Introduction to the Podcast and What to Expect
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Ever want to be able to travel full time, but just not sure how to do it? Do you love the idea of loading up in an RV and hitting the road but have no idea how people did it without some sort of retirement income or being independently wealthy? Well, I’m here to tell you that online income could very well be the answer you’ve been looking for and, in this podcast, I’m gonna tell you how you can do it.
Hey, y’all I’m Jason and I’m here to help you on your journey to your journey. My goal is to help you build a completely mobile income, so you can enjoy a location, independent lifestyle.
So right off the bat, you might be wondering, you know, what exactly does that mean? Well, first allow me to tell you a bit about myself. I, along with my wife and two kids, travel full time in an RV.
Now that is our chosen mode of travel. It’s a 42-foot fifth wheel RV. Now I am well aware that the first question that pops into everyone’s head when they hear that is, well, how do you work? Or how do you make money? What do you do for money? Most people actually assume that I was either born into money or that are retired earlier, somehow have just money sitting there.
And none of that is the case. I actually run a small digital marketing service for small businesses. And you may say, “but Jason, what does this have to do with me? I can’t do that! I don’t know anything about marketing!”
Calm down… No need to fret. I don’t expect you to be familiar with it. I don’t even expect you to be interested in it! The beauty in what I do gives me the unique perspective to be able to help just about anybody start and grow a business online.
Actually, I didn’t learn digital marketing and just run out and do it. You see, I’ve had several successful online businesses and learned a lot about digital marketing along the way. I’ve spent years figuring out what works and what doesn’t all on my own. It’s that knowledge that my clients pay me for and it’s that knowledge that is going to help get you on the road too!
I know you’re probably wondering about all these online businesses I’ve had, and maybe wondering about ideas for what you could do. So, here’s a quick rundown of my online journey.
First, I was drop shipping security products. This was back in 2008 during the downturn in the economy. And of course, I was one of the ones laid off. I stayed up until four in the morning, every night, taught myself how to code HTML and built a website from scratch. I didn’t know anything about shopping carts or how to do all that or, or security.
None of that even entered into my head at the time PayPal had a program where they would handle the shopping cart. So, all I had to do is go grab the add to cart button from PayPal, stick it on my page. And then when the customer was shopping, they’d hit the add to cart. It would take them to PayPal to show the cart, and then they would hit the back button to go back to my website and continue sharp shopping.
It was, it was rudimentary, but it worked. And that was how I got through that downturn in the economy.
You know, at the time Google SEO was easy. At the time they had these sites that their sole purpose was for you to write these sort of worthless articles to get your site ranked. I mean, it was really asinine, but it worked.
All I had to do is write a few easy articles and “boop” to the top of Google I went! You know, and ad words was cheap. AdWords… It’s not even called ad words anymore, but at the time it was cheap, just throw ad up there. And I profited out of it.
I’d get sales every single time. And, that didn’t make a ton of money, but you know, it was enough to get me and my family through the downturn in economy. So, we were quite grateful and I knew that I had hit on something. I knew that this online business thing could work. So, that’s how I started back in 2008.
So, yeah.. I’ve been at this for a while. This isn’t even my first podcast, a long time ago, I got into homesteading, you know, the simple life kind of, you know, actually not dissimilar from what I do. It’s still a simple style of living.
So I’ve that style, that simple style of life has always attracted me. But at this time of homesteading, I raised rabbits in my backyard. So, I started a podcast and taught people how to raise rabbits. I even recorded a few interviews at rabbit shows and whatnot, stuff like that. Well, I grew a following and built a business out of it. I actually became so well known in the rabbit community that my rabbits were in. Great demand. For instance, you know, the first scene of the hunger games, second movie, where Katniss goes rabbit hunting and she lifts up that rabbit.
Yeah, that’s my rabbit. I was so well known in the rabbit community when the producer started looking for someone that raised rabbits to buy from everyone pointed to me.
Well, after a tornado brought up a tragic end to my rabbit farm and the guy that I paid to rebuild, my rabbitry ran off of my money and spend it on meth instead (that’s a campfire story). Well, long story short, he wound up in jail and I decided to instead try my hand at other ventures.
I started buying items to flip on Amazon, which, proved to be a very worthwhile venture. Actually, so much that when other RV years would ask how they could make money on the road. I thought the obvious answer was selling on Amazon. So, I started teaching people how to sell on Amazon. This actually scratched what I came to realize was my greatest itch, the need to help people.
While selling on Amazon, it did create a good income, it did nothing for me in the way of like personal satisfaction. Uh, I found out that my absolute favorite thing to do was to help people and help people directly not have like an anonymous go-between, which you know, Amazon was. So, one day in 2016, I was at a business conference for Amazon sellers. I was having a conversation with someone and they said, you know, with all of this online marketing experience you have, and all this stuff that you do, local businesses would love to have you do work for them. She went on to explain the local businesses were mostly clueless about how to market online and didn’t have time to learn. You know, they’re, they’re busy working on their business and they don’t have time to do all this stuff that I do. So, my skills would be invaluable to them as what she was trying to get across.
So, I started growing a marketing service for local businesses, and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since. I love it. Now, as that business grew, I kind of let my Amazon business dwindle and fall to the wayside of a first dropping everything but books and focusing on books while, uh, grew my local marketing business. And then finally I just closed it all together. And most of those people that I taught how to sell while they were successful, they ended up either moving away from the Amazon business or the RV life. It simply proved too much to have all that inventory in the rig and process it all while on the road. So a lot of people found other forms of income to continue on the road while some of the guys came off the road so that they could have more space for their business operation.
And I tell you all this to get to the point of, you know, through years of experience, I’ve learned not only what it takes to have a good business online, but more specifically what it takes to have a good mobile online business. And that’s why I’m here to help you build a location, independent income source that you can rely on.
And some of you out there might say, but Jason, there are already people who have podcasts about being an entrepreneur while traveling in an RV. And of course, you’d be right. One prime example is aptly named the RV entrepreneur. And I recommend you go check it out. If you haven’t already it’s with Heath Pageant, he provides some great content.
In fact, I was a guest on episode 48, but what I’m actually planning to do here is a lot different than what Heath is doing.
For the most part. He brings on guests to speak about their own businesses and what they’re doing to make money. While that may provide an occasional trigger for a brainstormed idea, I found it kind of difficult to relate to most of that content. Either the particular business requires skills or talents that I don’t have, and I don’t see any way to acquire, or it’s a complex business model that I wouldn’t be interested in running. Now, not to say that I don’t like the podcast. I do. I love the podcast. I don’t miss an episode.
Even if I’m not interested in a business model, there’s always a chance that they might throw out a golden nugget that I can implement on my end to help my business grow.
But, I just thought the RV traveling community could use a podcast that focuses more on specific types of businesses that everyone is capable of running.
Basically what I’m trying to say is that Heath is providing great content spotlighting different entrepreneurs and talking to them about their journeys. While his show is great for inspiration, my show is intended to be more instructional.
With this show, I intend on giving you information you can take action on to create your own business or online income while at the same time, helping those that already have businesses, grow them into a flourishing success online and mobily, if that’s a word… Now, as I’ve already mentioned, my passion is helping people. And this podcast is all about helping you create a mobile income so you can hit the road.
So, if you weren’t quite clear about what I meant when I said I was going to help you on your journey to your journey, hopefully now you are. We’re going to walk you through a journey of creating an income so that you can start your journey of full-time travel.
So here’s kinda what you can expect from this podcast…
Now, my vision for this podcast is that each episode will fit into one of five categories.
Number one: choose.. This type of episode will help you choose what kind of business to create.
Sometimes it might take the form of brainstorming type activity, but sometimes we’ll actually discuss the merits and pitfalls of a specific business model and dive into that one model fairly deeply. This will be one of the rare times I may invite a guest on. If there is a business model that I’m not experienced enough in to discuss by myself I will find someone to bring on and talk to them about it.
The second category is build.. in this type of episode, we will be discussing the things you need to do to get your business started. Most of these things will be universal topics that need to be done for any type of online business. So, it will be relatable to almost everyone.
Topic number three is grow… This is quite possibly the most important category of episode that we’re going to have on this podcast. This is where we’ll dive deep into the marketing strategies and tactics. You need to grow your business. These will undoubtedly be the most important episodes out there. Not only will these be nearly universal strategies that most people will be able to implement directly in their own business, but once you learn these skills, you can also get paid for doing them for other people.
And that’s actually what I have done is brought on clients and I do these services for others.
Now the fourth category will be coaching. The way I see this going, from time to time, I might actually invite someone from the audience onto the show and discuss a specific issue in their business and see if I can coach them through it right here on the show. These episodes will be invaluable. I firmly believe that you can learn a whole lot more from discussing someone’s mistakes and their struggles than you could ever learn from hearing people talking about their success.
Discussing successes are fine for like idea generation, but failures are what helps us to grow.
The fifth style of show I’m not 100% sure about. Maybe you can let me know if it’s something you would be interested in listening to… Hey, this is the first episode. While I have an idea of the type of content y’all need to here, I’m not quite sure what you WANT to hear, ya know what I mean?
Anyway, the fifth style I was thinking about might be book reviews. I get tons of value from business books, but honestly there are some I feel I wasted my time on. My vision for this type of episode would be a quick rundown of every pertinent chapter in the book, followed by my thoughts on it.
By the end of the episode you should have a pretty good idea of what the book is about and whether or not you want to read it for yourself. Please post your thoughts in the Touring Freedom Facebook group and let me know if this is a type of show you’d be interested in hearing.
Now, on to other things that you can expect from this show, randomly lengthed shows. Again, I might have just made up a word lengthed, whatever. Anyway, I did take a poll in the Facebook group on how long everyone preferred their podcast. The most popular answer was around the 30-minute mark. So, I’ll try to aim for that whenever possible.
But when I have something to talk about, I’m going keep talking about it until the talking’s done. And by the same token, If I have a quick subject that I feel is important enough to merit its own episode, you may get a shorter episode every now and then.
But what I’m not going to do is fill it with fluff to take up time or leave out important info in the interest of saving time.
The next thing you can expect, if you haven’t heard it yet, is a sporadic Southern drawl. I’m born and raised in the foothills of North Georgia. Now I did spend time in the military and in Florida, so a lot of that drawl seems to have been worked out, or it worked itself out over the years, or whatever, but occasionally it does come back. And when it does, y’all better watch out. It can get strong.
I’m not the type to try to hide it. Sometimes I drawl sometimes I don’t. Don’t ask me to explain it. It just happens.
Another thing that you can invariably expect is varying levels of sound quality. You gotta understand. I live in an RV full time. I’m sure there will be times I find myself in a park while the maintenance crew is weeding right outside my RV. Or maybe it’s 90 degrees outside. In case you weren’t aware, RV air conditioners are second only to jet engines in noise production.
Now, you know, I’ll obviously do the best I can to mitigate the amount of noise, but it’s going to happen. I’m sorry, but I’m a marketer, not a sound engineer. I’ll do my best, but nothing’s guaranteed.
Another thing you can be almost assured of is no sugar coating. This is a no sugar coating zone. I’m not the guy that you want to be listening to if you’re sensitive.
It’s not that I can’t be empathetic. I can, depending on the situation, it’s just that when it comes to business, most people need to hear it told like it is. Patting you on the back and telling you everything’s going to be okay… It ain’t going to get you off your butt and doing what you need to do to accomplish your business goals.
So for example, right now I’m recording this during the COVID crisis. And most people have been stuck at home on quarantine for quite a while. Now I posted something in the Facebook group that basically said something to the effect of, if you’ve been waiting around until you had enough time to start your business, what’s your excuse now. That’s not exactly what it said, but basically the gist of it.
Well, it stepped on a few toes. There were people out there that said they were busier than before. But my viewpoint is that if it doesn’t apply to you, I wasn’t talking to you.
But I guarantee you, it does apply to the majority of the people in that group. So, I’m not going to apologize for posting it just because some people got their feelings hurt. There is a good portion of people that needed to hear that. And you know what? It applies to me too.
I’ve been intending to start this podcast for ages. And when we started discussing that in the group, I thought, yeah, good point. What’s my excuse now?
Why have I not started this podcast yet?
And now here I am.
So how do you know this podcast is for you? Is it just the fact that you want to live in an RV? Well not necessarily.
So here are some things to think about this podcast would be for you:
If you look around your life and you think there’s got to be more to life, but you just don’t know how to get it.
Maybe you have big dreams, but you’re concerned that you’ll never be able to reach them. It just, it seems impossible. And you don’t know how to get there.
You have a job you don’t enjoy going to, and it’s not going to help you reach your goals.
You might have just a little bit of money in the bank, but you’ve got significant amount of debt. And the amount of savings you have in the bank is never going to cover the amount of debt you have.
You see full time travelers and wonder how do they do that?
Maybe you were raised with the go to college and get a job mentality, but you struggle with that and that doesn’t fit what you see as a good life.
And either you’ve worked your whole life and you’re a little bit older and you don’t have anything to show for work and all those years, or you’re a younger person and you don’t want to have to end up in that position.
Or, you’re simply tired of seeing the same old, same old every day. And you’re ready to get out and travel full time.
If you fit any of those categories, this podcast is for you.
At times, this podcast is going to be, you know, rah, rah, Ree, go get ’em tiger. But at other times it’s going to be, you know, kind of what the hell are you doing? Reality checks.
What it will always be is real. I’m not gonna say stuff just to make you like me. I’m going to say the things that I think need to be said to help you grow your business.
And don’t ever expect some, get rich, quick scheme to be discussed on this podcast. It’s not going to happen.
Growing a business takes time. It takes work and it takes effort. Without those three things, you don’t have a sustainable business. And that’s the goal is not to get rich quick, but to have a sustainable business that we can rely on.
I’m Jason watt and I’ll see you on the road.