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“Sorry guys, I can’t go out tonight. I have a business meeting with this super cool chick in Vienna.” (or Hong Kong, or Sydney, or Melbourne, or New York, or Japan, or Toronto, or Vancouver, or Israel… You get the picture?)

A year ago, if someone told me that I’d be working with global clients, I would have laughed out loud. But now? It’s a weekly thing!

And I’m not telling you this to be like, “Hey, look how cool my business is!”

I’m telling you this because I want you to know that this is a very realistic possibility for you as well. If I can do it, you can do it. You just have to get started, and I’m here to help you do just that. But before I do, there’s a few things you need to know.

If you haven’t noticed yet, virtual business is the way of the future. In fact, it’s the way of today. It’s the smartest way to make money how you want to make it, work with people who you choose to work with and create the freedom that you want to have in your life–eventually.

And that’s all fine and dandy.

But since I want to keep it real with you today, I’m gonna scrape the icing off the top of this cake.

Running an online business is not easy. In fact, it’s one of the most difficult things you will ever do. You have be disciplined, focused and willing to give up a lot of things that other people are not in order to get your business off the ground.

Here’s the truth about starting an online biz:

Just because it’s online doesn’t mean it’s any less work than a traditional business. If you want to do this, you have to be committed. You have to give up things that you don’t want to give up. You have to work a lot–like, 70+ hour weeks–working from the second you wake up ’til the second you go to bed, which sometimes is 5am, then wake up and do it all over again. There’s constant emails, lots of clients to balance, and a seemingly unrealistic amount of work to get done. There will be times when you want to quit, because you think it’d be so much easier to just get a normal job and have the workday actually end at 5pm instead of carrying into the wee hours of the night. Until you’re ready to hire your first employees, there will be a lot of pressure on you to meet deadlines. On top of that, you’ve got to manage the background business stuff including your accounting, scheduling of appointments, invoicing, receipts, custom quotes etc. Plus, plan for the future of your business by creating marketing plans, operations manuals, budgets and more. And then, when all that’s said and done, you’ve got to write a blog post every week. ;)

Did I scare the crap out of you?

Good. Because I sugar-coated that by leaving out the part about the days I don’t have time to shower because I have to meet a deadline. (TMI? Haha!) So if none of the above sounds appealing to you, then running any type of business is just NOT for you. I don’t want to be mean or discouraging, but I’m tellin’ ya, if you can’t handle that, then you’ve failed the entrepreneurial test! You are meant for 9am-5pm, my dear. And hey, if that’s cool with you then go get it!

If I didn’t scare you?

AMAZING. You are my kinda person! You’ve got enough entrepreneurial spirit to keep your biz rockin’–even at 5am–just knowing that the hours you put in now are going to set you up for a better future than you could ever imagine!

And I’m telling you… New clients, business partners, coaches, gurus, fans and even new friends–we’re talking’ besties–are only a few clicks away on the web!

So why, with all the work that goes into it, does being an entrepreneur still seem like a good idea? Because…

…seeing all of your hard work pay off is the most gratifying thing in the world.

After you get your business off the ground, streamline your operations and market the crap out of your brand, things get a lot easier. And once you hire some help, even just one or two people, your baby of a business won’t need to be on your tits nursed anymore. (Side Note: My mom really didn’t want me to say “on your tits” because of the shock value–haha!)

Anyways, that’s when the whole picture starts to unfold. Will you still be busy as a bee? Yes, of course. It’s a different kind of busy though. When you have the confidence that you actually know what you’re doing, the real fun can begin.

How does this sound to you?

  • A business card that says CEO.
  • Freedom to book time off whenever you want.
  • Peace of mind in knowing that very reliable, enthusiastic employees are helping you achieve your dream (and also achieving theirs, because you’ve created such a great place for them to work).
  • Location Independence: Work from anywhere in the world (as long as you have access to the internet).
  • Freedom to work any hours of the day, not just between normal work hours. For example, if you want to wake up, make a steak and egg breakfast and go to the gym, maybe hit up the mall, get some groceries then come home and work from 3pm – 8pm, you can! (Side Note: 3pm – 8pm days are far off for you if you’re just starting. Don’t say I didn’t warn you) ;)
  • Setting your own prices.
  • Designing new products and services that will improve people’s lives (and businesses).
  • Inspiring and motivating others.
  • Being able to donate significant amounts of money to organizations that you feel passionate about. (Have you heard of Girls Who Code?) ;)
  • Meeting insanely cool people around the world to work with, collaborate with and help out.
  • Staying true to who you are. Building a brand around YOU that attracts the ideal people that you want to work with.
  • Your business can grow and evolve with you as you grow and evolve as a person. It’s ever-changing, so you’ll always be challenged. It’ll never get stale or old, because when you start to feel that way, you can just add new services and products!

Now I Wanna Know…

If you’ve been thinking about starting a business, what do you think now? Is virtual business right for you?

If you’re an entrepreneur, does any of this resonate with you?

How long did you spend working like a maniac before you started hiring help?

I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Now, I’m off to pack… I’m working from the beach next week! (See what I mean?)

Cheers to creating your own future, instead of waiting for someone else to create it for you.

Sincerely,

lauren-lund

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