It’s been over 17 years since my first foray into the world of online business…
I wanted to reflect a little bit on how far things have come, and share some thoughts about my hopes for the future and what’s on the horizon.
There’s a big difference between what my business is today, and what I imagined it might be almost 20 years ago.
When I started my online business some of the best known online brands and technology didn’t exist, at least not in the way they do today…
For example, Facebook wasn’t even available to the public until 2004 and not popular until years later. The iPhone (and smartphones in general) didn’t exist until 2007, and the internet was still at dial up speed, nothing compared to the lightning speeds we take for granted today.
In 2022 you can run a business from a smartphone that you carry around in your pocket, this is truly remarkable. Has there ever been a better time to start an online business?
My journey started as a hobby… more like a hustle actually, as it was a case of “figure it out and start making money, or get a normal job” (I was in Argentina in 2005 with dreams of globetrotting, I did NOT want to get into the rat race just so I could cover my bills).
Today I’m incredibly grateful to have a business that employs over 140 people and positively contributes to the lives of many thousands of people.
Tens of thousands of people from all corners of the globe have been through our educational programs, and many more have consumed our free content, on this blog, or more recently through my podcast (TheGrowthBooth.com). I really need to pinch myself when I think about this.
Consistent effort compounded over time can turn into something special.
My overarching goal with any of my content development, software development, or coaching is to help as many people as possible build lifestyle businesses and improve their lives, in other words, to achieve lifestyle freedom.
This seems like a pretty vague goal at first glance, but it’s easy to pinpoint how this happens, especially when we receive heart warming messages from our subscribers, customers of our software businesses (like Cartzy.com, FloatHosting.com, NetBlaze.com and others), and clients of our coaching (like TheBlueprintAcademy.com).
Side Note: If you ever want to reach out to me and my team, you can do so through my support desk here: https://support.blueprintcentral.com/
We don’t know what opportunities will present themselves to us in the years ahead, how the way we connect with one another will change, or what new technology will be available to us, but we do know change keeps coming.
The future is exciting.
In the online business space, eCommerce will continue to grow. People will continue to use the internet to solve problems and make their lives better, and this simple fact means that there will be an abundance of business opportunities in the years ahead.
So why did I start my online business?
I was dreaming of lifestyle freedom. For my own selfish reasons initially, but then realised that what I was doing (building a business that gave me lifestyle freedom AND helped other people) could be done by anyone, from literally anywhere, and I wanted to spread the word. Helping others get their own wins became pretty addictive, and it’s still a highlight of my days.
So today, I’d like to thank you for being part of the community, thank you for subscribing to this email list, and thank you for believing in yourself enough to learn more. Lifestyle freedom is not a pipe dream, it can become a reality for anyone willing to pursue it.
P.S. Here’s the new content we’ve published over at The Growth Booth during the past month, check it out!
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