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eBiz Weekly #50

How to land a $145,000 remote job

This week:

  • First-year ghostwriter up to $3000/month
  • Highest paying companies of 2019
  • Best place to learn content marketing
  • Above and beyond = overrated
  • Stefan James black-hat Kindle publishing
  • Glitter bomb booby trap
  • How to land a $145,000 remote job
  • Now is a great time to do this
  • 20 consecutive years of travel
  • Momentos

First-year ghostwriter up to $3000/month

Check out the 🆕 interview on eBiz Facts: My first year as a ghostwriter, now earning $3000/month while traveling East Africa

That interview contains mention of the following:

  • sex convention
  • armed gang
  • corrupt government officials
  • nervous breakdowns
  • watching the sunrise from atop a 2500-year-old pyramid

Our interviewee, Conor Walsh, has taken a meandering path to freelance success, and there’s a lot to learn from his story. I especially like his advice about raising his rate and NOT asking for a job.

And if none of that sounds appealing, you should still check out the interview for the photos 🌄 (probably the best we’ve had in an interview to date).

Highest paying companies of 2019

Glassdoor’s list includes at least three companies with remote work opportunities:

  • Salesforce – median compensation: $150,379 – remote job openings
  • Nvidia – median compensation: $170,068 – remote job openings
  • Palo Alto Networks – median compensation: $170,929 – remote job openings

And that’s just what I found in the top ten. There are another 15 companies there that may hire remotely.

Best place to learn content marketing

Brian Dean and Kyle Byers just released an epic free resource called The Content Marketing Hub (backlinko.com)

In future, whenever someone asks me where to learn content marketing, that’s where I’ll be sending them 👍

Above and beyond = overrated

Interesting thread on Hacker News: What mistakes did you make when starting as a consultant/freelancer?

I particularly like this contrarian advice from Greg Kogan (username gk1):

Stop trying to go above-and-beyond all the time. Do what you were brought in to do, and do it exceptionally well. If other opportunities come up, suggest them as follow-on projects instead of just doing extra stuff for free.

Related: one of the most common “mistakes” you’ll see mentioned in that thread is charging too little and/or not raising rates earlier 💸

This short article from Freelancember is worth a read if you’d like to raise your rates but feel you can’t for some reason. 

Stefan James black-hat Kindle publishing

A chap named Stephen has a YouTube channel called Coffeezilla, where he’s been doing some impressive work exposing “fake gurus.”

This week he’s published two 15-minute videos about Stefan James of Project Life Mastery, showing how James has made millions by creating and selling fake medical cures on Kindle.

Seriously shady stuff 😡

If you’re in a rush, here’s a Twitter thread from Coffeezilla outlining how black-hat Kindle publishing works.

Glitter bomb booby trap

This isn’t really related to working online, but it’s too good not to share…

Mark Rober’s latest YouTube video has racked up 21 million views in 5 days.

It showcases a device he built to get revenge on people who steal packages from your doorstep. In true Home Alone fashion, it features exploding glitter, fart spray, and a bunch of other goodies, with several thieves captured on camera receiving their comeuppance 🤣

Oh, and grown-up Macaulay Culkin puts in an appearance, so definitely worth a watch.

How to land a $145,000 remote job

Basecamp is an impressive company with many employees working remotely.

They advertised an opening for a Senior Programmer back in July – with pay ranging from $145,000 to $179,000 per year – and ended up hiring a dude named Jorge who lives in Valencia, Spain 🇪🇸

On the Basecamp blog earlier this week, Jorge revealed how he got hired, and even shared the PDF application he sent in to start the process.

Sounds like persistence was a massive factor in landing him the job, but of course he also had top-notch skills, and values that aligned well with the company.

Related: an archive of other successful Basecamp job applications that you might find instructive.

Now is a great time to do this

Words from Kayleigh Moore in the latest edition of her newsletter:

Reach out to clients/contacts you haven’t spoken to/worked with in the past 3-6 months. Send a short email and ask what they’re up to, if they have any holiday plans, and if there’s anything you can help them with in 2020. It’s a really natural time to pop into these folks’ inboxes with a friendly hello and “don’t forget about me!” message.

Such a simple thing, and probably quite effective.

Even if you don’t get any direct bites from those clients/contacts you reach out to, you’ll have put your service “top of mind” for them again. Meaning they’ll be more likely to mention or recommend you to other folks.

20 consecutive years of travel

There are a lot of overhyped travel bloggers out there nowadays.

But one of the true originals – and still one of the best, IMO – is Wandering Earl, who has now been living a life of travel for 20 consecutive years 🤯 

This week he shared the most important lesson he’s learned from his adventures: stop and listen.

(Which, incidentally, is also great advice for building an online business. Similar to what Paul Graham recommends.) 


If you feel so inclined, you can read my latest batch of personal ramblings over on Patreon, with tales from Bali 🇮🇩 and Kuala Lumpur 🇲🇾

That’ll do it for this week.

Was there anything above that you found particularly useful or interesting?

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Until next week, happy holidays 🎄 and rock on with your legendary self 💪

Niall Doherty – Ubud, Bali
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