Top 10 Tips for Digital Nomads Going ‘Home’ for Christmas

October 3, 2014 in Digital Nomad

Many digital nomads find themselves going back ‘home’ for Christmas to catch up with friends and family.

If you are brave enough to go back to your hometown at this time of year to face the crowds, rampant consumerism and religious bonhomie, you may want to read my top ten tips to get you over the culture shock.

1. It’s cold – it was cold yesterday and will be cold tomorrow. Don’t wear shorts!

2. Yes! It’s OK to wear your shoes in the house.

3. You can’t buy winter woolies – the shops already stock the Spring/Summer collections.

4. People will try to be nice, at least one day a year, mainly when consuming lashings of booze.

5. You won’t want to tell people about all the amazing places your been to for fear of being perceived as a braggart.

6. You may have to work for an hour or two over the holidays – some of your friends and family just don’t get it. (Santa can do it, why can’t you?)

7. To send Christmas cards or not to send Christmas cards? Send them a GIF instead!

8. By the time Christmas actually arrives your friends will be desperate for a break from work. You can tell them life doesn’t have to be this way.

9. You tell your family not to get you a present. You pack light and travel fast.

10. Everyone starts to think of a New Year Resolution and next year they will become a Digital Nomad just like you and travel the world.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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How to Achieve the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

September 7, 2014 in Digital Nomad

I often post photos up on my Facebook wall, Google+ and twitter showing some of the beautiful places I often find my self in; swinging through the trees in Koh Chang, hanging in The Gardens by the Bay in Singapore or lounging on one of the many almost deserted beaches in Thailand. I do this not to show off, but because I’m a douchebag and love to remind the haters back home of a different reality to their cold, grey, over priced, consumer driven, heavily taxed, time starved, corporate serving, surf existence, ha ha!

I’ve been living in Asia now for 4 years. A year ago I incorporated in Singapore, I bank in Singapore and I’ve moved just about everything in an easterly direction. I only have family and friends back in the UK now, thank fuck we have Skype.

I often get PM’s, from friends, old colleagues and even clients on Facebook who want to visit for a couple of weeks and I help facilitate their stay in Thailand so they maximize their two week vacation. I love doing this and it’s a great opportunity to catch up with lots of old friends.

How to Become a Digital Nomad

Occasionally friends contact me to asking how I manage to live out of the rat race for so long and tell me they want to do the same. Below is an edited version of one such exchange. I though would make a great starting point for a blog post that will also answers some of the very same questions you may have if you have found yourself reading my blog. I’ve kept names and some other things private out of respect and made some minor edits so it reads easy!

One Day in April…

“Hey man, Hello!!! How are you??? I’m saving hard for a trip to Asia… see you are out there at the moment so wondered if you had any hints and tips for best places to go or places you would recommend and how to work to make money stretch for as long as possible!!! We are selling as much of our stuff as possible and giving up jobs to do this…. excited and shitting my pants all at the same time!!! Haha! X

Hey (Name) I’m fine and dandy, How the devil are you? I’ve been living out in Thailand for something like 3 and a half years now. A couple of weeks ago I left Bangkok and now live on my fave island, Koh Chang. I could wax lyrical about places to go and things to see in Asia but it would be like writing a book. It’s a big place!

If you are giving up your jobs to travel you always will have a finite time and resources before you have to go back. I would recommend finding something that you can do online and generate an income. Then you can be a ‘Digital Nomad‘ and do it as long as you like.

You can live a very comfortable life in Thailand (or anywhere you choose) on a very reasonable budget. For instance, I had a one bedroom condo by the river in central Bangkok for the last 2 years, which included a gym, a swimming pool, use of a boat and a maid for 22,000thb or just over £400 p/m. I have friends who have studios apartments in the same building for 14,000thb.

Compare that with a one bedroom apartment in London that starts at 4 x monthly rental price and you don’t have a maid, outdoor swimming pool or use of a private boat to ferry you across the river. You do get high service charges for water, electricity and other taxes like the community charge, parking and congestion charge etc.

  • Update: I now live in a 2 bedroom house on Koh Chang island and pay 14,000thb. Water and electricity is an additional 1,200thb per month and my Internet is free! So I have more and pay less. Sometimes the secret to having more money is not earning more, but spending less!

Street food is great and safe to eat. A meal will set you back around £1.

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With Friends from LA at Lebua, Bangkok

If you want to live it up you can go to the top bars, clubs and restaurants and pay comparable prices to any UK town. Best to stay local and soak up the vibe for the best deals.

Other towns in Thailand are cheaper and friendlier. South Vietnam is a fave of mine as is Singapore where my company is registered. Laos is super cheap and ultra laid back, Cambodia has its moments but I’m not generally a fan, but a must see is the Temples of Ankor Wat.

If you want to skype me and ask any questions instead of me rambling, drop me a line and we can schedule a convenient time. My Skype is (myskypename).

I would suggest you check out freelancer sites like www.odesk.com and my half assed blog imalwayshappy2help.com

Wicked thanks man that’s great to get me started!! Will have a bit of a research and then get back you with more questions :() We are hesitant on putting a limit on our time purely I think cos we are so hacked off with western society and the work ethic here… living bang in the middle of surrey… I’m sick of the falseness and the thought process that you can only be successful if you work yourself into the ground. But then saying that I have a fair bit of fear around if we do have to come back we would have nothing… as I am not a home owner and money we are frantically saving is for our travels. I like the idea of digital Nomad but have no skills in that area… eeekkkk x”

One of the reasons I left London was because of the shallow consumerism and celebrity culture that gets into all walks of your life. I stopped watching TV 6 years ago and get my news and information from more reliable sources than the agenda lead, mainstream media.

Everyone is conditioned to go to school and Uni and leave with a debt to the system (repaying loans in their 50’s), then conform and get a job to pay for things you don’t need to get more in debt etc. Then you are locked in the system with little or no chance of escape. A slave!

Anyone can break free if they really want to and it doesn’t have to be hard. Society will tell you your crazy etc. but they haven’t got the balls to break free. Our values are all wrong. Who needs a big car, big house and 100 pair of shoes?

Think about the skills and qualities you have and see how you can adapt them to online. You’ll be surprised! As I say, there is always someone who will pay for a service you can provide. My girlfriend is a great designer and artist but lacked the opportunities or knowledge to go it alone via the net. Now she works when she wants online, making graphics for companies and dresses for other peeps. All her friends still work in offices 12 hours a day + commute for 15.000thb a month. She works less and earns more and has more fun doing it.

If you really have no skills to work online, learn some. They are skills you can learn easily when you apply yourself. You are investing in your future, forget the rat race and the dogma. Free up your time, your life and your mind!! You can do anything you want to do if you really want to do it. If I can do it, anyone can!!: )Perry.

More Recently in September…

Hey (Name), are you on track to quit the rat race?

Hey man, I’m on track in my mind… kinda… just looking at cheaper places to live so we can save more to F off faster!!! As currently we can’t save anywhere near enough and it’s getting us really down in the dumps… so we don’t bother at all to save etc. etc…

Still no idea what it is I could do being a digital nomad… although it sounds amazing!!! I mean… my jobs alright… but it’s sucking out my soul… working in adoption… it really ain’t what people think it is… it’s working for the government and we all know what that does to you!!!

(Name), my man works in lettings and hates it… he puts on a tie every day and calls it the “rope”… we seriously need plan of action before this society engulfs us!!! How’s life on the beach?? Haha x

I have other friends in a similar position as you. Working in adoption must be pretty tough, I was adopted myself and my folks still foster, so I know how hard that is but rewarding at the same time.

I own a tie, never wore it. It hangs in my closet as a reminder! ha ha!!

Do you have secretarial skills? I sure you could be a virtual assistant and work online if you did.

There are so many things you can do online. I’m sure you and (Name) have skills or could learn new ones and start earning money online. Social Media Managers for instance, earn big bucks looking after a few client’s fb pages, twitter and Pinterest. You can soon scale it up and make good money.

I just got back from BKK. My gf and I, if she gets a visa will be in the UK for Halloween. Quick trek back to update my passport and see the family. Then I’m outta there and back to the beach!

I get very frustrated working in children’s services though… becomes about ticking government boxes rather than helping children sometimes… which is not why I went into it. Wow your folks still foster… that’s amazing!!! Those ideas look doable… My boyfriend is a whiz at online stuff… where do you look for that work? I could do online sec stuff but would have to brush up on a few bits and grammar eeek x

Yep my folks are awesome and in their 70’s. In fact it’s my father’s 75th birthday on Halloween. One of the reasons we are heading over.

We should Skype and brain storm your skill bases and I will be able to match you with stuff you can do online, show you where to go etc. You can start at home in your own time and build up a client base so you don’t end up on the streets. All very doable! I’m actually going to develop a course (online) for people who want to find a way to work online and stick the finger to the man! It would be great to help you guys out in the process.

END… Time to Take Action!

FYI – You will probably live to be around 80. Do you think trading 1 year of your life for 50 years of freedom is a pretty good deal compared to spending 50 years doing shit you would prefer not to, just to feel ‘safe’, pay the mortgage or the student loan off?

  • The most common age at death in England and Wales in 2010 was 85 for men and 89 for women. Sauce
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Gio & Perry

I have a friend, Gio who knew nothing about SEO (Search Engine Optimization). He came over to Thailand for a month and stayed for two. He sat by my side and learned by looking over my shoulder every day. Towards the end of his 2 months I gave him a number for a SEO company in Bangkok. He walked in and they created a new position for him. The last thing I said before he left for his interview was that he knew more than they did. He didn’t believe me, but it was true, and he got a job.

How long do you think it will take him to be super successful? Just take action! He now works for me and we are also partners on two other online start-ups.

All it takes is a little hard work and the desire to grow. This is why most jobs are so lethal. Every entrepreneur you will ever know grows 10x more every year while people stuck in jobs only grow at a rate of 0.2% after they figure out their job. It’s a growth death trap and no way to LIVE life.

If you do repetitive tasks that are pretty much the same every day then your brain stops growing and you become robot-like, not a thinker or a game changer. Your brain can do incredible things and you have the ability to learn incredible things. Don’t squander the best years of your life. Invest in your future.

“How are you making money and living life on your terms as a digital nomad?”

I’m always getting asked “What do you do” or “How do you make money online?” etc. I don’t openly sell anything on this blog or allow advertisers. However there are some affiliate links throughout the site and if you click on them I make a small commission. I don’t make anywhere near enough to make a living from them! They may buy me a beer every now and again. They are certainly not a sustainable income source for me. I’ve tried affiliate marketing, but it isn’t for me.

At the time of writing I have 4 primary income sources;

  1. Website Audits – We offer a comprehensive audit of your website to find out the good, bad and ugly health of your most important online asset. I charge $997 and get 2-3 sales per month.
  2. Website Development – we design and build stunning website that convert for local business. The average build is $5000 and we produce at least 1 per month.
  3. Citation Building – we claim, clean and optimize local business directory listings. Average 2-3 sales per month between $800 and $4000.
  4. Clients – I work with local businesses and do consulting and service work for them. This is the main part of my business and income. I have 15+ clients.

How to Achieve a Digital Nomad LifestyleSoon we will be launching a membership site for the main niche we work in. This will be based on a recurring income model. The average membership fee and additional services will be in the region of $400 per month. This niche has 26,000 registered professionals in the USA alone. We are only looking to have only 100 members in the first year. Imagine if we got 1% of the 26,000!

Back in 2007 I knew nothing about SEO, websites or even heard of the term ‘Digital Nomad‘. I knew one thing, I wanted to have a laptop lifestyle and have the freedom to travel. My story just goes to show that if you work smart and want to invest in your future success, there is not better place than finding your ‘thing’ online and making it happen. Where are you going to be a year from now!

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Island Life – Picture Perfect Laptop Lifestyle

April 27, 2014 in Internet Marketing Lifestyle, Koh Chang

Laptop Lifestyle - Working on a TanI’ve been off the radar lately but I’ve not disappeared entirely. I have just been busy with other multiple projects and never found the time to get back on my blog.

Koh Chang

When I first started this journey in South East Asia I was on the island of Koh Chang. One of my favorite place in the whole world. For the last three years I’ve been living in Bangkok but for some time I’ve wanted to escape the city (even though I have had a mini break every couple of months). I love Bangkok and it’s an easy place to live and travel from. I can generally be at an international airport between 30 and sixty minutes and fly to Oz, Singapore, Bali, HCMC or any other of my favorite destinations.

However the appeal to go out and party like I used to and with the current political crisis lurching towards civil ward, I thought it made for the perfect time to get out the city and get back to natural and slower pace of life. So here I am again, where it all started on Koh Chang, elephant island.

I’ve also recently incorporated my business in Singapore for better tax efficiency and let’s face it, it’s only a 2 hour flight there and not a full day getting back to the grey, old UK. So moving homes and moving a business has kept me busy (Aren’t the the two most stressful things you can do?). I’ve also teamed up with one of my company managers to start another business and we are spending all our time ‘out of work hours’ setting that up. I won’t say anything about it here for now but it’s a very exciting project and one that I have dreamed about for a long time.

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So now I’m setting up a comfortable home with my girlfriend and looking to purchase some land on the island to build our dream home, get off-grid and produce our own food. We have already started planting on a small scale and hope to soon taste the fruits of our labor. Things grow fast in this tropical climate! So watch out for gardening tips and building a sustainable home here soon.

With that being said, it’s time to go and water the plants. I’m in domestic bliss!

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Choosing A Job You Like

December 26, 2013 in Internet Marketing Lifestyle, Marketing Quotes

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“Choose a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Confucius, a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher.

Some people go into a job hunt thinking that they have absolutely no control over the job that they might end up getting in the end. Most people are easy to jump at the job that has the best financial opportunity regardless of the type of work that they are given. It’s much more important to look into an occupation that can present you with more freedom, or something that you find more interesting.

Less Stressful

We spend a large amount of our waking hours sitting at a desk or sitting at work. Although a 40 hour week doesn’t sound like much in the grand scheme of things, many of us work well and above these hours and when we consider working this much over a lifetime these hours can really add up. This is why enjoying the time that you spend working is very important. There are bound to be some stressful days in any job that you take on but regularly experiencing stress or discomfort in the workplace can lead to health concerns and severely impact your quality of life.

I love what I do for a living so 99% of the time it really doesn’t feel like work. Another big plus point for me is the freedom my live/work lifestyle affords me. I enjoy lots of mini holidays, work from beautiful resorts, by the pool or in my pants in my condo!: )

Take Your Options

If you are already stuck in a job where you feel trapped or you are experiencing an abnormal amount of stress every single day, it’s very important to look into the options you have. We live in a very exciting time. Working online is now easier than ever before and you have resources available to you such as online freelancing websites, living the Internet marketing lifestyle or even becoming an entrepreneur to eventually attain the freedom of being able to work on a beach. You can start small and begin working part-time to check out some of these options for yourself but it is important to note that selecting a job you enjoy doing is a great way that you can get the most out of life and the hours that you work as well as achieve financial security.

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To Dream, To Live

December 26, 2013 in Marketing Quotes

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“When you cease to dream you cease to live.”Malcolm Forbes, publisher of Forbes magazine.

Many people in business find it hard to see forward or see any room for advancement in the position that they are in. Dreaming of where you may be in business or seeing some type of financial freedom in your future is an excellent motivator to work hard. While it is good to enjoy some form of financial security and to continue working to make sure that you can maintain your lifestyle, seeing something in the future is an even bigger motivator.

Be Motivated at Work

For those who are stuck in positions where there is no hope for advancement or where there isn’t much of a future freedom to dream about in place, it can be very difficult to enjoy your job as well as your life. We spend a lot of time at our jobs and a lot of time earning money before we retire. It’s very important to enjoy these working hours just as we enjoy the time that we have off. While work will probably always feel a bit like work there are some steps you can take to give yourself hope and to really start to enjoy and feel motivated at work.

If you are in a position where you feel absolutely stuck, with no room for advancement it may be a good idea to look to your options. Freedom is not something that is impossible in the working world. Many people are living an laptop lifestyle and working from home or traveling the world, enjoying freedom while still being able to earn money and do something that is enjoyable. Online freelancers, businesses and more can run from a home office today or from anywhere in the world. In this exciting age that we live in the dream of having more freedom in the workplace is more attainable than ever before. What’s holding you back?

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Catch the Trade Winds in Your Sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

December 5, 2013 in Marketing Quotes

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”Mark Twain, American author and humorist.

The truth is, life is pretty short. We don’t have a lot of time to waste while we’re here and unfortunately we can end up spending quite a lot of it working. The unfortunate byproduct of life is that it gets expensive and as a result we need to maintain our jobs in order to have financial freedom. The more expensive that life gets however, the more that we have to work and the less time that we have. This is the problem that plagues us all but luckily there is a solution…

Within the past decade it has become much easier to work from home and become your own boss. There are millions of opportunities online to make money as well as some fantastic opportunities that are available for people who are interested in marketing and selling products online. Many people are content to look back on the last 20 years at jobs that they enjoy doing even if it is for companies, but some people may not have the same positive thoughts towards their occupation. For those people, it may be time to cast off and start creating your own opportunities.

Discover the Internet Lifestyle

With a bit of research and some creativity you can quickly discover that there is an entire Internet lifestyle available with the freedom that you may have always wanted. Networks of freelancers, online business people, and Internet marketers all come together to work online and give up the traditional 9 to 5. Being your own boss can be extremely rewarding but it is important to test the waters first before you jump in with both feet. Spend some time doing research and creating some part-time opportunities before you give up the financial security that you received that your current occupation. When you feel as though you can make it on your own, go for it and experience the freedom that you deserve.


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Are You Living Your Internet Marketing Lifestyle?

November 14, 2013 in Guest Posts, Internet Marketing Lifestyle

When meeting new people, the inevitable question soon pops up “What do you do?” This happened only last night in the Gold Coast Airport departure lounge when I was waiting to board a plane to Kuala Lumpa. I of course have many answers to this question depending on who’s asking, but for those who really want to know we often end up in a long discussion about the benefits of the Internet Lifestyle. Many of these people express to me that they to would love to have the freedom I dearly love and to live a laptop lifestyle but few take the action and make it happen. I really don’t know why, so I recently put the word out in the IM Lifestyle community and asked the question “What barriers deter people from living the Internet Marketing Lifestyle? The responses make interesting reading.

Here’s what some had to say:

Nathaniell Brenes – One More Cup of Coffee

Nathaniel BrenesNo doubt there’s lots of hype around the “Internet marketing lifestyle“, and there are many ways to get there. Some of them are practical, some of them not. Whatever path you choose to make money on the Internet or leverage online business to work from home, there are 3 common barriers I see to actually achieving ones goals.

1) Managing Expectations

Unfortunately there are lots of programs, books, videos, networks, blogs, websites and any other form of information out there that have promoted the idea that an Internet business can be automated. There are some parts of the business that give an illusion of automation, but very often there is a whole lot of hard work sitting behind the ‘system’ that is set in place.

And even then, most of what is done behind the scenes of a great Internet business is not automated. It’s outsourced. Simply said, you need to be WORKING on your business. If you are not, you need to hire someone to do it for you.

Money comes from customers, and customers want stuff. They want products, they want information, and they want to get their moneys worth. Someone has to deliver it.

The other huge misconception with expectations is how much and how fast you can make money. I honestly don’t know why people turn to the internet as a last resort to make money. I get emails almost weekly from folks saying that they don’t have a job, are in debt, have bills to pay, and need to start making money by the end of the month.

Sorry, but the Internet will not solve your money problems by the end of the month. Develop a 6 month plan, then revamp and look another year into the future. You can do a lot in a year. You can’t do jack in two weeks.

2) Independent Work

Another huge thing that’s holding people back from even starting their journey towards that glorious first internet payday is, well, not even getting started. Most of what you need to know about how to set up your business is available online, and available for free. It’s easier than ever to reach the experts, talk to them, ask them questions, and pick away at the huge bank of knowledge you’ll need to get things moving.

I recently wrote a review about a scammy product, warning folks to stay away from it. Within the body of the review I explained very clearly that this was not a product I recommended, but linked to legit ones where visitors could start their training. I like to related blog posts, and even outlined the basics of how I make money with my own blogs.

But I still get comments like these:Living the Internet Marketing Lifestyle

And when I receive these, it’s very obvious that they not only did not read the review in detail, they didn’t follow any links, and they didn’t read any of the other comments.

These visitors were looking for a simple answer. They want me to say, “Yes, here is the product. It’s free. And you will start making money by the end of the week. No previous skills necessary. Full automated, $5,000 per week.”

I can’t help you if you can’t even read the information that’s sitting in front of you.

3) Commitment

The biggest factor preventing internet entrepreneurs from realizing their dreams is commitment. Like anything else, it takes time to get your bearings and become good at what you do. As mentioned in the “manage expectations” topic from above, people set goals of weeks and months, when they should be setting goals of years and decades.

I see people make comments like, “I will try it for a month, and if it doesn’t work, I know it’s a scam”.

But how do you learn to play an instrument?

By that definition, guitars are a scam. Try for a month, and I guarantee you won’t be able to play anything well.

And foreign languages are a scam too. Try learning one for a few hours per day for 4 weeks and you will be seriously disappointed.

There are many paths to success. Pick one, and stick with it. Hone your craft, better yourself, and above all, don’t quit. You never know when success is right around the corner, and if you quit today, you’ll never know if tomorrow was going to be your first breakthrough.

A contribution by Nathaniell Brenes of One More Cup of Coffee fame. He has a great website and videos and has a lot of experience teaching people how to start making money online. I recommend you check out his Youtube Channel here and jump right in!

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Richard Marriott – Clambr

Richard Marriott1. Fear of Failure

You will fail more times than you win in life, but it’s the ability to get up and try again that will eventually lead your to success.

Too many people are deterred from living the Internet marketing lifestyle simply because they are afraid. Some are not just afraid of trying, but even afraid of succeeding. If you’re reading this post you must want to live the dream and you probably also know how to build a profitable lifestyle online, the question is what’s stopping you?

If it is fear that’s holding you back and nothing else, learn to confront it and deal with it. It’s good to be afraid and that will drive you to push towards your goals, but you should never let fear become so dominating that it literally stops you dead in your tracks. After all, fear is just a human emotion. Once you realise this, and how trivial it is, you can learn to laugh it off and move forward.

2. Social Conditioning

So you want to take the leap into the IM lifestyle but everyone around you is telling you otherwise – “but what about your career?”, “why don’t you just change jobs?”.

Society conditions us to follow by its rules, creating a flock of sheep rather than a pack of wolves. The sheep will murmur and baahh to keep you back in the pen. The thought of not having stable employment scares them and they will constantly warn you against quitting the 9 to 5 and living the Internet marketing dream because life outside the pen frightens them.

Sheep live out their days in a closed off, protected environment, with a steady flow of food and shelter and will stay there until they die. They are happy with a stable pay check and know nothing of the freedom the outside world offers. Their 2 week holiday allowance is enough for them. They don’t yearn for more.

Wolves can go for days without eating. They walk for miles, encounter many dangers, fight off other wolves and must adapt to survive. They live a fulfilling life and will grow their territory by the more they pursue.

My advice is to ignore the sheep. They will do nothing but cloud your mind with doubt and negativity. Seek advice from wolves. They don’t live behind fences. They are free and know it’s possible and far more fulfilling to live life out of the pen.

3. Too Much Conflicting Information

There are two types of advice on the Internet: The advice that will help your dreams come true, and the advice that will crush them.

When I started out looking for ways to make money online I was conned by a number of “get rich quick” schemes and almost gave up on the idea that building a comfortable lifestyle online was even possible. It’s easy to lose sight of how achievable the Internet marketing lifestyle actually is and if you go down the wrong path you will be doomed from the start.

The key is to trust in yourself, not in others to provide a quick and easy solution. You must create your own empire and seek information that will help you build something for yourself.

Don’t get distracted by “get rich quick” schemes. Block anything like that out of your mind. Learn to ignore it and focus on what you should be doing:

Building an authority site in a niche you can write about, love and has a masses of wallet out buyers ready to both learn from you and buy from you.

That’s it. It’s no magical formula, but it works.

Richard Marriott at the time of writing, is holed up in a secret French Alps location building a $9k a month authority site in 90 days.

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Tom Coleman – MobiDigital

Tom ColemanMindset

The 1st and most important thing for me is mindset as most people are conditioned from a young age that they have to get a 9-5 job, so it is very hard to break free from that type of thinking that it is possible to make a full time income from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. It’s even harder When everyone else around you has the same conditioning too.

Risk Factor

2nd would be the risk factor. Most people are too comfortable in there current situation and too afraid to step outside the comfort zone and take a risk.

Self Doubt

3rd is self doubt and negative thinking. You need to train your mind to focus on the solution instead of the problem or focus on the positive outcomes rather than the negative outcomes. Focus on success and living the lifestyle you want to live instead of focusing on failure.

Tom Coleman is is an Australian who likes a good walkabout. Currently CEO of Mobidigital.com.au/ a Google Adwords and re-marketing company.

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Stephen Wilson – Twisted Gigolo Media

Stephen Wilson

Fear

1: I do not think the problem is a new one. It is basically the same dilemma as any employed individual faces, whether it be online or offline – the fear of going it alone and giving up the reliance of a set regular income. Sure, working online gives you a lot of freedom, when you make it work, but the bottom line remains the same – some people are willing to take the plunge were others are not. Why? Next point….

Time

2: Maybe current responsibilities i.e. not having the time due to employment arrangements and family commitments. Maybe some people are not willing to embark on a long term transitional or trial period of the business idea (essential) and not willing to sacrifice the necessary time for what is still the main ingredient of success (online or offline) – hard work.

This is my eighth year working in online marketing and I still have a constant stream of projects under development, knowing that not all of them will enjoy the success that I originally envisaged. While I still hold a number of position 1 and page 1 site rankings, the reality is that few of us can really rely on just one income stream to fuel an online lifestyle, which may discourage some, so be prepared to have broad shoulders and keep developing quality new ideas in niche areas. If one works, give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy what you’ve worked for, but don’t become complacent. Whole workforce’s have been laid off over night just because of algorithm changes. Similarly, relying on a large social following is a mistake, many of those people may already have the current product or service you are marketing. So to have all your eggs in one basket is never a good idea, but especially online!

The Plunge

3: The continuing increase in competition in all online sectors is understandably going to make people think twice about ‘the plunge’. This together with Google’s recent pandering to big corporates in the hope that they will drive more people to their Adword platform – will no doubt been seen as a possible barrier when people are researching their market. On a positive note, us publishers can greatly improve our chances of success, if we aim towards what Google still holds above all else – original content via an engaging site.

The reality in my opinion is that more and more people are taking ‘the plunge’ to some degree and for those people it’s not only the hard work ingredient that they must bring to the table – but a mixture of constant research and development in an ever-changing online landscape which, despite the evolution and importance of social media, still boils down to the domination of Google search and how it favors your online aspirations. Oh and again, point number 1! : )

Stephen Wilson is the Managing Director of Twisted Gigolo Media

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Brigham Dallas – Fat Boys’ Launch Pad

Brigham Dallas - Internet LifestyleLiving abroad barriers:

a) – The Unknown – people fear it. We embrace it. Adventure, the idea of exploring outweighs the danger of the unknown and fear of imperfect expectations of the future.

b) Friends and family connections – we give up a lot living abroad – the comfort of seeing a family daily or being close to those we currently care about. my friends circle has grown every time i move countries though.

c) Cost – this is the one that people think they can’t overcome… how on earth do you live abroad – it’s so costly? The truth? I’ve spent less on my lifestyle than you do on yours! imagine how much cheaper life would be if you didn’t have to pay $80 phone bills monthly, $1k house bill, $500 car payments, $250 in gas bills, and $15 every time you go out to eat. The fact is, 3rd world countries are cheap and if you have the luxury to work from your computer, you can pick the best and cheapest places to live.

d) Instability of the Region – What if i get sick overseas? What if i get in trouble? True. You could get injured, sick, abducted like on the movie taken, or thrown in prison for marijuana smoking in Malaysia (that’s would be worse than a horror movie!). But the truth is you could also get injured, sick, hit by a car, and shot in your backyard. Be careful, learn street smarts and don’t push yourself too hard at first. If the food looks shady, don’t eat it, don’t walk down a dark alley alone if you can avoid it and be constantly aware of your surroundings. Risk is always there, even at your own home, but intelligence mitigates some of the risk. And my experience has been that the benefits way outweigh the risks.

Barriers aside, traveling and learning from talented and passionate people from around the world has been the greatest education I could have acquired. You being one of them Perry, thanks for teaching me what I needed to get started on my career path in life.

Brigham Dallas recently launch Fat Boys’ Launch Pad.

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If you enjoyed reading this, do you agree? What’s stopping you from starting over, leaving the rat race for good and living the life you want to live? I’d love to hear your stories.

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