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3 New Cool “Jobs”

A really cool job. Everyone wants one. Right?

But what if you also want to do your own thing? To enjoy more flexibility and control over when, where, and how you work?

To put the life side of the work-life equation first?

Then my friend you need to create your own cool job.

It’s not as hard as you might think. Nor is it the fast-easy path to overnight riches that some gurus make it out to be.

Fundamentally, making the leap from having a boss to being your own boss comes down to two things:

1)      A great idea

2)     The courage to act on it

The good news is there truly is no end to the creative ways to make a livelihood without a job-job.

Creative Options For People Who Want to Do Their Own Thing

Last time I shared 3 cool “jobs” you can create or build on:

  • A cool way to share your of love of wine
  • Imitating master artists
  • Baking and delivering warm cookies and cold milk

In This Issue

In this issue you’ll discover how to:

As always, some of the cool ideas you’re about to “meet” come from people in an international community of licensed Profiting From Your Passion® coaches.

I hope these ideas inspire you to make your own job!

Cool “Job” #7 Share Your Love of Crafts

There are hundreds if not thousands of craft-related websites. What caught my eye was one that brings together two unlikely passions.

Geek Crafts combines geeky stuff (or what some might call nerdy) like Starwars, Harry Potter, and Wonderwoman and, of all things, crafting!

It’s also a great example of how you don’t actually have to “do” crafting. Instead you can dedicate yourself to scoping out cool crafting ideas like they do.

Plus, the blogger bios are a fun reminder that there’s more to life than office politics and commuter traffic.

paulyTake Pauly who tells us that he lives in the fabled lands of Canada” with his wife, son and “a small zoo.”

For his day job Pauly “travels all over the world” where he says he “sees the inside of many airports, hotels and taxi cabs.”

During his own time though, he “enjoys cross-stitch, as long as it is geeky.” Who knew?

Pauly and full-time crafter wife Redd co-run a store on Etsy called Geekopolis.

Oh yes, Pauly says he’s also “totally a Viking.”

Building on That Idea

When you calculate in materials and time, it can be tough to make any real money selling individual craft items. So a lot of people just give up.

But what if there were a way to sell just your crafting IDEAS?

Enter the craft pattern and education site You Can Make This. Once your project has been accepted, the company shares it with their eager crafters. Then when your pattern sells you get 50 percent of the revenue.

Side note: The business was founded by stay-at-home mom and avid crafter Kim Christopherson. It was so successful her husband Ryan was able to quit his technology job to join her. Sweet!

Cool “Job” #8 Invent a New Toy

As kids Mike Cheshire and Tom Aiezza they knew their parents weren’t keen on them playing Frisbee in the house. So they fashioned their own smaller disks out of jar lids, shaved bottle caps… whatever worked.

The childhood friends teamed up after college to produce the same mini-Frisbee toy.

flickerzRather than go to China, they hired a plastics company in Southern California to produce a first run of 7,500 Flickerz. Total cost from prototype to mold to finished product was only $10,000.

Stellar sales at 12 independent toy stores meant they were on the right track. Today their site features lots of video demonstrations. But back then the pair had posted a video of themselves doing trick throws that they posted on LinkedIn of all places.

A toys sales rep saw it and told them they needed to go to a toy fair happening in two weeks. Mike and Tom quickly put down $2,500 for half a booth and with that, Jungo Toys was officially born.

In 2012, they sold between 50,000 and 60,000 discs. Before long they were able to begin paying themselves.

In 2013, Jungo sold 120,000 units. This year they expect to double again breaking the half a million mark in revenue. Customized versions with an organization’s logo are especially profitable because there’s no packaging or sales commissions to pay out.

Building on That Idea

Having such a low price point has had an unexpected benefit. One non-government organization purchased a batch of Flickerz to keep kids standing in food lines amused. And for children at an orphanage in Kenya it’s the first toy they ever owned.

This could be a great opportunity to start a non-profit that matches non-government organizations serving poor children or those in refugee camps with toy manufacturers willing to donate over-stock toys.

Have an idea for a toy?

I found this article by the folks at Sesame Street.

blockbusterCheck out The Blockbuster Toy! How to Invent the Next Big Thing

Or if you’re further along in the process or don’t mind investing $1,250 for immersion education, consider learning from industry experts at either of these mega-events:

Cool “Job” #9 Cater to Kids

When you walk into the romantic, candle-lit dining room at Chandler’s Restaurant in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, the last word that would come to mind is “children.”

But when you realize they are part of Yankee Candle’s huge flagship store known for its Disney-like Bavarian Christmas village, then it all makes sense.

Every month the restaurant hosts a mother/daughter luncheon. Guests dress up in feather boas, tiaras, and fancy attire to enjoy an “award winning kids menu” while listening to a reading of one of the books in Jane O’Connor’s Fancy Nancy series.

It must be a hit because Chandler’s recently added kid’s cooking classes for $25.00 per child. This includes instruction, recipes to take home, lunch, and complimentary lunch for one accompanying parent.

It’s a great deal for the parent and smart way for the restaurant to attract first-time diners.

Building on That Idea

That got me thinking. Someone who loves creative marketing and children could fashion themselves into an internationally recognized children’s event expert. (I like to think big!)

You could research other innovative ways normally adult-focused businesses are using kid-friendly events to bring parents and their credit cards in the door. Then sell your findings in the form of an e-book or marketing white paper.

Or simply use it to custom design children’s events for restaurants, retail stores, libraries, even car dealerships or dental practices.

Resource for a Change

Attend the SCORE Awards Gala Without Leaving Home

In celebration of their 50th anniversary, on Thursday, August 14 at 7:00pm Eastern SCORE is live streaming their Awards Gala

This is a great opportunity to get some inspiration and potential ideas without ever leaving home!

Two honorees that caught my eye are:

Garbage to Garden A Maine-based company picks up your food scraps and returns them as compost. If you love this idea as much as I do, this could also be a great opportunity to contact them to see how you might work together to launch this same business where you live.

Lulyboo The founder and inventor of this baby bed carrier worked with two Score mentors. One guided her to grow the business while another helped her script and produce a video entry for a local entrepreneur forum. The video came in 1st place netting the founder a cash prize of $10,000.

Add Your Voice to Cool Job Tribe

Thousands of heads are always better than one!

How would you build on any of these cool jobs? What other options, ideas, or additional profit centers did you picture? What other cool jobs have you spotted lately? Post below!

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The Big End of Summer
Income Generation Idea Sale!

You Really Can Live Life
On Your Own Terms.
All You Need is A Great Idea

Ideas are powerful. When you finally see a way you can make money doing what you love, something remarkable happens.

Suddenly the fear, procrastination, overwhelm, self-doubt and all the other dream killers suddenly take a back seat.

An idea gives you direction. Without your own idea, you’re destined to watch others pursue their passion while your own life passes you by.

Over the span of 19 years, I’ve helped thousands of aspiring self-bossers just like you to connect the dots between what you love to do and how you can make money at it.

And the most important “dot” of all? Making sure that all ideas pass the all-important Life Test. That way you can put your life first – and work second.

Now for a limited time you can schedule a personalized Income Generation Idea and Action Planning Strategy Session for the significantly reduced price of just $499.

That means for under five hundred bucks you can get one – or quite possibly – multiple income generating ideas.

Not sure what you love to do?

“The way to find out about your happiness,” said renowned mythology scholar Joseph Campbell, “is to keep your mind on those moments when you feel most happy, when you are really happy – not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy.”

fytc coverThat’s why to help you re-discover your lost passions, your laser session includes a copy of It’s Never Too Late to Find Your Calling: A Handbook to Help You Find Your Passion and Get a Life.

And if you worry that the thing you most love to do won’t pay the bills, think again!

Once you discover the utterly liberating concept of multiple streams of income you’ll realize that more is possible than you ever imagined.

Normally this option-inspiring guide is $19.99.

But it’s yours free when you book your Income Generation Idea and Action Planning Strategy Session.

Unfortunately, my busy travel and speaking schedule means I can only make this offer to the first 10 people.

If you really want to discover how you can get paid to do what you love click here to secure your spot at this special End of Summer Sale rate of just $499.

Next, get out your calendar and call me at 413-535-5107 eastern time during normal business hours. I’ll do a brief intake and schedule your one hour session.

I’ve taken a lot of career assessment tools and they always end up telling me I’m creative – which I already knew – but they still leave me stumped as to what to DO with my creativity to actually make a living.

Valerie gave me a lot of good ideas that really made me think. She helped me see how many different possibilities there are in the world for us creative types.

Lynette Turner
Los Angeles, CA

I am still trying to catch my breath after our call! I am very satisfied with the way things went… You were giving me ideas, tips and resources until the second our call ended.

Bob Nelson
Chicago, IL

Someone booked an  Income Generation Idea and Action Planning Strategy Session just before this blog was posted.

That leaves just 9 available spots.

This End of the Summer “Idea Sale” will sell out.

To reserve your spot on my schedule or see more cool jobs go to : http://dreamjobx.com/career-advice-planning


If Your Dream Has Stalled, Then It’s Time to “Manifest This”

You’ve Seen Mega Hit DVD “The Secret”
How’s That Working for You?

If Your Dream Has Stalled, Then It’s Time to “Manifest This”

By far the highlight of the recent Suzanne Evan’s event in Orlando was the premier of a Hollywood-quality film by Blue Melnick called “Manifest This.”

The movie (which Suzanne executive produced) challenges the “imagine it and it will come” premise behind the hugely popular DVD The Secret.

Because of the humor it would be easy to call the movie a spoof. But in fact the film includes serious interviews about the real secret of success from people who’ve earned plenty of it. Yes you hear from super-success coach Suzanne Evans, marketing expert Joe Polish, the fellow who handled masterminded the marketing of The Secret.

But also you hear from people like…

…Barry and Fran Weissler the producers behind hit Broadway revivals like Chicago, La Cage aux Folles, Sweet Charity, Cabaret, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and many more.

…Larry Winget, the five-time New York Times/Wall Street Journal bestselling author of such books as You’re Broke Because You Want To Be: How to Stop Getting By and Start Getting Ahead and Your
Kids Are Your Own Fault: A Guide For Raising Responsible, Productive Adults has appeared on PBS, MSNBC, FOX, Larry King Live and more. When you see the movie you’ll understand why Larry is known as the pit bull of personal development

…and me! 🙂

Check out the trailer and sign up to see the LIVE replay Friday, April 6th at 8pm.


Not only are you going to be one of the first people to see the film, but there will also be a panel with several stars of the film, as well as the Director (Jimbo Marshall), and the Producer (Blue Melnick!).

They’ll not only discuss the making of the film, but different ways to use new unconventional media to market yourself, and your business.
Click Here to Watch the Trailer and Sign Up


Registration for the February 2012 Profiting from Your Passions Career Coach Training Starts Soon

What if you could be at home — or anywhere in the world — and get paid to brainstorm with clients over the telephone about creative ways they can turn their interests into income.

Stay at home moms, recently downsized or retired folks, returning vets, recovering attorneys all have one thing in common…

They’re hungry for ways to make money without a j-o-b.

If you’re bullish on self-employment, naturally think outside of the job box, and want to start or grow an existing coaching business doing what comes naturally, then in literally a few weeks you could be earning income as a licensed Profiting from Your Passions Career Coach.

I recently shared this short video with the 400+ people who’ve already expressed a keen interest in being a part of the next training.

You’ll discover the 3 key characteristics you absolutely must possess to effectively help others see ways to turn interests into income.

The video also answers to some of the most pressing questions received so far from the coach training survey.

And, you get to meet my dog Cokie Roberts. 🙂 too!

Registration for the next Profiting from Your Passions Career Coach Training doesn’t open until next week.


A Look Inside Valerie’s “Profiting from Your Passions Career Coaches Tool Box”

Game Changing Resources that Your School Guidance Counselor, Your Career Counselor, and Your Own Mother Never Told You About… But I Will

Information truly can set your clients (and you!) free.

On this informational webinar, I’ll share 5 of my most frequently recommended resources.

These are the kinds of game changing resources that help my clients go from wishing they could make money without a job to doing it!

There’s a reason most people don’t know about these resources.

That’s why you’ll also discover 10 important ways in which Profiting from Your Passions career coaching differs from traditional career or life coaching.

Monday, January 23rd
12:00pm Eastern

Please understand that I want to be able to ensure I can adequately support everyone who registers. For that reason, spots are limited.

So if you feel called to help others to find their calling, I strongly suggest you sign up here to get your name on the “first in line” list for priority notification when the doors open sometime next week.

Katharine Graham said, “To love what you do and feel that it matters, how could anything be more fun?”


Special Invite from the Barefoot Executive

I’m really excited to share this special video invitation from Carrie Wilkerson with you.

I’ve known Carrie for several years now… in fact, I was a guest expert on her very first Telesummit! Since then my respect for her and her work only continues to grow.

If you don’t know Carrie, AKA the Barefoot executive – she’s the busy work-from-home mom who exploded her business in a few short years by creating a loyal and enormous – and I do mean ENORMOUS – following.

And, now, so you can learn how to do the same she’s offering a free Teleseminar this Thursday (March 3rd) called “Fill Your Stadium.”

This is the first time Carrie has ever revealed these secrets.

Carrie is from Texas, so she does everything B-I-G – like ordering completely separate conference lines to pack as many people in on the call as possible.

But unless you register right away, I can’t promise you’ll get in – so mark your calendars and go right now to reserve your spot:

https://www.changingcourse.com/recommends/fillyourstadium

During this call, Carrie’s going to reveal…

* The secrets Justin Bieber, Disney and even the NFL use to “fill their stadiums”… and how you can use them starting right away! (And it won’t cost you anything!)

* Why you need to fill your “stadium” and start building a base of raving fans all looking to you – even BEFORE you have a product, package or service defined!

* How to overcome the excuses holding your business back today and instead focus like a laser on discovering exactly what you need to do to reach success!

* The #1 thing you need absolute clarity on before you can start “filling your stadium.”

* What you MUST understand about your fans in order to truly reach them at a deep, emotional level – creating a solid bond built on credibility and trust so they buy more and refer their friends to you.

* Why going for the fast sale with new fans can actually cost you money… easy proven ways to “romance” your customers into loving you long term.

And a whole lot more!

This is the first time Carrie has ever revealed these secrets. She tells me she ordered extra conference lines to pack as many in as possible. But unless you register right away, I can’t promise you’ll get in – so mark your calendars and go right now to reserve your spot:

https://www.changingcourse.com/recommends/fillyourstadium

Like I said, Carrie is the real deal.

If you want to get your message out to the world – and make money doing it – you don’t want to miss this!


 If You Must Have a J-O-B, Go for One That Makes a Difference

By Valerie Young

Let’s face it, unless you’re independently wealthy, you can’t just up and quit your day job and be running your own profitable small business immediately. That’s why I love Suzanne Evan’s suggestion that you think of your …


How to Start and Profit from Your Own WebTV Show


Andrew and Valerie

I’m delighted to invite you to join me on Monday, March 1 at 9:00pm Eastern (6:00pm Pacific) as I talk with Andrew Lock about the latest webinar technology.

Andrew is the presenter of the popular WebTV show, “Help! My Business Sucks!” which you may have seen (if not, check it out at www.HelpMyBusiness.com, it’s the #1 show on iTunes for entrepreneurs) and he’s developed an extraordinary system for creating, distributing, and promoting WebTV shows in any niche.

Discover how a WebTV show can help you:

  • Fast track the process of getting people to know, like and trust you, and ultimately they’ll be MUCH more inclined to buy from you as a result.
  • Establish yourself as THE expert authority in your niche.
  • Get instant celebrity status.
  • Attract lucrative speaking engagements.
  • Make a lot of money!
  • Position you and your business as the FIRST professional, episodic WebTV show in your market.

…and it’s all MUCH easier than you think. Join Andrew and I on Monday March 1, 2010 at 9:00pm EST. The webinar system only allows 250 people max, and I’m expecting it to fill up fast. Actually, with Andrew and I registered already, that leaves 248 spots now!

Claim your spot here, now: http://budurl.com/valerieyoungwebinar

By the way, if you’re unfamiliar with webinars, don’t worry it’s really simple. After you register, you’ll be sent a link to a website just for the event. Click on that link at the designated time and you’ll see the entire presentation LIVE on your own computer screen, just like magic, and you’ll also hear both Andrew and I, too.

Please join me for this special event, I know you’ll benefit from it. Note, there are no plans to record this event (sorry) so you must register to attend live.

P.S. Here’s what other people had to say about this webinar (the exact same content that you’ll be getting access to):

“What a great webinar. I have your course, I’ve read it many times, I also saw you speak at The New Media Expo, and I STILL find new information every time you share.” ~ Jim Hawks

“I met Andrew at (Yanik Silver’s) Underground Seminar #4. He’s awesome. I followed what he told me and I’ve already increased sales by $20,000 a month.”
~ John Jakabosky

“Wow – talk about over delivering, Andrew held nothing back.”
~ Terry Kozlowski

“Andrew just delivered so much free content that I got more in 90 minutes than in programs where I’ve paid $500-$1000.” ~ Carrie Knupp

“I appreciated the clear, uncomplicated directions.” ~ Christine Romano

“Awesome session, thank you, thank you, thank you.” ~ Gayla Kilbride

“I was very surprised that almost all the information presented was information I’d never heard before.” ~ Kip Bell

Don’t delay in registering http://budurl.com/valerieyoungwebinar while there’s still time!


Are You Going to Take Advantage of TODAY’S Gift?

I’ll be honest with you — I have a really full plate of stuff I really need to get to today — not the least of which is getting some final edits into my editor at Random House.

But I’m also smart enough to recognize a GIFT when I see one.

What I mean is — you and I both know what you desperately want…

You want to work at what you love…

You want to know the work you do matters…

You want to enjoy the control and freedom of being your own boss…

And of course you want the financial rewards that come when you learn how to profit from your passion…

You already have the desire. That’s not the problem.

The problem is time. Between the demands of your job-job, your home, your family, it’s hard to work on your dream.

I know because I used to be exactly where you are. Commuting 90 miles a day, coming home so fried all I could do was plop in front of the television.

I get it.

And that’s where my crazy idea and your gift comes in…

Millions of people are stuck at home because of today’s big snowstorm. Maybe you’re one of them. If so, that means you got something (besides snow) dumped in your lap — the gift of time.

Not only do you suddenly have this golden chunk of time to invest in figuring out how you’re going to actually create that new more satisfying, balanced life — I’m going to take you by the hand and SHOW YOU HOW.

I know it’s crazy because it’s so last minute. But I’ve decided to carve out time today to hold a very impromptu Teleclass for all of my reader’s at ChangingCourse.com to help you advance your dream.

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AND YOU’RE INVITED
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Please join me TODAY, February 10 at 4:00 PM EST for:

“10 Steps To Escape The Job World And Create The Life You REALLY Want”

You’ll discover the EXACT STEPS I took to transition from that insane commute to my high stress corporate job to doing work — and having a life — I truly love.

I’m talking about a life where you get to do what you want… how you want… when you want.

It’s insane enough that I’m putting on a Teleclass that starts in just a few hours from now.

But that’s not the only insane part. Next to “time”, the second biggest excuse I hear for not pursuing a dream is money.
Well be prepared to be officially “excuse-less.”

Because today’s Teleclass is only TEN BUCKS. At $10 this course is itself a gift.

There’s no time to waste. I can only accommodate 250 people.

If you want to be on the LIVE call register now. That way you can start applying the steps the minute the call ends.

Don’t worry if you miss the call. When you register, you’ll automatically receive the audio recording within 24 hours so you can listen at your convenience.

Go here to register now:

http://ChangingCourse.com/10stepscall

To your dreams,

Valerie Young
Dreamer in Residence
http://ChangingCourse.com

P.S. A dream is a terrible thing to waste. Please don’t miss this chance to discover 10 practical, doable steps you need to take to go from having a boss to being your own boss.

Your first step to freedom starts at 4:00 EST TODAY FOR ONLY $10. Frankly you’d be insane not to take advantage of these twin gifts of time and money.

Here’s the registration link again:

http://ChangingCourse.com/10stepscall


What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up?


Valerie Young
Dreamer in Residence
ChangingCourse.com

How many times did you hear that question when you were a kid?

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Back then, it really didn’t matter too much what you said… you could say you wanted to grow up to be a ballerina or a major league ball player or the "ice cream man" and ride around in an ice cream truck all day.

At age 5 or 8 or 11, no one took these career leanings too seriously. That is until you got a bit older. At which point the idea that you were serious about being a ballerina or a ballplayer or the ice cream man was probably met with a lot of resistance from most of the adults in your life.

People told you to put away your silly ideas about being "happy" and just get a "good job."

So everyone from your guidance counselor to your mother swayed you toward being a teacher or an engineer or an executive. There’s just one problem. You’re miserable.

And sadly, you’re not alone. As Benjamin Disraeli once said, "Most people will die with their music still in them."

But, what if the most "real" thing you can do is to do work that reflects your authentic self? To find a way to actually live your life on your own terms?

What if what you really need to do is to get "unreal."

After all, as Will Smith reminds us, "Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity." Is that what you really want?  

I mean you only have this one life. And how you live it is up to you.

Perhaps you’ve buried your dreams for so long that you don’t even know what they are any more…

Or, maybe you already know what you love to do, but you just haven’t figured out how to make money doing it…

Either way, I’d like to help.

You see, I’ve helped literally thousands of people answer these same questions for themselves.

In my coaching practice, I obviously work with people on a one-to-one basis. These are 90-minute laser brainstorming events. I call them "laser" sessions because I have a laser-like focus on my client and how he or she can take one or more of the things they love to do and turn it into one or multiple profit centers.

Some people prefer having the time to delve in more deeply and thrive on the energy of a group. Over the last 15 years I’ve run seminars from coast to coast called "Work at What You Love."

Here you’re looking at upwards of 150 people coming together in big hotel ballroom seeking answers to the question, "What do I love to do — and how can I make money doing it?"

Being able to spend concentrated time with one person is great because it really is all about helping them in a highly focused and personalized way.

And yet, there is really nothing quite like a room buzzing with the energy of dozens and dozens of aspiring entrepreneurs. Everyone learning together and encouraging one another’s dreams. It’s an amazing time.

But here’s the thing…

Everyone at my big seminars learn a ton.
But what they don’t get is lots of time with me.

As fun and energizing as these big workshops are, when the group gets over even 25 people, there’s really no practical way for me to connect with and work intensely with people on a really personal, individual level.

That is until now! Drum roll please…

After much "noodling" in my head, I finally came up with a way we can both have it all.

"Intensive Time And Personalized Coaching With Me
PLUS The Energy, Excitement, And Support Of
Like-Minded Souls Who, Like Me, Are Raring To
Help You Finally Discover AND Profit From Your Passion
"

Want to know what I’ve cooked up for you? Click here to learn more. But don’t wait because my big idea is happening really soon!

ChangingCourse.com/retreat.htm

To your dreams,

Valerie Young
Dreamer in Residence
http://ChangingCourse.com

P.S. George Eliot wrote, "It’s never too late to be what you might have been." Isn’t it time you finally made the commitment to discover the work you were meant to do? CLICK HERE NOW to learn how.


Teleseminars Are a Great Solution for People Who Hate to Sell

Alex Mandossian

Alex Mandossian

I’m not one to throw around big promises like “Turn your annual income into your monthly income.” But I met a guy who, through much trial and error and hard work, has successful managed to do just that… and quite a bit more.

His name is Alex Mandossian. And in less than three years, he was able to turn his annual income into a MONTHLY income… all through the revenue-generating power of his telephone.

That’s impressive. Equally impressive, though, is what Alex has to offer other entrepreneurs who, like me, love teaching but hate selling. He made his fortune because he figured out that it’s a lot easier to educate customers than to try to “sell” them. And it’s a lot more profitable too.

Alex is a master at marketing by teaching, at earning by helping, and at succeeding by helping your customers succeed. He’s delivered Teleseminars with many of the world’s top leaders and authors, including Donald Trump, Stephen Covey, and Mark Victor Hansen and has trained over 13,000 students since 2001.

Over the past 12 years, Alex has helped his clients generate over $203 million in sales. And he’s agreed to share what he’s learned with you.

Be My Special “VIP” Guest

On Thursday, December 3rd Alex will
reveal time-proven Teleseminar secrets that can dramatically boost my sales and profits WITHOUT spending a dime more on advertising or promotional costs in a live training call at 9:00pm Eastern.

By the end of this call, you will have access to…

  • The 8 unique advantages Teleseminars have over traditional marketing methods

  • The 7 embarrassing mistakes marketers make when conducting their Teleseminars

  • The 4 case studies of how authors, coaches, entrepreneurs and independent professionals have turned Teleseminars into “stand-alone” profit centers

And of course much, much more …

If you hate selling, but love teaching or bringing on guest speakers or otherwise using the power of Teleseminars to grow your business, grab your seat before it’s gone.

Your VIP Discount Code

Claim your $79 discount and register for only $20 using VIP Discount Code: AM3964

Click Here to Register: ChangingCourse.com/recommends/teleseminarsecrets

Full Disclosure: If you follow a link that includes the words “ChangingCourse.com/recommends,” and you then decide to purchase something from that expert/company, Changing Course earns a referral fee. To learn more about the Changing Course Seal of Approval Policy click here.

FREE $97 BONUS!

The first 200 people to register will also receive Alex’s new “Insiders Guide to Teleseminar Profits for Independent Professionals.”

If the idea of turning your annual income into your monthly income seems like way too much to money to be believable then try thinking in more modest terms like doubling your income. Is that worth 90 minutes of your time?

Alex only teaches this unique training once a year and on Thursday, December 3rd you’ll get to eavesdrop on one of the biggest and most important Teleseminars of the year. If you have a schedule conflict, then get registered anyway because Alex gave me his word that he’d record the call and make it available Friday, December 4th.

Here’s the link again: ChangingCourse.com/recommends/teleseminarsecrets


Turn Your Love for Sports Into an Income

Valerie and Pat Beith from
Sports Camp Empire

In the last issue of the
Changing Course Newsletter, I introduced you to my friend, Coach Pat Beith, and the informative videos he’s created on how to make money running sports


From Food Stamps to Entrepreneurial Success

If you really are serious about wanting to look in the mirror and see the boss, then there’s someone I really want you to meet…

Valerie Young with Jeff Walker

Valerie with
Jeff Walker

One of the very best ways to be an entrepreneur yourself …


Two People Who Changed My Life… And Can Change Yours Too

The fastest way to become a successful entrepreneur yourself is to learn from other successful entrepreneurs. I want to introduce you to two enormously successful (we’re talking millionaires here) who have had a tremendous impact on my success.

I am …


Business Success Bootcamp for Fitness Enthusiasts

Are you (or is someone you know) a personal trainer, fitness instructor, conditioning coach, or other independent fitness professional… or want to be? Are you passionate about being healthy and fit and helping other people do the same? Do you want to stop working twelve hour days and still grow your business by an extra $4000-$5000 a month?Turn Your Enthusiasm for Fitness into an Income Stream

Then I encourage you to seriously consider grabbing a seat at fitness entrepreneur Ryan Lee’s third Personal Trainer Business Success Bootcamp happening this September in Connecticut (Fair warning: his first two Bootcamps sold out fast). The theme of this year’s mega-event is Work Less Make More.

It would be impossible to share all the rave reviews from past attendees but here are a few standouts to give you a feel for what it’s all about… 

“[The workshop was] awesome, fantastic, fabulous, fun, informative, high energy, non-stop excitement. I will be back. Thanks Ryan, I am amazed and awed.”
~ Susan Ripley, Fit for Teens

“I can surely double or triple my income in the next year. I can’t wait to get back to London and start kicking a_ _!” ~ Gavin Walsh

“As a newcomer to this industry, I learned more valuable and immediately useful information in 3 days than I learned in 12 years of attending events in my previous industry!” ~ Lindee Goodall

“Ryan Lee’s Bootcamp is the single best fitness event of the year. The quality of successful independent fitness professionals is on post above all the best. If you have any aspirations of running your own successful business in fitness, you must attend this event.” ~ Jason White, Strength Radio

Ryan is bringing together a world-class group of speakers on a wide range of income-generating and time-saving topics including…

  • How to earn an extra $100.00 a day with your own fitness blog

  • How to go from being a local fitness professional to an international fitness celebrity (gotta love those big dreams!)

  • Secrets of $75,000 per year part-time trainers: How to transition away from traditional one-on-one training

  • How to put your entire fitness business on autopilot with (I happen to know this speaker and he absolutely knows his stuff)

Ryan has helped over 17,525 fitness professionals to dramatically increase their income. In addition to knowing Ryan personally (you will LOVE him), I’m also in a “mastermind” group with one of Ryan’s star students – a really great guy named Craig Ballantyne out of Canada who is rapidly closing in on a seven figure income. (And speaking of rapids, I’ll be white water rafting, rock climbing, and mountain biking with Craig and a buch of other entrepreneurs next week in Aspen – I’ll be the one returning in a cast! But I digress…)

When you read about the speakers and all of what will be covered I am confident you will be as impressed as I was. But what I KNOW will blow you away is the price. Ryan has made this event affordable and accessible to just about anyone.

To learn more about this impressive business- and income-growing training event for fitness professionals at all stages of their careers, go to ChangingCourse.com/recommends/fitnesstraining
 


A Little Knowledge Can Go a Long Way


How to Generate a Steady Cash Flow
Using What You Already Know

Valerie and her rescue dog,
"Cokie Roberts"


By Valerie Young

“The number one money challenge for people who want to transition from a salaried job to being an entrepreneur is the unpredictability of their earnings.”

There are lots of different ways to “package” and sell what you know teaching classes, writing a how-to manual, and so on. But there is another lesser-known way to turn your interests into income. And, it’s the only way I know that is actually designed to generate a steady and relatively predictable flow of income on a monthly basis.

If You Want a Predictable Stream of Income, Create a “Continuity” Program

From the book of the month club to the Netflix DVD rental model, member clubs (often referred to as “continuity” or “subscription” programs) have always been popular with consumers. It’s easy to see the appeal. Members like the idea that for a flat monthly fee they’re guaranteed exclusive access to a continuous flow of information, resources, entertainment, support, or products of interest.

The huge appeal to entrepreneurs is that membership programs provide a CONTINUOUS and relatively predictable flow of income. Take Consumer Reports magazine as an example. Instead of charging the full subscription price upfront, they will automatically bill the subscriber’s credit card in monthly installments of $4.95. Ongoing “membership” allows the subscriber to access password-protected areas of the website at any time.

You do the math. Even if you manage to attract only 1,000 members – at $4.95 a month that’s $4,950 in income a MONTH. Some continuity programs charge as much as several hundred dollars a month.

You don’t have to be a big company to start your own member program. Successful member programs can be found in such diverse niches as embroidery, jazz guitar... even sky diving!

Anyone Can Start a Member Program

Not too long ago Ryan Lee was struggling to support his young family as a physical education teacher in the Bronx. Ryan still loves the world of fitness. But today he runs 48 different membership sites all in the health, fitness, and sports training field.

Here’s where it gets interesting…

You don’t even need to have personal knowledge or experience in a subject area to start a member program. It may surprise you to learn that the guy who founded
MassageBusinessUniversity.com
has a background in fitness – but he himself is NOT a massage therapist. Instead, he relies on a team of “faculty” with expertise in growing a massage practice to create value-added content for his members.

Turn Your Interests into Income

As you’ve just seen, setting up a membership site can be as simple as figuring out what your audience needs and then finding the people who can provide it. But let’s take a hypothetical example of an untapped market.

Let’s say you love fresh lavender. Hop on the internet and you’ll find there are literally hundreds of viable farms and lavender related businesses all over the world – many in the U.S. and Canada.

Now what if one of these growers wanted to join the American, Canadian, or North American Lavender Growers Association? They could join the Australian Lavender Industry Association for $125 a year ($155 international) or the New Zealand Lavender Growers Association. It may be out there but I could not find a North American counterpart.

Do you hear what I hear? It’s the sound of opportunity knocking!

Think about it… even if you sign up a mere 200 lavender farm owners and charge them a modest $35 in monthly member fees. You’d be bringing in $7,000 a MONTH!

Don’t Know Where to Begin? Figure It Out!

I’ve been in this business long enough to know that you’re probably muttering, “But how am I supposed to start a member program for lavender farmers if I don’t know anything about out it?”

The answer comes down to three little words that every aspiring entrepreneur should memorize: Figure It Out!

Instead of trying to guess what your prospective members want, go to the source and ask them! Do lavender growers need help marketing their products? Making operations more efficient? Finding seasonal workers? Breaking into new markets? Understanding new and existing government regulations? Creating joint ventures like advertising campaigns or events with other growers? Learning about new state or provincial programs to support agri-tourism?

In my very limited search, I learned that as part of the planning phase prospective growers often travel to France for a first-hand look at the lavender industry in Provence. And yet, I could not find a single person running lavender farm tours to France. Now imagine if your member program sponsored tours to France and you got to go! How fun is that!

Once you understand your market’s needs, all you need to do is find authors, successful farmers, agricultural marketing experts, botanists, organic food store owners and others who you can interview or who you can get to write articles. You could set up Teleclasses, put on regional or national conferences, and otherwise seek out other resources that your members want. Like I always say, you may not know everything there is to know about a subject but you’re always smart enough to figure out who does!

As long as you make good on your promise to consistently deliver quality content, as a member program owner, you’ll receive a steady flow of revenue in the form of member fees.

Where Do You Begin?

Fortunately, when it comes to knowing exactly what it takes to set up and run a successful membership site, you don’t have to figure it out on your own.

Remember Ryan Lee – the former P.E. teacher turned millionaire fitness membership site owner? Well, last year Ryan teamed up with a really terrific guy named Tim Kerber. Tim is the co-creator of a turn-key membership software solution called MemberGate. Together they started (are you ready…) a membership site for membership site owners.
MembershipSiteOwner.com
was created to help new and seasoned membership site owners to continue to grow and learn.

Next, Tim and Ryan teamed up to conduct a program to teach people how to start and run their own membership programs. Not surprisingly, the program sold out in a week.

Tim emailed me this week to tell me that he and Ryan are going to once again open up their Membership Site Bootcamp to new members.

To help people decide whether running a membership site is right for you they’ve put together a short video to show you:

§        How membership sites work

§        What makes membership sites the ultimate portable business (as long as you have a laptop and an internet connection you can run your business from anywhere)

§        The income potential including how recurring income increases the value of the business for future resale

You also get to see some pretty amazing case studies of actual people who, in literally a matter of months, are generating a steady monthly income stream from their new membership sites. I happen to know a few of these people behind these success stories personally, so I can assure you they are very real.

If the thought of generating thousands to possibly tens of thousand of dollars a month in steady, recurring income appeals to you I encourage you to watch the video at http://ChangingCourse.com/recommends/membershipbootcamp

“The Way to Get Unstuck is to Get Informed”

My guess is the first thing you feel when you hear about the income-generating potential of membership sites is excitement. After all, with a steady income you really CAN quit your job!

After the excitement though comes fear. Am I right?

If that sounds like you, then repeat after me: "I don't have enough information right now to be afraid OR excited."

When it comes to changing course, information really will set you free, because the greater your knowledge, the greater your options and the less risky change becomes.

As you watch the video, I’d like you to do two things. One, jot down any questions and/or ideas you have about member programs. Two, pay attention to any inner dialogue that is self-enabling or self-defeating. Then fill in these blanks…

  • The biggest question I have about starting and running a member program is….

  • The first idea that springs to mind is….

  • I know I can do this because… 

  • The reason I know I could never do this is…

To learn more about how to start a member site and how to make it profitable, watch this short video now and be sure to sign up for the follow up case studies:

ChangingCourse.com/recommends/
membershipbootcamp

Whether your passion is salsa, gardening, art, or wrestling, there are a myriad of ways to turn what you already know into your livelihood. If you are drawn to the idea of a more regular, predictable income stream that has the potential to be extremely profitable, then running your own member site may be something worth exploring.

Dale Carnegie once said, “We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do.” “

Whenever you find yourself thinking that your dream is not possible, find someone who is successfully doing the thing you want to do and follow them. I guarantee that this road will lead you to a lifetime of satisfaction, well-being, and even greater possibilities than you could ever imagine.

To your dreams,
Valerie Young Signature
Valerie Young
Dreamer in Residence
Turning Interests into Income Expert

ChangingCourse.com

 

P.S. Get Rich Slow

When you watch the video you’ll see some revenue figures from actual member sites that range from $4,500 to a whopping $193,000. Again, because it’s a continuity program, these figures are per MONTH.

These numbers are impressive.

Yet, if you’ve been following Changing Course for any time now, then you know that I do not advocate anything that even remotely smacks of “get-rich-quick.” Starting a member site, or any reputable on- or off-line business, takes time and effort. And a member program certainly offers no fast, easy road to riches. But I figure if you’re going to work hard to grow someone else’s business, you might as well work hard to build your own.

I would not suggest you go into the membership site business necessarily expecting to be a millionaire like Ryan. And certainly not right away.

But I do believe that if you are willing to put in the time and effort, that it is entirely possible that by this time next year you could be earning enough from your member site to quit your job or at the very least go part-time.

The key is to begin. Here is the link again:


ChangingCourse.com/recommends/membershipbootcamp


Have You Started a Blog Yet?

The reason I ask is that it’s estimated that over 175,000 NEW blogs are launched every day! For many people, blogs are an easier, more natural way to create a presence online as they don’t require a designer or HTML skills.

For some though, they just don’t know where to begin! Anik Singal and Rosalind Gardner have come up with the perfect solution for all of us “non-techies” out there.

Not only do they promise that you can have your blog installed in 10 minutes, they recently ran a COMPLETELY free pre-course that had over 1,000 comments on it from students who were amazed at how easily they were getting their business started on a blog. Now they’re releasing over 1000 videos and a 4 week Webinar coaching group to reveal every detail on how they run their blog business.

If you have a blog or are interested in creating one, check out the newly launched “Blog Classroom” at http://ChangingCourse.com/recommends/blogclassroom and have your blog be one of the many that over 1.5 million posts are made every day.  


Profit From Your Art

Profit From Your Art

Who says you can’t make money from your art? You don’t have to be a “fine artist” to have your images appear on greeting cards, prints and posters, calendars, on collector plates, in books, animation, for record companies, on coffee mugs, coasters, clothing and fabric, gift bags, fabric, shower curtains – virtually any surface that has a design. This comprehensive course by art licensing guru Michael Woodward spells out step how to get paid for your artwork. He ought to know.

Over the past 30 years, Michael has licensed over $600 million in retail goods.

I personally know an artist who partnered with a manufacturer and earned a 10% licensing fee. The company sold over $800,000 in products netting her over $80,000 for her images.

Given that the artist earns a percentage of these sales, suffice it to say, Michael is not your stereotypical “starving artist.” By combining his personal “tricks of the trade” with a storehouse of information on the art licensing world, he’s compiled the most comprehensive course available today to guide artists and photographers through the licensing maze so they can start earning money from their art and beautifying the world in the process.

To learn more about or order The Art Licensing Course, go to ChangingCourse.com/recommends/art

Read my complete review of Michael Woodward’s Art Licensing Course at ChangingCourse.com/artlicensing.htm


Update 5: Find Your Calling by Helping Others Find Theirs

This will be short. I’m writing from the back of a huge meeting room at Boeing where I’m delivering the keynote presentation — not the kind of thing you want to be late for! 🙂

I know it’s short notice but it’s tough to coordinate these things from the road. But three, maybe four, of the Outside the Job Box Career Consultants from the “Class of 2006” are getting together with me for a live Q&A on Thursday, April 3rd from 10:00-11:00 a.m. — and you’re invited.

Like I said this will be a live Q&A and I’m going to build in plenty of time for you to ask your individual questions. If you can’t make the call, post your questions below and I’ll make sure your question gets answered. The call will also be recorded. So if you can’t make the live call, sign up anyway and I’ll send you the recording as soon as it’s available.

Click here to register for the Live Q&A with the Outside the Job Box Career Consultants.

To your dreams,
Valerie Young
Dreamer in Residence
http://ChangingCourse.com


Creating Multiple Streams of Income

Valerie and her wonder dog,
“Cokie Roberts”

By Valerie Young

If you are serious about becoming your own boss, then you need to start thinking seriously about how to can create multiple streams of income. If you agree, Jeff Walker just put out a new video case study that is a must see.In it Jeff talks with fellow entrepreneur Todd Brown who went from nothing to a full-blown six figure business with just one product launch. In fairness, Todd was not new to internet marketing. But keep in mind that this was a totally new niche for him with no list, no web site, no contacts, or experience in this particular field (kind of like starting out fresh as an Outside the Job Box Consultant!) If you have not watched Jeff’s videos, he is giving away a ton of free information. But don’t take my word for it. On Monday I got this very excited email from a graduate of my first Outside the Job Box training program. Glenna has a very cool niche market idea that combines her love of traveling with her passion for being an idea generator.

Hi Valerie,

Have you been watching Jeff’s free Product Launch Formula videos as religiously as I have? Jeff is giving away some amazing information. I could probably proceed with my business idea with the free information alone. However, I really want the whole program – especially this new update he’s launching on Thursday.

I know I’ve been excited about programs before, but for perhaps the first time, I can see my business idea fitting this model (when he was giving the example of the guy who wants to sell “how to play guitar” info… I was mentally filling in how I could use that with my business). The fact that I’m not super experienced at this new business seems like an advantage with Jeff’s system.”

Glenna

And in case you think these videos are all made up — I got a chance to spend some time with Todd last summer in Denver. He sat next to me at a private dinner party Jeff held for eight of his “success stories.”

Between his brilliantly simple business idea and his very impressive financial results, Todd was hard to forget. But I must say what I remember most fondly about Todd was when he turned to me and said, “I can’t believe you’re 53!” Suffice it to say I REALLY like Todd!Seriously, anyone can watch Jeff’s case study about Todd. But to get full access to all the other information-rich videos that Glenna has been watching you need to get on Jeff’s list.Click here https://www.changingcourse.com/recommends/jeffTo your dreams,

Valerie Young
Valerie Young
Dreamer in Residence
ChangingCourse.com

P.S. Don’t worry if you don’t have a business idea yet. Just watching these videos can sometimes jog one loose!


2008 “Outside the Job Box” Career Consultant Training 

Join Me this Spring…

And Over Five Extraordinary Days,
Discover How You Can Find Your Own Calling
by Helping Others Realize Theirs

2008 Certification & Training Summit

Become an “Outside the Job Box” Career Consultant
Northampton, Massachusetts
May 4-8, 2008

What could be more fun than sitting at home (or anywhere in the world really) and brainstorming with people over the telephone about creative ways they could make a living without a job − and actually getting paid to do it! Or running workshops on how to turn interests into income?

If you’re a creative thinker, are entrepreneurial, love to brainstorm, and want to get paid to do what comes naturally, then in a few short months, you could be running your own business as an “Outside the Job Box Career Consultant.” I’ll show you how.

What if you had a chance to build a business like mine?

I really do make a living working for myself, doing what I love. A good living.

And you can, too — by following in my footsteps.

People around the world are clamoring for the kind of help I provide. Without a doubt: There’s plenty of room on this path.

Of course, the question you have to answer is: Is it the right path for you? Ask yourself…

  • Are you somebody who’s always clipping out articles for friends and acquaintances? Always turning other people on to resources and alternatives they never knew existed?

  • Are you a creative problem-solver?

  • Do you instinctively jump in to help others?

  • Do you find yourself constantly thinking up potential business ideas?

Find your calling by helping others find theirs...If that describes you, then I bet people like talking to you…

Maybe they even seek you out. And why wouldn’t they? After all, thinking about creative ways to make a living without a “job-job” is something that just, well… comes naturally to you.

It does to me, too. So we already share that in common.

Now I’d like to show you how you can share in my success as well.

And I’d like to do it in a way that will help you get started faster and with more forward energy and confidence than you ever imagined.

A way for you to learn all the hard-won secrets I’ve discovered over the last decade. So you can launch a real business in less than a week… and be making money in less than a month.

  • Learn how, step-by-step, to parlay your creative instincts and your curiosity into work you enjoy… and gain not just pleasure, but profits too…
  • “Power-Start” your new business with hand-holding from experts who really know their stuff. So you can avoid those rookie mistakes and be up-and-running fast… and in the right direction…
  • Forget “selling.” Learn simple, low-cost and no-cost marketing techniques proven to attract a steady flow of paying clients…
  • Get the “Silver Platter Treatment”… everything you need to start making money in as little as three weeks…

The 2006 and 2007 Certification classes both sold out. The Spring 2008 program is going to be more personalized, more intense, and more immediately productive than anything else I’ve ever offered. It is also the only training I will run in 2008.

Registration and Special Savings are Happening NOW

Registration for the 300+ people on the First in Line advance notification list began this past Tuesday, March 18 at noon. The first registration came in within 30 minutes and kind of snow balled from there. There is a substantial early registration discount that is in effect until March 26th as well as a $300 Travel Credit Discount that ends Friday, March 21 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern.

I’ve also added two other creative ways you can afford to take advantage of this unique training and business start-up opportunity…

I was planning to foot the bill for your lodging and meals. But if you are local, have friends in the area, or are practiced in the art of traveling “on the cheap” you can take advantage of the “Pay for Your Own Stay” option (a $1,200 savings).

Already marketing and web site savvy? If what you really want is to take advantage of the Outside the Job Box career consulting skills/business training and tools only you may opt to forego the extensive web site assistance and 6-months of additional marketing and mentoring with a self-promotion and marketing expert and save yourself an additional $1,000.

Seats Are Limited

To learn more about whether the relaxed life of an Outside the Job Box Career Consultant or this Certification Summit is right for you – and to find out about these new ways to save even more – go to ChangingCourse.com/livecertification.htm

“This program is a great opportunity for anyone interested in helping others to change course. It’s something that can put you in business immediately after completion, if you choose. It’s fun, challenging and inspiring. I’m so excited about doing this and full of ideas. Thank you, thank you for giving me all the tools I need to get going.” ~ Barbara


Update 4: Find Your Calling By Helping Other People Find Theirs

Advanced Registration Date Set and Program Pricing

Registration Date Set

Barring any last minute technical difficulties, the advanced registration process will begin on TUESDAY, MARCH 18th at NOON EASTERN TIME.

I’m not sending the link now because initially this link is going ONLY to people on the First in Line list because they requested advanced notification. So look for the link in this week’s Changing Course Newsletter. Now for the answer to the BIG question…

Now for the answer to the BIG question…

What’s the Program Price?

You need to understand that it took me a few months to even decide to offer this live training program. The idea has me incredibly energized and excited, but putting together and leading this live 5-day intensive “summit” really, is going to require a lot of work and a lot of intense interaction on my part..

That last part is particularly scary for me. I mean I love working with people on this topic… listening to my previous trainees on those Preview calls talk about how my certification program has changed their lives was incredibly humbling. But the amount of work on my part and all the extra marketing and web support I’m building in also made it incredibly difficult to price.

But after sleeping on it one more night, I have arrived at what I believe to be a fair price.

This is the highest cost item I have ever offered (hence the hold up with my merchant provider). That’s why it’s really important to me that you understand how I arrived at the final cost. I also want to give you some suggestions about how you can decide whether this is the right investment for you.

I’m still going to be sharing ALL of my intellectual property so you’ll know exactly what to do before, during, and after a client consultation. Your still getting a step-by-step guide in the form of my Changing Course Formula to use with your own clients.

But with this live 5-day Summit I’m also paying to…

…get you moving FASTER by bringing in marketing guru Ilise Benun to speak and meet with you during the program PLUS provide you with personalized individual and small group mentoring for a full six months following the program…

… get you moving FASTER by hiring web guru Lisa Tarrant to be on site to get you all set up on the web (everything from setting you up with a website or blog template, domain name, hosting, merchant account so you can accept payment from clients all over the world, and more)…

… get you moving FASTER by having a professional photographer on hand to take a great looking headshot for your site

…AND paying for your 5 days of lodging and meals so you don’t stress about the additional travel costs…

This program will be unlike anything else I have ever done – or ever seen really. But like I said, it’s not for everyone. And that’s really a necessity because I can only accommodate around 21 people and right now there are over 320 people on the First in Line list which means not everyone who wants to will be able to get in.

Part of the sheer joy of being an Outside of the Job Box Career Consultant is that when you start viewing the world through the lens of opportunity as I do – suddenly problems aren’t problems at all…

Instead you begin to realize that most problems come disguised as opportunities. For example…

Problem

Everybody’s financial situation is different. So, when it comes to money, I know that for a lot of people, the price of this program will be an issue. Let’s face it, pricing a product or service is always tricky. And as the buyer, how do you know what’s a fair price?

I know what this program is worth. But how do you determine what the cost of freedom means to you?

Easy. You do your homework.

Opportunity

When my own consulting clients are baffled as to how they should price their SAT tutorial business, walking tours in Rome, or proof writing services I tell them the same thing I’m going to tell you:

Do your homework and make sure you compare ‘apples to apples.’

What does this mean?

The Outside the Job Box Career Consulting Certification Summit in May is NOT a self-study course or a Teleclass. As you’ll learn when you read the entire program description on Tuesday March 18th, this is a highly interactive, live, hands-on training, mentoring, and small business development program.

Since this particular program is happening over 5 days instead of the usual 16 weeks, its also set up to help you generate paying customers literally within weeks of the training summit.

Given the level of training and support you get the Certification Program could easily have been set up as a formal franchise. But making you do things ‘my way or no way’ flies in the face of everything I believe about designing your business to fit your life- and not the other way around.

So while not a franchise, this program gives you the same – and in many cases — significantly more training and support than you would if you bought a traditional franchise.

So now that we’re comparing apples to apples – do your homework. Go to http://franchisegator.com and click on ‘Work from Home’ or ‘Business Services.’

Here are just a few examples of total capital required for some somewhat related businesses…

~ Doody Calls pet waste pick up $45,000-$67,000 (truly a recurring business… sorry I couldn’t resist J)

Okay so here are more consulting oriented examples:

~ Mars Venus Coaching – $31,500 Total Capital Required

~ The Entrepreneur’s Source – $72,500-$81,500 Total Capital Required

~ One Coach: $100,000-$750,000 Total Capital Required and $500,000 -$1,000,000 in Net Worth Required

The Outside the Job Box Career Consulting Certification won’t cost you nearly that much. In fact, once you factor in the extensive level of training, tools and ongoing support, I think you’ll agree that the cost of freedom is actually pretty darn low.

When I delivered this program by Teleclass, there were still plenty of costs for CD duping, printing, and recordings. But nothing like the costs to put on a live event with meeting space and breaks and such.

Especially not a live event where I’m also tacking on six-months worth of marketing mentoring and support… or the kind of extensive web site assistance you’ll receive… and certainly not where your meals and lodging are included.

Given all of the above, I have decided to price the 5-day live Certification intensive at $11,500. With the early registration discount and other incentives it is possible to get into this program for about $3000 less. I’ve also put together a very generous installment plan option to make it as affordable as possible for as many as possible.

If you have to “blame” anyone for the price, blame some of the people in my 2007 program. This whole idea of a higher priced program got started when an attendee sent me this email mid-way through the program…

“Just as a side note, this course has a lot of details that we need. I am becoming surprised that the registration is not set at $8k-10k for all the training. Val, I believe you can do both, bump up the price and have more attendance for the next class.” ~ Craig Duck

Craig went on to say I was delivering way more than he expected. I always strive to over-deliver but I was kind of kicking myself on the under-pricing part.

On the next Teleclass I joked that I was going to make the new price retroactive. The next day I received this email from another attendee…

“YES I agree with Craig you should be charging more!  I told a bunch of folks at the Work at What Your Love workshop last summer that your work is a STEAL.”  ~ Joan McAndrews

Keep in mind Craig and Joan were saying the TELECLASS version should be priced at $8,000-$10,000!

The more I thought about it, the more I realized what I was giving away – and more importantly – what these aspiring self-bossers were getting.

This has been a very long way of saying when you look at your investment in this training summit – at this investment in YOURSELF – you have to consider what it is you are buying. Whether you seize this particular business start-up opportunity or not, when it comes to changing course, this simple truth remains…

ALL change is scary – even positive change. Fear just comes with the change territory. Period. My mantra is “Information will set you free.” The more you know the less there is to be afraid of. So do your homework…

Read or re-read the FAQ by clicking here.

Find a few moments of quiet, and listen to what your heart is telling you. Either way, your gut will never let you down.

And don’t forget to check your email TUESDAY at 12:00 P.M. EASTERN for a more complete overview of the entire Outside the Job Box Career Consultant Certification Program and decide whether it’s the right path for you.

To your dreams,

Valerie Young
Dreamer in Residence
Changing Course

P.S. To read more about how information can spring you from ‘job jail’ read my article Trapped in a Job You Hate? Where to Search for Freedom go to https://www.changingcourse.com/2012/05/15/trapped-in-a-job-you-hate-where-to-search-for-freedom/


Update 3: Find Your Calling By Helping Others Find Theirs

Answers To Your FAQs About The “Outside the Job Box” Career Consultant Certification Program & An Important Date Change

If you caught last Friday’s issue (March 7th) of the Changing Course newsletter then you already saw the video where previous attendees in the Outside the Job Box Career Consultant Certification program talked about their experience.

If you missed this newsletter and want to watch the video click here now:

http://ChangingCourse.com/archives/issue179.html

Apparently, their enthusiasm was contagious because ever since then there’s been a flood of interest from people who love the idea of getting paid to help people brainstorm interesting ways to turn their interests into income. Naturally, I’m also getting loads of questions.

I started to reply to everyone personally. But then it just got out of control. So I decided the smarter thing would be to use a FAQ (frequently asked questions) format and post them here at the blog. That way you can post additional questions or comments. I’ll do my best to respond within 24 hours.

I highly recommend you read through the FAQs before the registration period begins at the end of this week. You’ll have a lot of the information you need to make an informed decision whether this program is right for you.

I’ll warn you in advance – some of my answers to your most Burning Questions are on a little long. But I’d rather err on the side of giving you more information than less.

NOTE IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE

Northampton, Massachusetts is a college town and tourist destination. The interest in this live Certification program has exceeded all expectations. Which is great but it also got me worried that there may not be enough hotel room capacity over what is turning into very busy tourist weekend…

So the training dates have moved up one day.

The Certification Program will begin on SUNDAY, May 4th and run through THURSDAY, May 8th. My apologies for any inconvenience or confusion!

Hold the Date! Free Live Teleclass!

On Thursday March 13th you’ll get to hear current and previous attendees talk about their experience in a live Teleclass.

Morning Teleclass: 10:00-11:00 a.m. Eastern
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Evening Teleclass: 8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern
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To your dreams,

Valerie Young
Dreamer in Residence
www.ChangingCourse.com

Burning Question #1

“I love the idea of helping people in their careers (and would also like to work with other coaching goals as well). What attracted me to your program is the level of support you will provide. What scared me about the form was the specific information you wanted (e.g., number of clients, annual income goals, etc) – I just haven’t gotten that far yet (and feel like I need some help sorting all that out). So the primary question I want to ask you is if this training is geared towards people who are a little farther along in the business development process than I am?” Elizabeth

ANSWER

You do NOT need to have any previous business experience to qualify for this training program or business. In fact 90 percent of past program participants had NO previous experience. What they did have – and what you will need — is a passion for helping, for creative brainstorming, for making a living without a job and for helping others discover how to do the same.

The form Elizabeth was referring to is Pre-Qualification and Needs Survey. I amended the survey to make it clear that there are no “right” or “wrong” answers to any of the questions!

So if you have not yet completed the survey – or you started and got overwhelmed –please don’t stress out over questions like whether you already do coaching or currently have a website. You do NOT need either previous coaching/business experience or a website to qualify or to succeed in this program.

Also don’t get hung up on the questions about how many clients you think you’d like to have in a week… your financial goals… whether you’d like to work with clients over the phone or in person… niche markets you might like to work with… and so on. These are exactly the kinds of questions you’ll get a chance to really hone in on during the Certification program itself. Believe me… by the end of the Certification you will be crystal clear on all of these questions and more.

For now these questions are as much for YOU as they are for me. Part of your work as an Outside the Job Box Career Consultant is encouraging your clients to create work AND a life they love… I’m hoping you will use these questions as an opportunity to start imagining what you would like YOUR future life to look like as well.

Once you sign up to be on the First in Line priority notification list you will automatically receive an email with a special link to the survey. If you are not yet on the list you may do so now at:

http://ChangingCourse.com/firstinline.htm

Burning Question #2

“How do you get people to pay for this service?”

ANSWER

Honestly, I’m not sure if the questioner is asking, “How do you convince someone that your services are worth paying for” which is a marketing question. Or whether it literally means, “Considering that these consultations occur over the phone,  are do clients pay by cash, check or credit card”?

I already covered the marketing question in the March 1 Certification Update which you can jump to now if you like. So let me come at this question from the nuts and bolts “How do I receive payment?” perspective.

As part of the Certification, web guru Lisa Tarrant will be on hand to help you set up a merchant account so you can accept payment via credit card. You will also get an Intake Script to use when a prospective client calls. Talking about money makes some consultants uncomfortable. The script explains exactly how and when to ask for and process a client’s credit card payment.

Essentially people give you their credit card information at the time they book an appointment. However, the consulting fee is not charged to the client until after the consulting session. In other words, you would never pre-bill for services that have not yet occurred. Once you process the credit card your consulting fee is automatically deposited into your bank account. (That’s my favorite part!)

Burning Question #3

“I have done traditional career counseling in the past and found that I didn’t enjoy working with groups of people. I prefer the one-on-one counseling. To be successful at coaching, however, it seems like a great advantage to work with groups. Is it possible to be successful without doing workshops and training sessions?” Laurie

ANSWER

Yes! It is not at all necessary to do group work to be an Outside the Job Box Career Consultant. I do one big workshop a year – all of my other consulting work on this topic is done with individual clients.

While you can certainly apply what you learn to a workshop setting, the Certification is all about working with individual clients. Most people prefer working with someone who offers a one-to-one approach because the time is 100 percent dedicated to them, their passions and goals. Working one-to-one also means you get to work with more people because there is no travel involved for the client.

Since the consultations are conducted over the phone your client can be from anywhere in the country – indeed in the world. Which leads me to the next…


Burning Question #4

I’ve already heard from people from as far away as France, England, and the Bahamas. Armelle asks, “Does your program work only for working in the US, or is it global enough for people from Europe to benefit?”

ANSWER

The yearning for freedom, control, and satisfaction are truly universal. Fortunately, not only is this the kind of business you can run from anywhere in the world but the tools and techniques you’ll be learning really can work anywhere! I have personally worked with clients from Great Britain, Italy, Pakistan, Spain, and Australia.

And I’m sure my international friends have thought about this already but with the dollar the way it is right now this program will be a steal for attendees traveling in from abroad.

If your goal is to reach an international audience, there are lots of sites around the world looking for fresh content. Some in some unexpected places… like Fred Ouma’s article “Are you bored by your work” that appeared at a site called The New Vision which promotes itself as Uganda’s largest website (http://www.newvision.co.ug). Contributing articles to sites and publications like this isa great way to become internationally known!

How cool would it be for the U.S. and Canadian consultants to team up with the international consultants to offer some kind of “live your dreams” tour and retreat for people who love to travel!

Burning Question #5

“I am a 69 year old wanna-be. I currently work [at a job] and need to “retire” to my own business. Would you advise someone in my age group to consider the program?” Myra

ANSWER

Age is really not a factor in your ability to do this kind of consulting work or to be successful.

Without knowing you and going “just” on age though I would suggest you consider “riding the horse in the direction the horse is going.” What I mean by that is you might specialize in working with people over 60 who are either retired, semi-retired, or fully retired but need or want to continue to generate an income but are sick and tired of having a traditional job. You would have a lot more credibility in this niche than someone who is 30, 40, 50…

I would offer this same advice to someone in their twenties or thirties. Several people in this year’s Certification program plan to target other young people who want to ditch their job-job for more a more satisfying livelihood and more freedom.

Burning Question #6

“I am interested in how some of the previous graduates of the course are doing with their own businesses.” Jan

ANSWER

Previous program graduates are in different places depending on two things — their interests and how much time and energy they’ve put into developing their businesses.

From the “class of 2006” for example, one person has written a book aimed at his niche market (attorneys) and created over 300 podcasts with career change experts… Several have launched their own online newsletters… Some are leading workshops while others are focusing exclusively on individual clients.

One Canadian consultant has just returned from a Florida meeting with a mastermind group she has joined with other entrepreneurs… Still another quit her job as a school teacher, enrolled in a six week course in black and white photography in Maine and is moving to the mountains of North Carolina to pursue two income streams – photography and career consulting.

The current Certification program is still in progress. Everyone is pretty much where I would expect them to be. They are working on their web sites and their marketing plans.Everyone has completed at least one practice session with actual clients – some have conducted two or three practice sessions.

Here are just a few of the many testimonials people enrolled in the current Certification class have received from their practice clients:

“Arthurine-you are a truly gifted and amazing Outside the Job Box career consultant!  I deeply appreciate my consultation, and I am looking forward to moving forward to some of the ideas you gave me.  Thanks a million!!”

I believe Craig really will be good at being a full time consultant, and recommend him to others for a great job. I enjoyed working with him, and look forward to emailing him with my future career expansions!”

“Michelle is great! She has a lot of enthusiasm and that gave me energy. She is very easy to talk with. She also offered some good ideas, and seems to really care about what she is doing.”

“Gail was great. The session was exactly what I’ve been looking for a long time. I’ve met with several career coaches, but this is the first time I felt I got worthwhile feedback. It was a great experience… the process doesn’t consider what you’re good at, but rather what you love. And what could be better than doing what you love and getting paid for it. Gail, I think you’ll be enormously successful in this field.”

Can you imagine what a high it was for these new consultants to get this kind of feedback?!

Most of the consultants in the current class also collaborated with me to record a CD called Advice From the Dream Team II. This is something I will be doing for attendees in the May program as well.

Not only do you get a public forum to pass along on your collective words of wisdom but now you also have your first information product. This is something you can then sell if you like, offer as a free bonus, or otherwise use to promote yourself and your new business.

Some of the people in the current Certification are zooming ahead. One has already filled a four-week program she designed around what she learned in the Certification and another just received her first speaking invitation!

Burning Question #7

“What is the certifying body for this type of certification?”

ANSWER

Changing Course is the certifying body. I am certifying that you understand the Changing Course Formula (TM) and have been trained in my methods and processes.


Burning Question #8

“How much does the Certification cost?”

ANSWER

I am still crunching the numbers so I don’t have a firm answer yet. I have some figures in mind but the reason I haven’t yet totally settled on a final tuition is that there are a lot of “parts” to consider.

Obviously since this is a live event it means there are major costs that were not a factor when pricing the Teleclass version of the Certification. Since I know a lot of people are interested in putting on public seminars themselves, I thought it might be useful to have a better idea of what goes into producing an event like this.

If you’ve ever put on a live workshop then you know that booking five days of meeting space that include morning and afternoon breaks (this is where the hotels make their money!) very quickly runs into thousands of dollars.

But if it means getting to deliver the training in person where I get to work with you – and you with each other – in a much more personal way then is possible with a Teleclass, then to me it’s worth the extra cost.

Another big expense I need to factor is the many thousands of dollars in per participant expenses. This includes things like printing and duplication costs for all of the materials (a very big step-by-step consultant manual, actual client consultations case studies on CD including written transcripts, all of client case studies loaded onto your own MP3 player so you can listen in at the workshop, the entire contents of my Fast Track Tool Kit (http://ChangingCourse.com/fasttrackyourdream.htm) among other things.

The current program includes a lot of marketing training and tools all of which will be included in this live version as well. This training is all about getting where you want to go faster.

To facilitate this business acceleration process, one big and very costly difference between the Teleclass version and this live program is that directly following the training portion of the program that I will be delivering personally, you will receive six months of mentoring with marketing expert Ilise Benun of http://Marketing-Mentor.com

I went into great detail about the marketing mentor portion of the Certification program in a previous post (click here to go there now). Cost wise Ilise normally charges $900 for three months of individual and small group mentoring.

But, to help ensure your rapid success, I’ve arranged for a full six months which means you get $1800 worth of mentoring and training.

You will be working closely with Ilise to identify three achievable marketing goals and then receive the training and mentoring you need to reach them. The importance of this kind of support cannot be underestimated. In fact I thought it was so important that you and Ilise meet in person that I am paying her normal speaking fee and travel expenses to bring her to Northampton to speak to and meet you all personally.

Another big difference between this program and the Teleclass version is that we are going to do much of the work of getting you ready to do business on the internet for you. That means I’ll be hiring internet guru Lisa Tarrant to come in to walk you through setting up your own web site or blog template, registering your domain name, setting you up with a host, and applying for a merchant account so you can process payments by credit card.

In addition I’ve also paid a professional copywriter to create pre-written marketing copy for you and to then work with you to create a personalized bio that works even when you have no previous track record. I’m even paying a photographer several thousands of dollars to be on site to take a professional head shot for your website or blog. (So bring your favorite outfit and colors!)

When you consider the level of support you’re getting it’s like having an entire business handed to you on a silver platter.

I’m also doing something that you just don’t see in the seminar or training business. I’m covering your lodging and meals for five days.

The event is being held at the historic and elegant Hotel Northampton (we’re not talking “budget hotel” here). With the Certification coming during graduation season they’re able to charge premium rates. But you don’t have to worry about that because it’s on my tab.

My brain is pretty full right now, so I know I’m forgetting some things. But hopefully I’ve given you an idea of what some of the major expenses I need to factor into the final price of this training and business development opportunity.

All of these costs I just outlined can be quantified. That’s not the hard part. There are two things that make pricing this particular training more difficult.

For one – and this is significant – you need to understand that I am giving away literally ALL of my intellectual property. And I do mean all. Every technique and process that I have taken a decade to develop is at your disposal to use with your own clients.

For example, if you’ve had a consultation with me you already know that each of my clients receives a password-protected link to a complimentary copy of “Finding Your True Calling: The Handbook for People Who Still Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up.”

This 100-plus eBook is not just a “bonus.” Finding Your True Calling is your client’s pre-work. The pre-work is a way for your clients (and you) to prepare for the consulting session. When you sign on for the Outside the Job Box Career Consulting Training Program you will be granted exclusive usage rights to Finding Your True Calling for 2 full years.

That means for the first two years of your business you can use Finding Your True Calling with as many of your paying clients as you like, as often as you like. The hardcopy version of this book sells on Amazon for $24.95. The electronic version is not available for purchase separately at any price.

However, with your exclusive product licensing agreement you’ll have unlimited access for two full years. Having a tool like this available any time you need it is a great way to kick off your new business and instant credibility.

The marketing tools and support you will receive will be comprehensive. All the handholding and help you’ll get with your web site and blog will save you tons of time and hassles. Getting to use my eBook with your clients for free is great. But all of these things are really just the frosting on the cake.

The CAKE is getting to tap into a decade worth of knowledge and experience about what it takes to help your future clients to turn their interests into income… the incredible store of information and resources I have amassed… and the proven process for working with clients that I have perfected with literally hundreds of clients.

I’m going to be breaking down every nuance of my 5 Step Changing Course Formula ™. Once you master this powerful process you will know exactly what to say and do with your paying clients.

When you stop to think about it you can get marketing and web support just about anywhere. You can have the best marketing plan and the coolest web site in the world. But what are you going to do when you get a live client on the phone? Do you know what to say? Do you have a process? I do. And I’m going to teach it to you.

Sharing with you all of my intellectual property is not the only thing that makes this Certification so hard to price. The other big thing I need to factor in is my time.

Instead of delivering the content every other week for 90 minutes over the phone, for the first time ever, I will be conducting the program in person. That means you’ll be getting lots of individual attention from me.

I love meeting and working with people in this intense way. But frankly its a lot more work on my part. From the time we begin on Sunday, May 3rd at 9:00 a.m. to the big farewell barbeque at my house here in the country on Thursday, May 8th, I will be giving you 110 percent of my time and attention.

I know that for some people the cost will be a make or break thing. I knew when I came up with the idea of a live, five-day intensive that a lot of people would be priced out. And I definitely do not want anyone taking out a second mortgage on their home to pay for this program.

A couple of people indicated on the survey that they thought at $5000 the Certification would be “expensive but still worth it.” Now that you have some insight into what this live program is costing me to put on –and more importantly what you will gain in terms of essentially being handed your own business and then giving you everything you need to ramp it up very, very quickly… I hope you understand that there is just no way I can offer this level of intensive, live training and ongoing support and cover all of your lodging and meals at anywhere near that price. I would go broke.

That is a very long way of saying all I can say on the price right now is that I will have a firm answer this week. I promise to let you know before registration begins so you know what to expect.

In the meantime I do want to point out something you may not have thought of: Even if you are just starting out, you can deduct the cost of this training in 2008 as a legitimate business expense.

It’s true! As far as the IRS is concerned, as long as you are making what they call a “good faith effort” to earn a profit in the future – you can begin deducting any money you invest in building your business right away. And what could be more proof of your intention to succeed then signing on for an extensive training course designed to help launch you into your own profitable business!

Burning Question #9

“Is this really something that someone with no prior experience in career counseling can do?” Elizabeth

ANSWER

Absolutely! I would be really surprised if you did have prior experience doing the kind of non-job career consulting that I do because, frankly, I don’t know anyone else who is doing it!

You do not need a special degree or previous training to do this kind of work. What you are training to do is to brainstorming ways your clients can turn their interests into income.

Before I go any further, there are two things you really need to know right up front.

One, if you’re looking for more traditional career counseling training that incorporates things like skills assessments and personality profiles – this program is definitely not for you. You see, I’m not particularly interested in what a person is “good” at. I mean I’m good at typing and mowing the lawn but that doesn’t mean I want to do either for a living!

This program is NOT about counseling people who want to be a junior accountant, a human resources manager, or a pharmaceutical rep. In fact it has nothing whatsoever to do with the world of job searches, resumes, or interview skills.

Quite the contrary…

Being an Outside the Job Box Career Consultant is all about helping people see all the different ways there are to make a living doing what they love without a “job-job.”

Likewise, this program will not train you to become a general “life coach.” Don’t get me wrong. There’s absolutely no reason why you can’t offer your clients ongoing coaching to help them keep their dream on track. But this program will not train you to be a coach. If that’s what you’re looking for, I can refer you to some excellent coach training programs.

So, what’s the difference between a consultant and a life coach? 

For one, coaches typically work with clients over a period of several months, even years. I work with people on a one-time basis. That’s because I have a laser-like focus on one goal and one goal only. And that is helping my clients generate creative alternatives to working 9-to-5. 

Once again, you may decide to structure your practice to offer multiple sessions (and frankly you’ll make more money if you do). But 99 percent of my clients tell me they got exactly what they needed in just one session.

The other difference between a consultant and a coach is that, generally speaking, the job of a life coach is to guide people to discover their own answers. But the way I see it, if my clients already knew how to make a living doing what they love – they wouldn’t be calling me.

People hire me because they want expert advice. They also want someone who knows about resources for people who want to start a doggie day care or become a motivational speaker or have a flair for home design or become a travel writer…

When you sign on for the Outside of the Job Box Career Consultant Certification Program, you’ll learn how to give your clients the ideas, information, and advice they need to get out of the grind of working for someone else and to profit from their passions.

Again, this course will not teach you to administer and interpret tests and inventories. You won’t be learning about job hunting strategies. And we definitely won’t talk about how to use the Labor Department’s Occupational Handbook.

In a nutshell… this course will prepare you to take a client’s interest in say gardening, dogs, art, or the environment and a) immediately see possible income streams and b) point them to the resources they need to turn a particular interest into a successful small business.

The Career Consulting Skills side of this program will be extensive.

I’ve spent the last decade helping people tap into their deepest desires and work at what they love. Much of what I learned was through trial and error. When you do something for so long, you start to figure out what works, and frankly what doesn’t.

Once you learn all the core concepts as part of the Certification process I will arrange for you to work with several practice clients. This is where you get to practice doing the initial Client Intake, communicating with the client about their pre-work assignment, preparing for the session, using the client’s pre-work to actually conduct the brainstorming session, and doing the follow up.

By far this has been one of the most beneficial aspects of the program because it’s where everything you’ve learned about the Changing Course Formula ™… about where to find information and resources the client needs… and about the techniques for working with clients all come to life. A consultant enrolled in my current Certification program just signed up her first paid client — a referral from a very satisfied practice client!

In addition to getting to try out your new found skills, the practice sessions are also a way for people with no previous experience to establish a track record. That way when a paying client calls you’ll have some real life success stories to share. Plus you walk away from the practice sessions with something worth its weight in gold — client testimonials that you can proudly display on your web site.

Just because I had to learn all of this stuff the hard way doesn’t mean you have to. The Changing Course Outside the Job Box Career Consulting Certification Training Program is designed to give you all of the training, tools, and support you need to effectively consult with clients and to get your first paying client in as little as 4 weeks.

Burning Question #10

“Is there still room in the May class?” Pat

ANSWER

If everything goes as planned it looks like registration for people who are on the First in Line list will begin on Saturday, March 15th.

Registration for the general public will begin two days later on Monday, March 17th.

If you have not yet signed up to receive advance notification you can do that now at:

http://ChangingCourse.com/firstinline.htm

If you want to speak to me directly, feel free to call me at 413-535-5107. And, don’t be surprised when I answer the phone myself – it’s just me and the dog – and he won’t lift a paw around here!

I’d love to hear your questions or comments. I’m especially interested to hear why you feel drawn to do this kind of work… Click on “comments” now to share.


Update 2: Find Your Calling by Helping Others Realize Theirs

What could be more fun than sitting at home (or anywhere in the world really) and brainstorming with people over the telephone about creative ways they could make a living without a job − and actually getting paid to do it! Or running workshops on how to turn interests into income?

I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to know that the work you do makes some small difference in other people’s lives. Helping someone see possibilities, recognize their gifts, and connect the dots so they can turn their interests into income, is something that just comes naturally to me. Maybe it comes naturally to you too.

If you’re a creative thinker, are entrepreneurial, love to brainstorm, and want to get paid to do what comes naturally, then in literally days, you could be running your own business as an “Outside the Job Box Career Consultant.” I’ll show you how.

Like me, you could work from home, brainstorming with people on the phone about creative ways they could turn their passions into profits and work at what they love…

That’s what I do. And I can show you how, step-by-step, you can recreate my success…

…how you can grow a business that capitalizes on your interests and talents… and feeds your spirit while it fills your wallet.

And I’d like to do it in five days this May. That’s right. Five days. 

“This kind of ‘work’ is more than work… the clients really appreciate/enjoy it immensely… there’s such a sense of gratitude from them… and I’m feeling that I’m involved in something so big… so sacred… Thanks!”
~ Kelly Williams, Certification Program Participant, 2007

Right now, it takes 16 weeks to go through my Outside-the-Box Career Counselor Certification Program. They don’t feel like long weeks. Actually, they whiz by. But still. That’s four months.

So, the first week in May, I’m going to shave that 16 weeks down to a very intensive five days.

They’re going to be five days with full access to me. Five days when you’ll clear your mind of other distractions. You’ll have my undivided attention and guidance. And together we’ll concentrate on creating and building for you a business that’s both fulfilling… and viable.

A business helping other people make their dreams a reality.

It’s not just my expertise that’s important here. You’ll get to meet and then spend a full six months being personally mentored by Ilise Benun author of The Art of Self-Promotion and four other marketing guides. Together with this internationally known marketing expert you will create and carry out a personalized strategy for generating a steady stream of clients.

Something else happens when you get singularly-focused people together in a room. There’s an energy that builds… and an amazing way that good ideas form, and then get molded and polished and transformed into something even better…

That’s what this immersion program, this “summit” is all about. And I’d like to invite you to be a part of it.

I’m going to teach this group everything I’ve been teaching in my 16-plus week certification program… and more.

Plus the people with me at this summit in May are also going to walk away at the end of these five days with all the initial “hurdles” to starting a business cleared.

And by that I mean: You won’t just walk away with a plan of action for yourself. But you’ll leave with things like a name for your company… business cards… your own Web site domain name and host… marketing copy… a personalized, professional e-mail address… and, well, you get the idea.

You really will be on your way. In five days.

And, too, you’ll be on my radar screen. And on the radar screen of all the other people you meet at this summit.

That’s an invaluable thing. Because when you have people who understand what you want to do, thinking about ways they can help you do it — you have a powerful network for success…

The Spring 2008 Outside the Job Box Career Consultant Certification program will take place Sunday, May 4 through Thursday, May 8th in Northampton, MA.

Over 150 people have asked to be on the First in Line list to receive updates and advance notification of when the registration period will begin. The yearning for freedom, control, and satisfaction are truly universal… I’ve already heard from people from as far away as France, England, and the Bahamas.

Fortunately, not only is this kind of business you can run from anywhere in the world but the tools and techniques you’ll be learning really can work anywhere!

To learn what previous attendees had to say watch the video…

Outside the Job Box Career Certification Video

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: I am planning to open up the registration process at the end of next week.

The 2006 and 2007 Certification classes both sold out. The Spring 2008 program is going to be more personalized, more intense, and more immediately productive than anything else I’ve ever offered. If you have not yet gotten on the “First in Line” list to get updates, including advanced notification of when the registration doors open, you should to do that now:

ChangingCourse.com/firstinline.htm

“This program is a great opportunity for anyone interested in helping othersto change course. It’s something that can put you in business immediately after completion, if you choose. It’s fun, challenging and inspiring. I’m so excited about doing this and full of ideas. Thank you, thank you for giving me all the tools I need to get going.”
~ Barbara van Wickland,Certification Program Participant, 2007 


One Person Who Really Can Change Your Life

I’ll only take a few seconds of your time. If you really are serious about wanting to look in the mirror and see the boss, then there’s someone I really want you to meet… You see, through my work at Changing Course, I’ve met thousands of aspiring self-bossers just like you. I know first-hand that the number one thing that keeps people like you from quitting your soul-sucking j-o-b is you have no idea how to actually make money doing the thing you love.

  Valerie Young with Jeff Walker

  Jeff Walker and Valerie Young

That’s why you must meet marketing guru (and I’m happy to say new friend) Jeff Walker. Jeff not only introduced me to marketing techniques that have – and I am not exaggerating here – literally doubled my income, he also happens to be one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.

Jeff is one of the only big internet marketing gurus I know who genuinely cares about the “little guy.”
I cannot remember a time when I’ve been chatting with Jeff at some conference or workshop when someone didn’t come up to say that his program changed their life. I’m talking about people with little business in the crafts market, pets, horse training…

One of his most inspiring success stories is about a guy named John who put his family in debt (we’re talking food stamps here) in his quest to make and market a board game. John was a success at making the game. It was the selling part that bombed. That is, until he met Jeff…

Over the years, Jeff has helped hundreds of regular people to launch small businesses in such diverse niches as health food, knitting, horse training, even business coaching in Poland. And, like you, the overwhelming majority had no previous marketing experience…and I do mean NONE.

I know you want to change course… preferably yesterday! That’s why I’m so excited to have a way for you to “meet” Jeff via a short talk he put together. In this talk he explains why you need to start thinking now about what it will take to succeed – even if you aren’t anywhere near starting your business… or having anything to sell. As you move through the video series he also shares more and more meaty content.

The case studies Jeff shares here, and in the follow up videos, are very real. I know because I’ve personally met and talked to dozens of people who have learned and prospered from Jeff as I have. These are people who have launched very successful small businesses and in a very short period of time were able to replace their salaries. This is not hype. It is fact.

You don’t need to enter your email address to watch the video. It’s free to watch. But you DO NEED to sign up to watch the follow up case studies, which Jeff tells me are even better than the first. If there is any doubt in your mind that it’s really possible to make good money doing work you enjoy, you really do need to watch and learn from my friend Jeff.

The first 1-2 minutes of the video may not make a lot of sense to you unless you’re already familiar with the people and world of internet marketing. But hang in there for some really inspiring “regular Joe and Joanne” make good stories.

Again I highly recommend you continue to watch and learn by signing up to view Jeff’s other case studies. I guarantee they will be eye-opening. Click here to meet Jeff now ChangingCourse.com/recommends/jeff

P.S. Jeff is very upfront about the fact that he’d love you to buy his new product launch training program. I wish there was a way I could impress upon you how much what Jeff has to teach you could help you accelerate your path to entrepreneurial freedom. (Hey, the fact that I’m willing to put this horrible photo of myself out there should tell you that I’m raving fan.) But even if you ultimately decide not to make a purchase, I am confident that you will learn valuable information you can start using right away.

P.P.S. Don’t have a product or service yet? Drop an email to [email protected], and I will try to set you up with one, or perhaps a team of Outside the Job Career Consultants, to help you do a little creative brainstorming on how to turn your interests into one or more viable business ideas!


If You Can Write a Simple Letter, You Can Earn a Great Living as a Freelance Copywriter

Simply put, a copywriter is someone who uses words to sell products, services, or causes. One huge perk of being a Earn a living as a freelance copywriterfreelance copywriter is the flexible lifestyle. You can earn your living from anywhere in the world – on the road in your RV, in a London flat, on an island, or in your own home. The self-paced course is outstanding and includes individual feedback from an American Writers & Artists Institute instructor. Plus, they show you everything you need to know to start getting paid assignments. Top copywriters earn mega-six figure incomes. Most people average more in the $40,000 – $80,000 range. I’ve personally met dozens of people who’ve been able to quit their job in as little as a year and are now working as freelance copywriters.

Read my complete course review and meet the instructors and people who’ve taken the course at ChangingCourse.com/make-money-as-a-freelance-copywriter.htm or listen to Katie Yeakle, Executive Director of American Writers & Artists Institute, and Krista Jones, a freelance copywriter, answer questions about being a professional copywriter as part of our Ask the Expert Teleclass series at ChangingCourse.com/ask-the-expert


A Step-by-Step “Blueprint” to Online Business Success

Do you know Alexandria Brown, a.k.a. “The Ezine Queen”?

You may have heard me tell this story before, but a few years ago I attended Alexandria (Ali) Brown’s (a.k.a. the Ezine Queen’s) Online Success Blueprint Workshop. Over the years I’d hear about all these big time Internet marketing gurus who make big promises. But I’d never actually been to any one of their seminars. Since I know money is an issue for a lot of my readers, I was curious to see first-hand whether these high-priced Internet marketing seminars delivered enough content to justify the cost.

Don’t get me wrong… I knew that any workshop being run by a woman who has managed to build a business that generates $50,000 in sales… a MONTH was bound to contain at least a few nuggets of wisdom. Right?

Well I was wrong. The workshop contained hundreds of them. Instead of dangling exciting “magic pill” solutions in front of you, or selling “the next big thing,” Ali tells it like it is. Over the course of three full days, she shared her step-by-step, internet-based plan for dramatically increasing your business while working LESS.

The bad news of course is that Ali’s sold out Online Success Blueprint Workshop that happened last November has come and gone. But, the GOOD news is, after hours of editing, polishing, and coddling, the brand new 2008 Version of her “Online Success Blueprint-in-a-BOX” is now ready. This self-study version contains everything you would have gotten in the live event only you get the benefit of learning from home – and at a vastly reduced price.

If you are a coach, consultant, writer, speaker, or other solo entrepreneur and are ready to learn what it takes to build your business online, you’ll want to jump on this FAST, because Ali is only releasing 147 copies of this version of the program. And from what she told me yesterday, she’s already 35% SOLD OUT.

This is Ali’s 2nd year of honing this program to perfection, and I can honestly and confidently tell you — there is NOTHING else out there like this. And “blueprint” is not a figure of speech. You actually get a big blueprint mapping out every step that you can hang on your wall.

I know this product, and if you are ready to make it happen, I can honestly say that the Online Success Blueprint-in-a-Box program can change your business and your life. Learn more at ChangingCourse.com/recommends/blueprintbox


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