This is all by design… It took a lot of hard work and a lot of failures throughout the years, but now I’m at the point where it’s easy to go away [with my family].
In This Episode, We Talked About:
- (1:31) Gaining the opportunity to travel as a family in the past, present (and hopefully future)
- (4:13) An interesting tip from an author whose other advice has proven trustworthy for my business
- (5:32) The main tasks that I will make time for each day while traveling
- (7:20) A last-minute decision I made right before my trip (in contrast to a productivity hack I usually live by)
- (9:18) The difference that being your own boss makes
- (11:21) What quitting my “9-5” taught me about ego and how seeing the direct impact of my work motivates me now
- (13:30) The excitement of knowing how my online course benefits my family
I hope you’re feeling inspired by what I shared today! Don’t forget to check out the links below if you are thinking of starting your own online course.
Jacques Hopkins: Regular people are taking their knowledge and content, packaging it up in an online course and they're making a living doing, but not everyone is successful with online courses. There's a right way and there's a wrong way, and I'm here to help course creators actually succeed with online courses. Hi, I'm John Hopkins, and this is the online course show.
What's going on everyone? This is Jack Hopkins, and welcome to episode 93 of the online course show. Today's episode is going to be a solo episode. I don't have any course grader interview anybody else joining me on this episode because there's something that I wanted to go over with you guys on this episode, and the title of it is what having an online course means for my family.
What spurred this on is I got a message from one of the listeners of the podcast and he said, his name is David, and he said, jock. I was thinking with the interviews, of course creators, there is not a lot of discussion of what the course has allowed them to do, specifics on travel, lifestyle, amount of work, hobbies that creating a course has given them.
It could add some extra inspiration to each interview. And I thought this was fantastic feedback from David, and I definitely want to start incorporating this into some of the questions that I ask future guests of the podcast. But I wanted to talk about it a little bit for myself and my family. And the timing is just perfect for this on my end because tomorrow we're getting on a plane.
The four of us, my wife, myself, are two young kids. Our daughters are just about almost two, almost four, right? And we're getting on a plane and we're going to France for three weeks now. We did this previously, three years ago, a few months after I had first quit my job. We did this, we went over to France for three months.
My oldest daughter was 10 months old at the time, and we did it at that time because it's something we'd always wanted to do when we finally had the opportunity to do it. Since I didn't have a job anymore. My wife, she quit her job whenever we had our first daughter, so neither one of us were working locally, and so we finally just wanted to go over there and see what it was like to live in another country.
We did it for three months and it was. Amazing, but I worked a lot over there because I hadn't, quote unquote made it yet. I hadn't replaced the income from my previous job yet. I was still working hard on piano in 21 days. I hadn't created the only course guy brand yet, obviously, because I didn't do that until I succeeded with piano in 21 days.
But it was still an amazing opportunity and an opportunity that I had only because I was able to quit my job and focus on my online course. But now this time is totally different and we're going for three weeks this time. We have a lot of other trips and vacations and cool things planned throughout this year, not just our, our French trip or going for three weeks and I don't have to work a lot.
And so I want to go over with you what I plan to do work-wise for these three weeks and some of the other benefits that I've seen for me and my family of having an online course. And so that's kind of what I want to get into in this episode. But first, let me pitch some of the things that I have going on at the online course, guide.com if you are a complete beginner to this process, or maybe, maybe you started a little bit, but you haven't made that first sale, you're confused.
You don't have a step-by-step plan. I have a program for you. It's called the online course accelerator and have a free trial going right now that you can sign up for free trial for seven days. And it's designed to take you from nothing to your very first core sale within eight weeks. Now, for those of you that have a course already, but it just hasn't reached all your goals, I have an eight week mentorship program for you.
It's called next level courses. You can find out more about all of this by going to the online course, guy.com remember, there's a free Facebook community that's really blossoming. And of course my ClickFunnels offered. If you sign up for one of my favorite online course tools, click funnels using my affiliate link, then you will get all of my best templates and even a small course on how to use it for course graders.
So everything I just mentioned, head over to the online course, guy.com and you will find all of that information and more. Now, earlier this year, I was reading a book called clockwork by Mike McCollough, which now you may have heard me talk about him before in this podcast because he is the same author.
At wrote profit first, which is the accounting system that I use to this day that is unbelievable and literally changed my business. If you have a business of any sort and you're not using profit first, there's something wrong with you. But he wrote a newer book called clockwork, and it's about automation inside of a business.
And one of the, one of the things, one of the concepts that he recommends in that book is go ahead and schedule like a four week trip. Even if it's like a year, year and a half out from today, schedule it so that you have a target you have and you work to get a plan together to where you can completely walk away from your business for four weeks, go on vacation, and hopefully everything runs like clockwork while you're away.
And the idea is that for the next year, year and a half, you're putting all the systems and everything in place that you need. To have it where you can go on that trip. Well, many of you know I'm big on outsourcing and automation, and while I think that's really cool, I'm not quite to that point where I can just completely walk away for, in this case.
Three weeks, but I do have things set up to where it's very, very, very minimal maintenance, basically, as a step away. Now, I do have a video on YouTube. Many of you may have seen, it's called the four things that I do in my online course business every day, and those are basically the four things that I'm going to continue to do every day, even while.
In France now, as long as everything goes smoothly, these four things each day take about 10 minutes and almost always things are going smoothly. So I don't expect to have to really have to do any more than just those four things. What are those four things? Well, I send out my bond euros, so everybody that signs up for any of my courses the previous day, that day, they will receive one of these short 15 to 32nd Andro videos from me just personally thanking them for signing up.
For my course. The second thing I do is I'll just check on in my email inbox to see if there's any leftovers for me. You know, I have an assistant who helps me manage that inbox, but every now and then there's, there's an email or something that needs my attention and I will need to to give it that attention.
So I'll check on that. I'll also log into my accounting software, FreshBooks and just make sure everything's in order there and categorize things appropriately and make sure things look like they're in place. And the fourth thing is I'll look at my daily report that my assistant puts together for me, and it just has a lot of the KPIs or key performance indicators that I like to see to make sure the train is on the track.
Things like how many people sign up for the course yesterday? What was my revenue from, from new sales yesterday, what was my revenue from recurring payments yesterday? YouTube views, YouTube subscribers, Amazon affiliate income, things like that are all on that report. And I can just review that and make sure things are going smoothly.
So those are the four things that I plan to do each and every day. Even while in France with my family now I have two young kids, so we're definitely going to stop nap time every afternoon. So I don't see any problem in fitting that in. And actually not even bringing my laptop. That's a decision that I made last night as a, as we were packing in these two small carry on suitcases for a three week Europe trips.
I don't want to mess up. My computer's not a great place to put it. And I was thinking, do I really even need my computer now in a day to day life here at home? I'm actually a big fan of using my phone as just a phone, you know, texting, calling. I don't know if I've talked about it in this podcast before, but I don't have email on my phone.
I don't. I have very, very little apps. I don't use the bond. Your app on my phone. I don't use, you know, FreshBooks or Upwork. I don't use any of those apps. And I actually always have my phone in black and white. And the reason is it's just kind of a productivity hack. It makes your phone not as visually appealing and you don't want to use it as much.
I don't have Instagram, I don't have Twitter, like I don't have any of those apps. And beyond that, I even go so far as using an app called freedom to block sites. So what I found was long time ago when I first started deleting apps that I didn't feel like I should be using, like Facebook. Well, I still would open up the browser and go to facebook.com and use Facebook, which is kind of silly.
So I have an app called freedom, which blocks actual websites too. So there's very, very little that I can do on a day to day basis with my phone. And that's how I've designed it, because if I'm working, I need to be working from my laptop. Well, we're going to completely flip that on its head as I go to France cause I'm only going to have my phone over there to work with.
And so I installed g-mail, I installed the app, I installed the Upwork app and probably still leave things in black and white because I still don't want to, use, use my phone too much. But. That is my plan to just bring my phone, just check in on these things one time during the day, each day, spend 10 minutes on it, and then get back to my family, get back to the fun things that we're doing.
And it's because of all these things that I've been hard at work on and doing the past several years that has allowed me and my family to be able to do this. You know, normally when you work a normal job, you either have to take time off without pay or you take. What was, I know it was called to my company PTO, or I paid time off and when I left my company, I had been working there for eight years and I had accrued up to three weeks of PTO paid time off vacation time, and so I would have to use that entire three weeks for the entire year for this particular trip.
And not that I could have even taken three weeks off consecutively. I don't know if they would have let me do that with all the responsibilities that I had. Another thing I wanted to talk about is, I've been hearing this this term lately. It's, it's a new, it's a new term to me. Many of you may have heard it, but it's come up several times lately, like in the past couple of weeks, and it's called the Sunday scaries and apparently this is a real thing.
People that have normal nine to five jobs. And by the way, I don't know where that nine to five job like that that term ever came from. I don't know anybody that actually works like from nine to five. I know when I was working was like, it was more like seven to five 30 or something like that. But anyway, I've been hearing this term Sunday scaries for people that, you know, the, the weekend is winding down, it's Sunday and then you start dreading going back to work.
On Monday, and that's one of the, one of the big benefits that I noticed once I was working for myself is I used to really dread Sundays. It was, it was like, where did the weekend go? It's like, Aw, I've got to get up early tomorrow. That alarm clock and back to the grind of work, but not only did that go away, but it was replaced by this excitement, like literally Sundays, you know, and by the end of Sunday, like the kids have worn me out.
You know, we'd been going doing all kinds of crazy stuff and like, I genuinely like what I do now, so I'm like, I can't wait to, you know, get in my office and get on my computer at eight 30 the next morning. That's when I start. My normal work day is eight 30 each morning. And so I don't have the Sunday scares.
I haven't had that in a long time in not only that, but I am really excited on Sunday evenings, so excited to start on Monday. So that's a really cool thing that I've experienced in my life. And then another thing. Is, and I may have talked about this on the podcast before, but it's this idea of impact, right?
When I was working my job, I could not see the impact of my work, right? It didn't feel like if I wasn't at that job or wasn't a part of that company, that the world would be any different of a place and ask yourself that as well. If whatever you're doing, whatever you're spending most of your time doing, if you weren't doing that thing, would the world or anybody's in particular life.
Be any different, and it wasn't for me. And proof of that is when I, when I walked away, like nothing skipped a beat. I thought, Oh, you know, this is, this is my ego getting in the way. But I thought my company was going to have problems when I left and I made sure all of our customers, like they had my phone number.
I was like, look, I'm not going to another job. I'm not going to a competitor or anything. Here's my number. Feel free to reach out. I'm just, I'm going to be working for myself. So if you need anything, don't hesitate to reach out. And I got zero calls from anybody ever still to this day. And that's because things were fine.
They didn't need me. There was, you know, the company was, was there, but that just goes to show you that my impact really wasn't that great at that company. But today, because I have an online course that people are actually buying, actually going through and succeeding with, I can see the direct. Impact of my work, or even if it's little things like this podcast, you know, I get messages from people in a Facebook group or in my email.
It's like, Hey, thanks for doing this podcast. Even though I've put this together for free as kind of a entry point funnel into some other programs and offers that have told you about at the beginning of this, it's still. Content that I'm putting out there that's hopefully valuable to you guys and that you can get a lot out of it and I can hopefully directly impact you listening on the other end.
Just, you know, taking out any middleman and it's just a, it's really cool, this idea of impact. So I definitely encourage you to think about that idea of impact and if you're, if you're truly having a positive impact on someone or a group of people. So that's really all I wanted to talk about for this episode and the timing just worked out really well.
We're, we're just tying up a lot of loosens. We're all packed up and just really excited to, to hit the road and have a really cool adventure with my family and not have to worry about money and not have to worry about work too much anyway, and just hopefully really have fun with it. And this is all by design.
Ever since I read for our work week, for the first time over 10 years ago, I've always been working. To be able to do things like this, and hopefully if you're not there yet, you can use this as inspiration to to be able to do something like that. It took a lot, a lot of hard work, and a lot of failures for me through out the years.
But you know, I'm definitely at a, I'm at a point now where it's, it's easy to just go away for three weeks and own. I definitely want to do more stuff like this as well as my kids get older and just get them to experience other cultures and different things. It's really exciting. It's really exciting times.
but I just, I wanted to share with you some of the benefits of having an online course in passive income or somewhat passive income. can mean, and I definitely want to incorporate that question to more guests of future podcast episodes as well. So thanks again to David for suggesting that. Guys.
It's been a pleasure. Thanks so much for listening to this podcast. Of course, you can find the show notes at the online course, guide.com/ 93. And I won't go over in detail all of the different offers and programs that I have and I mentioned at the beginning of this podcast episode, but you can find all of that information, including the click funnels offer and the Facebook group. Everything is at the online course, dot com so that's gonna do it.
We'll catch you in the next episode.
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