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How do you acquire clients remotely?


by @jasonmwomack | 5yr  | 3 comments

At the current moment, I am interning at an Atlanta based I.T. consultancy firm. I am specializing in PHP and MySQL . The companyโ€™s primary clients are in the automotive and retail industry. We service these international e commerce clients end to end. My commitment to this company will end in 3 months . As an aspiring digital nomad ( PHP Dev/Back End ) , how would I aquire clients ? Do you use a specific site to find freelance work, hence upwork? What has worked for you to make the transition to location independent? How did you bring in revenue ? Any thoughts or suggestions for the near future ?

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@jasonmwomack | 5yr

Thanks Guys ! I appreciate it :smile:

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@eddie | 5yr

I agree with Jerrie. A popular way to get work is from freelancing sites. However, these can be competitive so you may have to lower your price and will need to find a unique angle to stand out from the mass amount of developers these sites attract. Maybe you have specific insights to a certain niche or solve a very particular problem that others face.

That may be your best option to start out, this way you can build up a reputation, get reviews, and start a portfolio. Another way to start out, is to hit up business contacts, friends/family, and your existing network. Those are pretty much your 2 main options.

Then, ideally, youโ€™ll want to be getting clients yourself. This way you would be able to charge your full rate and establish long-term business relationships. This is where having your own website, being active on social media, maintaining a blog, sending out emails, creating ads, etcโ€ฆ all come into play.

Thereโ€™s a lot that goes into something like this, so I would start now by researching whatโ€™s in demand in the marketplace and how your skills can benefit people/businesses. I would also come up with a brief business plan (maybe a few pages, at most) which explains what youโ€™re going to do, how youโ€™re going to do it, who is your target market, your goals, expectations, pricing, marketing, etcโ€ฆJust helps to have stuff written down and use as a reference.

Good Luck!

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@anon82020850 | 5yr

If you are a software developer there are many websites such as Upwork, eLance etc through which you can get work. From what I understand it can be quite competitive as you need to compete with people whose financial needs are not high and are therefore willing to work for rates that may not be achievable for you.

For myself I have never used any of those, but instead have gotten work through other means. Firstly I get work through people I have made contact with over the years, or perhaps meet at coworking places. They know what I do, and sometime they will approach me when they are looking for someone with my skills.

Secondly I have a blog with a fair amount of traffic, and if I am really in the need for work I will just put some notification either there or on Twitter and I have had a fair amount of success with that as well.

I also have a weekly newsletter which has thousands of subscribers, so if I get really desperate I can always send out something there - but thankfully I have not had to do that yet.

My suggestion would be to start a blog or gain visibility in the community through other means such as open source work. This will probably not benefit you right now, but in the long term it will become a great asset.

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by @rohitsn | 3mo 3 months ago | 3 comments

Transactional Attorney with a focus on US Immigration. Burnt out doing the law firm thing. Trying to leverage skill to get on this digital nomad tip. Love the traveling experience, hostels, seeing new places, new cocktails etc etc.

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by @artofwarbiz | 5mo 4 months ago | 6 comments

What do you use to work together remotely with your team?

I know Slack, Hipchat and Hall.

Which ones do you guys use and why?

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What's the first step now that I can work remotely?


by @mariaplslourdes | 12mo 11 months ago | 4 comments

Hi everyone and nice to e-meet you!
finally, after so long I found a job that allows me to work remotely.
But now? Do you have any practical advice that I can use to approach this new world?
In particular, I have to put my tax situation in order, do you know a good tax advisor from whom I can ask for advice? (Iโ€™m Italian but I live in Franceโ€ฆI donโ€™t know how long it will beโ€ฆ) )
Beyond that, any advice is welcome.
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Is there a US bank for easily creating new business checking accounts remotely?

 

by @tylertringas | 2yr 1 year ago | 23 comments

Every accountant is going to tell you that you really should be keeping separate accounts for all your businesses and even projects that may one day become businesses. But in my experience setting up a new account associated with an actual business entity is a pretty annoying process involving an in-person visit to a bank branch, proof of residence in that branchโ€™s region, etc. Has anybody seen a bank that letโ€™s you easily create a simple business checking account online and more importantly that would let you add additional accounts and transfer funds between them?

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Anybody with a software consultancy having issues finding clients while travelling?


by @raz | 3yr 2 years ago | 4 comments

I recently started running a software consultancy in the UK that specialises in MVP development and onboarding/marketing strategies. I found it relatively easy to get leads by attending networking events (quite a lot here in Edinburgh).

I plan to start travelling soon, though. Has anybody tried to travel while running a software consultancy? Iโ€™m really curious to find out how you handled finding new clients while doing that. Letโ€™s say that if I go networking somewhere in Asia I wonโ€™t find clients willing to spend much on a project (and canโ€™t just pay my employees less because I canโ€™t find good paying projects).

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How to get bank statements remotely?


by @hoperto | 3yr 2 years ago | 12 comments

Greetings!

Me & my gf holding not very strong passports, so have to apply for a visas quite often.
Soon need to make a visa applications from the countries we have no ties with.
The problem is that by the moment of making an applications, a bank statements will be outdated and the banks we currently use donโ€™t send the paper statements internationally. That cause quite a lot of problems with visa applications. (the way i see it now is to open new account in each country, transfer funds to it and wait for 3 months)

Any suggestion on probably some fin tech banking startup where one can both open the account remotely (with using a local mailbox service i suppose) and get a paper statement delivered internationally?
Hope there is a solution to it :slight_smile:

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What problems do you face while working remotely?๐Ÿค”


by @stvbutlr | 3yr 2 years ago | 0 comments

Hi all,

For those of you who work remotely, I think the community would love to hear about your problems โ€ฆ I know I would.

When working remotely what problems do you face with your day to day work and/or employer(s)? โ€ฆ Please list anything and everything that comes to mind!

  • Ideally, people who have overcome the problem(s) will weigh in with recommendations. :ok_hand:
  • With this information, people who wish to join the nomadic lifestyle can better prepare for the transition from โ€˜office jobโ€™ to โ€˜remote workโ€™. :airplane:๏ธ

Some topics that might trigger some inspiration for reply. :speech_balloon:

  • trust from employer
  • communication
  • project management
  • payment
  • timezones
  • culture/teamwork/colleagues
  • stress/anxiety

Cheers,

Steve

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Any tips for video editors working remotely?


by @adrienbetweets | 4yr 4 years ago | 2 comments

A friend based in Berlin (Germany) is interested in getting started as a video editor remote freelancer.
Is anyone already doing this?
Any specific tips for this field?
Thanks!

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Do you hangout with backpackers, while still working remotely?


by @jtompl | 5yr 4 years ago | 14 comments

Iโ€™ve noticed that recently a lot of us tend to prefer the โ€˜slow-travelโ€™ rhythm, which is more about moving to a place for a month or two, and then living there, instead of changing your place every couple days.

However, what about those that still like the fast pace of travelling, with meeting lots of other travellers on the road? Are there any nomads here, that still like the backpackersโ€™ lifestyle? That is: you travel through a whole country by yourself; you change your place of living much more often; but you still have to work a bit digitally in the meantime?

If yes, then how do you hang out with backpackers and keep up with their pace, while still having to work remotely?

Related questions:

  • How do you choose which hostel (or place, area to go to in general) to stay in as a next one?
  • How do you maximize your way of meeting other travellers and your own travelling experience (by seeing other places, people and their cultures), while still having to work remotely in the meantime?

I like both digital nomads & backpackers, but so far, barely Iโ€™ve seen any digital nomads in the backpacker places or vice-versa. Iโ€™m wondering why? In the end, it would be a clear connection of Work & Travel at the same time, two things that a lot of us propably enjoy very much at this moment.

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Which country in Central America is best to work remotely?


by @marss | 5yr 4 years ago | 5 comments

Hey nomads,

I have just started working fully nomad a few days ago.
My first place outside of Germany will be the Dominican Republic next week.
However, I am already going to need the next flight for after that.
My carrier told me that they will bounce me at the check-in otherwise.
Which country in CA do you recommend for the next stop?

I need very stable internet, as I work a lot over skype. It does not need to be fast however. Cheap, but tropcial and at the sea would be preferred!
I thought about Panama, but I read that the internet sucks and it is expensive there.

Best,
Marss

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by @allancaeg | 5yr 4 years ago | 0 comments

For businesses that involves B2B sales, how do you do it if youโ€™re in the other side of the world (e.g. youโ€™re in Thailand and your customers are enterprises in California)?

What are the top tips to thrive in this setup?

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by @gpestana | 5yr 4 years ago | 2 comments

Whatโ€™s up there?
Is there anyone working for/running a social innovation project while on the road?

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How can I keep a business license in California, while I work remotely?


in Cali, Colombia by @fuzzybabybunny | 5yr 4 years ago | 2 comments

I used to live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I registered an LLC and the business address was the actual location of my office. I hung my business license in the location as well, as required.

The business does 100% of its business in the San Francisco Bay Area. Customers are there. My contractors are there. My business is focused there.

Well, the business hasnโ€™t changed but Iโ€™m able to work remotely from anywhere in the world.

  • I no longer have an office in the Bay Area, so no where to hang my business license. In the past inspectors have come into my office to check that my business license was there.
  • I donโ€™t have any physical location that I go back to in the US.
  • The only address I use is a mailing address for a mail-forwarding company that I use. I rent a locker from them and they consolidate all my mail and forward it to me where ever I may be in the world at that time. They have warehouse locations in Los Angeles, Reno, and Portland.

Considering my situation, how should I go about getting a business license in California?

  • LegalZoom says: โ€œCalifornia state law requires businesses to use a street address in California. PO Boxes are not allowed. If your business is run out of your home, you can use that address.โ€
  • I donโ€™t have a physical location, so thereโ€™s no where to hang my license when I apply for one from the city.
  • What would my business address be?
  • Should I apply for a business license in the city where the mail-forwarding company has the warehouse?
  • I also donโ€™t have a location/person to act as my process agent in case someone needs to serve me court papers.
  • Ideally, I want to do EVERYTHING out of my mailing address, but all it is is a locker in a massive warehouse managed by the mail-forwarding company.
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Any product managers here working remotely?


by @sneha_magapu | 5yr 4 years ago | 7 comments

Hi guys,
I am Sneha from India and wish to begin a nomadic lifestyle soon. Want to know if there are any Product / Project Manager nomads here and your experiences working remote. I generally understand that most digital nomads are writers / coders / designers etc. I would love to know how you began freelancing / remote working as a project manager, good avenues to get work and any advice you would like to share with the newbies.

Cheers!

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Can I use my laptop to call into conference calls remotely?


by @dave4peace | 5yr 4 years ago | 11 comments

Hi Nomads,
First, I am very appreciative of this Forum, have read a lot of very helpful feedback to questions to previous folks questions.

Currently, landing in Hong Kong in about 2 months with no true Nomad experience other than working remotely, as a US Citizen, from home to a US Bank here in the States. My normal workday is remaining constantly in meetings using a Conference software called โ€œLyncโ€ on my work machine. Usually, i can have Lync call my cell phone with no problem in the US, of course.

Question:
Can I do the same Lync Conference, as above, while working abroad, substituting my cell phone with a personal laptop with microphone wherever I work? (presuming: 1) good internet, 2) Skype/GoogleVoice, installed on personal laptop). Basically, my work laptop would be calling Skype on my personal laptop, right? Can this work, cheaply, for 40+ hours of calls per week? Does Skype have country limitations? How does this work in combination with Google Voice, any cheaper? I read GV only works only for certain countries (HK, China, Thailand are okay). Any folks here know what a 40 hour week costs, on average, having this type of setup (Skype and/or GV, or other combo)? All new to meโ€ฆ will just have to try it, and, let you know, if no one has done it here.

Thanks for any suggestions with this!!!
Dave

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Did you acquire gadgets before leaving or while traveling?

 

by @nihilista | 5yr 4 years ago | 20 comments

Iโ€™m debating whether to buy some things prior to leaving - a nice suitcase and/or backpack, noise cancelling headphones, a Kindle (Iโ€™m an avid reader and would love to take several books with me - but love books and have never found the need to have a Kindle since I have lots of space at home for adding to my library), etc. My feeling is that these things would likely enhance my travels but are not strictly necessary, and if the nomad life turns out to not be to my liking then I mightโ€™ve wasted some money. Are these items easily acquirable on the road? Iโ€™ll be in southeast Asia to begin withโ€ฆ

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How do you handle working with clients remotely?


by @ld | 5yr 5 years ago | 16 comments

Hello, everyone!

We are confused at how living in another part of the world from your clients will work. We are from the USA, do software/dev stuff, and having almost daily client calls (or with whom youโ€™re contracting) at like 10pm if we were, say, in Italy doesnโ€™t seem like a very ideal lifestyle. But sourcing clients or contracting from another part of the world will most likely pay less.

If your career is client or contracting based - how do you handle this? Do you just handle your calls at midnight? Pay your high home taxes while making less with a foreign income (as we assume would happen to us)? Avoid calls?

Despite all the blogs I read about traveling and how to make it work, it seems this topic is hard to find solid, applicable responses, or answers seem to point to making travel itself your career focus. Start a blog, do our own independent work, diversify our income, etc are all kind of unnecessary when we make good money as is, we just canโ€™t see how to make that work abroad with a different time zone.

We want to remain focused on our careers and slowly travel, but doing this in a smart way seems illusive!

i appreciate your input!

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by @julinhio | 5yr 5 years ago | 1 comment

Itโ€™s been a while that I work long hours in front of my computer, and even though I have a pretty descent chair at home, when Iโ€™m on the road, it is quite a worry to figure out how to handle my chair situation. Especially the last 2 years, it got worse and Iโ€™m almost scared to not be able to work enough because of my back problems. I just wanted to know if anybody has the same problem, if anybody has some magic tricks, tips or equipment.

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How to acquire a 180 days visa for Brazil as a French citizen?


in Brazil by @matthieudrula | 5yr 5 years ago | 14 comments

Hey guys!
Iโ€™m going to Brazil to bootstrap my company (I will use my UK company because itโ€™s easier) in 4 months.
Iโ€™m French and since France-Brazilโ€™s match in 1998, they decided to disable the 90 days extension of stay for France (kidding about the world cup wink).
I want to stay there for 180 days, every visa that I see require an extension(that us French people canโ€™t use) after the first 90 days.
Anybody got into this situation?

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How do you deal with not getting paid when working remotely?


by @pixelfiesta | 5yr 5 years ago | 10 comments

I have had bitter experiences of not been paid for assignments when I have been remote. Its either not paid completely or pair partially or delayed payments. How do you tackle such issues?
Do you take advances? Do you use escrow? or other third-party payment collection agencies?

What payment related problems do you face in working remotely and how do you tackle them?

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