Successful Lifestyle Businesses To Emulate

Waking up without an alarm clock in an exotic location I like to begin my day getting some exercise, quickly followed by getting my most important work done early. Depending on how my day goes I might meet a friend for lunch or an afternoon iced latte. Hopefully, I have some time in the late afternoon or early evening to enjoy some time outside before meeting my family for dinner. After that, I usually try to finish up my work for the week on my laptop so I can enjoy the long weekend I have planned ahead.

This is an ideal workweek for many of us. Getting our work done, staying healthy and enjoying time with friends and family. Usually in your hometown but with your passport as often as possible. This is not my current schedule but it will be and is my version of an ideal work/life balance that many of us are trying to achieve.

Below are successful lifestyle businesses that have achieved this ideal balance already. Entrepreneurs that were in our shoes not too long ago and are living the dream now. Here are the successful lifestyle businesses they created.

Music Teacher's Helper

You Teach. It Does the Rest. Powerful online software to help you manage the business aspects of running your private music teaching studio. Music Teacher's Helper saves teachers time and money by automating the business aspects of teaching private music lessons, through on-line software. 

Teachers can track student contact information, payments and lesson charges, schedules and events, items lent to students, student practice times, and much more. Along with automatic e-mail reminders, on-line student payments and even a free studio website, Music Teacher's Helper is the easiest way to manage your music studio.

Square 36

Their flagship product is a large 6' by 6' exercise mat designed for home workouts with your shoes on. Made with dense high-grade foam and an extra durable natural rubber top layer. They also have an 8' by 6' yoga mat. Made with a soft and plush foam blend that is non-toxic and scratch resistant.


Keynotopia contains over 10,000 vector user interface components designed in Keynote, PowerPoint, and OpenOffice. It is used by thousands of designers, entrepreneurs, program managers, developers, and teachers in over 80 countries.  And they have become the design and prototyping tool of choice at Fortune 500 companies, start-up incubators, design agencies, and universities.

View From The Wing

Advice for business travel and anyone who wants to travel more often. Tips on the best credit cards that have lucrative bonuses for points and miles just for signing up. For example the Chase Sapphire Preffered Card is currently offering a $0 fee the first year, $95 thereafter. 50,000 points after $4000 in spend within 3 months, no foreign currency conversion fees, double points on travel and dining, points transfer to United, Hyatt, Southwest, Amtrak, British Airways, Korean Airlines, Marriott Priority Club, Ritz-Carlton. Plus get another 5000 points by adding a no fee authorized user and making a purchase within those same 3 months.

Evernote Essentials

Evernote’s problem: it’s a blank canvas, an empty sheet of paper. You download it, fire it up and… now what? There are so many possibilities, it’s hard to get started. And once you do, it’s hard to know how to organize your Evernote data.

Your problem: you’ve heard the hype and you want to get started with this earth-shattering product, but you don’t want to spend hours upon weekends learning not only how to use it, but the best ways to use it.

Brett works for Evernote and offers a $13 guide that promises that you will be an Evernote expert in one afternoon.

Paleo Plan 

Weekly meal plans and shopping lists, hundreds of delicious recipes, and super-effective bodyweight workouts you can do from home. 

Sally is Registered and Licensed Dietitian with a Masters of Arts Degree in Applied Physiology. She oversees the creation of Paleo Plan's meal plans, along with writing regular blog posts and seeing clients as a personal Paleo coach. She is also an active Crossfitter.

Max is a trainer and owner at CrossFit 1440 in Southern California. He has personally coached many clients who have gone on to lose over 100 pounds and is a follower of the Paleo diet himself. Before CrossFit, Max was involved with bodybuilding and endurance training.


Nathalie Lussier, a software engineer and digital strategist that loves simplifying complicated systems into user-friendly tools and training. She teamed up with her husband Robin Li, and a small group of dedicated developers to bring you the best in class software for sensitive marketers.

Happy Knits

Happy Knits is all about the yarn and the crafting experience. Located in Portland, Oregon their goal is to provide an inviting, comfortable, and kid-friendly space where you can peruse their amazing yarn selection, discover a new favorite book, and of course, sit and knit. They specialize in natural fiber yarns that come in a plethora of colors and are competitively priced featuring both plant based and natural wools, plus unique, indie, and local dyers. You'll also find a curated selection of products and gifts from local artisans as well as small companies from around the world.

Alaska TourSaver

The team is committed to providing the best travel opportunities to discover the beauty and wonder of Alaska. They've hand-picked the participating vendors. Most of them are personal friends--and we have a vested interest in making sure you have a great time. The 2016 edition has more than $20,000 in travel savings. There are more than 130 2-for-1 offers: glacier cruises, rail trips, rafting, fishing, flightseeing, adventure trips, hotels, car rentals and cultural trips. Most of all, they want you to fall in love with Alaska--just like they did.

V6 Ranch

Nestled in the Cholame Valley, the V6 Ranch envelops 20,000 acres of the most diverse and alluring country in the heart of central California. Conveniently located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, just a four-hour drive from either city, the V6 Ranch offers the delight of bygone days in a world where fast is the average speed. This beautiful ranch offers activities to tickle the fancy of any person that seeks peace and quiet. The clean air and warm nights are ideal for laying out under the stars. The ranch offers trail rides, cattle drives, and horse camping. The V6 Ranch encourages people who own their own horses to take advantage of all this natural beauty while partaking in our horse camping. They offer over 50 scenic miles of trails to explore with maps and trail markers to show the way. The ranch also offers hiking, photography, over 200 varieties of wildflowers, wildlife, and bird watching.

Kinetic Koffee

Kinetic Koffee Company is a gourmet micro roaster, located in Arcata, California, in Humboldt County, surrounded by Redwood forests, raging rivers, and the Pacific Ocean. They specialize in super-premium, certified organic coffees from around the world. 

Their coffees are certified organic, shade grown, and governed by fair trade practices. Besides purchasing from environmentally aware vendors, they also contribute 10% of our net proceeds to charities to support worthy causes.

The definition of "kinetic" is "energetic or dynamic" or "resulting from motion." It's all about human powered activity, whether it's cycling, paddling, skiing or any other active sport. Participation in these activities demands enormous amounts of energy, stamina, dedication, and caffeine. As outdoor enthusiasts, Kinetic shares and celebrates these attributes.

The founding principals are former executives from the outdoor and cycling industries and have spent the past few years learning all they could about the world of super-premium coffees. They bring their knowledge and passion for the noble bean to you, the coffee aficionado.


Clockspot's online time clock makes timesheets and payroll painless. No more paper, messy spreadsheets or manual calculations. Employees clock in from any smartphone or web browser. You choose how and where employees are allowed to clock in. View a real-time feed of the tasks your employees are tackling on a simple, uncluttered interface. Employees can see their own hours so that they know their time is being calculated properly.


LapDawg is founded on the idea that the future of computing is mobile. They design products that help users stay online healthier and comfortably for longer periods of time. They design innovative portable stands that help users compute safely, and more comfortably for longer periods of time.


EarPeace improves the quality of any live music or festival experience, not to mention sporting events, loud bars or the movies. It’s not just an ear plug - it’s a lifestyle. The EarPeace high fidelity design is engineered to deliver clear, crisp sound - just at a lower volume. The ear plugs are comfortable, reusable silicone and virtually invisible. All in a sleek, stylish case that clips to your keychain. EarPeace will improve your loud entertainment experience, period.


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