What To Do When Clients Don't Pay

DJO Podcast 003: What To Do When Clients Don’t Pay

Non-paying clients are the worst, and freelancers deal with them often enough that there are now widespread campaigns to end this epidemic.

If you landed on this post, it’s possible you’re in a non-payment predicament right now.

So what do you do when clients don’t pay?

Whether you’re just beginning on your freelance career path or you’ve been working for yourself for years, it’s time to brush up on how to protect yourself. We compiled some steps you take right now to ensure you don’t fall trap to a deadbeat client.

In this podcast, we’ll tell you what to do right now and give you some tips for making sure you get paid in the future.

Hit play on this episode and empower yourself!

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Finding Authenticity In Thailand - Digital Nomad Diary 001

Digital Nomad Diary: Finding Authenticity In Thailand

The following is a guest post from writer & graphic designer Maria Gotay. Maria quit her job and is backpacking across Southeast Asia, documenting the journey for DJO.

Thailand: tourist destination of 29 million per year.

Southern Thailand is the top spot for many of those tourists, home to some of the world’s most pristine beaches, well-traveled island chains, cheapest massages, and coconut-y curries.

It’s a dizzying melting pot of beautiful seascapes and westernized waterfronts, flocks of backpackers who don’t mind a stunningly touristic experience, and a community stamped on by foot traffic.

We fell in line with the ambitious travelers around us, hopping from land to sea and back again, journey powered by ferries and long-tailed boats, motorbike and tuck tuck.

Our mission: to soak in the rich ocean views everywhere we went.

Coinciding mission: do it in a respectful and authentic way, try not to let the sun-soaked spiral of the tourist tornado define our experience. And we succeeded—sort of.

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Launch Your Freelance Career With No Experience

DJO Podcast 002: Launch Your Freelance Career With No Experience

Episode 2 is a big one, babes! It’s all about launching a freelance career and getting those first clients when you have little or no experience.

The paradox many new writers believe is that if they’ve never written professionally, no one will hire them… thus, they’ll never get writing experience.

So how do you launch your freelance career with no experience?

While there’s no “magic switch” to turn you into a freelance writer overnight, if you’re willing to hustle and put in the effort, you can land your first freelance writing gigs sooner than you think.

Seriously, though. You can do it!

We broke down exactly how in this week’s episode, so jump below and click play!

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Hong Kong Dreams 001

Digital Nomad Diary: Hong Kong Dreams + Extremes

The following is a guest post from writer & graphic designer Maria Gotay. Maria quit her job and is backpacking across Southeast Asia, documenting the journey for DJO.

My 4-month long backpacking trip began in one of the world’s most interesting places: Hong Kong.

An international business and cultural hub, it’s a small country of 7 million, with a head up in cloudy Buddhist mountains, a body of a Westernized urban oasis, and feet rooted into mainland China.

It’s an incredible blend of influences and contradictions that make for an inspiring place to discover, which we did in adventurous fashion, spending one night each in four different parts of town…

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4 Things You Need To Become A Digital Nomad

DJO Podcast 001: 4 Things You Need To Become A Digital Nomad

We’re kicking off the new year with a brand new podcast series!

Presenting, the first ever episode of the DJO podcast: 4 Things You Need To Become A Digital Nomad.

Going remote is easier than you think! If you’ve been debating whether the digital nomad lifestyle is right for you, this episode will shed some light on your inner-debate.

We give you a breakdown of the simple, essential things you need before you cut the cord and go full blown remote. As a bonus, you can hear us sing in creepy voices at the very end. So worth it.

You can listen to the entire episode below.

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