We are overjoyed to present an exciting interview with a highly intelligent digital nomad that will launch our new blog series “The Wise Nomad”.
We have the honor to interview Taylor Lane, you can follow her on Instagram @remotelikeme.
Taylor is a remote career coach who helps people find and land remote jobs with skills and experience they already have. She’s helped tons of remote hopefuls turn their virtual career dreams into a reality.
Originally from Connecticut, USA, Taylor has been living in Central America and traveling the world for over two years. She is currently calling Antigua, Guatemala her home base.
“The Wise Nomad”
When I first moved to Guatemala at the age of 22, I never imagined that I’d be running my own business from anywhere in the world, and writing inspiring pieces like these from a train on the Trans Siberian Railway.
Yet, here I am!
I quit my life in the USA at a young age after realizing that my Master’s degree in Education was not my ticket to happiness.
Then I moved to Guatemala, a place I had fallen in love with while volunteering at a camp for people with disabilities, called Viamistad.
I was a bartender for a few months before discovering the opportunity of digital nomadism (on Instagram). I applied for tons of remote jobs and landed one as a Customer Success Manager for MailerLite.
Within one year of working from anywhere I pleased, I had started my side hustle which is now my full time business.
I run Remote Like Me, a membership site where I teach people how to find and land remote jobs with the skill set they already have.
As an entrepreneur, I’ve gone through many twists and turns in my journey that has taught me valuable lessons on how to become a successful digital nomad.
One of my favorite things in the world is imparting that wisdom on others, to show people that is it such a doable goal.
How to choose the right profession?
Choosing the right profession comes down to being open minded, honest, and diligent with your career standards.
When I started searching for a remote job, it was because I wanted some online income that didn’t require me to start a business.
Mentally, that’s where I was at the moment. A year later, I had enough connections and confidence in the digital world, that I was ready to launch an online business.
If you check in with yourself, you can choose a path to nomadism that makes sense for your abilities, lifestyle, and responsibilities.
For example, if you have a family and need healthcare/benefits, freelancing and entrepreneurship may not be the best choice for you right now.
Remote employment with an international company would be great in this instance. If you are single and have no dependents, you could explore freelancing and running your own online business.
When thinking about the role you’d like to have, it’s imperative to write down some lists of tasks that you love to do or would love to learn about.
Base your career path off of those skills. Then think about the client or company that you would like to align yourself with.
What kind of products do you love, what missions can you stand behind, and what type of people do you want to help/serve with your product, service, or job?
These are the first steps to choosing the right career path.
How to reach out to customers?
I made my first $1,000 from my Facebook Group and it has always been my biggest source of leads in my business. Creating a Facebook Group is a great way to serve your audience for free, in an easier way than creating a blog or youtube channel.
You can ask your future clients/customers questions about their preferences, pain points, and consumer tendencies.
A few ways that you can reach out to your audience about buying your product or service is running a free challenge, doing a sales email sequence, mentioning your product on a Facebook live, or contacting the members of the Facebook group who are asking the most questions, commenting, and engaged.
As long as you are matching the customer’s desires/goals with your solution, at a price that is within their budget, you will profit from these reach outs.
How to sell yourself?
Selling yourself is never going to work! As soon as you think that you have to prove yourself to someone, you are operating out of a scarcity mindset instead of an abundance mindset.
Making sales is not about proving your worth, or the worth of your product to anyone with the hopes that they will agree.
Instead, think about all of the customers/clients who desire the product or need the service you are offering. If you have a solution to a problem or want, you have a sale.
It’s all about finding the right clients who have the correct budget and belief system for your solution.
How many projects to take on?
The amount of projects you take on depends on your income goals and how much value you are willing to give in order to reach that level.
If you are only willing to give one hour of work to each of your clients, you will need a lot of clients.
However, if you are willing to create products (one time) that you can add to your services over and over again, you will not need as many.
I’ll give you an example. I have one on one clients who I help find and land the remote career of their dreams. This includes 4 hours of work on my end.
I price this at a certain price and I am not willing to do more hours of work per client in order to make more money. My time is more valuable to me.
However, I decided to add my self-paced Resume Reboot course and some other bonuses to the one on one service, and now the price is much higher.
I’m adding more value without having to increase my amount of hours worked. This is crucial to consider how many clients/projects you can take on at once.
How to say no?
It sounds so simple and yet, most of us are horrible at just saying no! I got some valuable advice from someone recently that made a lot of sense to me.
Creating internal boundaries will allow you to say no without being emotionally attached to the decision. Set up your own boundaries for what you say yes to and then if the proposal does not meet the criteria, it’s a no.
Let’s say I set up some boundaries for collaboration opportunities.
I require that the business have a certain amount of reach on social media, that they are personally aligned with my belief system, and that I can develop a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship with them.
So if an opportunity does not meet these standards, I can say no immediately.
These are the boundaries that you can set up when considering when/where to travel, what kind of business opportunities to say no to, and even decisions in your personal life.
How to set the correct price for a project?
Simple answer. Charge more than you think.
The thing about choosing a price for your coaching service, product, or freelance project is that it is just a number.
Erase all of the dialogue going on in your head about “how much am I worth” because what someone pays you to do or make something has nothing to do with your worthiness as a person.
The price of this one project also has little to do with the overall value of your business. Just pick a number. I know it sounds ridiculous, so here are a few things to consider when picking your price.
- Research the going rates for similar products/services at this time.
- What you have charged in the past vs. what you can charge now with increased experience.
- You can change this price tomorrow if you want! It’s not a forever thing.
- Get feedback from your current or former clients/customers about your pricing.
After you’ve considered these facts. Pick a number. Make it more than you originally think. Implement the price and consider it flexible and experimental at all times.
Lastly, with all of the tips you can learn from nomads like me…. remember to follow your intuition and trust the voice inside when you block out all of the noise.
That is the wisest thing you can do as a nomad in 2018. Good luck!