Lessons from a minor breakdown

A couple of years ago, we experienced something of a minor breakdown. For many weeks, we had daily bouts of hiccupy sobs, bad headaches and an unbearable feeling of failure. During a particularly bad episode, Rob snot-cried his way through an entire toilet roll in two hours while I downed paracetamol like it was M&Ms. Looking back, the situation wasn’t actually that bad. We’d been working with extremely difficult and demanding clients for Mortified Cow, who seemed to hate us and need us (night and day) in equal measure. But…

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BREAKING: having a job might not be that terrible after all

Confession time: over the last couple of years we’ve probably been far too bullish/sanctimonious/closed-minded about insisting that you should start your own business if you want to travel the world. We don’t have any agenda to push (“This is why you should start a business – now buy this product where we show you how!”), but we’ve been working so hard on trying to build our own business that we may have lost sight of the other options. Because it’s so damn hard, maybe at times we were also trying…

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Get our new book for 99 cents this week!

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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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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