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Freelancing on Odesk – Interview with Bernard Vukas

Despite my constant admonitions about blogging being a lousy way to earn money online, most digital nomad wannabes want to focus on starting a blog. A much faster and more reliable way of earning an online income is to freelance your skills. In this interview, top oDesk.com freelancer, Bernard Vukas shares his story about how he went from earning $10 an hour to $150 per hour in four years. His oDesk success has enabled him to live an idyllic digital nomad lifestyle, earning world-class wages while living in inexpensive countries.

I’ve been outsourcing work for close to a decade on sites like oDesk, eLance and GetaCoder. Like Bernard, oDesk has become my favourite site as well. Browsing through the job postings often scares freelancers off because the rates offered tend to be ridiculously low. However, I’ve seen great workers get rewarded with higher hourly wages over and over again. Bernard Vukas is a perfect example of this. It’s not uncommon to see quality freelancers increase their rates by more than a 1000% as they get more experience and positive ratings. It can be difficult to get started with freelancing, but the opportunities are definitely there. Enjoy the interview.

Bernard Vukas Odesk Freelancing

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Interview with Digital Nomad Artist Yamile Yemoonyah

The number one problem with novice bloggers is that they don’t have a business. Blogging to bring organic search traffic to promote a specific product or service is a great idea. Blogging on generic topics with the hope of someday monetizing the traffic somehow, is a terrible idea. That’s why it’s so rare to discover someone like Yamile Yemoonyah who commits to a very narrow niche early on. Yamile develops WordPress websites and offers marketing consulting for artists. Her blog is a great source of client leads and sales because she publishes valuable information about online marketing for artists. She offers a great service and her content marketing efforts are focused on generating leads and building trust for her business. Every company should be following this exact strategy.

In this short, but content packed video, Yamile shares details in how she got started, how she gets clients and her life as a digital nomad. As a special bonus, the dogs of Chiang Mai have provided the soundtrack for this video. 🙂

Digital Nomad Yamile Yemoonyah

 

Here are the Questions Yamile Yemoonyah Answers in the Interview

  • 0:30 Please introduce yourself.
  • 0:55 Where are you from originally and where have you lived?
  • 1:29 Why

Interview with RTW traveller and long-term expat Tal Gur

In this interview, Tal Gur of BelowZerotoHero.com shares some insights into how travelling around the world has made him a better person. He also talks about how he has managed to build a largely passive income to fund his adventures. After six years in Australia and a 3 year round-the-world trip, Tal has now decided to set up a homebase in the US with his wife.

Interview with Tal Gur

Tal Gur of BelowZerotoHero.com

Please tell us about yourself?

I am originally from a Israel, though I feel at home in many places.

In 1996, aged 21, I took a long motorcycle trip in Australia and immediately fell in love. Years later I went back to complete my Masters degree in Information Management Systems and adopted Australia as a second home.

In 2009, after six blissful years in Australia, I packed a small backpack and left on a 3+ years ‘Round-The-World trip. I’m now in the process of adopting the U.S. as my new and third home. 🙂

What are your main websites about?

I own quite a few websites but the two main ones are Below Zero to Hero and Passively Free.

The first one has been crafted in the purpose of …

A Week in Chiang Mai – Photo Diary

Here is a selection of photos to show a little about what our life is like in Thailand. We tend to get into a routine and do the same things on a regular basis. Our life is simple, but very enjoyable. There isn’t a day that goes by that we aren’t grateful for the opportunities we have. We live in amazing times.

Visa Run to Myanmar

Every digital nomad knows this story well. After two or three months you have to travel to another country to renew visas for another short stay. Fortunately, visa runs are well established in Thailand and there are tours specifically for getting a new stamp in your passport. A day trip to Myanmar from Chiang Mai costs less than $20 with lunch and some sight-seeing included. Now we are good for another two months in Thailand.

Myanmar border

Visa run to the Myanmar border.

Great Thai Food

One of our favourite restaurants in Chiang Mai is Imm Aim (formerly Pun Pun). We go there 4 or 5 times a week because the food and atmosphere are great. I love small family run restaurants and the open garden is so relaxing. Imm Aim is a must try for …

Interview with Philippines Based Outsourcing Guru Chris Ducker

Outsourcing is perhaps the most effective way to leverage your time to generate better results in your business. The problem is finding trustworthy people to do the work and then managing them effectively. In this interview, one of the world’s top outsourcing experts, Chris Ducker of VirtualStaffFinder.com and Live2Sell.com, shares his advice on getting the most out of outsourced workers. Chris has lived in the Philippines for 12 years and has been in the outsourcing business for a decade. He owns a large call center, a new co-working space, an outsourcing matchmaking service and is also a rising online celebrity with a popular blog and frequent public speaking engagements.

Chris Ducker

Chris Ducker Interview Questions

0:26 Please Introduce Yourself

1:12 How did you end up in the Philippines?

2:31 Is your wife Filippino? How has that helped your business and visa status?

4:14 Would you recommend Entrepreneurs to move to the Philippines?

5:50 How is the quality of life in the Philippines?

6:58 Is the country safe?

8:10 Why would entrepreneurs want to go through your virtual outsourcing service rather than hiring their own outsourced staff directly?

9:54 Do you manage the outsourced workers after the hire?

11:54 Can you give …

Interview with Location Independent Copywriter John McIntyre

One of the best parts of being based out of Chiang Mai is the large digital nomad community here.  I don’t know of any other city in the world that comes close. It’s amazing to be able to connect with so many travellers and entrepreneurs. By far, the most dominant group of location independent entrepreneurs are the Dynamite Circle members from TropicalMBA.com. I recently had the opportunity to meet DC member and copywriter John McIntyre. John talks about his background, what makes Chiang Mai so great and gives some advice for aspiring copywriters in this interview.

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Please tell us about yourself?

I hail from the grand ol’ city of Sydney, Australia. But… I haven’t been there in over a year.

I never had a typical career and never wanted one. I jumped from casual job to casual job, moving around whenever I got bored. I had a knack for figuring things out quick. The problem was once I had it figured out, I lost interest. I did a lot of sales jobs. Both face-to-face and on the phone. The experience in sales has been incredibly valuable.

I played with online marketing on and off, but never got enough traction …

Interview with Location Independent Author and Entrepreneur Phil Byrne

Interview with Location Independent Entrepreneur and the Bali Project Getaway Organizer Tom Huges

Social media is great for connecting with people, but nothing beats face-to-face, real world meet ups. The best part of a travel lifestyle is all the great people you meet. I had the good fortune to meet Tom Huges and his lovely partner Lieve in Chiang Mai, Thailand earlier this year. Tom and Lieve are now in Bali organizing this September’s Project Getaway. It is a one month entrepreneurial retreat/incubator/conference/seminar/working holiday in a tropical paradise. Events like this are a fantastic way to jump start your business and make lifelong connections with like-minded business people.

In this interview, Tom explains exactly what you can expect at the next Project Getaway, as well as provides some great details into his own businesses and travel expenses. Like most of us, Tom and Lieve are still struggling to build their dream business, but they appear to be having the time of their lives while doing it.

Tom and Lieve in Bali

What is Project Getaway?

Project Getaway is an event for adventurous entrepreneurs to live, work and have lots of fun, while inspiring and learning from each other. The event will be held from the 16th of September until the 16th of October in several luxurious villas in …

Travel the World without Flying – Interview with Niall Doherty

Niall Doherty

My favourite new blog to read is Disrupting the Rabblement by Niall Doherty. Niall offers comprehensive, well-thought-out posts with a level of transparency and honesty that are definitely rare in this age of mass-market consumerism and news sound bites. Niall also happens to be the first person that I have discovered that is travelling the world without flying. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to interview him.

Side Note: I highly recommend Niall’s blog for anyone interested in living a better life. It is also a great example of how to blog successfully on any subject. Niall is definitely a rising star in the lifestyle design niche. Here are some ideas to copy for your own site:

Success online takes a lot of hard work and Niall Doherty is definitely willing to put in the effort.

Here is the interview.

Please tell us about yourself.

I’m 30 years old, born and raised in Ireland. Before …