See, my trick in life has been to get away from
having a job. That’s been my guiding light.

Paul McCartney

Whether you’re on the verge of starting a business or already have one up and running, you have given yourself an on-going project of discovery. One of the things you may have discovered is that there’s a lot of confusing information. Much of it doesn’t fit your vision at all.

You’re not alone. Paul Hawken, who has spent his life in creative endeavors, recalls his early days running the first natural food stores in Boston. Although he had no experience running a business, he did have a passion (and personal experience) for healthy eating.

He started reading business publications. “The more I searched, the more confused I became,” he recalls.

The conventional wisdom didn’t fit his vision of starting small and staying small. “The more exposure I had to the official world of business, the more I began to doubt I was in business at all.”

Thank you, Barbara, for a fantastic Joyfully Jobless Weekend in Houston, TX. The event was filled with encouragement and helpful, practical tips, insights and information about living a joy-filled life. The wattage above my head increased exponentially with each segment of the workshop. I came away bursting with energy, ideas, enthusiasm and hope that I can successfully create and live the life I choose and knowing some new friends who will enthusiastically support me in this endeavor!

Jean Morehouse

Sound familiar?

Barbara Winter here.

Like Paul Hawken, when I started my business I read the books that assumed if I was going to be an entrepreneur that meant employees, pension plans, a building with my name in six-foot high gold letters.

That wasn’t my vision at all.

I wanted to create my own livelihood, a creative enterprise that was a paid adventure that added new experiences and challenges to my life. I wanted to find out what I could become.

Along the way there was plenty of trial and error. Lots of error, but there were also rewards I never imagined at the outset.

One of my big lessons was learning that trying to build a business without entrepreneurial thinking is like trying to build a house with a toothbrush.

I spent yesterday organizing the stack of ideas generated by the workshop into things I can do NOW, things that will be "midrange" for time, and things that will be longterm (because they need more pital). Got my calendar for the next couple of weeks set up for the NOW stuff! Then spent an hour this morning out by myself working on my photography.

Shannon Hill

At Small, Sassy & Successful you’ll  discover...

  • Why small is still beautiful
  • Skills for being an idea detective
  • Missing pieces of your puzzle
  • How to build a portfolio of profit centers
  • How to think like an entrepreneur
  • How to make meaningful collisions
  • Ways to create visibility for your business (without being obnoxious)
  • Tools to use when you need to get unstuck

Wow! What a start to a year of Joyfully Jobless Weekends! Barbara Winter blessed us by visiting Dallas and gave us almost 10 hours of stories, tips, ideas, concepts, and of course charm. Barbara is organizing this project through the "Collaboratory," her system of partnering with a sponsor host in each city where the JJW is presented. Susan Hamm was the sponsor host in Dallas, and I have to tell all the others, she set a very high bar. She is warm, kind, generous, and extremely gracious. We were well tended with delicious treats! It was fantastic to meet other entrepreneurs, too, with creative business ideas and heart-based lives. People who "get it" when someone wants a "creative, juicy" life. My mind is still stretched out and full of new ideas. I had strange dreams all night long! Nothing that was helpful, but I'm sure a side effect of my mind trying to assimilate so much good and new. How do you do it, Barbara? I took it easy today after a couple of very busy days, and I'm already tired!

Steve Coxsey

Starting my own business is the greatest thing I’ve ever done for myself. I’ve learned more about myself and what I’m capable of in the last year than I have in the last ten combined. I feel at peace with myself for the first time since I was a kid. It’s amazing.

John Pompeo

You can’t Google this experience.

Put yourself in the room where it’s happening, where ideas are zooming around, where you’ll meet some kindred spirits and get practical power tools for building a better business.

Small, Sassy & Successful takes place on Friday evening 6:30-9:30 and all day Saturday 9:00-4:00 in the following places.

Ajijic, Mexico

Dates TBA

Houston, TX

June 1 & 2

Nashville, TN

September 14 & 15

Early bird tuition is $199 (regular tuition is $249).
Space is limited so enroll as soon as possible.

Bonus: All participants will receive a one-year subscription to
Winning Ways newsletter to keep the ideas, information and inspiration coming.

Signs You Belong at Small, Sassy & Successful

  1. Your boss insists that you go.
  2. You love hanging out with creative folks.
  3. You don't think inspiration is for sissies.
  4. You have an insatiable appetite for new ideas.
  5. You believe you're a good investment.
  6. You're ready to take your business to a new level.
  7. You want to make the world a safe place for your children.
  8. You're overdue for a change of scenery.
  9. You're ready to celebrate how far you've come.
  10. You're looking for some new collaborations.
  11. You need to treat a case of ADD—Adventure Deficit Disorder.
  12. You know that even the IRS wants you to go and will give you a tax deduction.

Barbara Winter is a gold mine of encouragement and wisdom for the freelancer.

Jane Ingalls

I just really wanted to say that you have inspired me to get out of my comfort zone and go after my dreams and really become joyfully jobless as I’ve been so incredibly frustrated by my day job!

Nicla Williams

Meet Your Tour Guide

Barbara J. Winter began her own Joyfully Jobless Journey on the day her daughter headed off to kindergarten in 1974. What Barbara didn’t realize is that she was starting kindergarten too.

Since taking those first tiny steps, Barbara has created a portfolio of profit centers that includes writing, speaking, a strangely successful mail order business, Winning Ways, the longest-running small business newsletter. She has been interviewed on television, radio, and podcasts throughout the country, traveled throughout the US, Canada and the UK sharing her passion for self-employment.

She is also the author of Making a Living Without a Job, Jumpstart Your Entrepreneurial Spirit and Seminar in a Sentence.

© 2018 Joyfully Jobless Weekends with Barbara Winter.