For the past month I’ve found myself killing a lot of time. What I mean by that is that my default state hasn’t been one of productive habits. I’ll wake up, get a big task or project done, and then instead of deliberately doing something else – I slack off. You know what it’s like when you pull out your phone and start scrolling through Facebook or Instagram – or getting lost in an endless stream of You Tube videos or blog posts. That’s been my default state lately, and that in itself can be completely overwhelming. Here’s the thing about killing time: it leads to more killing time. Often it starts with just 5 or 10 minutes between tasks. However if you’re

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How to Run a Physical Product Business from Anywhere

Note from Sean: Today’s guest post is from Fred Perrotta of Tortuga Backpacks. I was really excited for Fred to share today because he does something similar, but completely different to what I often write about here on Location 180. He travels the world, he runs a business, he does the things he wants, but he does it all with a physical product business. This brings its own set of challenges and rewards – and it’s a perfectly viable option for other people looking to build a business that allows them to become a Location Rebel. For it to work however, you’ll need to plan ahead and follow the advice Fred shares. Take it away, Fred… Oh, and that view above was

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30 Things I’ve Learned About Life and Business in Each of My 30 Years

Well, it’s official: I’m old. Ok, I’m not that old, but over the weekend I had my 30th birthday. That number always seemed so far away, and then out of nowhere, it’s like wait? I turn 30 next month?? How did that happen. The good news is I’ve been repeatedly reminded that 30 is one of the best decades, and based on how things are shaping up so far – I’m inclined to agree. A Quick Thank You Before I jump into this post, I thought this would be a good opportunity to simply say thank you.  The work I do is not a right, but a privilege. Everyday I realize how lucky I am and I try to take nothing about my lifestyle for granted – and

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Which Location Rebel Hotspot is Right for You?

Every week I get dozens of questions from readers. One of the most common is also a pretty simple one: “Where’s the best place to move if I want to become a Location Rebel?” Maybe you’ve been working for months and are getting ready to hit the road for the first time. Or perhaps you’re looking to make a clean break and find an affordable spot to hunker down, build your business, and have an adventure in the process. The good news is, we’ve been a lot of places and have a pretty good sense of what sets various Location Rebel hotspots apart from one another. So to make it easy for you to figure out I put together a fun

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How to Use the Power of Story to Get Clients

Today’s guest post was written by Location Rebel member, Brian Lenney. Brian joined our community last summer, and immediately got my attention through his enthusiasm for his new business….and also by leaving his job less than 2 months after joining the community. He now helps clients build their brand by telling their unique story, and I’ve seen just how powerful this idea can be in my own business. So I’m really excited to host him on Location 180 today, because I know how valuable this concept is – yet it’s so often overlooked by people just starting out with their business. Take it away, Brian! — So…this conversation happened last year: Boss:   Brian, I feel like…you should work at Google or something.

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The One Simple Thing I Do to Live a Happy Life

After a long travel day yesterday I arrived in Vail, Colorado where I’m spending the week working, skiing, and…well, working and skiing.

They’ve had 40 inches of snow in the last 10 days, including a solid 6 inches last night. I woke up this this morning to clear blue skies, and everyone around me seemed like they were drunk on happy pills.

Seriously, you’d assume the mountain had never seen a powder day before.

I got out of bed early and was on the lift by 8:30. For the next four hours I was treated to one of the most epic days of skiing imaginable. Big, wide open back bowls full of untouched powder. It was a Wednesday, so it wasn’t super crowded, and I easily could have gone on skiing like this all day.

But I didn’t.

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How to Build an Email List Without Having a Blog or Website

It’s not a big secret that building an email list is one of the most important things you can do for an online business. But if you’re anything like me (or like I was up until recently) you still haven’t started your list.

I always saw the benefits of growing a list, but I never thought that it was really relevant to me because I wasn’t a blogger. I thought that to build a list you had to publish regular content on your blog, slowly grow return traffic, then over time convince those readers to sign up to your newsletter. For me it was long ball, and I’d rather spend my time making sales than “playing business.”

That all changed a month ago. In just a few days I accidentally started an email list, got over 200 subscribers, and landed several clients for a new business venture, all without having a blog. Now I’d like to show you how I did it so you can do the same.

Before I jump into the tactics, I’d like to quickly go over a few reasons for starting a list, just so we’re on the same page. Feel free to skip ahead if you’re already a believer.

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Rainmaker Platform Review: The Best Way to Build a Membership Site in 2015

Check out the Rainmaker Platform here. About 4 years ago I began creating my first full-fledged, massive membership site. I’d created a pretty basic one already, but I hadn’t done anything that was going to involve an elaborate marketing funnel, forums, different membership levels, and affiliates. Back then, and even to this day, the process is daunting. There are hundreds of services and tools out there you can use for each of those different aspects of the site, each with their own learning curve, and they often they don’t play as nicely together as you’d like. As it sits, I feel like I’ve tweaked and tested my way to the best possible setup I can have for Location Rebel with

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How to Work Remotely While Having the Adventure of a Lifetime

Undulating cornfields in Nebraska drove home the reality: I can work from anywhere, even while ticking off a bucket list goal. And with a fresh new year officially here, what better time to talk about all the things you want to accomplish? Wait a second. Why (oh why), you ask, was Nebraska on my bucket list? Because just west of Omaha marked halfway for a 4,000 mile bicycle tour this summer. And unlike most people who take months off work to ride across the country, my bank balance increased while we (my wife and I) traveled, all thanks to technology and planning. Much ink is spilled discussing working remotely. These days, it’s possible pretty much anywhere. This post is about

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10 Reasons You Should Move to Asia to Start Your Lifestyle Business

Today I’m writing this from a street side cafe in the bustling streets of Saigon, Vietnam. Hundreds of motorbikes are constantly fleeing by, the occasional one-man karaoke cart (it’s an Asia thing), and merchants peddling fake Ray Ban sunglasses or other crappy tourist gifts are a regular sight as well. It’s been two years since I’ve sat at this very same table in Saigon, and I must say – I’ve missed it. The roots of this blog are engrained in the idea of building a business from Asia. Seven months after starting Location 180 I blindly moved to Thailand having no idea what to expect. I met Dan from the Tropical MBA at 1am at the Bangkok airport, and that

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