Am I Too Old To Start An Online Business?

Am I Too Old To Start An Online Business?

Do you need to be young like ourselves to be successful working online?

Well… I’d probably say that you’re only too old for this if you decide you’re too old for this.

You know, over the years we’ve worked with retired individuals right into their 70s.

In fact, a couple of students in their 80s have gone on to earn income on the internet so there’s no doubt about it that the answer is ­ nobody is too old to do this as long as they want to do it.

Several years ago one of the difficulties with being successful on the internet is the technology inside was a lot more complicated—getting set up with websites, different business models. Just to get them off the ground took a lot more technical know­how.

So if you were somebody who maybe isn’t used to technology—you don’t like change—then you wouldn’t be getting off to the best possible start.

However, the great thing about what we’ve been able to do here with our business model is leverage a kind of out­ of ­the ­box system—there are some things that you need to learn about the system, there’s a few things that you need to do to set up but it really is just about following a series of videos.

And I would say this ­ when I look at all of the successful students over the years, the one thing that they had in common certainly hasn’t been how old they are.

It’s been about their will to do this, it’s been about their commitment to actually following the training, putting things into practice and making things happen. And I’ve got to tell you a couple of things. I’m extremely passionate about helping, let’s say the baby boomer era, I think they have an amazing job to give us the opportunities that we have today.

Without my parents’ generation, for example, doing the good things that they’ve done—society would be very different, we wouldn’t have the opportunities that we have right now. And I think this is a great way for us to give back. So I love working with the older students—baby boomers, if you like.

The other thing I would say is that one of the things I think people fear when they’re maybe a little older, is that in getting started in business there’s not going to be other people like them to network with; maybe they won’t fit in, maybe, you know, they’re going to turn up at our events and they’re going to be the oldest person in the room.

And I could put your mind at rest, you know, actually I discovered the average age at this time in the SFM community is late forties (40s) —at forty eight (48) to be precise—and that’s the average age and we have so many members who are in their fifties (50s), sixties (60s), even seventies (70s) who are doing this. And I know there are other educational companies out there who are experiencing exactly the same.

I think there’s a lot of people who are coming up to retirement or who have retired and they want an opportunity to be able to live life as best as they possibly can and quite often that means more money. But they don’t want to be working in a supermarket or they don’t want to be doing some type of part­ time job.

Many, many of our students have said ­ I’m overqualified for most of the part ­time jobs out there. I’ve got a lot of experience in dealing with customers or I’ve been a consultant or being in retail jobs in the past.

So they want to feel challenged and they want to do something that’s exciting and I think an internet business offers all of that. So definitely ­no worries at all when it comes to being too old to work with our community and start a business on the internet.

If you’re interested in learning more about our system or wondering how you can get started working online today, I highly recommend you click here and watch this video.

Keeping Your Passion Alive


The Lifestyle Team

How To Achieve Success in Today’s Digital Age

How To Achieve Success in Today’s Digital Age

Most people, including myself at one point, believed that achieving a high level of success was only meant for people with ‘special or extraordinary talents’.


I used to always believe that high level entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson, Steve Jobs or Bill Gates would only be capable of achieving extraordinary results.


Yet, as I made my way passed my young adulthood years, I started to question all of this due to the rapid growth of the digital economy.


It’s safe to say that we all live in an information age where opportunities are widely available for people to break away from the traditional 9 to 5 job to pursue working for themselves.


You see, the rise of entrepreneurship has grown tremendously over the past few years and I couldn’t help but notice the major impact they are making on many industries to this day.


With entrepreneurship becoming more common in today’s society, I started to gather my thoughts on what those defining factors were that enables today’s entrepreneurs to achieve such a high level of success, of which people back in the pre digital age would find quite difficult if not impossible to achieve.


Having left my job 2 years ago to pursue a lifestyle business with three other entrepreneurs, I for one truly believe that anyone has the capability to work for themselves and achieve a similar level of success as we are prime examples of achieving it ourselves.



So today I thought I’d share with you reasons why success in today’s digital age is more possible to achieve and why overcoming the barriers to starting a business have never been easier.


1. Cost Effective Marketing


As we all know, Marketing is the lifeblood of any business. With the use of technology and the world wide web in today’s digital age, getting exposure and marketing for your business is much cheaper and easier to attain.


Let’s take a step backwards for a minute..


Before the world wide web ever existed, many entrepreneurs and companies would rely solely on expensive platforms such as Television, Radio and Newspapers to get their advertising messages across. As you would know, these platforms required top dollars so only high profiled corporations and individuals would utilise these platforms for their marketing efforts leaving small business owners struggling to get their foot into the door.


Luckily, in today’s information age, the world wide web is rapidly changing the game of how marketing is done.


Many entrepreneurs are now leveraging the internet to get their messages across to the right market.


Online social media platforms such as Youtube, Facebook and Instagram are quickly becoming the primary choices for marketing for many businesses and entrepreneurs.



The Lifestyle Team in Palawan, Philippines

Not only do I believe these platforms are extremely powerful in terms of engaging with your customers and getting the right messages across to a more targeted audience, but they are high performing and extremely cost effective which has widely contributed to the success of many individuals and businesses to this date, including ourselves.


Personally in our online business, we would have never been able to achieve a 6 figure income in just over a year if we didn’t master the art of marketing online through Youtube and Facebook.


These platforms personally worked like gang busters for us. This is why I believe anyone can achieve success in their business as long as they have the patience and determination to learn how to maximize these platforms for their marketing efforts.


2. Unlimited access to knowledge


stock-3-1Gone are those days where access to information was limited. Due to this beautiful thing we call the Internet, information on literally anything can be accessed within seconds!


This has provided so many more opportunities for people to venture out and learn new skill sets. People can now access critical information on video clips, webinars, podcasts and interview recordings.


13384880_10154100172180295_357318873_nPersonally, I have learnt so much and attained many new skill sets such as website building,implementing new marketing strategies and editing quality videos simply by looking for this information online. As a result, it has given me the opportunity to take our business to the next level which has given us the chance to really stay on track on the road to success without making mistakes that could have been easily avoided.


3. Never stop adapting to new technology!


Those businesses who aren’t keeping up with technology and industry trends are bound to fall behind.


You need to understand that in order to set yourself up for success, you need to set up systems and run your business as efficiently as possible, and this can all be done by utilising and keeping up with today’s technology.



The Lifestyle Team w/ our business mentor Jay Kubassek

A big reason why we have experienced tremendous results in our online business is because our business runs on autopilot. We have set up systems online such as sales funnels, lead generation tactics and autoresponders which in return has allowed us to run our business as efficiently and smoothly as possible without having to physically be in the office 24/7 of the day.


In addition, having this time freedom allows us to focus our efforts on finding more ways to take our business to the next level and maximizing our results which ultimately enables us to achieve our goals faster.


One’s success really depends on how you make use of today’s technology in your business so that the business works for you and not vice versa.



It’s suffice to say that we are surrounded by so many opportunities to do something bigger and be someone greater than we ever anticipated we could ever be.


Overcoming barriers when starting a business has never been easier as we now have all the resources and tools today to make something happen for ourselves.

I know this because having left my job to embark on my entrepreneurial journey two years ago, I have truly learnt the importance of having to adapt to change and keeping up with the digital economy in order to achieve long term success.


We all have big aspirations and dreams in life and in today’s economy, anything is now possible. If there was one thing you could take away from this article, it is to start taking action.


Take action towards whatever it is you want to achieve and use the resources we have today to help lead you to success.


Until next time,

Merrilee – Co Founder of Lifestyle By My Own Design






Should I Start An Online Business?

Should I Start An Online Business?

Starting up an online business has many advantages as well as concerns for those who aren’t sure on whether to take their business online or even start up an online business from scratch.

In this video I will be addressing the most common concerns as well as the advantages of starting an online business.

This should open your mind to what is actually happening in this present online/internet boom and clarify whether this is the way to go.

I hope you enjoy this very authentic video based on statistics as well as my own online experience.

Hope you enjoy it 🙂



Overview on what will be addressed in this video



1.Do I need lots of time and money?
2.What if I have no idea on how to use technology?
3.Can you really make a lot of money online?


1. No more chasing customers or cold calling

2. (Target your market)- Targeting the correct people by key words etc

3. Automation

4. No geographical constraints

5. Low overheads

6. Make money faster

7.Time Freedom

8. Location Independence

9. Reduced risks

10.Take your business to another level (Scalability)


Warm Regards


Be Yourself, Have Fun, and Get Paid…

Be Yourself, Have Fun, and Get Paid…

Last week I met people from all walks of the planet, including former doctors, lawyers, accountants, and many from the world of finance.


Some of these people had been working for over 30 years until they made the decision to transition into the world of digital entrepreneurship.


Many of them left well-paid six figure salaries to create their very own laptop lifestyle using the the same system and platform we used ourselves to leave the corporate world.


The thing that amazed me the most is that so many of these ex-corporates was that being an expert in their respective fields didn’t necessarily define who they truly were.


As we dug deeper into their stories I found most (including myself) exposing their true selves for the very first time.


Here’s what I mean…


Some had life long passions for music, art, and serving others. I even met one guy who use to DJ outside his corporate gig.


What if you could be fully self-expressed and earn money on your own terms?


That is what creating a laptop lifestyle is all about. Creating a business that gives you the freedom to finally pursue what you’re actually passionate about.


Most people are sceptical, but our community members are living proof their is definitely a different way of doing things…


So today I shot a quick video message about this but also a very insightful one…



Enjoy the video!









The Education That Changed My Life

The Education That Changed My Life

Today I wanted to share a piece of my puzzle.


I have been asked to explain how my life has changed since I signed up to my online journey.


I have truthfully answered it in a small one minute video which shares the rewards and memories that I have been able to create.


At the age of 19, I flew over to Australia from South Africa and had only myself to rely on.


I quickly found 5 part time jobs and then decided to study so that I could stay longer in Australia.


I later found it difficult because I had to answer to a boss, my opinions didn’t matter, I didn’t get along with everyone at work, I was stuck in traffic for an hour, never got time off to visit my family and friends and I hated that silly alarm clock going off 7days a week, playing the most annoying song to wake up to.


Thank goodness I’m not stuck in a life like that anymore!


I have been blessed to have found an education which has changed my life for the better.


I didn’t have to struggle finding a job, uplift myself nor rely on other people. I have been able to control my business and take it into any direction I want.


I am also able get the support I need from people who have the same mindset and goals as I have, people that actually care.


This is just a small example of how rewarding our online business is.


Hope you enjoy the video 🙂



Speak soon,







What Do We Actually Do? (Frequently Asked Question)

What Do We Actually Do? (Frequently Asked Question)

We get so many questions asking us..

“What is it that we actually do”

Below I’ve attached a video that answers this exact question and what our lifestyle business is truly all about.
In essence, we have learnt how to use and leverage the internet by using a step by step system, the same system we used to quit our 9-5 jobs and earn passive income.

Our entire aim behind our business is to empower people to take action and follow their dreams.

So I hope you enjoy this video and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send them through using the comment section below 🙂



Speak soon,

Sandrine – Co Founder of Lifestyle By My Own Design


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