Archive | January 2014

Josh And Jill Went Over The Pond

By Cheval John

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Society says that in order to be successful, you must go to college, get a degree and land a full time job.

Then if you’re lucky, find the right one, get married and go on a honeymoon before you settle in your new home and start a family.

Though Josh and Jill Stanton got married, their “honeymoon” is still going on.

They have built their affiliate websites that has generated revenue which allows them to live the lifestyle they have dreamed off.

In the process, they have started a blog called, “ScrewTheNineToFive,” which helps people who are looking to strike out on their own and live the life they have always wanted.

Recently, I caught up with the Stantons, who are currently in Thailand to get their insight on running a business and the motivation to strike out on their own.

You can visit at www.screwtheninetofive.com

Cheval John: How did you get into affiliate marketing

Jill Stanton: Josh actually got started with affiliate marketing about 6 years ago or so, but it was always just a side hustle he had going on…until we teamed up together 2 years ago.

These days affiliate marketing is our main income earner. We manage a network of over 20 affiliate sites, ranging from small sites of 4 pages to sites of over 250 pages.

We love affiliate marketing because it is essentially the lowest barrier to making money online one could ever get involved with. You don’t have to deal with order fulfillment, shipping, returns, customer service, branding, or payment processing—it’s the most hands-off model there is online.

Cheval: How did the “Screw The Nine to Five Blog” came about

Jill: We actually came up with the idea for Screw the Nine to Five on our wedding week in Costa Rica while sitting on our balcony—a time when we shouldn’t have been thinking of work! Ha ha

But the minute we had the idea we registered the domain and started planning what we would do with the site.

Cheval: Did y’all face any adversity in achieving your goals

Jill: Of course! It’s never easy when you run your own business because everything relies on you. We also have to contend with Google when trying to reach our goals, as a big part of our business is at the mercy of Google and their constant updates.

However we’re big believers in setting goals for ourselves…and so far we’ve reached all our big goals, but we’ve stepped it up for 2014 so fingers crossed we make those happen too! Ha ha

Cheval: You both achieved success in your home country, Canada, why did y’all moved to Thailand?

Jill: Well Josh is actually Australian and both of us pretty much hate any and all cold weather, so moving to Thailand was an easy sell.

We also wanted to make it a point to live in a cheaper country where our money could go further and we could use our savings from our day-to-day life to re-invest back into our business and hire more people to help scale our efforts.

On top of that, South East Asia is a HUGE hotspot for online entrepreneurs and we really wanted to surround ourselves with likeminded people. After all, there really isn’t an online marketing scene in Toronto and we never really met anyone who was doing what we were doing.

We’ve now been here for a year and it is hands down the best thing we’ve ever done for ourselves personally and professionally.

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Cheval: What are the ins and out of running a business

Jill: I guess it varies for each and every person, depending on what kind of business you are running.

For us, our biggest struggle is to take ourselves out of our business, allow our team run the day-to-day side of things so we can focus ON our business and not work IN it.

I think the biggest thing to remember for anyone wanting to run a business online is that you have to comfortable with the uncomfortable, because online business is ALWAYS changing. Nothing is ever the same.

And the minute you get too comfortable with it, you’re doomed.

Cheval: Can you share an example how you helped someone be successful

Jill: I think in 2013 we were helping people through our one-on-one coaching services. We had quite a few happy clients that put our strategies to use and saw great improvements in their businesses, which was so exciting to see!

This year we have gotten rid of those in an effort to help more people on a bigger level.

We recently kicked off our public case study where we are being fully transparent and building and monetizing a site publicly so our readers can copy exactly what we’re doing.

So far the feedback has been amazing and we have quite a few people joining the challenge of building their own site over the next 3 months.

Cheval: Why is networking important

Jill: I think relationship building is absolutely crucial to your business’ success. After all, it’s those relationships that you can then lean on when things get tough, bounce ideas off each other, or help each other out with different ventures.

It’s really the key to getting your business out there and taking it to the next level.

I do think there is a way to do it though. I personally cringe when someone asks to pick someone’s brain. I mean think about it, who wants to give away all the tips and strategies that they had to figure out for themselves, just to give them away to someone who wants to fast-track their progress?

No one, that’s who.

However, if you frame it in a give-and-take situation then it’s much easier to connect with entrepreneurs you look up to and gain insights. Just don’t be a selfish networker and you should be golden.

Cheval: What are the quote/s y’all live by

Jill: We truly live by the quote “Get comfortable with the uncomfortable”, although I couldn’t tell you who said it first. It’s just something that resonates with us.

I also love the quote “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”.

I just think that it is essential to your success to stay slightly uncomfortable in your business at all times because that means you will always try new things, test new strategies and put yourself out there in a way you wouldn’t if you just kept everything copacetic.

All our biggest successes have come out of intense periods of fear and self-doubt, but the key was we kept pushing through those periods. I think that is what separates successful entrepreneurs from the “wantrepreneurs”.

Cheval: Any parting words?

Jill: Stop thinking about it and just start taking action. That’s the key. That’s all you have to do: Start with step 1….and stop stressing out about step 20. You’ll figure it out. Just start.

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Bearkat MBB Focused On Undefeated Nicholls

Courtesy: Paul Ridings, Jr., SHSU Sports Information

Huntsville-Only three men’s basketball teams remain unbeaten in Southland Conference action and one of them comes to Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum Saturday.

The Bearkats play host to Nicholls State at 3:45 p.m.

The Colonels are tied for first place with Stephen F. Austin and A&M-Corpus Christi.

All three are 3-0.

Sam Houston stands 2-1 after an 86-81 victory over McNeese State Thursday.

Saturday is Double Dave’s Double Header pizza day.

Double Dave’s is the host for an after the game party following the women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader.

Nicholls owns Southland victories over New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana at home and comes off a 64-60 win at Lamar Thursday night.

The Colonels are paced by 6-1 guard Dantrell Thomas who is averaging 15.8 points per game.

Sam Houston lost to Nicholls in both the pair’s meeting last year.

The Colonels won 61-56 in overtime in Thibodaux and 56-53 in Huntsville.

The Bearkat men opened Southland play with a 107-104 double overtime victory over preseason Southland favorite Northwestern State, then fell at Stephen F. Austin 73-56 a week ago.

Three different players have led the Kats in scoring in each of their Southland games.

Sophomore guard Paul Baxter owns the team’s top average in league play with 14.3 points per contest.

Guards Jabari Peters and Kaheem Ransom hold Southland scoring means of 13.3 and 11.3, respectively.

Junior center Michael Holyfield is averaging 12.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in league action.

Saturday’s men’s game will be broadcast live on KSAM 101.7 FM and streamed live on www.gobearkats.com .

Next action for the Bearkat men will be a trip to Southeastern Louisiana and New Orleans next Thursday and Saturday.

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Bearkat WBB Aims For First SLC Win

Courtesy: Paul Ridings, Jr., SHSU Sports Information

Huntsville-Sophomore Amanda Barnes and true freshman Kristina Smith made their first appearance in the starting lineup this season Thursday night for the Sam Houston women’s basketball team.

The pair combined for 29 points to help the Bearkats come from 12 points down to within a basket of catching McNeese State.

The Cowgirls held on for a 59-55 victory, but the new offensive punch has women’s head coach Brenda Nicholls excited.

“Amanda and Kristina did a really nice job for us,” Nicholls said. “They have no fear. They both bring a lot to the table for us.”

The Bearkats play host to Nicholls State Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in an important Southland Conference tilt for both squads.

Saturday is Double Dave’s Double Header pizza day.

Double Dave’s is the host for an after the game party following the women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader.

Sam Houston’s defending league co-champions are 0-3 in Southland action.

The Kats started non-conference action with a 5-2 mark but have lost their last seven games.

Nicholls is 2-1 and tied for third place in the early season going in Southland play.

The Colonels stand 7-7 for the year.

Down 34-25 to McNeese at intermission Thursday, the Bearkats looked like they may have found their shooting touch again in the second half.

Sam Houston canned five three-point shots in the closing minutes of the game.

Junior 6-3 post Angela Beadle is averaging 14.8 points for the season and 12.3 points in conference.

Johnson also is scoring in double figures with an 11.6 mean.

Emani White, a 5-4 sophomore guard, is the Colonels’ top offensive threat.

White is scoring 19.0 points a game and has hit 35 treys this year.

Saturday’s women’s game will be broadcast live on KHVL 104.9 the Hits and streamed live on www.gobearkats.com .

Next action for the Bearkat women will be a trip to Southeastern Louisiana and New Orleans next Thursday and Saturday.

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