A Based Bachelor Review of “The Jet-setting Copywriter”

How to Fund Your Overseas Adventures as a Copywriter

If you’ve been reading any websites about lifestyle businesses, you’ll find that more than a few endorse writing as a means of creating a healthy income while living abroad. It makes sense. Writing projects can be completed and delivered from wherever there is internet access. As long as you have the necessary skills, the ability to prospect, and PayPal for collecting payments, writing can take you as far as you want to go. But don’t take my word for it.

Meet Kevin Casey, world traveler, and professional freelance writer. I recently bought his book, “The Jet-setting Copywriter,” and it’s probably one of the best books on freelance writing that I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a few). I will disclose here that I am not receiving anything for endorsing this book, I just feel it will be extremely useful for Based Bachelors everywhere. Here, I’m going to explain why I feel this copywriting book is the best value you can get for your time and money.

Jet-Setting Copywriter

Sometimes I’ve got the feeling from certain writers in the copywriting space that they want to guard the field, if not to block out potential competition, to build up big paywalls between you and the things you want to know. As Kevin points out in his book, there are even inexperienced copywriters creating expensive copywriting courses. Marketers know there is a huge demand for this kind of content, whether it be teaching the nuts and bolts of writing copy, or how to use copywriting as a means of building a lifestyle business. Kevin’s book mostly covers the business-building side of the endeavor and for a staggeringly low price. If it had been some other internet marketer, they would have segmented this content into several eBooks, and mp3 files then hosted on them Clickbank with a bunch of upsells and other unnecessary trash.

When there are so many people out there building online businesses, building niche sites and selling information products, great content writers will always be in high demand. Though you are not exactly breaking free of the money-for-your-time paradigm, you are in the coveted position of selling shovels during a gold rush, and in a much more respectable fashion.

Kevin’s book describes his travels and the kinds of places he’s gone as a result of his writing career. Some of the lavish passages about his travels left me envious, as I’ve been mostly planted in a single place in my time abroad. The enthusiasm with which he writes about traveling is inspiring; it motivated me to drive further into the content to see how I might achieve something similar for myself.

One of the most challenging aspects of freelancing is finding potential clients, and the difficulty is reduced with the email templates and examples included in this book. Prospecting is where the rubber meets the road, and for some, it may even be more of a challenge than doing the copywriting work itself. The book also has some golden advice regarding what to charge for your services, which was a big question for me when considering this career.

Attracting high-paying clients and identifying lucrative markets is key and Kevin explains exactly how to do this. He also mentions how he’s used LinkedIn as a tool for finding clients to significant effect. There are plenty of other ways one can go about finding work, but the amount of success Kevin had with just this one platform shows what massive opportunities there are for individuals willing to explore other social networks.

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My favorite section in the book discusses the reasons why content mills, bidding sites, and job boards aren’t worth your time. It’s a tragedy to see how low people will go for pennies, and these kinds of sites have created a race to the bottom. To reap a real return for our effort, we must circumvent these schemes. We should always consider the time vs. money equation before deciding to work anywhere online.

The final sections of the book include suggestions for working abroad, as well as book recommendations and resources to help you reach your goals as a freelance writer. I feel I was lucky to have come across this material and I plan on putting it into practice. Now I want to pass along my recommendation to you. Click this link to find Kevin’s book, along with more information about the author himself.

A Based Bachelor Review of “#AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness”

Review of AskGaryVee

#AskGaryVee

I think one of the things that initially struck me about Gary Vaynerchuk is his dry practicality. His messages come packaged in a bombastic, charismatic persona, yet there’s an ineffable straightforwardness about them. Occasionally impolite, sparkling in the public eye yet remarkably thoughtful, the man strikes a chord of perfect paradox. He is not academically educated, but he is powerfully informed. He has lofty goals, but they are specific.

In a world of myriad distraction, Gary thrives by selectively tuning to the right signals. His business acumen has given him a profound dowsing rod for locating the ground water under the dirt. While he claims that he is in the business of “day-trading attention,” a more appropriate definition of his strategy might be “using social media to promote intimacy and engagement.” So that’s just one of the things that makes the gospel of his business recommendations a thing of the flesh: not only is he practicing what he preaches, but he is allowing us to watch him as he does. His advice is immediately actionable no matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey.

His latest book “#AskGaryVee” in many ways follows the same format as his YouTube show of the same name. Each chapter covers a different topic with submitted questions from followers and Gary’s answers. One of the most interesting things about following the mogul is the way that his lessons never really seem to go stale. If you’ve heard some of his talks as a keynote speaker, you’ve might’ve already heard some of his key ideas. You’ve probably him repeat some of his humorous anecdotes. He still continues to add value by providing new bits of clarification, detail, and passion.

Gary Vaynerchuck

The beginning chapters of #AskGaryVee covers Gary’s views on his most basic life choices. He talks about the way that his upbringing has affected his current life choices, how his relationship with his brother shaped his business life, and how these things have weighed on his decisions as a father. One can tell from reading about Gary’s origins that he is someone that has always been preoccupied with the science of making money. From dealing baseball cards as a kid, to making tough business decisions in his father’s wine store, his approach has remained unshakably pragmatic.

Perhaps there is an advantage to being someone that had always failed in his classes in school; Gary grew up uncontaminated by other people’s business theories. He has said himself that he doesn’t spend much time following other thought leaders in his field. He doesn’t have to. Gary learns what he needs to know by staying engaged with the public, and never allowing himself to get too big to be unreachable. By keeping a keen eye on consumer behavior, he knows that the money follows the attention of the people.

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Not only does #AskGaryVee share some discussion about the value of modern education, it also reviews the tools of the media trade and how they have shaped the practices at Gary’s company, VaynerMedia. It’s worth noting that all of these things are accessible to everyone. Facebook ads, Pinterest, Instagram posts, these all are useful for self-promotion, and in some cases, undervalued for the amount of visibility they can provide.

Gary ends his book with a few chapters on music, sports, and wine, which add a more personal touch to the compilation, but the book is already saturated with personality. There book exudes the character of a New Yorker genius, a prime example of an American individualist who is carving out a name for himself through perceptivity and hard work.

So if any of you have seen this book online and wondered what the buzz about, this is why. Gary is reaching the pinnacle of his influence, as people everywhere are realizing that he has more than few good points and he’s doing it right. Even those who have no interest in actually putting his advice into practice are entertained and inclined to cheer him on. For a man that aspires to one day be the proud owner of the Jets, we can’t help but praise his audacity as he strives his way to the top.

What are the best places in Asia to be a Laptop Entrepreneur?

Some places in Asia are certainly better than others to be a Laptop Entrepreneur.

In case you missed it, Gael and Mark from Authority Hacker already did an awesome podcast on this topic talking about some of the optimal places in the world to go as someone who participates in internet marketing. In this post, I want to elaborate a bit on the places they named in region of Asia, since that’s the main focus of this site at the moment. The resources used to make their determinations were:

Numbeo: a site that compares the cost of living in different places.
Visa HQ: Explains the administrative processes involved in going to different countries.
Nomadlist: An incredible site that compiles information from the people who have lived in different locations.

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First Recommendation: Chiang Mai in Thailand
More than a few travel blogs on this location have touted how inexpensive it is. Among some of the other notable qualities are some of the delicious Thai dishes, lots of festivities during local holidays, and cheap $5 massages. I think I could probably go for one of those right about now.

Nomadlist says that the cost for living cheap in Chiang Mai outside the center of the city and buying groceries and cooking at home should run you about $270 a month. Living there long-term, like middle or upper-class local and renting in the center of the city should run you $528 a month. And living in Chiang Mai short-term, staying in cheap hotels and eating out 3 times a day would be about $747.
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Second Recommendation: Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam
Also known as Saigon, I’ve heard that this city is one of the best in the world for Laptop Entrepreneurship. From what I’ve read on David H’s blog, it’s got a lot to offer. Some of the perks include awesome internet service, affordable living, and great communities. The language barriers aren’t too restrictive, there’s great food, and lots of employment opportunities on the side.
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Third Recommendation: Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia
This location has a complicated identity, full of art and activism. Malaysia has a strong food culture, incredible shopping malls, and nightlife.
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Last Recommendation: Singapore
Of course after mentioning Kuala Lumpur, Singapore would have to be mentioned. Some say that though Singapore is very hot and humid, almost everyone in Singapore speaks English. It’s easier to visit other key Asian cities from Singapore, like Hong Kong and Thailand. And it has great food.
On the downside, the country is not a cheap place to live at all, ranked one of the 4th most expensive to live in for expats by Mercer’s annual cost of living survey.
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Are there any other places on this list that you feel should’ve been included, but weren’t? Please comment below.