#108: How to Have a Backpack Business [Podcast]

It occurred to me recently I often run my business from a backpack. In my backpack I carry my Nikon, some lenses, my iPad, and my MacBook air. If I can find an Internet connection, that's about all I need to run my business from virtually anywhere.  In this episode, you get five essential keys to running a backpack business.

Plus, here are some additional reasons to keep listening…

  • I will share a seldom used function on your iPhone that can change your life.
  • Stu McLaren with the Lifestyle Business Report.
  • Now let's get on with it…


  •  I'm considering the formation of an affordable, entry-level Mastermind Group. This would be a true mastermind group, led by me, with personal interaction available. Would you be interested? Let me know in the comments on this post.

Tip Of The Week 

The  mysterious function on your iPhone that hardly anyone ever uses, but can dramatically improve your life. It's called the “off” switch.

Lifestyle Business Segment 

With Stu McLaren

Spiritual Foundations

Usually, the reason we cannot hear God's voice is we are too busy listening to other voices.

Feature Segment:  How to Have a Backpack Business

  1. Get a backpack (seriously.)
  2. Avoid limiting structures (like offices.)
  3. Become a hard-core simplitist.
  4.  Get a little help (but not too much.)
  5. Get out there and do something. Take your backpack.


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Question:  Do you have a backpack business, and if so, how do you do it? Click here to leave your comments.

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Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at RayEdwards.com.

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  • Dee

    I would be interested in more info on a mastermind group.

    • We will have more information to share soon.

  • Jim Martin

    I wouldl be interested in additional information on a mastermind group.

    • Thank you for the encouragement Jim. Details soon, I promise.

  • Jeffrey Jordan Howe

    When your in Philadelphia…Consider yourself invited to the “Howe house’ for dinner. 🙂

    Loved the Spiritual Foundation thought this week. Sometimes like the Iphone you need to simple turn off all the other “voices”. (Need a mental switch for that) So glad you pointed people to “The WORD”. The way to grow your Faith and hear from GOD is being in His WORD! Paul makes it simple in Romans 10:17…”Faith comes from hearing and hearing by the Word of GOD”. …No voice, meditation meeting or anything will help you to hear from GOD or grow in your faith, except thru simple listening as you read…

    Tell me more about the mastermind group.

    • Thanks Jeffrey, were carefully sorting through the options for the mastermind group to make sure we do it the right way.

  • Kirk Bowman

    Ray – I am interested in the mastermind group. How many people do you need to make it a reality? Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

  • Looking forward to leaning more into the “backpack” business approach. ‘Change of place + change of pace = creativity.’

  • I am interested in the online mastermind group as well, though for me, the key will be what you mean by “affordable.”

  • Dan Tredo

    Hmmm, a backpack business. The sound of that makes me salivate. I live with my backpack and have done so since college. Love the coffee shops and running a mobile business. A simpletest? Cool (but not a simpleton…)

  • Mark DeJesus

    I would love to know what backpack you use to store your macbook, ipad and camera.

  • James Kinson

    Ray, thanks for pointing me to Psalms. I go to Proverbs often to help keep me on the right path, but there are times I don’t feel like I am hearing God and feel unsure of the next step. I’ll work hard to quiet the other voices and search Psalms until I hear my voice. I believe this can be a real difference maker for me. Thank you!

    • Thanks James, I’m glad it was helpful to you.

  • I’d be interested in the mastermind group.

  • Hey Ray! You’re welcome at the Skiff home anytime you’re in the Louisville, KY area!
    By the way – the mastermind sounds awesome – I’m very interested.

    • I do love Louisville-I will let you know if I’m going to be in town.

  • nlazaris

    Interested in Mastermind Group information.

  • Hi Ray,
    I am impressed how you blend Christianity with business and it is one of the reasons I value your podcast. Your words of truth are spot on. That is how I desire to run my own business. Your offer to form a mastermind group is something I’m very interested in.

  • Harold L Arnold Jr

    Ray, I’m interested in the Mastermind group. We weren’t able to connect before.

    • Harold, thanks for the feedback-maybe this will be the time.

  • Barak Strickland

    I am interested in a low cost mastermind group. Also, if you need admin help with it I’ve administered a couple in the past.

    • Thank you Barak, we are working on it. And I definitely will keep your generous offer in mind.

  • I love this episode! That little function on the iPhone…so great. Another function I love is to turn it to airplane mode. You still have your camera, you can access your calender and Evernote but you will not get any incoming emails, phone calls, text etc. Best function ever! I too would be interested in the virtual mastermind group.

    • Airplane mode. Hmmmm – Brilliant! More to come about the mastermind group.

  • Ray, thank you for all that you do. I am interested in learning more about your proposed mastermind group. Have a good one!

  • Will do, Lisa.

  • Thanks Meredith, details coming soon.

  • We’ll have more information for you on that very soon Sally

  • I’m happy that you are interested! 🙂

  • dougsyo

    I would like to know more about the virtual mastermind group.

  • I am late to this post, but I would love to know if you are still doing a mastermind group!


  • PatrickBrianONeill

    My spritual-minded brother Ray! good post. I bought a laptop/hiking backpack, and always have water, some dried fruit and other long-life food, and my laptop, tucked inside.

    I also would like to know about the progress of a mastermind group, my fellow copywriter!

  • Eric

    Wow, I’m WAY late to this party, did anything ever come of the mastermind group idea?