Why we’re going to quiz our clients more

A story, some heartbreak, lessons learnt, and a potentially mootastic solution… We gave away the farm Whenever we put together a Mortified Cow proposal for a potential new client, we really go all out. As Neil Patel would say, we “give away the farm“: we provide as much valuable information as we can about how that client could improve their business and make more money – with or without our services. We write up big, friendly documents that are jargon-free and (we like to think) funny. We even send over…

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How to make money online in 4 (easy?) steps

Archie, Emma, get with the times...your friends are all writing malware scripts, and they're KILLING it.

Archie, Emma, get with the times...your friends are all writing malware scripts, and they're KILLING it.

Last January, when we still had “proper” jobs, we spent a week’s worth of pre-work mornings writing about children’s party planning in Australia. And carpet cleaning in Ohio. And the role of states’ rights and federalism in the United States of America. And a nail salon in Utah. And dehumidification solutions in Canada. In return we got paid $20, and it was probably the single most important step towards the location independent lifestyle we live today. What a Utah nail salon taught me about making money online I ran a…

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You need to buddy up with the right people

We were watching Question Time on the BBC iPlayer the other day (living the dream, as ever), and the presenter opened with, “Well, I think we can all guess what the biggest story of this week was.” We looked at each other. Was it the battle between skeuomorphic and “flat” design trends? Or could it have been edged out by the news that the Opera browser has shifted to the same rendering engine as Chrome and Safari? No, it turned out that, (a) the rest of the UK was more exercised by the fact…

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Why buying stuff isn’t the answer

The one problem with not buying stuff: photos start to look a bit samey...

The one problem with not buying stuff: photos start to look a bit samey...

FOR ONCE we’re ahead of the curve! For-basically-ever we’ve had no interest in shopping or buying stuff for the sake of it. And since becoming digital nomads, we’ve had a great excuse to avoid accumulating unnecessary bits and pieces. But apparently, we’re all starting to realise that “stuff” doesn’t really make us happy – and loads more people are choosing to spend their time and money on “experiences” instead. Psychologists, behavioural economists and some of our favourite writers have been saying for yonkos that buying nice dresses, shoes, cushions and pastry forks will…

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How to build a Minimum Viable Product to test your location independent business idea

Lesson 1: when you search "MVP" for inspiration, make sure you're not looking at examples of Most Valuable Players in the USA

Lesson 1: when you search "MVP" for inspiration, make sure you're not looking at examples of Most Valuable Players in the USA

A little while ago, we went to speak to a group of frustrated corporate employees about how they could break away and set up their own location independent business. Once we’d got over the excitement of having a “speaking engagement” and bored everyone we knew about it, we noticed two main themes in the questions that were asked: People who had a desire to start a business, but a lack of ideas about what the business should do People who had an idea for starting a business around a passion…

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