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Puerto Rico Is Perfect For Digital Nomads

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Bye, Mom — I’m moving to Puerto Rico to become a full-time digital nomad, and here is why.

The digital nomad lifestyle is one that many young people covet today. The promise of working remotely from an exotic location, taking conference calls from the beach and trading in your cubical for artisanal coffee shops and co-working spaces seems almost too good to be true. Many people associate the concept of being a digital nomad with moving to places like Thailand or Bali, but for first-time entrepreneurs jumping into a remote lifestyle, moving to the other side of the world can be a bit of a culture shock. Things like time zone differences, global taxes, currency conversions and cultural differences are all things that you have to take into consideration before deciding to work from abroad.

These are the ten reasons that make Puerto Rico, the Caribbean island and United States territory, an excellent place for veteran traveling entrepreneurs and first-time digital nomads alike.

Amazing History

In 1493, Christopher Columbus arrived at the island of Puerto Rico. People refer to the island as the first colony. Visiting Fort San Cristóbal feels like a journey through American history, and Old San Juan feels like a lost city in Europe. Before the European colonization, the island was home to the Taíno people, who had their own unique culture. The mixture of this culture and the tropical lifestyle has created an island filled with tons of incredible food, great music and amazing culture.

Tech/Startup Culture

Thankfully, the island has evolved a lot in terms of technology since Christopher Columbus arrived. Today, Puerto Rico is home to a number of co-working and technology incubators and accelerators. Sofia Stolberg founded the first co-working space in Puerto Rico called Pilot 151 five years ago in the historic Old San Juan neighborhood. Since then, they have opened a second location in Santurce. Sofia isn’t the only founder helping to foster the tech and startups ecosystem in Puerto Rico. Sebastian Vidal is the executive director at Parallel18, one of the first startup accelerators on the island. Startups that are selected by P18 are given a $40 thousand grant they can use to seed their business. By creating a digital economy on the island of Puerto Rico, P18 is giving a new generation of global-minded Puerto Rican entrepreneurs the best tools to confront the current economic crisis.

Thanks to the groundwork laid down by people like Sofia and Sebastian, the tech ecosystem is thriving, with new incubators and co-working spaces popping up every day, including Engine 4, Spehce and District View.

Insane Tax Incentives

On January 17, 2012 Puerto Rico enacted Act 20 as a way to incentivize new businesses and economic growth on the island. As a bona fide Puerto Rican resident, there are a vast amount of personal and business tax incentives that you can take advantage of. That is why digital nomad John Lee Dumas, of Entrepreneurs On Fire, decided to move his podcast empire to Puerto Rico. Act 20 means you only pay a flat 4% corporate tax rate — no state, no federal. It is like doubling your income overnight.

Cryptocurrency Community

Cryptocurrency developers are migrating to Puerto Rico to create new homes for their blockchain powered businesses. I recently attended a three-day Blockchain Conference in Puerto Rico and spoke to theCUBE about how the island has become the birthplace of an all-new digital economy fueled by cryptocurrency thanks to attractive tax incentives.

U.S. Currency

Since Puerto Rico is part of the United States, their primary form of currency, other than crypto, is the U.S. dollar. No need to convert; Benjamin Franklin will still be on your money.

New York City Time Zone

Unlike other digital nomad destinations like Bali, Puerto Rico is only a three-hour plane ride from New York City. For half the year, the island is on Eastern Standard Time.

During the second half, Puerto Rico doesn’t observe daylight savings time, so you’re actually an hour ahead of the east coast, which means your 9 a.m. conference calls now start at 10 a.m.

Cost Of Living

While not quite as affordable as some other places in Asia, Puerto Rico is still significantly cheaper than most other places in the United States. I was able to find a cozy three-bedroom apartment in San Juan with electricity included, within walking distance of the beach and a Starbucks, for only $650!

Locals Speak English

As of 2008, 34% of the Puerto Rican population spoke English in their homes. Since Puerto Rico is technically the United States, English is taught in all the schools and is also on a majority of the island’s TV channels.

No Passport Required

Traveling to Puerto Rico is just like going to any other U.S. state — all you need is a valid driver’s license or state ID. As a matter of fact, Puerto Rico is one of only two destinations in the Caribbean (the other is the U.S. Virgin Islands) that does not require U.S. citizens to carry a passport, according to TripSavvy.

Island Lifestyle

The most significant reason to move to Puerto Rico is the lifestyle. During my last trip, our tour guide was amazing and really made me feel like a local. The island has phenomenal beaches, a beautiful climate, tropical rainforests, great music and dancing, incredible food and even a magical bay where the water glows in the dark. It is no wonder they call Puerto Rico the island of enchantment.

Whether you are a long-time digital nomad looking for a new home or looking to try remote working for the first time, you should give Puerto Rico a shot and look me up when you get there.

Anthony Delgado (born February 6, 1986) is an American software developer and internet entrepreneur widely known as a professional hacker in the developer community. Anthony Delgado has won numerous hackathons sponsored by Fortune 500 tech companies like Google, IBM, Intel, Facebook and Microsoft and hosted by organizations including Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the AT&T Developer Summit in New York City.

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Every Visionaries Dream Come True: How Media Agency Whiteout Is Bringing Together The Worlds Top Creative Artists From Around The World

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Jamieson Murphy and Clint Hodnett, the founders of Whiteout, a media agency filled with some of the top visionaries in the world who all have a passion for creating visual stories that bring every brand and business to life. They started the company over a shared love of creating memories and stories that will last a lifetime. 

The Whiteout team has taken their success from social media and rendered it to work closely with some of the world’s most respected brands. They have been able to stand out from everyone else because of their attention to detail, creative direction, and ability to develop amazing results for every single one of their client’s marketing campaigns. As a stacked team of over 200+ creators, the Whiteout team will always bring the vision of your company to life. 

Both are from the Northeast, with Jamieson coming from Connecticut and Clint from Rhode Island. They currently live in Miami Florida where they get to travel and explore some of the world’s most beautiful destinations, producing digital imagery that speaks for itself.

Jamieson Murphy

Jamieson & Clint: We pride ourselves on never forcing creativity or inspiration at all, we seek it out and always go the extra mile for every business, brand or artist to showcase their product, hotel, festival, etc., that always leaves the viewer wanting to see more.

Clint Hodnett

From A Dream to Over 200 Creators

Jamieson’s story is unlike most, he picked up a camera about 8 years ago after the death of his father in 2009. He used creative art as a source of expression and a way to deal with depression. 

“A fellow visionary once said that art and depression go hand in hand… and I couldn’t agree more”

I don’t think that I would be in Miami or have ever picked up a camera if I didn’t go through such a traumatic experience at such a young age says, Jamieson. Taking that initial jump to chase a dream and go after a goal was frightening. He knew the risk that he was taking and how serious it was but he just couldn’t sit around in a small town in Connecticut. Fast forward two years and the risk was one of the best decisions he’s ever made!

How The Creation Of Whiteout Will Change Lives

Jamieson & Clint: There are so many influential and all-around amazing people in this world that need more recognition for their work and Whiteout is definitely going to change the lives of some of those individuals. We created Whiteout to show the world through our creative viewfinder. Whether it’s shooting a short promotional video for a real estate agent, short travel film for a 5-star hotel or a car commercial that the client never expected could be produced, Whiteout puts all of our young, creative minds together to make it possible for any brand or company. 

Every creative in the world has a dream brand or company to work with and I know with the help through Whiteout we can make that happen. We can not only grow this agency into one of the top agencies in the world, all over the news, magazines, etc. but also help anyone along the way with jobs and making a huge impact on generations to come.

The Difference Between Whiteout and Everyone Else 

There are so many “agencies” in the world today. Whiteoutes attention to detail and creativity separates them from everyone else. They always go the extra mile for every one of their clients and always brings a final product that leaves clients speechless. 

In 5 years, they see Whiteout as one of the top media agencies in the world. Jamieson and Clint, along with the whole team have the drive and ambition to make this happen. Jamieson says that Whiteout is going to be known globally. Though there may be obstacles and challenges along the way, with a team as solid as theirs, I doubt there is anything that can bring them down. 

If you want to work with Whiteout or just want more information, you can email Jamieson at [email protected]

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Jordan Paris: Don’t Make a Living, Design a Life

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Jordan Paris is a 21-year-old author, podcast host, and former college athlete seen in Men’s Health, Yahoo! Finance, Market Watch, and NASDAQ.

Jordan’s podcast, Growth Mindset University, was ranked #3 in Apple’s Training category and #5 in the How-To category. In Education, one of Apple’s most competitive categories, the show was ranked #15. On the show, he interviews young up-and-comers and the most successful people on planet earth like James AltucherKevin RudolfMark MansonDan MillmanNaveen Jain, and Dan Lok.

Jordan founded The WordPress Rocketeer, where he focused on developing engaging websites to launch his clients’ dreams to infinity and beyond. Now, he and his team have shifted their focus to doing marketing for serious podcasters.

His approach to life and business is simple yet powerful: Don’t make a living, design a life. With this creator’s mentality, Jordan has been able to produce outstanding results for himself and challenge others to rise above circumstances, break the mold of society, and take control of their lives.

How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?

I’m 21 years old with two younger siblings. One of the coolest things is when my brother and sister are proud to talk about me to their friends and when their friends want to meet me. It’s nice to know that they look up to me and that I’ve set a good example for them to follow. My parents like to ask me for advice on what to do with my siblings in certain situations. Sometimes, for better or worse, I feel like a third parent. So, I’ve taken on a new role the past few years since I’ve forged my own path. It’s interesting.

How do you define success?

“Don’t make a living, design a life” has been in my Instagram bio for over 2.5 years, not because it sounds good, but because it actually works.

I’ve designed my life around three criteria:

  1. Make a lot of money
  2. Help a lot of people
  3. Have a lot of fun

If a specific activity doesn’t fit​ at least​ one of these three criteria, I either don’t do it at all, or I outsource it.

​Success is when what you do every day aligns with all three of these criteria.​

What piece of advice would you give to college graduates who want to become entrepreneurs?

Dig the well before you’re thirsty. Start developing relationships with all types of people now. Don’t wait until you need relationships because, by then, it’s too late to leverage them. Then, treat everyone like they can get you a cover story on Forbes Magazine. Even if someone doesn’t have an opportunity for you right now, you never know what opportunity they might have for you or who they might be able to introduce you to three days, three weeks, three months, three years, even 15 years from now. Play the long game, and you’ll win.

If you had a magic stick, which are the three things you would change in the world?

Nothing. I enjoy the world the way it is right now but am ready to embrace change when necessary.

Q: What business-related book has inspired you the most? (or, what is your favorite book?)

A: Choose Yourself by James Altucher, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards, and Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. When I finally got to interview all of these authors on Growth Mindset University, it made the journey feel full-circle!

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How This 19-Year-Old Turned His Life Around To Become An International Speaker

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Rafael Eliassen used to be a janitor who hated his job and never really talked to anyone at all. Every day was a mental struggle for him because he hated his job and the situation he was in, he was stuck. One day, he finally had enough and completely transformed himself and was able to build multiple 7-figure businesses from scratch. Rafael built a brand as a motivational speaker in his early twenties, quickly reaching over 30-million people with his speeches. He then realized that with his new audience and platform he could help and support other entrepreneurs to be successful in their businesses. Here is Eliassen’s story. 

What is your backstory?

I was a depressed janitor who could barely talk to people. The internal battle I had to go through to become a powerful motivational speaker was extreme, but worth every bit of effort I put in. 

Having worked with some incredible entrepreneurs, initially as a high-performance coach, I started learning more and more about marketing and sales. These skills have become essential when helping business owners create rapid growth in their companies. 

What is Your Ambition?

To help as many people live their dream as I possibly can. This is because I am eternally grateful that I’m able to live mine. 

My deepest passion is in supporting others, there is nothing more fulfilling than seeing someone hit their goals (both financially and personally) as a result of working together. 

If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Do not wait to start. The sooner you go, the sooner you get to where you want to go. Business was not something that came naturally to me, but I continued to refine and improve daily. Being great is a result of putting in good effort consistently.

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