Location Independence Simplified: Complete Toolkit for Lifestyle Business, Virtual Companies & Remote Work (Plus A Faster-Than-Typing Solution for Everyone)

Location Independence Simplified: Complete Toolkit for Lifestyle Business, Virtual Companies & Remote Work (Plus A Faster-Than-Typing Solution for Everyone)

The days of costly and rigid business overhead, rent and infrastructure are over. The following is everything you need to run a profitable and simple lifestyle business or to work remotely and still easily communicate with customers, employees/colleagues, virtual assistants, or partners. This will be updated for easiest and most useful technology and apps as I find and use them myself.

*Most relevant for: online-based consultants, coaches, service providers, and people who want to operate a 100% digital/paperless business.

*Note: All non-affiliate links below, and all the services below are very affordable or free.


Communicate Better With Team Members and Customers

Loom: My #1 favorite tool here. A faster-than-typing solution by creating quick videos without having to wait for Dropbox uploads or any other lags. Use to create training videos for your team or review items for your customers.

Zoom: Video conferencing and screen sharing to make phone calls infinitely more productive with team members and clients/customers. I have it on good authority that BlueJeans is easier and better than Zoom, if you happen to need an alternative for video meetings.

Google Drive: Limitless communication and data storing. Create docs and sheets to share with anyone that can be updated by multiple users in real-time.

Basecamp: Project management software if you have multiple team members. Organize and schedule tasks and to-dos without creating an instant messaging and email back and forth zoo.

Skype: Free and simple instant messaging.

ScheduleOnce or Calendly: Automate people booking time on your calendar for prospective and active clients. Back and forth on finding a mutual time is a terrible use of your existence.

Get Help: Virtual Assistance, Delegation, and Outsourcing

Fiverr: One-off transactional help for almost anything without having to manage anyone.

Upwork: More dedicated assistance from part-time to full-time contracted employment. Take advantage of geo-arbitrage and hire people from countries with weaker currencies (equals cheaper labor for you).

Get Paid: Accept Payment Online

The most elegant one-two combination to accept credit card payments and automate invoicing. Note: you need to integrate a Payment Gateway with Stripe; you cannot run Stripe as a standalone product.

Stripe: Payment Processor (siphon payments into your bank account from completed payments)

Payfunnels: Payment Gateway (input credit card info to accept payment)

Lock In What You Sold: Send Business Agreements

Docusign: Sign and send contracts online.


There are always more things you could add, like email-autoresponders and LeadPages, but I consider this the essentials kit. If you need help stringing it all together to make it work for you, post below or shoot me a message. Keep things as simple as possible; there are people crushing it who don’t even have a website.

 

The Story of the Mexican Fisherman

The Story of the Mexican Fisherman

Wait but why? For what purpose? Below is one of the greatest and most eloquent reminders to enjoy the process and perpetually ask yourself, “To what end?” If you’re solely focused on the future, with no appreciation for the present, you’re all success and no happiness. If you’re fully present with no regard for the future ever, you’re all happiness and no success. Life is a rigorous balancing act, and if you’re anything like me, you lack the latter – overemphasizing the future at the expense of your happiness and presence.

Don’t get swept away in the American mania. Delayed gratification in pursuit of a worthwhile goal is noble. Grinding yourself to the bone and transmuting yourself into a miserable wreck as you chase (probably) someone else’s dream is not.

“Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.” – Jerzy Gregorek

Enjoy this short story and use it to add awareness to your direction, purported destination, and how you are managing the process.



The Story of the Mexican Fisherman

An American businessman was standing at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish.

“How long it took you to catch them?” The American asked.

“Only a little while.” The Mexican replied.

“Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” The American then asked.

“I have enough to support my family’s immediate needs.” The Mexican said.

“But,” The American then asked, “What do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life, senor.”

The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds you buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats.”

“Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the consumers, eventually opening your own can factory. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But senor, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”

“But what then, senor?”

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO (Initial Public Offering) and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Millions, senor? Then what?”

The American said slowly, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos…”



Parting Thoughts

Yesterday I got off a two-hour sales call that should’ve ended in half the time, and he didn’t purchase, meaning I lost and utterly wasted my time. But did I? In fact, I chose to keep the call going, knowing fairly well he was dead-on-arrival, because I was truly enjoying the process (/and his amusing squirrely ass). If you’re doing the right things in aggregate, why fret about the micro setbacks and self-perceived losses?

Easier said than done, but why not try to build this mindset? Even if you don’t give a damn about presence and happiness, and really only care about accomplishing your goals, this will still help you – high energy, optimistic people are more effective at life (don’t just take my word for it, read The Magic of Thinking Big).

Once you’ve rationalized that you will reach your end destination, if there is such a thing, you’re liberated to freely layer in mindfulness and appreciation along the way.

Find you motivator and make it happen. Mine is health. Gratitude and daily mindfulness = better health. The fact that it also allows me to be more productive and effective is simply a welcomed additional perk.

What’s your fish IPO and how are you faring in the process?

P.S. Though you’ve likely seen this, a highly recommend complement to The Story of the Mexican Fisherman: Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen

How to Avoid The Crab Mentality And Why It’s Killing Your Relationships

How to Avoid The Crab Mentality And Why It’s Killing Your Relationships

Wisdom is often taught best via parables and stories. That, plus it also helps me appear less sanctimonious when it’s coming from someone besides myself – some unknown source passed from generation to generation.

Read this short story below and see if it hits home as hard for you as it did for me.


THE STORY OF THE CRAB BUCKET

One time a man was walking along the beach and saw another man fishing in the surf with a bait bucket beside him. As he drew closer, he saw that the bait bucket had no lid and had live crabs inside.

“Why don’t you cover your bait bucket so the crabs won’t escape?”, he said.

“You don’t understand.”, the man replied, “If there is one crab in the bucket it would surely crawl out very quickly.

However, when there are many crabs in the bucket, if one tries to crawl up the side, the others grab hold of it and pull it back down so that it will share the same fate as the rest of them.”


Don’t be one of those bottom-feeding, jealous crabs. How often have you tried to move up in the world, only to find your friends and those close to you apathetic at best, or welcoming you with subtle jabs to marginalize your efforts and pursuits? Step one would be to eliminate or severely limit your exposure to those types of crabs holding you down, but sadly it’s widely pervasive.

A dual approach would be to control what you can control: yourself. Break the crab mentality. When you feel that ping of jealousy or envy, pause and decide whether you want to be the crab or you want to NOT take it as a personal insult on your ego/life and use it as FUEL to better yourself by learning from that crab crawling out of the bucket ahead of you in any given life domain (health, business, relationships, etc.)

I recently encountered an acquaintance’s  blog that is 10x past yours truly, and I felt the negative ping. If you don’t believe there are more popular blogs than mine, Google <fill in the blank anything> and you might be able to confirm. In my proudest meditative zen moment, I felt it, acknowledge it, and decided to learn from him to better my own success rather than twist my life lens kaleidoscope in such a way that I could still see him as inferior to placate my petty ego.

Champions don’t have a panic button. Champions focus on what they need to do to up-level themselves, putting in the right work day after day. Champions don’t have crab mentality. And I’m an authority when it comes to champions since I won my high school football championship. O’Doyle rules! Side note, if my unborn child looks at my championship ring for at least two seconds I won’t consider it an utter waste of $300 bucks.

If you want a more eloquent explanation of this general sentiment, read about the Abundance Mentality.

Go out there, crush it, and don’t be the crab.

When was the last time you experienced the crab mentality, and how did you choose to ultimately respond?

Top 3 Apps & Extensions To Instantly Give You More Time Back

Top 3 Apps & Extensions To Instantly Give You More Time Back

Unless you’re a complete Luddite, you’re probably spending a good portion of your day on the computer, phone, tablet, or any other addictive Apple-shaped device. If you’re anything like me (and for your sake, I really hope that answer’s no) then you get overly excited about any add-on, app, or extension that saves you time in any capacity – be it through blocking ads, speeding up recordings/videos, auto-filling, etc. This list will continue to grow, but for now I wanted to share with you a few low-cost or free apps or extensions that will give you an immediate return of your time.

Adblock for Youtube Extension

This free Chrome extension revolutionized the way I spend/waste time on Youtube: 100%  Youtube ad elimination. No more annoying retargeting ads chasing you from something you mistakenly glanced at a day before. No more Tai Lopez video ads haunting your consciousness. The wonderland of Youtube is now that much decluttered for you. Watch, learn, and motivate yourself, without the wasted time and distraction of paid ads.

Enounce

Enounce lets you speed up your videos to save time (or slow down if beed knee). Certain video hosting platforms like Youtube let you go up to 2x max speed, and other platforms don’t let you change the speed at all. Enounce lets you modify the video speed in increments of .10 up to 3x and beyond. Trying to drag yourself through an online training course a bit more quickly? Done.

TextExpander

TextExpander lets you quickly autofill anything of your choosing. You can use it for the easy wins that you type on a daily basis, like your email. It’s 100% customizable, so you could program “;em” to autofill <your-email>. Single words won’t be a landslide victory (although I’m lazy enough to consider those a great moral victory) so it’s better to use TextExpander for whole sentences or paragraphs. Is there any phrase or paragraph you frequently use in your job? How about, “Thank you Mr. Customer/Prospect for being kind enough to emphatically reject my initial offering/message. May I interest you in our second best offering? It’s slightly worse with these hardly noticeable differences.” My botched humor aside, you get the point: make it work for you. Identify anything you do manually on a repetitive basis, and automate it.

 

Simple, actionable, easy wins. Low cost and time to implement, yet high and enduring yield. What are your favorite time-saving apps and/or extensions?