Welcome to UnwireMe.com – a blog that helps aspiring digital nomads to build engaging, freedom-enabling online businesses.
Hi, my name is Rich Polanco. I’m a digital nomad living (currently) in Antigua Guatemala.
If you’ve ever wanted to find a way to travel the world, do work that inspires you, and change the lives of those around you, you’ve come to the right place.
From No Way Out to a Life of Travel
Back in 2008 I “had it made”. I had just accomplished the biggest goal of my life: I’d finished training to become a full-fledged federal agent (badge, gun, the works).
I was soon making more money that I’d ever made in any job up to that point in my life, in a prestigious job with all the perks. By all outside appearances, life was going great.
Or so everyone thought.
Work was becoming more about filling out forms, writing reports than it was about doing truly meaningful work. But hey, everyone knows that you have to suck it up and grind until you finally get to collect that pension, right?
That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Even after realizing that things did not have to be that way, that I could design the lifestyle I wanted and work in projects I cared about… I still stuck to my old ways. The pay was too good, the benefits too great.
Until I met the love of my life and the person that is now my wife. After being unable to help her stay in the US, it was time for me to figure out a way to go to her.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Trying to figure out a way to build a location-independent business was how it all started for me. I realized that there were a million different ways of achieving freedom. I got my feet wet developing an income from “niche” sites, eventually applying my skills helping others (online and offline) build their own freedom-enabling platforms.
The lasting result of your life’s work, your legacy,
shouldn’t only be money.
The goal we’re trying to achieve here is not just to create a business online, to build a passive income. All that’s great, but it’s only a means to an end. It’s about making your life and that of others meaningful by connecting with others and sharing your passion with the world.
I have two goals:
#1 – I want everyone to have the freedom to travel as they see fit.
#2 – To earn a living doing something that they truly care about.
In other words, to quote Steve Jobs, that everyone is able to at least “put a dent in the universe.”
I started UnwireMe.com as a place to document my passion for slow travel, to leverage geo-arbitrage (make your money go further by living in low-cost, high-value locations) and born out of a desire to help others with their online business and web technology.
If your story is anything like mine, you probably have a dream to start a business that allows you time and financial freedom.
There’s only one problem: Mastering the necessary web technology and all the aspects related to running an online business is a huge learning curve for some. It can be a challenge even for web-savvy people.
Because of my lifelong personal and professional background in technology, I’ve helped hundreds, if not thousands of people to better use the technology at their disposal. I’ve spoken about technology at conferences and helped people one-on-one with their web platform issues.
In all my years, I’ve yet to meet anyone who knew everything there is to know about building a web platform. Even if you know your way around the web, there are a lot of things you have to get right for your platform to be successful. From marketing, to web-design, to mastering social media… it’s a handful.
But… if building a web platform has frustrated you in the past, or intimidates you enough to think twice about starting, don’t let it.
My goal is to make learning web technology simple and fun for you. Platform building is like painting-by-numbers and the colors are all your own.
I want you to get you as quickly as possible from point A (building a web platform) to point B (engage with your audience and grow your online presence). The faster you get to point B, the happier and more fulfilled you’ll be.
Start by signing up below and receiving my free eBook, “7 Days to a Better Web Platform” (iPad and PDF format). Full of tips and worksheets, it lays out a plan for improving your website right away.
If you have any questions about platform building shoot me an e-mail at richpolanco (at) UnwireMe.com, or use the contact form.
I’d love to help get your platform on track.