FL128: From Freelancer to Business Owner with Tom Casano

In this episode, Kevin interviews Tom Casano. Tom grew up in Long Island, New York and worked full-time as an SEO consultant and digital marketer. He is also the founder of Sure Oak consulting firm.

Tom built his first website at age 13, studied philosophy at Providence College, and spent 10 years trading in the stock market. In 2013, he started working on SEO for his business, Life Coach Spotter.

In this episode, Tom also shared how he transitioned from being a freelancer SEO consultant to having his own business. In addition, Kevin also talked about his Wim Hof experience.

If you’re looking to transition from freelancing to managing your own business, this episode is for you!

Topics discussed :

  • om’s backstory
  • On starting a business
  • How he learned SEO and started offering SEO consulting services
  • How “The Foundation” helped him start his business
  • Learning from his failures and setbacks
  • Knowing when to give up
  • Building up the credibility on your profile
  • Varying rates as a freelancer in Upwork
  • Cultural difference
  • How he used Upwork in hiring
  • What he looks for when hiring people
  • Transitioning from Upwork to Sure Oak SEO
  • Getting new clients
  • Hiring the right people
  • His typical day at work before versus now
  • Building SOPs
  • Future plans

And much more

Book

Traction by Gino Wickman

Links
Wim Hof Method
The Iceman Vice Documentary
Dane Maxwell’s The Foundation
SPI 046: Building a Lucrative Business with No Ideas, No Expertise, and No Money with Dane Maxwell
Upwork
LinkedIn
Bing Ads

Tom Casano’s Website
Tom on LinkedIn
Sure Oak
Sure Oak Podcast

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FL127: Ending Global Apartheid With Gülin DeVincentiis

In this episode, Kevin talks with Gülin DeVincentiis, a world traveler who has done 3 round-the-world trips.

Having been a visitor to over 100 countries, she’s made it her mission to rid the world of all of the annoying frustrations travelers experience at borders. She currently resides in Italy and aims to travel to every country in the world.

Topics discussed :

  • What prompted her to look at the world differently and how she sees the world now
  • Why she wants to keep traveling the world
  • How borders originated and what their purpose are
  • On citizenship
  • On the idea that people should be able to move freely
  • Where she got the idea of burning her passport and the reason behind it
  • What global apartheid is and why she would like to end it altogether
  • On getting the conversation out to the people

And much more

Book

The Sovereign Individual by James Dale Davidson

Links
Finding Freedom in an Unfree World San Diego (Meetup)
Zeynep Gülin DeVincentiis’ Website
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FL126: The Opt Out Life with Nate Broughton

In this episode, Kevin interviews Nate Broughton of Opt Out Life. Nate is an Internet marketing veteran of 17 years who specializes in lead generation and client acquisition. He built and sold 4 companies and has been involved in several acquisitions with private equity firms.

He’s now the leader of a movement and company called “Opt Out Life,” which teaches people how to design an amazing lifestyle centered around fun and experiences while still making fantastic money in an industry they love.

Nate shares his entrepreneurial journey, his thoughts on going to college, how he balances work and family, and many more. This is a must-listen one, enjoy!

Topics discussed :

  • Kevin’s experience in a conference in Denver
  • What opting out is
  • How Nate decided to opt out
  • His thoughts on attending college
  • Starting a business while in college
  • How to keep going once you’ve achieved a particular goal
  • Lifestyle vs. more money
  • Balancing work and family
  • How Opt Out Life became a business
  • How they are monetizing
  • The subscriber/followers they are attracting

And much more

Book

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Links
Tai Lopez
Gary Vaynerchuk
100 Must-read iPhone App
WordPress
Work Hero
eBay
Zillow
Cashflow App
Airbnb
VRBO

Opt Out Life
Opt Out Life Facebook Group
Nate’s Email Address: nate at optoutlife.com
Opt Out Life on Instagram

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FL125: Curation of Dave Smith, Peter Attia, and Tropical MBA

In today’s episode, Kevin does a curation show with clips from 3 different podcasts and talked about each of the clips.

The first clip was from Peter Attia of “The Drive” Podcast.  Off the podcast, he discussed the many distractions brought about by cellphones, TVs, and more.

The second clip is from Dave Smith of the “Part of the Problem Podcast.” From the clip, he explored the idea of building a business and how the government works. He also talked about the voucher system and what happens when schools are ran like a business.

The third clip is from Dan and Ian of “The Tropical MBA Podcast.” From the clip, he talked about different places and the difference between Los Angeles and San Diego.

Don’t miss this fun and exciting episode!

Topics discussed :

  • “The Drive Podcast” clip
  • Thinking about your place on earth
  • Distractions
  • The “Part of the Problem Podcast” clip
  • The idea of building a business
  • How the government works
  • The voucher system
  • If schools were ran like a business
  • “The Tropical MBA Podcast” clip
  • Difference between Los Angeles and San Diego
  • Description of Los Angeles

And much more

Links
100 Must Reads App
Paul Conti, M.D.: Trauma, Suicide, Community, and Self-Compassion EP15 (The Drive by Peter Attia)
Reddit 
Fox News
CNN
Part of the Problem by Dave Smith (Podcast)
What Does Your City Whisper? (Tropical MBA Podcast)

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FL124: Review of FreedomXFest, Thoughts on Europe

In today’s episode, Kevin talks about his journey in Romania (where he learned about the 1989 Romanian revolution), his experiences at The Freedom X Fest in Spain, and his impression about Europe in general. Definitely an interesting episode, so don’t miss it!

Topics discussed :

  • Timișoara, Romania
  • Bucharest
  • The walking tour and learning about the 1989 revolution
  • The story of Nicolae Ceaușescu
  • Nicolae Ceausescu’s final speech
  • Ceaușescu’s second in line, Ion Iliescu
  • Romania’s Internet
  • Brașov, a city in the Transylvania region of Romania
  • Constanța
  • Friendly Barcelona
  • Catalonia’s political issue
  • The Freedom X Fest
  • The many uses of cryptocurrency
  • The “The Sovereign Individual” predictions
  • Thoughts on Europe

And much more

Book

The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age by James Dale Davidson & Lord William Rees-Mogg

Links
Checkmate Revolution Documentary
Nicolae Ceausescu Final Speech
Netflix

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Blazing through Romania with a stop in Constanta

 

Living out a childhood dream in Romania.

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FL123: Freedom & Location Independence Running Events with Dan Taylor

Today’s guest is Dan Taylor of AppsEvents and EventsFrame. Dan is a tech entrepreneur who has co-founded and sold two successful startups. He founded AppsEvents and organises Google education summits and conferences worldwide in partnership with Google.

He recently founded EventsFrame, a simple platform for setting up events.

Kevin starts the show with his latest travel adventures in Belgrade, Serbia before the interview.

Topics discussed :

  • How Dan started his business
  • On running Google education events
  • The challenges he encountered
  • The idea of meeting people who work for him wherever they are in the world
  • Cebu, Philippines
  • What his team does for him
  • How he picks cities for his events
  • Issues he has experienced with managing people around the world
  • Timezone issues
  • The advantages and disadvantages of living in Prague versus living in the United Kingdom
  • His philosophy on staying happy
  • His take on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency
  • The podcasts he listens to
  • EventsFrame

And much more

Book

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Links
Business Book Summaries
AppsEvents 
EventsFrame 
Leadpages 
Tropical MBA Podcast
This Week In Tech Podcast 
No Agenda Podcast 
Joe Rogan Podcast

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FL122: Stuart Jones from Coworkation on Inspiring Location Independence

In this episode, Kevin interviews Stuart Jones, the founder of Coworkation and the co-founder of Freedom X Fest.

Coworkation is all about connecting people, cultivating inspiration, offering fun and adventure, enabling fresh insights and perspectives, and empowering people, among many others. In this episode, Stuart shares what his business is all about and what a location independent lifestyle truly is.

Topics discussed :

  • What prompted him to start his business
  • What he finds attractive about the whole location independent concept
  • What Coworkation really offers
  • What Freedom X Fest is
  • How and why he likes being location independent
  • Disadvantages of traveling while running a business
  • Stu’s travel schedule

And much more

Links

Airbnb
CouchSurfing 
Work Hero
Coworkation
Freedom X Fest 
Hostelworld 
Booking.com
Uber

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FL121: Escape From New York

In this episode of Freedom Lovin’ Podcast, Kevin talks about his experiences in New York City where he has been for the past five days. He also talks about the changes he observed in Manhattan and Brooklyn, how the massive crowd overwhelmed him, and his observation in terms of how people behave in NYC.

This episode will give you an insight of what to expect when in New York City so don’t miss it!

Topics discussed :

  • His accommodation experience
  • Why New York City has been a contrast from San Diego
  • Crowds and their negative traits
  • Some changes in Manhattan and Brooklyn
  • The impact of the possible L train shutdown
  • Feeling overwhelm from so many choices
  • The fear of missing out (FOMO)
  • NYC and Taxes & Regulations, but more freedom?
  • Safety factors

And much more.

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Running Free and Running Remote in Bali, Indonesia

Listen to the podcast to hear more about my experiences visiting Bali.

It had been 6 years since I went to Bali.

In my head, it’s a magical place where other than the touristy beach areas, it’s largely not overrun by tourists.

The first shock was the airport.

We got in at 11pm, and getting through immigration could not have been easier.

Night & day from 6 years ago.

And…holy shit, the airport has changed! While in 2012 it looked like the airport of a banana republic, it now looks like a major, modern city airport.

The process before consisted of waiting in line to get a 30-day visa for $25 (woohoo bargain!), and then waiting in line to allow the bureaucrat to grant access to the wonderful island.

This time, we just walked right up and showed our plane ticket, and got a stamp. No questions asked, no scrutiny or even the typical suspicious looks! Seems Bali, and/or the country of Indonesia, is really wanting tourists.

In typical Bali fashion, as we left the airport, we had a taxi driver following us around.

“We’re using Grab,” we told him.

“Grab no pick up at airport. Must meet 3 kilometers from here.”

I gave him about a 40% chance of being truthful. So we asked him his price as we tried Grab. He wanted about 3 times as much as the Grab ride, and turns out….he was…lying! Shock and surprise.

Bali appeared completely different to me, as we wound through the streets on the way to Canggu. Everything looked…nice! And new. And even trendy. So many hotels, cafes, restaurants…all with nice signs out front.

Amazingly, the air was cool, compared to the Philippines. It was actually very nice. Except for the smoke, as the Balinese still burn their garbage, a sign that they still haven’t discovered the idea of caring for the environment.

I stayed at the Canggu Beach Inn. The next morning, I tried going for a walk on the main street, but it was pretty hectic- no sidewalks and motorbikes constantly buzzing by- feeling a little too close for comfort every time.

Landed on Vida Cafe for breakfast. It would be my home away from home for the next week, with dishes like this:

Cafe Vida Elixers

And even their own version of Bulletproof Coffee!

The plan for Canggu was to work and surf, surf and work, and eat.

Well the eating definitely happened, and work to some degree, but the rain dampened my mood to surf- not because I’m afraid of getting wet before getting wet, but the amount of garbage that washes into the ocean when it rains is unreal! And I’m not trying to get some in curable disease.

The shocking thing about Canggu is that, 6 years ago, there was hardly anything in the town beyond rice fields, like this one:

Now, it’s overrun by the digital nomad crowd.

There are more of them then there are locals it seems.

The good part of this is it’s very easy to meet people. We were meeting people at breakfast daily, and most people seem to want to connect, because everyone is of course from somewhere else, doing some kind of project or business, and living the good life on the cheap.

And Bali IS still cheap, from what I saw, costs have not gone up in the 6 years since I visited last. I think that is mostly because of the continuing drop of the currency.

The beach is still nice, although wayyy more tourists now.

Mengwi

I booked a villa as close as I could get to my conference, the Running Remote conference, in the town of Mengwi.

Unfortunately, the taxi driver had no clue how to get there, even with GPS.
Apparently, the place was in the middle of nowhere.

And the maps were wrong.

After asking several people, we finally got there. Place was really nice! And only one other guy in the hotel, and he too was attending the conference.

Romantic Villa in Mengwi

The Running Remote Conference


A lot was learned there, the TL;DR is, working with humans is very complex and there is no “right way” of doing things. Nonetheless, I learned quite a bit, and met some interesting and inspiring individuals through the weekend.

Ubud

I only had 3 days to chill in Ubud, but made the most of them.

Man, this city has changed in the past 6 years! It’s way more built up, more shops, restaurants, coffee shops, tourists…and taxi drivers 🙂

Central Ubud is a bit hectic. Last time I was there, it didn’t feel that way. The sidewalks have not improved at all, but there are more amazing eating spots.

I also had a “spiritual experience” there one of the days. I’ll talk more about that on a future podcast.

Bali is still a great place in many ways, and I can see why people move there, and why the digital nomad scene is so big there.

Monkey Power!

But for me, it’s still lacking something. Partly, it’s decent grocery stores, and good service. But it’s more than that. Not having sidewalks is actually a big deal. It’s hard to just go for a walk, unless you are out in the country, but even then, cars will buzz by pretty close as you are walking in the road.

Maybe the idea is to buy a rice field.

38.5 hours later, I arrived back in California.

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