TMBA 037 (LBP37) – 5 Listener Questions about Location Independence and Business

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I’ve been spending so much time responding to emails it finally dawned on me that I could respond with a podcast. WOW. Sometimes I am slow. That’s the new policy. In most cases we’ll answer questions that can benefit the whole community. Not only is this more valuable to everyone listening to the show, but I’m sure it will work out well for the person asking the question as well. I have opinions, but I’m absolutely certain that our collective audience knows way more about these issues than me alone. I just proofed parts of this episode and there are even things in there I could phrase a totally different way or see from a different angle– I’m sure there are some things in there we are just flat WRONG about… that’s gonna happen a lot. I’m cool with being wrong– its way better than not publishing a podcast. Enjoy the show !

We’ve made a lot of broad sweeping generalizations about entire countries in this episode. I’m interested to hear your opinions about some of these questions….

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Published on 07.29.10
  • Hi Dan your link to download is to episode 36 and not 37.

  • TropicalMBA

    Thanks Deano, should be cleared up. Hows things in PP. Getting bored or settling right in?

  • Things are fine down here in PP, just got my visa extension today, took 15 mins. 2030 Pesos + 1000 Peso express fee. You don't have the option not to go by express down here :O Still it was very quick and easy.
    I'm reckoning on a few more weeks here, then I'm going to go and do some exploring :-D

  • Loved the breakdown of the different cultures Dan. I like to hear about the travel side of things from your end and to know that you're just not holing up in a hotel every single night. You're actually experiencing the culture. I like that. Want to go traveling sometime?

    I liked how Dan's tip last week was to delete emails and Ian's this week was answer them 24/7. I don't know which policy to follow!

    A funny twist on the “sent from my iPhone” tagline I've seen is “sent from my iPad nano.” It's a little tongue in cheek way to acknowledge your'e sending it from your iPhone, but overall I think the best route is to just get rid of it in general.

    Egg Timer is great. I've been looking for something like this so I can try out the pomodoro technique. I actually found this specific link that does the pomodoro cycles. Check it out —

    Sorry for the long comments, but great show as always.

    [p.s. thanks for the shout — you guys are awesome.]

  • Refreshing beer + Beautiful Pool = Good Times!

    I'm lovin' the promodoro technique. This is the timer tool I use.

    Once again, great podcast!

  • I agree with your comments about punctuation in emails. If you can't be bothered to capitalize letters then what does that say about your work ethic? I know pushing that shift key can be tough but get with it!

    Keep up the good work guys!

  • Hey guys,
    Nice always.
    Think I might give Egg Timer a shot..that and I need to shut off email alerts! :-)
    Thanks for the shout out….I'll get some more 'chicks' over here…they're missing out!
    Have a great weekend,

  • Great stuff as usual guys.

    The Pomodoro Technique is something that I've used in the past. Not a huge fan. I used to be into productivity systems and such but really figured out that the best one is to just do what you have to do. That's it. Just do it. If you don't want to, really evaluate whether or not you need to be doing it or not. The best productivity system I've ever used is eliminating distractions. It really gets more to the roof of the problem. Glad it's working well for you though!

    And I have question for future episodes… Will you ever be revealing what market(s) you're in? I'd like to see a live site that you guys actually work on. I understand it's quite a big thing to ask for, but hey, worth a shot :-)

  • TropicalMBA

    Yeah I go back and forth with this stuff. I like to ride the waves of inspiration as well, lately I've been really trying to listen to the part of myself that just wants to chill out !

    In terms of talking about our businesses we might start doing that eventually. Probably within the year. Right now its a big liability. Perhaps you can get me on the phone sometime and we can discuss :)

  • TropicalMBA

    Yeah Kim! There are a bunch of alternatives out there, none of which I know! Tony mentions one below: “This is the timer tool I use.“ Enjoying it so far thanks you too:)

  • TropicalMBA

    No shift key = no money!

  • TropicalMBA


  • TropicalMBA

    Joel I've been really ramping up my traveling lately, especially now that I'm on the outs with the office. I do want to go traveling! On the consistent messaging, we are always changing out minds no 100% right way to do things for me. Love the iPad nano thingie haha

    [this comment was written on my badass Macbook pro]

  • Ian

    Thanks for the generous itunes review! I still wake up some nights thinking I hear my phone buzz through an email. You deserve more Kim, only have it alert you when you make a sale!

  • Hi Guys,
    I'd just like to add +1 to the total girl count who listen in on your podcast. Actually as scary as it seems, I try to listen to a few podcasts a week. Your easy manner about this subject matter is really motivating. I love the way you harp on about “hussle” get on the phone and do it. I'm sure that's where most online businesses go wrong.

    I am just starting an e-commerce site selling XXX na not going to tell, but it's a great untapped market online here in Aussie land and I don't want someone crushing me at it. Just yesterday I hired a a lady from the Philippines full time..after signing up to John Jonas membership site. So I'm really at the beginning of this adventure.

    I can't remember which podcast episode it was but the best bit of advice I'm taking from you guys right now is to get a blog up and gather together an audience of people who will want to buy from the website once it's open.

    I feel super confident in most of the website side of all this, but how do I go about approaching suppliers to sell their products when I have nothing to show them yet? That's my main concern right now. Cheers Guys, and your podcast may be good with a beer, I prefer it over music when walking the dog. Take Care. G

  • Ian

    Excellent that you've decided to join the hustle! If I'm understanding right you don't have a website live and you are wondering how to approach suppliers for pricing/ photos/ descriptions…. Most of the time I think you'll find suppliers will give you what you need even though your site isn't up. You will probably have a harder time negotiating pricing if you don't have sales history but that's OK. If you are reselling hard goods a lot of times the prices are pretty much set at quantity levels. Once you start crashing the sales boards you can go back and negotiate the terms. Hopefully you can put up a nice landing page — try to avoid contacting them from @gmail @yahoo @msn… accounts.

  • Glenys

    Yep that's where I'm at, thanks for the tips!

  • Dmckeegan


    Great podcast as ever. Wanted to let you know that I have now listened to your podcast on 3 different continents and in 5 different countries (Brazil, Uruguay, USA – both East and West coasts, UK and now in Spain). My wife and I have been traveling the last 7 months with our now 10 month old son.

    One idea for a future podcast I had was how to keep your spirits up and motivation levels high when everything seems to be going off plan. One of the ways I have done this is by listening to your (and other) podcast to try and get some helpful ideas for solving / avoiding problems.

    Keep up the great work.

    Greenback Tax Services

  • Hey Guys!
    Great Podcast as always. Love the Pomodoro technique, I'm guetting way more stuff done right now. There's also a Mac OS dashboard widget (…), but I'm not really satisfied with that.

  • Whether I'm emailing, texting, IM-ing, or leaving comments on a blog, I always try and use correct grammar, punctuation and captilization. Why? Because I judge those who don't use it…and I judge them harshly! :)

    I can't tell you how many times I've gotten emails from people in my industry (Business Intelligence) who have sent emails that look like a pre-schooler sent them. What's worse is when I've received these emails from people coming to me looking for a job. About the quickest way to fail in that attempt.

    You'd be surprised how many resumes I've received that fail to use correct capitalization and punctuation too!

    [This comment was sent from my more bad-ass HTC EVO]


  • TropicalMBA

    David that's so cool to hear. I love your suggestion for the podcast Ian and I really spend a lot of time solving problems and getting through rough patches but we haven't yet talked about that much on the podcast (aside from Ian's blood pressure!). We'll brainstorm some ideas and put them in the show. Sometime in the very near future we need to talk about your company I'm interested to learn from you.

  • TropicalMBA

    hehe…. I'm constantly amazed by the low quality of cover letters and resumes I receive for all kinds of jobs (actually an exception at the Tropical MBA most applications were great).

  • TropicalMBA

    Yeah buddy I imagine its tough to get stuff done in Mindoro otherwise ;)

  • TropicalMBA

    Wow dude you sound like you've done this before!

  • TropicalMBA

    Yeah! Glenys thanks for listening to our show. I think dogs are a nice compliment to the show.

  • Glenys

    Ian, I registered a business name and have 2 keyword rich domain names. Using an email address though one of them and including a virtual business card signature and wonder of wonders suppliers are very happy to talk with me. :) Thank you!

  • Glenys

    Having to walk the dog, is such a terrific way of escaping the rug rats for an hour and leaving them with dad. Aaww. She's a nice compliment to my sanity.

  • Bobbie63

    Another woman listener! Just discovered you guys (have no idea how) great to listen to! I do physical products also, trying to manufacture, so in the swamp of internet marketing Rugus, someone who can relate to physical products hooked me! Love to hear more about that.

  • TropicalMBA

    Sweet! Thanks so much for saying hi hope you enjoy the show!

  • Dillon Carter

    Loved this episode and how you broke down the expenses of living abroad like you guys do. I now know exactly how much I need to make per month to be able to travel and plug myself into the community in Thailand or Bali! The first 6 months of this year is building the income and the last 6 months are actually living in Asia or anywhere else I determine I want to live for a while. I cannot wait to experience this lifestyle and make it happen.

  • Dan

    Rock on Dillion thanks for that and wish you the best of luck in your adventure !

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