run.
You have to write your first blog post before you attract an audience, and you have to have an audience to make your lifestyle business successful.
So right here, right now, follow these steps and get your blog and your very first blog post online.
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You’re on your way! And together we’re going to make something big!
I can’t wait to help you even more in the coming weeks and months!
Congratulations on your Big Idea!