Remote Year 2020 – Content Creators Paradise Workation Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur For Creators

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In 2020 I will be offering an opportunity for Videographers and Creators to take a unique workation experiences with me through Taiwan and Malaysia. These are 2 overlooked country hotspots for digital nomads. At the end of the journey you will have a good understanding of video editing, stock footage, creating your own youtube channel, marketing, and building your own website

Workation 2020

In January we will begin in Taipei , which is where I started my working holidays. Let me show you around, teach you some chinese, and learn to get to know you and your goals. We will eat delicious Taiwanese food and shoot some footage.

We will then travel to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia where we will have everything we need to focus on building your future skills and assets.

We will then get down to business in Malaysia. We will travel to the city capital to get setup for a month in your apartment. I will then set you up in a co-work space where will spend the next several weeks on your online business.

For those of you that want to create your own course we will take a trip to Hua hin Thailand to film our courses. We will set up the studio for recording and over the course of the week we will film and edit our courses.

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The Workation 2020 – Creators Camp (Content Creation, Video Editing)

Benefit: A Remote Working Experience, Learn Skills in Video and Audio Production, Produce a Youtube Channel, Podcast, Website, and learn other essential marketing and business skills

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Website and Seo

  • Learn the importance of owning a website
  • Form
  • Create your own wordpress site, choose a theme
  • Learn about popular plugins and how to manage them
  • Learn to Create Posts and Pages and Manage your media
  • Using your site to promote your services
  • Using your site to gain leads
  • Setttig up google analytics
  • Creating a Post to rank on google
  • Selling a Digital Product using gumroad

Youtube Channel

  • Learn why you need a channel for your business
  • Learn to Create a channel
  • Thumbnail game
  • Keywords, Titles
  • How to use the description
  • End screen and cards
  • Monitoring your channel using Creator Studio

Graphic Design

  • Adobe photoshop
  • Canva

Cloud Storage: Google Drive & Dropbox

  • Learn to use cloud storage for business
  • Client Videos
  • Backup and share footage
  • Backup, and store Online Courses

Gumroad Platform for selling Digital Products

  • What is it and why use it
  • Integration with Convert Kit
  • Creating a new product
  • Creating a Coupon
  • Creating a Lead Magnet
  • What type of products can you sell

Teachable for Self Hosting

  • Creating a Course
  • Which Plan
  • Free Versus Paid
  • Bundling your courses
  • Integration with Email Marketing

Course Creation

  • Deciding on a course topic
  • Structuring your course outline
  • Recording the Course
  • Gear
  • Editing the Course
  • Sales copy, Covert
  • Partnering
  • Where to host your course: Udemy, Skillshare
  • How to deal with 3rd part course hosts: Skillwise, photowhoa
  • Launch and reviews

Email Marketing: convert Kit

  • Creating a form or landing page
  • Automations with other platforms: Gumroad, Teachable
  • Creating a Sequence
  • Creating a Broadcast

Patreon Page

Payments

  • Learning Paypal
  • Transferwise

Podcasting

  • Finding Guests
  • Gear
  • Find Guests and topics
  • Workflow for editing and publishing a podcast

Stock Footage

  • What content to shoot
  • What settings do you use
  • Cutting footage from your batch
  • Workflow
  • Which agency or use Blackbox

Affiliate Marketing

  • DJI
  • Amazon Associates

Invoicing

  • Template
  • Terms
  • Pricing
  • Structuring a deal

Video Editing: Imovie, Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere

Where is the Big Money

  • Licensing to business
  • Freelancing: Editing and Producing
  • Course Sales

We will run various workshop over the course of the month that will arm you with the neccessary skills. In between workshops you will have access to the workspace to spend time working on your business. I will be available to help and answer questions

How to be a Digital Nomad using your Camera and Video Skills – Working Holiday

how to be a digital nomad videographer

In 2011 I took a major risk. I sold my apartment in Vancouver Canada to fund my dream of starting a travel related business. I left a stable high paying IT manager job in Vancouver after getting my MBA degree. Why? I wasn’t happy. I knew it was time for the next chapter of my life. I discovered my passions for Travel, Video, and Business. After the travel venture didn’t work out I ended going on a tour of Asia for my friends wedding in Taiwan along with my SLR camera. It was eye opening, but I eventually ran out of money.

I went back to corporate life again in 2013 all the while I was experimenting with creating my first product. It started as a trip to Asia on vacation and then a working holiday to Taiwan in 2013. I sold my apartment, car, and packed a laptop and my camera with my dreams. 6 years later I found myself sharing my lessons learned with the next generation of travel videographers

After a 13 year career in IT in Vancouver Canada and a university and MBA degree from SFU I decided to needed a change. I went through a process of self discovery to determine what my values and passions were. (Travel, Business, Video).
It started as a trip to Asia on vacation and then a working holiday to Taiwan in 2013. I sold my apartment, car, and packed a laptop and my camera with my dreams. 6 years later I found myself sharing my lessons learned with the next generation of travel videographers in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Chiang Mai, was an important part of my Entreprenuarial journey and it’s great to be able to give back some knowledge to the community.

Taiwan Working Holiday – Event Dec 15th Vancouver

I had an idea to talk about my Taiwan working holiday experience before I returned to Vancouver.  I scheduled an event on Eventbrite and was actually surprised once I started getting some ticket sales. After all this was my first paid talk and and an experiment. Once I got to Vancouver I found a great spot at the Tree Organic coffee shop on Pacific and Richards st in Yaletown Vancouver. Thanks for the coffee shop for reserving the space and letting me use the projector. This is a nice quiet coffee shop near the waterfront. After some weeks I started to see more paid tickets and came to the realization that I was actually going to do this talk. I put together some slides on slideshare, but I already knew most of the material I just used it as a reference to keep me on track. I brought out my camera to video record 47 minutes of the talk.

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The talk in Yaletown Vancouver

Highlights of the talk

 

  • The experience of a Working Holiday in Taiwan and what Taiwan can offer someone in Vancouver
  • Living in Taiwan
  • The experience and freedom of leaving a job and go travel the world
  • Teaching English in Taiwan
  • Making friends in a new country
  • Creativity on making your own income through the Internet. Earning a passive income on the Internet writing Amazon kindle books, Teaching on-line travel video courses, freelancing, and selling video footage on the Internet

 

 

 

Lessons learned from this experience


First this experiment paid off. It feels great that people actually paid to hear me talk. To me that is market validation that I have something of value to share. Second this was the first time using the Eventbrite platform to schedule a paid event and it worked out very well.  The third, is that it’s worth it to try and see how it works out. If this talk didn’t workout then it wasn’t the end of the world, but at least I tried. Luckily in this case it did work out, and I already see some things I can improve on for next time.


I really enjoyed doing this paid talk and sharing valuable tips, stories, and experiences with the audience. I would like to do a lot more talks like this around the world as I feel I’ve invested a lot of time especially the last 4 years on experiences that most people will never have the chance to experience. At least they can hear firsthand what is was like to leave the corporate life and have the taste of freedom. I also realize that I don’t really get nervous speaking in front of a crowd anymore. Once upon a time during high school I dreaded speeches. since those days I’ve done so many presentations during the MBA, run many work meetings, and have taught many classes in Taiwan, and talked in front of the camera many times during the past 4 years that I’m just comfortable with it.


If you are looking for another revenue stream and you enjoy public speaking as well and have something of valuable you think others would like to hear then maybe you can try a paid talk like I have.

Video highlights from the event

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Here are some highlights of the event. If you wish to purchase the full 47 minute talk in HD just click on red button on the left for the download link.

 

 

Why I relocated my life from Canada to Taiwan and what you can learn from my experience Page 2

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The Taiwanese people

– I have traveled to such cities in Asia such as Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Guangzhou. Of these cities in general I prefer the Taiwanese people. They are generally honest, trustworthy, respectful, and friendly. Coming from a western background I really appreciate these qualities that you cannot expect throughout Asia. I knew I was going to deal with a large language barrier gap, and with it a vulnerability that the Taiwanese wouldn’t try to take advantage of. Well at least I hoped.

  • Safe & clean

    Generally Taipei is a very clean city. The upscale areas such as Xinyi tend to be the cleanest with some local suburbs still being clean, but not to the same extent. Public transport stations on their underground train (the MRT) are very clean. Coming from Vancouver and Singapore it is easy to take this for granted. The only danger I have experienced is while crossing the street looking out for crazy scooter and bus drivers, but generally you can walk in Taipei even until late at night without worrying about being in danger. After traveling to South Africa I appreciate the peace of mind and countries where I can look at my smartphone without being worried about being robbed.

    Taipei's metro system known as the "MRT"
    Taipei’s metro system known as the “MRT”

 

 

  • Public transport

    The MRT system and facilities here are top notch. They use the contactless card for payment entry and the service is fast, extensive and reliable. Taipei is the only city I know that offers designated plug and usb outlets for charging phones and devices at their stations. Almost every station has a clean bathroom and well-labeled exits. Taipei also offers an easy to use bike rental program with quality equipment, plenty of bike stations for free 30 minute use.

 

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Taipei, Taiwan is a modern global city

  • Modern

    – I knew Taipei was a modern developed city in Asia that offered a good standard of living, good transportation, and was an Internet friendly city.

  • Geographic location

    – Geographically I like to think of Taiwan as the heart of Asia. It is nearby to Hong Kong, Shanghai, South Korea and not too far away from Malaysia, Japan, Phillipines, and In Indonesia.

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Under 2 hours to Hong Kong

About 2 hours to Shanghai

Under 3 hours to Seoul, Korea

 

  • Low cost of living

    compared to Western standards things like food, transport, and accommodation cost less. My private studio in Jingan apartment was small, but it was private and cost me close to $440 US dollars a month and included internet, washing machine, and furniture. I was also prepared to pay 21,000nt or $700US for my very first apartment in Jingan, but I quickly found out after arriving that this was too expensive. (太 贵 了!)

  • Food

    Home to Taiwanese beef noodles, Xiao long bao, bubble tea, and many other great foods. A good bowl of Beef noodles can be found for 90NT or $3US.

  • Visa friendly

    Canada had an arrangement with Taiwan called a working holiday visa. This was was relatively straightforward to obtain and allowed me to legally live, work, and study in Taiwan for up to a year. This isn’t available in every country and there are some age limit restrictions ranging from 35 to 30 depending on the country. The working holiday visa option was an amazing opportunity to gain a rich cultural experience. Read more about working holidays here.

Now that you know why I moved to Taiwan. In my next article I’ll share some experiences and what I have actually observed and learned from living and studying here in my first 3 months. Some things I’ll discuss:

  • How was the experience of learning chinese in Taipei at the MTC ?
  • Could I build a life and friends in Taipei and what adventures did I have ?
  • How did I survive and figure out the basics such as how to eat and find a place to live ?
  • Was Taiwan what I thought it would be?

xiao long bao 小笼包- soup pork dumplings are a taiwan favourite
xiao long bao 小笼包- soup pork dumplings are a taiwan favourite

 

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One of my street food favorites on Yong Kang street.