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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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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How (and why) we invest in property as digital nomads

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The half hour in Photoshop will be TOTALLY worth it when I realise my life's ambition of ranking #1 for "house on plane" in Google Image Search.

When it comes to being a digital nomad, everyone talks about passive income – from products, from royalties, or from businesses that you’ve systemised so other people can run them. You never hear about passive income from property investing (or “real estate”, if you insist). And with good reason: it requires a load of money and a lot of research to get started, the rules are totally different from country to country, and it seems fundamentally incompatible with a life of travel. It’s not particularly helpful for most people, so…

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How to set yourself apart from the competition

We’ve written before – countless times – about the importance of setting yourself apart from the competition if you want to make more money as a freelancer or entrepreneur. Which is all well and good if you’re a private tutor who just so happens to achieve excellent results through the power of mime, or the owner of a riding stable where all the horses get group therapy sessions each week. But what about if you’re a generic accountant, or a dull old solicitor, or a run-of-the-mill plumber? How do you…

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