Screw The Nine to Five (general)

The one thing you NEED to figure out before you start a service business

The different obstacles you might have to overcome before starting your business

Our experience with offering services online

Different sites you can offer your services on to start building your business

How to use your social circle to spread the word on your new business

Using Facebook groups to meet & interact with your dream customers

The easiest way to get your dream customers to care about your business

Direct download: Ep64_-_How_To_Turn_Your_9-to-5_Job_into_a_Service-Based_Business.mp3
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How to make time for your business even while working your day job

How to figure out what kind of product you should create

The easiest way to get traffic to your products and services

The power of a free giveaway

Facebook's dismal organic reach & what you can do about it

The #1 reason why you NEED to have a presence on Facebook

The myth of free traffic

Direct download: Ep63_-_Rick_Mulready_answers_Is_Facebook_still_worth_the_time.mp3
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What Rick learned from working for internet giants like Yahoo, Funny or Die and AOL and how he applied that to his business

Why it took Rick 2 years to finally quit his job and start his business

The 3 different type of people who quit their job to start a business

The biggest skill Rick took from his day job

The biggest win Rick experienced in his business

Rick's challenge to YOU

Direct download: Ep62_-_How_Rick_Mulready_went_from_crushing_debt_to_6-figure_months.mp3
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The one thing you DON'T want to have if you want to quit your job

The importance of a "runway" and what the heck that means

Why you need an action plan if you want to quit

How to create an action plan for your business

The best tool for creating your action plan

What can happen when you make business decisions out of desperation

Direct download: Ep61_3_Things_You_Need_Before_You_Quit.mp3
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Greg's thoughts on how to use SMS marketing to increase your webinar attendance

How you can use SMS to increase live event attendance

What tools to use for the most effective SMS marketing

How to use voice recordings to increase attendance

When to use SMS marketing

The true cost of SMS marketing

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How far would you be willing to go to start your online business?

Would you work extra hard to pay off thousands of dollars of debt and create a runway for yourself?

Would you put yourself out there, hit a bunch of events and start building relationships with people who are where you want to be?

Would you sell...your house?

I know. It sounds extreme.

Yet that is exactly what our buddy Greg Hickman did in order to build his business and gain serious momentum in only a few short months.

Best of all, he took all of his skills from working in mobile marketing for big companies and transformed them into a lucrative service-based business helping small businesses become more mobile friendly.

Keen to hear how he did it?

Just click the play button at the top of the page, download this in iTunes or listen on Stitcher and find out for yourself.

If you like what you hear, be sure to give us a 5 star rating or leave a review!

And don’t forget to tune in for a new episode every Monday, Wednesday and Friday!

Direct download: EP_59_-_Screw_Interview_with_Greg_Hickman.mp3
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How to keep your outreach short and sweet to avoid annoying influencers

Calling on your connections to get a cyber intro

Using Instagram to reach out to influencers

Taking your networking game to the next level

A super helpful tool for managing your outreach process and connections

What NOT to do when reaching out to influencers

How to use the subject line of your message to get seen

Taking your cyber connections offline to develop relationships

Direct download: EP_58_-_How_To_Connect_With_Influences.mp3
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Imagine for a minute that you have a job working alongside the one and only Tony Robbins.

And not only working for him, but travelling with him,

hanging with him and learning alongside him.

I mean, as far as jobs go, I imagine that would be a pretty sweet one, don't you think?

Well, our girl Amy Porterfield lived that experience first hand, and today she's breaking down why working for one of the world's most influential and inspirational entrepreneurs just didn't cut it.

Not only that, but she'll reveal how she used those skills she gained to build and grow her own business to the million dollar mark in just under 5 years!

Curious to find out what that journey looked like?

Just click the play button at the top of the page, download this in iTunes or listen on Stitcher.

If you like what you hear, be sure to give us a 5 star rating or  leave a review!

And don’t forget to tune in for a new episode every Monday, Wednesday and Friday!

Words Of Wisdom In This Week's Episode:

  • Find out what Amy learned from traveling the world with Tony Robbins
  • Learn how she transitioned from a content manager to her social media marketing business
  • Learn what she found out behind the scenes of huge marketing launches
  • What you need to learn before jumping ship and quitting your 9-5
  • The main skills Amy took from her 9-5 to launch her own business
  • The trigger that told Amy she was no longer employable after 1 year of working for herself
  • How she overcame struggles when starting out as an entrepreneur
  • 48 hour/7day challenge to design your perfect future

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Well, in our first ever Screw Q, Heather Filipowicz asks John Lee Dumas just that! Have you ever wondered how John deals with his haters? Click the play button and find out his answer now!

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Have you ever felt unsure of your ability to transition from your 9-to-5 to an online business? Have you ever second-guessed yourself and your dreams because you think you don't know enough? Or you're not techie enough? Or you don't have the perfect idea? Or you don't know the first place to start? We've all been there. In fact, our good buddy John Lee Dumas didn't know a damn thing about podcasting before he started. He just knew that he wanted to start....no matter what it took. And he knew that he had a message he needed to share. So what did he do? He dove in head first...and the journey he's had is nothing short of eye-poppingly, jaw-droppingly impressive. I'm talking millions of downloads, nearly 1,000 episodes shot, and a monthly income you almost can't believe. Wanna know how John took his 9-to-5 and screwed it? Listen here.


Ahhhh haters. I've had my fair share of them! From relentless bullying by a pack of stone-cold bitches all throughout high school to being called greedy pigs on the Screw, I've seen (and heard) it all. And it can really make you feel like shit....if you let it. What's more is that I'm sure it will continue to happen the more we focus on building the Screw to its fullest potential. And I'm cool with it. In fact, I expect it. Which is why I also have a few tricks up my sleeve for dealing with it. So let us break 'em down for you in today's episode. Just click the play button at the top of the page, download this in iTunes or listen on Stitcher. If you like what you hear, be sure to give us a 5 star rating or leave a review! And don’t forget to tune in for a new episode every Monday, Wednesday and Friday! Yeah baby, we're moving up to 3 episodes a week!

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Be honest with me for a sec... Have you ever wanted something so bad you have found yourself over-thinking it and killing it with incessant analyzing?

Whether it's in your personal life, your day job, your friendship group, your love life or your decision to start an online business, analyzing something to death only does one thing for us... It stops us dead in our tracks and paralyzes us with stress and self-doubt to the point that we find ourselves unable to move forward.

Have you ever felt that way? I know I have definitely been there. And it wasn't until it was pointed out to me *cough* many MANY times that I decided I needed to do something about it.

Well, that was back in my late 20's and I am STILL trying to hone my anti-perfectionist skills. The struggle is real, y'all! Which is why we wanted to share some of the strategies we've put into play in our business to help us to keep moving forward...regardless of whether something is perfect or not.

Ready to choose something legit and commit...to it? Sorry. I had to try and rhyme there. Well then just click play on our fancy little podcast player and learn how to stop overthinking and just take some freakin' action!


When you're first starting out and dipping your toes in the webpreneurial waters it can be downright difficult to know where you should be focusing your efforts.

Should you blog? Start a podcast? Get social and start "networking"?*gag* Pitch for guest posts? Participate in telesummits?

Oh, wait, I know! Host live webinars! Because...money! It's never-ending and if we're being honest here, it can leave you feeling, well, a little overwhelmed. Amiright? Because here's the thing... When we're first starting out we don't want to waste our time on what MIGHT work. We just want to focus on what DOES work. Lawwwd do I know how that feels.

In fact, for the first 2 years or so of our business I felt like Josh and I bounced around from idea to idea, trying almost anything someone told us we should try. Because we didn't really know better...and we just wanted something to click. Fast forward a few years and I feel like we have gotten crystal clear on what works best for us right now. The top 3? Podcasting, webinars and live events.

Especially live events. Not just because we've been able to meet some amazing friends, but because we've learned SO much as a result of putting ourselves out there, forking over the cash and showing up in "student mode" to try and take in as much as we possibly can.

In fact, in the last year alone we've hit 7 events, and what's happened as a result of them has been truly earth-shattering for our business and our own personal development.

Think live events are an unnecessary expense? Think again! And then click the play button at the top of the page and let us breakdown our 3 reasons why you NEED to attend a live event if you want to succeed in this game we call online entrepreneurship.


Well well well... Look who decided to show up again around these parts! *pssst* It's us...just in case the sarcasm was lost over the interwebs.

Yes, we've been a tad MIA this past month...and we sort of fell off the radar. But, we have a really good reason...

Because for the past month we have been drowning! Drowning in work and projects and priorities and conferences and masterminds and finding a place to live...so it's been a bit full-on over here at Chez Stanton. And if I'm being honest, because we had such much going on we had to take a step back from the podcast to allow ourselves to catch up and get our heads above water again.

The good news? We're BACK IN ACTION, BABY! And what's more is we stumbled upon quite possibly the greatest productivity hack on the damn planet while trying to power through and get an almost-impossible amount of work completed in an impossibly short amount of time.

So we thought we would share the time management love with you and help YOU get more done than you ever thought you could get done in a short amount of time. Ready to put your productivity into over-drive and smash a bunch of projects? Y

ou know what to do...

Direct download: Ep_48_-_The_Best_Productivity_Hack__How_To_Get_A_LOT_Done_in_Less_Time.mp3
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If there is one thing that I've learned over the last 3 years of running a business—or more so had hammered into my brain— it's that if you want to be successful with your online adventures... If you truly want to kick your 9-to-5 to the curb and create that lifestyle of freedom you daydream of while sitting at work... If you want to call the shots in your own life... Then you HAVE to make success a habit. I know, it sounds weird. I mean, how can success be a "habit"? But if you take a close look at the different habits successful people abide by, you'll see there is a common thread. Things like religious exercise routines, controlling their mindset, waking up early, surrounding themselves with other successful people, setting boundaries (and sticking to them!), and bouncing back quickly after a failure. Those are all habits and if you're itching to create success on your own terms, then you need to start incorporating some into your daily life. And if your mind is currently cycling through the many go-to excuses we alllll tend to resort to when considering making a positive change in our life, think of this... What would you rather have: A life that lights you up inside and makes you excited to get up in the morning, but requires some legwork (or ab work...depends on what day it is at the gym *wink*) OR a life that is safe and comfortable and let's be real...kinda boring! If you're giving the latter a big ol' thumbs down then you are going to dig today's episode, because we are breaking down the 5 biggest success habits that are currently rocking our whole damn world!

Direct download: Ep_47_The_5_Success_Habits_Were_Hooked_On.mp3
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If there is one thing we hear reeaaaallllly frequently is that people don't want to spend a ton of their time and energy working on creating something only to have it not sell

 

And we get it.

 

So here's 4 ways you can validate your idea and make sure that it's something people want to (and will) buy BEFORE you get started creating and promoting it.

Direct download: Ep_46_How_To_Know_If_Your_Idea_Will_Make_Money.mp3
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In this episode we're stoked to announce that we're refocusing our podcast to give you the training, the guidance and the advice you need to use the skills you have RIGHT NOW and transform them into a successful online business.

The fastest way to go from where you are today to creating a successful online business is to start with the skills you have right now from your 9-5 job and use that to make money online.

So tune in to learn the 3 steps you can take right now to start building your online business, and also how to figure out which online business model is right for you.

Direct download: Ep_45_How_To_Turn_Your_Day_Job_Into_An_Online_Business.mp3
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Do you feel like you're constantly overcommitting yourself?
Many times we give too much of ourselves away to other people because we're afraid to say no. This sucks out our time, and our brainspace, that should be used for building business or moving us toward our goals.


In this episode you'll learn all about the power of learning to say "no."


Saying no to people is not selfish, and we'll tell you why.


Learn the 2 questions you must ask yourself before you say yes or no to anyone.

We'll also chat about the 3 reasons why saying no will transform your business and help you to stop giving too much of yourself away. So hit that button and press play so we can help you empower yourself and your business with the power of no.

Direct download: EP_44_Just_Say_No.mp3
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Be honest: Is there any part of you that would love to make or save or receive more money in 2015?

Come onnnnn we all want it!

I know I do!

But here's the thing...

Getting rich, creating wealth, or even making more money isn't just about working harder, putting in more hours or even coming up with the "next big thing".

It's about mindset and controlling your emotions.

I know, it sounds a little backwards.

In fact, if you had asked me at the beginning of last year what I thought the biggest contributing factor to making boat-loads of money is I would have told you "working harder".

Turns out I was dead wrong.

And it wasn't until I really started working on my money mindset that I started realizing that I had a lot of money blocks. Like, a LOT.

Wondering what the heck a money block is and how it relates to you not only creating wealth, but living your best life this 2015? Well then click play, and let's get this party started!

Of course you can always download the episode iniTunesorStitcher if that's more of your jam.

We're all about options around here!

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It's that time of year, isn't it?

That time where the whole damn internet seems to be flooded with talk of goal-setting, goal-getting, and reflecting back on the year that was.

And while I'm all for gaining perspective and planning for the year ahead - lawwwwd knows I love me some planning! - I also really dig learning HOW to do something properly rather than half-assing it.

Which is how I feel about goal-setting.

You see, I'm a big believer in figuring out what it is you want out of the coming year, but I never really sat down and gave it a ton of thought...let alone planned it all out.

I just sort of winged it.

I would usually either keep the goals to myself, or jot them down on a piece of paper that eventually got thrown out.

But this year we decided to do something different.

We decided to get calculated with our goals.

We flexed our imagination, came up with some scary (but in the best kinda way) goals we feel totally lit up about, and mapped out how we were going to achieve them.

That process alone has given us a level of clarity we didn't expect and has even led to a new exciting idea that is already in motion.

And it's not even 2015 yet!

So if you're ready to make this coming year your best year yet, click that button or download this episode directly from iTunes or Stitcher and get ready to set some game-changing intentions!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Okay so I admit, we're a tad biased when it comes to reasons why you should consider dipping your toes into the webpreneurial waters.

But since you're here on this site, listening to this podcast, we can only assume you (at the very least) have a faint desire to learn more about it.

Well today we are giving you FIVE reasons why you might want to consider making 2015 the year you finally indulge that whisper inside of you screaming for a change.

And if those aren't enough reasons, we'll even share a handy exercise to help you determine whether or not you can transform your 9-to-5 job into a thriving online business.

Because really, why work for someone else if you don't have to?

So if you've been thinking about it for a while, but never acted on it, click that cheeky green play button or ddownload this episode directly from iTunes or Stitcher and get ready to set some game-changing intentions!

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One of the things Josh and I have realized over the past 3 years of running our business together is that sometimes? You gotta know your role.

That means, acknowledging that another person might be better than you at a particular task. And not only that, but realizing it's probably best you step aside and let them do their thang.

And while that might be difficult to admit or recognize, there can be true power in owning your purest strengths and allowing others to step into theirs.

But wtf. How do you do that?

Well in this week's episode we are breaking down 3 easy ways to discover your most powerful strengths and own them so you can become the best, most influential version of you.

Ready to gain some crystal clear clarity into who you are, and how you best serve the people around you? Click that sexy little green play button or download this episode directly from iTunes or Stitcher.

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You know that feeling you get when you can't seem to wake up?

Or you don't WANT to wake up?

Or you don't feel like being social?

Or you can't seem to muster one creative thought...let alone come up with a witty blogpost, podcast, video, or even newsletter?

Or you just want to curl up in a ball, not think about work at all, eat bad-for-you food, and crush an entire season of Sons of Anarchy?

Helllloooooo Jax Teller!

No?

Just me?

Welcome to burnout, my friend.

Nearly every single webpreneur I've ever met has faced it at some point, including us.

In fact, I'm just now finally getting over that feeling.

I mean, after nearly 3 months of non-stop work creating and building Screw U plus balancing social obligations, business obligations, and trying to be a remotely caring wife, it was bound to happen.

And if I'm being honest, I felt it coming from a mile away...and yet I did nothing about it.

Ridiculous.

Now that I'm finally feeling back to normal I can see that me actively ignoring all those signs was one of the most detrimental things I could have done for myself.

Which is why I knew we just had to shoot a podcast on beating burnout.

Because honestly? It can take you down. Hard.

So if you'd rather avoid that and stay on your game, hit play or download this episode directly from iTunes or Stitcher.

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If you've ever sat at your day job and wished for a way out you know that those daydream sessions can spark a myriad of ideas.

You think "oh that's it!!" and you get all amped up to make your new idea happen, but when you finally go to start it...you trip yourself up.

You start to second guess yourself.

You let yourself worry about step 10 instead of focusing on step 1.

You come down with a case of shiny object syndrome.

And you flatline.

It's not just you.

We've all been there.

Which is why sometimes, you just need a little bit of guidance to help you make your ideas happen.

So we wanted to share 7 of the biggest tricks that have worked for us over the years.

That way you can stop talking about it, and actually focus on getting shit done.

All you have to do is click play or download it directly from iTunes or Stitcher.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Well, we did it! We kicked the doors open to Screw U two days ago and have already welcomed our first batch of kickass webpreneurs into the community.

To say we are THRILLED is an understatement.

However, I can't help but think back to this time last year when things were drastically different for us.

I'm talkin' humiliating failure, ugly-crying, and a complete and total re-focusing on what we wanted to do with the Screw.

So we figured, hey why not share all that we've learned now after 3 product launches! Because trust me, no launch is ever smooth...especially if you're just starting out.

If you're thinking of creating and launching something, this is a must-listen. Especially if you would like to learn from our mistakes.

Ready to get launch-ucated? Just click play up top or download it directly from iTunes or Stitcher.

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Imagine going from $100 a month to over $100,000 a month in less than a year!

I can't even.

All I know is that I would be poppin' bottles all up in this piece!

Well, that's exactly what John Lee Dumas and Kate Erickson did with their business over at EntrepreneurOnFire.com...well...minus the poppin' bottles part.

Trust me, this couple is on FIRE when it comes to spotting opportunities, monetizing said opportunities, and changing the lives of thousands.

Plus, they are sweet as apple pie.

Are you ready to ignite? Come on, I had to.

If so, click play up top or download it directly from iTunes or Stitcher.

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Be honest: Do you not L.O.V.E the idea of working less and making more?

I sure as hell do!

And while most of us have the goal to eventually take ourselves out of our business - so we can work ON it, and not IN it - it sometimes feels a tad scary to give up certain tasks...amiright?

I know when Josh and I first started thinking about hiring people for the Screw we thought "oh, but it's just easier if I do it".

Can you relate?

Well, it turns out those thoughts are just straight up poison for the growth of your business, and yourself as an entrepreneur.

So how do you get started with automating your business, so it can run without you having to be involved 24/7?

Oh you know....you click play above or if you'd rather listen in iTunes or Stitcher, you can do that too. Because we dig options.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Let's cut to the chase here: When you first decide you want to start building a business online, you need to have a way to make money.

Because if you don't have a way to make money, you don't have a business, you have a hobby.

And while hobbies are nice and all, we ain't in the business of devoting all our time and effort to them.

So if you know you want to build something you love online, but aren't exactly sure how to monetize that dream of yours click that play button and allow us to break down 6 of the easiest ways we know of to make money with your online efforts.

Of course, if you'd rather listen in iTunes or Stitcher, you can do that too. Because we dig options.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

"I really want to create an online business, but I have no clue what to sell or where to start!"

Sound familiar?

Honestly, I hear it all the time. And while I totally understand the lack of clarity on what to focus on especially when you're just starting out sometimes we can overlook the opportunities that are staring us straight in the face.

Like, your day job.

Yep. That ol' 9-to-5 you're trying to escape can sometimes be the answer to your freedom-based dreams.

But how do you take your day job and transform it into an online business? Well, for starters, you click play.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Peep this: Josh and I have traveled to over 13 countries together!

And while we looove wandering the globe, enjoying our time together, and working while in a new corner of the world, it wasn't always like that.

In fact, for our first few trips together things got a liiiiiittle divorcey.

It wasn't until we learned how to deal with all the little things that can pop up when you're in a new country, that we really started enjoying traveling the world and building a business together.

Think working and traveling with your sweetie is all easy, breezy, and full of sexy moments?

Think again. And then click that green play button up there or download this episode on iTunes or Stitcher and allow us to dish how we make it work for us.


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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Imagine being told by your business school professor that you should drop out.

How do you think you would handle that?

Would you stick it out, prove him wrong, and hope to find a job you love? Or would you take it as a sign to pursue your entrepreneurial dreams?

In today's episode you'll find out how Omar transformed from business school drop out to co-creator of the $100 MBA alongside his girlfriend, Nicole.

These two not only have a serendipitous story, but are sharing how they went from educators living in Dubai to balancing a video production, software development, and teaching others how to create the business they've been dreaming of.

Ready for loads of ah-ha moments and laughs? Click the sweet little play button above or download this episode on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

30 freakin' months? When the hell did that happen?!

Honestly, I remember the day Josh and I had our first work session
for our brand spankin' new business we decided to create together...

It was early January 2012, it was cold and gloomy as all hell out, and we were hungry to tackle this new website of ours.

It was a skincare site, and we were determined to master affiliate marketing with it.

We had plans. We had goals. And we figured "how hard could it be?".

Fast-forward two and a half years and knowing what we know now, I wish I could go back, pat those two babypreneurs on the head and tell them to buckle in.

Because these last 30 months have been hands down the most transformative 30 months of our entire lives.

We have learned so much. Failed so many times. Experienced so much joy. Ugly-cried so many times *cough* okay that was just me. Lost money. Made money. Grown an amazing community. Loved. Laughed. And have thrown a tantrum or two...okay...that was just me again.

And I wouldn't trade one single moment of it.

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Can you imagine giving up a cushy $160,000/year job to make a few bucks a month selling on eBay?

To us webpreneurs it might not sound crazy, but imagine telling a 9-to-5'er.

Picture their reaction.

I giggle just thinking about it.

Now imagine the immense satisfaction you would feel a few short years later when your online income far surpasses your day job, you own SIX profitable e-commerce stores, and your lifestyle becomes one of freedom and choice.

That's the journey today's couple, Tess and Nathan, have been on for the last few years and today they are breaking down the power of niche e-commerce stores, the people they've been able to help, and the lifestyle they've been able to create.

Direct download: EP29.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Confession: When Josh and I decided to go into business together nearly 3 years ago (wow! That snuck up fast!) we did everything the hard way.

We didn't really consider time management. Improving our productivity never even dawned on us. And we were pretty much flying by the seat of our pants.

Hell, it was a struggle to even get me to consider using Google Drive!

I know. What was I thinking?

Skip ahead nearly 3 years and we are alllllll about the tools. So we wanted to share the love and knowledge, and break down 7 of our most favourite tools that we use in our business so far.

Ready to get all productive up in here? Click that sexy little play button; CAN YOU TAKE IT FROM HERE?

Direct download: EP_28.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:07am EDT

You know how last week we talked about money, or more specifically, how to communicate when it's tight? Well this week, we are going to take that to the next level and have brought in two of the big guns -Bari and Forest Linden!

These two are not only building an empire around money consciousness, but they are breaking down how they communicate together in their relationship and how they came together to form an online community of money lovers.

There are some mad takeaways in this episode and this conversation even prompted yet another D and M between Josh and I after we got off Skype with these two.

Yeah. They are THAT good.

So go on, click that play button at the top, or download this episode in iTunes or Stitcher if you want to be all fancy about it. And if you're picking up what we're laying down then we would love it if you would leave a review in iTunes for us! Not sure how to do it? This should help!

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Words of Wisdom in This Week's Podcast:

  • The transformation that prompted Bari and Forest to join forces after 13 years
  • The benefits of being unemployable
  • Bari and Forest's unique business model
  • The power of getting clear on money and your finances
  • Bari and Forest's "money dates" and how they have shaped their relationship
  • How to determine your strengths in your relationship and business
  • Their biggest piece of advice for any couple wanting to get started in business

 

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Is there an art to money and communication? Find out in this inspiring talk all about money, love, and communication!

 

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Direct download: EP27.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:12am EDT

Today we're going to get a little DM (that's short for deep and meaningful, my friend!) and talk about a topic that makes most people feel a litttttttle bit uncomfortable.

Money.

There is no doubt in my mind that you have experienced the tension that comes when money is tight. Like a full moon, sh*t gets a little upside-down when your financial cushion starts slipping away.

Now, when Josh and I got started in business we were lucky enough to have a decent sized cushion, but it turns out that running your business can cost quite a bit in the early stages. Within our first 12 months we had blown through that cash and boy did things start getting tense up in the Stanton household.

Thankfully are more flush than hobo these days, but from this experience we have learned some massively valuable lessons when it comes to communicating about money in a healthy, mature manner that avoids the possibility of lingering resentment.

So, to find out how to deal with money matters like a boss click play at the top of the page, download this in iTunes or listen on Stitcher. If you like what you hear, be sure to give us a 5 star rating or leave a review!

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Words of Wisdom in This Week's Podcast:

  • How to approach the money conversation with a cool, calm, collected head
  • The ultimate software apps you can use to keep track of your finances (hot tip: it helps when tax season rolls around too!)
  • What are your priorities? Here are a few reasons you need to keep them in check
  • Show us your tiiiippppssss tip of the day

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Direct download: Ep26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

We all know an entrepreneur or two or twenty! But how many families do you know that are all entrepreneurs? Chances are, not many. In fact, if you know another family of entrepreneurs then you're going to need to share that in the comment section below STAT.

On this awesome Couples Spotlight, were jazzed to be speaking with Natalie and Mike Hixson because they may just be the most interesting weve spoken to yet and let me tell you, weve chatted with some pretty bad ass couples!

Like I said, this entire family is entrepreneurial. We are talking entrepreneurs on both sides of Natalie's family, both Natalie and Mike, and even their 10 year old daughter, Enya!

Whhaaaaat!!! If that is not inspiring, then you all are whack.

These high school sweethearts had an interesting path to couple-preneurship. From ditching 9-5 and poor first product launches to getting inspiration from power couple Melanie and Devin Duncan, they have had quite the ride. Best part is, they are instilling their wisdom on their children.

Kids do not have that inhibition or that fear that someone is going to tell them no because kids are used to being told no by their parents. They just keep pushing anyway, so I was like let us focus this into business. If you can figure out how to deal with that. No now and the failures now that happen, and that failure is only a step in the right direction, then what are you going to do when you are 20? Natalie Hixson

So without further ado, why dont you go ahead and click play at the top of the page, download this in iTunes or listen on Stitcher to find out how this family rocks it.If you like what you hear, be sure to give us a 5 star rating or leave a review!

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Words of Wisdom in This Week Podcast:

  • A little bit about these high school sweethearts entrepreneurial beginnings
  • How Melanie and Devin Duncan inspired their Entrepreneur Kids Academy and the advice they did not listen too (oops!)
  • How a business coach helped them overcome some of their limiting beliefs and business obstacles
  • Dishing all about Entrepreneur Kids Academy
  • The winning way they have structured their biz
  • The goose bump inducing wisdom Natalie shared about teaching kids to be entrepreneurial
  • How building boundaries increased their productivity
  • One piece of advice they had give to another couple wanting to go into business

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Direct download: Screw-Ep25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:31pm EDT

Are you a total fan? Like one of those crazies who loses their shit when they meet someone they love or admire?

Well hot tip ya nut job, you can not - I repeat CAN NOT - behave this way when you meet key players in your online industry.

Now, Josh and I attended Chris Ducker's Tropical Think Tank in March and we had the amazing opportunity to meet some of our biggest online mentors. We knew that getting on these folks' radars was going to be a big deal, so we didn't want to muck it up. And guess what ya'll, the fastest way to muck it up is to make a fool of yourself.

Since we want you to succeed, we are going to share some of our top tips for how to roll with players in your industry, get on their radar, and what I like to refer to as "unNetwork!"

So, to avoid looking like a d-bag, click play at the top of the page,download this in iTunes or listen on Stitcher. If you like what you hear, be sure to give us a 5 star rating or leave a review!

And do not forget to tune in for a new episode every Thursday at 7am EST.

Direct download: EP24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:27pm EDT

Well, I gotta say - there were a whole lot of wisdom bombs being dropped in this podcast episode.

This week's couple spotlight features veteran couple John and Elizabeth from Homezada.com. Now, these two go way back. They were working together before they ever decided to go into biz together as a couple.

Their approach to couplepreneurship is beyond refreshing. They are practical and realistic, and damned if Josh and I don't need to adopt some of their awesome strategies.

But enough gushing, go on and click play at the top of the page, download this in iTunes or listen on Stitcher. If you like what you hear, be sure to give us a 5 star rating or leave a review!

And do not forget to tune in for a new episode every Thursday at 7am EST.

Direct download: EP23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:38pm EDT

I'm not gonna lie, I'm a HUGE fan of Facebook. I mean, if it ain't on Facebook it didn't happen, right?

Well, if you love FB as much as me then you are gonna dig this week's podcast. And if you don't? Well hot damn, you need to get on board because Facebook is is about to be your businesses new BFF.

Did you know that you can use Facebook to dominate in your business niche? That's right, with Facebook advertising you can start building our audience, snatching more leads and converting more sells.

Whether you use Facebook passively or on the regular, you will have likely noticed your newsfeed becoming filled with picture ads suggesting a page to you or ads teasing you to opt-in to their newsletter for more information. Maybe you've even noticed an ad selling a digital or physical product.

The options seem to be endless, but how the heck do you do it yourself?

Well, you are just in luck because today we are sharing everything you ever needed to know about making money using Facebook. All you gotta do is click play at the top of the page, download this in iTunes or listen on Stitcher. If you like what you hear, be sure to give us a 5 star rating or leave a review!

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Words of Wisdom in This Week's Podcast:

  • The Facebook campaign we learned from Amy P and why we love it
  • What a lead campaign is and why you want it
  • Want more Likes? We'll show you how to get 'em
  • Pack your webinar with this simple trick
  • Show us your tipppppppps tip of the day!
Direct download: EP22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:39am EDT

You know how Josh is the resident SEO Hoe and goes bananas over all that stuff and I'm the normal one? Well, prepare yourself because I am about to geek right the eff out over this next Couple Spotlight!

We're talking shop with Nathalie Lussier and her hubby Robin Li all about being softies (not in the conventional way!) and jumping into biz together.

This power couple met in University and have been together ever since. After graduation, Nathaie began building her own business and Robin started a career. Not too long ago they decided to converge and become business allies as well as lifelong allies - hence their awesome name, Ambition Ally.

As if I didn't love them enough already, they had some really sweet things to say at the end of this episode so go on, click play at the top of the page, download this in iTunes or listen on Stitcher. If you like what you hear, be sure to give us a 5 star rating or leave a review!

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Direct download: Ep21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:04am EDT

Are you letting failure get you down? Don't! Learn how to re-frame failure and allow it to fuel your success instead!

Words of Wisdom in This Weeks Podcast:

  • Sharing our most embarrassing business failure - ugly tears and all
  • Our top 3 re-frames for failure
  • The bounce back factor that makes failure worthwhile
  • You are not alone - here are a few of the most famous failures out there
  • How failure doesn't close doors, rather opens them
  • Show us your tipppppppps tip of the day!
Direct download: Ep20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

I doubt anyone has ever said that building your own business will be a breeze, but it's funny how so many of us don't admit how righteously gawd-awful it can feel in the beginning.

Learning how to build sites, struggling to understand new programs, battling with your partner in an effort to figure out your key roles...day-ummm, it can be rough.

Which brings me to this week's couple spotlight, Charlie and Brittany. These two are only 6 months deep into business together and are speaking candidly about the trials, tribulations, and downright roller coaster of a ride they are going through. Not only is it refreshing to hear people speak openly and honestly about it all, but it's incredible to hear how far they've come in 6 short months.

So, to find out how these newbie couple-preneurs are hacking it, click the play button at the top of the page, download this in iTunes or listen on Stitcher. If you like what you hear, be sure to give us a 5 star rating or leave a review!

And do not forget to tune in for a new episode every Thursday at 7am EST.

Direct download: Ep19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:02am EDT

Good lawdddd, I need to get something off my chest.

Not long ago Josh and I landed in North America for some quality famjam time after a year and a half in Asia. Besides the obvious cultural and climate changes (hot damn, it was freeeeeeezing!), one of the first things we noticed was how soul sucking Toronto was for our productivity and mindset.

Now, we don't want to harp on 9-5'ers or sound harsh, but being surrounded by those who are locked into the corporate world never seem to understand what it's like when you're running an online business. Again, it's not their fault, but it is incredibly detrimental when you're trying to keep the momentum going in your business.

Our short stay in Toronto really exemplified how being in the right environment can influence business, which is exactly what we be talkin' bout in this episode.

So go on and click that big ol' play button at the top of the page, download this in iTunes or listen on Stitcher to find out what environmental factors are key for success. Dig what we have to say? Then be sure to give us a 5 star rating or leave a review. We may even mention it on our next episode!

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Direct download: Ep18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:51am EDT

We've said it time and time again, but balancing work and home life can be a challenge when you're first starting out.

Discovering your strengths, finding a routine that works for you and your partner, as well as just figuring this whole online biz thang is suchhhh a process.

Well, it was for this week's couple spotlight too, but boy have they figured it out.

This week's couple Jeff and Mandy Rose run not 1, not 2, but several business AND have three little ones as well. They have developed a way to dominate the online scene as well as their family life and you are definitely going to want to learn how!

Whether you're just a twosome in lurvvv, a twosome looking to add to the fam, this mom and dad duo will have more than a few words of wisdom, so go on and click the play button at the top of the page, download this in iTunes or listen on Stitcher. If you like what you hear, be sure to give us a 5 star rating or  leave a review!

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Direct download: Ep17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:27am EDT

So you aren't loving your day job, but what are you going to do about it? Quit?

Just up and ditching your 9-5 in favor of creating your dream job might sound like a wicked leap of faith, but it can also be, well...a littttttle misguided.

When jumping out of plane, you better have a parachute and the same goes for your job. Ok, so ditching your day job isn't as drastic as hopping out of an airplane cruising at 10,000ft, but you get the picture.

In this podcast we were inspired by our friends Sophie and Carl to dish a few tips on how to build a business while balancing your current day job. If you heard Sophie and Carl's podcast episode, then you know Carl is still working full time while they build up their business enough to replace that income.

Finding time to unwind, while still making the most of each day can be tough, but boy have they nailed it. To find out their 6 awesome tips on how to balance it all, click that big ol' play button at the top of the page, download this in iTunes or listen on Stitcher. Dig what we have to say? Then be sure to give us a 5 star rating or  leave a reviewWe may even mention it on our next episode!

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Direct download: Ep16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:18am EDT

Before we moved to Thailand, Josh and I felt like the only couple on this crazy rollercoaster ride of entrepreneurship. After landing in Chiang Mai, it didn't take us long to realize there were so many other amazing couples out there going through the same ups and downs as us.

One of those couples happened to be the every so British and proper Jenny and Lewis Smith.

Now, we met this twosome at our co-working space and what's so cool about them is that they started their business journey at the exact same time as us.

After honeymooning in Thailand they decided to kick those 9 to 5's to the curb and dig their heels into the world of app development. With a few successful apps on the market now (and even more in the works), there's no question that they've found their calling!

Direct download: EP15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:29am EDT

Building your dream business and life with the one you love most has to be one of the greatest feelings there is. I mean, think about it: You are both in it to win it, together.

You are both experiencing the same ups and downs. You are both working towards the same goals. And you are both celebrating the big (and small) wins together.

It's a wicked feeling!

But what do you do if you are hell-bent on chasing your online dreams, and your partner isn't fully on board?

What happens then? What if they just don't get it? Or don'twant to get it? What do you do?

Well, for starters, you listen to this episode...and then you implement what you learn!

Ready to convince and convert your partner into a webpreneur?

Click that big ol' play button at the top of the page download this in iTunes or listen on Stitcher and find out what to do with that big idea of yours. If you like what you hear, be sure to give us a 5 star rating or leave a review!

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Direct download: EP14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

Question: When you're feeling a little sick, a little "meh", a little off, do you Google your symptoms? Make an appointment with your doctor? Wallow in your own sorrow? All of the above

I have to admit, I've been known to put off doctor visits for months because it just feels like too much of a hassle to actually get my act together and go to the doctor.

I know, it's sad. And I'm lazy.

Well, what if I told you that you could hop online and book an appointment with a naturopathic doctor, get some clarity around what's going on with your body, and never have to leave your home!?

I assume you would do what I did when I heard about our guests today: Aggressively fist-pump.

Which is why we're so jazzed to have Shannon and Alexis on the show today to talk about how they took their brick and mortar businesses online, transformed their life, and are now jet-setting around the world while helping people look and feel healthier.

Think doctors belong in over-air-conditioned offices that smell like disinfectant and wear oversized white coats? Think again.

To find out more about this dynamic duo, click the play button at the top of the page, download this in iTunes or listen on Stitcher and find out what to do with that big idea of yours. If you like what you hear, be sure to give us a 5 star rating or leave a review!

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Direct download: EP13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

Ohhhhhh chiiiilllld I'm excited for this one! Why? Because I'm pretty damn sure that when we all start our first online business we stress over some of the most insignificant things that really don't make a difference to your eventual success.

But, of course it's hard to know that when you're first starting out.

Trust me, I speak from experience here! When we were first starting out I stressed over logos, website themes, and other useless shit that doesn't really matter in the long run.

So we decided to get real with alllll y'all and lay down some of the most common things you think you need when first starting a business, but don't!

Curious to know if you are focusing on the wrong things? Click that big ol play button at the top of the page, download this in iTunes or listen on Stitcher and find out what to do with that big idea of yours. If you like what you hear, be sure to give us a 5 star rating or leave a review!

And don't forget to tune in for a new episode every Thursday at 7am EST.

Click Here and Learn How to Build Your Brand & Escape the 9-5

Words of Wisdom in This Week's Podcast:

  • Josh gets angry and I get an eye twitch - the shit you seriously don't need when you're kicking off your biznasss
  • With our business model, you won't have to register for one of these
  • They may look flashy, but if your business is online then you don't need these
  • To logo or not to logo? Here's what we've found from experience
  • You fancy, huh! This is what doesn't need to be fancy
  • Find out if you actually need an SEO consultant
  • Revealing our TIPPPS in "Show us your Tips" - 2 tools we love

Post-Podcast Resources and Honourable Mentions:

Questions, comments or do you know a couple in business together or are you 1 half of an awesome duo that we should feature? Shoot us an email at questions@screwtheninetofive.com.

Direct download: EP12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

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Words of Wisdom in This Week's Podcast:

  • The startling unfortunate accident that drove both Meron and Julie to entrepreneurship at separate times
  • From digital magazine to so much more, find out how Meron's business evolved
  • Dealing with a bad hand, here's how Julie got 2 promotions and turned this particular skill into a business
  • They may run separate businesses, but we love how they do this to support one another
  • Strategies they use to max'n'relax and shut off at the end of each day
  • Sprint vs. Marathon - Julie discusses a certain entrepreneur term that I bet you haven't heard of before
  • A few great slices of advice that Julie and Meron would give to those just starting out
  • Their great philosophy on "failure" and how they fueled current success by moving forward

Post-Podcast Resources & Honourable Mentions:

Questions, comments or do you know a couple in business together or are you 1 half of an awesome duo that we should feature? Shoot us an email at questions@screwtheninetofive.com.

Direct download: EP11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:57am EDT

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Words of Wisdom in This Week's Podcast:

  • The 3 things you will need to know the answer to before diving into business
  • Yea yea, you've got a genius idea, BUT you're going to want to consider this before you enter that market
  • Why you need to figure out your ideal customer avatar so you can make some dolla dolla billz
  • Put money aside, this is what you really need to consider before turning your idea into a business
  • Re-sale value; what niche you likely won't profit off
  • The importance of having an "Exit Plan" so you can GTFO if need be
  • "Show Us Your Tips" tip of the day and a little Danielle LaPorte wisdom

Post-Podcast Resources & Honourable Mentions:

Questions, comments or do you know a couple in business together or are you 1 half of an awesome duo that we should feature? Shoot us an email at questions@screwtheninetofive.com.

Direct download: EP10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:53am EDT

Let me be honest here: When Josh and I started our first business together, we knew NOTHING about running a business properly, hacking our productivity, or even setting ourselves up for growth.

We were just two cocky wannabe moguls who thought we knew evvvverything.

Fast-forward a few months later and we were overwhelmed, burnt out, and struggling to get a grip on our business!

While that period of time was insanely stressful, it pushed us to start finding tools that could help us manage our day-to-day operations, as well as streamline our lives

And let me tell you - it was the BEST thing we ever did for ourselves and our business. Score!

Curious to know what these time-saving...errr....SANITY-saving tools are?

You know what to do.

*psssst* You just click the play button at the top of the page,download this in iTunes or listen on Stitcher. If you like what you hear, be sure to give us a 5 star rating or leave a review!

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Words of Wisdom in This Week's Podcast:

  • The tools we didn't use when we started off, but looking back we wish we had
  • Have issues remembering all your passwords? With this tool, you'll only ever have to remember one
  • The perfect tool for coordinating time schedules between clients and yourself
  • Which project management tool keeps teams together and is the apple of Josh's eye
  • My #1 fave tool - it's core to our business and could be for yours too
  • A music based tool created on scientific research and the second tool in my tool trifecta
  • Is your Inbox getting out of hand? Let this tool save you time with your email
  • The bee's knees of picture editing
  • Our weekly Show Us Your Tips tip! Say it in an Aussie accent and have a little giggle!

Post-Podcast Resources & Honourable Mentions:

Do you know a couple in business together or are you 1 half of an awesome duo that we should feature? Shoot us an email at questions@screwtheninetofive.com.

Direct download: EP09.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:10am EDT

If there is one thing we know, it's how to settle into a new town, city, or island as quickly as possible, in order to get back into a routine and continue running our business.

But it wasn't always that way. When we first started travelling we would take aaaages to figure out where we wanted to live, where we wanted to work, and what amenities were important to us; like having a bar close by.

These days we try and get up and running within 72 hours so we can get back into the swing of things and enjoy our new surroundings once we're set up.

Sure, this isn't the only way to do it, but it has worked like a dream for us in the past so we figured, hey, why not share the love...and unsolicited advice!

Because it can be easy to get distracted and act like a tourist when you're in a new place...but that might not always be the best thing for your business.

And really, when you're first starting out with a business together, its growth should be a big priority!

Unless growth and money isn't important...but really, let's not kid ourselves here. *wink*

Curious to hear what lessons we learned after fumbling our way through our first few attempts at living in a new location? Tune in!

Just click the play button at the top of the page,download this in iTunes or listen on Stitcher. If you like what you hear, be sure to give us a 5 star rating or leave a review!

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Words of Wisdom in This Week's Podcast:

  • Not sure how to travel and run your business? Grab some wine and have a listen - we're about to educate you on how to do it properly!
  • Making it through the first 72 hours of travel; don't make the same mistakes we've made
  • When you should unplug, recharge and explore, and why it's so damn important to make this a priority
  • Worried your social life is going to take a hit? Don't. You just need to unearth this community
  • Do not, we repeat DO NOT, choose to live in a place that doesn't have this one thing
  • What your number one priority needs to be in order to succeed and how to make that happen
  • 7 places in the world that are super conducive for building your business and getting shit done

Post-Podcast Resources and Honourable Mentions:

Direct download: EP08.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:25am EDT

Today we are gettin' a little craaaaazaaaay and chatting with a couple who are still in their 9-5 jobs. Well, sorta....but I'll let them explain.

We met Sophie and Carl back in 2013 in Chiang Mai when they got in touch with us after hearing about us from Mish and Rob's site, and were BLOWN AWAY by their dedication, hustle, and determination to make this lifestyle work for them.

At the time they were each balancing demanding jobs and then coming home and working on their business at night and on weekends.

I mean, I just freakin' love that level of dedication and belief!

Which is why we knew we HAD to get them on the show, because we think it's important (and helpful!) to hear from a couple that isn't quite free of their 9-5's (yet!), but are actively taking the steps to make that happen.

Because let's face it: Just because you might want to screw your 9-5 job doesn't mean you can always just get up and quit. Instead, you need an escape plan to help you get to the point where you have replaced your income and can phase yourself out of your day job.

Which is exactly what we're going to be talking about in this episode!

Trust me, it's a must-listen for anyone still in their job, but dreaming of quitting.

Just click the play button at the top of the page, download this in iTunes or listen on Stitcher. If you like what you hear, be sure to give us a 5 star rating or leave a review!

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Words of Wisdom in This Week's Podcast:

  • Introducing Sophie and Carl - mad hustlers who are balancing building a business while working their day job still
  • From roommates to a couple, and now business partners, here's how they got into the entrepreneurial lifestyle
  • The two different monetization models they use
  • How long it took them to make their first dollar and all the challenges that led up to that monumental moment
  • Finding a balance between completing the important tasks and playing to their interests
  • The difficulties they've had turning off work and focusing on their relationship
  • One piece of advice they would offer couples looking to start their own business
  • Small failures they've endured together and what they've learned from them to fuel positive change

Post-Podcast Resources and Honourable Mentions:

Direct download: EP07.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

I'm not going to lie, when Josh and I started out with our first affiliate site we made a LOT of mistakes: From the theme we used for our website to our reluctance to create a newsletter, the lack of acohesive "voice" to shoddy promotion strategies, we made nearly every single mistake you could make with that one little website.

Fast-forward to today and it is one of our biggest and most active websites in our arsenal, and we are incredibly grateful to have stumbled along and made a whole slew of mistakes right up front.

Why?

Because it allowed us to fail fast, and learn even faster. I mean, if it wasn't for those (at the time) humiliating slip ups we would never know what we know today.

We also started looking for different resources that could help finesse our online business, and realized there are 5 essential elements that every single online business needs no matter what industry you're in or monetization model you use.

"It will always keep changing and evolving. Like, what you start out with will never be what you end up with." - Jill

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Words of Wisdom in This Week's Podcast:

  • The crucial lessons we learned from our very first website
  • The #1 essential thing you will need to start an online business; it's so simple, your mind will be blown!
  • Why getting your hands on a Premium website theme will make your life SO much easier
  • An email tool that will build trust, clout, and repeat customers
  • How to determine the key strategy that will ultimately drive people to your site and convert into sales
  • The importance of knowing where your customer is and how to leverage that into business growth
  • How are you going to make money? You'll definitely want to know the answer to this!
  • The tedious task that you will kick yourself for if you don't start implementing straight away
  • A handy little trick that Natalie Sisson from The Suitcase Entrepreneur shared with us
  • This free tool will knock your socks off

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Direct download: EP06.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:24am EDT

This week we're talking to a pretty freakin' awesome couple; Warren and Betsy Talbot from Married with Luggage.

Now, these two have quite a unique story. They refer to themselves as a "recovering, 40-something, Type-A couple" who realized that life is short and made the decision to change theirs.

Working together as joint authors, these two have just celebrated their 10 year wedding anniversary (Congratulations!) and released their 4th book, Married with Luggage, that is all about love and travel.

"All the other things whether it be travel or work or whatever you're doing, have to be secondary in a marriage and in a relationship. The love needs to be first." - Warren

Listen in as these two lay down some serious insight on what it takes to live, work, and travel with the one you love most.

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Words of Wisdom in This Week's Podcast:

  • Introducing Warren and Betsy Talbot
  • The catalyst that pushed them to work together
  • The monetization strategy that worked for them
  • How they made their first buck together
  • Tips on how to take your business on the road without a hitch
  • The business structure that keeps both parties happy

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Direct download: EP05.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Josh and I have a confession to make...

Sometimes our work life and love life come crashing together, but not in a sexy we're-still-in-the-honeymoon-phase-let's-renew-our-vows kind of way.

Au contraire mon frere!

In fact, there have been days when things got...ummm...a little emotional, shall we say.

I mean, the fact of the matter is, running a business and being in a loving relationship together can get sloppy when you don't take careful measures to separate the two.

So how does one go about separating work from love? Listen in and find out!

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Words of Wisdom in This Week's Podcast:

  • The lowdown on our morning "wake up and break up"
  • Why focusing separately on different parts of the business is straight up crucial
  • Tricks to avoiding fights after dishing out constructive criticism
  • Why having a little "couple time" is absolutely necessary at the end of each work day
  • Freedom Hint of the Day

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Direct download: EP04.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

I'm going to be honest for a moment. When Josh and I started working together, we felt like we were the only couple out there doing the entrepreneurial thing together.

We felt very out of place in Toronto.

After packing our bags and moving to Thailand, things got a bit easier because we were surrounded by so many like-minded people. We were still craving that couple connection though. You know what I mean...that couple you just jive with, can talk for hours with, laugh with, be honest with, and share the struggles with.

About a year ago I stumbled across UK couple Mish and Rob from MakingItAnywhere.com. Now, these two have a wickedly successful business - or should I say businesses; they have 5! - and have an incredible story.

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Words of Wisdom in This Week's Podcast:

  • Introducing all of Mish and Rob and allllll of their businesses
  • How they kicked the 9 to 5 and went nomad
  • What their first day as official digital business owners was like
  • How long it took them to make their first dollar
  • What business structure works best for them
  • Their biggest failure as a duo that fueled future success
  • Advice for couples going into business together

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Direct download: SCREWTHENINETOFIVE003.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:36am EDT

To build on last week's episode, we are going to focus on one of the must-haves we mentioned; monetization models!

A pretty damn important topic, don't you think?

Because here's the thing: choosing a monetization model before you get going can really help you narrow your focus, niche down to a specific set of customers, create a brand that will appeal to that ideal audience, and ultimately help you make more money (and create more freedom!) in your business!

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Words of Wisdom in This Week's Podcast:

  • The model Josh and I teach; simple and low-barrier of entry
  • How long it takes to start making money with Affiliate Marketing
  • The two different ways you can use E-Commerce to make money
  • How to make fat cash by selling your own products and services under a personal brand
  • Freedom Hint of the Day - fun fact; we've got 3 for you!

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Direct download: SCREWTHENINETOFIVE002.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:24am EDT

Now, Josh and I have worked together for a few years now and needless to say, we have encountered a few *cough* road bumps *cough* along the way. But over time, we figured out a pretty damn good way of balancing our personal relationship while strengthening our business one.

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Words of Wisdom in This Week's Podcast:

  • 3 things you must have if you are going to succeed in business with your lover
  • The most misguided monetization model that so many couples in business fall victim to
  • The best entry-level business model - or so Josh believes!
  • A simple exercise that will help you and your partner determine your key tasks and responsibilities
  • How to create goals the right way
  • Freedom Hint of the Day

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Direct download: SCREWTHENINETOFIVE001.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:49am EDT