AOE – Aussie Online Entrepreneurs

It was 10:30am on a Monday and Mike was draining his latte ready to go back to a job he didn’t like working in, for a boss who didn’t value him and Sue was heading back home where she was picking up some work as a VA

“Neil, 10 years ago we knew we had a great life before us, we were ready to take on the world, we had a plan that would see both of us retired by 50 sitting on a beach in the South of France reading books and drinking Rosé.”

“Life happened Neil, I got caught up with day to day bullshit, things that at the time seem like emergencies, but looking back, were just bumps in the road”

“I got disillusioned, I let my health go, drank a bit more than I should have and we didn’t make time for one another”

“Neil, it’s easy to look back and see where we would have done things differently”. Sue Said

“Now all we’ve got to look forward to is a shitty little pension and more work, probably until we’re way to old to really enjoy ourselves, and you know what Neil, it sucks.”

“Well, I should really get back Neil, we’ve got a lot on and if I’m not there the boss will miss me”

I thought they were going back for sure, in fact Mike got up to leave, then I saw something stir in Sue, some long since felt defiance, the old Sue and Andy was there and Sue told him to order the croissants and she turnedto me, and said

“Ok Neil, blow the diet today!” and with that Andy went inside to order and I shared something with them that dramatically changed their life.

You hear of people making sacks of cash online but you’re not sure how they hell they do it or even if it’s true

Those monthly income figures taunt you, making you feel left behind, like it’s a brilliant party full of beautiful people that you haven’t been invited to…

You’re a hard worker, and when you’re shown something new you’ll do your bloody best to get it right!

I was working 16 hours a day, 6 days a week for crazy chefs whose sole purpose in life was to make my life miserable.

I worked for Gordon Ramsy and for Marco Pierre White and I got a thrill out of making things with my hands, and deep satisfaction from knowing I’d done my job well.

Because I was a bit of a larrikin at school. I left school after year 10 and in my final year I made 35 full days. when I left school, I’m sure the teachers popped open a bottle of champagne.

My parents split up when I was 11 and it knocked me for six, I went from straight A’s to chasing girls full time.

Like you I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs, I’m married with 2 girls but 8 years ago my wife left me and we were almost divorced. I had no idea what was coming, because as far as I knew everything was OK and then, out of the blue, came the “Neil I’m leaving you” chat, talk about a punch in the gut.

I didn’t want her to leave. This is not how it was supposed to end! So I made her the best sales pitch of my life. And fortunately, it worked

You HAVE to make money, it’s in our DNA to earn an income and support those that rely upon us, if we don’t we’ve failed.

The trouble is traditional businesses are dying, it’s no longer a smart move to buy yourself a franchise such as a Jim’s mowing business or a cafe.

Besides I think we both know that the initial thrill of working outdoors would quickly fade away and then you’re left with a shit load of hard work, and manual labor.

Add to that the fact that you can now buy a robot that will mow your grass and it’s clear that this sort of business is dead in the water

Well, have you had a look around lately, there’s a cafe on every street corner, a cafe cart at every train station and companies like n’espresso are doing the same thing to cafe’s that DVD players did to blockbuster video shops

Whilst you’re looking at all those cafes you’ll probably notice that most of them have replaced more traditional retail shops, in the last 10 years the high street has changed

According to National Australia Bank, online retail spending in Australia increased by 15 percent, to $17.6 billion, in 2015. This compares to roughly $562 billion for China, the country with the highest e-commerce sales, and to $350 billion for the U.S.

The Australian number may appear small, but Australia’s population is 2 percent of China’s. Additionally, Australia has a higher Internet penetration and smartphone usage; more than 90 percent of the population has Internet access.

The e-commerce opportunity in Australia is compelling, as studies show that approximately 30 percent of consumers spend more time shopping online than in a physical store.

I’d like to show you, and yes of course there’s something in it for me, but it’s probably not what you think.

The average adult male life expectancy is 80, it’s 84 for ladies. For this example, let’s assume you’re a baby boomer. That means you only have 20 or so years left on this planet.Does that sound like a lot of time… or very little?

The two things that will take up a majority of those remaining years are work and sleep. How much of your remaining time…

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