Enter here for a chance to win one of two year long subscriptions to my favorite productivity app, Focus@Will! For those of you that know me, you know productivity is a pretty hit or miss thing for me. I can get in the zone and bang out a ton of content in a few hours, or I can sit in front of a computer for hours trying to be productive, but to no avail. Last year I was introduced to a product that changed the way I work. That product is Focus@Will. Focus@Will is a web app that plays specially composed music to quickly get you into a productive state. They claim it can have the same effect as ADD medication, and

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Quick Hit: How Long Should Your Blog Post Be?

I started growing Location 180 during a time where it was all about the “epic blog post.” The longer, and the more detailed, the better. I still fall into this trap, and assume that if I write a 3,000 word blog post, it’s going to be shared all over the internet. Not the case. Sometime’s that “epic” post your writing also means “bloated” and “boring. So how long should your blog post be? It should be long enough to get your point across. No more, no less. Short blog posts can be useful, easy to digest, and when done right, they don’t make you go sifting through a bunch of extra words to get to the point. My point? Don’t

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6 Things No One Tells You About Running a Business While Traveling Full Time

I had one goal in mind when I joined Location Rebel back in 2012, to build a sustainable online business that would allow my girlfriend and I to travel the world. Fast forward to today, October 2014, and I’m writing this post on a bus traveling to La Paz in Bolivia with three separate online freelance businesses under my belt. The past 2 years have been an absolute dream come true for us. We’ve been able to call ourselves ‘location Independent’ and travel the world wherever and whenever we wanted. There are many perks to this sort of laptop lifestyle, but this post isn’t going to highlight them. Instead, I’m going to talk about the six things that can be

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How to Setup a Mastermind Group (And Why It’s a Fast Track to Success)

This is a guest post by my good friend and community manager Liz Froment.  When she isn’t working on her own freelance writing business, working on marketing automation or helping me out, she’s tweeting away at @lfroment. With that, I’ll let her get to it! Take it away, Liz… Being the Community Manager inside Location Rebel for the past few years, I’ve often been asked by new members what some of the biggest keys to success are. Without a doubt, getting involved in a mastermind has to be one of them. When I started trying to grow my own brand and business, let’s face it, I had no idea what I was doing. It was hard to stay motivated when I

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Abolishing the Someday Mindset

Recently, I was talking to one of my best friends about a certain quote. I have no idea how the topic came up, but we got to talking about how it was the only real, good inspirational quote that I could take credit for as being original. He said there was no way I was the one that came up with his quote. And to prove it I Googled, the quote to show that it was referenced by me. It was kind of funny when I found out just how many pieces of art had been created around it, and how many sites it was quoted on.  But there were only a few references to me. The quote in question

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10 Must Have Apps for the World Traveler

As part of our new posting schedule, each and every Friday we’ll be writing about travel. While not everyone who is on the path to becoming a Location Rebel is doing so in order to travel – the vast majority of us would love to travel more than we do…even if it’s just a quick trip to see family. – These days just about every single one of us has a smart phone. However it should really be called a “smart device” because often when you travel the phone is the one thing you’re not using it for. When I’m out of the country I use my iPhone constantly – but leave it exclusively on airplane mode. Why does this work so

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How to Exercise Anytime, Anywhere as an Entrepreneur

Around the first of the year I got an email from Mike Goncalves, basically giving me crap for making excuses and not working out. He sent over a workout that I could do, any time, anywhere – so I didnt have any excuses. After meeting him at WDS this year, I knew I wanted to hear more from him about fitness for entrepreneurs. Mike will be writing a monthly post on health and fitness for entrepreneurs here at Location 180. It’s such a crucial part of the Location Rebel lifestyle, and one that all too often, gets overlooked. With that, take it away Mike! – Nine months ago, I achieved a goal I’d set months prior – I became location

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How Waking Up at 6am Everyday for 2 Weeks Changed My Business Trajectory

The photo above is the view from my bedroom – that I’ve so often slept through. It’s been nice to see it! For the last year I’ve had an item on my bucket list that I’ve found harder than running a marathon, moving to a tropical island, or speaking in front of a large audience. It’s been so far in fact that I’ve never even been closer than 1/7 of the way towards achieving it. My mom has said numerous times to me “why don’t you just do it? It’s easy.” But it’s not easy. That goal? “Wake up at 6am everyday for 2 weeks.” I know I’m most productive in the mornings. I lose focus in the afternoons, and

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One More Reason Why Richard Branson Gets It…(If You’re in the US You Won’t Believe This)

Let’s face it, employees in the United States are getting royally screwed on vacation time. Why do you think this blog is popular? Because so many people are dying to have more free time.  Even many of the employees I know who have hundreds of hours of vacation saved up, simply can’t use it to due to poor company culture and policies around missing work. That’s why I was pretty surprised, and excited to hear that Richard Branson recently announced an “unlimited vacation” policy for his employees at Virgin in both the US and the UK. Most of us couldn’t ever fathom something like this. But why should it be that hard to believe? What’s happened over previous decades to make

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10 Things I Learned from My First 48 Hours in Scotland

Man, it’s been awhile since I wrote just a straight up travel post. Because of this, I figured what better time than now, as I just visited my first new country of 2014 (wow, that’s kind of sad).  I realized as I was editing this, I probably should have done a better job on the photos, but I’ll include what I can – So about 24 hours ago I arrived in Scotland for the first time. In fact it’s my first time in Europe since 2007. It’s a little strange to be in a foreign land were everyone can speak English – usually when my passport is in hand I’m waiting to hear something along the lines of ni-hao or

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