Design a business that feels like YOU, and supports the freedom
you need to live life on YOUR terms.
What if every day you could wake up,
roll out of bed, and, when you’re ready to work, take your...

hot cup of coffee...
tea...
green smoothie...
hot fudge sundae...
over to an organized workspace with all of your favorite things.
Everything you need is organized and easy to find.

And it’s only steps away.  

You’ve left break rooms and sterile office buildings behind. 
 You take breaks at your favorite...
overlooking your favorite city scene,
or on your back deck with a good book.

You’re working every day where you want and when you want
in a business that you designed yourself.

On your own terms. 
You can have that...
and it can be sooner than you think.
But first, we must acknowledge that building a freelance business, 
doesn't always mean freedom.
Many women start out their businesses and
quickly hit burn out when they hit
even just a few of these obstacles.
1. Cluttered inboxes
2. Conflicting advice from "gurus"
3. Tax and bookkeeping overwhelm
4. "Feast or famine" revenue
5. Charging too little
6. Too many projects at once
7. Unreasonable client demands
8. Pressured deadlines
9. Wearing "all the hats"
10. Constant need to keep up with your skillset
11. Digital product struggles
12. Searching for your next client
13. Project scope creep from needy clients
14. "on the clock" 24/7
15. Lack of colleagues and a support network
These obstacles don't just cause burn out, they waste money, time, and ultimately, ruin businesses that could have been wildly successful.
Blech.
We DO NOT want that for you.
Let's say NO to wasted investments, rabbit trails, or teary nights wondering what on Earth made you decide to start a business.
This is WHAT you can have. We have it ourselves {more on us later}, and have helped many women just like you...accomplish the same.
...is a 4 month mentorship and coaching program designed to give you the support, tools, & strategy you need to develop {or grow}
a profitable freelance business.
Who CYLL is for...
{that's our fancy acronym btw}
Keep in mind, you can ALREADY be in business, or wanna be :)
Web Designers
Copywriters
Virtual Assistants
Artists & Illustrators
Graphic Designers
Writers & Professional Bloggers
Online Business Managers
Executive & Administrative Assistants
Social Media Managers
Business Consultants & Strategists
Photographers
Videographers
IT Help & Geeky Coders
What You Can Expect
After Four Months in CYLL
{and many see results MUCH faster}
A fully functioning business
{that's organized and efficient}
1. A new {or updated} website and social media presence.
2. Organized financial tracking so you're not crying at tax time.
3. Tools & systems for getting sh*t done.
4. Contracts & templates for questionnaires, emails, etc.
5. Invoicing system without having to hassle people for money.
6. Streamlined project management process.
Services that excite you
{and are in hot demand}
1. A clear niche & mission that you feel passionate about.
2. Easy-to-sell offers that are clear, simple to understand, and in demand.
3. A unique & memorable brand that helps you stand out.
4. An understanding of how much to charge {no more poor starving artist}.
5. Streamlined onboarding for new clients.
6. Guidance on subcontracting or working with team.

Client Strategy + Growth
{to to get clients that are willing to pay!}
1. Mindsets for successful lead generation.
2. Strategies for networking in groups on Facebook.
3. Gaining referrals & testimonials from previous clients.
4. Using your new CYLL network to get new leads & support.
5. A plan for following up on new leads so you aren't in feast or famine.
6. How to close deals on the phone and feel comfortable selling.

All without...
:: Paying $10-$40,000 a year for another degree
:: Waiting 2 – 4 years to get started
:: Driving to far away training sessions
:: Leaving your job before you’re ready
:: Having to google every darn thing you have to do
:: Signing with a coach that only gets you halfway there

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All the juicy details about CYLL
{and there are LOTS}
In Month 1, we’ll get your business started or take it to the next level with an inventory of your skills and experience. We’ll help smash through common mindset barriers that plague freelancers so you’ll be ready to get started designing the business you really want.
  • Your Mindset
  • Your Schedule & Office Plan
  • Your Mad Skillz
  • Your Ideal Client
  • Your Business Goals & Offers
  • Your Message
  • Your Brand
In Month 2, we’ll set up all the systems you need to keep your business humming and to keep you in control. We'll give you tools & instruction you need to setup your own website {or make it better} as well as procedures for invoicing, bookkeeping, contracts, scheduling, hiring and more.
  • Intro to your website
  • Wowing potential clients with your brand
  • Customized pages for freelancers
  • CRMs & proposals
  • Setting up  your bookkeeping
  • Contracts & Questionnaires
  • Prepared for tax time!
In Month 3, we’ll take the mystery out of online advertising and brandingLearn how to respond to Requests for Proposals and make more money in less time with better phone sales techniques. We’ll show you effective networking techniques to multiply clients for both you and your colleagues ... and put them into practice right away within the group.  
  • Marketing mindsets to master
  • Finding clients on social media
  • Finding clients via RFP
  • Advertising & sales funnels for the freelancer
  • Selling yourself with confidence
  • Marketing in in-person events
  • How to tell a good client from a bad one
In Month 4, impress your clients with professional proposals and work agreements that are personally branded and ready to use. We'll go over typical client issues freelancers face, as well as solutions to ensure your happy clients will lead to great reviews. We'll also work on project management, plus expectations and boundaries any freelancer needs working from home! 
  • Signing and working with clients
  • Building your network
  • Time management & staying organized
  • Customer service
  • Offboarding and referrals
  • Client issues {and how to fix them}
  • Special considerations for particular industries
All the materials are there, ready for you to use.
DIY or follow along with each month during the live coaching sessions.

Speaking of coaching {and community}...

1x a Week LIVE Coaching
With both of us...yep!

You don't have to "go it" alone!

Once a week, we get online and have a power-packed hour long group coaching session. These are a combination of strategy, teaching, and live Q&A to help you with your most urgent problems and questions as you get started.

Our goal in the coaching is to inspire, motivate, encourage, and of course, fill you with the right mindsets & strategies for success.
+ Plus a Community


Our exclusive private Facebook community

All current and past students will have lifetime access to our private Facebook group, where we'll provide weekly office hours, plus checkins, challenges, and networking support.

Have a needy client? Pop in the group and vent away!
Need a skill for a job that you don't have? Ask your colleagues for help.
and, yes...there's more....
It's not a complete program until we equip you with certain skills
we KNOW you'll need in order to market your business online.
So we've added four complete skills courses on
web design, WordPress, and two popular email marketing programs.
Everything you need to master Mailchimp for your business {or your clients business!} + Several webinar replays on newsletter design and more.
Everything you need to master ConvertKit for your business {or your clients business!} Included is nurture sequence welcome strategy as well.
Dial down the overwhelmed and learn WordPress fast in 10 simple no-nonsense lessons. Also included: a tutorial on publishing kick-ass blog posts!
And the big Daddy of skills courses...Web Design for the DIY Designer
This flagship course by expert web designer Julie Stoian is enough to get you building your own site...OR...use it to become a designer yourself. Entrepreneurs use this course not just to build their own site, but to train on how to become a web designer who can find clients and begin charging between $500-$1200 per site. Included with the course are over $200 worth of tools.
To repeat {in case you didn't get it the first time},
these courses will teach you important skills for your own online business,
or they are complete enough for you to learn the skills
you need to offer the services to others!
It's a lot we know...but it's also meant to be a complete Freelance Business Program. You LITERALLY, don't need anything {or anyone} else.
Do we sound arrogant? We're really not!!
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About your CYLL Mentors
ABOUT MADELAINE
{from the desk of Julie}

The first time I met Madelaine, she was my client {true story}.
I'd had a lot of clients in similar industries as her, but never had I met someone so on the ball, together, and professional. We clicked immediately, and I could tell..she had skills I knew not of.

I helped her launch the BETA version of  what is now CYLL, and it was wildly successful because Madelaine just intuitively KNEW how to connect with people, help them feel heard, and deliver great content about all the nitty gritty details of business building.

She was {and still is} is a Virtual Executive Assistant who works with high-end clients in the Leadership Development Industry. When I say she is focused, dedicated, and detail oriented, I mean it. You should see her assign me tasks in Basecamp.

Madelaine started her Freelance business after her third major burn out before the age of 30. She was exhausted and miserable working a corporate career that was (in her eyes!) taking her nowhere (fun!). She realized that the ladder she was climbing was not on the right wall.

There are a lot of details to consider when starting up her freelance business: tracking finances, sorting out how to get ready for tax time, time management, automation processes, sorting out how to communicate with clients online. And what I noticed was how flippin' good at it she was. 

She almost made it fun?! What was this wizardry she performed?

Helping freelancers get a business set up professionally, and land their first clients exhilarates her. She's the kind of mentor who will cheer wildly when you take what she's taught you and go further than we even are right now. There's not a mean or competitive or slimy bone in this Canadian's body,  And she loves sharing her knowledge and experience with others in an authentic and professional way.

In her spare time Madelaine spends time focusing on her family - her husband Jarrett and their two corgis. Oh, and her garden.

Madelaine’s goal in life is NOT to have a Corporate career, or make 10 million dollars. Madelaine’s goal in life is to live a good life, work with great people, and have the time and energy to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.

Also, she bought me a new bra, sight unseen, in a wedding day emergency. You can trust a woman who can pull that off.
ABOUT JULIE
{from the desk of Madelaine}

Julie helps people build profitable businesses by giving them the tech & strategy they need to stand out online. Think growth-hacker-meets-coding-geek-wanna-be-topped-with-a-serious-case-of-design-addiction-and-marketing-OCD. And you should see her design a Sales Page live! Just sayin'. 

Julie’s clients are online entrepreneurs -  they build businesses from scratch, launch courses that sell, and create products and offers that are branded and designed to convert. Julie’s client work is top notch. With an astonishing array of talent {from copy to design to code to marketing strategy} she’s built a six figure business out of a blogging career that started over 5 years ago.

With a family of 6 to support, Julie knows how to hustle, find clients, do solid work, gain referrals….and train others to do the same. She runs a solid business that brings in well over 15k per month, all while wrangling 4 children and her own life with her new husband Alex. 

Her experience on the ground over the past 5 years is what makes her LOVE helping other freelancers achieve success. The freedom to raise her family in the way she wants, the financial security to support them, and her kick ass experience networking with and signing clients, give her PLENTY to talk about when she works with CYLL students.

Anyone would be lucky to have her for an hour. Having her online in a community plus twice monthly coaching calls over 4 months, is an opportunity second to none.
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What Makes Create Your Laptop Life Different
Basically, why not just a DIY course or 1:1 coaching?
Many business programs {not to diss anyone} are designed for coaches only. We want to specifically help freelancers - those peeps who give their time and skills in exchange for cash.
It's the perfect combination of a DIY resource library of training, + live accountable coaching in a community. Trust us, the community is worth the price of the program alone.
Both mentors are STILL
in their fields, not simply coaching.
You get 2 mentors, not one.
And from different industries too.
You receive strategy, instruction & skills training. In theory, you could start this with NO idea what you wanted, and end up with a web design or VA business...and the skills to do it.
It's the right amount of time {realistically} to get your business up and running, or overhaul an existing one. Shorter programs are too intense, longer ones threaten to exhaust you. And the best part? You can start hustling for clients before it's over!
Since we're both still "in the field" many of our students have received job opportunities that would not have happened outside the context of the program.
Super sweet bonuses that aren't crap meant to make you feel like the offer is better. {wait...did we not mention Bonuses yet?!}
Bonuses that actually HELP you
{not clutter you up}
Not like those infomercials that offer you
15 extra knives after you bought an iron.
30-minute 1:1 call with Madelaine {schedule at any time}
Join Madelaine for 30 minutes of strategy and brainstorming about your business. Get personal, share your business goals, map out your ideal lifestyle and then strategize about how you will get there! Madelaine will share her ideas, specific to your personal situation. Leave the call feeling excited and focused.
Freelance & VA Toolkit - templates galore!
The Virtual Assistant toolkit is packed with all the tools and templates you’ll need to keep your business running smoothly from day 1. You’ll find templates for proposals, contracts, and more to make it easy to look professional.  You’ll impress prospective clients and get better conversions INSTANTLY when you present a professional, organized appearance with what you’ll find here. How much would even one more conversion be worth to you? Now multiply that.

Bonus Course: 12 Sizzling Secrets to Great Selling
Do cold calls make you shiver in your boots … or Jimmy Choos? Tired of waiting for people to return your emails? The Sales Sizzler is coming to the rescue. This 12 day challenge will give you what you need to boost those phone sales, and build your business faster.
CYLL TV: All access pass to every past & future webinar
Tune in to our past (and future) webinars! Get access to both recorded content AND printable slides. Learn about the top mistakes newbie VAs and Freelancers make, and about why it's important to choose a niche to work in! Upcoming content will cover pricing and packaging, and charging your worth! Tune in with us (almost live!), get to know us and learn about the online freelance industry!
One year of free hosting for your new {or better} website
Get a year's worth of free hosting for your new (or existing website). Compliments of Julie and her work as a web designer, take advantage of the benefits web hosting hub has to offer, including....1 year of hosting, unlimited sites, and a custom email address.
1 pager website workshop
Even though our course comes complete with a Genesis web design class (that's THOROUGH)...we also have a 60 minute 1pager workshop where you can literally, have you site...up in one hour.
Sales Funnel Training Class
One of the most lucrative tech VA jobs out there is in sales funnels. If you want to learn the ins and outs, this course will show you step by step, how some of the best funnels are made!
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From our Alum...
Well, here's a roster of some our past peeps we've worked with.
Not to brag but... {aka testimonials}
I was thinking of becoming a Virtual Assistant for over two years but I felt overwhelmed on how to start. When I came across "Create Your Laptop Life" I was impressed how much the course material covered a lot of the questions I had. The program was super clear on what I would learn, and I loved the idea of fast tracking my small business so that I could hit the ground running and start earning income quickly.

Julie and Madelaine were great teachers who complemented each other's strengths well. I found them to be both wonderful people who were easy to get in touch with and responsive in personally addressing questions or concerns. The weekly group chats that they hosted were very valuable, and I enjoyed the opportunity to hear from other students in the course. 

I thought the module on Finance was incredibly important as this was the area I was most overwhelmed in. But the best part of the course is all the awesome bonuses that are included such as other courses that would increase my skills on certain tools like Genesis, Wordpress and hosting webinars. 

Before I even completed the course I went from 0 clients with zero billable hours to 6 clients with over 50+ billable hours a week. With the support of this course, I was amazed how quickly I was able to identify my ideal client, find my ideal client, and land my ideal client for re-occurring work.

Create Your Laptop Life is worth its weight in gold for those looking to start or improve their online career. You should sign-up for this course if you want to feel confident, in control, and set-up for success in your virtual business. -Tonya D.
I left the corporate world exhausted, miserable, and burnt out from years of unpaid overtime, and countless hours wasting on the highway commuting. For years I had considered offering my unique skillset virtually; doing what I am proud of, what I am good at… and what I actually love doing. But with two small children, their well-being and family luxuries were driving forces, and I didn’t know whether being a VA would be lucrative enough to replace my corporate earnings. 

I evaluated my life after realizing I had 34 years left before retirement. 34 years…. I wasn’t even 34 years old! So, while my corporate job allowed us to afford our family vacations, fun day-trips, and countless lessons for our children – the ones I could get to, I never actually enjoyed in that moment… I was too busy being exhausted and relishing in the fact that I wasn’t at work (all the while, worrying about how much work was going to be waiting for me when I got back). My job got the best of me, and all that was left for my family was much less than what they deserved.

Now enter Julie and Madelaine. Joining their community, and enrolling in the CYLL Course was the best thing to happen to not only me, but my family as well. J&M instilled in me the confidence and support I needed to leave the corporate world behind, replacing that income by doing things I actually love doing, and not the “all other duties as assigned” I had become so accustomed to.  
 
My days no longer fly by, leaving me exhausted and miserable... instead, I finish each day feeling accomplished and pleased with what I have created. I see much more of my children, and can schedule my day around their talent shows, school trips, and lessons.
 
The private support group adds to the value of the course, and to the knowledge and support of Julie and Madelaine. It is about being a part of a community of other like-minded individuals, who help support, help guide, help console, and help fill the void of 'office chatter'. Sometimes, you just need a place to bounce ideas, and ask people for help! And this place offers that!
 
Stop counting down the days until retirement; join CYLL and start enjoying the work you do to earn your income. -Kelly A.
Julie did my first website when I started blogging years ago, and we became friends. When I wanted to start freelance, I emailed; I needed an updated site. She was coy as the CYLL program hadn’t launched yet, but she added me to the VA Lifestyle Mastermind Facebook Group, and then as if the Universe knew, the timing of the launch of CYLL class came. 

I was ready to start my Copywriting business. I was ready to make money online, from home, and I wanted to work with Julie to get there. Then I met Madelaine. I was doubly sold. In a webinar, Julie and Madelaine introduced the course. It was exhilarating. I think I was the first person to sign up. I heard Julie say “Oh, we have our first student, it’s Jenny!” And, I felt my world shift. 

Investing in CYLL was the best decision I made in years. Working with Julie and Madelaine, as well as a community of supportive peers, is only part of the advantage. The materials are invaluable. The knowledge: technical, marketing, business, and project management, among other things, is beyond compare. You will hit the ground running. You will find your niche. You will get clients. You will make money. 

I had my first client before the third class; one of my classmates, and then another. And we have continued to refer work to each other. You will build community with your fellow Virtual Assistants because our work is complementary. Give yourself this gift. It is invaluable. – Jenny K
So I got my first client task today. SUPER DUPER EXCITED! The surge of confidence that I have gained from being on this course is amazing. I feel like a "boss" already haha. I can really do this. For those of you who are on the fence about this course, let me tell you - I don't normally recommend online courses to anyone because they are usually crap. But these ladies KNOW what they are talking about. So thank you Julie Stoian and Madelaine Corke for coming into my life just when I needed you. - Christie I.
I first contacted Julie for web design and marketing advice. As a new copywriter, I was stuck on my branding, design, and direction. Julie not only helped me identify the perfect niche based on my portfolio and experience, she helped me create a web presence that has been a powerful help in converting new clients. In only two months, I have more than doubled my initial investment in her services. Thanks to Julie, I am working with fantastic clients in a career I love!
-Judy O.
I can attest that just the bonuses so far have been worth the cost of the course! I have seen programs similar but less personal to what Julie is providing go for the cost of the whole CYLL course so it is a deal! I can see that Julie and Madelaine really want to help us build successful businesses. They have given a ridiculous amount of time to us already and we haven't even gotten to the main course content. If you are ready to make a change, sign up for this course. I'm not saying it is easy. I'm a mom, I work full time, I volunteer...I have a lot on my plate and I have to make sacrifices to do this but I want to be able to make the things that are important to me a priority so I am on this journey and I know I am going to make the money back on this course in no time. 
- Tokeshia S.

Working with Julie and her courses took me from that very first step all the way to the last. Not only helping you find what the next step is, but step-by-step how to achieve it. Whether it is mindset or the actual technical nitty-gritty you will find it here. You could be just like me. It might just change your whole way of life!
– Rena M.
I joined Madelaine and Julie’s VA & Freelance Lifestyle Mastermind Facebook group because I wanted to explore the possibility of working from home. Create Your Laptop Life gave me the boost of confidence I needed to begin my own VA business. Madelaine and Julie held my hand every step of the way and gave me the exact blueprint I needed to start my business off on the right foot. I now have a legit business with paying clients. I liked Madelaine and Julie’s knowledgeable, straight-forward answers and their willingness to help solve any problem. The experience was 100% worth my time and money. I would recommend Create Your Laptop Life to anyone who wants to do just that, begin a journey to work from anywhere, anytime, and anyhow they desire. - Jessie V.
"I am a proud first-generation CYLL alum. At the start of taking Madelaine and Julie’s course I was just beginning to investigate being a VA (what is that??) and all that it entailed. One of the extras that CYLL can offer – that NO other course can – is the unique combination of interpersonal strategy and coaching with hands-on technical workshops. Through the CYLL course I discovered that I have a talent for the design side of life, leveraging the video trainings to jump start my business. Throughout it all Madelaine was always there for me, to jump on Skype and encourage me to value myself and my talent more than I did. Julie took hands-on training to a whole new level, using real-life problems her students ran into as teaching examples and problem-solving all in one. Through my work with Madelaine and Julie I have raised my rates (twice!), found my niche and acquired invaluable support and training not available anywhere else." - Sarah K.
Lifetime Value
What you do with us in the next four months...
vs. a freelance job for the next 2...5...10 years?
What do you think a full business setup program like CYLL is worth?

1:1 Coaching programs {with 1 coach} can start at...
$2k and go up.

Pricing out a website can run you...
$1000-$3000.
{CYLL teaches you how to DIY}

The skills training in CYLL are worth...
$500  - $5k a month and beyond
{These skills can be used for YOUR business, but also can be used to make money}
The Bonuses alone are worth...
over $2500.

All that said...we still want to make it affordable,
and a wise investment for anyone just starting out.
We don't accept everyone into Create Your Laptop Life, so it by application only. We have a limited number of spots, and only take those are who ready to dive in and commit to making their freelance business profitable!
Ready to get started?
 -Wendy S. 
"I've never been so grateful I jumped at the little
invest in this now though you aren't making
any money and have no plan'  
impulse!"
Your investment will gain value over time.
Lifetime access to all future iterations of our curriculum.
Early bird offers and discounts on future LIVE workshops.
A library of growing trainings and webinars
you can access at any time.
A network of freelancers you can call on for referrals, subcontracting, and extra support.
A virtual blank canvas for making as much money as you want.

Both Madelaine and Julie make over $5k per month.
In fact, Julie - usually tops in around $15k...per month.

We know how to make money in our industry,
using the same methods we teach in our program.

We have students making... 
$1500 a month
$2000 a month
$3000 a month
...and beyond that
Dream Big
Ready to get started?
This is the part where you have to make a choice.
Are you going to stay where you are, and wonder what "could have been"?

You can't get somewhere new if you continue the same thing you've always done.
The choices you made yesterday are being lived out today.

The primary reason people say no to something like this is because of...
FEAR of failure.
eew. but it's true.
So let's solve this right now.

"What's failure look like to you?" 

At the end of your time with us, you'll have a new {or better} business, offers & services, marketing skills, tech skills, a community, two mentors in your corner, and new networking opportunities.

That is a 100% GUARANTEE.

Are you going to count it as failure if it takes you longer than you want
to get your first client?
Are you going to count it as failure if you don't make the investment back in two weeks, but it takes six months?
Are you going to count it as failure if you get the business off the ground and in one year, decide to change course and revamp again?

Do businesses open up and expect to pay off their business loan
with grand opening day sales?


Failure is an illusion.
It's a weazly little SOB that keeps you stale, stagnant, and afraid.

And in most cases...completely made up.

Because even when things don't go EXACTLY as we want,
it's still a rung in our ladder of success.

So Dream Big. You don’t have to settle. 

You can stay where you are, you can work for someone else so they can grow wealthy and free...or you can do it for yourself. 

We want to help you get there.

Consider this our formal invite to YOU for our
freelancin' sisterhood of fear-crushing awesomeness.

Too much?

We're just really passionate, having the time of our lives, and can't wait to share it with more powerhouse women who won't let fear hold them back.
will help you create & enjoy a
life & business you’ll love!
xx Madelaine & Julie