Jennifer Lachs is a former scientist turned freelance writer and the founder of Digital Nomad Girls, a community for location independent women around the world.
She has made it her mission to connect, inspire and empower other nomad girls and foster community online and offline through her virtual coworking community, the DNG Inner Circle, and mastermind retreats in Europe and beyond.
Yet her story is a beautiful collection of taking the path less chosen, taking some leaps at the right time and trusting her instinct. It’s also a perfect example of how, when you’re willing to do the work and understand who you are and what you offer, that you CAN get paid to be you, and help a ton of other people while you’re at it.
Originally from Germany. Jennifer is tough to pin down these days, as she’s taken over my role as the ‘Suitcase Entrepreneur’ with her own style! I’ve not met many people who put as much time, attention and energy into their community and clients as Jennifer, and it’s the key reason she’s developed a tribe of adoring fans and friends, as well as a successful business.
In this episode you’ll learn:
How Jennifer went from scientist to digital nomad
Her top tips for running a successful Facebook group
The top 3 skills Jennifer gained from leading and valuing her 20K+ Facebook members
How she took her skills and knowledge and created multiple revenue streams doing what she loves most
The importance of mindset to being successful in all areas of life
DNG Inner Circle is the virtual coworking community that travels with you. DNG Inner Circle members get access to a virtual coworking sessions, monthly expert masterclasses, monthly goal setting, regular challenges and accountability.
I believe that every single person who has skills and knowledge, when combined with a love for what they do and know, can monetise all of this and get paid to be themselves.
And not just because that’s exactly what I did 9 years ago when I started the Suitcase Entrepreneur blog….although that’s certainly made me more bias!
I had no freaking idea that I would end up building a business from my blog by tapping into my sweetspot, the intersection of what you know, what you’re good at and what you can get paid for.
But it’s more than just that, it’s combining ALL of you, into something that people are willing to invest in, and becoming someone they want to learn from.
Looking back to my childhood, school days and what I naturally enjoyed and was good at, through to my University days, jobs I landed, people I hung out with, activities I did and I realized that what I ended up building, was really an extension of all the things I LOVE to do.
Add in a ton of value for others and you have yourself a perfect platform from which to monetize your expertise (if you’re willing to do the work, dig deep and commit to the journey of course)!
I became a ‘Leading Learner’ by being an avid student of business, travel and life, and then teaching and coaching others on how to come up to speed so they could go after their dreams too.
I shared my exact path, that I turned my humble blog into multiple revenue streams bringing in a quarter of a million US$ dollars per year over the space of 4 years, in Chapter 5 of The Freedom Plan book.
I’m currently in the process of recording and publishing the audiobook version, and when I was recording this chapter, I was like damn girl, this is really good shit and more people need to know how to do this.
My gift to you is how to Monetise Your Expertise.
I’m giving this entire chapter away as a free episode of my UNTAPPED podcast!
Here’s what you’ll learn in this podcast episode:
The exact way in which I built my revenue streams from scratch.
What steps you can take to layer your revenue streams as you grow.
Nine key steps to take to monetise yourself using your sweet spot.
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Imagine the future of work, what do you see? And more importantly how do you want to show up in it?
The way in which we work and the type of work we will be doing in the next few years is already shifting right before our eyes, and I personally see more opportunity than ever.
But a lot of people are scared and that’s because the workplace of tomorrow is an uncertain place.
We live in a rapidly changing world, and design innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and big data are rapidly changing the fundamental nature of how we live and work.
What’s more these technologies are evolving at an exponential rate – and as more jobs and work gets automated, you can see why there’s a fear of being replaced by robots!
Actually that is going to happen with some work, especially around data, that is expected to be more machine-powered.
But there will also be a proliferation of new work and jobs created that will require human skills in areas like problem solving, communication, listening, interpretation and design.
One thing is for sure, it’s becoming critical to understand how this future of work movement is going to impact you, your profession or business and understand how to design a secure future amidst this disruption.
What can you get paid to do and be, what skills will you need to learn and master to ensure you remain relevant and in demand for the foreseeable future?
The future of work is us – people.
We think creatively, we use our emotional intelligence, we teach, communicate, value judgements and share wisdom. We must reconsider how jobs are designed and work to adapt and learn for future growth.
In this episode you’ll learn:
What exactly is the future of work?
How is it going to impact you and what can you do to tap into it?
The new culture needed to future proof your business or career*
A great tool to figure out where your interests and competencies lie
How to turn yourself into a LifeLong Learning Lab to remain relevant
Future of Work Collective supports individuals and collectives to create the unique journey towards their emerging culture and leadership paradigm that sustains their positive impact in the world.
If I told you that you had 90 days to create something awesome, what would you choose to do?
Would you train for a triathlon, aim to renovate part of your house, finish your book manuscript or would you want to create a profitable online course?
That’s my challenge to you in today’s episode of Untapped, I challenge you to take the next 90 days and create something that you’ve been putting off!
As using our Life Pilot planning system has taught me, it’s way easier to look at and plan for the next 90 days, versus a year or two, and then break it down into monthly, weekly and daily actions to get you there and make it happen.
I’ve accomplished a lot in my life by chunking down my big hairy audacious goals into something I can achieve in 3 months or less and I want to share with you how you can do this too.
In this episode you’ll learn:
How it’s easier to achieve more in 90 days than you can in a year
What 90 day challenges I’ve undertaken over the years and which ones worked out
Why 90 days is the perfect amount of time in which to launch your first (or fifth) online course
How to take up a special invite to a free masterclass I’m hosting with Jess at Teachable to show you how
If you’re short on time and can’t listen to the episode (13 mins), then come along to “The Creator Challenge: How to create your own profitable online course in the next 3 months” free 45-minute masterclass that I’ll be doing with my friend Jess over at Teachable on May 24th at 4:00pm EST (1:00pm PST).
Here’s just a taste of what you’ll learn in this 45-minute class…
The 5 key types of online course businesses and how to identify which is best for you
Lessons from the 5,319 online courses that generated revenue last month
The 3-step framework you can use to choose the right course topic (that will actually attract your dream students)
Strategies you can use to create a curriculum that provides real results
Tips for recording a beautiful course that you can be proud of — even if you’re on a budget and haven’t used a camera before
Everything you need to know about marketing your course as a first-timer
An 8-day course launch framework that hundreds of creators have used to enroll their first students in their new courses (including the exact email templates they used!)
Are you getting a little bored and discontented with where you’re at in life?
Isn’t it time you stepped out of your comfort zone?
This is a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately, especially since I started training for triathlons, which regularly stretch me beyond my comfort zone and push me mentally and physically.
What I wasn’t prepared for were all the other benefits this would bring me, because even though going beyond your comfort zone can be uncomfortable – the benefits are that you learn, grow and go further than you imagined you could.
And that’s just for starters!
Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, therapist and author of Better Than Perfect, says people who regularly seek out fresh experiences tend to be more creative and emotionally resilient than those who remain stuck in routine.
“Breaking your own mould can only make you stronger and more confident to reach higher levels in your professional and personal life,” she says.
Being uncomfortable can be a great thing. It isn’t easy but it’s worth it.
Are you ready to break out of your comfort zone?
In this episode I share with you:
Why it’s easy to stay in the comfort zone
The many benefits of being uncomfortable
Things that I’m doing to step outside of my comfort zone
As you grow your online business to its full potential glory, the need to have a kickass website to showcase your service or products is a must. That’s where Thrive Architect comes to the rescue and it’s amazing – watch my review to hear and see why!
I’ve had a bazillion websites (well like 12) since starting my online business back in 2009. The first one was totally bootstrapped when I paid a friend $100 to create a decent design – and she did amazing well.
Each year of business I’ve upgraded my website design and paid talented designers and developers to transform them to suit the stage I’m at.
The more my business grew the more I could invest in a great website – because let’s face it, until social media came along, websites were THE key to growing your email list and selling your products and services.
These days I feel that’s less true. An email list still reigns supreme but you can get away with using social media sites to gain attention and awareness. The thing is you don’t OWN them and they can take it all away from you in hot second.
So, having your own platform, even a one page landing page that clearly says:
Who you serve and why
What you do
How you help and;
What’s your unfair advantage – as in why they should trust and choose you
..is a necessity.
Yet not everyone can code, and even using platforms like WordPress (the gold standard in blogs and websites) does require a good level of tech skills to fully utilize the platform.
What’s more there are so many WordPress themes to choose from, that can get waste way too much time scrolling through them and never actually launching your website!
If the thought of building a WordPress website seems like an intimidating thing to do, then I’m going to show the ONE website builder to make a gorgeous website, in minutes that’s super affordable and easy to use.
This powerful drag and drop website builder has been my go-to web tool when it comes to developing my own websites.
It has saved me tons of time and money and saved my sanity on many occasions. It’s put the power back in my hands to do unlimited updates, rebrands and instant edits to my website whenever I feel like it, rather than waiting around for someone to do this and paying more money for every change I want.
That’s why I want to scream to the world and share this wonderful platform to you in the hopes that you’ll invest the $19 per month to have access to it and all the amazing templates that you can instantly launch on your website to look like an absolute pro!
In short, Thrive Architect will help you build your business website with the look, features, and functionality that you’ve wanted to have, minus the headache!
Key Features of Thrive Architect You Will Love
Easy to Build Conversion-Focused Landing Page Templates
Thrive Architect lets you create landing pages that can be optimized for lead generation and way better conversions. You can simply select from its pre-built landing page templates to present offers, promote your products, collect emails, host a live webinar – you name it, Thrive Architect has it!
Simple And Clean One-Page Website
If you don’t a full feature website, Thrive Architect has a simple one-page site template you can install in a few seconds that has all the key information you’d need to sum up your business and offerings in a page.
Pre-Built Conversion Elements
Aside from its landing templates, Thrive Architect also comes with a set pre-built conversion elements such as customizable buttons, testimonials, countdown timers, and lead generation forms. This is gold as previously you had to install or buy plugins or use other tools to get access to these features. Thrive Architect integrates with the major email providers too so you can easily and automatically capture new and grow your mailing list.
Advanced Creative Features (for non techs)
The Thrive Architect WordPress page builder and visual editor has advanced features that lets you instantly make your landing pages and website more attractive. For example you can create poster-and-magazine-style text layouts by accessing over 700 custom fonts, combine attention-grabbing texts and images, overlay background images and add in gradient overlays so your titles and text can be easily read.
Fully Mobile Responsive
My favourite feature from Thrive Architect is the ability to test how your page will look on a desktop, tablet or mobile while you’re editing. It’s also fully mobile responsive so everything always looks hot on mobile phones and tablets, which is damn important given we spend so much time on these devices.
Also Thrive Architect lets you hide certain content blocks or elements from either mobile or tablets which is great if you want a full featured website but for mobile you don’t need the fancy features.
I swear this has changed my life and my ability to create gorgeous, responsive and high converting landing pages and websites fast and affordably. I can’t wait to see what you think of it.
How do we remain present in a busy digital world and be really focused on the now?
It’s a question I ponder every day and when I heard Andrew Leitch speak recently, at an Entrepreneurs Organization meetup, on this very topic, I listened intently.
Andrew believes that our connection to our purpose and the energy that this connection gives us, is the fast track to tapping into our creative genius, our most connected and engaged states, and our fullest human potential.
After a professional career in ballet, and 15 years on stage, Andrew went on to study psychotherapy.
He pursued his passion to bring together ancient indigenous knowledge and spent extensive time with the indigenous people of Australia and abroad, whilst completing formal training as a Body Psychotherapist with the Institute of Energy Science.
Andrew has gone on to develop the Evolutionary Intelligence Process, which is a simple yet powerful, structured personal development pathway, using the 5 Keys of:
In addition to his work with individuals and organisations, Andrew leads retreats alongside Indigenous healers to Central Australia through his other business, Spirit Adventure Tours.
Are you the type of person who has a ton of ideas and rarely follows through on them?
Do you have a whole heap of unfinished projects lying around – in your house and garage that you simply never get to?
Are you the type of person who has a dozen half finished manuscripts on your laptop and even more online courses you bought but have never finished, or worse, even started?
Following through and finishing what you start are some of the most valuable skills you can have. They are a combination of traits that enable you to create the life you want – without having to compromise or wait.
Well it’s time for that to stop and for you to …
Finish What You Start: The Art of Following Through, Taking Action, Executing, & Self-Discipline.
In his excellent, practical and easily digestible book, Finish What You Start,Peter Hollins take us on a unique deep dive into the psychology and science of accomplishment, productivity, and getting things done.
In an amusing and glaringly obvious set of scenarios and examples, he takes a thorough look at why we are sometimes stuck, and gives detailed, step by step solutions you can start using today.
Every phase of finishing and following through is covered, and even productivity pros will be able to learn something new. I listened to the entire thing, while out for one long run. The only bummer was I couldn’t take notes as I went!
In my book review I focus in on:
Four surprising motivations that push us past obstacles.
How daily rules and a manifesto can help you achieve more.
Tactics to beating procrastination easily
How to dial up your internal motivation
How to beat distraction and stay focused on the task at hand!
If your mind bounces around all day like an energizer bunny, and you rarely feel you’re accomplishing anything on your to-do list, let alone moving forward on a significant piece of work, it’s time you learned how to go deep.
So what is deep work? Deep work is the ability to focus without distractions on a cognitively demanding task.
In other words, it’s the lost art of losing yourself in work that matters, and not getting distracted by your phone notifications, social media or multiple browser tabs. It’s about training the brain to embrace ONE thing at a time.
The book is split into two parts. The first explains what deep work is and different ways to do it. The second part shows us how to actually do it and make deep work a regular practice in our lives, so you can put it right into action.
Cal Newport is a computer science professor at Georgetown University who studies the theory of distributed systems, the author of six books, including, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, and owner of his well-known Study Hacks blog.
This is definitely one of my favorite books this year and I’d recommend it for anyone who wants to work smarter and avoid distractions.
In his book he shares four ways to help us maximize productivity and rules to deploy more deep work in our lives. Watch my video for my full review and to learn these four methods.
I’ve just recently watched Brene Brown’s Netflix special called “Brené Brown: The Call to Courage” and in this program she discusses what it takes to choose courage over comfort in a culture defined by scarcity, fear, and uncertainty.
And this is what we are going to talk about in this podcast: vulnerability and courage.
In this episode, Osmaan and I will dive deeper into not dwelling on past stories and also not being too focused in the future.
Osmaan is a performance and mindset coach and he is passionate about enabling individuals and businesses create Rapid Transformations, in their thinking, feelings, behaviours, opportunities and results!
In this episode we dive into:
The risks of dwelling on the past
What happens in our brains when we think about past memories