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The Nomad Traveler Challenge : Grow your online business on the road as a digital nomad.

The Nomad Traveler Challenge : Grow your online business on the road as a digital nomad.
This month, we’re doing things a little differently at Nomad Traveler.  Summer is almost here in Canada, the road is calling.  It’s highly time for a girls road trip!  As you may know, Canada was named the best travel destination in 2017 by Lonely Planet.  You see, Canada is turning 150 years old ; it's going to be the biggest birthday party ever all over the country.  All national parks entry fees across the country are being waived, meaning you can visit some of the most pristine places on earth and expect your money to stretch further.  So now is the perfect time to start planning a roadtrip of a lifetime!
This is not our first road trip but, this time, we decided to get a little creative here.  Obviously, we’re all about freedom and sustainable travel, but me and Julie-Ann, as founders of the Nomad Traveler project, are also running an online business ; meaning that we have to deal with the day-to-day operations.  We’re also passionate digital nomads, meaning that we NEED to do things differently, we NEED to cross borders, to push our limits, to get out of our comfort zone, in order to grow as entrepreneurs and individuals.  So we decided to use our roadtrip as an opportunity to challenge ourselves and our business.  And that’s how The Nomad Traveler Challenge was born.

What is The Nomad Traveler Challenge about?

Like any small business owner and digital nomads, we need goals to keep us moving forward, get motivated to do more and grow the business.  We’re clear on the long-term goals, but we needed to devise a short-term plan that would really boost us out of a somewhat complacent state.  Starting a business with a small team is overwhelming, there’s always lots of trial, errors, dead ends ; and a never-ending stream of new things to learn.  

Sometimes, you do feel stuck and run out of creative juice. You find yourself needing input.  

Well, one thing is for sure, is that traveling can open the mind to new ways of thinking and can provide much needed insights.  Being exposed to new environments and ever-changing experiences definitely makes you more creative altogether.  Getting inspired is not only beneficial to ideation, but also to problem-solving. New sounds, smells, language, tastes, sensations, and sights spark different synapses in the brain and may have the potential to revitalize the mind.
New ways of seeing problems = new ways to find solutions to those exact problems.
We believe by setting ourselves with goals, it is possible to make progress on even the roughest road and in the face of the most incredible difficulties.  Plus, it’s nice to have a variety of goals to keep a work/play balance.  Specifically, we decided that the Nomad Traveler Challenge would touch five areas :
  1. Business goals – Conquer digital advertising!

One of the most important lesson we learned in the process of starting this online project, is that your ideas worth little if you don’t know how to sell and advertise them.  Digital advertising is our main challenge, much like 99% of other online businesses.  So we decided that our business goals would mainly revolve around conquering the world of digital advertising.
  •       Create life-changing content (video, photo, blog, newsletters)
  •       Perfect SEO skills
  •       Leverage collaborative partnerships
  •       Grow email list like a boss
  •       Leverage the power of social media 
  1. Personal goals

It’s easy to feel paralyzed when it comes to selling your ideas, products and projects.  The fear of rejection and failure is often so high.  But developing skills such as assertiveness and self-confidence can allow you not only to ask for what you want, but also help you to be of better service to others.  You see, fear robs any entrepreneurs from accomplishing their goals.  More importantly, it’s also robbing potential customers, partners, etc. of the same thing!  So we decided to go through a little routine for the next 30 days to develop those skills and get rid of old fears.  Cause why delay in building confidence that will positively impact not only the growth of our business, but more importantly, our personal life overall.
Actions :
  • Practice affirmations and reaffirm goals everyday.
  1.  Health and energy 
Being in good mental and physical conditions is so central to success.  I cannot emphasize that enough.  Nothing is more important than your health, as you need your full energy to accomplish your goals.  Without energy, nothing gets done.  As entrepreneurs and digital nomads, our head often feels overloaded. So our Health and Energy goals will be focused on the following :
  •        Do daily workout routine (45 min/day).
  •        Eat only vegan meals for 30 days
  •        Meditate for a total of 300 minutes in 30 days.
Actions :
  • Plan and execute workout & meals 
  • Meditate 10 minutes everyday
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  1.  Relationships – Becoming better business partners
Here, we wish to improve our teamwork productivity.  This will be measured by the number of tasks we get done in a set timeframe.  To do so, we set up a daily itinerary and to-do list that need to be followed by both of us.
Actions :
  •        Completion of to-do lists
  •        Better division of responsibilities
  •        continuous learning based on interests and passion.
  1.  Financial
This last area concentrate on finances, obviously.  We needed to figure out how we are going to get from where the business currently is to where we want it to go financially.  We also wanted to do this trip on a budget, to show that this lifestyle is accessible and sustainable in the long run.  Oh, and just to spice things up, we came across a little financial opportunity: the Arbing blog is awarding 12 entrepreneurship grants of 1000$ each to help business owners launch their dream.  So we decided that we would win this thing, nothing less.
  •        Keep trip expenses under 1.2k$
  •        Win entrepreneurship grant
  •        Generate X$ of sales
  • Create and fill out daily tab of expenses.
  • Create killer pitch video.
  • Create and solidify sales funnels.
So each day for 30 days, we’ll take concrete actions to reach these goals.  Those actions will also include :
  •        Take some drone shots
  •        Vlogging
  •        Listening to audiobooks (self-development & continuous learning)
  •        Build new partnerships
  •        Securing affiliate partnerships
  •        Write blog posts
  •        Edit photo and video content
  •        Social media management
  •        Publishing our product catalog
  •        Etc.
And we’ll be documenting all of it by filming, taking photos, writing blog posts, posting on social media, etc.  So that you guys can held us accountable.  That’s right.  We want to have your feedback, we’d like you to push us to go even further.  If you have ideas that you’d like to see us try, feel free to share them with us!  We’ll do our best to make it happen.
Happy travels!
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  • John

    Great plan! Looking forward to this :) #bebold

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