Digital Nomad 101: 6 Things I’ve Learned After 6 Months On The Road

Digital Nomad 101

The digital nomad lifestyle has been the holy grail of the internet business set for years now. To be truly location independent is, for many, the absolute epitome of entrepreneurial success.

On a level, I’ve been a digital nomad for years. I read The 4-Hour Workweek, fell in love with the lifestyle, and got my butt on that train as fast as I could. But my digital nomad adventures have only been true as far as they’ve been true. I’ve been cheating. I haven’t really done much working on the road. I worked at home… and then spend a bunch of time traveling.

Don’t get me wrong – that’s a lot of fun. I still do it as often as I can. But for the last ten years, while I’ve fancied myself a digital nomad, I haven’t really been able to identify with the reality of the lifestyle.

Six months ago, that all changed. For a variety of reasons, I gave up my Art Deco love-nest of an apartment, put my money where my mouth was, and got on the road. I packed up my clients, I packed up my unschooling, and went on walkabout. I’m still away and on many levels, I still don’t have a clue what I’m doing. But enough dust has settled that I’ve started to learn some lessons.

Here’s what I’ve learned so far…

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5 Easy Ways To Sell More Of Your Gateway Product

What’s a gateway product?

A gateway product is the first product that somebody buys from you, the one that turns them from a prospect into a customer.

It’s the gateway from one place (Prospect City) into another place (Customer Land).

It’s a handy rule of thumb to assume that a buyers’ list (the list of people who have bought something from you, however small) is about 1000 times more valuable than a prospect list (people who haven’t bought anything, no matter how much they love you).

I don’t care how many people live in Prospect City. Customer Land is the only population that really matters.

Gateway product

Give me a list of 100 buyers over a list of 10,000 highly interested parties any day of the week. Transitioning someone from Prospect City to Customer Land is about the most valuable and important thing you can do as a business owner.

So today, here are some rules of thumb for making your gateway product as appealing as it can be…

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13 Effortless Productivity Tips To Keep You Sane (And Profitable)

productivity tips

Productivity tips are generally things that make me want to poke my eye out with a spoon. “Start early!” “Have all your notes in one place!” “Set SMART goals!” Thank you, productivity gurus, the world is slapping their foreheads saying “Oh gosh! How could I have missed that one!”

Obvious advice, like “Eat less and exercise”, does not help the majority of us who are frazzled, ADD, and not looking forward to major life or habit change. If we know what we should be doing and we’re not doing it, there’s a reason. One that a therapist, rather than a productivity coach, is more qualified to help with.

Therefore, for your reading pleasure, I submit to you a baker’s dozen of truly useful productivity tips that don’t require major lifestyle/personality transformations. Do the ones that look easiest to you, and I promise you that good things will happen…

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