18 Proven Ways To Enjoy A
Successful Location Independent Business
& The Freedom To Live Wherever You Like
Welcome to “Own It! The Summit” which is a pack of 18 dynamite interview recordings with global successful entrepreneurs, sharing their secrets of the REAL laptop lifestyle. We hand picked each of these people to interview, to show you how to set yourself free to design your ideal lifestyle, whether working from home or travelling the world, while running a successful virtual business that you absolutely love.
Who Created This Event?
This Summit was created by Nicola Cairncross and Judith Morgan, who host the pithy and popular weekly podcast “Own It! (Your Business & Your Life), which is listened to in over 85 countries globally and regularly to be found in the Top 100 of “What’s Hot” on iTunes.
Nicola is a failed fashion designer turned digital entrepreneur who founded two six-figure businesses online TheMoneyGym.com and ClicksAndLeads.com. She’s a three-time author, including the Amazon No 1 in Marketing > Entrepreneurship.
Judith is a serial successful entrepreneur turned business coach, working mainly with solopreneurs. Judith has previously successfully built and sold an accountancy firm, a travel agent, mobile catering company and cleaning biz franchise.
Why You Need To Hear These Stories
If you are bored sick of working for someone else, trading time for money, or of being a business owner living in one place, sick of the terrible weather and desperate to travel and have adventures, “Own It! The Summit” is for you!
18 global entrepreneurs share their stories; listen and enjoy their tales of where they started, how they founded and grew their businesses, the tools & techniques they use to work on the go and what living and working in total virtual freedom really looks and feels like.
What You Can Expect
By the time you have listened to these dynamite interviews, you’ll be so inspired you’ll want to set up your own virtual business and be researching how to live and work on the go.
Why You Will Want To Invest In The Summit Recordings
These are hand picked experts, some of them only accessible if you hire them or via their high ticket coaching programmes. Nicola & Judith pulled out all the stops to find the very best entrepreneurs, people they both know to be living an exceptional life, running exceptional businesses. For one hour, for less than a takeaway, you can dip into their lives, be inspired, learn from their mistakes and decide if their particular business model might work for you.
Who Is Featured?
Yvonne Halling | StayIn.town
Yvonne Halling has turned her Bed and Breakfast “hobby” business in Champagne, in France, into a six-figure professional B&B in less than two years without the use of any third party booking sites.
Yvonne has designed her life around her passions. In the summer she enjoys running her B&B business in France and in the winter she coaches, mentors, consults and travels around the world helping other businesses to grow. She’s just launched a new commission-free online booking portal Stayin.Town and that’s a place where travellers and accommodation providers come together. After only 4 weeks in soft launch, she has over 200 hospitality businesses registered on the site.
She had us on the edge of our seats as she told us the story of the lowest point in her life and how she turned it around from there. No money, no business, no job, no prospects and no home, she moved her family into a caravan after their home in England caught fire. Then they moved back to France where they already had a home in Champagne…living hand to mouth, the gas got cut off and then the bailiffs arrived!
What happened next? How did Yvonne save her home and build her French B&B business to over €100,000 euros a year and then leverage that success to help other B&B owners with her book, her training and now her new portal.
James Schramko | SuperFastBusiness.com
James was a high earner as the General Manager at a Mercedes Benz dealership but when he saw the astronomical earnings of his customers he recognised that they were all owners of their own businesses, so he set out to do that himself. He wanted no cap on his own earnings and where the day of the week and the 9-5 became irrelevant.
It took James 6-9 months to achieve his first online sale of $49.25. But over the next 2.5 years he took that up to a level where it matched his income from the day job so he could quit and free up 70+ hours a week. The crucial turning point came when he invested in training in the States, which is a pretty costly investment travelling from Australia. He sat next to people making $100,000 a day online and that opened his eyes still wider to what was possible.
Today the things which matter to James Schramko are surfing, living a life without being a slave to devices, achieving fitness and great health, feeling rested and prepared for whatever life brings and especially that his life allows plenty of time and space for thinking and visioning.
Nicola Bird | SimplicityProject.net
Nicola Bird came out of corporate life with the NHS after the birth of her first child to work closer to home and after the arrival of her second child she decided to go into business for herself. As she went to live in New Zealand for a year she created the prototype for Jigsaw Box which was eventually to become a million dollar business helping over 1,000 coaches to get online with their content.
Nicola tells us that this wasn’t easy and eventually led to burnout after her return to the UK in 2010. She confesses to have been manic and adrenaline-driven, working crazy hours. Eventually, after the birth of her third child and six months in France, she decided to step out and turned the business over to a crack team and some top systems.
Now it’s all about wellbeing, effortlessness and peace of mind. Relationships are stronger, there’s more closeness and better quality conversation. SHOULDS are gone and you can hear her describe how she shows up and does what she wants when she wants. She no longer “does it properly” but in a light-hearted way instead, creating simplicity with ease and grace. Nicola Bird’s interview will stand out as totally unique.
Michael & Kayla Stevenson | InfluenceToProfit.com
The Stevensons have been travelling for more than a year and they are really good at it now, coming to the rescue of Nicola’s recent “Cross The USA In A Mustang” trip on several occasions facilitating such delights as WiFi in the cars.
Single dad Michael, with all the outward trappings of success including a nice house and private schools for his children, was smoking three packs of cigarettes a day. Not surprisingly he had chronic bronchitis, but he couldn’t quit until he discovered hypnosis in 1998 and stopped overnight.
He became fascinated with the sub-conscious mind and qualified as a hypnotist and practised it for several years, firstly as a hobby, helping people in his living room in the evenings after work until the day came when he decided he couldn’t afford the time to go to work anymore and in 2004 he gave up the day job forever. After he met Kayla (listen to their online dating story!) she joined him in the business where they sell personal development courses live and online at Transform Destiny.
They enjoy short periods of time in lots of different places and they have their own definition of what it means to be a digital nomad. They like hotels, and upmarket ones at that. This husband and wife team have a fabulous sense of humour and their joie de vivre is catching.
James Roche | RocheMarketing.com
James Roche and his wife Melanie are Americans who have settled in Amsterdam, knowing it immediately as “their place”. Why? Because the city works efficiently and the Dutch get all their work done in 35 hours a week so there’s plenty of time for the things they love which in James’s case is biking in the countryside, art galleries and concerts.
James favours a low complexity low drama life and that’s the appeal of Amsterdam, and it’s also how he runs his business. He enjoys collaboration in a few creative partnerships such as Ali Brown with whom he partnered for six years, and the rest of his work comes by word of mouth and referrals and from his list.
The Roches have travelled extensively, living an uncomplicated freedom-based lifestyle, and that’s their primary driver. His operating system for success involves a clarity of intent and James told stories of how they found their ideal home in Amsterdam and how clients arrive at just the right time. It’s that ease thing. He lives it and so it is.
Veronica Pullen | VeronicaPullen.co.uk
Veronica describes her Asperger’s as a gift. Her other challenges of RA (rheumatoid arthritis), partial hearing loss, night blindness, not being able to drive and bankruptcy all prompted her to design her ideal business based around her love of being social online.
Later, Bill, who lent her the first £750 she needed to get going, came home from work disillusioned and exhausted for a four-hour daily commute, and Veronica had built an income by that time so that he too could leave his day job as life came full circle.
Then they realised they had no need to stay living in Surrey but could move to Veronica’s favourite Isle of Wight and they chopped in a one-bed flat in the London commuter belt for a three bedroom home on the royal island.
She creates a high vibe in her life by upleveling everything in her reality and in her physical environment. Veronica ended her interview by saying “I’m in love with what I’ve got”. How many of our Summit listeners will be inspired by that?
Lucy Whittington | BeingABusinessCelebrity.com
Lucy Whittington is a woman who confesses to more than a slight obsession with Australia. Lucy has designed her life and her business so that they can travel as a family to Australia as often as they want. Her husband is the “colouring-in department” in her business and her two virtual helpers live in Cornwall and Hertfordshire, while her Dad – also someone who LOVES to holiday – does her VAT returns poolside, on his iPhone on Xero!
As much as possible of her delivery to her clients is online and during term time but when people do come to work with her face to face it’s on a boat which is a ten minute walk away from where she lives.
She’s a high energy, bubbly person, passionate and very much in love with her business and her life and no plans to change any of it any time soon, and why would she when it works so well?
There was much talk of breaking out of the trap of exchanging time for money and also how she’s coming full circle to work with larger clients again after having spent a long time with entrepreneurs.
Jacqueline Rogers | TheAthenaNetwork.co.uk
Jacqueline left a career in corporate training and she knew she had always been entrepreneurial, she loves business and wanted to set up her own. The Athena Network was the networking group Jacqueline would have joined if it already existed. It did not, so she created it. And today it wins awards, has 32 franchises and 132 women-only networking group sin the UK, each serving 12-20 members.
She tells us about the hard work it took over a decade to get to that position and the love for her creation shines through. But in 2008 it brought her low with chest pains from stress. She didn’t want her family’s abiding memory to be of her hunched over a laptop, so from that point onwards she redesigned the business to support her life in a healthier way.
Jacqueline is a grandmother to three girls and she talks about enriching their lives, teaching them about choice, and about the possibility of them growing up to take over Athena even though she has no plans to retire, rather to travel more and continue to learn. She plans adventures to Hawaii and to Santorini where – have laptop, will travel – she can make some training videos for the business.
Listen to Jacqueline’s passion as she talks for a full half hour about the road to making The Athena Network what it is today, the UK’s premier network for women business owners
John Richardson | JohnRichardson.tv
John Richardson got his start opening a sandwich bar with a friend in Northern Ireland, where he still lives part-time. The business grew rapidly to the point where when he was 28, the business was making 7,000-8,000 sandwiches a day, the biggest in NI, and then when he was 29 he found himself “on the streets”.
From there he created a fish and chip shop which, again, he wanted to be the very best in Ireland. They worked hard at this business and sold it well. This led to other businesses – a restaurant, a bar, domain names during the internet gold rush until he consolidated everything he’d learned into a garden centre and particularly coffee shops in garden centres. In the year of his 40th birthday, John challenged himself to go from being “a messer” at sport to break par within a year at golf, deemed to be impossible . He wrote the best-selling book on the topic and told us it was rejected by 83 publishers before he got a deal, and how the book is becoming a film and all the trials and tribulations involved in that.
He loves to be with people, and he’s found the way to incorporate all of his passions into his current business projects.
Yaro Starak | Entrepreneurs-Journey.com
Yaro Starak has been blogging for sixteen years. Wow! He started blogging to get traffic and he turned that into an online education business and our conversation with him revolved around income -v- passion. He’s passionate about his business of writing, coaching and educating but it is vital for him that his work flows with his own natural rhythms .
In 2008 he undertook a mammoth tour of the world and visited 26 cities which he describes as too many. More recently he’s undertaken a much more gentle itinerary of short hops travelling from Melbourne through Asia, Tokyo and Hong Kong to California and eventually to Canada – “for a change”.
Yaro loves his work and he has travelled widely but he also likes to settle and have a home base. His portable business lets him choose between one and the other with ease. The benefits of being in Toronto are that it is closer to events he might like to attend in USA and Europe. He even said he would enjoy a longish trip to the UK too, perhaps Scotland.
His business allows him to live wherever he wants whenever he chooses, the very definition of the freedom we all desire surely?
Jo Barnes | Jo Barnes Online
Jo started online in 2010 and describes herself as the greenest of green back then with a couple of hilarious examples. But she learned fast and by 2011 she made $117,000 in her first launch of her social network academy (first iteration)) all done from a webinar in her Mum’s lounge in Bracklesham Bay!
Now Jo and family live in Phuket but Jo knows they are not far away from putting down some more permanent roots, so her daughter can go to school and have a bedroom she can paint and a dog. Their travels all started with just six weeks house-sitting for Daniel Wagner in Cyprus after selling all their worldly goods for just £900!
She told us about the mentors she’d met and studied with but how inspirational she found it to hear Brian Tracy speak live in San Diego and how the hairs on the back of her neck stood up and how everything changed from that point. After her Brian Tracy moment, Jo’s ambition became to electrify and inspire like him and I thought she did that today in our interview – and then some. Welcome to another passionate business owner!
Michelle Dale | VirtualMissFriday.com
Michelle took us from her lowest ebb when she lost literally everything except the clothes she stood up in, including her husband at the time who scarpered with it all in a van leaving her only her passport. From there she decided to go and live in Egypt, putting her house on the market and quitting her job the very next day – against all advice. She took no notice and she’s never looked back.
After Egypt came France, Spain, Italy and Greece where they now have a base on Crete because Greece is their favourite place so far. She left school at 16 and has taught herself everything she needs to know and her business has grown to $20,000 a month from zero. She’s a Type A personality and very determined – she gave us some great tips for a working life on the move.
En route Michelle has acquired a lovely Californian husband and three children and she’s still only 35. They are an all-year sunshine type of family and upcoming travel plans include India, the Himalayas and a safari. Michelle explains her worldview that everything is possible and the world’s full of abundance, now there’s a woman after our own hearts. She left us with an firm instruction to trust our instincts.
Chris Barrow | 7Connections & Survivor of C4’s “The Island – Series 1”
Chris Barrow, who is a UK-based dental business coach and who starred in the BAFTA-winning first series of The Island, tells us how that’s spurred him on to create a second business, all about adventure.
He surprised us. That in itself is no surprise. Chris is well known for being Marmite, indeed he read us a wonderful quote from a dental magazine about him being just that. But the way in which he surprised us this time was by revealing a lot of very personal insights about his journey to creating his ideal life. Chris lives full out in the full glare of the spotlight, even the media spotlight when he appeared on the first season of Bear Grylls’ The Island. He told us about hunger, starvation and malnutrition and how that feels and what it makes you grateful for when you get back home.
He talks about going against well-meaning advice and choosing work he loves to do with people he loves to work with and only doing it when he loves to do it, 40 weeks a year. Nicola was worried about Chris being a “road warrior” but he puts our minds at rest as he explains how easy that’s become and why he just loves it.
Justin & Chaunna Brooke | IMScalable.com
Justin & Chaunna Brooke were in Bali, next stop Australia. Their travels began with a road trip across the States and then they went to Japan en route to Bali.
Justin described himself as a man who quit his job far too early but they have gone on to create businesses together as mastermind partners, his is a digital ad agency and hers is an advertorial writing service.
We discussed being digital nomads, how to manage working with people all over the world in different time zones and adapting their businesses to suit their life plans. Justin and Chaunna say they are forever changed by their travels and they don’t want to change back. You find yourself on your travels, they say. We talked about their favourite tools for working as they travel and I especially loved their advice not to let our fears hinder our adventures. Their travel has obliged them to become better business owners with improved systems.
These two have a great sense of humour and we enjoyed many lots of laughs with them both.
Emma & Carla Papas | The MerryMaker Sisters
Emma and Carla Papas, a.k.a. The Merrymaker Sisters, are 28 and 25 and they started their business at home in Canberra, Australia, in 2012 while they still had good, secure, high-paying jobs with the government.
Struggling with body-image issues and obsessed by going to the gym and calories and food, they hit upon the idea of giving up all processed food for 4 weeks. It changed their lives and led to them being able to give up their day jobs in mid 2014 and to a business which started by recipe-sharing but is now so much more.
They have created two ebooks and a hard copy book and are moving into physical products with jewellery and stationery in the pipeline. And recently they put their couch and their stand-up desks into a van and moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland. As a direct result of changing what they eat, how they move and what they think, their lives are joyful and that’s the message they share with their tribe through a 2-level membership site and more recently a podcast. One of their positive mindset and affirmation role models is Louise Hay who is 89. They even taught us what words to use if you find some of the language of affirmations not to your taste.
Their overall Merrymaker mission is to make the world a happier, healthier place and they have lots of wonderful soundbites like “less stuff, more life”. They are a couple of inspiro-girls and we are particularly happy to have them as part of our Summit to inspire our younger listeners that anything is possible if you just start sharing your passions online.
Neil Asher | Top Chef To Entrepreneur
Neil Asher began his career as a chef from which experience he learned hard work, long hours and how to be a grafter. There were also large dollops of fun and Neil immediately got the name of the Summit’s Bad Boy by talking about sex, drugs and rock & roll within the first five minutes of our interview!
He fell in love with Australia when he went to the Sydney Olympics in 2000 from Jersey where it was the off season from his restaurant there, and he came back deciding to sell the restaurant and study psychology and statistics (what a combo!) when he was 27. Eventually this led to online marketing and a whole world of travel and adventure opened up.
We talked about the degree to which Neil’s businesses have been easily portable because he has offline real-world businesses too, and he regaled us with tales of transfers which worked and ones which didn’t and why. Neil and Tash have decided that the best way to know a new place is to spend four seasons there.
Neil has a wide variety of experience in business and with lots of different business models. He describes himself as entrepreneurial and driven, but also contented. He’s doing what he loves basically, lucky man.
Neil Stafford | InternetMarketingReview.com
Neil’s achieved what many would consider the holy grail of mastering the art of the membership site and the continuity program, and not just once either. He’s done it in multiple niches including soccer, internet marketing (IM), pet ducks and witchcraft. If anything those last two are my favourites!
He tells us about a couple of pivotal moments, including his first online sale and a six-hour layover in Chicago where he nearly came home instead of going to the crucial conference in Las Vegas where he learned about the possibility of membership sites.
Neil has both a passion-based business and one which he can run from anywhere in the world and although he’s based where he was born and bred, near Wigan, he and his wife and young son now holiday for 12 weeks of the year.
Ka Sundance | The Sundance Family
Ka met his wife Katie when they were travelling in New Zealand in 1997. They are both German, they’ve always been travellers and initially they always had the safety net of a return ticket. They did what they needed to do to live a life of travel and they’ve lived (almost) everywhere.
Now they have five children and are home in Germany waiting for the sixth to be born. The kids have made a few subtle changes to their lives but the children are allowed to decide where they go next in the world and what they want to see. Ka describes himself as a father first and foremost and a businessman after that.
They are raw foodies who eat a plant-based diet and he started sharing stories of how that cleared up his son’s asthma on You Tube. They were inundated with requests for recipes, he created a PDF and the rest is history. Now The Sundance Family have a huge online community with over half a million likes on Facebook and Ka has become an online business coach teaching other world travellers how to create an income for themselves. The Sundance Family have created Europe’s biggest online school.
They’ve travelled to the UK, Senegal, Morocco, the Sahara, Hong Kong, South East Asia and Canada, USA and Europe and they currently have a base in Costa Rica where they spend about four months of the year. Ka has organised his business so he only works about 5-10 hours a week, devoting a lot of time to charities and philanthropy and, of course, his family life.
So, What Did We Learn From Our Inspirational 18?
Each speaker has a unique story to tell; a real story of ups and downs and in-betweens. How they turned their business from being trapped at the computer to one which moves with them if they choose, or not if they are just naturally happy at home, or if they have worked out that home is just the best place for them to be right now.
They share their tools for working online and off, what they wouldn’t and couldn’t be without.
They talk about creating a can-do mindset and they remind us how life is an adventure. Although some have had some awful things happen to them, they overcame it all and it just made them stronger, such is human resilience.
The most impressive thing they each share is that everyone has the capacity to do this and to design a unique lifestyle which changes with you and adapts as you change your mind about what’s really important to you in your life. And how to create a business which can be portable, if that’s your dream.
You will immediately receive an email with links to all the 18 recorded interviews, zipped so they arrive safely in your inbox, and bundled in threes – alphabetically. We also tell you how to download the recordings. You can import them, once unzipped, into your iTunes library, and they will group together neatly just like an album.
Audio Recording Pack 1 – Chris Barrow, Jacqueline Rogers and James Roche
Audio Recording Pack 2 – James Schramko, Jo Barnes, John Richardson
Audio Recording Pack 3 – Justin & Chaunna Brooke, Ka Sundance, Lucy Whittington
Audio Recording Pack 4 – Michelle Dale, Michael & Kayla Stevenson, the Merrymaker Sisters
Audio Recording Pack 5 – Neil Asher, Neil Stafford and Nicola Bird
Audio Recording Pack 6 – Veronica Pullen, Yaro Starak and Yvonne Halling
What Would This Inspiration Cost Us If We Tried To Buy It Direct?
We were so lucky to be given an hour from each of our speakers, their shared content will always be valuable, their inspiration will never go out of style and it simply isn’t available any other way. Many of the speakers shared deeper and more personal secrets and insights than we dared hope. We were frequently moved to both tears and laughter and their wisdom with stay with us always. We will return again and again to listen to the interviews as will our podcast audience. Their inspirational content is useful in myriad ways and each listening brings up a new gem you didn’t hear the first time.
What Did The Live Summit Attendees Say?
Thank you both for creating this fantastic weekend – big congrats all round. Cath
I love how the guests are all so very different giving so many different ways of doing business, that’s what I am finding fascinating. The best summit I’d listened to for yonks. Great content, and brilliant & entertaining interviewers & interviewees each bringing something rather unique to each interview. I just loved how the Merrymaker sisters were learning from Louise Hay, amazing, really great girls, and such fun too. James Roche, what a dream guest! How lovely how he does his business, love that he does it via a lot of collaborations, and love that he works 35 hours a week. Love that he cycles and learns.Carrie
It was brilliant! This has been amazing! Can I suggest this becomes an annual event? Andrea
Thank you so much for this. They have all been amazing stories and inspiring. Matthew
Loving Yaro… could listen to him all day! Ann
Thank you ladies; really enjoyed dipping in and out. Veronica was fab – “I’m in love with what I do…” and great advice from Jo Barnes for those starting out. Clare
I liked (Veronica’s) ‘up-levelling’ concept – doing what you love rather than what you feel you ought to do. Sarah
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, great way to spend my birthday! Lots of people will think that’s really sad I am sure! Gemma
I’ve never been online that long – 2 days in a row! My new record on studying online. Eve
Lucy was awesome. Loved Yvonne too, a fantastic insight into what can be done with any sort of business you are in.Chardonnay
Wow, Chris was fantastic! Thank you so much! Listened to a couple of episodes yesterday too. Very, very good. Richard
I am really enjoying listening Jo Barnes talk about selling physical products on Amazon. Lisa
Very inspiring. Yvonne had me in tears too! Riana
Great content. Family getting cross with me huddled in my study. So great to be reminded of the supportive tools out there. Love your speakers…. Clare
Oh no, we have to go out, but I’m loving listening to Yvonne! What a fantastic lady, so inspiring and what a story! We’re late already, the kids are in the car, but I’m stalling…..! Alison
So far so good on the summit! LOVED Michelle, she was great! I like that the interviews show how human you girls are, and that one of the big attractants for me. Wonder how long I can stay awake here in Oz to listen in? Richelle
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