The idea of traveling the world while working is a distant dream for most people. But one of the best things about a freelance career in copywriting is that you have the flexibility to hop on a plane with your laptop whenever you want!
In this episode, we are joined by one of our star CCA students, Chris, who was determined to take advantage of the digital nomad lifestyle. Listen to Chris share his journey of building a successful business while traveling, his practical tips for managing workload, and his advice for anyone hoping to move their business toward an agency model.
A Sneak Peek at the Episode
[2:53] Chris joined the CCA because he was looking for the digital nomad dream and was determined not to return to office life after the pandemic.
[4:46] Chris was hesitant to invest in a course and leave his employment to jump into a new career in copywriting.
[6:15] Building a client base while traveling was a steep learning curve for Chris.
[8:34] One of Chris’ biggest hurdles has been making sure to set expectations about what is realistic to get done while traveling, so that he’s not setting himself up for failure.
[10:08] The hosts discuss the importance of setting boundaries in your business that make sense for you and your schedule, and Chris explains how he has implemented this.
[14:04] Chris has moved toward more of an agency model, so that he can offer his clients a suite of solutions.
[16:41] Chris warns anyone interested in the agency model not to over commit as people’s livelihoods are at stake.
[19:25] Traveling too frequently is challenging and it can be better to just stay in one place for a little while.
As with every episode, we highly encourage you to listen to the entire conversation! But here are a few of the highlights:
“No matter where I am in the world, I’ve stopped trying to do meetings across the full 9-5 day where I am, and instead try to fit it in a couple of hours and then fit my work around whatever I want to do.” – Chris
“That’s certainly something that all of us can and should be doing, protecting that time that is your deep work time and then scheduling your client calls for only a specific window.” – Nicki
“We need to have that kind of employee relationship with ourself as well. Would you ask an employee to work from eight o’clock in the morning until 11 o’clock at night, five days a week? No, you wouldn’t. If you can set your own timelines, you need to still treat your business as a business and make sure that you are not just treating it as a hobby because you soon start slipping in different places, but you also need to make sure that you are holding yourself within those boundaries to make sure you don’t burn out at the same time.” – Chris
“It’s even more valuable when our clients can come to us with a suite of problems and we can come to them with a suite of solutions and make that easy for them.” – Nicki
“I made the mistake of trying to rely too much on one customer at the beginning. And I think since I kind of moved away from that, it’s been a lot better in terms of job satisfaction and also getting more work because you’re forced to go out and speak to different people and figure out what different companies want, rather than just being very good at one company’s requirements.” – Chris
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Last Updated on September 10, 2023