“I help bloggers retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging.”
– Ryan Biddulph
Ryan Biddulph is a fascinating person to know and befriend. He’s a blogging authority, of course – but a lot mot more. I first came across him when he started connecting with me by commenting on my blogs. I started watching what he was doing and realized it was his standout “connecting” strategy – one that made his blog, website, and online business go forward at speed. I bought his books and tried his methods – lo and behold, they started working for me too.
Ryan Biddulph has gone places with his blogging, literally and figuratively. He is an inveterate traveler. On his blog are enviable pictures of him on sandy beaches, sylvan hillsides, quaint towns, and other heavenly places dotted across the Earth. Meanwhile, his blog posts have been featured on sites like Richard Bransonâs Virgin Blog, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fox News, Positively Positive, Life Hack.org, John Chow.com, Neil Patel.com, Pro Blogger, and Blogging Tips.com. He has given speeches to students at NYU, and his array of books fly off the shelves from Amazon. He’s been featured on over 200 blogs since he launched his own blog in 2014.
While Ryan and his wife Kelli live in gorgeous Savusavu, Fiji, his business and blog live at his website – aptly called “Blogging From Paradise” (https://www.bloggingfromparadise.com/)
The beauty of Ryan’s life as a solopreneur – the reason he is so unique from the rest of the solopreneur crowd – is that he melds his many deep and driving passions together. His passions for the outer life, for the inner life, for travel, for blogging, and for connecting … all blend into a harmonious whole that seems to fill his soul with freedom and happiness. That touches you when he passes by your site and drops a word, or when you read what he has written. In a way, you can feel the pull of Ryan’s energy, and it impacts you and uplifts you.
In the interview below, he talks about when, how, and why he became a solopreneur, how he enjoys his work and life, what makes his mindset special to him, and what strategies help him achieve whatever fulfills him.
THE RYAN BIDDULPH INTERVIEW
1. What were you doing in your career before you became a solopreneur, and for how long?
I worked a few different corporate jobs for about 6 years before I became a solopreneur.
2. What was that moment like when you decided to become a solopreneur, and what spurred it?
No one moment stands out; however, pondering the idea of trading time for money through jobs gave me clarity in seeking a life of freedom. I tired of giving up my freedom. I knew a better way existed.
3. What specific starter steps did you take to launch yourself as a solopreneur and where do you work from?
I began blogging, learned about the blogging tips niche and began networking, too. Creating and connecting laid the framework for my solopreneur campaign.
We never do this gig solo from a genuine perspective because success is in prospering co-creations, between fellow solopreneurs, their customers, clients and brand advocates.
4. What is your specific solopreneur business model and why did you particularly choose this?
I simply create and connect. Doing these things and opening income streams is what I do.
5. How long has it been since you became a solopreneur and how has the journey been so far?
The journey has been 13 years in the making. Like any experience in life, I have experienced freedom and fear, joy and pain, clarity and madness. I feel this is life; the full range of emotions. Anything more is a slow march toward death.
6. What is your niche and who are your target audiences? How did you make these decisions?
Blogging tips, and bloggers from the blogging tips niche make up the Blogging From Paradise target. I noted many travel bloggers who struggled to blog full time. Spotting the struggle goaded me to target these bloggers, who needed simple blogging tips to blog effectively.
7. What kinds of clients or customers do you look for as a good fit for you, and how do you acquire them?
Anyone who resonates with my school of thought vibes with me. I do not acquire anyone; they come to me based on my creating and connecting. Being the hunted is easier than being the hunter.
8. Between creating your own products, servicing client projects, marketing, and admin work how do you divide your time?
My income flows 100% through passive income streams these days. Client streams have completely dissolved. I am 100% invested in marketing my blog and business in front of as many folks as possible.
9. What stresses you out the most – time management, money management or workload management?
Stress? Whatâs that, Shobha?
10. Do your main workstyle challenges as a solopreneur include loneliness, depression, or burnout?
11. What are the rewards you get from the solopreneurship workstyle? What makes it awesome for you?
Freedom is the reward. I work when I want, from anywhere in the world. Few humans boast this level of freedom because most people are slaves to people, places or even time. I do not use an alarm. I do not set a schedule. I am not a slave to time.
12. What is a typical day like in your solopreneur life? How do you achieve work-life balance?
I strengthen my mind, create and connect, hike in nature and watch some streaming video for light entertaiment. My life is simple; no need to make a simple life balanced, because life is inherently simple, balanced and peaceful. Frenzied egos are the only maddening elements creating the illusion of imbalance.
13. How do you maintain motivation, mojo, consistency, discipline and rigor in your solopreneur business?
I harbor none of these mental qualities Shobha because all originate from fear-force, suggesting I need to go against something to succeed. I do what I love to create less and less resistance to my solopreneur gig. Doing what I love builds success momentum. My love carries itself. I keep blogging.
14. How do you handle business or personal setbacks? Do you have a support system to fall back on, or a community to share with?
I face, feel and release fears in my mind fueling the setbacks. Every disappointment contains the seed of some fear in mind needing embracing and releasing in order to learn from the uncomfortable experience. Christ helps me through any rough circumstances. I read a book called A Course in Miracles and practice the principles daily. This book has been a freeing guide for living, for me.
15. Do you work 100% alone in your business or do you also outsource some work to freelancers?
I outsource design and development but other than that, network freely to build a huge, loyal friend network.
16. In what areas of your work do you outsource and what are your vendor quality criteria?
17. Since your work is in such an interesting niche, what are some key trends in your space?
More people seem to be working remotely these days. Starting a side blogging business seems resonant for work at home employees, for a fun, freeing way to increase income.
18. How do you make time to grow yourself through constant learning and upskilling in your niche? What’s your method?
I do not make time because it is already there; we all have 24 hours daily. I value freedom. Valuing freedom influences me to build my day AROUND personal growth, versus doing the mad thing of making personal growth an after-thought, sacrifice or some other insane concept.
Why does the human ego make fun, freedom, growth and peace an afterthought to try to squeeze in while devoting a lifetime to living in fear, survival mode and the rat race? This concept seems insane to me.
Make life fun, freedom and peace. Build your life around growth, liberation and fulfillment, not regression, enslavement and frustration.
Thanks, Ryan, for this uplifting interview!
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