We see the pictures, beautiful beaches, laptop lifestyle, amazing sunsets and what seems like time abundance to enjoy the finer things in in life. So is this what’s it’s really like? In this piece I will be sharing my own experience, 100% truth as to how I see it, do it and feel about it. If you are a travelling entrepreneur, you may have a different opinion or experience so this is not a generalisation but one person’s unique experience. I’d love to hear though in the comments what you do or how you have perfected this.
Three years ago, it was time to pack my bags and start spreading my footprint beyond my home city of Melbourne. I had built a big network and was know in my home city so I set some dates and arranged some workshops to be run in Sydney and Brisbane. I had a time amount of people that I knew lived there and had followed me via social media so I invited them first to my events in the hope they will be the first to experience what I did live. I already had clients in different states around Australia that I coached but had never met them in real life.
I am a big offline – get to meet you and get to know you type of person. I very quickly realised the importance of becoming known offline before my online following would grow and that meeting someone face to face fast tracked that know, like and trust process ten fold.
So I started – my first trips had around 8 people in the Sydney event and 6 in Brisbane. I did them and came home empty handed. No sales but great relationships and my first interstate experience. Over the following 12 months a went again a few more times. Once I did 4 cities in 8 days and 7 events that I spoke at. I was 12 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child (the worst and most tiring time) and once again after meeting over 120 people overall didn’t convert a single sale.
I could have given up right then and there. Luckily my moto in business has never been to look for instant results or a quick fix and what I say to myself is: The relationships that I build and start today eventuate into sales 6-12 months down the track. And that they did. Six months after that trip I converted over 100K from the people I met on that crazy tour.
I want to share some of the pro’s and con’s on travel for business that I have found… Let’s do the con’s first as I do like to finish on a positive note:
Now lets look at the Pro’s:
So there you go, business in the air is totally worth it. I embrace it, love it and I know all is taken care of at home. I get to contribute to my family and lifestyle with what I do and my husband does it with what he does. WIN WIN! No one slacks off, everyone does what needs to be done even if we don’t feel like it.
Lets last of all talk about holiday time with some business infused within. So far I have spoken of 100% business trips. As I said we take 3.5 months off a year to really re-energise and slow down so we can keep going for another round. Normally we take a month off after our May retreat (mid May to mid June) where we would go overseas somewhere warmer (Last year was Europe, this year Thailand, next year will be the US). Then we take almost 2 months off over the summer break. After our late November retreat to late Jan when kids go back to school we are mostly home for a month doing fun Xmas stuff and homely upkeep projects and in Jan we go on a road trip in Australia (anywhere up to 12 hours drive from Melbourne). We take many long weekends away throughout the year for 3-4 night as we like to call the Mini Holidays.
So what happens during these 3.5 months off. Is it really full switch off? Not really – I couldn’t think of anything more boring. My personally pattern is an Achiever so I like to feel as though I have achieved something every day. Doesn’t have to be just business related, but personally related too. So here is my list of things that happen in any random order on our holiday time off:
On Holidays the decision on what I do goes with this question: What do I feel like doing now? And this can be business or pleasure related choice.
During Business time the decision on what I do goes with this question: What must I do know that will get me closer to serving more people and sales?
So there you go, I love and choose how I spend my time. I also get really frustrated towards the end and crave returning to my business routine, having some time away from the children and serving my clients. If you enjoyed this or have opinion to share comment on this blog post, tell me I am crazy or whatever, say something, don’t just be a Stalker. :)
Love Nat x
P.S. Connect with me on my next Webinar being hosted this coming Monday 11th of April at 8pm Melbourne, Australia time. I am away for two weeks on an intense business trip in Queensland. The webinar is on How to Focus, Plan and Execute - Your 90 Day Business Blueprint to Triple Your Clients. Click the title and Register Now!
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