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Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018

Why Most People Will Remain in Mediocrity

A life of your deepest dreams — 100% financial independence, being your own boss, traveling the world with your family, whatever — is available, if you know where to start. But most people will never turn away from the safety and security of the crowd to realize this.

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018

Is taming your ambition the key to a better life?

What are you really aiming for in life? Do you still have goals? Perhaps you’ve abandoned your earlier dreams. Maybe you’re an embittered loser or perhaps you’re perfectly happy with where you’ve got to.

Booking Flights: Our Data Flies with Us

What’s in a PNR? Our Passenger Name Records (PNRs) are commonly displayed as six-digit codes, but they are actually data-rich records generated every time we book flights or hotels. In this article we look at what data is included in a PNR and how this data might be used against politically-engaged individuals.

Monday, Mar 19, 2018

The Role of Luck in Life Success Is Far Greater Than We Realized

I have spent my entire career studying the psychological characteristics that predict achievement and creativity. While I have found that a certain number of traits– including passion, perseverance, imagination, intellectual curiosity, and openness to experience– do significantly explain differences in success, I am often intrigued by just how much of the variance is often left unexplained.

Friday, Mar 16, 2018

Top 10 Coliving Spaces in Europe

There are short-term coliving spaces popping up all over Europe, which naturally include coworking facilities. So let’s say you’re a digital nomad looking to spend anywhere from a couple of nights to a couple of months in a spot. Where can you live and work with ease? Well, since we love to remote work ourselves, we decided to throw together a little list for you.

How to hit the road as a UI/UX digital nomad

Remote work is having its moment thanks to cheap airfare deals, plentiful WiFi and data options, and a grossly overpriced housing market. So, we spoke with three traveling designers to learn how they mastered the globe-trotting hustle. Read on to learn about budgeting for the unpredictable, finding new clients while on the road, and keeping a client’s trust despite major time zone differences.

Thursday, Mar 15, 2018

Remote work is the new normal

We know the number of freelancers is on the rise, but more than half (55%) of hiring managers agree that remote work among full-time permanent employees is becoming more common, too.

How to Future-Proof Yourself

Skills, behaviors & mindsets to adopt today for uncertain tomorrow.

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018

The career of the future looks more like a portfolio than a path

Being a portfolioist goes beyond freelancing, though some portfolioists may also be self-employed. It’s not about merely logging into platforms that bring you occasional work: it’s about creating your own platform and honing valuable skills. In short, it’s about curating a portfolio of work that reflects you and maximizes your potential in the world.

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2018

What My Team Discovered When We All Worked Remotely For A Week

HubSpot held a “remote week” where everyone worked offsite. Here’s what the office folks learned about their remote colleagues.

Collaboration 2.0: The Future of Work is on the Blockchain

As far as finding new projects and work for freelancers, blockchain enables freelancers to directly and safely connect with people who require products and services. This can be anything from design to copywriting to initiatives for charity to building a bespoke motorbike. A blockchain solution removes barriers and reduces costs.

Monday, Mar 12, 2018

Thriving in the Gig Economy

To learn what it takes to be successful in independent work, we recently completed an in-depth study of 65 gig workers. We found remarkably similar sentiments across generations and occupations: All those we studied acknowledged that they felt a host of personal, social, and economic anxieties without the cover and support of a traditional employer—but they also claimed that their independence was a choice and that they would not give up the benefits that came with it.

Airline websites don’t care about your privacy: a case study on

For a layman, when you book your flight through Emirates, Domestic or International, there are approximately 300 data points related to your booking. The moment you click on manage preferences to select a seat or meal for your trip or to Check-in to your flight, your Booking ID and Last name is passed on to approximately 14 different third-party trackers like Crazy egg, Boxever, Coremetrics, Google, and Facebook among others.

Friday, Mar 9, 2018

Mastering Remote Work: Email Course

Sign up for a free 9-email course of remote work and productivity lessons built from 7+ years of professional remote marketing experience and a passport that looks more like a collage. Learn how to get started with remote work, how to maintain productivity during travel, the benefits of creating communities, useful tools, and more.

AMA: Quit Your Job, Sell Your House and Travel the World For the Rest of Your Life

Or, just travel a little more without being a “tourist” – learn how to become a “temporary local” anywhere. Why? For the food and drink, of course! I’ll tell you how, (but only if you ask). : ) I’ll tell you what the “digital nomads” never do – what it’s really like to live nomadically. Ask me anything!

Thursday, Mar 8, 2018

Airlines' Latest Sneaky Trick: Charging Passengers According to Who They Are, Not Where They're Flying

The idea is to use tech that personally identifies everyone who comes to an airline’s site. How much they make. Whether they’re a frequent flier. Whether they’re traveling for business or pleasure. In essence, the software searches for as much data as possible about the person.

A fluff-free guide to pre-freelancing

I’m a developer, and I have peers that are developers. I have a day job, and my peers have a day job. I freelance, my peers don’t. Combo breaker right? They often ask me why I freelance. I always respond “why don’t you?”.

Wednesday, Mar 7, 2018

Why you should be time blocking and not just writing to-do lists

Time blocking is the practice of scheduling certain periods of time in which to tackle specific tasks. Essentially, you schedule your tasks and to-dos for the day (or week), and stick to that schedule. During these time blocks, you focus on only one project or task at a time.

12 ways our remote team creates watercooler moments

One of the most common arguments against remote working is that remote teams miss opportunities to have ‘watercooler moments’. But the truth is, it’s totally possible to create space for casual conversation and support as a remote team!

Tuesday, Mar 6, 2018

How To Build and Run A Geographically Distributed Engineering Team

“If you’re considering building a remote team, it’s now easier than ever — partly due to technology improvements in video chat, scheduling and work-flow tools, and partly due to becoming more common in general,” Smith said. “From watching others and seeing this on our non-remote-first teams, it’s totally possible to retro-fit in — but it is harder. Be deliberate, accept the upsides also come with downsides!”