global.careers is creating online career counseling & talent development coaching
1
patron
$4
per month
It had long since been a dream of mine to live -- through my own means -- with economic freedom and location independence. I realise that such concepts are not widely known, let alone lived, so I will blog about them here as we move forward.


While I am not yet economically free, I did successfully reach my dream of becoming location independent after transitioning to a home based internet business.  My goal now is to dedicate myself to helping others improve their own professional agility and mobility and, ultimately, their independence -- however they want to define that. 

Helping others start their home internet business today

Background
Since July 2003 I have worked steadily, a solopreneur, providing services to a given set of clients in Barcelona, Spain. In fact, I worked contentedly in the same office and moved amongst the same people about five days a week, week after week, as most people do. All of my clients were generated from this one office  and it was great! I felt truly privileged. But you can probably already guess the risk, to me, that was part of that situation. (Hint: all eggs in one basket).


For years, most all clients seemed pleased and happy. As a result, my own needs and wants were easily met in Barcelona. I had no real reason to worry or think of making a dramatic change. If I had any complaint at all it was that, as time went by, my children grew to adulthood and moved far outside Barcelona to make their own living, leaving me alone there and unable to visit them since my income required me to STAY PUT in Barcelona. It's logical. It's typical. It's traditional.


In October 2017, however, there were (and still are) political movements that created a great deal of social tension, and, in some areas, definite economic uncertainties. For the first time I got messages that some of my prospects and clients might physically relocate!!! Remember all those eggs in one basket I mentioned above? I could lose my clients and I would have to do a LOT of legwork to replace them. After 12 years with them, this new circumstance was disheartening


Add to this that I did in fact miss the camaraderie of family, it became clear that I had to get behind this potential snowball rather than remain in front -- and possibly get swallowed up -- inside it. So, I began to look for a solution.


So, it was March 2018 when a new vision and business strategy began to take shape. I counselled with most my clients in order to build a strategy that would also include and serve them. And ultimately, most -- enough -- of them supported the change that it came to fruition at the end of July. 


Basically, to cut to the chase, I moved from being an "analog-type" professional services provider to a digital provider, offering online business english; online career counselling; and small business training.  This one move caused a whole world of opportunity to open for me. You can visit my websites here: Global Careers and here LinkedIn


Being a digital, or online, provider means I am home based AND (since I am not obligated to a mortgage) that means I am also location independent, so long as I can connect to a reliable wifi in a quiet place. For example I could work from my favorite coffee shop in Porto (Moustache on Praça de Carlos Alberto in Porto, Portugal); or, from my small (temporary) attic office in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy from which I get a small but clear view of the Mediterranean sea (hoping to get a video tour uploaded); or, for that matter, from any quiet place within a compatible time zone and with a decent wifi connection. But the biggest benefit is that I can enjoy the camaraderie of family who are also in Cagliari (for now).


To you, my would-be patrons:
I must clarify that I am not looking to be freed from my day job. I love my day job, which is a series of meaningful conversations with people (clients / fans) who also strive to excel at the services and products they provide.


Neither am I looking for "more time" or "more energy" to be able to create. I have managed to reach that degree of income and freedom myself by now. 


What I do very much need your help with is the financial support to further develop and materialise the business strategy and output (well-researched relevant articles; an education manual; community hostings via video or podcasts and F2F) so that I can reach more people who want to at least improve their circumstances and/or possibly increase their time and location freedom as well. Hopefully, we all increase our economic freedom. 


How do I help others specifically?


  • I am a credentialled Master of Career Services but (for now) offer non-traditional career counselling sessions at a fraction of the standard cost. (I am serious! Please Google "how much does career counselling cost" to confirm the difference.)

  • Equally important, I deliver these services online. So, hand-in-hand with the Sitebuild system, I also coach small business development. 

  • The ideal clients best served by my approach are those who favour a "dialogic approach", will take full responsibility for themselves, their dreams and talents; are willing and able to work patiently, consistently, and regularly; and, are willing to overcome any strict aversions to healthy work-related risk. In a nutshell, people who are willing and ready to work outside the 9-to-5+ workbox that was set up for us to serve the "robber barons" of the Industrial Revolution some outdated eons ago is a system that no longer provides a good fit for many of us or for our families today

  • Your support will allow me to refine my offering and go a long way towards creating a "world that works!" As a patron YOU will directly help me reach the financial targets required to 
    • Reach more people. (See the SCHOLARSHIP section on the GOALS list.)
    • Obtain requisite trademarks
    • Provide a sustainable wage to my one, currently volunteer, administrative assistant who believes in the cause.


My mission:
 


"Global.careers is committed to improving people's agility, mobility, and accessibility to meaningful work – regardless of geography – while maintaining community and connection at the heart of life-work style design." 

Tiers
Shy [email protected]
$1 or more per month
You are a fan and I need your feedback and support. 


  • You will receive my heartfelt thanks and appreciation; and,
  • Unlock a relevant weekly tip, statistic, fact, recommendation and/or remote job posting
  • Unlock a monthly sketch of how I currently envision our mascot, the [email protected]


Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash.

TEFL [email protected]
$2 or more per month
TEFL?? You know who you are!! You are a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language. This tier is just for you! And since I know you don't make a lot of money I have made the financial commitment competitive to other lesson providers on the internet, but mine will be designed for management and executives in business. 


You will receive:

 

  • My heartfelt thanks and appreciation;
  • Unlock a relevant weekly tip, statistic, fact, recommendation and/or remote job posting
  • Unlock a monthly sketch of how I currently envision our mascot, the [email protected]


 PLUS: 


  • At least one well thought through lesson plan per month designed for B2-C1 level professionals, uploaded and unlocked for you here on Patreon.
  • An invitation to join the test market for the Business EFL manual + 12 week course I am currently writing (available in 18 months)  


Photo by Dylan Gillis on Unsplash

Social [email protected] 4 get-to-know-you session
$5 or more per month only 7 left
You will receive:

 

  • My heartfelt thanks and appreciation; 
  • Unlock a relevant weekly tip, statistic, fact, recommendation and/or remote job posting
  • Unlock a monthly sketch of how I currently envision our mascot, the [email protected]


 PLUS: 


  • A single-use up-to-55minute Lo-Fee introductory, guided, dialogic, Needs Analysis session for us to get to know each other, and for you to detail what you hope to achieve
  • I will send a questionnaire beforehand to help get us on the same track!


Caveat: Currently I have space for only 2  Social [email protected] digital visits per week. Scheduling is now currently open 17 Sept to 12 Oct only. You can schedule at this secure site: https://global.careers/schedule/  Just flip over the card that reads: "Social [email protected] Only" and enter your discount code. 


(I will try to renew this Lo-Fee offer each month but I still need to see if/how Patreon works.) 



Non-native-English-speaking [email protected]
$50 or more per month only 8 left
Photo by Andrew Butler on Unsplash 


Is English not your native language? Are you a B1, B2 or C1 level English language speaker (according to the European Common Framework of Languages)? Do you wish to improve your conversational fluidity, and network, negotiate, and present yourself and your expertise with all the strength and confidence you already demonstrate in your native language? Then this Tier is just for YOU and I would be so excited to work with you! ... 


This offer limited to 8 patrons only (at any one time). Thank you in advance for understanding my limit on time!!


 You will receive:


  • My heartfelt thanks and appreciation 


 PLUS:  


  • A single-use  55minute Lo-Fee (5€) introductory, guided, dialogic, Needs Analysis session for you to ask questions and detail what you hope to achieve. This will be a face-to-face and private virtual session using Skype or other free platform. (I use several.) 


  • You will also unlock a 10% discount on any regularly-priced session valid for 4 weeks from issue. 
  • You will also unlock a second 10% discount on any regularly-priced session valid for 4 weeks from issue (because I want to encourage your regular and consistent practice.)


PLUS: 


  • You will unlock my premium blog posts (for possibly more reading and discussion practice!!) as I hope to share something meaningful about the "solopreneur" process. I myself am building my first all-digital business while living the Location Independent lifestyle AND striving to prospect & protect clients.


PLUS:



AND, if you are a non-native English speaker who is perfectly fine with your language level and don't want any sessions with me but still like the idea of the [email protected], then please be my global Patron anyway! :-) 


PLUS: If you are still with me after 6 months, then I will ...



[email protected] Lovers
$60 or more per month
You will receive:

 

  • My heartfelt thanks and appreciation
  • Unlock a relevant weekly tip, statistic, fact, recommendation and/or remote job posting
  • Unlock a monthly sketch of how I currently envision our mascot, the [email protected]  (he is NOT the happy pooch above.) 


 PLUS: 


  • Unlock premium blog posts not published anywhere else on the web  (including on my own career website). I hope to share something meaningful about the "solopreneur" process as I myself build this digital business while living the Location Independent lifestyle AND striving to prospect & protect clients.
  • Feedback and voting access on the final 6 versions of our illustrious mascot, the [email protected].


PLUS:


  •  we will name a [email protected] after YOU on our website as recognition for actively supporting the dream of Location Independence for yourself or others!


 PLUS: If you are still with me after 6 months, then I will send you a code for:


[email protected] Angels
$120 or more per month
You will receive


  • My heartfelt thanks and appreciation
  • Unlock a relevant weekly tip, statistic, fact, recommendation and/or remote job posting
  • Unlock a monthly sketch of how I currently envision our mascot, the [email protected]  (he is NOT the happy pooch above.) 


PLUS:


  • Unlock premium blog posts not published anywhere else on the web  (including on my own career website). I hope to share something meaningful about the "solopreneur" process as I myself build this digital business while living the Location Independent lifestyle AND striving to prospect & protect clients.


  • Feedback and voting access on the final 6 versions of our illustrious mascot, the [email protected].


PLUS:


  • Not only will I name a [email protected] after YOU on our website as recognition for actively supporting the dream of Location Independence for yourself or others!


If you are still with me after 6 months, then you will also receive:


  •  At least one (as-yet undetermined) high quality affordable manifestation of your chosen [email protected] -- the one you feel most represents you. 


 PLUS: 


  • THREE single-use, transferrable NO-fee sessions to use at G.C Collection, which you can view here https://global.careers/g-c-collection/ . This code, however, must be subject to scheduling availability. 
Fearless [email protected] for SBI4WP
$250 or more per month only 1 left
Note 1: Part of the reward will be delivered within 2 weeks after the third consecutive month of your patronage OR delivered early if 3 months of patronage are paid in advance. This is written as a minimum 3-month commitment as-is. But, of course, if you benefit from our sessions, you can continue as-is or join a new tier. :-)


Note 2: Only ONE available. First come, first served.


Note 3: Offer available during September 2018 - February 2019 ONLY


You will receive:

 

  • My heartfelt thanks and appreciation
  • Unlock a relevant weekly tip, statistic, fact, recommendation and/or remote job posting
  • Unlock a monthly sketch of how I currently envision our mascot, the [email protected]  (he is NOT the happy pooch above.) 


PLUS:


  • One non-renewable annual membership to Sitesell (where I am a member) (aka Solo Build it for WordPress; hence: SBI4WP): This is a start-to-finish business building series of lessons and tools designed especially for WordPress and especially for wannabe solo-preneurs.


 PLUS: 


  • 1 private up-to-55-minute session with me, each month for a total of 3 months, to act as sounding board and limited consultancy (discount code provided). To get your started immediately, the first session will be available in month 1 of your patronage; the second in month 2; and the 3rd in month three. The annual membership will be made available during month 3.
  • Recognition for actively supporting the dream of Location Independence and Solopreneurship for yourself or others because we will name a [email protected] after YOU on our website!




Goals
$4 of $250 per month
I need to have a 2D and 3D renderings of our official (mythical creature), the "[email protected]". It should then be animated for video, which requires video-making and editing. End products are 6 versions of the "[email protected]" + at least one edited video that features it. ( I will unlock a blog post explaining what this mythical creature is and give a basic drawing of what it looks like.)

On Upwork there are such freelancers offering services for 45-60 euros per hour. HOW MANY hours does it take to do this kind of work? I don't know yet. If you know, please tell me.

art-video-making-edit
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It had long since been a dream of mine to live -- through my own means -- with economic freedom and location independence. I realise that such concepts are not widely known, let alone lived, so I will blog about them here as we move forward.


While I am not yet economically free, I did successfully reach my dream of becoming location independent after transitioning to a home based internet business.  My goal now is to dedicate myself to helping others improve their own professional agility and mobility and, ultimately, their independence -- however they want to define that. 

Helping others start their home internet business today

Background
Since July 2003 I have worked steadily, a solopreneur, providing services to a given set of clients in Barcelona, Spain. In fact, I worked contentedly in the same office and moved amongst the same people about five days a week, week after week, as most people do. All of my clients were generated from this one office  and it was great! I felt truly privileged. But you can probably already guess the risk, to me, that was part of that situation. (Hint: all eggs in one basket).


For years, most all clients seemed pleased and happy. As a result, my own needs and wants were easily met in Barcelona. I had no real reason to worry or think of making a dramatic change. If I had any complaint at all it was that, as time went by, my children grew to adulthood and moved far outside Barcelona to make their own living, leaving me alone there and unable to visit them since my income required me to STAY PUT in Barcelona. It's logical. It's typical. It's traditional.


In October 2017, however, there were (and still are) political movements that created a great deal of social tension, and, in some areas, definite economic uncertainties. For the first time I got messages that some of my prospects and clients might physically relocate!!! Remember all those eggs in one basket I mentioned above? I could lose my clients and I would have to do a LOT of legwork to replace them. After 12 years with them, this new circumstance was disheartening


Add to this that I did in fact miss the camaraderie of family, it became clear that I had to get behind this potential snowball rather than remain in front -- and possibly get swallowed up -- inside it. So, I began to look for a solution.


So, it was March 2018 when a new vision and business strategy began to take shape. I counselled with most my clients in order to build a strategy that would also include and serve them. And ultimately, most -- enough -- of them supported the change that it came to fruition at the end of July. 


Basically, to cut to the chase, I moved from being an "analog-type" professional services provider to a digital provider, offering online business english; online career counselling; and small business training.  This one move caused a whole world of opportunity to open for me. You can visit my websites here: Global Careers and here LinkedIn


Being a digital, or online, provider means I am home based AND (since I am not obligated to a mortgage) that means I am also location independent, so long as I can connect to a reliable wifi in a quiet place. For example I could work from my favorite coffee shop in Porto (Moustache on Praça de Carlos Alberto in Porto, Portugal); or, from my small (temporary) attic office in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy from which I get a small but clear view of the Mediterranean sea (hoping to get a video tour uploaded); or, for that matter, from any quiet place within a compatible time zone and with a decent wifi connection. But the biggest benefit is that I can enjoy the camaraderie of family who are also in Cagliari (for now).


To you, my would-be patrons:
I must clarify that I am not looking to be freed from my day job. I love my day job, which is a series of meaningful conversations with people (clients / fans) who also strive to excel at the services and products they provide.


Neither am I looking for "more time" or "more energy" to be able to create. I have managed to reach that degree of income and freedom myself by now. 


What I do very much need your help with is the financial support to further develop and materialise the business strategy and output (well-researched relevant articles; an education manual; community hostings via video or podcasts and F2F) so that I can reach more people who want to at least improve their circumstances and/or possibly increase their time and location freedom as well. Hopefully, we all increase our economic freedom. 


How do I help others specifically?


  • I am a credentialled Master of Career Services but (for now) offer non-traditional career counselling sessions at a fraction of the standard cost. (I am serious! Please Google "how much does career counselling cost" to confirm the difference.)

  • Equally important, I deliver these services online. So, hand-in-hand with the Sitebuild system, I also coach small business development. 

  • The ideal clients best served by my approach are those who favour a "dialogic approach", will take full responsibility for themselves, their dreams and talents; are willing and able to work patiently, consistently, and regularly; and, are willing to overcome any strict aversions to healthy work-related risk. In a nutshell, people who are willing and ready to work outside the 9-to-5+ workbox that was set up for us to serve the "robber barons" of the Industrial Revolution some outdated eons ago is a system that no longer provides a good fit for many of us or for our families today

  • Your support will allow me to refine my offering and go a long way towards creating a "world that works!" As a patron YOU will directly help me reach the financial targets required to 
    • Reach more people. (See the SCHOLARSHIP section on the GOALS list.)
    • Obtain requisite trademarks
    • Provide a sustainable wage to my one, currently volunteer, administrative assistant who believes in the cause.


My mission:
 


"Global.careers is committed to improving people's agility, mobility, and accessibility to meaningful work – regardless of geography – while maintaining community and connection at the heart of life-work style design." 

Recent posts by global.careers

Tiers
Shy [email protected]
$1 or more per month
You are a fan and I need your feedback and support. 


  • You will receive my heartfelt thanks and appreciation; and,
  • Unlock a relevant weekly tip, statistic, fact, recommendation and/or remote job posting
  • Unlock a monthly sketch of how I currently envision our mascot, the [email protected]


Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash.

TEFL [email protected]
$2 or more per month
TEFL?? You know who you are!! You are a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language. This tier is just for you! And since I know you don't make a lot of money I have made the financial commitment competitive to other lesson providers on the internet, but mine will be designed for management and executives in business. 


You will receive:

 

  • My heartfelt thanks and appreciation;
  • Unlock a relevant weekly tip, statistic, fact, recommendation and/or remote job posting
  • Unlock a monthly sketch of how I currently envision our mascot, the [email protected]


 PLUS: 


  • At least one well thought through lesson plan per month designed for B2-C1 level professionals, uploaded and unlocked for you here on Patreon.
  • An invitation to join the test market for the Business EFL manual + 12 week course I am currently writing (available in 18 months)  


Photo by Dylan Gillis on Unsplash

Social [email protected] 4 get-to-know-you session
$5 or more per month only 7 left
You will receive:

 

  • My heartfelt thanks and appreciation; 
  • Unlock a relevant weekly tip, statistic, fact, recommendation and/or remote job posting
  • Unlock a monthly sketch of how I currently envision our mascot, the [email protected]


 PLUS: 


  • A single-use up-to-55minute Lo-Fee introductory, guided, dialogic, Needs Analysis session for us to get to know each other, and for you to detail what you hope to achieve
  • I will send a questionnaire beforehand to help get us on the same track!


Caveat: Currently I have space for only 2  Social [email protected] digital visits per week. Scheduling is now currently open 17 Sept to 12 Oct only. You can schedule at this secure site: https://global.careers/schedule/  Just flip over the card that reads: "Social [email protected] Only" and enter your discount code. 


(I will try to renew this Lo-Fee offer each month but I still need to see if/how Patreon works.) 



Non-native-English-speaking [email protected]
$50 or more per month only 8 left
Photo by Andrew Butler on Unsplash 


Is English not your native language? Are you a B1, B2 or C1 level English language speaker (according to the European Common Framework of Languages)? Do you wish to improve your conversational fluidity, and network, negotiate, and present yourself and your expertise with all the strength and confidence you already demonstrate in your native language? Then this Tier is just for YOU and I would be so excited to work with you! ... 


This offer limited to 8 patrons only (at any one time). Thank you in advance for understanding my limit on time!!


 You will receive:


  • My heartfelt thanks and appreciation 


 PLUS:  


  • A single-use  55minute Lo-Fee (5€) introductory, guided, dialogic, Needs Analysis session for you to ask questions and detail what you hope to achieve. This will be a face-to-face and private virtual session using Skype or other free platform. (I use several.) 


  • You will also unlock a 10% discount on any regularly-priced session valid for 4 weeks from issue. 
  • You will also unlock a second 10% discount on any regularly-priced session valid for 4 weeks from issue (because I want to encourage your regular and consistent practice.)


PLUS: 


  • You will unlock my premium blog posts (for possibly more reading and discussion practice!!) as I hope to share something meaningful about the "solopreneur" process. I myself am building my first all-digital business while living the Location Independent lifestyle AND striving to prospect & protect clients.


PLUS:



AND, if you are a non-native English speaker who is perfectly fine with your language level and don't want any sessions with me but still like the idea of the [email protected], then please be my global Patron anyway! :-) 


PLUS: If you are still with me after 6 months, then I will ...



[email protected] Lovers
$60 or more per month
You will receive:

 

  • My heartfelt thanks and appreciation
  • Unlock a relevant weekly tip, statistic, fact, recommendation and/or remote job posting
  • Unlock a monthly sketch of how I currently envision our mascot, the [email protected]  (he is NOT the happy pooch above.) 


 PLUS: 


  • Unlock premium blog posts not published anywhere else on the web  (including on my own career website). I hope to share something meaningful about the "solopreneur" process as I myself build this digital business while living the Location Independent lifestyle AND striving to prospect & protect clients.
  • Feedback and voting access on the final 6 versions of our illustrious mascot, the [email protected].


PLUS:


  •  we will name a [email protected] after YOU on our website as recognition for actively supporting the dream of Location Independence for yourself or others!


 PLUS: If you are still with me after 6 months, then I will send you a code for:


[email protected] Angels
$120 or more per month
You will receive


  • My heartfelt thanks and appreciation
  • Unlock a relevant weekly tip, statistic, fact, recommendation and/or remote job posting
  • Unlock a monthly sketch of how I currently envision our mascot, the [email protected]  (he is NOT the happy pooch above.) 


PLUS:


  • Unlock premium blog posts not published anywhere else on the web  (including on my own career website). I hope to share something meaningful about the "solopreneur" process as I myself build this digital business while living the Location Independent lifestyle AND striving to prospect & protect clients.


  • Feedback and voting access on the final 6 versions of our illustrious mascot, the [email protected].


PLUS:


  • Not only will I name a [email protected] after YOU on our website as recognition for actively supporting the dream of Location Independence for yourself or others!


If you are still with me after 6 months, then you will also receive:


  •  At least one (as-yet undetermined) high quality affordable manifestation of your chosen [email protected] -- the one you feel most represents you. 


 PLUS: 


  • THREE single-use, transferrable NO-fee sessions to use at G.C Collection, which you can view here https://global.careers/g-c-collection/ . This code, however, must be subject to scheduling availability. 
Fearless [email protected] for SBI4WP
$250 or more per month only 1 left
Note 1: Part of the reward will be delivered within 2 weeks after the third consecutive month of your patronage OR delivered early if 3 months of patronage are paid in advance. This is written as a minimum 3-month commitment as-is. But, of course, if you benefit from our sessions, you can continue as-is or join a new tier. :-)


Note 2: Only ONE available. First come, first served.


Note 3: Offer available during September 2018 - February 2019 ONLY


You will receive:

 

  • My heartfelt thanks and appreciation
  • Unlock a relevant weekly tip, statistic, fact, recommendation and/or remote job posting
  • Unlock a monthly sketch of how I currently envision our mascot, the [email protected]  (he is NOT the happy pooch above.) 


PLUS:


  • One non-renewable annual membership to Sitesell (where I am a member) (aka Solo Build it for WordPress; hence: SBI4WP): This is a start-to-finish business building series of lessons and tools designed especially for WordPress and especially for wannabe solo-preneurs.


 PLUS: 


  • 1 private up-to-55-minute session with me, each month for a total of 3 months, to act as sounding board and limited consultancy (discount code provided). To get your started immediately, the first session will be available in month 1 of your patronage; the second in month 2; and the 3rd in month three. The annual membership will be made available during month 3.
  • Recognition for actively supporting the dream of Location Independence and Solopreneurship for yourself or others because we will name a [email protected] after YOU on our website!