Hi, My name is Chris.
I’m the Head Coach here at The Big Picture Academy, and my mission is to help you build a small business that gives you the flexibility and freedom to work from anywhere in the world.
You may be here because you want to do more meaningful work.
Perhaps you’re fed up with your job and the time has come for you to work for yourself.
Maybe you just want to work from home in your underwear while your pet snuggles up to you.
…Or simply be able to travel anywhere, whenever you feel like it…
It could be that you’re just dissatisfied with the way things are going and are looking to make significant changes in your life.
Regardless of the reason, thank you for being here.
To be honest, I’m just a normal dude who’s figured something out over the last 4 years of traveling and working for myself.
The Big Picture Academy is dedicated entirely to teaching you what I’ve learned, and helping you do the same thing. No pretension. No BS.
Are you so eager to get started that you can’t finish reading this about page?
Grab our free course on How to Make Your First $1,000 Online and I will start helping you build that business today. Immediately. Right now.
Why The Big Picture Academy? (The Backstory)
It all started with a desk.
A suit. And an office.
In the City of London.
I spent 60 hours a week at this desk. It was mind numbing work that left me feeling drained and uninspired. It didn’t matter if I gave it my 110%, or 10% – the end result, the income, and the recognition would all be the same.
I thought having that desk, with my sweet views of the City and the prestige that went along with the title were exactly what I wanted in life.
I quickly realized…it wasn’t. When I graduated from one of the best universities in the world I had two goals for myself:
- I wanted to own my own business
- I wanted to travel the world
I wasn’t closing in on neither of those, and the longer I stayed in that position, the more money I made, and the more comfortable I became. But the farther I’d be from obtaining the lifestyle that I really wanted.
Does this sound familiar?
Well, in the end I left and never looked back.
I started a little website called Blue Compass to hold myself accountable for the changes I wanted to make in my life.
Less than 12 months later I’d left my job, sold my car, and moved to Indonesia to have the adventure I’d been dreaming about. I also went there so that I could give myself time to learn the skills necessary to create a business that would allow me to have my dream lifestyle not just for a few months, but for the rest of my life.
I spent the next few years continuing to grow Blue Compass, while also working as a freelancer to pay the bills.
I unintentionally stumbled across a 3-step process that allows anyone to build a lifestyle business, that I’ve now taught hundreds of other people over the last few years. This site is the epitome of that journey.
Back then, this site was two separate entities, which were combined into one in the summer of 2017.
- Blue Compass – This was the blog component. We had over 300 blog posts on this site, and we are slowly migrating the content.
- Honest Nomads – Originally this was just our high-end, proven course and community where we helped the most dedicated people build their businesses.
Now what used to be “Honest Nomads” is known as “The Big Picture Academy” it’s the same brilliant community, but we now have even more videos, step-by-step strategies, and members.
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Getting Started with The Big Picture Academy
If this is your first time here, then welcome! You can get started by digging into the archives, or checking out some of my favorite posts here:
For the Beginners:
- How To Transform Your Life In The Next 30 Days
- The Only Two Things You Need For Massive Success
- Why Putting Things In Writing Helped Me Achieve My Goals (And Why You Should Do It Too)
- How To Find Your First Client Online
For More Advanced Entrepreneurs:
- Real Estate: A Real Business Opportunity
- How To Be The Smartest Guy In The Room (And Still Have Friends)
- How Best To Invest Your Savings? Launch A Brand On Amazon
The Big Picture Academy Philosophy
If I had to guess, I would say that you were attracted to this site because you wanted to create a sexy business. Passive Income. Affiliate marketing. Ecommerce. Software. Social Media Agency. Becoming an influencer.
Well, make no mistake. That’s exactly what everyone wants.
Even though we teach you exactly how to do all that, we do not recommend you start there.
Sure, these fancy businesses are what get people excited. In reality though, they are difficult to get off the ground…
Unless you are absolutely sure that you have the skills and mental toughness to be successful with those, we recommend a different starting point (worry not though! you’ll get there soon enough).
Imagine you wanted to build a house, right? If you don’t build the foundation first, chances are it would fall apart pretty damn quickly. And that’s exactly what happens when you’re not focused on the immediate next step in your journey, but you’re instead looking at the end goal. That’s what happens when you jump into the dream of a passive income business.
After a few months the new entrepreneur fails to make progress, gets disappointed, and gives up.
That’s why we recommend the ultra-boring approach to online entrepreneurship.
It takes more time, it’s not fancy but it works and at the end of the day is a very simple process.
Step 1: Get The Required Knowledge & Skills (Building Your Foundation)
Irrespectively of what you want to ultimately do online there are certain skills that will serve you incredibly well if you can get a basic knowledge of them.
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
- Offering Social Media Services To Businesses
- Creating a website with WordPress
- Fundamentals of Adobe Suite & Design
- Online marketing best practices
- Direct Sales (For The Online Landscape)
So step one of our processes is to learn these skills in a hands on manner, by creating your own website to use as a training ground.
A place where you can get hands on, experiment with trial and error, and create confidence in your ability to run an online business.
Step 2: Pick a Skill You’re Great at and Freelance
Freelancing is by far the easiest way to generate income on the internet.
It’s as simple as that. By freelancing you’ll generate the income and confidence needed to help you leave your job, travel, and grow a business for yourself.
It’s not as sexy as those “passive income” businesses mentioned above, but starting here will lay the foundation for success in those other businesses a few months down the road.
Step 3: Start Building Your “Sexy” Business
Once you have learned all the right skills, have some income coming in on a monthly basis, and are confident in your ability to generate money for yourself – then and only then will you start the sexy business that you’ve always wanted.
Being in a place where you don’t have to worry about your passive income business generating money right away is huge. Because it allows you to build the business the right way, and take your emotions out of it.
In the end you’ll have multiple streams of revenue, the freedom to work from anywhere you please, and a business you can be proud of.
Ready to Get Started? Join our community here.
Need a little more convincing? Get started with our free course here:
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