Podcast 35: Top Nerd Travel Tools
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Drew:Hey everyone. Drew Sanocki right here with the Nerd Marketing podcast. This is an early morning podcast. I’m recording this at four:30am as a result of I’m at the West Coast and I’m nonetheless on East Coast time. Got up this morning on the great time of three:00 a.m. I don’t also have my youngsters right here with me to get me up, so what else would I wish to do at 0 darkish thirty however bust out a podcast?
I’m right here operating on a large deal, and extra on that during an upcoming podcast episode. Today, I do know I promised everyone my most sensible equipment, my most sensible trip equipment. These are apps and equipment and devices and funky issues that I truly preferred after I spent seven months at the street with my circle of relatives going to Europe over the past 12 months. We’re about to visit Asia. We’re considering of a go back and forth to Asia once more for any other six or seven months. These issues are going to be in my trip bag or on my pc or on my telephone. They truly assist run my industry remotely. I feel I discussed within the closing episode that one of the vital visions I’ve is working an iPad industry or being an iPad chief. What that simply method is I need so to run the whole thing off the iPad. I don’t wish to do it on my pc.
Initially I laughed after I noticed a majority of these senior non-public fairness guys display up at board conferences simply with their iPads, however now I am getting it. There’s not anything higher than getting on an aircraft with simply your iPad and a small bag of your garments and simply more or less sitting down, ideally in top quality or industry elegance, you are taking out the iPad, perform a little bit of labor, watch a pair movies, watch some Seinfeld and that’s it. I don’t wish to be hunched over a pc the remainder of my lifestyles so iPad management is more or less what I’m going for and that truly has helped tell a few of these equipment.
I began out to do an inventory of about 12. I feel I finished up with an inventory of, I don’t know, I wish to say 30 or so. Too many to enter on this podcast, so what I’m going to do is spotlight a few of my favorites at the podcast after which you’ll be able to pass to the display notes and obtain a PDF that has the entire 30, lots of which you most likely learn about, however I feel what I attempted to do here’s be a little bit bit other from the usual Tim Ferris bio lifestyles hacking stuff and simply speak about what a regular dad may admire on a go back and forth or a regular mother or father.
So, with out additional ado, SaneField. Let me get started with SaneField, which I’ve mentioned ahead of. It’s an app that can assist you organize electronic mail. The number one get advantages is fewer interruptions, proper? It’s like lowered data that it’s important to procedure every day. This holds true when you’re touring, it holds true if you’re going into your workplace each day, however there’s a large number of proof that presentations that the additional information you’ve were given to procedure, your strength of will is going down, you simply more or less get overwhelmed down and wired.
The wonderful thing about SaneField is you’ll be able to configure it, or when configured the right kind means, you’ll be able to open your inbox at any time and all you spot is a very powerful stuff and it’s usually, in my case, I’ve were given the item so dialed that it’s like 3 or 4 emails that I want to reply to at anyone time. If I open it at nine:00 a.m., 10:00 p.m., midnight, it’s simply a very powerful issues. At a later time I will be able to batch the whole thing else. This is the place I throw within the comic story about emails from my mother, proper? Goes into Sane Later, which is the folder that I procedure as soon as per week, as soon as each different week. And, you realize, to start with I used to be scared that that way of similar to dealing with a pair emails an afternoon and batching the whole thing else would someway detract from my effectiveness or get folks annoyed and it’s simply no longer the case. You can batch your electronic mail as soon as per week and the arena, usually, won’t realize except, in fact, it’s the folks at what you are promoting, the individuals who want a reaction to one thing from you when you’re the CEO or the founder and if that’s the case they only pass into the in field. I truly just like the filtering, I really like the facility to batch.
They’ve were given a pair different purposes there you’ll be able to simply in no time unsubscribe to one thing with out coping with clicking during the electronic mail and pass right into a web site the place you’ve were given to reenter your electronic mail and unsubscribe. They’ve were given a folder referred to as Sane News, so all my information is going in there. It more or less turns into like an Instapaper form of learn later folder for me the place I simply more or less, after I’ve were given a while on an aircraft or when my youngsters are asleep I simply more or less make amends for information.
If you wish to have to truly degree up your SaneField, it’s were given the facility to delegate get admission to to an assistant. So, in my case, Audrey, from Worldwide 101. I am getting her in there after which she will be able to get started chipping away in any respect my later emails. She takes it to the following degree, so she is going into my batch folder and he or she’ll simply say, “Look. These guys over here want meetings. I’m going to treat them one way. These people,” possibly it’s like podcast requests, “these people over here, I don’t know what they want from Drew. Maybe Drew needs to take a look at those.” But no matter. She is going into that folder and he or she and I’ve labored on positive SOPs or usual running procedures the place she triages and he or she is aware of that individuals who wish to have a gathering with me she will be able to agenda that assembly. She is aware of after I need the conferences. She is aware of, in relation to once we have been touring, she is aware of once we’re going to be close to a wifi or once we’re going to be at a lodge and I may additionally batch my conferences, batch my calls. So, guy, SaneField plus an assistant or a digital assistant is solely truly going to degree up. It’s almost certainly my primary tip basically for private productiveness as a result of in field is one of these endure that takes you down when you don’t get keep watch over of it.
Let’s transfer on. Multiple passports. I’m going to move a little bit bit James Bond right here. I’ve a 2nd passport. I’m a U.S. citizen. I’m additionally the citizen of any other nation. How did that occur? I don’t … I discuss very crappy French, so if you realize me, I’m clearly no longer the rest instead of an American. I feel … I began having a look at this once I bought my corporate. One of the primary issues that occurs while you promote an organization is you instantly get very defensive and also you get started considering like, “I just got this big bulk payment and I don’t want to lose that.” You change into a little bit bit extra chance averse. You get started fascinated by such things as taxation. You get started fascinated by such things as what occurs if the monetary device is going to hell in a hand basket? What do I do with my property? How do I reside in an atmosphere? Because this is quite common out of doors the U.S. Look at Venezuela, take a look at nations the place there are runs at the financial institution and simply all types of … Or the government more or less repatriates 401(ok)s.
I will be able to geek out in this stuff, however on the finish of the day it’s almost about managing chance, and so one of the vital issues I began having a look into was once overseas citizenship. The rationale can be that if I’ve were given two passports or two citizenships, at any time I may select up my circle of relatives and transfer to any other nation and may do it as a citizen. I may punch out of … I mentioned punching out of more than a few techniques within the closing episode, however I may punch out of the citizenship device. I may additionally simply reside legally in another country without end.
So that was once the theory. I began having a look into it and truly there are a variety of the way to get overseas passports. If you’ve were given sufficient monetary assets you’ll be able to mainly purchase your personal overseas passport in a variety of nations, in most cases within the Caribbean. That’s no longer the path I went. I went a distinct path, which is a little bit more straightforward and less expensive, which is you determine your circle of relatives historical past and your lineage and likely nations, mine was once in Europe, positive nations permit so that you can declare citizenship when you successfully can monitor your lineage again to that nation and display that, in my case, my nice grandparents got here to the U.S. and had their youngsters ahead of they have been naturalized as American voters and so technically the European citizenship handed down right through to me.
It was once a ache within the ass to be truthful with you, to get the second one passport. It took possibly two years of me operating with a specialist and filing more than a few forms and translating those into the local tongue and filing stuff to executive businesses to get proof of naturalization and delivery and dying certificate. But on the finish of the day, that FedEx envelope presentations up and I open it up and I’ve were given a passport from any other nation. I then had my youngsters get their overseas passports. My spouse is now within the procedure of having hers and so we, as a unit, can trip as Europeans. I gained’t say the rustic, however we will be able to roll into the E.U., any E.U. nation, take out the overseas passports and, I don’t know, if any of you’ve long gone to Europe you realize there are in most cases two strains to get into a rustic, one for E.U. voters and one for everyone else, and the everyone else line is the longest line you’ve ever observed.
The small, minor, speedy get advantages is that you’ll be able to breeze thru safety however there’s a large number of different issues that pass on at the back of the scenes that you’ve got the facility now to stick there indefinitely, personal property in another country, reside in another country, you don’t want a visa, personal actual property there, I may pass on and on. There’s … I started my seek in this web site referred to as Sovereign Man. I’ll put a hyperlink within the display notes to the web page that more or less were given me began. If you’ll be able to do that, nice trip get advantages.
Next trip hack or software will be the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card. No, this isn’t a ploy for me to get a number of associate hyperlinks to Chase Sapphire. I truly didn’t care about level techniques. I believed it was once one of these ache within the ass. I believed my pals who have been truly into hacking issues have been simply spending a large number of time, needless time that it is advisable spend on a variety of different issues and, boy, was once I fallacious. Part of it was once that I’m married to a trip editor, so she, as a part of her activity, is solely up on each level device and has almost certainly had me in 10 or extra bank cards over the last couple of years simply hacking this.
The number one get advantages is miles issues. Who cares about the ones? Well, simply the facility to fly go, from the U.S. to Europe industry elegance or top quality in a pleasing Lufthansa jet, I will be able to’t describe how superior this is. For me, I will be able to by no means sleep on a aircraft. I will be able to’t sleep on a aircraft and my brother instructed me the large explanation why is as a result of your frame loves to have your toes increased or one thing about blood float, however he’s completely proper. You pass first or industry elegance you’ll be able to lay down, you’ll be able to sleep.
Yes, I had a two 12 months previous and a 4 12 months previous in top quality and it was once almost certainly the largest douche bag factor I ever did since you see everyone getting at the aircraft they usually’re like, “Oh, this asshole puts his kids in first class.” I’m like, “Well, I did it through miles.” I must have made an indication that I did it thru miles. That was once value it as a result of when you’ve were given small youngsters it’s insane touring with youngsters on a aircraft they usually simply pass nuts and also you’re speaking about six or seven hours on a aircraft. We’re going to visit Asia. That’s a 9 hour flight. I’m going to flying in industry or top quality for this reason, simply to get the ones guys on an iPad, get them at the motion pictures after which I don’t need to maintain my circle of relatives or my youngsters for 9 hours, which is at all times the top function. I imply, that’s at all times the top function.
So, Chase Sapphire Reserve I’ve discovered is the most efficient when you find yourself truly into trip. You get 3 times issues for trip, so that you ebook a aircraft, you ebook a lodge, you get 3 times the issues. Some of the simpler advantages for me, it prices about 4 or 5 hundred dollars to get the cardboard, however you get a credit score in opposition to international access or TSA pre. Man, is that value it. You pass to any U.S. airport now you’ll be able to sign up for TSA pre. You can pass within the speedier line. That’s one. You trip the world over, you return to the U.S., you realize what a significant ache within the ass it’s to get again into this nation when you’re an American citizen. Maybe that is simply JFK in New York City, however the line is going thru 3 terminals. And that’s Americans coming again to the U.S. It’s a humiliation. It’s a countrywide embarrassment, however on the very least, international access means that you can lower that line and undergo sooner.
You additionally get club to lounges. Before I had youngsters, I by no means would have preferred the wonderful thing about an airport living room. I believed it was once useless. I imply, you get unfastened wifi indoors, outside, but it surely’s the meals, it’s the facility to park the youngsters and also you to have a drink or one thing and relax. The precedence go living room community is to be had in maximum airports world wide, so I really like that. No foreign currency charges, there’s simply a large number of advantages to this card. I might pass with Chase Sapphire Reserve and the second that I exploit for the remainder of my industry is Chase, Inc. Both of the ones are simply superior playing cards for accruing issues. The hack, without equal hack, everyone taking note of this almost certainly runs their very own industry. The hack is you’ve were given to run your Facebook advertisements thru this stuff, or your paid advertisements, as a result of that’s the way in which you get miles truly temporarily. Make certain you’re accruing them on a card and truly simply nice get advantages there.
What else do I’ve right here? I mentioned Audrey ahead of, my assistant. She works with a gaggle referred to as Worldwide101 and that is almost certainly the number 1 factor I might do if I have been making over 100ok a 12 months. If you’re taking that out of what you are promoting once a year, you want a non-public assistant. There are a variety of techniques to move with this. Ari Meisel over at Less Doing was once the fellow who more or less were given me began down the street of private assistants. There are mainly two differing kinds. One is devoted. That method you’ve one one that is assigned to you. The different is, I don’t know if you wish to name dispensed, however that implies it’s a crew and there are advantages of each.
The dispensed one, I performed round with one referred to as Fancy Hands, fancyhands.com. I nonetheless have a club there. That is a crew of VAs, or digital assistants, all over the place the arena that reply for your requests. The wonderful thing about this is I may give them one thing right through this podcast and they might be completed with it by way of the top of the podcast. Now, I will be able to’t give then the rest. I don’t know the place they get those folks, however they’re no longer, I don’t wish to say they’re no longer the sharpest equipment within the shed, however they’re similar to a Google seek plus. So mainly in finding me a cafe close to my lodge or get all this knowledge right into a spreadsheet and, increase, they’re going to crank on it and crank on it temporarily. That’s the dispersed crew or the crew way.
The devoted is, in my case, Audrey. You have one assistant assigned to you and she or he will get to understand you. They get to understand your personal tastes, they get to understand your agenda and you’ll be able to simply pass deeper with that assistant. In my case, give them financial institution accounts, give them get admission to to the whole thing in my industry. They get to understand my circle of relatives. They know my spouse is gluten-free. They know when everyone’s birthdays are. They can proactively then come to you and counsel presents or techniques to assist out. That’s a devoted. I’m if truth be told the usage of each now and I truly like this skill to make use of each and make the Fancy Hands app to be had to Audrey so the whole thing, in my case, pipes thru Audrey. Audrey then can organize lots of the contractors for my industry. She can organize Fancy Hands. There’s a extra top class model of Fancy Hands referred to as Leverage, which Ari at Less Doing got here up with. That’s additionally a very good answer.
But, yeah, get a digital assistant and the main get advantages is solely truly going to unfastened you up. It’s going to disencumber your time. It’s going to let you do such things as, smartly, right here’s a pair issues that I speak about. From touring, and likewise from working a industry, blowing up my agenda. I do know that the entire SAS guys are into Calendly or Book With Me or some of these more than a few on-line reserving techniques. They suppose it’s so cool, like ship me a hyperlink to agenda with you. I am getting that. I’ve attempted them, however my agenda’s simply means too fluid. Okay, 3 scenarios. Number one, I could be touring and we make a decision to go away two or 3 days early as a result of this island sucks or one thing, and I’ve were given to explode my agenda. Calendly or the web scheduling apps don’t let you blow up your agenda with one Slack message. In my case I will be able to electronic mail Audrey and say, “Blow up Thursday.” She simply is aware of to move in and simply reschedule the entire thing, reschedule them for different days. So that’s almost certainly the primary explanation why I really like her.
The 2nd reason I’d wish to blow up my agenda is I’m operating and also you simply get too many conferences or one thing and you want to explode an afternoon. The 3rd is, in my case, emotional power. After positive days I may simply be spent. I may simply be having a good time with my circle of relatives and I simply can’t deal. I will be able to’t maintain conferences the following day, and simply the facility to transport all of them with one bulk message is lovely empowering. You can keep watch over your agenda. I might extremely counsel doing it thru a digital assistant. If you get to the extent you’ll be able to have a complete time one, in my case, Worldwide101 is superb. It’s an excellent compromise between Fancy Hands and having a full-time one. They’ve were given more than a few techniques the place you’ll be able to purchase hours, however, yeah, can’t counsel that sufficient.
Another app that I exploit at all times to regulate my VA is Loom. Loom is a display screen sharing app or only a very fast video recording app. I’ve discovered that one of the simplest ways to paintings with Audrey is thru growing usual running procedures. It’s truly one of the simplest ways to paintings with someone. I’ve her construct out a regular running process for the whole thing she does, whether or not it’s processing my electronic mail, getting a podcast in combination, getting a flight reservation. She is aware of my personal tastes, she is aware of the best way to do it, she is aware of all my mileage techniques. That all is going within the SOP.
The important factor you want to do is have that particular person organize and replace the SOP so that you don’t need to do it. You do it, you’re going to get crushed by way of the entire paintings you want to do, however have them organize that SOP. What that permits is, primary, constant carrier, constant expectancies, simply the similar factor taking place each time.
Number two, consistent growth. As you replace the ones SOPs, they change into extra complicated and truly you change into increasingly efficient through the years. I might say quantity 3, it’s truly scalability. In the development that Audrey made up our minds to go away Worldwide101 or no matter, I wish to combine extra assistants into my industry, then she will be able to simply hand that SOP directly to any person else. There’s been a lot of examples the place she’s long gone on holiday herself and any individual else has stepped proper into her footwear and hasn’t ignored a beat. Think of like Upwork and Odesk and the period of time you installed to discovering any person to do search engine marketing or to replace weblog posts or to do one thing like that. And then you definitely educate them they usually punch out or they flake, and then you definitely’ve were given to move educate any person else.
This is why you utilize SOPs. I simply use Evernote for mine. You can use Google Docs, however Loom is a good way, getting again to Loom, the place I began this, is a good way to more or less get the message throughout and, in my case, display screen stocks. Say I’m reserving a flight on JetBlue. I’ll pop open a display screen percentage, a Loom display screen percentage, and I’ll simply communicate to Audrey. I’ll say, “Look. Here’s what I want. Here’s the flights, here’s where I enter my TSA pre. Here are my seat preferences.” I fireplace that video off to her and he or she simply creates an SOP from it. I do this at all times. I do it in WordPress, I do it in Slack. I do exactly it in each app that I exploit to more or less educate folks how I need issues completed. It’s only a hell of so much sooner than typing it out into an electronic mail. So, Loom. Check it out.
Let’s see. Let’s conclude with extra of a amusing one right here. This isn’t an app, but it surely’s extra of a work of . I really like my Perch pc stand. I’m in my mid forties. I’m beginning to get hunched. My head is beginning to pop out of the entrance of my chest as a substitute of off the highest, which isn’t ultimate. I’m truly seeking to make some degree of status up whilst I paintings and simply having excellent posture basically. I’ve were given a Mac Air, so it’s very small, and if it’s on a desktop I’ve were given to stoop over to take a look at this factor. The Perch pc stand more or less kicks it as much as head top. The get advantages is I believe significantly better the usage of it for any time period, primary, and quantity two, it’s gentle. It’s made from light-weight plastic. I may fold that factor up and throw it in my trip bag. I exploit that factor in all places. I crank it out, introduced an exterior keyboard with me and it was once only a truly great more or less handy moveable pc setup.
So, there are some equipment. Again, that is simply the highest of the iceberg of items I discovered to be helpful. If you wish to have to present a skim to the 30 or in order that I truly couldn’t reside with out, simply pass to the podcast notes and we’ll put a PDF in there with the entire hyperlinks and stuff.
Hope you loved it. It’s form of a departure from the Nerd Marketing stuff, however good day, I discovered these items helpful in working my industry. Hope you guys do, too. I’ll communicate to you subsequent time. Thanks.