Let’s Reach Success Started as a Blog and Brand, and Just Became a Company 329

A new era for Let's Reach Success, beginning January 1st, 2018.
Let's Reach Success Started as a Blog and Brand, and Just Became a Company

Happy to announce that as of the beginning of 2018, Let’s Reach Success is not just the name of a blog on self-development I created years ago to share my passion, that later became the foundation of my location independent lifestyle and online business. It’s also the name of a company registered under my name in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Why there, and why a company just now?

I’m originally from Bulgaria. But lifestyle design means finding a way to make money doing what you love, then using that freedom to move where your favorite destination is. For me, that’s the Netherlands. I started my life in Amsterdam a year ago. That’s covered in more details on the About page, in case you’re interested.

What matters is that back home in Bulgaria I only worked as a freelancer registered under my name and paying taxes as an individual. Now, I’ve moved the business to Amsterdam too. It’s registered with the Chamber of Commerce and the Tax authorities, has it’s very own business number and VAT, and can be found in any official register. The business model is that of a solopreneur, and also includes giving your company a name (could even be more than one). So, of course, I’d choose that to be the name of the blog. Not just for brand consistency, but because we should never forget where we started.

I’ll be making other small and major changes to the site, and the way I do my work and improve the brand.

make it on your own

You can already see I’m using a new theme for the site. It still looks like a magazine, and when reading a post you can easily focus only on the content without getting distracted by other elements. But this exact theme is super powerful in terms of features and helps with performance and speed too. I’ll share exactly which one it is and what it helped me achieve in another post.

Additionally, I also have a Dutch accountant, did a ton of research over the last few months, opened Dutch bank accounts, even turned into a habit doing invoicing their way. All that so when the New Year starts and the business is active, I could simply continue what I’m doing and feel relaxed.

How The LRS Brand Evolves

What’s more professional now that it’s a real company, is that I could create company pages. I did that on:


You might start noticing more contact details in different places on the page. I will update the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy and make them more specific about the site, and also according to the new country whose rules I’m now following.

Most other changes will happen on the back end, such as a new hosting provider, speeding up the site, buying the domain name for more than a year (which is a trust signal for Google), etc.

Another thing that marks the new era for Let’s Reach Success is that I’m stricter than ever with guest and sponsored posts. The former need to be by individuals who have no advertising in mind when pitching me. The content should be quality and unique. As for sponsored posts, the prices are higher and I make no compromises.

Will be keeping you updated with such LRS News posts every now and then. The next one will be about the theme and why it works well for Let’s Reach Success.

Thanks for being part of the journey dear reader!

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One Guy’s Journey from a Work-at-Home Transcriptionist to Starting an Educational Institute 5

One Guy's Journey from a Work-at-Home Transcriptionist to Starting an Educational Institute

This is an interview-style post with Mahesh Kumar.

Hey Mahesh. What do you do?

I’m the Spokesperson of the Transcription Certification Institute, an Ellensburg-WA based educational institution that provides an in-depth online transcription training and certification course.

The online course, which is created by industry leaders, enables transcriptionists to gain a well-rounded understanding of the field and become a professional transcriptionist for better job prospects and higher wages.

How did you start your career?

I’ve started my career as a home-based transcriptionist and have experience of 8+ years in transcription industry. I’m currently on a mission to help work from home moms and make them aware of one of the straightforward and lucrative way of earning money from home, i.e., transcription.

I love writing and so I regularly share my words through my blog. At present, I am working as the spokesperson of Transcription Certification Institute.

What inspired your journey?

I was not cut out for regular jobs because of health and family issues. But, I wanted to earn decent money.

Most work from jobs required me to be online during fixed hours. That did not work for me.

A friend referred me to a copywriter who needed transcription services in an extended time frame. This was my first assignment and exposure to the industry. I had issues with grammar and lots of difficulty in understanding accents. My transcriptionist friend gave me the very first lesson in punctuation. It was a great lesson.

That was the aha moment!

I wanted to share it online with all other new transcriptionists. My expertise in transcription was still limited but my interaction with other transcriptionists. And other work from home professionals found that there was no organized information in this industry.

That’s when with the help of the team we created an ebook as would serve as a handbook to transcriptionists. It was called Everything You Need To Know About Work From Home: General Transcription Business Opportunities.’ It’s available on our website for free.

What is the transcription business about?

It’s a dream that allows parents, caregivers and those with disabilities to stay at home and earn.

We call ourselves Team TCI. None of us has complete skills but together we have made a dream into a business that is sustainable, profitable and manages to help others earn more.

We like to think of ourselves as not just one single successful business owner but a team of accomplished transcriptionists and hedonists who have come together to share their expertise on a platform that is globally accessible to all.

Our objective is to make you a better transcriber so that you can earn more at the same time. 

Through our internship program, we ensure that new wannabe transcribers get a foothold in the industry. Our job board aims to bring transcribers and employers together on one platform to make hiring and finding jobs easier.

We are 9+ years old but the journey has only just begun.

What were your biggest challenges when setting up the institute?

How to Write a Successful Business Plan

Together, we had 2,459 dollars to spare!  This was just enough to put up a website and host it for a year.

We had no budget, no marketing plan and no strategy.

More than money we invested our skills, time and above all intent. When we launched, making money was not the objective. The objective was to share information, educate and in the process recover the costs.

We were totally bootstrapped. In fact, we all transcribed extra hours to generate money.

Each year we invested the money earned in the course, it’s upgrade, website upgrade and more. All exams are manually graded and that is expensive.

What do you offer on the website and who can benefit from it?

We offer a course in general transcription.

Our course is for anyone who wants to work from the comfort of their home, enjoy flexible timings and the ability to choose workload. The course is very popular with parents of young children who want to be around when they grow up, ex-serviceman with disabilities, single moms and others who want to work from home.

Some would say that there is nothing to be learned in general transcription but that would not be true. I did start out without training and if it not had been for the help I received my career would not have been successful.

In fact, as the popularity of transcription as a career option grows getting a foothold in the industry is becoming tough. That is why we came up with an internship program that gives hand on experience to new transcriptionists and exposure to the industry.

The job board benefits them by bringing employers and transcriptionists on the same platform.

What’s one thing you do to unwind?

We were introduced to meditation a few years back and to unwind we like to meditate.

What’s your favorite book?

It keeps on changing but time and again for inspiration, I find myself reaching out to The Alchemist by Paul Coelho. Never stop dreaming! Give context to your dreams!

Check out the story of how one guy went from a work at home transcriptionist to setting up a transcription institute and help others start working from home.