How Veronica Dawn built a £14,000 a month watercolour painting business
Tell us why you wanted to start an online business?
I come from a tiny village in South West England, and I had always imagined what it would be like to live in the city. So, I was encouraged by my parents to work hard and stay focused on my career. I started in an electronics firm, and have been there for nearly 15 years, working up to the position of Sales Director.
After working all hours, I now own a beautiful apartment overlooking the river in London, and I travel once or twice month for work. I have a pretty rewarding lifestyle, but I didn’t have enough time for my own personal ambitions. I wanted to travel for pleasure as well as work, spend more time with my family and meet a guy, settle down.
But I had been feeling more and more unfulfilled by my career and my priorities were changing. So I decided to explore new ways of earning money, and having what I want, without losing my current lifestyle. It was a big ask.
How did you hear about Kavit Haria and the Automated Business System program?
When I decided to start looking for a new way to earn an income and get the time freedom I really wanted, I started researching online.
In one of my searches, I came across a series of videos and articles that Kavit had produced and shared on his blog. I became slightly addicted to reading and watching them and couldn’t wait for Kavit’s new posts each week.
I also saw an advert on Facebook for a conference and decided to attend. I didn’t know at the time that Kavit would be speaking there, but I was really excited to hear his talk, which inspired me to find out more.
Kavit personally talked with me about his Automated Business System. I was drawn by his passion and commitment to support me in launching a new business, and decided I would sign up to the program.
What was the ABS process like?
Although I could see how an online business would give me the kind of income and time freedom I want, my biggest concern was not knowing what business idea would work. Knowing Kavit would be on hand to help me navigate this confusing area gave me a lot of confidence.
In our first consultation, Kavit helped me write a list of 35 different business ideas, and walked me through his G.A.T. method of reviewing, refining and selecting a profitable business idea.
What I found really exciting was that the idea we finally settled on was one of my favourite hobbies, a passion I just haven’t had time for in the last 30 years — watercolour painting.
The next step was to decide on a business model, and although I was interested in painting, I didn’t want to sell my own art.
So we looked at teaching. I’ve always had friends of friends ask me to run classes or teach them to paint with watercolours, but I’ve never followed it through. The thought of teaching someone through the web, although frightening, really excited me.
We decided on creating a 4-part video course, where I would run through everything I knew to help someone learn watercolour painting. I planned a series of lessons and I worked with Kavit’s team to develop the videos.
Kavit’s team created the membership site, the marketing funnel, the website, the email sequences, the free teaser material, the sales system, sales material, video promotion to use on social media and automated everything.
It was unbelievable, really, but within 7 weeks of investing in the ABS process, I was the owner of a brand new online business. It felt so good!
The next stage of marketing and mentoring is what Kavit calls the most important stage of the whole process. After all, I had to get people to visit my site. But after launching my business and the continuing level of support I received from the team, I felt very confident about the whole process.
During our first mentoring call, we followed Kavit’s marketing template and wrote a 12-month plan of daily, weekly, fortnightly and quarterly tactics and strategies to implement.
I was given access to the Student Training Area where I got excellent and detailed video training on everything social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn) as well as SEO, blogging, and e-mail marketing.
Kavit and I scheduled a check-in call every two weeks where I updated him on my activity, results, failings and that really helped me stay focused.
How has the Automated Business System affected your life?
Investing in the Automated Business System was a fantastic decision, and one I’m really happy about. For starters, I’m actually working on something I enjoy, that I can call my own. I now have a lot more flexibility in my schedule, with less pressure and demands on my time.
I “officially” launched my business on January 1st, 2014. By March 1st, I had achieved £9900 in total sales. By April 1st, I was making £7900 per month. I started working on a second online course, which I released on June 1st. I am currently making £14,000 per month.
I also handed in my resignation and left my job on September 1st, 2014.
Your Next Step:
If you want to build your own lifestyle freedom online business, we can help. At Insider Internet Success, we help people turn their idea into reality by formulating a commercially viable business model for the web. We design, develop, create and implement all of a client’s marketing and sales funnels and launch their business. We also provide marketing mentoring to help you get to your first $100,000 in sales in your first year. Automated Business System is our total end-to-end business transformation system. The first step is to find out if this is right for you, and if we’d be a good fit to support you in your own goals and ambitions. Click the button to apply for a free Strategy Session.
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