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- Hone your skills around the world in exchange for room and board
- $300k a year freelancing on Fiverr
- Blank books update
- This guy sold his online business for $1 million
- How to sit at your computer
- The $1.80 strategy for growing your social media following
- The latest Google core update
- The toughest foot race on Earth
- This will save you reading time
- Matrix-style cold calling
Hone your skills around the world in exchange for room and board
If you’re not yet earning enough from your online business to travel frequently, give Worldpackers a look.
On there you’ll find literally hundreds of places around the world that will give you meals and accommodation in exchange for working a few hours per week.
Many of the placements give you the opportunity to practice and sharpen your online skills.
- 15 hours per week creating content and doing marketing for an English school in Vietnam – in exchange for 3 meals a day, a bed in a shared dorm, free tours, free laundry, and free language lessons.
- 10 hours per week doing web design for a guest house in Lebanon – in exchange for 3 meals a day, a bed in a shared dorm, free laundry, and free hiking tours.
- 20 hours per week doing marketing for a water park in Ecuador – in exchange for 3 meals a day, a private bedroom, free laundry, drinks, and tours.
Looks like you can go pretty much anywhere in the world via Worldpackers.
There are three types of trips available: work exchange, social impact, and eco program. The hosts are all verified by Worldpackers and rated and reviewed by other members, so it’s easy to see which opportunities are the best.
There is a $49 annual membership fee to join the site, but use this link and you’ll get a 40% discount 🙂
(Related: check out our Travel Hackers Toolkit for more handy travel resources.)
$300k a year freelancing on Fiverr
Some notes from this podcast interview with a lady named Alex Fasulo, who earns $300,000 per year freelancing on Fiverr:
- She started on Fiverr in 2015, when she was 22 years old.
- She already had a year of experience freelancing on the side before she quit her job.
- She mainly provides writing services (blog posts, copywriting, press releases, etc.)
- She earned $33,000 her first full year on Fiverr.
- Then she caught a break and was selected for Fiverr Pro, which effectively allowed her to quadruple her rates.
- She’s a full-time digital nomad now.
You can read more about Alex’s story here.
Blank books update
Two weeks ago in this newsletter I shared an interview with a lady who was earning between $6k-$11k a month selling blank books on Amazon (think journals, diaries, planners, notebooks and sketchbooks).
Reader Howard from Puzzle Barn Press shared his experience trying the same thing:
My wife and I have been doing this for about 5 months now. Along with some other stuff like calendars with pretty images. We have more than 3000 of these low-content books up, and we are making… wait for it… nearly $50/month so far. A bit underwhelming. The margins are terrible, and the competition is ridiculous.
A week later Howard added:
We are now getting more than $100/month on low-content books (blank journals of various types), and the trend is looking good. Next month may be over $200. The pre-Christmas sales should be much better.
This guy sold his online business for $1 million
A few years ago I interviewed an American chap named Nate Ginsburg. He told me how he’d learned digital marketing on the fly and was earning about $3,500 per month from freelance work.
Fast forward a few years and he’s since built and sold an FBA business for almost $1 million.
You can hear more of Nate’s story and lots of tips for building a rockstar remote team on the latest episode of the Authority Hacker podcast.
How to sit at your computer
Some essential tips from an ergonomics expert in this 3-minute video.
I’ve been slacking getting a laptop stand for a while now but there’s no denying they’re a good idea. As per the video, your eyes should be level with the top of your screen to avoid bad posture.
Do you use a laptop stand? Has it made a big difference for you? If so, which one do you use?
Let me know in the comments.
The $1.80 strategy for growing your social media following
I’m not a huge fan of Gary Vaynerchuk – criticized him a bit in this video last year – but his $1.80 strategy for growing your business or brand on Instagram (or Twitter) sounds legit.
In a nutshell:
[Leave] your personal .02 cents on the top 9 trending Instagram posts for 10 different hashtags that are relevant to your brand or business every single day.
Yeah, that will take some work – classic Gary V hustle strategy – but it seems to be the level of commitment required nowadays if you want to break through.
The latest Google core update
I touched on this a couple of weeks ago. If you’ve noticed a significant change in organic traffic to your website, Google’s recent update to their search algorithm is most likely why.
This article does a nice job of summarizing the impact of the update, noting a few of the winners (e.g. the Mirror, the Sun, HuffPost) and a few of the losers (e.g. the Daily Mail, Crypto Coins News).
(Related: Scary news for SEOs – only 41% of all Google searches now result in a click-through to a non-Google site.)
The toughest foot race on Earth
My buddy Anthony Middleton recently participated in the Marathon des Sables, a race which consists of six marathons in six days in the Sahara Desert, and has been appropriately dubbed “the toughest foot race on Earth” by the Discovery Channel.
I found Anthony’s account of it here to be an inspirational read.
Anthony quit his last “real job” about the same time as I did several years back and has been earning a living online ever since. Aside from doing that mad run through the desert, he’s on a mission to visit every country in the world and climb the tallest mountain on each continent. Now there’s a man truly making the most of his digital nomadism!
Can’t say running six sandy marathons in six days appeals to me though.
How about you?
This will save you reading time
I’ve been enjoying the new “Re-Readables” series on the Tropical MBA podcast. It’s a good way to quickly review books you’ve read, or get the key points of those you haven’t.
Three episodes so far:
Matrix-style cold calling
It’s a bit dated and oversimplified in places, but still a treasure trove of ideas for boosting your business.
The following cold calling story from the book is a great example of how to get the attention of a key prospect… and it reminded me of a scene from the Matrix 🙂
Another client, an executive for a major advertising agency, wanted to talk with the CEO of a company about to look for a new agency. My client wanted his agency to be in the running, but he was having trouble getting in touch with the CEO in question. Our solution was to have the agency buy a cellular phone with hundreds of airtime minutes prepaid. (A couple of hundred dollars.)
The phone was then delivered by messenger to the CEO. The messenger immediately called the agency to confirm the delivery. My client then dialed the cell-phone number. The CEO answered and the advertising executive got a valuable five-minute conversation with him.
At this writing, only three advertising agencies are in the final review for the account, and my client’s agency is one of them.
Alright, that’ll do it for this week.
I hope you’re doing well wherever you are in the world.
Rock on with your legendary self.
Niall Doherty – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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