Category Archives: Business

10 Things I’ve Learned From A Year Of Self-Employment

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(Photo Credit: St3ve)

Today is officially the first day of the rest of my life. I am finally free of the cubicle and all the crap that goes along with it. I no longer have to be the “tech” guy that everyone comes to for problems and stupid questions.

The above quote is from a post I wrote a year ago entitled A New Journey Starts Today. It was officially the first day of my new life after leaving my cubicle job. Well guess what? It’s been a year since that happened!

I can’t believe a year has come and gone. When I first quit my job, my main goal was to make it a year without having to get another job. All I wanted to do was work for myself for a year without having to commute, sit in a cubicle, or answer to a boss. Luckily, I managed to do just that. I learned a lot along the way and wanted to put together a list of some of the things I’ve learned from a year of self-employment.

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Cubicle-Free For Over A Year!

(Photo By Tim Patterson) Justin recently asked me an excellent question on my post about living cash-flow free for almost a year. The post detailed my financial struggles after escaping the corporate cubicle world last April. Justin asked me: How bad do you miss the cube farm? Of course, my response was not at all! […]

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Bookkeeping And Tax Tips For Bloggers/Freelancers

This weeks episode of Digital Nomad Radio is all about bookkeeping and taxes. I agree, it’s the most boring part of having a business. Unfortunately, it’s something we all have to do at some point.

The reason I chose this topic this week is because I spent about 8 hours (at least it felt that long) last night printing and scanning receipts, entering invoices, and catching up on all the books. It took me a lot of researching before I had any idea what I was doing. I have a feeling some of you are in the same boat as I was and are clueless about what to do.

Teaser:

Some of the topics I will cover include:

  • Accounts Receivable - How to keep track of all your income.
  • Accounts Payable – What you should be keeping track of for business expenses.
  • Tax Deductions For Bloggers/Freelancers – I’ll share some of the tax deductions that you might be able to take if you are a blogger or freelancer.
  • Invoicing Software - I’ll share a really useful tool I use for invoicing.

That pretty much wraps it up for this weeks episode. Click the continue reading link below (or the post title above) to listen to this weeks show.

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What Is A Digital Nomad?

Imagine what life would be like if you could work from anywhere. You would no longer be confined to your 9 to 5 work schedule and you could go out and do the things you enjoy. The good news is that this scenario is completely possible. How? By becoming a digital nomad. One of the […]

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Quitting Your Day Job

It’s Monday once again and that means it’s time for another episode of Digital Nomad Radio. In this weeks podcast, I answer the common question: How do I quit my day job? I discuss how I did it and what I experienced as a result. I also discuss what you should do to make it as easy as possible. I cover things like dealing with benefits, savings, and stress. You can’t miss it!

Length:

20 minutes and 45 seconds to be exact…

Teaser:

Here’s a quick peak at some of the points I make in this weeks episode:

  • Have An Existing Blog/Website – I talk a little about how important it is to already have an existing blog or website before you quit your job.
  • Be Ready To Work A Lot Harder – I give you some insight into life after quitting and why it’s more difficult at first.
  • Take A Look At Your Benefits – I discuss benefits and what you need to think about before you quit. A very important step, especially if you have a family.

So click the read more button below or the post title above to listen to the podcast. I hope you enjoy it!

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What Do Your Business Cards Say About You?

When it comes to promoting a blog or website, there is nothing better than some good ol’ fashion business cards. They give people a quick impression and provide some valuable information about who you are. However, it’s very important to take a look at your cards and ask yourself what they say about you.

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Above is two new designs I had printed for my freelance website, ZoopMedia.com.

Business Cards Are An Important Tool

A business card says a lot about a person. The more unique and creative a card is, the more likely that person is unique and creative. It also gives a first impression that can last a lifetime, especially if you give it to someone you may never see in person again. That card might sit on someones desk for a long time and create an image in their head.

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