How to Use the Power of Story to Get Clients

Today’s guest post was written by Location Rebel member, Brian Lenney. Brian joined our community last summer, and immediately got my attention through his enthusiasm for his new business….and also by leaving his job less than 2 months after joining the community. He now helps clients build their brand by telling their unique story, and I’ve seen just how powerful this idea can be in my own business. So I’m really excited to host him on Location 180 today, because I know how valuable this concept is – yet it’s so often overlooked by people just starting out with their business. Take it away, Brian! — So…this conversation happened last year: Boss:   Brian, I feel like…you should work at Google or something.

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The One Simple Thing I Do to Live a Happy Life

After a long travel day yesterday I arrived in Vail, Colorado where I’m spending the week working, skiing, and…well, working and skiing.

They’ve had 40 inches of snow in the last 10 days, including a solid 6 inches last night. I woke up this this morning to clear blue skies, and everyone around me seemed like they were drunk on happy pills.

Seriously, you’d assume the mountain had never seen a powder day before.

I got out of bed early and was on the lift by 8:30. For the next four hours I was treated to one of the most epic days of skiing imaginable. Big, wide open back bowls full of untouched powder. It was a Wednesday, so it wasn’t super crowded, and I easily could have gone on skiing like this all day.

But I didn’t.

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How to Build an Email List Without Having a Blog or Website

It’s not a big secret that building an email list is one of the most important things you can do for an online business. But if you’re anything like me (or like I was up until recently) you still haven’t started your list.

I always saw the benefits of growing a list, but I never thought that it was really relevant to me because I wasn’t a blogger. I thought that to build a list you had to publish regular content on your blog, slowly grow return traffic, then over time convince those readers to sign up to your newsletter. For me it was long ball, and I’d rather spend my time making sales than “playing business.”

That all changed a month ago. In just a few days I accidentally started an email list, got over 200 subscribers, and landed several clients for a new business venture, all without having a blog. Now I’d like to show you how I did it so you can do the same.

Before I jump into the tactics, I’d like to quickly go over a few reasons for starting a list, just so we’re on the same page. Feel free to skip ahead if you’re already a believer.

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Rainmaker Platform Review: The Best Way to Build a Membership Site in 2015

Check out the Rainmaker Platform here. About 4 years ago I began creating my first full-fledged, massive membership site. I’d created a pretty basic one already, but I hadn’t done anything that was going to involve an elaborate marketing funnel, forums, different membership levels, and affiliates. Back then, and even to this day, the process is daunting. There are hundreds of services and tools out there you can use for each of those different aspects of the site, each with their own learning curve, and they often they don’t play as nicely together as you’d like. As it sits, I feel like I’ve tweaked and tested my way to the best possible setup I can have for Location Rebel with

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How to Work Remotely While Having the Adventure of a Lifetime

Undulating cornfields in Nebraska drove home the reality: I can work from anywhere, even while ticking off a bucket list goal. And with a fresh new year officially here, what better time to talk about all the things you want to accomplish? Wait a second. Why (oh why), you ask, was Nebraska on my bucket list? Because just west of Omaha marked halfway for a 4,000 mile bicycle tour this summer. And unlike most people who take months off work to ride across the country, my bank balance increased while we (my wife and I) traveled, all thanks to technology and planning. Much ink is spilled discussing working remotely. These days, it’s possible pretty much anywhere. This post is about

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10 Reasons You Should Move to Asia to Start Your Lifestyle Business

Today I’m writing this from a street side cafe in the bustling streets of Saigon, Vietnam. Hundreds of motorbikes are constantly fleeing by, the occasional one-man karaoke cart (it’s an Asia thing), and merchants peddling fake Ray Ban sunglasses or other crappy tourist gifts are a regular sight as well. It’s been two years since I’ve sat at this very same table in Saigon, and I must say – I’ve missed it. The roots of this blog are engrained in the idea of building a business from Asia. Seven months after starting Location 180 I blindly moved to Thailand having no idea what to expect. I met Dan from the Tropical MBA at 1am at the Bangkok airport, and that

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Why Having a Bucket List is Absolutely Essential in 2015

It was 2am on Saturday morning, and while most of my friends were grabbing their final drink of the evening at the bars in Portland, my friend Brian and I were 3 hours away – just waking up at a cabin on the McKenzie River. It would be about a 90 minute drive to get to the base of the South Sister – the third tallest peak in Oregon. This represented a big shift in my life. Why? It would be one of the first things I crossed off the bucket list I’d formed a few months prior, and would set the stage for a life adventure and action rather than passive rule following. The ascent was more difficult than

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Do You Really Need That? (Yes. That.)

A few weeks ago I learned that a new rock climbing gym was going to open up near my house.  Now, I used to climb all the time – but when I sold my car in 2009, it became too difficult to make the 15 minute drive to where the gym was (you know, and I moved to Thailand). So when I saw this state of the art climbing gym had opened, I thought it would be the perfect excuse to get back into it! I joined up, but then I had a decision to make. My normal gym was two blocks away, and I didn’t really want to have to pay two gym memberships – so I started thinking through the pros

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How to Launch Your First Kindle Book and Make $1,000 in 30 Days

Hey look, a new post! I know they’ve been relatively sparse these past few weeks – I’ll explain why in a future post. In the meantime, this guest post is from Location Rebel member Lise Cartwright. If you’ve ever thought of publishing a Kindle book, stop what you’re doing and read this! Take it away Lise! — What I learned from launching 3 self published books in 60 days on Amazon… Before we jump into this massive blog post (sorry Sean!), you’re probably wondering who the heck I am… My name is Lise Cartwright and I’m a direct success story from Location Rebel. Thanks to Sean and the LR community, I quit my job in June 2012 and haven’t looked back.

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Why Writing More Can Be Less Useful

Last Friday morning, I woke up early at my grandmas cabin on the Mckenzie River, where I’d gone for a few days on a mastermind retreat. Our days were spent hiking up waterfalls, talking strategy for 2015, and playing the occasional board game as we decompressed and prepared for what the new year will bring. I didn’t have much work I had to do, aside from writing a blog post for Friday. My plan was to do it when I got up that day, post it, and then get back to the masterminding. However when I woke up, and sat down at my laptop before the sun had even started peeking through the trees I found myself oddly stalled. I had ideas

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