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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

10 Ways to Make Money as a Digital Nomad

Poor Man Survival

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The Top 10 Ways to Earn an Income as a Digital Nomad

by Jason Gaspero


All over the world, folks of all ages are turning their backs on the traditional nine-to-five grind and setting off for travel, fun, adventure, and profit. And they’re getting paid while they’re at it.

Their “offices” are wherever they open their laptops… on white-sand beaches, in tropical mountain valleys, and in vibrant university towns. They seek income opportunities online — which keeps them tethered only to an Internet connection. And they can live better while they spend less, by earning in dollars and living (and spending) in places where the cost of living is much lower than in the U.S.

These mobile earners are commonly known as Digital Nomads — and joining the tribe is easier than you may think.

Earning remotely — and working for yourself instead of clocking in at the office, hospital, shop, or factory — is a trend that’s gaining popularity. PeoplePerHour, an online freelance marketplace, forecasts that one in two people in the U.S. and the UK will be freelance by 2020.

Some Digital Nomads country-hop every few weeks and live in dozens of countries every year. “I’m free,” says Nimisha Walji, who took what she knows about yoga and turned it into an online income. “I can go where the wind takes me and live any place I choose! If I hear about somewhere nice, or feel like a change, I can pursue that in a matter of days. Sometimes hours.”

There are all kinds of different ways to make money as a Digital Nomad, so it’s not hard to find one that both suits your interests and could fund your dream lifestyle.

It’s a lot easier to embrace the Digital Nomad lifestyle than you might think. You don’t need a special degree. You don’t need special equipment, other than a laptop and a reliable internet connection. Simply fire up your computer and, boom, you could be making money.

The ranks of freelancers, which include independent workers in many fields, swelled to 55 million in 2016, an increase of 3.8% over the past two years, according to Freelancers Union, a nonprofit organization that represents freelancers.

I’m a Digital Nomad myself. Over the past 11 years, I’ve surfed near-perfect waves at sunset in Bali, Indonesia… run with the bulls at the Fiesta de San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain… celebrated Oktoberfest with a few steins of lager in Munich… and trekked through rice paddies in Sapa, Vietnam.

I’ve been able to afford these adventures, and had the freedom to do so, because I write freelance for companies that need copy to sell their products. Today, I live on the tiny tropical island of Koh Phangan, Thailand.

Most days, I’ll put in three to six hours of writing in the morning. Then, I’ll spend the rest of the day exploring the island’s spectacular beaches, catching up with friends, or visiting the night market in town to grab my favorite Thai meal — steamed chicken with rice and soup for just $1.44. Other days, I’ll take it easy in the morning, then perhaps do a bit of work in the evening. I never have a boss looking over my shoulder, so it’s all up to me.

The internet has made it more simple than ever for aspiring Digital Nomads to discover new places to live; find cheap international flights; secure good short- and long-term accommodation; and meet fellow Digital Nomads, travelers, and expats. I’m not the only one who feels that the social aspect is one of the best parts of being a Digital Nomad.

David and Diane Daniel were early adopters of the Digital Nomad lifestyle. Since 2005, this wandering duo has been traveling to the world’s most appealing destinations and earning a great income at the same time. “We were Digital Nomads before it was cool,” says 51-year-old Diane. “We take home with us. It’s just us, together. That’s it!”

“Since 2005, we’ve been traveling, spending time in Mexico, Italy, and France,” says David. “I’ve also worked from Australia, Ecuador, Canada, and England.” For the past few months, the pair has been kicking back on a Caribbean island just off the coast near CancĂșn, Mexico.

“We’ve been to Isla Mujeres several times before,” says Diane. “It’s a great place with mostly stable internet, wonderful restaurants and beaches, and perfect tropical weather. We’re housesitting now for some folks who only come down during the winter. We’re caring for their dogs, and all we have to do is pay the electricity bill and the internet bill.”

When they aren’t riding their motor scooter around the island or visiting with friends, Diane manages her own online graphic design business and adds photographs to the couple’s stock photo portfolios.

Dan O’Donnell, a former real estate agent from Washington, hosts a meet up for Digital Nomads in Chiang Mai, Thailand, every Tuesday at the Sri Paa Restaurant. There nomads can swap ideas, make contacts, discuss new trends, and enjoy a tasty Thai meal.

Dan is a Digital Nomad himself and understands the need to network. His primary source of income is his personal development and team-building board game, Better Me, which he sells through his website. His secondary source of income is ad revenue from his Positive Thinking Facebook page.

On a typical day, Dan works a few hours from late morning to mid-afternoon, goes to eat, then heads to the gym or plays some beach volleyball. Then he’ll usually work again in the evening. “The freedom of location and schedule is really nice,” says Dan. “Also, the ability to live somewhere I enjoy for well under a thousand dollars a month (about $750 a month) allows me to save money and reinvest in my projects.”

When it comes to ways to earn an income as a Digital Nomad, Dan offers plenty of ideas. “There are many approaches, and some fit certain people better than others. If you have an existing skill set or love for a certain type of work, consider what you can do to capitalize on that. Also, if you can find a system so that you don’t need to reinvent the wheel — like drop-shipping or selling through Amazon — you can save a lot of time and frustration.”
10 Top Digital-Nomad Incomes

If you like the idea of being your own boss, working flexible hours and living anywhere in the world you feel like spending time, here are 10 top opportunities that can produce income fast:

1. Sell products online through your website or a third-party site like Amazon.

2. Earn as an online tutor through Skype or If you have knowledge and experience to share, then folks want to hear about it. You can earn teaching almost anything — Microsoft Excel, photography, marketing, guitar, knitting, and more. You can earn anywhere between $25 and $300 per lesson.

3. Start a blog and earn with affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is when you promote a product or company on your blog or website, with a link to the seller. Affiliate networks have different systems. Some pay you for every user that clicks on the link, others require the customer buy a product before you get paid a commission.

4. Become a freelance copywriter. Copywriters write simple letters and emails for companies to help sell their products online. As a copywriter, you’ll dictate your own schedule and how much work you want to take on.

5. Provide drop-shipping services. Drop-shipping is a type of online selling where you don’t need to pay for storage or manage inventory. You simply market the products and when somebody buys, you have the products shipped straight from the manufacturer to your customer. You don’t need warehouse space. You never even see the product. See and start creating your own store.

6. Become a stock photographer. Your Digital Nomad lifestyle will take you to new and exotic places, where you’ll take colorful and exciting photos. With stock photography, you can turn these travel snapshots into a passive income that makes money on autopilot while you explore the world. See here for more details.

7. Teach English online. As a native speaker you already have the most important tool for teaching English. You can be earning as much as $30 an hour on sites such as

8. Become an online researcher performing the behind-the-scenes tasks that ensure the web-based information of businesses and organizations is accurate. With no startup costs and no specialized education needed, online research is one of the easiest Digital Nomad incomes to get up and running. See here for more.

9. Provide online freelance services. Freelancing websites like are connecting thousands of freelancers with businesses that need their services every day. From graphic design to proofreading to travel writing, it’s easier than ever to find work as a freelancer.

10. Earn with e-books. You don’t have to be a bestselling author to make money with e-books. You could repackage books that are in the public domain and sell them online or license existing print books, convert them to an e-book, and pay the author part of the royalties.

Hopefully, this list has given you a better idea of the kind of opportunities that are out there. But don’t for a second think this covers all the things you can do… There are, in fact, many more flexible income options available… 


Yours for better living,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

How NOT to Stand Out in a Crowd

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ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


How NOT to Stand Out in a Crowd


   Before you dive into our guest article, make certain that you read all the way until the end piece regarding the free special report about the projected economic crash that many experts are predicting to take place SOON-you’ll be glad you did.


Don’t be a fly on the wall. Be the wall.” Remember what they say about first impressions? They last. Don’t make a first impression. Don’t make an impression at all.

Ever watch The Silence on Dr Who? They could make you forget they were there. You should leave a person just like that. Why do people make an impression? Because they stand out. Standing out in a SHTF or disaster scenario can get you killed.

Some people just naturally stand out. Some are tall, some are large, some are gorgeous, some are loud. Why do they stand out? They stand out because they trigger something in your thought process. It could be that you somehow consider them a threat, a potential mate, remind you of someone in the past or are just wearing something that doesn’t fit with your expectations at the time.

The secret to not standing out is hidden herein. In order to stay off the radar of others, whether you’re an undercover secret agent or just trying to get through a bad neighborhood, you need to be the person who doesn’t trigger anything in the thought process of others. We call that person the Gray Man. He is invisible. It’s not that he doesn’t exist or interact with people though. He can walk through a crowd, take note of everything he wants, complete his mission or walk through an area and be out without anyone remembering he was there.

He doesn’t just wear clothes that match what everyone else is wearing, he wears clothes no one will take note of. He doesn’t just do things to fit his natural surroundings, he does things that don’t cause your mind to take notice. He had no color, no smell, no texture, no emotion. He wasn’t there.

It’s not just the immediate threat that you need to be invisible to. Once people are in survival mode, they’ll remember what they didn’t even know they knew. A starving man may remember the faint smell of herbs as you walked by the last time you met and then assume that not only do you have food, you have delicious food. A person who’s decided you’re his next target may remember that the last time he saw you, it looked to him that you were taking notice of everything you saw and everything you heard, and will plan diligently for your demise. In a SHTF or disaster scenario, leaving even a subtle impression can cost you your preps or even your life.

“In a SHTF or disaster scenario, leaving even a subtle impression can cost you your preps or even your life.You may not at first recognize why you took notice of someone but somewhere in your mind a switch is flipped. You can’t always know what will flip these switches but you can attempt to study your targets and attempt to lessen the chance of being noticed. Ever had a conversation with someone who you’re attracted to and have just one movement or sentence switch you from being somewhat detached to thinking about sex? Desire is a basic motivation. Sexual desire, power, hunger; all are strong motivations that will shift someone’s attention from thought to action.

Smell? Really?

Some impressions are made when people notice something is familiar or something is strange. Typically something familiar triggers a mental note if that familiarity is rare or hasn’t been seen for a while. Have you ever walked through a mall for hours, not noticing all the perfumes, colognes and other smells until you pass someone wearing the perfume your mother wore when you were nine? Smell is one of the senses most linked to your base memory. The slightest hint of a scent not smelled in a lifetime will instantly bring you back to a childhood memory or relationship long forgotten. For a similar reason, strange smells, sights, sounds etc will cause your subconscious to take notice. You should have no memorable smell.

Be cognizant of any smells such as food, soap or gunpowder that someone would relate to something they’d want. Try to think about what you do, say or wear that may cause a connection to some kind of desire. This is especially important for females. When SHTF, there will be very few gentlemen and those in power will take what they want, without regard to repercussions. Be cognizant of innuendo or movements such as arching your back or physical contact. They may put you in a situation that you may not be able to get out of. At the very least, a guy could take notice of you where you may have been able to pass by unnoticed. Smells are just an example though. I use it because it’s such a powerful one.

Don’t let what you’re doing give yourself away

What you do and how you do it is the easiest way to give yourself away to someone who’s trained to look for these things. It’s called demeanor.

Have you ever been talking to someone and they look away at something, causing you to look as well? People naturally take notice of what others notice. As you try to pass through unnoticed, make sure you don’t look like you’re taking notice of anything in particular.

This is especially important as you are scanning a room for security concerns such as exits or threats. Hollywood is very bad about showing an operative who’s either casing a building or on a surveillance because it’s painfully obvious to anyone who’s watching that they’re switched on. If they see that you’re security conscious in a SHTF scenario, they’ll first take notice and then they’ll wonder just what you’re so paranoid about protecting. You’re no longer the Gray Man.

Watch how people naturally react to things and start getting a feel about how you internalize what others are noticing or experiencing. Then practice doing or noticing the same things without any external response. People are naturally curious creatures. If they see someone doing something curious, they want to investigate. Just because what you may be doing would be perfectly natural for someone to do at that time doesn’t mean you should be doing it.

Remember: the point isn’t so that you have a legitimate excuse for what you’re doing, it’s so that you don’t leave an impression. If you find yourself trying to fit into a crowd of people and are considering doing something so that you’re not just standing around looking obvious, pick something that people won’t take notice of. Reading a paper may be perfectly innocuous but reading a book on theoretical physics or LaPlace Transform Analysis may get people wanting to know your story. What may be perfectly normal for the surroundings may still get you noticed. Also remember that what may be perfectly normal now, may stand out in a SHTF or disaster scenario.

With all this said, this doesn’t mean that you should go around in a security-lacking environment without the proper equipment, tools, weapons, defenses and supplies. It also doesn’t mean that you should walk around lost in your own thoughts and oblivious to the world. You just may want to look like you are. You should always be prepared for whatever you can without letting those preparations cause you to be in a situation you don’t want. See everything. Smell everything. Analyze everything. Be ready for whatever may come up. Just don’t look like you are. The Gray Man is forgettable, not vulnerable. Don’t give up safety for anonymity.

For a more in-depth article on this topic, check out this article from fellow Arizonian on the Gray Man concept.

I am a former federal agent and military veteran who has deployed to combat theaters in Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan and have almost three decades of military and military contracting experience.

My goal is to help families to understand how to intelligently protect their family and their way of life against real threats, without all the end-of-the-world doomsday crap.


Yours for Survival,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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As to the U.S. economy’s slide toward the flat line or below, there can be little doubt.

Business lending is down, core retail sales and industrial production is down. On that last score, factory production fell 0.4% in March — it’s largest drop since February 2015.

March job figures revealed a nonfarm payroll increase of just 98,000. The average expectations among the smart set projected a gain of 180,000.

Meanwhile, on Friday the Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow indicator weighed in with a growth figure of just 0.5% for the first quarter of the year — stall speed, essentially.

And after 94 months of the most tepid recovery in modern history, there is no other way to describe it.

Moreover, what is happening is not merely cyclical in the traditional sense. Debt-encumbered American consumers are dropping, not shopping, because this entire so-called recovery has been wasted. That is, consumers can’t spend energetically, because there has been no significant deleveraging since the 2008 crisis.

In fact, notwithstanding a 5X gain in the Fed’s balance sheet — from $900 billion on the eve of the Lehman meltdown to $4.5 trillion today — our Keynesian central bankers simply could not cause consumers to borrow and spend their way to prosperity.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Keys to Urban Prepping, Gardening, DIY Home Formulas, Land Sharing, More

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ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


Dreams become goals, goals become reality, reality becomes a dream come true.
- Unknown Author


Frequently, I get questions from readers about prepping in an urban environment. I understand the limitations: Most people living in America’s cities heavily rely on infrastructure (water, power, sanitation)… space is at a premium, which makes it difficult to stock ample supplies… and keeping your emergency plans to yourself can be challenging with so many people living on top of one another.

So here’s some great advice if you’re an urban dweller looking to prep. This article offers five things you can do to make yourself an asset to your neighbors in the event of an emergency.

As this piece mentions, in more densely populated areas, cooperation is an essential virtue when it comes to surviving a crisis. So be a good neighbor and click on the link above.


According to this piece originally published on, a well-tended 400-square-foot garden will feed a family of four. Not to mention fresh fruits and vegetables from your garden will be a great addition to your emergency food stores in a crisis situation.

In this article, you’ll learn:
  • How to grow produce from seeds as well as how to start a plant from a clipping
  • Four ways to keep deer from eating all your hard work and no less than 13 natural ways to control bugs and insects
  • Why canning is the preferred method of storing your garden veggies — especially if the SHTF
  • Three household items you can use as mulch
  • And how to harvest and make use of rainwater.

It’s not too late to start a garden this year, so check out these expert tips and tricks and get planting!

Has it become harder to put meat, veggies and milk into your grocery cart because of ever-increasing food prices? It is still possible to serve your family healthy foods on an affordable budget. Read more.

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I put about 1/4 cup of baking soda in a small glass bowl and squirt in hydrogen peroxide until it makes a nice paste.  Then I rub it on the offending dirt/stain/grease…whatever!  I usually just use my fingers…but I also use a small sponge at times as well.


Glass Cleaner Ingredients

·         2 cups of water (distilled or filtered is best so it doesn’t leave residue)

·         2 tablespoons vinegar

·         10 drops essential oil of choice- I use lemon (optional- but it helps cut the vinegar smell)

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle (preferably glass) and use as needed to clean window. I like to use a microfiber cloth to wipe windows clean with this recipe.

Note:  If you have always used commercial window cleaner in the past, mix a couple drops of liquid castille soap or liquid dish soap in some of this mixture the first time you clean the windows to remove detergent residue.

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Yours for better living,

Bruce, the Poor Man


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