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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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 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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What I learnt from becoming a productivity addict

Yes mum, I finally understand why tomatoes are so good for me

Yes mum, I finally understand why tomatoes are so good for me

When I ran a “proper business” (with staff and an office and everything), I might have been the boss in title, but I certainly wasn’t acting like a CEO. Instead of having a high-level strategic overview of the business, I’d live in my inbox, let everyone else’s priorities override mine, and say “yes” to every meeting. When I should have been planning to bring in new business, I’d be ordering a new toner catridge. Instead of taking a client out to dinner, I’d stay in the office until 9pm answering…

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