In June I was in Barcelona for DCBCN: my first Dynamite Circle conference. Successful location independent entrepreneurs from all over the world shared their experiences and tips. I made a list of my 7 most important take-aways:
1.) Delegate more!
Focus on things where you can have added value; eliminate or outsource all other tasks. Are you thinking of hiring a VA (Virtual Assistant) or other remote worker? (You should!) Check this overview of average salaries in Europe.
Hire people in Eastern Europa via Jobrack.eu for $3.50 – $15 per hour.
- Don’t try to find a ‘mini-me’ who can do everything, but split your requirements into separate tasks/functions and find various people.
- Make sure that the new hires can ask good questions. Test this by giving them a test-assignment with vague instructions; see if they get to work immediately, or ask questions for clarifications until they are sure what to do.
2.) Choose easier/cheaper entry markets
If you want to enter the English speaking market, don’t focus on the USA. Marketing in the US is very expensive and there is a lot of competition. Instead start with content marketing in other English speaking countries, such as the UK or South Africa.
3.) Choose effective images
When you post a video on YouTube, don’t forget to create your own thumbnail, instead of waiting for what YouTube makes of it. You can do this with Canva for example. Use titles of max three words!
(Thanks to YouTube star Gabby Wallace)
4.) Don’t use YOUR keywords, use THEIRS!
Keywordtool.io helps you to find out what people Google. Use the terms your audience uses instead of the (technical/business/formal) ones you are used to.
5.) Don’t forget your ‘call to action’.
Whatever channel or means of communication you use: don’t forget your ‘call to action’. What do you want people to do after reading your article, watching your video of visiting your website? Tell them! I knew this already, of course, but still very few of my videos on YouTube include ‘please subscribe to my channel’ or ‘visit my website’.
6.) It is great to hang out with like-minded people.
I always felt like I was the ‘weird one’, living my life like I do. Then I met a fun group of digital nomads and I knew I wasn’t the only one living, working and playing around the world. But when I met members of the Dynamite Circle, I knew I had truly ‘come home’. DC is a network of successful location independent entrepreneurs; digital nomads who have got their shit together. Their podcast Tropical MBA is very interesting. You should also think about a’trial’ of one month working together in a tropical location with coaching, workshops and a lot of fun. There are many co-working vacations for ‘wannabe’ digital nomads, but The Entrepreneur House organizes co-working camps for successful location independent entrepreneurs/digital nomads.
7.) Learn Spanish
If you are going to be working or traveling in Spanish speaking countries, this is a must. Many people want to learn Spanish, very few actually see it through. You CAN do it, with this amazing service: unlimited private Spanish lessons via Skype for $99 per month: baselang.com
I am already looking forward to the next DC conference, DCBKK; in October in Bangkok. There is so much knowledge, expertise and experience in the Dynamite Circle. And everybody is very relaxed and more than willing to share. Of course I’ll keep on sharing my tips and eye-openers with you!