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In Blogging/ Business

How to Start a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog on SiteGround

What is ONE thing you can do to move your business forward right now? Start a blog! I'm serious. I've had this blog for more than four years now, and during that time I've had clients hire me because of it, and I've had amazing opportunities I would not have had otherwise. Case in point: This year, Hachette published an excerpt from one of my blog posts in one of their textbooks in France! (I know, crazy right?)…

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In Business/ Digital Nomads/ Remote Work Case Studies

Digital Nomad Profile: Amour Setter, Single Mom, Writer, and Growth Hacker

In this series of Remote Work Case Studies, I interview inspirational digital nomads and location-independent entrepreneurs. I hope these Q&A’s show you this lifestyle IS possible. Today I’d like to introduce you to Amour Setter, a writer, growth hacker, filmmaker, and single mom who managed to start a remote business and travel the world–all while homeschooling her son!   How long have you been a digital nomad? I hit the road five years ago in 2011 with my teenage son.…

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In Business

Freelancer’s Guide to Quarterly Estimated Taxes

Tomorrow is September 15, the day third quarter estimated taxes are due. If you’re anything like me when I first started freelancing you are either A) Not even sure what quarterly estimated taxes are or if you owe them or B) Scrambling to pay last minute but can’t figure out how to do it online So let’s address both. Keep in mind I’m not an accountant or IRS employee, just a marketing consultant and blogger who’s been freelancing for more…

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In Food/ San Francisco, California

Brunch at Zazie in San Francisco

If there’s one thing San Franciscans do well, it’s brunch. I often joke with visitors that if they want a TRUE San Francisco experience, then we have to stand in line for an hour at a popular brunch place (sadly, sometimes they don’t realize I’m joking and we actually do this). Zazie is somewhat of a SF institution. Nestled in a narrow space on the main strip of the peaceful/quirky Cole Valley neighborhood, Zazie is a French-inspired bistro that has been serving…

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In Product Reviews

Timbuk2 Aviator Review: The Best Carry-On Bag for One-Bag Travel

I first met the Timbuk2 Aviator at the Timbuk2 store in Hayes Valley in San Francisco. It was love at first sight...but everyone said it would never work out. Even the store employee, bless his heart, tried to convince me to upgrade to a larger bag. "There's no way you can pack everything you need for Paris in that!" he exclaimed as he shoved a larger bag into my hands. …

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In Business/ Digital Nomads

Digital Nomad Tax Questions Answered by a U.S. Tax Attorney

Taxes. Nothing strikes fear into the heart of an aspiring digital nomad quite like the prospect of figuring out how to deal with taxes on income earned while working from a laptop in multiple foreign countries. There is a lot of speculation and false information circulating on the Internet regarding digital nomad taxes, so I figured I’d talk to a tax expert and get answers. I emailed Stewart Patton, a U.S. tax attorney currently living in Belize, to ask him some of the most common digital nomad…

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