eBiz Weekly #16

Get Clients, 20-20-20 Rule, Prague Event

Hey there,

Writing to you from County Galway in Ireland this morning, a small town called Gort in particular. The poet W.B. Yeats once lived near here in a big stone tower.

He wrote stuff like this:

O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?

Anyway, here are a few bits and pieces related to online business I think you’ll dig…

Get Clients

If you’re a freelancer looking for clients, here are three methods I recommend, in order:

This week I updated The Billboard Method with an example of a lady posting about her copywriting services in a Facebook group and generating four leads within 24 hours.

Beyond those three methods, I’ve recently added Ground Zero Case Studies and Laptop Decals to our Get Clients section.

Udemy Easter Sale

You never have to wait very long for a Udemy sale. Their latest ends Monday, so you can buy a bunch of courses on there at the moment for as little as $12 each.

Here are six very popular, highly-rated courses on there that you can grab for only $12 right now:

(Note: as I’ve said many times before, if I was just getting started with freelancing and looking to learn a profitable skill, copywriting, Facebook ads and Google ads would be on my shortlist.)

20-20-20 Rule

One of the downsides of working online is staring at a screen for long stretches of time. Not great for the eyes.

Here’s a handy rule from the American Optometric Association, “to help alleviate digital eye strain…”

follow the 20-20-20 rule; take a 20-second break to view something 20 feet away every 20 minutes.

Build Your Business In Prague

My friend Dan Johnston is hosting a 4-day event in Prague this June for a small group of business builders. There will be a strong focus on psychology and personality types to build the perfect business for you.

If that sounds like your cup of tea, you can find more info here. The price is usually $1,295 but Dan has kindly offered eBiz Facts readers a $300 discount 🙂

Digital Nomad Data

This Forbes article about digital nomads is several months old already but some interesting statistics in there:

  • 4.8 million Americans describe themselves as digital nomads.
  • Although digital nomads skew young and male, 31% are female, and 54% are older than 38.
  • 38% report earning less than $10,000 per year from this work, but 16%, or about 790,000, say they earn $75,000 or more.

Jobbatical

Also mentioned in the Forbes article was Jobbatical, “a site in Estonia that matches workers with both short-term and long-term global job opportunities.”

In our Start Earning Online series, we wrote about two extreme measures you can take if you’re finding it tough to free up time to build your online business. One of them is to go work abroad:

Going abroad also gets you away from all prior commitments and obligations back home. So you can start fresh and be more intentional about how you spend your free time, meaning you can more easily devote entire evenings and weekends to building your online business.

Jobbatical looks like a good place to find job opportunities abroad. Here are a few juicy ones I found browsing the site:

And remember, even if you don’t feel qualified for those kinds of jobs, apply anyway.

From the AngelList blog:

In general, experience requirements are shorthand for competency. They’re not contractual obligations. If a startup is asking for three or fewer years of experience in a job posting, it’s really asking: “Are you competent enough to ship the code we need and work in a professional environment?”

[…]

Applying to a job that requires three years of experience can feel like a waste of time when you’re just starting out. Why go through the effort if you likely won’t hear back? Apply anyway. It sounds trite, but the worst thing a company can do is ignore your application.

Diversify Tech

Here’s a collection of resources for underrepresented people in tech. They’ve even got a diversity-minded job board with a few remote job listings.

Permission To Suck

Found this great quote in Caroline Leon’s weekly newsletter:

“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” – Jodi Picoult

A Place To Work

Last week I mentioned Croissant Coworking, a monthly membership that gives you access to thousands of coworking spaces around the world.

Then there’s Workfrom.co, a site that shows you all the work-friendly cafes and coworking spaces nearby.

That’ll do it for this week.

Let me know if I can help with anything.


Niall Doherty
eBiz Facts

P.S. If you enjoy my Momentos series, the latest edition is here.

By the way...

Freedom Business Builder
FBB is a private community of online business builders. Our 300+ members range from people just starting their first online businesses, to experienced online entrepreneurs earning thousands of dollars each month. More info here.

Travel Hacker’s Toolkit
Check out the top resources I recommend for the traveling online business builder. Cheap flights, a jet lag app, free VPN software, and more.

Great Value Courses
My go-to websites when looking to learn or enhance a skill are CourseraSkillshare and Udemy. They have thousands of courses on many different topics, rated and reviewed so you can easily tell what’s best. Udemy and Coursera are pay-per-course, whereas Skillshare is a subscription model (my preference).

Start Earning Online
Check out our free crash course to help you build an online business, consists of 11 videos and accompanying articles.

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