This is a guest post from Taylor Pearson. I really believe in the apprenticeship model, and I owe a big part of my success today to work I did with Dan and Ian of the Tropical MBA a few years back. If you’re thinking of bringing someone new on board, or you’re looking for a slightly less traditional work relationship – read on. Also Taylor’s new book “The End of Jobs” is available for free for one more day, so go check it out! — After his release from jail, James wasn’t terribly grateful to his brother Ben for running his business while he’d been doing time. Upon release, he not only harassed, but beat his younger brother. Not a good start to

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Crossing #50 Off the Bucket List: Playing Pebble Beach

In 2009 the All You Can Jet deal came out from Jet Blue. Essentially, for $499 you could buy an unlimited plane ticket for a month – that would allow you to go anywhere Jet Blue flies. I’d never seen anything like it, and it sounded like the perfect opportunity to knock a few things off my bucket list, like go to NYC and work from a tropical island. Alas, I was out of vacation days, and my boss refused to give me anymore, despite more than a couple attempts. This was about 6 months after my Brazil trip that inspired this blog, and just two months before I’d end up leaving my job. But at that moment, I was so disappointed

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How to Create a Webinar (that Converts) in 48 Hours

Over the past couple years the latest and greatest strategy in online marketing circles has appeared to be live webinars. I’ve seen many notable marketers claiming that 80%+ of their online sales came specifically from these live calls – which is extraordinarily impressive in my book. The experience I’ve had with webinars, while relatively limited, has also been pretty eye opening. I’ve marketed a live webinar, put on by someone else, to my mailing list probably half a dozen times. 1 flopped, and we only made one sale. 4 netted me in the low 4 figure range. 1 of them made me over $10k. So even though I’ve only done a handful of webinars (and part of the reason I was

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I’m Giving Away My Newest Product…for Free

For the last few months I’ve been sitting on a product that’s one of the most useful things I’ve ever created. It’s called Rebel Launches. Essentially it’s my course where I detail exactly how I go about launching new products. Launching a new or existing product is a really difficult thing. Even if you’re a total expert at your subject matter, knowing exactly how to go about building demand for your product, and then marketing it successfully is stressful and few newbies really get it right. I’ve been honing my strategy for these types of launches for the past four years. I’ve had a lot of success applying it to my semi-annual Location Rebel sales, as well as launching completely new products. For instance when we launched a

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10 Things That Totally Suck About Being a Solopreneur

If these 10 reasons don’t totally scare you off, check out this year’s Paradise Pack and get access to the Location Rebel Affiliate Marketing Blueprint! I don’t promote many sales like this, but I’ve found this to be the best one out there and there are some awesome products in it this year. Working for yourself is always like a combination of unicorns, glitter, and mint chocolate chip ice cream – don’t believe anyone that tells you otherwise. Ok. That’s a lie. I’ll be totally honest, sometimes being a solopreneur totally sucks.  I mean, usually it doesn’t, but nothing is ever all glitter and rainbows. With that in mind, today I want to highlight some of the aspects of this lifestyle that often get

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The Risky Business of Not Taking Risks

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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