It was my senior year of college, and my whole life I’d been playing it safe. I chose where to go to school, not because it was necessarily the perfect fit for what I wanted to do – but because it was the safe play. I lived with my best friend. I was an hour drive from my parents. It was in a small college down where everything was well, easy. Just a few months from graduation, I was teetering on the edge. No really, I was standing atop a 200 foot bridge attached to a giant rubberband seconds away from plummeting to my near-certain death. Looking back this was kind of a pivotal moment for me.  In many ways,

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How to Get Better at Sales in 48 Hours (Even if You Hate Selling)

“The total is $2,700… will you pay with Visa or Mastercard?” I will never forget my first ‘one-call close’ over the phone.

After only 15 minutes, I was able to sway a prospect, who I’ve never spoken to in my entire life, to trust me and close a contract. The feeling was a RUSH.

Now you might be thinking, “I could NEVER do that!!!”

Hit the breaks for a second!

This post will walk you through everything you need to know to become a sales and prospecting machine.

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10 Ways to Remain Motivated When Starting a New Business

I still remember my first week living in Thailand. I saw an elephant walking down the street. I went to the beach almost everyday. I drank buckets of booze with travelers from all over the world. And I worked. On my own schedule – when I wanted. One of the most common questions I get from readers is “how do I stay motivated when I’m first starting my business.” There are all kinds of answers to that question, and the reality is, different things are going to work for different people. However many of the same things that kept me motivated back when I started are the same things that I use to stay motivated now. Those days in Thailand

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The Killer Problem With Killing Time

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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