Suitcase entrepreneur, Natalie Sisson, has made it her passion to help adventurous people run their life from anywhere. Having traveled to 63 countries and owning banking accounts in 4 countries with which to manage her six-figure income, Natalie Sisson intends to continue traveling and living life according to her own terms.
Having been a model, a corporate employee, a TV presenter, an athlete of different sports, and even a Moto-X racer, nothing holds Natalie back from getting everything she wants out of life. Her products, blog, and overall advice can help other people live their lives without limits too.
1. Obviously traveling is a big passion in your life. Was it your love of traveling that spurred your career?
In some round about way yes I think it was. I didn’t set up my business to travel full time but I did set it up to have more freedom in life and the minute I realised I could do it from anywhere I set about making that a reality.
2. When did you first realize that this lifestyle you now have was a possibility?
When I took off to Buenos Aires, Argentina to `test’ whether I could live in other countries and run my business effectively. That was late 2010 when I literally had just started making money through an in person social media bootcamp and then taking that into an online program.
3. You have had a variety of experiences in your life from modeling to the corporate world to being an entrepreneur. How would you say these experiences have added to who you are today and what you provide to your clients
They’ve made me a far more well-rounded person that’s for sure. Each of these things has shaped my experience and outlook on the world and I would hope make me more aware of what I’m capable of, what I enjoy doing, what sucks my energy, how to present myself, relate to others and put what I’ve learned to the test to help others.
4. What do you think makes a good entrepreneur?
The ability to hustle, combined with hardwork and an unshakeable vision of what they want to achieve.
5. You offer quite a few options for people to learn about becoming a Suitcase entrepreneur. Which is your best seller? You e-books? Your courses? Your coaching?
It’s a combination actually. I’d say the eBooks and guides are a great entry level access to my work for those wanting to learn a lot with a smaller investment. They usually then transition into my programs with more coaching and training and then others just make the leap to one-on-one coaching when they know they’re ready for it. I also have seen success with affiliate marketing through the products and programs I wholeheartedly recommend to others and receive a commission for in return if people buy them.
6. What sacrifices have you made in order to be an entrepreneur? What advice would you give to anyone considering the entrepreneurial lifestyle?
My life! No just kidding. A steady income, a cushy job, and being able to switch off after 5pm. I don’t really see them as sacrifices because I totally love what I do but you have to be in this for the long haul and you have to be energized by what you do as entrepreneurship is one heck of a roller coaster ride, even when you start to be successful.
7. What people inspired you the most on your journey? Can you recommend any books, products or websites that helped you along the way?
Progress and results inspire me. If I can see that all the work I’m doing is getting me somewhere and making an impact I’m inspired to do and be more.
Great books have been Linchpin by Seth Godin, Start with WhyProblogger and Copyblogger helped me immensely when starting out, Think Traffic I enjoy and the Art of NonConformity. But I’m big time into podcasts these days for learning like School of Greatness, Fizzle, Content Warfare and Eventual Millionaire.
8. Any past failures? how did you get over them? What motivates you to keep going when times are difficult?
Oh I try to fail fast and often. It’s the best way to learn and grow. I have learned to remove my ego from the equation as much as possible and realise it’s not all about me or what I did or didn’t do but often about the market, the niche, the content, the message the product.
I turn to TED.com for motivational speeches when I’m less than enthused which isn’t often as well as my own peers and mentors plus these great podcasts to get me back on track. That or funny movies!
9. As far as growing your own business, how do you market yourself and your ventures? What is your best advice in regards to promoting a business?
I’m just myself through and through and once I stopped hiding behind my corporate cloak of old days in how I spoke and thought I should act I really started to resonate with my community. I’m straight up, no BS, very generous and completely honest. I figure everybody needs to just be their best self always and the momentum and success will come.
I adore my blog and social media plus my podcast and videos to create a consistent brand that’s ‘everywhere’ to the right people and I continue to tell a story and take people on a journey offering advice along the way that they can take action on.
10. You mention that you have a six-figure income which is incredibly impressive to many people. Would you say this is a possibility for other people too?
I don’t think it’s that impressive - it’s just a number people aspire to what’s more impressive to me is to live a life you love and have a business that supports it. I think you can do that for a lot less in life and be very happy. Anything is possible when you put your mind to it and have a clear vision for what you want to achieve.
11. What advice would you give to someone just now thinking there might be some possibility that they too could make a real living that enables them to actively pursue their passions in life?
Honestly? Read my book The Suitcase Entrepreneur as it’s all about what’s possible backed up by practical tips and resources to make it happen. I poured my heart and soul into make that book uber valuable.
12. As traveling is perhaps one of the biggest passions of your life, what are your aspirations in that department? Do you have a particular goal in mind?
To slow down and take in places for longer periods of time while immersing myself in the culture and creating meaningful relationships with the locals and people I want to surround myself with. So next year I’m aiming for 3-4 months in one place rather than week to week to month.
13. What's next for you? Any plans for the future in terms of your business or lifestyle?
Launching my flaghship program which I’m super excited about as it’s a culmination of all the work, products and programs I’ve ever produced rolled into one massively useful program of learning and accountability in business and life.
That combined with more time off in one place and a business that runs without me a lot of the time while providing fantastic value to my community and clients
Thank You Natalie
Natalie Sisson is a global adventurer and digital nomad who has been based out of her suitcase for over three years, running her 6-figure online business from her laptop while traveling the world. Visit her at suitcaseentrepreneur.com or on Twitter at @suitcasepreneur