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There’s a perception – even today – that if you want to become a “digital nomad”, you need to give up your existing job or business and do something more… well… more digital. Like becoming a drop shipper, affiliate marketer or web designer. At one point – when The 4-Hour Work Week was written in 2006 – that was very much the most practical way to combine work and travel. But technology and the way people do business have moved on, and we’ve seen people in the most seemingly “real…

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Big fat update on all our businesses

Sorrrrry! It’s been a long time since we’ve written a blog post. It’s not that we’ve been out of ideas – just that we’ve been out of time. For the past couple of months we’ve been busy getting our acts together – focusing more than ever on doing the work that will be the most successful in the long term. When I last wrote an “update” on our lives and businesses, it was January 2014. So much has changed since then, and many readers have emailed to ask for a…

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Moving in the “wrong” direction – from value-based pricing to charging by the day

Back in January 2014, I wrote a post about how we’d “finally” moved from day rates to value-based pricing when charging clients for our copywriting services. I explained all the pros of value-based pricing that we’d read about and come to believe in – namely: We were doing ourselves a massive disservice by charging according to our time. We bring heaps of experience, knowledge, skills and years of hard work to the table – so if we think a project will only take us a day but the client will…

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How to get noticed when you hate pitching

We can’t pitch for toffee. The medium doesn’t matter: emails, podcast interviews, newsletters to our subscribers, cold calls… we get embarrassed, we half-arse it, and we do our audience and potential clients a disservice by not explaining with enough conviction why they’d benefit from what we have to offer. It’s not just us: those who are the best at creating things are often terrible at selling them, or they shy away from selling because they don’t enjoy it. But if you can’t pitch effectively, how can you get noticed? How…

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How we use Gravity Forms to automate our business

Every so often, a game-changing piece of software comes into my life and gets me so enthused that I find myself 10 minutes into telling my mother about it on the phone before I realise that, in fact, most people don’t care that much about useful software. First it was Trello, then Zapier, and most recently it’s been Gravity Forms. And, to my eternal joy, there’s even a way to use all three of them together. In this post, far from giving you a complete tutorial, I want to get…

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