Tag Archives: location independent

Hacking Higher Education – Interview with Jay Cross of DoItYourselfDegree.com

In this age of low cost business startups and endless entrepreneurial opportunities, is a university degree still a worthwhile investment? In the past, there was no question that higher education was the key to better salaries and upward mobility. However, with total university costs approaching $100,000 or more for ivy league private schools, does it still make sense to make that investment?

What if you could get that same education for a fraction of the cost? Jay Cross of DoItYourselfDegree.com can show you how. Jay explains how do it yourself university education works and gives some background into his last 6 years of location independence in this interview.

Jay Cross DoItYourselfDegree.com

Please tell us about yourself?

I’m a 26 year old digital nomad from the quiet beach town of Stratford, CT. In my brief yet adventurous career, I’ve dropped out of high school, made the front page of Wired.com (“Students Toil as Spyware Hunters”), started a six-figure startup with my best friends, written for some of the top brands online, lived in three states, and founded my current project, The Do-It-Yourself Degree. I graduated from Excelsior College in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in general business.

When I’m not working, I love …

Amazon Publishing with Warren and Betsy Talbot of Married with Luggage

My Blog Still Sucks – Should I Start a New Site?

I recently wrote a post talking about all the deficiencies of this JetSetCitizen website. People are telling me that the name JetSetCitizen and the website structure itself, don’t really represent what I’m about. I’m now debating whether or not to start a new blog and start over with something that I feel will be more compelling to readers. I would love to hear your feedback about what would provide the most value for you.

Are Digital Nomad Interviews What you Want?

JetSetCitizen.com is primarily focused on digital nomad interviews. Most people don’t seem to like reading or watching long interviews. Those posts continually get the least amount of shares and comments. My most popular posts have been on more personal topics highlighting my own journey and challenges.  Last year’s blog redesign have helped increase the number of daily subscribers, but compared to many of my peers, my message and content is still not resonating with most people.

Many people have told me that the name ‘jetsetcitizen’ doesn’t really represent my real focuses of anti-consumerism, doing good in the world and trying to create a substantial difference. I know I need a better story and should try to be more …

Interview with HoboCEO Chris Kirkland of Artweb

We are in the midst of a digital nomad revolution. The opportunity to live in low-cost foreign locales, while building businesses that reach the world has never been easier. There are already thousands of location independent startups roaming the globe, but this is only the beginning. Massively reduced living and business costs combined with endless opportunities to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs are a strategic advantage that traditional startups can no longer afford to ignore. No one epitomizes the new jetset citizen lifestyle better than HoboCEO, Chris Kirkland of Artweb.com. I had the great fortune to meet up with Chris in Thailand and Japan recently. He shares his story in this interview.

Chris Kirkland HoboCEO of Artweb.com

 Please tell us about yourself?

Born in the UK, moved city three times before I was even 18, so perhaps a little bit of the hobo in me from an early age. I left home at 17 and have been pretty much financially independent ever since. I studied Mathematics at university, however study is perhaps the wrong verb since I spent most of the 3 years with my face cello-taped to a bong, in band rehearsals and whilst (relatively) sober organising the Uni Amnesty International group.

Skipping on the …

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 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.

John-McIntyre-working-Philippines

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 …

Start a Blog Before the End of the World

I’m sure most of you are running around in a panic because of the end of the world, but on the small chance it doesn’t end, this is another great day to finally make some progress on that website or blog you have been thinking about. HostGator is offering another 50% off promotion for today only. (December 21st) That means you can have your own website for as little as $2.48 per month.

For about $10 per year for a domain name and a few dollars per month for web hosting, you can have your own website. It’s very easy to get started, but if you need help, I will help you get started at no charge.

The Hatchling Plan is the cheapest (from $2.48 per month), but that only allows you to have one domain main. I recommend the Baby Plan (from $3.98 per month, because it offers unlimited websites. You can get the 50% discount for up to three years if you purchase today.

Click the Image below to go to the HostGator site.

HostGator Webhosting

Sometime today the discount is going to go up to 75% for two hours, however Hostgator isn’t publicizing when that will be. 

Bonus 1

Interview with Long-Term Traveler and Blogger, Dave Dean

The best part of working on this site and doing so many interviews, by far, is the opportunity to meet and connect with people in person. I was fortunate enough to meet up with Dave Dean three times this year. His inspiring fundraising work with OneGirl is a perfect example of what all of us can do if we set our minds to making the world a better place. In this interview, Dave provides some details on his travel lifestyle and how he earns a living,  He also gives some great advice on making money with a travel blog and how to get freebies and sponsorships. Enjoy the interview!

Please tell us about yourself?

I was born and grew up in New Zealand, graduated with a History/Political Science degree and fell into working in IT. At the age of 22 I left for the UK, living and working there for three years while developing a travel addiction every chance I got. For several years after that I tried to juggle my career with regular travel stints, failing miserably to achieve the balance I desired. Finally, a little over a year ago, I ditched the cubicle for the final time in …