I really believe the saying that if you launch when it’s perfect, you’ve launched too late.
Sam Laliberte is the Founder and Host of the Freedom Lifestyle – a podcast series and online community for people wanting to live and work on their own terms. After spending years jumping between self-employment and working 9-5s, Sam is pursuing freelance full-time, via remote gigs that she can perform anywhere in the world.
Where did the idea for your company come from?
I had always wanted to live the “freedom lifestyle” but didn’t know where to start. I figured I’d start my journey to becoming free by simply interviewing other women who had been successful in hopes of gaining inspiration for myself. From there my journey embarked into much more than I had ever envisioned.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
Since I work from home / remotely while traveling, I have many competing priorities throughout the day. I’ve started to master working in “2 hour sprints” where I’m hyper focused on my laptop for two consecutive hours and then take a break to do something social / personal before jumping back into my next sprint. I complete three of these sprints throughout the day.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I try not to overthink. I really believe the saying that if you launch when it’s perfect, you’ve launched too late. I love my ideas forward quickly and iterating based on the feedback I receive from the market. I move quick!
What’s one trend that excites you?
Working from anywhere / the future of work!
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
Before I turn my phone on every morning I have a strict ritual that includes a 10 minute meditation and writing down the top 3 things that need to get done that day.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Worry less about what everyone else is doing and focus on owning what I want / like / need.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
Manifesting really works!
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Put yourself and ideas out there frequently and ask for feedback.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Leveraging my own personal brand and being authentic in what I share on social media. People support and buy from people.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I’ve had many! Most recently though, I’ve monetized my podcast by working with brands who will pay to have someone from their team speak on the show. On a few occasions I’ve really jeopardized the quality of the episodes by losing control over the narrative. I ended up not being proud of the episode but had to market it anyway. In the future my agreements with brand partners will ensure I have more creative control over the interview.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Feedback exchange – An online network for solopreneurs and freelancers to rapidly give and receive feedback on their work / ideas.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
A month of unlimited yoga. Self care is so important as an entrepreneur and when I was first starting out, I cut back on these types of expenses yet they much such a big impact on my work.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive? How do you use it?
I use the app “UNUM” the plan my social media feeds which has saved me a ton of time with grid planning while also upping the quality / feel of my profiles.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
The Alchemist! It’s a timeless tale about chasing your dreams which I found very inspiring.
What is your favorite quote?
Attract what you want by being what you want.
- Move quickly on your ideas
- Get feedback and act on it
- Courageously put yourself out there
Mario Schulzke is the Founder of ideamensch, which he started a decade ago to learn from entrepreneurs and give them a platform for their ideas.