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Any digital agency owners living the nomad lifestyle?


by @nicolas | 4yr  | 9 comments

Iโ€™d like to get into conversations with other agency owners with employees, or even create a mastermind group and share experiences around questions like:

  • how you manage teams remotely
  • how you keep them motivated without daily face-to-face discussions
  • how you find and work with customers remotely
  • whether your goal is growth and exit or just lifestyle entrepreneurship
  • etc.

Anyone interested? Thanks!

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@dunctk | 4yr

@allancaeg @Mattia hope things are going well so far!

If either of you need any help with video editing, Iโ€™d love to help. Can jump on Skype / send over my reel if youโ€™re interested :slight_smile:

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@mattia | 4yr

@dunctk sure mate, keep it inโ€ฆ

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@allancaeg | 4yr

Iโ€™m facing the same story over at NorthStories.io, a Content Marketing consultancy.

Right now, my biggest challenge is to expand our capacity. I currently have a couple remote contractors and Iโ€™m onboarding new ones.

A big consideration is how much my contractors can do without me getting an actual business partner. Right now, Iโ€™m bottlenecked by having to be the account manager and editor in chief.

Getting a business partner will remove my bottlenecks, but Iโ€™m not sure if Iโ€™m already willing to get someone very senior onboard.

Happy to discuss remote growth issues with you folks :slight_smile:

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@mattia | 4yr

Following the comversation too. Me too evaluating the launch of an agency totally based in the cloud, no employees only freelancers.
Coming from video production and music production and willing to focus on social media marketing and influencer marketing, Iโ€™d like to test a first services: producing original songs and covers+ professional music videos for social media micro-influencers to level up their game. Iโ€™ll be a creative agency+production. Weโ€™ll be releasing on my label or third parties I am in contact with. When is the case, arranging promotional events with them and media coverage hackatons packed to break the socials.
For the music part, I got a co-producer and sound engineer partner on London+Nottingham with also indoor video production, green video and post production. Some CGI when needed btw Italy and US. Iโ€™ll pick video makers here and there and event teams spreaded around when needed. I hope would be totally manageable remotely, aside from events, which Iโ€™ll be there one week before and couple days after. But this would be a later phase. For the management side of things of influencers, Iโ€™ll be seeking partnerships with talent management agencies to throw brand partnership in. The basic idea is to incorporate product placements inside music video and snippets directly in the script. Please share your feedback about it, what do you think?

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@ibobriakov | 4yr

Thatโ€™s very interesting idea to chat about.
We are fully remote agency focused on data science and machine learning, would be happy to answer any of your questions on how we handle the things.

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@andy | 4yr

I manage several teams remotely and we deliver software solutions to big corporates without hiccups.

Thereโ€™s a whole literary field about how to do this, and there are various methodologies.

I think youโ€™ll find the nomad life very tiring if youโ€™re going to run a highly productive team. Iโ€™ve tried to run around a bit while doing my job, but itโ€™s just too much of a hassle (connectivity holes, low speeds, physical traffic, noisy environments, other unforeseeable events making me late, needing VPN access and some weird ISP blocking VPN, etc etc).

If your environment is less performing, nomad life can probably be fun. But then again, why would you do that type of job in a mediocre fashion while trying to have fun? Just work and then take a vacation and do the odd job here and there IMO.

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Hey Njacobeus

I own a 30 person agency wholedesignstudios.com

we could chat over skype โ€˜wholedesignstudiosโ€™

maybe sometime week commencing 24th april

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@wordmonkey | 4yr

Not exactly what you are looking for, but Iโ€™m about to launch an agency-style boutique translation company in Jamaica, which will be operating entirely on a remote basis. Iโ€™ll be working with freelancers rather than having employees, but remote team management is definitely one of the challenges Iโ€™ll be tackling, as will be customer acquisition, of course. Iโ€™d be interested in an exchange with other people with similar projects.

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@mahmoudswehli | 4yr

Not sure if its the exact same situation as i travel a lot out of neccassity rather then the nomad life style as my full time job is very much unrelated to my development work, but iโ€™ve started establishing an agency and iโ€™ve employed a couple of people abroad recently.

Honestly its not easy. Everyone needs some training and time to get used to your style of work, if youโ€™re lucky. Otherwise they need a LOT of training and time as face to face interaction is limited, sometimes they spend a day or 2 trying to solve a problem you could have answered for them in a few minutes had they been there with you and you realised the issues they were having.

What iโ€™ve done is i start everyone off with making websites, as thats usually the easiest way to test someones ability and work ethic and their style (i.e. especially if theyโ€™re the type to just slap things together, or if they are more careful about naming, commenting, etc).
When i know iโ€™m going to be busy for the next few days, i either give them something to read or give them a difficult problem so i can see how they chose to solve it and thats usually a good indication of progress and a good exercise for them. For the designer i just give lots of different design jobs to see how they tackle each.

For communicating and motivating i just make sure to get constant updates via slack, regular whatsapp calls, and constantly asking to see what they had produced over the last day/week, etc. But i donโ€™t do much motivating apart from the occassional โ€œGood jobโ€ pat on the back when they do something good. Other than that i spend the majority of the time critiquing their work. But iโ€™m upfront from the begining that thats my style of work and they canโ€™t take anything personally and if i sense theyโ€™re annoyed or upset i explain its not personal this is just how work is. But i push until things are being done exactly as i want them to be done, and i dont mind a high turnover. Iโ€™d rather someone quits and me having to find their replacement then having someone limit my and the teams productivity.

For clients, firstly for telephones i got a telephone answering service (virtual assistant) who will answer all calls, filter them and forward them to me if iโ€™m available. I carry my uk mobile around as i get free roaming in most places.
The hardest thing about it all is scheduling meetings with potential customers as each one requires either a flight or to make sure iโ€™m in a certain location for a long enough period to give them a chance to scheudle a meeting. However i set my base as London and iโ€™m back there enough to be able to do this with no major issue.
Hope that helps. Iโ€™ll update you once i get a bit more experience aswell.

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Any nomads in Arizona, US?


in Netherlands by @info132 | 10d 9 days ago | 0 comments

Hi guys,

After the Netherlands, the Bay Area, Colorado and being on the van life for 8 months, I am now in Sedona, AZ with a few other digital nomads. We are sharing a home here and are wondering if there are more like minded people in the area.

We do a bunch of hikes and campouts in the northern of Arizona. If you would like to connect with us, please do so :)

Val

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Best place in Portugal near cool nomads, good surf, and a great cowork spot


in Portugal by @joelnicholson | 10d 10 days ago | 10 comments

Hi there, title says it all. Canadian nomad hoping to find the city/town in Portugal with great, consistent surfing, a solid coworking spot, and a fun group of young nomads. Please recommend!

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Are there any digital nomads in the Islands e.g Bermuda, Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis?


in Antigua, Guatemala by @momo11 | 13d 13 days ago | 0 comments

Does anyone ever travel to any Islands like Bermuda, Barbados, Barbuda and St. Kitts & Nevis?

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Tax advisor for permanent nomads?


by @eljaques | 16d 16 days ago | 1 comment

I'm in need of a tax advisor who understands "our" typical situation. I'm all good on being legal on taxes at this point, but as I'm doing more investing and there's more compliance and KYC and such, it's getting more complicated to deal with this topic. Not living in my country of citizenship, company in another country, resident in yet another country, banking in a different country ... you know how it is, a pile of red flags.

Would be great to find a good tax advisor to sort things in a way that makes my situation as "explainable" and easily dealt with as possible. Any leads?

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How to get into the digital nomad lifestyle?


in Switzerland by @filiptk | 29d 28 days ago | 1 comment

Hi, I've got a question to anyone who had experience with the digital nomad lifestyle. I'm 24, I'm in my last year of university doing computer science, got 3 years of experience mostly doing web development.

I never liked the idea of staying in one place, getting a job and growing roots - hence the will to take the opportunity and travel the world. My main question is โ€“ how do I go about it? Are there any useful resources I could look into?

How do I go about insurance and such once I decide to move. I currently live in Switzerland and do freelance work for one company. It's not a lot, since my studies don't allow me to pick up a full time job, but it allows me to cover simple expenses.

I'd be happy to get some insight into how things work and also happy to network with anyone interested.

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What is the best online insurance for digital nomads ?


by @berberos | 3mo 2 months ago | 4 comments

Hi guys ! hope you are doing well.

I would love to get your feedback regarding the best insurance for digital nomads. i'm traveling around Asia since 1 year and for next 4 or 5 years. Would love to buy an insurance to cover especially :

- health

- laptop, phone ...

- Flights

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Do you prefer co-living spaces or hostels or Airbnbs?


by @davda1546 | 4mo 3 months ago | 5 comments

We are hoping to become nomads soon and have booked an AirBnB in September in Goa for our first destination. We are considering what would be the best option for accommodation after that. We are trying to decide between co-living spaces, hostels, or Airbnbs.

What are your experiences of accommodation in terms of the following: reliable wifi, social aspect, pricing, cleanliness, cooking facilities?

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Any nomads working on startups?

 

by @mattlock | 6mo 6 months ago | 33 comments

Hoping to see all the cool stuff people are working on while they live an extraordinary life.

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Any Ph.D students dissertating while a digital nomad?


by @larsheather | 7mo 7 months ago | 5 comments

Anyone know of any groups or resources for Ph.D. students working on dissertation while living as a digital nomad? I know there are several virtual writing groups around, but wondered if there were any specifically for digital nomads, particularly those who are dissertating.

Thanks!

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Does international health insurance for digital nomads exist?

 

by @al_steffen | 7mo 7 months ago | 59 comments

Hey Nomads!

Iโ€™m looking for an international health insurance (no travel insurance) for my nomadic life. It should cover the basic services and at least be accepted in the EU (itโ€™s ok if itโ€™s not accepted in the US as Iโ€™m aware they rarely are). Nice to have: enter into a contract online. Anyone got a good experience or a recommendation?

Thanks in advance!

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What is the gender split on NomadList?


by @iamhopeless | 7mo 7 months ago | 1 comment

Just curious. What percentage of men vs women are on here.

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How do you invest internationally as a nomad?


by @mateuszwieloch | 8mo 8 months ago | 17 comments

I have finally saved enough money to start investing. What company gives good, diversified access to stock, ETFs and mutual funds? Does it make sense to use company like Vanguard or Fidelity for that? Iโ€™m a EU/Poland citizen, how would I transfer my money back and forth without incurring significant fees?

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Has anyone created a list of co-living spaces around the world?


by @keegansard | 8mo 8 months ago | 4 comments

Iโ€™m a big believer in co-living but Iโ€™m finding hard to find all the options available in different cities.

I have found the major players like Roam, The Collective, and WeLive but havenโ€™t found many others.

Has anyone seen a list or should I start making one?

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I dream of being a digital nomad? How do I do it?


by @programmingmark | 9mo 8 months ago | 2 comments

Hello digital nomad!

I dream of being an independent digital nomad. But it feels very elusive & unattainable with my success rate. In full disclosure, whilst I have dreamed about making money online since high school; I have not earned a single cent making money online. $0, nada, zilch!! On the contrary, I have spent a lot of time & money on books, podcasts. Even though I have spent a lot of time reading/listening to others, I do not have anything to show for it!

I have made attempts in the past to start an online business, but these fizzle out quite quickly when I do not see traction especially when the goal I have set myself is too high.

Instead of reaching for the ultimate nomadic lifestyle goal, I want to start much smaller. Really small! I am simply looking to make $50 profit per month from a new online business. Thatโ€™s it.

I need some advice from you please!

  • Is $50 profit too low? How long did it take you to earn $50 profit per month?

  • What is a good way of achieving this goal?

Thanks
Mark
aka the $0 online business entrepreneur

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Are there any nomad meetups in Osaka?


in Osaka, Japan by @freddychanut | 9mo 8 months ago | 1 comment

Will be in Osaka this April/May and was curious to discover interesting groups/events.
I had a look at FB + Meetup but there doesnโ€™t seem to be much. Any advice on where to look?

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How do digital nomads pay tax?


by @rodriigovieira | 9mo 9 months ago | 19 comments

Hello everyone! Iโ€™m new here and probably this is a very newbie question, but it doesnโ€™t leave my head.

How do you, nomads, pay your taxes? I mean, if youโ€™re constantly traveling, how are you going to pay taxes for a certain country if you are going to stay there a short period of time?
Or do you return to your โ€œoriginal countryโ€ and then pay them?

By the way, this forum has very nice cool formatting features! :smile:

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Are there nomad families here and how do you choose your next destination?


by @martinratinaud | 9mo 9 months ago | 4 comments

All members of my family has different needs and hobbies so how do you pick the perfect places?

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My first time nomad-ing... Spain or Portugal?


in Portugal by @jasraj | 9mo 9 months ago | 6 comments

Hey everyone,

Iโ€™m a freelance + nomad newbie, off for my 1st proper trip in May. Iโ€™m wanting to spend a month somewhere and go from there.

I just came back from Slovenia/Ljubljana and loved it there (just a week). I donโ€™t mind โ€œsleepierโ€ places par-say, as long as theyโ€™re close to a beach or nature of some kind. In fact, I kinda like places less-busy and a bit smaller/cosier.

Iโ€™m been swaying towards Porto, but have been impressed by the rave reviews Iโ€™ve seen for Valencia.

-> Have you every nomad-ed in a Spanish/Portuguese city? Iโ€™d love to know where and what you liked/disliked :slight_smile:

Thanks! :slight_smile:

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How to save filter settings on Nomad List?


by @krzemian | 10mo 9 months ago | 3 comments

Hey, is there currently a way to save filter settings? I feel like it would be helpful for planning the trip as I have several ideas on what to target and would like to cycle between them

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Anyone know an accountant for Canadian nomads/expats?


by @noam_lightstone | 10mo 9 months ago | 16 comments

Hey guys, this was my first year as a Canadian nomad.

As far as I know of, Canadians donโ€™t pay taxes if they do not live in the country for 6 months.

But Iโ€™d like to talk to an accountant or someone who does Canadian taxes specifically for expats and nomads to get clear on the rules and for help on my return coming up.

Does anyone know someone who specializes in Canada who can help? Iโ€™ve seen plenty of US recommendations but none for us canucks.

Thanks guys!

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