The Digital Nomad Lifestyle Class with Robert O’Kruk
In this class, I’m joined by Robert O’Kruk, a Digital Nomad expert who shares his insights on how to build a thriving freelance business working from anywhere in the world. He unpacks three key principles to help you be successful on remote work platforms and other client networking opportunities. And he shares his opinion on the top three destinations for Digital Nomads. The principles discussed here can help you achieve the lifestyle you want and make a positive impact.
Robert O’Kruk is a professional educator and coach for remote workers and digital nomads looking to earn meaningful remote work. He’s been privately trained by Google in Canada and has been part of the Upwork Pro Sales & Marketing team as well as their Top Rated freelancer program.
He is the founder of the 9,000+ member digital nomads community, the Digital Nomads Forum and is also the founder of the Mindful Nomads Retreat, a mindfulness and remote work lifestyle based educational program.
Robert is focused on bridging the gap between working remotely and mindfulness. His goal is to help educate, inspire and empower remote workers to live purposeful, meaningful and happy lives.
[0:00] – Opening thoughts
[1:05] – Introduction to Robert O’Kruk
[2:26] – Robert describes the journey that led him to freelancing as a Digital Nomad
[5:33] – The pros and cons of being your own boss
[6:36] – Craig’s journey and the benefits of working remotely
[8:30] – Is a Digital Nomad Lifestyle or Laptop Lifestyle attainable?
[12:10] – The importance of a supportive community
[12:51] – Practical steps to building a Digital Nomad lifestyle:
– [13:13] – Two buckets of how it happens:
– 1) The logistics
– 2) Earning money remotely
[15:46] – Three key principles people need to cover to be successful using remote work platforms:
– [17:07] – 1) Create the perfect profile based on what’s working.
– Create a list of 20-30 profiles of people on a remote work platform like Upwork who are matching those characteristics.
– Go through the profiles in depth and take note of trends and unique fits.
– Research what’s working for others and then use that as your inspiration to create your profile.
– [21:12] – 2) Get instant automated notifications for the ideal jobs:
– Free tools you can use when you’re using Upwork or other platforms
– [25:09] – 3) Send a custom tailored proposal in a time-efficient manner.
– Two keys to a proposal:
– Being custom tailored – Read specifically what they need help with and then write something that’s tailored to that.
– Being time efficient – You need to send 20 proposals to land your first job, taking 3-5 minutes apiece.
– How “The Tactically Tailored Template” can help
– [29:18] – Two takeaways:
– You want to be contextually relevant.
– It’s easy for people to give up as a freelancer – There is a numbers game.
– [32:25] – How the three principles apply in many places in life and lead to success
[34:38] – Dispelling some myths about Upwork
[37:12] – Advice for applying the three principles in other ways
[37:35] – Robert’s top three destinations for Digital Nomads
[39:33] – Final thoughts and how to find out more about Robert
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