This is a guest post from Minh Nguyen. Minh is a member of our Location Rebel community, and he recently wrote a post in the forums all about his success with UpWork – so I asked him to write about. His experience is definitely a bit counter-intuitive at times and is different than much of the commonly shared advice on pitching to freelance websites. I wanted to share it to give a different perspective, and if you’ve been struggling to find success with these sites, this approach may be worth giving a shot. Take it away, Minh! — How to Make Money Freelancing The world of freelancing online can seem like a daunting place. There’s just too much competition, too many

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59 Amazing Content Marketing Tools for Your Blog

Note from Sean: When it comes down to it, the success of a blog ultimately depends on both the quality of the content you write, and your ability to share your content successfully. There are a ton of options to help you do that – some are fantastic, some not so much. Luckily, Charles Bordet of Become a Top Performer did all the research for you and found 59 of the very best tools for creating and sharing remarkable content across the web. I personally found a ton of valuable resources from this, I’m adding to my regular workflow. With that, enjoy! — You spend dozens of hours on a single blog post. You rewrite it, edit it, polish it, and make

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Why Having a Community is Essential to Becoming a Solopreneur

I’d just gotten back from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I had the time of my life, skipping work for two weeks in the middle of the Great Recession to shed my stress and suit, for parties, beaches, caiprinhas, and adventure. It was one of the best two weeks of my life, and I didn’t quite realize it at the time, but it would completely change the way I looked at my life and my goals. We had a lot of cool adventures on that trip, and did some amazing things, but there was one aspect of it that stood out more than anything else: the freedom. Everyday, we could do whatever we wanted. Feel like going to the beach? We

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Part III How to Magically Find Time for Guest Blogging (Without Working 100-Hour Weeks)

Over the last few motnhs, you’ve saw one of the very best guest posts we’ve had here at L180 by Location Rebel member Alp Turan called How Complete Newbies Can Land Killer Guest Posts: The Ultimate Guide. At over 16,000 words it was a pretty epic post to say the least, and chock full of incredible information. So, needless to say, I’m pumped to announce that the final section, Part III is ready to roll today. You do not want to miss it. In this section, you’ll learn the biggest obstacle as to why people don’t guest post, and how to remove it. Sounds pretty good, right? To check out Part III of How Complete Newbies Can Land Killer Guest Posts: The Ultimate Guide

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Why Circular Urgency is Killing Your Productivity (And How to Fix It)

For the past year I’ve been on a relentless pursuit to analyze my productivity. I talk to a lot of people in typical day jobs who are beginning to pursue entrepreneurship – and often I see them have a grass is greener mentality. I hear things like: If I could work during the hours when I’m most productive, life would be so much easier If I were working on projects that specifically benefitted me (rather than my employer) I’d work so much harder If I had 4o hours a week where I could decide what to do, I’d not only get more done and be healthier, but I’d enjoy life more too. All of those things can be true. But take it from someone who has battled

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How to Create the Perfect Desk Setup (No matter where you are)

Over the years, I’ve worked from a LOT of different places: Cafes in Bali, call centers in the Philippines, 5 star hotels, and $5/night rooms.  But the reality is, you can be productive anywhere. It’s all about getting in the right mindset, and in some cases, getting your physical space right as well. This post from Kayla Matthews will help you nail that perfect desk setup, regardless of where it is. Take it away, Kayla! — Calling all freelancers and remote workers! You have the freedom to work anywhere in the world. That’s awesome. However, your workspace and “desk” setup is likely always changing. Yet, no matter where you work, it’s nice to have your own space to inspire and motivate you. So, below,

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Should You Start a Niche Site or a Freelancing Business?

Over the last few years I’ve built two blog niche sites with a lot of success. One (which I don’t update anymore), is in the photography niche. The other I’m very active with and is in the golf niche. Both have been extremely enjoyable to work on, led to a lot of great connections, and made some money in the process. However, neither have made enough money that I felt comfortable solely living off of the income. I’ve written a fair amount about niche sites over the years, and this post continues to be the most popular on Location 180. Niche Sites Vs. Freelancing Because this post has been so successful, I get a few dozen emails a week from people telling

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15 Strategies for Beating Procrastination When You Work from Home

I’ve been working for myself for almost seven years now, and in those seven years, you’d think it would have gotten easier for me to stay motivated all the time when I’m working from home. The reality couldn’t be farther from the truth. My entire life, I’ve struggled with focus. I’ll have the best of intentions, and even be excited to work on various projects, but actually following through and getting more than 20-30 minutes of concentrated work done at a time? Extremely difficult. I fit the model for inattentive ADD to a T, and other family members have been diagnosed with it – but I’ve always had the mindset of “I’ve gotten this far in life on my own, I should

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Why Every New Entrepreneur Should Travel More

You want to know an insider’s secret for growing a business quickly? Travel more. It seems counterintuitive, right? For years I’ve been espousing on the fact that you can maintain a business while on the road, but it’s difficult to grow a business on the road. While generally I believe that to be true, today I’m going to show you why strategic, regular travel can be one of the fastest ways to grow a business. Let’s hop in the Delorean for a second back, to January of 2010. In January of 2010, I took a leap and I moved to Thailand. During that time, I was traveling around the country and meeting all sorts of incredible people, who were doing interesting things. Those were

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Why I’m Killing Location 180

I’ve built a lot of my business and brand around the premise of taking calculated risks – small leaps, that have the potential to greatly enhance your quality of life. Uncertainty is an asset is what I’ve always preached. Those who fear uncertainty will remain in a comfortable, albeit potentially unfulfilled life. Those who embrace it will create great things, great stories, and help a lot of people in the process. Yet despite talking about these concepts all the time, and taking numerous leaps over the years – I feel like in this moment, I’m a bit of a hypocrite. When You’re Too Comfortable to Change The seventh (!) anniversary of this site was just a couple weeks ago, and we’re coming up

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