Working as a digital nomad is an interesting lifestyle. A couple of years ago, I gave up the whole “having a residence” thing and became full-time homeless. I started out by spending a decent amount of time in each location I visited, and I wrote about this part of the journey here.
Now I’m in a new part of the journey. As I write this, I am in the middle of a 100-day trip around the world. I don’t know how many countries we’re visiting (20-odd? Maybe 30?) and we’re staying in each for periods ranging from one day to 16 days.
In the midst of this, I’m bringing an unschooled tween, and I’m working on the road.
I’ve been gone for a month now, and I’ve picked up a few tips along the way, many of which are things I couldn’t have imagined before taking a trip of this scope.
Scaling your business. Ahh. Of all the steps required to reach your Stage 2 (a decent income for a decent number of hours worked) scaling your business is by far the most important.
Sure, it’s great to outsource a little here and there. It’s great to charge what you’re worth. But if you’re going to grow to something truly sustainable, you need to start scaling.
First, I will tell you a story of when I was fat.
Then I will tell you what this has to do with your business.
Every now and again, I get a question from a reader on the topic of plagiarism. These questions tend to take the form of what’s what – what constitutes plagiarism, what’s copyright infringement, and what’s just being a boring old copycat? And on the other hand, what to do about it.
Well, I’ve been creating content online for 11 years now, so I’ve acquired some thoughts. I’m not a lawyer, so I’m not going to tell you what to do. But I can tell you what I do.
First, I will give you three outstandingly brazen examples of Things That Are Written By Other People That Look Startlingly Like Things I Have Already Written from the last few months. Then I will tell you what I do about it.
Ready? OF COURSE YOU ARE.
This is what a business’ growth curve looks like.
It’s a thing. It has a name. It’s called an S-Curve.
See how it looks like an S?
It always looks like an S. Always. That’s why it’s called an S-Curve.
Keep that in mind. We’ll come back to it in a few minutes.