Want to Join Our Team? – We’re Hiring a Content Manager For TMBA/DC

Want to Join Our Team? – We’re Hiring a Content Manager For TMBA/DC post image

*Note: we’ve hired somebody. Thank you for all who applied!

This blog started, way back in 2009, with a job ad much like this. I’d love to write more about why we love providing jobs like this (but I’m on a deadline!) and I suspect that many of you who are considering applying know the drill. You can click through our archives if you’d like to see previous versions of our job ads. Please note: application deadline for this position is Feb 1st, 2014.

We are continuing to see significant growth across all of our businesses, and we need a world class team (currently at 15) to help manage that growth. This job focuses on the Tropical MBA and Dynamite Circle websites. You’ll be working on a day-to-day basis with Elisa, Kim, myself, and a growing group of contractors delivering productized services.

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If you have any questions about this job please ask them in the comments below so the answers can benefit all readers. Thank you!

As TMBA/DC content manager will manage the following processes:

  • Manage DC moderation. You’ll be the go-to content person in the DC and oversee our devoted crew of DC Curators (current DC members who assist with reviewing, cultivating, and curating the DC forums).
  • Create and organize DC content guides. With over 5K discussions in our forums we’ve got a lot of gold laying in buried treasure. You’ll dig through the archives and create guides filled with this information exclusively for DC members on various “Hot Topics” like SEO, Copywriting, Off-Shore Accounts, and more.
  • Curate DC location guides. Similar to the DC Content Guides, DC Location Guides will be the first stop for DCers interested in relocating to some of the “Hot Spots” for digital nomads across the globe. In addition to pulling information from the DC forums, you will also research and consolidate information from other sources.
  • Build out our DC media library. We’ve got a lot of great people in the DC doing great things. You will be responsible for identifying those members and getting their story out to the rest of the membership through mediums like webinars, case studies, and more.
  • Edit, research, and develop TMBA content. You’ll be my right-hand person for everything that goes out on the TMBA site. You’ve probably noticed there are a lot of typos on our blog posts? Good. That’ll be your job. I want to ensure that the quality of the content going to TMBA readers improves in both quality and consistency. You’ll edit all the posts and provide support by preparing research, notes, and copy for a wide variety of blog content.
  • Reporting. You’ll be responsible for articulating regularly to the rest of the team precisely what is happening with your projects and how that affects the business. You’ll generate weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports outlining our progress and participate in weekly team calls.

General expectations of you are:

  • You must love content. This position is most importantly about consuming, curating and creating content. You should have a proven track record in similar channels similar to our own (blogs, podcasts, eBooks, communities, and forums.)
  • You are observant and articulate. We’ll need you to be excellent at writing and communicating — you’ll be doing them both all day long– hanging around in our forums, helping us to articulate policies, procedures, new content, and other fun stuff for our members. What you say and write matters as you will be a voice for our team.
  • You must be interested in a full time position with tons of growth potential. This is not an internship. For the right person, there are a great deal of opportunities for you to increase your level of responsibility, fun, and compensation. I’d like somebody to work with us for a few years, helping us grow this business, and making our community something we can be extremely proud of. It should be something you are stoked to wake up for every morning and work on, not something that find time for among your other projects.
  • For the first few months, it would be great (but not required) if you could be based out of South East Asia. 1) You’ll be able to collaborate with us (myself, Elisa, and Kim) from time to time in person and encounter a high level of our community members 2) the initial compensation is at such a level that you’ll live a decent lifestyle in SEAsia, but not likely other regions of the world and 3) you’ll be on the same schedule as the rest of the team making it easier to communicate and learn.
  • You must be a self-starter and full of drive. We are a small team running an 800+ member private community and a website that gets over a million views a year. While 80% of this position will utilize processes we already have in place, for the other 20% you must be able take the initiative and run with it. You should always be finding ways to improve on our systems.
  • You understand entrepreneurial mindset and love a good spreadsheet. You don’t have to be a total systems nerd, but you should always be approaching the decisions you make with careful judgement and having weighed out the business reasons. Every move we make and every new program we launch includes a comparison of upsides and downsides, a P&L sheet, and the necessary SOP’s.
  • You must be excellent with computers. Our forums are built on Ning software, which is mostly a CSS and HTML platform. You won’t be expected to hard-code anything substantial on the site, but you should know the difference between PHP and HTML, WordPress and Drupal, SEO and PPC, and so on. You must know your way around a WordPress site.
  • You’ll be expected to make your way to a few meet-ups every year. We’ve got one big conference every year (Bangkok in October) plus many regional meet-ups. We’d love to bring somebody on the team who wants to be a part of our in-person events. Believe me, this is the best part of the job for all of us!


  • The compensation for this full time job is just enough to to live in a city like Saigon, Hanoi, Manila, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, etc.
  • Application deadline is Feb 1st, 2014.
  • You should be available on Feb 3rd for an interview
  • Full time job starts Feb 28th, 2014.

Here’s how you can apply:

  1. Record a 1:00 video of yourself. Tell me why you’d be a great fit for this job. Set the video as “unlisted.”
  2. Fill out this form, and be sure to have your Youtube (or other video sharing service) link handy.
  3. Be available on February 3rd for interviews.

Good luck! If you have any questions, please ask them in the comments so everyone can benefit from the answers.


Dan (and Elisa and Kim!)

Published on 01.25.14
  • Great position.

    If you’re considering applying:

    If you want to make the leap to a life filled with freedom and don’t know where to start, don’t hesitate and apply now.

    You’ll learn a ton just hanging out with Dan, Elisa, Kim, the DCers you’ll get to know and the people you’ll hang out with at the events they host. Best way to learn and grow as a person. The network you’ll build is priceless.

    This is tempting as hell.

    Ready for a wild ride filled with growth and adventure? Then apply now before somebody else takes it.

  • Dan

    Thanks JD really appreciate the kind words! Very much looking forward to brining somebody new onto the team.

  • CameronBenz

    Oh how I wish.

  • Maddx

    What an amazing opportunity! I really love how you open the doors up to your followers.

    I’ve recently been laid off, a week before Xmas as a web content specialist from one of the largest medical associations in the world due to a lack of work. I hated it and was miserable! However I love what the TMBA represents and couldn’t imagine anything greater than working with you and your team. While working at the previous job I found your podcast which I’m incredibly greatful for! You’ve really helped me tune into my entrepreneurial spirit – it’s made me realize what I really want in my life/career and that it can become a reality! For that I thank you!

    I feel I am qualified for the position but I do have 1 question, I’m a family man, is the wage is enough to support a family of 3?

  • Guest

    Thank you very much for offering this opportunity. Application sent!

  • Guest

    Sorry guys, thought that picture was going in the profile image. Feel free to remove it.

  • diveguidecom

    “The compensation for this full time job is just enough to to live in a
    city like Saigon, Hanoi, Manila, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, etc.”

    Could you expand on that?
    How much is the offer monthly?
    Maybe a ball park amount?


  • It looks like a great opportunity! Given the tight turn-around I know you (all) probably banged this out quickly but proofreader heads up: “curate” is spelled wrong above and “position” is also spelled incorrectly on the application (in the prompt for the video). Mayhaps that was a first test? Do I pass?
    Best of luck finding someone and to all the potential candidates.

  • Dan

    YOU PASS!!!! Yes most posts on TMBA end up having typos and I’d love for this person to help us address that as well as research new content ! Thanks for your help :)

  • Dan

    The final amount will depend on the candidate’s level of experience, I’m not willing to post the figure publicly at this time sorry ! feel free to email me if you have a specific target you want to discuss.

  • Dan

    Rock on I dig the pic… let’s keep it :D

  • Dan

    Hey thank you so much for your kind words I really appreciate that. My sense is that very few people would think the wage is enough to support a family of 3, this is an entry level position.

  • Dan

    me too, sweet gig eh? :)

  • Hey Dan, thanks again for the opportunity.

    Questions: What kind of person are you looking for? How would you define your best team member?

  • Kiran Kumar

    Hey hi Dan , myself Kiran from India , i have been recently started listening to your podcast, its awesome,,.. I have been lacking some of the skills that’s mentioned in the above job description, certainly will work on those and will be ready , when the next advert releases, hopefully it would be soon,,.:) ;-),.. Thanks,..

  • Marielle

    At what time will be the interview on February 3rd?

  • Shoot; I wish I’d seen this earlier! This would be perfect for some of my readers! Maybe I can drop in a quick piece on the podcast….

    Have fun with the interviews, and congrats on needing to hire someone!

  • Awesome! Just sent my application in. Hope to talk with you guys on Feb 3rd!

  • Dan

    thanks for that Kiran!!! i hope so too…

  • Dan

    thank you Siddharth!

  • Dan

    thank you for that Phoenix really appreciate it!

  • Dan

    not sure yet if you apply Elisa will email you regarding this.

  • Dan

    you are welcome! in general we are looking for somebody who has a great “fit”.. someone who’s personal trajectory aligns well with where our company is going… we look at both lifestyle and professional levels of fit. best team members love the company and customers and are comfortable taking a lot of responsibility and working well without somebody looking over their shoulder all day.

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