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This show is for freelancers, sole traders, solopreneurs, digital nomads, consultants, and anyone who defies categorization while making a living outside the traditional employee-employer relationship — for the fiercely independent operator, wherever you are. The freelancing revolution is already well underway - we're bringing you insight and inspiration from the frontiers of freelancing, to help you build a borderless business and live life on your terms.
 
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When your lifestyle means you travel all the time, what do you look for in a destination? And what does it mean to feel like you're 'coming home'? Today's guest Gonçalo Hall knows that digital nomads seek community and connectedness, alongside their next adventure - and when you don't live in a fixed location, that sense of community matters more t…
 
At this time of year we may all be dreaming of exotic destinations - but for Nora Dunn travel is a way of life. Her almost 17 years on the road have taken her to some incredible places, and you definitely need to check out her website and socials if you're getting itchy feet. But the most important thing is that Nora has figured out how to do all o…
 
Minimalism. The very word feels serene, and an antidote to stress and busy-ness. But what is BUSINESS minimalism, and why does it matter? Today's guest, Saskia Mardi, was described by a client as 'The Marie Kondo' of business, and she helps her coaching clients defeat overwhelm and move from chaos to calm. Working with online entrepreneurs worldwid…
 
Matt Stait transformed his life through martial arts - but like so many in our amazing Xolopreneur community, his freelance career has taken him in various unanticipated directions. From his own championship achievements, he has found new ways to inspire audiences beyond those who can attend his gym in the UK, by mastering online publishing. In dem…
 
Freelancing as a company-of-one is a great way to live - flexible, versatile, and autonomous. But, as a solopreneur, you have different vulnerabilities, when unexpected change happens. Have you ever thought about how you'd cope, if something came up and you simply couldn't work as normal, if your whole world shifted overnight? Or what if your clien…
 
Many freelancers are drawn to platform like Upwork to find success at the start of their solopreneur journeys, but many fail to crack the code: ending up disillusioned with a race to the bottom on costs, or finding it impossible to successfully pitch for gigs - never mind reaching the point of having the right work (at the right price) come to find…
 
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is an attractive route to freelancing - and an easy option for anyone who was lucky enough to be born a native speaker of the global tongue for business and communications. But making a decent hourly rate is challenging, with a proliferation of platforms and marketplaces, and varied levels of qualificat…
 
Lona Alia is not a freelancer right now... She's presently the head of revenue at SafetyWing, who specialise in underwriting the insurance needs of the new remote and mobile global population. So it's unsurprising that her journey to this point was entrepreneurial, and further that she lives and embodies that spirit and lifestyle, even while runnin…
 
This week’s episode is your podcast host, Maya Middlemiss, flying ‘Xolo’ (sorry, not sorry…) Maya reflects on her journey through various models of business formation over a long period, and the evolution of what she has come to call ‘Minimum Viable Freelancing’ - the amazing intersection of circumstances which enables anyone to get started working…
 
Mark Izatt is a luxury brands consultant, early adopter of e-residency, and board member of the non-profit EERICA: the Estonian E-residents International Chamber Association. EERICA is the official 'voice' of the more than 80 thousand strong community of e-residents, to the government of Estonia. They fulfil a vital lobbying and policy-making role,…
 
Freelance tech storyteller Jennifer Riggins joins us to talk about the power of LinkedIn - how to perfect your profile, interact with intelligence, and engage with elegance. Every solopreneur can benefit from the insights you will hear, and taking notes is highly recommended! Soon you will understand how LinkedIn search works (though it may be less…
 
Rowena Hennigan works remotely as a University Lecturer and Adjunct Faculty with TU Dublin, and remotely operates her consultancy company RoRemote, providing wellbeing and mentoring services for corporate remote workers. Rowena is an experienced traveler, combining remote work and travel, sometimes with her family too. In this conversation Rowena t…
 
Many dream of creating a perfectly balanced lifestyle combining professional activities, creative fulfilment, travel, and family. Hayley King is a true renaissance soul who has figured this out better than most, and now helps other people to achieve the same. As well as providing social media support to other businesses, she uses these tools very s…
 
Today we explore how the digital nature of Estonia's business and government technology has led the world, in extending these services of business owners from anywhere. Ülane Vilumets and her team support the e-residency services marketplace, and the increasingly global network of e-resident businesses it serves - from solopreneurs to high-growth s…
 
Today we gain an invaluable perspective of the future of life and work, and location-independent living, from freestyle freelancer Andreas Wil Gerdes. From his nomadic childhood to first career in the early days of mobile telecommunications, we explore how the vision of truly blended life has now become a reality. Creating new multi-generational co…
 
Allan Martinson brings 30 years of entrepreneurialism to head up Xolo, the leading platform for independent solopreneurs worldwide - with shared roots in Estonia, Allan explains how Xolo brings all that is best about the Estonian digital business administration infrastructure, to a world of freelancers hungry for reduced complexity. Unleashing the …
 
Orest Zub is a Ukranian citizen from Lviv, and had created a great freelance lifestyle business over the past decade - travelling the world, thanks to passive income from content creation. In February 2022 everything changed, for Orest and his compatriots. And he knew that the best way he could contribute to the resistance effort was to leverage hi…
 
Dear listeners, We spoke with Paavo Pyykönen who is a senior program advisor for the Finnish National Agency for the Erasmus+ Youth Program, an european funding line that supports youth work related projects. Paavo talked about the importance of international youth exchanges, where youngsters can meet peers from other cultures, pursue their interes…
 
In this episode, we travel to Madeira's island to explore a new and exciting project: the Digital Nomad Village. We talked to Gonçalo Hall - the founder of the project - who had the project's idea while on an Erasmus+ project in Italy. Gonçalo discovered digital nomadism six years ago, fell in love with remote work and became a remote work consulta…
 
Hello dear listeners, First of all, we wish you a super 2021, as this is our first episode this year. To lighten up things we talked to Carmine Rodi, a trainer and standup comedian. Sometimes humor is the best way to bring awareness to certain topics, and youth work has some particularities that Carmine explored in a very humorous way. In the work …
 
Chase Warrington, Head of Business Development at Doist, one of my favourite Remote Work Companies in the world. www.doist.com This is a wide range conversation where we touch in Chase's nomadic life, working at Doist and managing remote teams. Follow us on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/26559435 Check the Digital Nomad Village: https:/…
 
Kate Smith, the Remote career coach, Founder of Wifly Nomads and The Remote Nomad, is the person who inspired and help me to start as a digital nomad. Kate has been one of the first known digital nomads and in this episode, she tells the story of how she went from a participant at Remote Year to a business leader in the Nomad space. Kate knows a LO…
 
Hello dear listeners, In this episode we talked with Pedro Fabião, an international clown, actor, director, trainer, and psychologist. ​He directed the biggest professional clown organisation in Portugal (www.narizvermelho.pt), where he worked for 16 years. The conversation was about the Art of Clowning and how it can help people develop empathy an…
 
Hello dear listeners, In this episode we go green. We talked to Antonio Jovanovski, a trainer, an activist and a social entrepreneur. He is a member of the Pool of trainers of Youth@Work partnership (www.youthatworkpartnership.org) and the founder of a youth environmental NGO (www.gogreen.mk) where he works on training and policy development relate…
 
Hello dear listeners, We are joined in this episode by Elin McCallum, one of the co-founders of Bantani Education, a non-profit organisation supporting entrepreneurial and creative learning. Elin is also a member of the Youth@Work Pool of trainers. One of the topics of our talk was how to measure impact in youth work, from the example of the Youth@…
 
Dear listeners, Hope summer treated you well. We did miss you, and we hope you are all doing well. In this episode we talked to Nik Paddison from the UK, a trainer of trainers, youth workers and activists in the European youth field. For the last few years he has been working as a full time freelance trainer, writer and consultant. The main topic w…
 
Anja Simic is the head of marketing at Deel a company that offers streamlined compliance, easy onboarding and killer payments. She is also a previous Aiesec member, a student association that helps you prepare students to their future. In this wide range conversation you will learn more about Deel, Aiesec and Anja story, from University to managing…
 
Hello dear listeners, In this episode we talked with Maria-Carmen Pantea and Dunja Potočnik, members of the Pool of European Youth Researchers (PEYR) who did important research in the field of youth employability and entrepreneurship for the Youth@Work Partnership. Our conversation covered some of the tensions that the youth field faces regarding y…
 
Kristiina is the Head of Sales at 1Office Group, a company helping entrepreneurs like myself to start their company in Estonia through the E-residency program. In this podcast you will learn everything about E-residency and why you should open a company in Estonia. Kristiina knows everything about the E-residency program and I learned a lot from he…
 
Tammy is the founder and CEO of Workplaceless, an international educational company focusing on helping individual and companies implement remote work. Tammy is passionate about education and learning hoe people learn. During the podcast we explored remote work and the online education world. Find out more about Workplaceless at: www.workplaceless.…
 
Hello dear listeners, In this episode, we talked with two very interesting women entrepreneurs: Angelica Perra and Barbara Földi, who are part of the Pool of Trainers of the Youth@Work Partnership that has placed women's entrepreneurship and economic empowerment among their 9 priorities - https://youthatworkpartnership.org/priorities/. Angelica is …
 
With this episode we are starting a special season powered by Youth@Work, a Partnership on Youth Employability and Entrepreneurship of Erasmus+ National Agencies . In this episode we talked to Raluca Diroescu, the coordinator of Youth@Work. Raluca likes to call herself a youth work supporter. A person that supports youth work like a fan that wants …
 
Aaron Bolzle is Executive Director of Tulsa Remote (www.tulsaremote.com) a unique talent recruitment initiative of George Kaiser Family Foundation which has seen nearly 20,000 applications from over 150 countries and all 50 states since its inception. A Tulsa native, Aaron attended Tulsa Public Schools and graduated with honors from the prestigious…
 
Nadine Soyez is the founder f Virtual Team Heroes. Living currently in Germany Nadine is one of the loudest voices in the country and one of the top experts who is making sure that companies have support while implementing flexibility in their processes. Her mission is to Empower people to lead, connect and collaborate from anywhere and to unleash …
 
Hello dear listeners, In this episode we talked to Laimonas Ragauskas, a Lithuanian trainer and consultant in the field of Education, who has been involved in innovative online projects like Cities of Learning, Trainers Appraisal and Badgecraft. We are living a particular time with the COVID-19 pandemic and all the lockdowns around the world, so it…
 
My guest in the podcast is Radina Nedyalkova, Psichologist, international HR specialist, certified career consultant, remote advisor and passionate traveler, also Radina is the Founder, training and Linkedin coach at Vox Advisory, a company based in Dublin but working with clients worldwide. This conversation is very interesting. You will learn: Wh…
 
Darren Chait - How to 10x Your Remote Company Culture Darren Chait is the Co-founder and COO from Hugo (https://www.hugo.team/) and also the author of the book "10x Culture".. In this episode you will learn everything about a remote company culture, how to build a positive culture and how important it is for a distributed company to have an open cu…
 
Hello dear listeners, "To create community, we need channels where different stakeholders share their points of view.” Mark Taylor Here is another episode that was a lot of fun to record. This time with Mark Taylor, editor of the only European online magazine focused on youth work: Coyote Magazine. We wondered if youth workers live too much in thei…
 
First of all is good to be back! In this episode we talked with Jo Claeys, a youth worker and a trainer who together with Denis Morel and Simona Molari, developed the training "The Power of Non Formal Education". We tried to better understand what is non formal education, how it relates to other types of education, the contact points with formal ed…
 
In this great interview with Mitch we talked about PORT, Proof of Required Travel and how remote work can help us fix some of the problems we face in the world like climate change. Mitch Turck consults on transportation reform and change management. His personal project, the Proof Of Required Travel Act, aims to make telecommuting a civil right und…
 
Liam Martin in the Co-Founder of TimeDoctor, Staff.com and co-organizer of the Running Remote Conference, the best conference about Remote Work in the World. In this episode we talk about the future of remote work, the impact in the economy and the impact in the companies implementing remote work. Liam is a thought leader in the remote work scene, …
 
We are joined in this episode by Virgílo Varela, a consultant in Social and Community Innovation that talked to us about one of his main skills and passion: Dragon Dreaming. Dragon Dreaming is a systemic design process, a philosophy and a methodological framework, to create collaborative and sustainable projects, something that a lot of youth worke…
 
David Abraham is the founder of Outpost coworking and coliving spaces, based in Bali and Cambodia and one of the best spaces in the world. In this podcast, David speaks about the digital nomad community, the growth of coliving spaces and the future for the coliving and coworking communities Check Outpost at https://destinationoutpost.co/ .…
 
Ignacio is the founder of Nomad City, a fantastic event in the Canary Islands about Remote Work that brings together the community in these beautiful islands, he is also the founder of Coliving & Coworking Canary Islands and the COO of The Agile Monkeys. In this episode, Ignacio Rodriguez, shares his advice about building great places to work, chan…
 
In this episode we talked to Sandra Gojic, an educator passionate about movement and creating spaces where young people can express themselves. The way Sandra explores this is through Embodied Learning: an educational method that has been around for a while. In our conversation our guest shared her story, how is it was difficult for her to express …
 
Hans Kjellby is the COO of Safety Wing, a company that is helping digital nomads all over the world with their travel insurance and has great plans for the future of work all over the world. In this conversation you will learn: - How to start a fully remote company - The future of digital nomadism - How Safety Wing is creating the future and what p…
 
Hello dear listeners! For the kickoff of our second season we talked with Judit Balogh, she is the project coordinator for "Europe Goes Local" a strategic partnership to support municipal level youth work. It was a very interesting conversation where we explored this approach to international youth work: thinking long term and on local level, creat…
 
Shelly is the Director of SoloWorks Cibola, the first SoloWorks Center piloted by CELab (Community Economics Lab) in 2016. Shelly has a diverse background across marketing, PR, career development, curriculum and training development, fundraising and various other fields. Her contribution to CELab is as a Principal Investigator for SoloWorks program…
 
Jordan Carroll is a coach, entrepreneur, speaker video produced and digital nomad. In the past decade, he moved more than 20 times on 4 continents. He founded multiple companies, worked for a Fortune 50 company, start-ups, and everything in between. Currently, Jordan is a coach that helps others to overcome challenges and accelerate his client's pa…
 
Brooke is currently COO and Co-founder at Workfrom. Her background is in Project Management and Front End Development. she has been living the nomadic lifestyle for 2.5 years, but originally and currently settled (for now) in Portland, Oregon. Social: @code_brooke on Twitter https://www.linkedin.com/in/brookehurford/ Find all the details and show n…
 
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