Tommy Joiner: English Teacher to Nomad Entrepreneur

//Tommy Joiner: English Teacher to Nomad Entrepreneur

Tommy Joiner: English Teacher to Nomad Entrepreneur

Tommy started his adventure abroad teaching English in South Korea. Eventually he landed in Medellin, Colombia, which is now his home base for further travels while he runs a content marketing agency and helps freelancers transition from side income to a full-time living.

Tommy Joiner

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In This Episode

  • Why he chose to teach English abroad in South Korea
  • How he ended up in Colombia
  • Getting into marketing
  • Optimizing your Upwork profile to get high-paying clients
  • What Medellin is like as a home base
  • Dealing with visas in different countries (especially Colombia & Mexico)
  • Creating and following routines while traveling
  • And much more

Most Memorable Location-Independent Experiences

I started my business using Elance (now Upwork). I kind of fell into marketing by working on a side project in a cafe in Colombia. I never would have thought that a few years later, that moment would have changed my life as much as it has.

Biggest Surprise along the Way

Team building, managing people, dealing with bad clients, making lots of money, making little money… haha. It’s been quite a rollercoaster.

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2017-04-15T13:09:13+00:00March 16, 2016|Podcast|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Lna August 19, 2016 at 4:45 am - Reply

    Great article! Another country where you can make money teaching English is Spain. I took my course in http://tefl-madrid.com/ and I had a bunch of students right away. I’ve been living in Madrid for 3 years now!

    • Amy Scott August 20, 2016 at 11:23 am - Reply

      Thanks for sharing your experience!

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