We were supposed to speak to Jo Barnes last Friday but the internet connection in Hong Kong let us down for some reason, so we re-scheduled for today when she was back home in Thailand. What would have been interesting had the interview gone ahead as planned is that we could have called last Friday Passion Day, as Jo was our third guest on the trot who’s on fire with her business right now, majorly in love.
She started online in 2010 and describes herself as the greenest of green back then with a couple of hilarious examples. But she learned fast and by 2011 she made $117,000 in her first launch of her social network academy (first iteration)) all done from a webinar in her Mum’s lounge in Bracklesham Bay!
Now Jo and her partner and her daughter currently live in Phuket but Jo knows they are not far away from putting down some more permanent roots, so her daughter can go to school and have a bedroom she can paint and a dog. Jo’s partner is Australian, and they have Brisbane and the Gold Coast in their sights. Their business team is based in the Philippines and Jo’s partner travels to and from there quite a lot too, but their travels all started with just six weeks house-sitting for Daniel Wagner in Cyprus after selling all their worldly goods for just £900!
Jo’s interests have moved from wanting to create an income online which would enable them to chase the sun to a much more central interest in business. Her ideal client is a passionate entrepreneur who wants to build a business and who recognises that online is just part of that, not the whole. She told us about the mentors she’d met and studied with but how inspirational she found it to hear Brian Tracy speak live in San Diego and how the hairs on the back of her neck stood up and how everything changed from that point….