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How do you automate your business?


by @cseys | 5yr  | 7 comments

Hi,
This article inspired me to think about automating more parts of my business. What tools do you use to do this? Thanks!

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@jamal | 5yr

Command line tools whenever possible. Allows me to write scripts to do what would take forever with GUI application. Examples are like video conversion, image conversion, audio conversion. Or mass file rename and sort.

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@eddie | 5yr

For me itโ€™s mostly a collection of tools, there isnโ€™t a single tool to automate EVERYTHING

  • For billing I use Chargebee (automated subscription billing)
  • For social media I use MeetEdgar
  • For email I use Boomerang (email scheduling)
  • I sometimes outsource certain tasks on Elance
  • Project communication on Podio
    Then thereโ€™s some other tools more that I use sometimes which are more specific to my work.

Most important thing for me was to offer services that can be easily automated and where customers pay on a recurring plan which can be easily managed. Iโ€™m also willing to PAY MORE for something if I know it will save me time. For instance, I pay more for my web hosting than most, but itโ€™s a fully managed VPS server so it requires less maintenance and their support will actually troubleshoot site issues for me. Just a cool little tipโ€ฆ

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@vero_cuba | 5yr

I use Freeagent for Accounting&Invoicing, Pipedrive for CMS and also Zapier to automated few tasks.

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@surfcoderepeat | 5yr

I use Basecamp for client management and Asana for my team management.
Also NutCache (free) for invoicing

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@qlb | 5yr

there is always IFTTT if you are looking for a free solution

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@levelsio | 5yr

I just started to heavily use @wadefosterโ€™s http://zapier.com, itโ€™s very powerful and lets you connect different web services to automate stuff.

Also I use http://fancyhands.com, itโ€™s an assistant service with high-quality staff that can you help do stuff like fill out spreadsheets to helping you write blog posts.

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@neutron | 5yr

You cant really go much wrong with VBA (as an environment for excel). You can treat it like a database storage and connect to allsorts of things over the web, apis etc.

Probably the easiest learning curve too. PHP is also good but a bit of a higher learning curve.

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What's the best thing to do with your phone/ your phone number when travelling?


in Poland by @davda1546 | 6d 5 days ago | 6 comments

Hey, hope everyone is well!

We're leaving in a month to go travelling. Our first destination is still to be confirmed, but will likely be Poland or Slovakia. We will be moving around every month or two to different destinations.

The question we have is: what do people do with phones/ phone numbers when hopping from country to country? Ideally we'd just like one number for the whole trip (even better, the number we already have) wherever we go, rather than getting new SIMs with different numbers.

This is just so it's easier to keep in contact with family/ clients/ etc.

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


in Portugal by @joelnicholson | 11d 10 days ago | 6 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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How to learn a language without taking a formal class?


by @zakamercury | 18d 17 days ago | 3 comments

How to learn a language without taking a formal class, while traveling in different countries?

What advice can you give me?

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Where do I get good legal advice/support to have a long-term stay?


in Lisbon, Portugal by @mzorrilla | 1mo 1 month ago | 1 comment

Hello, everyone!

My idea is to stay as low as 6 months and as long as a year (maybe, who knows) over Lisbon after doing some analysis from many cities in Europe.

I'm an Argentinian and Chilean (both nationalities) so... no Euro-pass for me (getting my Italian nationality could take 2 years easily). I'm also a remote worker and I have a really good income (I work for a Silicon Valley company) so I can show more than enough resources to stay in the country.

Everything I see online doesn't inspire me much confidence (most sites looks a bit scammy) and this is not a "vacation stay"... I want to be clear my head far away from Argentina right now. If someone has a good website, recommendations, etc I will super appreciate.

Thanks in advance!

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What's the best place to incorporate an online business?

 

by @octave | 1yr 1 year ago | 63 comments

I have an commerce website. We get around 1000 orders per month and this is going to get quite a bit bigger in next few years.

I am British. I live in Thailand.
Im not allowed to majority own a Thai business and small foreign entrepreneurs are not really welcome. So i need an offshore company.

I need PayPal and an ecommerce internet merchant account. Also looking at alternatives like worldpay. 2checkout etc

Does PayPal need me to be a resident to the country i register my account to? Are there complications being a non resident to get other payment solutions?

Apparently in Hong Kong you need 2 years trading history to get an Internet Mechant Account and they generally turn their noses up at those with less than $1m(us) a year turn over. Singapore seems a bit easier.

I really want to avoid paperwork and book keeping. I hate it.

So i was looking at Seychelles, Panama, BVI, Belize.

Does anyone have experience with payment providers in these countries?

Most nomads i see donโ€™t really have a high volume of small monthly transactions which i do. Im going around in circles and donโ€™t know where to start.

Ill also need a bank account for business and a personal bank account to pay my salary into

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How do I open a business account in Hong Kong? Proof of business?


in Hong Kong by @omar | 3yr 3 years ago | 6 comments

Hello guys, I was wondering if anyone had any experience in opening a business bank account in Hong Kong. Iโ€™m getting all the paperwork ready to incorporate in Seychelles and open the bank account but the agency that is helping me says Hong Kong bankers are getting more picky. They are asking me for business โ€˜proofโ€™ since iโ€™ve always ran my sites as an individual I wonder if just proof of payment from ad networks is enough. If you have any advice it would be much welcomed.

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What's the best location to incorporate an online business?


by @dmftaras | 4yr 4 years ago | 14 comments

Hey nomads,

Iโ€™m looking for the best location to incorporate my online business (offshore programming and so on).

The main requirements:

  • Low cost incorporation/yearly fee
  • Preferred with no audits (or other kind of paperwork)
  • With no local office/secretary/director needed
  • With low or 0% taxes
  • Easy to get paid from US/EU
  • Easy to send payments worldwide ( I can use Transferwise/Stripe or something like that, i donโ€™t care )
  • With corporate credit/debit cards

Iโ€™m only one owner of the company (not EU/US resident).
Iโ€™ve checked jurisdictions like BVI/Belize/Nevis and iโ€™m interested in it. It would be appreciated if you could give me some kind of advice, if you have experience with one of these jurisdictions.

My budget for incorporation < $1500

Thanks!

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Does anyone use paywithfire for business?


by @nouk | 4yr 4 years ago | 0 comments

Paywithfire is an online bank from Ireland that provides accounts in Euro & Sterling for UK or Irish companies. (with no debit/credit card)
The website allegedly allows to open a bank account online.

However, there business service seems to be in beta mode since a long time and there is no information about it.

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Non-Personal alternative to maintaing a corporation for online business?


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

So Iโ€™m finding if you have a small online business, maintaining a corporation in a country that has many rules is just a headache. Lots of forms to file and even if you use an accountant you have to bring them up to speed, give them documents and receipts, itโ€™s almost the same amount of workโ€ฆOn the other hand, you save some money and donโ€™t usually make pension contributions.

Has anyone found a solution thatโ€™s easier? Like giving the business to a friend or family member and they can wire you funds as an employee perhaps?

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Should I choose Lima or Medellin for expanding my business?


in Lima, Peru by @chris_mcguire | 5yr 4 years ago | 2 comments

Iโ€™m looking to outsource a portion of my business. I would appreciate your thoughts if you have experience in either place.

I need someone who speaks and writes near native English.
Does not have to be a college graduate but should be self motivated.
Access to high speed internet

Do you think I could find someone with the above criteria in Lima or Medellin? Any idea what I should expect to pay someone like that?

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Are you a nomadic business owner? How do you market your business?


by @panda | 5yr 5 years ago | 3 comments

Hi,
Iโ€™m a nomad running a marketing business remotely, currently helping small businesses by writing content/copy, advising on marketing strategies and online marketing, and providing website reviews.
I need to โ€˜niche downโ€™ my target market and Iโ€™m thinking about aiming my services towards nomadic business owners/start ups.
As a nomadic business owner, what are your main issues? Do you outsource your marketing? Would a fellow nomadic marketer be more attractive for you since they understand your situation better than someone sitting in an office somewhere? This would help me no end in terms of market research.
Many thanks!

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Best places to start a business?


by @gonzohall | 6yr 5 years ago | 3 comments

Hello,

I want to start a nomad lifestyle, and Iโ€™m having a litle trouble to start earning money from freelancing jobs out of Portugal. I have 2 businesses here, but have a plan to start my own business on social media marketing for hotels and tourism destinations.

  • Whats the best place to start a business? Low taxes with light burucracy, if it has good wheather, better.

I really want to start travel, Bali, Australia, Indonesiaโ€ฆ

All the best for you :smile:

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