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180 of 201 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2013
First up I must state that reading about Natalie online and having bought her book, I get the feeling she is a really lovely person who is enjoying life and loves to travel. She seems like someone I could really get on with and whose company I would enjoy.

However, there are so many new books out with people selling a dream. How does Natalie make her money? By selling her information products and the information products of others which is mostly information freely available on the internet. I suppose the best part of the book is the list of business tools that Natalie refers to such as Asana, Hootsuite, ODesk, Elance, Google Anayltics, etc. I knew about most of the tools, but there are some that I did not know about that I will investigate. If you check out Natalie's blog at Suitcaseentrepreneur.com you will find these tools here.

It seems like a lot of the lifestyle entrepreneurs work togother, promoting each other's books and tools. But my feeling is that they are really selling the dream. They promote each other's books, sell to each other's lists and do joint ventures, give each other book reviews etc. (this is great marketing, so well done)

I have my own business and my aim is to have my business run completely without me, so that I can travel a few months a year and play sport a few hours a day and socialise more. However, I am doing this by running an actual business, providing great products that clients want, setting up better systems and hiring great people and providing an exceptional service to our clients and delighting them in every way possible. This involves a lot of hard work and trying to be better at what we do every single day. We work hard and slowly but surely I am getting more time to work on new ventures and play my sport.

So the lifestyle books I am interested in are written by people who actually have businesses or who have had businesses that operate so well that they can take more time off.

Natalie's book is not this. I question what her business is. Is is being an affiliate? Is it selling digital information which is mostly freely available? I think so. So after you read her book and go to her website, that is where you starts making her money, by the courses you buy from her, like a business toolkit etc. And all credit to her for doing well.

Maybe a better title should be how to make money as an affiliate, or how to make money by publishing a book and then getting a list and selling internet marketing related products. I am sure that Natalie is super bright and super organised. She probably helps a lot of people with their internet marketing, social media etc.

If you're in business, there are so many great books out there, including What Clients Love by Harry Beckwith, Tycoon by Peter Jones, Think and Grow Rich ( you can download this for free ) so don't pay for it. etc etc. For an excellent internet marketing book, Christine Clayfield's From Newbie to Millionaire is such good value for what you get.

So in summary, there might be some useful tips in her book like the online tools I mention above. I have a library of business books. It comes down to focus, niche, let's not try to be all things to everyone, amazing service, systems, delegation, staff incentives and always great products and great service and gratitude.

Hope my review has been useful to you all.
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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2013
This is an okay book with some good info. I've been pretty much doing this lifestyle for several years now, in a handful of countries. Based on that I know there's some value in the author's advice. Where the books falls short is delving into the details needed for the average Joe or Jill to pull off the lifestyle without a lot of trial and error.

What I find most annoying about the book and the reason for dinging one of those stars is the author's incessant self promotion of her other books starting very early on and continuing throughout the book. I often got the impression I purchased a sales brochure instead of a stand alone book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2014
I agree with some of the other posts. A+ on selling the dream and great for obtaining many resources to use, but not necessarily how to execute it. There is a lot of information that I didn't find particularly useful about traveling and living on the road, that other people might have found more useful. I don't know that I would recommend the book to anyone, but I enjoyed the read for what it was worth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2014
The author covers a lot of ground in a short amount of time. Because of this it may not be as detailed as some people need.

However, it is a wonderful introduction to online business and a life of travelling. While I definitely am someone who values having a home base and would never want to live entirely out of a suitcase, her tips on travel I found very useful. From sites for places to stay and the best ways to find free wi-fi, to information about visas and travel insurance. This book is definitely a resource guide I will refer to in the future.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I have read countless books on self-improvement, career-hacking and start your business how-to's. So when the Suitcase Entrepreneur came across my radar, I jumped at the chance to read it. Now, I am far from the "I'm quitting my job cuz I my business just became successful" kind of guy but I have to say, the tips and ideas Natalie shared are practical even for the cubicle dwelling and vacation loving folks like me. Her tips on packing and what to bring for anywhere saved me time and baggage costs during my trip to Europe and Asia. Those savings alone paid for the cost of the book. Perhaps in the future I might consider to take a leap of faith and become an actual suitcase entrepreneur.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2013
Jam packed full of resources, and overflowing with tips and practical steps that help you become your own boss and live life by your own terms. A heavy-resource book. I love the book, the message, and the clear steps to take to create the life I want.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2013
Inspiring, real and much needed for the world of entrepreneurs pursuing a life of freedom and adventure!
Natalie brings you into the story of her business success to reveal that living a life like hers
is 100% possible if you get clear on what you want, work diligently and ignore the world that just calls
us dreamers. If you dream of a life of laptops and leisure...this book is the one for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2014
This book was exactly what I was looking for - inspiring with actionable information and steps that is told in an easy to read format. Well done in a sea of books talking about how to create a business from anywhere. This one stands out and I definitely recommend it for the adventurous online business soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2013
Freedom business builders can easily lose their way among those things to learn and to do before their make it. Natalie lays out a clear path for fellow entrepreneurs to follow with her own experiences, resources, and tips and tricks. I enjoy reading it and recommend to newbies and veterans alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2014
If you dream of working from anywhere and want practical advice and inspiration for making it happen, you should definitely read this. Natalie, this book and her other resources have been incredibly helpful for me and I believe will help you just as much!
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