Hi there, people call me Chris!
I help beginner freelancers in digital marketing and copywriting.
I like things a little different than most other experts
I focus on why we do things a certain way, so you don’t have to memorize tactics. Rather you’ll actually understand the frameworks behind a decision, so when you are in a situation that doesn’t fit the tactics perfectly, you’ll still know what to do.
Below are two examples of what my students have learned via this website:
There are many websites for you to read, so in case you are curious here is a bit about me..
Initially, I wanted to study abroad in Seattle (the U.S.) via a partnership with a school back home and for the first time in many years, the average admission score was much higher than mine.
I wasn’t sure what to do- my first idea was to wait six months and try again during the winter intake, although I didn’t like the idea of waiting half year for something that only ‘might be’.
Seven days before the new semester started I finally found something. A school with a program similar to my current one with interesting partnership opportunities.
After joining we were randomly placed in groups of five people who had to work together on all assignments across all classes during that semester.
I started lobbying the department for school partnerships hoping that I might still be able to strike a deal that would send me to Seattle.
It failed in the end. However, someone in my study group, let’s call him Simon, told me that he was also interested in studying abroad on the next semester. He wanted to go to Malaysia..
The first thing that came out of my mouth was ‘huh? Where’s that!?’ (Embarrassing, I know…)
After a couple of months of casual back and forth, he convinced me to apply thinking our grades would definitely not be good enough to get accepted anyway.
Somehow we actually were accepted. Fast forward four months and off we went on the longest flight I’ve ever had..
As we arrived, we learned that there had been an error in the paperwork and we were actually not accepted into the school at all.
Being 10,000 km (6200 miles) away from home for the first time, that sucked. A lot.
After waiting a week or so, the organisation that we had used to arrange everything sorted things out and we ended up moving forward as planned.
..It has been six years or so since then, and I still think back how fortunate I was to be able to continue the program as planned.
It turns out that I really enjoy living in Southeast Asia, so I have been working here most of the time since then.
I have also been testing and sharing my findings via this website.
Why this material works
For most people getting simple tactics are not enough. There are tons of tactics out there, and people share them freely, so if that was all you needed you wouldn’t still be here.
I have learned that oftentimes there are other things holding us back such as irrational fears or uncertainties.
Based on my experience, I write about how I or one of my students have conquered them, so you can get help that is actually practical and down to earth rather than lofty theories. I like to experiment first, and then report back on what I have learned.
One of the most profound and useful things I have learned is not to rely on motivation and willpower, and rather focus on turning that into habits and systems that help me, even on an off day.
Think about it… here’s an example: which diet is the best? The one you don’t know you are on. I forgot who came up with that in the first place but it is damn true.
And that does not only reflect on dieting- I’m applying this to many areas of life; my work, this website, working out, making friends as an expat etc.. the list goes on.
How I can help you
If you want to talk about a certain project or experiment you have been trying related to expat life, freelancing or career, feel free to reach out to me via my email newsletter.