124: Celebrating 20 years of working remotely with Liam

124: Celebrating 20 years of working remotely with Liam

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124: Celebrating 20 years of working remotely with Liam

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🔥 The future of work and digital nomadism

🔥 The power of remote work to transform lives

🔥 Why mastering the art of asynchronous management

🔥 Expert predictions and data-driven insights about the future of work

🔥 The biggest conference about remote work Running remote in 2024

🔥🔥🔥 And so much more must-know digital nomad lifestyle tips for (aspiring) digital nomads!

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“Remote work isn’t just a way to do your job; it’s a way to reclaim your life, giving you the freedom to choose how, where, and when you work. It’s the gateway drug to a life of autonomy and purpose.”

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Meet Remote Work expert and digital nomad Liam

In this week’s gripping episode, Nienke Nina sits down with the intrepid Liam, a seasoned digital nomad who’s been riding the waves of remote work for over a decade. Liam, with a background as eclectic as his passport stamps, has carved out a niche for himself by blending his passion for travel with his knack for web development and online marketing. Yet, it’s not all beachside co-working spaces and exotic locales; Liam opens up about the tightrope walk of maintaining a reliable internet connection in remote corners of the world—a challenge that can turn paradise into a professional purgatory in no time.

Meet Remote Work expert and digital nomad Liam

In this week’s gripping episode, Nienke Nina sits down with the intrepid Liam, a seasoned digital nomad who’s been riding the waves of remote work for over a decade. Liam, with a background as eclectic as his passport stamps, has carved out a niche for himself by blending his passion for travel with his knack for web development and online marketing. Yet, it’s not all beachside co-working spaces and exotic locales; Liam opens up about the tightrope walk of maintaining a reliable internet connection in remote corners of the world—a challenge that can turn paradise into a professional purgatory in no time.
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Key takeaways from Liam about 20+ years of working remotely

Dive deep with us as we explore the unfiltered realities of nomadic life. From the logistics of juggling time zones to ensure seamless collaboration with clients across the globe, to the personal hurdles of building and sustaining meaningful relationships on the move. Liam doesn’t hold back on the highs and lows, sharing his insights on staying productive in the most unconventional of offices, and the mental fortitude required to thrive in constant change. This episode is a treasure trove of wisdom for anyone curious about ditching the conventional 9-to-5 for a life of adventure, underscored by the raw truths and resilience it demands.

 

5 things you learn in this episode with Liam

➡️ Escape the Cold, Embrace Freedom: Liam shares how swapping snow for sand doesn’t just change your climate; it revolutionizes your work-life balance. Learn the secrets to mastering seasonal nomadding.

➡️ The Genesis of Running Remote: Discover how a void in the remote work community led to the birth of the world’s largest remote work conference. It’s the push you need to chase your dreams.

➡️ The Magic of Asynchronous Work: Liam explains why ditching the 9-5 for asynchronous work is the key to boosting productivity and happiness. A game-changer for anyone feeling chained to their desk.

➡️ Networking Gold at Running Remote: Nienke Nina’s experience at Running Remote transformed her career. Uncover how genuine connections can lead to unexpected opportunities in the digital nomad world.

➡️ Predicting the Remote Work Surge: Dive into Liam’s insights on the future of work and how embracing remote work now could put you ahead of the curve. It’s the blueprint for modern success.

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Remote Work Isn’t Just For Digital Nomads With Lorraine

Remote Work Isn’t Just For Digital Nomads With Lorraine

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Remote Work Isn’t Just For Digital Nomads With Lorraine

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🔥 What are refugees?
🔥 What are some of the misconceptions that we have about refugees
🔥 Here is an insight into the future of remote work for refugees with Na’amal
🔥🔥🔥 And so much more must-know digital nomad lifestyle tips for (aspiring) digital nomads!

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“What’s the point of education if you can’t earn money to sustain your life. So I wanted to understand what the situation was for refugees in this context.”

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Lorraine and her journey to remote work

Lorraine started working remotely way back in 2011 and at the time, she didn’t realize it because she was just doing her thing. Since her co-worker was based in Venezuela, they collaborated virtually via video calls and using shared documents in dropbox.

She continued her remote journey and works in many different things nowadays. She is a Digital Solutions Specialist for Finn Church Aid focused on refugees, doing research at Cambridge University and consulting.

During her research about refugees, she saw a massive gap and with that an opportunity to help refugees. Lorraine is a real go-getter and co-founded Na’amal, which is an initiative supporting refugees to work remotely.

In this episode, we learned that their a strong misconception about who refugees are. In fact, Lorraine shares that everyone could become a refugee. For example, due to the impact of climate change where people have been forced to flee their homes.

So it’s really hard to stereotype refugees. Interestingly, many refugees in today’s world have a degree and speak a second language like English. Digital media on platforms like YouTube and Netflix also contribute to the English language levels.

Na’mal prepared refugees for remote work by offering training and guidance in the remote job process. They also support their students with practicalities like documents and bank accounts so they can actually be hired once a job opportunity lands on their path.

The training is focused on soft skills in remote work environments and advanced digital skills like coding and UX/UI design. The training process typically takes around six months so they can enter the job market with confidence.

We are really excited about the future of Namal and its students. If you are a business owner or are looking for talent, we highly recommend getting in touch with Lorraine and her team. It’s initiatives like these that make a difference and at Digital Nomads Daily we love this way of giving back to other communities.

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The Life of a Remote Social Media Manager with Tiff

The Life of a Remote Social Media Manager with Tiff

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15: The Life of a Remote Social Media Manager with Tiff

We interviewed digital nomad and remote social media manager Tiff. Her mission is to empower people to tell their stories in meaningful ways. Tiff fulfills her mission with her agency, The Social Story, and works with purpose-driven brands to share their impact. Her digital nomad journey started four years ago in Bali. She noticed people working remotely while on holiday and figured she could do the same. In this episode, Tiff shares her digital nomad journey and how she remotely builds her social media agency. Tune in if you want to learn tips about working remotely and building a successful online business.

“One of the biggest challenges is burnout. It’s really hard to turn off social media entirely and stop being a business owner.”

Tiff has been nomadding for over four years and started her journey in the largest digital nomad hub, Bali. She learned about this lifestyle during her holiday on the island and decided to pursue this lifestyle after meeting other digital nomads. In the beginning, she mostly searched for jobs and projects that would match her skill set and was working on various projects.

During this time, Tiff also worked towards building her social media agency, which aligned with her personal values. It’s called The Social Story and in this article, we share Tiff’s story about how she built her business. We also cover the skillset she believes is essential for remote social media managers and her day-to-day life. .

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What Tiff loves about being a social media manager

There are many things to like about managing brands’ social media channels. Tiff explains that for her, it’s not just advertising but more about creating conversations with the brand’s audience. By having conversations online, you engage and receive feedback. So the social media profiles are not about just selling products but storytelling and a positive appearance online.

Tiff also talks about the constant challenges she faces as a social media manager. Since the platforms are changing algorithms, it forces her to be adaptable and critical about her work and how to keep improving it.

 

The skills of remote social media managers

We asked Tiff the top skills remote social media managers need to be successful. She shares that “Critical thinking” is one of the most critical skills. Adapting to the current landscape and its changes is crucial. Tiff must keep a close eye on the ongoing opportunities and be aware of what content to put into the world. Especially when situations are becoming more delicate, this skill set is necessary.

Aside from this, Tiff shares that, especially when it comes to soft skills, nowadays, you can learn everything online. This means that also you can become a social media manager. Having a passion for social media and keeping up to date on the latest trends is crucial. It’s also essential to understand how you are telling the story of your clients and be constantly improving. Lastly, Tiff finds it important to be motivated by purpose and this is what she will be looking for when she is looking for new hires.

 

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Commonly used tools for digital nomad social media managers

Tiff’s team is 100% remote, which means that all communications happen online. Some of the most needed tools in her business are:

  • Slack and Zoom for communication.
  • Trello to manage project management as it’s very collaborative and visual.
  • Canva is used the most as other tools around content creation.
  • Scheduling tools: this depends on which tools her clients are using as the tool needs to answer the clients’ needs.

 

Tips for finding more clients

Finding clients has become easier, but this wasn’t the case at the beginning of her journey. At first, she found projects in different places like Facebook Groups and remote job platforms. What really helped her find more clients was having a crystal clear idea of the type of clients or companies she wanted to work with. Differentiating herself from the rest was key because the field of remote social media managers is pretty competitive. So she started building a portfolio, activity networking in co-working spaces, and LinkedIn and focused on attracting dream clients. Because of her hard work, she created a name for herself, and today many clients come through referrals.

 

Challenge of remote social media managers

Tiff talks about two significant challenges she encounters as a remote social media manager. The first challenge is burnout, as she finds it difficult to let go of her work completely. Many small business owners face this, and since social media is part of our daily lives, it’s extra hard for Tiff. She explains on the podcast that she finds herself constantly thinking about social even in her free time. Such as new ways to create content differently, which trends to follow, and how to connect better with the audiences.

The second challenge is that often people don’t know how to use social media. When communicating with brands, especially when customers are unhappy, people often don’t realize that they are still talking to a human even though they are on a screen. Because social media managers represent a brand, you have to distance yourself from nasty comments and toxic follower interactions.

 

How much money do social media managers make?

The money question is what everyone always wants to know. Tiff shares that as a freelancer, a low month would be around USD 750 and a good month around USD 3550 (explained in AUD on the podcast and converted to US dollars). Tiff recommends that you lock at least 3-6 month contracts when you are freelancing so you have more predictable work and better forecast your income streams.

 

Know your “Why”

She gives one piece of advice to know your why and understand what motivates you. The work of a remote social media manager isn’t always easy. So understanding your purpose is what’s filling your happiness cup.

Helping purpose-driven brands to use their social media for good is Tiffs why. Her personal values connect with her clients and even though the work can be challenging, she sees the bigger picture. A big thank you to Tiff for sharing her story and you can follow her journey on Instagram @thesocialstoryco for more information about her company, go to www.thesocial story.co

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Building A Dream Team Of World-Class Online Mentors with Kenny

Building A Dream Team Of World-Class Online Mentors with Kenny

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14: Building A One Stop Shop Of World-Class Online Mentors with Kenny

Digital nomad and entrepreneur Kenny Hanson shares his story on the Digital Nomads Daily Podcast this week. During his teenage years, Kenny wasn’t performing well. However, through years of mentorship from various online mentors, he was able to get his life back on track. He landed a job at Accenture and today, Kenny is the founder and CEO of Mentorpass. A thriving business he founded when nomadding in Bali. Tune in for the full story!

“Mentorship is such a broad term in my mind. I tend to think that almost every educational experience is some form of mentorship”

Meet Kenny and his entrepreneurship story

The digital nomad journey of Kenny started in Bali, Canggu, also known as the nomad capital. Before he stepped into the entrepreneurial space, he had built his career in consulting. Throughout his early twenties, mentorship played a huge role in his life and he was able to land a job at Accenture. To him, it was not one mentor, though but various people who’ve guided him.

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Introducing MentorPass

Even though Kenny’s career was promising, he wasn’t getting true fulfillment out of his corporate career. A trip to Bali changed the course of his life. Today Kenny is the co-founder and CEO of MentorPass, the one-stop-shop to work with the best mentors in the world. On the podcast, he shares how he built his company from idea to product to a successful business. Mentorpass helps entrepreneurs to get smart on anything. With only one subscription, you get access to virtual sessions with an unlimited number of online mentors.

This episode is helpful for anyone who is building a business and either could use some inspiration or needs mentorship. Kenny shares the definition of a mentor versus getting a coach on the Digital Nomads Daily Podcast. To him, mentorship is an experience by a trusted advisor and that mentorship itself can be found anywhere. The common misconception around online mentorship is that people think a mentor is someone that helps solve all your problems in your life. In reality, that is rarely the case and you still need to do the work. Helping others by providing online mentorship that they need to thrive in both personal and professional paths is what Kenny’s startup is all about.

MentorPass Giveaway!

We hope you enjoyed this episode! And we have a little giveaway as well. MentorPass gives all our listeners $100 in credits when you sign up. See the links below.

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13: How To Pivot Your Passion Into An Online Business With Andrae

13: How To Pivot Your Passion Into An Online Business With Andrae

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13: How To Pivot Your Passion Into An Online Business With Andrae

This week, solopreneur and digital nomad Andrae is joining us on the podcast. She started her entrepreneur journey with her travel company Work Wanderers. Due to the pandemic, travel and in-person events weren’t allowed. This forced a pause in her business for 2 years. In this episode, she shares her story and how to pivot into an online business. Today she is helping others to build an online business with purpose and passion and combine this with a travel lifestyle. If you are stuck in your career or ready to embark on a new journey, tune in because this is your episode!

“I have fallen in love with the digital nomad lifestyle after working remotely for 3 months from overseas. That’s when I got the idea of building a business centered around this lifestyle and living it myself.”

How Andrae began her journey as an entrepreneur digital nomad

Andrae was working in marketing at a startup and became a digital nomad four years ago after quitting her 9 to 5 job. She launched a travel company, ‘ Work Wanderers’ and organized 1-month retreats in various locations. Her business is centered around the digital nomad lifestyle and travel. When the pandemic became an unexpected reality, everyone who was on one of her trips decided to go back home within a day. Before she knew it, Andrae had to cancel everything.

These times were not only horrible but very overwhelming. At this time, no one knew how long this would last, and she was left entirely in the dark, like many other entrepreneurs. For about three months, she felt completely stuck. Working with a business coach helped her see the light at the end of the tunnel and this is where she turned her business into an online business.

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Travel the world with Work Wanderers

Work Wanderers is her first business and she gathers digital nomads to travel in a group while working online. Travel groups are a great way to dip your toes into the digital nomad lifestyle. It offers a safety net for newbie digital nomads. At the same time, it’s excellent for nomads who are already on the road.

At Work Wanderers, you’ll find a balance between travel, working online in a comfortable place, community and learning. A trip is usually 3-4 weeks, and you are guaranteed to be surrounded by fellow digital nomads. Now that travel is opening up again, Andrae is busy organizing new trips and we are pumped for her!

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Become a Digital Nomad during the VIP weekend

What we love about this episode is the honesty and willpower Andrae shows. As Work Wanderers started as a “physical” business, she is now running an online business as well.

Finding her purpose again and turning it into a profitable business was challenging, she explains on the podcast. Some of her followers asked her about becoming a digital nomad during her break. Others asked how to build an online business or make money online. She started helping people and created a coaching program. Her focus is not on taking the leap and start traveling the world. Andrae is passionate about travel but about business strategy and turning your passion/skills/purpose into a profitable business.

At the end of this month, on May 28th and 29th, Andrae is launching a Successful Digital Nomad VIP Masterclass Weekend. This is a virtual event where Andrae will help you step-by-step to build a freelance business while traveling the world.
Through these sessions, you will learn how to build a business online and create a travel plan. Andrae divides this into 3 steps:

  • Step 1: Align – gain clarity and find your purpose.
  • Step 2: Design – creating an online business and a financial plan
  • Step 3: Sustain – how to sustain your travel life and plan your next steps

At Digital Nomads Daily, we love to support fellow nomads and entrepreneurs like Andrae. We love to see entrepreneurs thrive and inspire people to pursue this lifestyle. We teamed up with Andrea and she offered a special discount for our listeners. You now get $100 off on her VIP Weekend!

Click THIS LINK and use the discount code DNDAILY to claim your spot with $100 off!

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