(New) – Live In A Resort For Free For 6 Months

***This opportunity is now closed.  Thanks to everyone who sent an application in! ***

A handful of people have questioned why we still bother to do these Philippines resort gigs. It’s not like this is a big business opportunity for us.

To be honest, I think giving somebody the opportunity to win back their time for half a year is such a life-changer that it’s worth a blog post. We are in a unique position with Sean, the resort owner. I trust him and it’s a win win.

Secondly, it’s really worked out.

So far, 6 brave souls have come out to this quiet little paradise. The first runs his own business in Saigon (and just launched his first product). The second used it as an opportunity to get out of high end corporate sales and launched a business that has a 6 figure + run rate. The third has written auto-responders for some of the biggest names in internet marketing. The fourth launched a kick-ass podcast editing service, has hired employees, and is currently surfing in Costa Rica. The fifth gave up a corporate writing gig in Hollywood, used the opportunity to jump-start his consultancy, and I just saw him at our Junto in February in Vietnam where we swapped travel plans. The sixth (Jurgen Dhaese) is building his consulting income streams and heading to Saigon to join the growing and vibrant scene of internet marketers there.

So is it worth a blog post to build out this small network and to see what the 7th candidate can make of it? You betcha.

On our podcast we talk a lot about how the currencies of time, income, and mobility work together as a system. You can often sacrifice one currency to gain another.

Given the option, which currency would you optimize for?

I’m not shy about wanting to become wealthy, or travel around the world, but for me it was always time that was the most appealing. I believed if I had the time to read the books, to apply the concepts, to build something from scratch, I would be okay.

This is an opportunity for somebody looking to maximize their time.

I can promise you this– on this lonely little island in the Philippines archipelago, you’ll have a lot of it.

If you have a friend who would love to spend a few quiet months in a resort in the Philippines, I would appreciate you forwarding this post to them. Thank you!


Over the past few years, my good friend Sean has graciously hosted 6 online marketers at his Badladz resorts in Puerto Galera, Philippines. If you are interested in how this works, you must listen to this podcast interview with him. The last guy has been here almost five months (and will continue to stay on through the beginning of April.) Just like the interns who preceded him, he has managed to turn months of zero cost living into a way to bootstrap his own location independent lifestyle.

There is hardly a better spot on the planet to baseline your expenses, relax, and focus on your work. Perhaps you’ve got a few bucks saved up, an internet business already started, or maybe you just want to chill out on a tropical island for a few months and write a novel.

You’ll be treated like a VIP by Mylene and the friendly staff at Badladz. Included in the deal is a free room at either of the Badladz Resorts, 3 full meals per day, free laundry service, and free use of the Badladz motor scooters.

Just imagine how creative you can be without any distractions– no cooking, cleaning, laundry, commute, shopping, bills, or odd jobs. You’ll be (quite literally) waited on every day.

What’s the catch? Well it’s not all fun and games— you’ll be expected to move one marketing initiative forward for the resort on a daily basis. That could be posting a new blog post, updating the design of the website, building some links, or re-evaluating a deal with an affiliate partner. The basic expectation is to put in 2 hours of productive work daily (task completion, shipping projects, and creating results). We care more about moving the marketing agenda forward and clear reporting on current projects than tracking time. To make this work well a good attitude and excellent reporting capabilities are a must.

We are looking for helpful team players, willing to integrate into the business and be part of the Badladz crew. Everyone in Puerto Galera will get to know you and you’ll become part of the family here.

Here’s Jeff, the guy who spent a good chunk of 2013 here:

You will manage the following processes:

  • General tech support around the resorts.
  • Regularly update marketing for websites.
  • Continue ongoing marketing campaigns.
  • Maintain existing booking agencies and implement new ones (Agoda and similar).
  • Update social media sites continually.
  • Work on Sean’s YouTube channel, Badladz, Badladz dive shop, among other evolving projects and businesses.

General expectations:

  • You are results focused.
  • You’ve got no problem with tech and marketing stuff– WordPress, content marketing, social media, SEO, Aweber, affiliate programs and all the rest.
  • You have excellent WordPress skills. The whole business runs on WordPress, so we are looking for people with a demonstrated track record with the platform.
  • You are excellent with computers in general.
  • You know functional SEO for websites and YouTube videos (Sean’s videos have over 1 Million views!)
  • The Philippines is a crazy developing country, candidates will do well to address the “fit” issue and let us know why they are drawn to live on a remote island in the Philippines (or show some kind of experience or drive to do so).

Some things to consider:

  • Although they’ve got a kick-ass restaurant, pool, and world-class view, the accommodations at the resort are very small and basic. If you aren’t used to living in “traveler” level accommodations, this isn’t the place for you to stay.
  • People who love Puerto Galera love it for its “wild west” vibe. Quiet beaches that on other islands would have 5-star resorts, weird dudes in quiet salons drinking at 10AM, locals hanging around haggling you for trike rides, etc. Successful candidates in the past have demonstrated that they are not only prepared for the craziness that is the Philippines, but that they appreciate it.
  • Sean will be around quite a bit, DCers and other interesting folks pop in occasionally, and I am available by email but I’m not often on location. The reality of this position is that most of the time you are going to be the only internet marketer on the island. I don’t want to give the impression that there will be like-minded entrepreneurs popping out of the wood work on a weekly basis. That said, I think that all the previous candidates would agree that they’ve had significant networking opportunities as a direct result of this gig, it just isn’t a daily thing, and often happens online.
  • More here: “How to Get Your Dream Job”

Some words from previous people who had this position:

From Jeff Parke:

“This is one of the best opportunities in the location independent entrepreneurial universe.  

This is not an exaggeration, the day I applied to the TMBA internship was one of the most important days of my life.  Soon I was hopping a flight to the other side of the planet and accelerating toward the lifestyle I’d been clawing after.

The beauty of this internship is that you have an unbelievable amount of time on your hands to do whatever-the-hell-you-want.  For me that has been tapping away on the laptop, making new connections, and bootstrapping an online biznass.  Back in the States, I tried to make it happen on nights and weekends as I suffered through the corporate day-job grind.  

Here, you can truly reclaim your time and energy, and use it to wrangle whatever you’re dreaming up.   

Speaking of dreaming, I still have to pinch myself sometimes as I look up from my laptop and gaze out at the turquoise waters and green islands in the distance.

Mylene, Sean, and the staff at Badladz are all really great people and will take care of just about anything you need.  I’ve had a ton of fun here and recommend it to anyone who wants to take their business/lifestyle to the next level.”

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  • The compensation for this job is free room, 3 daily meals (delicious!), laundry, and motorbike use for 6 months.
  • Application deadline is midnight, Hong Kong timezone, Saturday March 8th.
  • We’ll make our decision the following week.
  • We’d love it if you were able to start full-time on the ground in the Philippines by March 24th to spend time learning from Jurgen, but we’re willing to work with your schedule.
  • The deal extends for 6 months.

Here’s how you can apply:

  1. Record a 1:00 video of yourself. Tell us why you’d be a great fit for Sean’s resort. Set the video as “unlisted” and grab the URL.
  2. Fill out this form, and be sure to have your YouTube (or other video sharing service) link handy.
  3. There is an optional field on the form to link to a website that shows other work you’ve done. This is not required.
  4. That’s it!

If you have any questions about the offer above, please ask them in the comments so I can answer them for everyone’s benefit.




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