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with National Indoor RV Centers https://www.epicnomadtv.com/2018/08/07/rv-nomads-announces-platinum-partnership-%e2%80%a8with-national-indoor-rv-centers/ https://www.epicnomadtv.com/2018/08/07/rv-nomads-announces-platinum-partnership-%e2%80%a8with-national-indoor-rv-centers/#respond Tue, 07 Aug 2018 16:43:04 +0000 https://www.epicnomadtv.com/?p=2589 National Indoor RV Centers comes on board as exclusive dealer sponsor for “RV Nomads”, feature length film documenting the RV movement Media Contact Theresa Graven (970) 764 7783 theresa@treehousepr.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (WELLINGTON, TX) –  EPIC Nomad TV today announced a new and powerful partnership with National Indoor RV Centers (NIRVC), a top ranked RV dealer in the

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National Indoor RV Centers comes on board as exclusive dealer sponsor for “RV Nomads”, feature length film documenting the RV movement

Media Contact
Theresa Graven
(970) 764 7783
theresa@treehousepr.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(WELLINGTON, TX) –  EPIC Nomad TV today announced a new and powerful partnership with National Indoor RV Centers (NIRVC), a top ranked RV dealer in the country. NIRVC has signed on as a platinum level sponsor for the RV Nomads film, NomadFEST 2018 and Epic Nomad TV.

The film follows full time RVing YouTube and blogger celebrities who document their epic adventures through social media as they make their way across America’s open roads. The movie cast includes traveler brands such as Less Junk < More Journey, RV Love, Drivin’ and Vibin’, Mortons On The Move, Hebard’s Travels, More Than a Wheelin’, Always On Liberty, Pau Hana Travels, Chickery’s Travels, RV Chickadee, Exploring the Local Life, Audrey Callahan/Shane Snyder and Outside is Calling.

NIRVC’s involvement with the upcoming feature length film begins as RV sales hit record highs and more Americans hit the road full-time.

“We Do it All” is at the core of NIRVC’s mission. The company is leading the charge to innovate the way RVs are sold, serviced and stored with an expanding network of locations located across the USA. NIRVC’s mission is to provide customers with an outstanding, hassle-free ownership motorhome experience, while helping them realize their dreams and enjoy the RV lifestyle. The dealership network represents and sells quality RV brands that are popular choices among full-time RVers.

“We’re extremely excited to have partnered with RV Nomads and support this groundbreaking project. The movie will tell the story of the RV lifestyle in a fun, engaging way that truly inspires people to hit the road and travel, while NomadFEST will bring together hundreds of RVers to create a sense of camaraderie and community that RVers are known for,” said Tadd Jenkins, President of National Indoor RV Centers. “In addition to the visibility of being a platinum sponsor, we look forward to working together to raise awareness of the RV lifestyle and support RVers with their ongoing needs as they travel.”

National Indoor RV Centers will bring a selection of RVs to NomadFEST in October to display at an exclusive RV show in the middle of Wellington Town Square – in between Epic Nomad TV HQ / Co-Lab production studio and The Ritz Theater, where the movie will premiere.

Jenkins continued his statement with enthusiastic support for the RV Nomads film project, saying “We are thrilled to be part of this epic project and jumped at the chance to collaborate and support the team behind it. We believe this film will play a pivotal part in the future of the RV industry, as well as our awareness and growth as a company.”

RVs are becoming the ultimate mobile solution for digital nomads seeking to live and work on the road. In 2017 a group of RV nomads with a passion for content creation began working to share stories of full time RV living and nomadic travel in the upcoming feature film. Debuting October 2018, RV Nomads is the first full length cinematic movie documenting the RV lifestyle. The film follows the lives of 15 full-time RV nomads, capturing the daily thrills, challenges and community that bonds this movement together.

“The first step to become a full-time RVer is finding the motorhome that best suits you, and that can be a daunting task,” said Eric Odom, RV Nomads Film Producer. “It’s fantastic to have a partner in NIRVC that has the team, knowledge and experience to help fellow RVers make the best choices on their road to freedom and give them peace of mind that they’ll be taken care of through their travels.”

Following the premiere, “RV Nomads” will be available worldwide on EPIC Nomad TV, Apple tvOS/iTunes/iOS, Roku, Amazon Firestick, Google/Android, and DVD. EPIC Nomad TV is a premium video distribution network with content dedicated to the RV lifestyle created exclusively by full-time RV’ers, YouTubers and bloggers RV Life influencers. More information can be found at https://www.epicnomadtv.com.

National Indoor RV Centers joins fellow Platinum level sponsors Battle Born Batteries and Escapees RV Club in support of “RV Nomads – the Movie”.

About National Indoor RV Centers

With locations in Texas, Atlanta, and Arizona, National Indoor RV Centers delivers a new way to sell, service, store, paint and detail motor coaches. The NIRVC concept offers a concierge level of service for RV owners. No other company offers the complete package including service and repairs under the same roof, full transparency in consignment sales, on-site managers for each department, free vehicle preparation when departing, ”On The Road” call assistance and the highest standard for the smallest detail.

About RV Nomads

The world premiere of “RV Nomads” takes place October 20, 2018 during NomadFEST, a gathering of hundreds of full-time RVers over a weekend of film, music, camping, food, social networking, conferences, and entertainment. The remote town of Wellington, located 100 miles southeast of Amarillo in rural Texas, serves as the backdrop of the film and host for NomadFEST. Following the premiere, “RV Nomads” will be available worldwide on EPIC Nomad TV, Apple tvOS/iTunes/iOS, Roku, Amazon Firestick, Google/Android, and DVD.

 

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Fulltime RV Nomad Audrey Callahan Unleashes Beautiful Vocal Rally Cry https://www.epicnomadtv.com/2018/08/07/fulltime-rv-nomad-audrey-callahan-unleashes-beautiful-vocal-rally-cry/ https://www.epicnomadtv.com/2018/08/07/fulltime-rv-nomad-audrey-callahan-unleashes-beautiful-vocal-rally-cry/#respond Tue, 07 Aug 2018 14:13:32 +0000 https://www.epicnomadtv.com/?p=2586 Nomadic Life Films, our production partner producing the RV Nomads movie, is in its final few days of a crowdfunding campaign that has raised nearly $20,000 to date. The campaign is still a bit short of its goal but getting there quickly. Several RV Nomads are pitching in their talents to help raise awareness of

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Nomadic Life Films, our production partner producing the RV Nomads movie, is in its final few days of a crowdfunding campaign that has raised nearly $20,000 to date. The campaign is still a bit short of its goal but getting there quickly.

Several RV Nomads are pitching in their talents to help raise awareness of the campaign. Audrey Callahan, singer/songwriter, fulltime RVer and voice of the RV Nomads movie, just published a video depicting her vocal capabilities while explaining the crowdfunding campaign with perfection.

Very, very nicely done Audrey. Thank you!

++ CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT AND SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN

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Co-Lab Weekly Featured FullTime YouTubers: Meet 1st Class RV Adventures https://www.epicnomadtv.com/2018/08/06/co-lab-weekly-featured-fulltime-youtubers-meet-1st-class-rv-adventures/ https://www.epicnomadtv.com/2018/08/06/co-lab-weekly-featured-fulltime-youtubers-meet-1st-class-rv-adventures/#respond Mon, 06 Aug 2018 15:08:42 +0000 https://www.epicnomadtv.com/?p=2583 When we began rolling out the ENTV Co-Lab alliance one of the primary objectives was and is to elevate the story. The profoundly epic stories of those actively living a fulltime nomadic lifestyle. Especially those putting in all the hard work to share their stories through visual media. Since the humble beginnings of ENTV we’ve

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When we began rolling out the ENTV Co-Lab alliance one of the primary objectives was and is to elevate the story. The profoundly epic stories of those actively living a fulltime nomadic lifestyle. Especially those putting in all the hard work to share their stories through visual media.

Since the humble beginnings of ENTV we’ve encountered, lived next to, traveled with and gotten to know a plethora of fulltime nomads. Many of whom we’ll begin highlighting through a weekly blog here on the ENTV website.

First up is our good friends Luis Class and Sandra Crespo from 1st Class RV Adventures.

1st Class RV Adventures

We began collaborating with 1st Class RV Adventures earlier this year. One of the things that attracted us to their channel and content was their consistent and inspiring positive messaging. Sandra runs a 7 Day Manifesting Bootcamp that teaches others the power of positivity and the right mindset when beginning each new day. She and Luis are, without question, some of the most inspiring and positive people you will ever meet.

Together with their two children Sandra and Luis live and travel in a Fifth Wheel Toy Hauler. Our team has enjoyed the honor of living around and traveling with them since May of 2018. They joined us in Wellington, TX during production of RV Nomads – The Movie (In which they will make a special appearance), traveled with us up to Salida Colorado and finally landed with us again in the Badlands of South Dakota.

We’ve gotten to know them really well. Their family is a part of the tribe, no doubt, and working around them has opened some interesting doors moving forward. In fact, 1st Class RV Adventures has signed on to co-create an ENTV show with the working title 1st Class Rockies.” The show will consist of ten episodes (season one) documenting their epic journey through the Colorado Rockies.

Just watch one of their latest videos and you’ll see why this is shaping up to be a very entertaining visual media journey.

Luis is not one to ever let you get bored. 🙂

The family loves adventure. Luis is always doing something. All day, every day. From fishing, to riding quads, kayaking, hiking and everything in-between, these YouTubers live life intentionally. And love life as a result of it.

A tip of the hat is in order for their drive to live an epic life. And their desire to see others successfully do the same.

++ Click here to check out their channel and subscribe. And just for kicks, below is part 2 and 3 of the epic Kayak near-death experience they recently encountered.

Enjoy!

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What We Wish We Knew Before We Started RVing https://www.epicnomadtv.com/2018/08/03/what-we-wish-we-knew-before-we-started-rving/ https://www.epicnomadtv.com/2018/08/03/what-we-wish-we-knew-before-we-started-rving/#respond Fri, 03 Aug 2018 17:28:15 +0000 https://www.epicnomadtv.com/?p=2575 Many times we see all the perfect social media pictures and posts of all these fabulous RVers that are full timing and while yes it is an incredible lifestyle this is a pretty HUGE decision to make!  Personally, if I could rewind to two years ago when we first made the decision to buy an

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Many times we see all the perfect social media pictures and posts of all these fabulous RVers that are full timing and while yes it is an incredible lifestyle this is a pretty HUGE decision to make!  Personally, if I could rewind to two years ago when we first made the decision to buy an RV and hit the road I really wish I would have heard the advice from others that had already been RVing and had a little more experience! I am certain that we would have had fewer headaches learning from others.

If you are anything like I was 2 years ago when I knew absolutely NOTHING about RVing then you are going to LOVE this video!  You will learn from 7 full-time RV couples what they wish they would have known before they began RVing:

What Do You Wish You Knew Before You Started RVing?

If you are already full-time RVing PLEASE leave us a comment letting us know what you wish you would have known before you began your journey.  If you happen to be in the planning phase of your adventure do not hesitate to ask any questions you have below.  We LOVE hearing from you!

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Is Full Time RV Living Safe? https://www.epicnomadtv.com/2018/07/06/is-full-time-rv-living-safe/ https://www.epicnomadtv.com/2018/07/06/is-full-time-rv-living-safe/#respond Fri, 06 Jul 2018 23:05:05 +0000 https://wordpress-181257-555029.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=597 Safety is a concern many people have about this lifestyle. I totally get it. Like everything else I am a huge believer of using common sense and of course I always recommend doing your research on the areas you are visiting.  If something doesn’t feel right the great thing is we can just move our

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Safety is a concern many people have about this lifestyle. I totally get it. Like everything else I am a huge believer of using common sense and of course I always recommend doing your research on the areas you are visiting.  If something doesn’t feel right the great thing is we can just move our home on wheels.

Over our 24 months of full-time RV Living and traveling across the country with our children we have thankfully only felt uncomfortable one time and we quickly packed up and left (I don’t think we have ever had both kids in the truck so quickly and we were gone!). It was a rest stop in North Carolina and a small child came knocking on the door. The child quickly left so we didn’t have a chance to see why she knocked. She came a second time and this time we saw an adult as well right after she knocked and quickly ran.  It might have been nothing. We’re not sure but our intuition told us to just go somewhere else so we quickly packed up and went somewhere else!

Thankfully this is the only time we have ever had a “funny” feeling.

Drivin’ and Vibin‘ share some great tips and also great apps that we also use to find reviews in the places we are considering staying:

Do you have any safety tips?

Please share any safety tips below to help everyone else!  If you are in the planning stages please ask any safety questions you might have below.  We LOVE hearing from you!

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Boondocking For Beginners: What We Wish We Had Known https://www.epicnomadtv.com/2018/07/06/boondocking-for-beginners-what-we-wish-we-had-known/ https://www.epicnomadtv.com/2018/07/06/boondocking-for-beginners-what-we-wish-we-had-known/#respond Fri, 06 Jul 2018 02:35:25 +0000 https://wordpress-181257-555029.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=592 When we first began the full-time RV life we had never heard of boondocking.  Once we learned about it we became super intrigued.  The fact that it meant you were completely living off your RV, meaning we did not have to be hooked up at a park sounded amazing! We also realized that you had

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When we first began the full-time RV life we had never heard of boondocking.  Once we learned about it we became super intrigued.  The fact that it meant you were completely living off your RV, meaning we did not have to be hooked up at a park sounded amazing! We also realized that you had way more freedom of epic views.

We attempted to boondock a couple of times over the last 24 months. Sadly we never ever went more than a couple of days.  I clearly remember the time we celebrated 6 days straight of boondocking in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  We were seriously so proud of ourselves for making our water last this long with a family of 4!

In the last 2.5 weeks, boondocking has taken on a whole new meaning for us. We  have been filming for Epic Nomad TV here in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and yes we have been boondocking.  We were so determined to make our water last we only went down one little notch in our water meter in 8 days! I would have loved to have done more boondocking in the first two years of RVing. Problem was I did not know enough about it.  I am super grateful to have learned so much in the last few weeks by such an incredible tribe of nomads! It has been like a crash course in boondocking!

Hebards Travels has a GREAT video talking about what they wish they would have known when they first began boondocking:

Do you have any boondocking tips?

Whether you are a seasoned veteran boondocker or a total newbie please share any tips you have below!  If you are in the planning stages please ask any questions you might have below.  We LOVE hearing from you!

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What We Wish We Knew Before We Started RVing https://www.epicnomadtv.com/2018/06/29/what-we-wish-we-knew-before-we-started-rving-2/ https://www.epicnomadtv.com/2018/06/29/what-we-wish-we-knew-before-we-started-rving-2/#respond Fri, 29 Jun 2018 11:58:17 +0000 https://wordpress-181257-555029.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=585 Many times we see all the perfect social media pictures and posts of all these fabulous RVers that are full timing and while yes it is an incredible lifestyle this is a pretty HUGE decision to make!  Personally, if I could rewind to two years ago when we first made the decision to buy an

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Many times we see all the perfect social media pictures and posts of all these fabulous RVers that are full timing and while yes it is an incredible lifestyle this is a pretty HUGE decision to make!  Personally, if I could rewind to two years ago when we first made the decision to buy an RV and hit the road I really wish I would have heard the advice from others that had already been RVing and had a little more experience! I am certain that we would have had fewer headaches learning from others.

If you are anything like I was 2 years ago when I knew absolutely NOTHING about RVing then you are going to LOVE this video!  You will learn from 7 full-time RV couples what they wish they would have known before they began RVing:

What Do You Wish You Knew Before You Started RVing?

If you are already full-time RVing PLEASE leave us a comment letting us know what you wish you would have known before you began your journey.  If you happen to be in the planning phase of your adventure do not hesitate to ask any questions you have below.  We LOVE hearing from you!

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Going Full Time RV Nomad: Tips on Downsizing Your ‘Stuff’ Without the Hair-Pulling https://www.epicnomadtv.com/2018/06/24/going-full-time-rv-nomad/ https://www.epicnomadtv.com/2018/06/24/going-full-time-rv-nomad/#respond Sun, 24 Jun 2018 16:44:19 +0000 https://wordpress-181257-555029.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=487 A common question I see popping up on full-time RV groups and forums from individuals that recently decided to go Nomad is “What in the world do I do with all my stuff ?” If this sentiment sounds familiar, then this post may provide some assistance. Given that only a year ago I was in the same boat,

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A common question I see popping up on full-time RV groups and forums from individuals that recently decided to go Nomad is “What in the world do I do with all my stuff ?” If this sentiment sounds familiar, then this post may provide some assistance.

Given that only a year ago I was in the same boat, I have decided to share my personal strategy on how I was able to downsize my ‘stuff’ and get as much cash as possible out of my formerly prized possessions in the process. (Nothing like getting some of your money back right?)

This may come as a surprise to some, but one of the most important steps you can take in regards to minimizing your belongs is to mentally prepare for the transition first. For some, downsizing is easy… for others, it may be a more difficult due to a number of personal reasons. Whether an individual owns a lot or a little, the idea of saying goodbye to items that previously provided comfort or served a purpose can be an uncomfortable and stressful experience if they haven’t mentally prepared ahead of time.

For example, at the time I had decided to go Nomad, I had literally just finished furnishing/decorating a beautiful townhouse on Lake Michigan only to turn around and start selling all my stuff almost immediately. Given that the townhouse in many ways to me symbolized my recovery from another chapter of my life coming to a close, the massive transition could have easily caused me emotional discomfort… However, I was focused on what I would be gaining in exchange for the items I would be losing.

San Isabel National Forest, CO

Once I embraced the concept of being free to roam as I please in exchange for the ‘traditional’ lifestyle I was previously marketed into believing was the only way to live, it was much easier to say goodbye to my “things.” Sure, were there times when questioned my own sanity as I watched my ‘like new’ couch and living room furniture being carried out the front door so that in turn I would have to sit in a camp chair if I wanted to hang out downstairs? Definitely, but honestly getting a handle on things well before crunch time saved me from a lot of unnecessary stress.

So without further ado, lets get started.

Maintain Your Focus

Whether it is finding new nomadic based blogs/vlogs that excited you or creating a vision board to keep you grounded when things get stressful, finding a way to maintain focus on the future is paramount.

While you may not plan on blogging about your lifestyle in the beginning, writing out your thoughts and feelings can you maintain your focus, work through any negative emotions about the matter and stay on your A-Game in the process. Even better, if you decide to start producing content about your nomadic lifestyle in the future you will already have everything written down about the transitioning phase.

Additionally, one of the things I found helpful was making a must see locations list ahead of time. While you will always have cool new stops pop up during your journeys, it really helped me to research places that I really wanted to see and focus on that excitement.

Start Small, But Start Early

One of the last things you want to do when transitioning to a nomadic lifestyle is going through is stressing out while trying to offload your belongings. To avoid this I started making moves to downsize immediately.

As silly as it may sound, the first thing I tackled was my closet. The reason I chose to tackle my closet over everything else was simply that I needed a place to start and I was changing my clothes at the time. Honestly, I could have started anywhere in the house… but I just needed to start somewhere. Find your “somewhere” and start downsizing that area. Make sure to take before and after pictures as you downsize because you will be amazed at how motivating it is to see progress made one area at a time.

Set a Reasonable Goal and Downsize that Amount of Items Daily

This one is huge… After cleaning out my closet and sorting what I would sell/donate, I made it a point to list at least 10 pieces of clothing a day on local resell apps/groups in addition to my first load of clothes for donation.

NOTE: While I am using clothes as an example, you don’t have to start with clothes… All that matters is that you set a reasonable goal of items to downsize daily and you stick to that goal.

For women clothing can be hard to downsize as there are always those outfits that you want to hold on to for various reasons, however, if you’re like me finding the perfect new home for them can make a big difference in parting ways. Being that I would no longer need half a walk in closet worth of expensive business suits and heels, I made the decision to donate the majority to a local women’s shelter. Knowing that high-end business attire I formerly felt confidence in may just well be the thing another woman needed to regain control of her own life, I felt proud and excited to donate to such a wonderful cause.

Another important part to this step was ensuring that my downsizing didn’t drag on forever. To avoid this, I gave myself all 5-day limit for small dollar items posted online. If the items didn’t sell in 3 days, those items were then donated to an appropriate charity.

The Way You Post Your Items Online Says Everything to Potential Buyers

When selling your items, one of the biggest mistakes you can make which will negatively impact your sales is hastily posting less than appealing photos on ads and leaving out proper descriptions of your items. If you instead set a reasonable goal of items to post daily as referenced above and ensure that you are taking the time to post them with the care they deserve, you will find people are far more willing to make reasonable offers.

When posting items be sure to:

  • Stage the Item in Attractive Lighting and Consider Placing it Near Complementary Items. You would be surprised how many will buy all the items in the photo because they “look nice together.” #LowPressureUpsell
  • Be Reasonable on Your Prices to Start, But DO NOT Start Too Low. This is a fine art, if priced too high most buyers will skip over your listing and you may end up having to donate the item at the last minute… If priced too low, you don’t have any wiggle room to bargain. Make sure to list your items for a little higher than you will accept, this way you have room to bargain and still get paid the price you actually want. For example, if I wanted $20 I listed the item at $27.
  • Be Honest About the Condition and Give Details About the Item. Nothing is worse than wasting your time and the time of the potential buyer by leaving out important details like something is damage or shows a little more wear than the photo shows. If an item is damaged, state that. Many individuals are able to over look imperfections if they don’t feel as if you’re attempting to pull one over on them. If an item is like new, state that… If an item shows wear or needs repair, state that too. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being honest and some people may just be interested in reclaiming parts to repair a similar item.

See Sample Ad Below:

Make a Facebook Page Dedicated to Your Items and Don’t Be Afraid to Shamelessly Self-Promote

Ok, so this one I decided to do this on a whim because people often messaged me asking what else I had for sale if I had put on the ad that I was moving…

To make my life easier, I created a page titled “Selling All My Stuff” to list all my items and drove traffic to that page by posting a link to the page on ads for larger ticket items like TVs or computers. Additionally, I was able to message the link to buyers directly when they inquired about purchasing another item… This was a jackpot idea that increased the number of items purchased by a single buyer immensely.

Instead of having someone meet up only to purchase something like a TV because they had no idea you had other items for sale, they would instead meet up and purchase the TV, DVD player and DVDs. Same thing with someone wanting to purchase a smoothie blender… I had a woman that inquired about the smoothie blender purchase that item plus: stainless steel pots and pans, shaker bottles for protein shakes, a like new set of dishes and a microwave. Boom, $15 bucks just turned to $115.

Before you say “an individual can just click your profile and view all the items you have listed,” that is true… However, having a page dedicated to all of my items (no matter how small) allowed me to only list the larger ticket items on social platforms such as Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Letgo, etc. and then drive traffic to my page via link where everything was neatly listed. But there is more to that, not only was everything neatly listed where buyers could quickly scroll through and find of complimentary pieces, I didn’t have to deal with:

  • Repetitively Listing the Same Item on Multiple Platforms
  • It Reduced the Chances of Sellers with Competing Products ‘Flagging’ Posts to Drive Traffic to Their Ads
  • I Didn’t Have to Fight With Facebook, Letgo or Craigslist Erroneously ‘Flagging’ Items as Prohibited Items (No joke I had Facebook delete a ‘Canon DSLR Camera’ because they do not allow you to sell ‘Weapons.’ Same thing happened while attempting to list a dog kennel because there was a picture of my dog to reference the size… the Facebook algorithm thought I was trying to sell my dog apparently. Similarly, I had Letgo repeatedly kick off items their algorithm believed were duplicate.)

In addition to avoiding the previously listed headaches, the one of the biggest pluses I found to listing items on my page was that individuals could follow the page, become repeated buyers and they would in turn share the page with friends/family.

View Sample Page Below:

Again, as I have previously mentioned the way you post your items says everything to potential buyers. Whether you decide to create a page as I have described or just list all your items directly on social platforms, be sure to take a moment and honestly ask your self if YOU would buy that item the way it is listed… If you don’t like the listing, potential buyers are not going to either.

Safety Brief and Final Tips

Now that we have covered some of the ‘hows’ it is monumentally important to discuss being safe while selling your items. ALWAYS TRUST YOUR GUT. If something doesn’t feel right do not be afraid to decline a meet-up with a potential buyer. There is nothing wrong with waiting for the next buyer if something doesn’t add up with the individual you are speaking with. You are always better safe than sorry, no amount of money is worth risky your safety or the safety of your loved ones. With that said, here are a few safety tips:

  • Ask Local Law Enforcement if They Provide ‘Internet Sales’ Meet Up Locations in Your Area. I know this one might sound odd, however, many police departments now offer meet-up locations in an effort to combat theft and robberies during private-party sales. Many times these locations are designated areas in front of your local police station and other times they are at a “Community Orientated Policing” location such as a home staffed with Community Service Officers or volunteers during business hours. It never hurts to ask law enforcement if such programs or locations exist in your area.
  • Find the Right Meet-Up Location Ahead of Time. When I was selling my items I met every buyer  I was unfamiliar with at either the parking lot of a local Wendy’s in perfect view of the security cameras and entrance or at the Community Orientated Policing ‘Internet Sales’ location. When I was asked by buyers for a meet-up location and provided my location/reasoning for said location, legitimate buyers often commented on how comfortable it made them feel… On the flip side, telling someone that wanted to “buy an iPad fast” we would have to meet at the Community Orientated Policing ‘Internet Sales’ location weeded out sketchy characters.
  • Snag a Friend and Have Them Come with You. Whether it requires lunch as a bribe or giving a friend an item they have been eye-balling, if you can have someone with you during transactions make that happen. If you don’t have anyone to bring along, consider providing a trusted individual with the details of your meet-ups before hand just in case.

Alright, ready for my final tips and tricks to get downsize fast? Here we go:

  • Cash in Hand is Better than Being Forced to Donate Items You Really Hoped to Sell. Ok, no one likes low-ball offers, however having reasonable expectations regarding your prices is a must. Look on local sale groups and apps for similar items you are listing ahead of time to ensure your items are buying priced reasonably. Additionally, when faced with less than ideal offers ask yourself if trying to hold out for a better offer is really worth your time. To be honest, in many cases I took an “Ok” offer in favor of moving on to bigger and better things.
  • If You’re Going the ‘Yard Sale’ Route, Have a ‘Door Prize’ Area for Paying Customers.  Have a bunch a of random odds and ends? Perfect, place those in a marked area and tell your buyers that for every item purchased they get something free from that area. You would be amazed at how happy people are to take half-used bottles of shampoo and conditioners, etc. when they are purchasing your old blow dryer.
  • Arrange Multiple Item Pick-Ups at the Same Location to Avoid Making Separate Trips When You Can. This is pretty self-explanatory.
  • Check with Your Local Community Center or Shelter to Find Out What they Need. Many local community centers, assistance programs and shelters will gladly take household items for area families in need. Being that I lived in an area of Wisconsin that had recently flooded while I was in the process of downsizing I was able to contact community organizations that had lists of families desperately needed. When it came time to donate, knowing that my items would help families recover from disaster and get back to normal sooner was a massive encouragement.
  • Check if Your Neighborhood Has a ‘Community Sale’ Planned for the Future. Depending on where you live your HOA (Home Owner’s Association) or Property Management may have annual or semi-annual community sales pre-planned, if not, it never hurts to ask if one can be scheduled. Community Sales are huge for foot traffic and can be highly lucrative depending on the area you live. Previously when I lived in California I was able to earn just shy of $1700 in less than 5 hours during a community sale. Sure they can be a pain in terms of having to wait for a specific date, but having a large amount of foot traffic at your yard sale without having to do all the leg work to advertise ahead of time is a bonus.
  • Search for Reputable ‘Consignment Shops’ in Your Area. Depending on your schedule, you may not be in the position to host a yard sale or list all your belongings online… When this is the case, consignment shops can be a great option. Many consignment shops offer sellers an entire area within their store to display their goods and a small fee when the items are sold.

Thoughts on this or have any valuable tips and tricks you would like to add which worked for you? Let us know in the comment section below.

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WeBoost RV Cell Signal Booster Reviewed (With Performance Report) https://www.epicnomadtv.com/2018/06/18/weboost-rv-cell-signal-booster-reviewed-with-performance-report/ https://www.epicnomadtv.com/2018/06/18/weboost-rv-cell-signal-booster-reviewed-with-performance-report/#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2018 03:02:35 +0000 https://wordpress-181257-555029.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=498 It’s been about a week and a half since we installed WeBoost on “Roadhouse,” a 36 foot Class A RV that due to being an older build was like a signal blocker. We notoriously would lose 25% of our signal when going inside. So when the signal was bad outside the rig, it was really

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It’s been about a week and a half since we installed WeBoost on “Roadhouse,” a 36 foot Class A RV that due to being an older build was like a signal blocker. We notoriously would lose 25% of our signal when going inside. So when the signal was bad outside the rig, it was really bad inside of it.

We desperately needed a signal booster and we wanted one with a lot of street cred in the RV community. WeBoost is, without question, the most recognizable brand and has been working at perfecting signal boosting for years. For us it was a no-brainer.

We reached out to WeBoost and a new unit was shipped our way. It arrived within a few days of shipping and off to installation we went.

Now, some traveling in our tribe are very handy. Some are not. Not at all. So installation of the WeBoost on the roof of Roadhouse was going to be interesting. If the WeBoost installation was in any way complex this could been a disaster.

Turns out the installation process was extremely quick and easy. On our rig we have a hand cranked antenna that doesn’t get used for much of anything. It’s a local TV antenna that conveniently raises about 3 feet from the roof of the RV. The signal receiver attached right into the existing top part of the antenna using the existing pins that hold the top of the antenna to the retractable antenna arm. Upon drilling the holes on the included WeBoost attachment plate to make them slightly bigger, the pin on the antenna went right through the holes on the plate and everything is held together with perfection.

What’s great about this is that when the antenna lies down on the roof (fully retracted) it’s fixtures remain upright. Meaning the WeBoost is always upright, whether the antenna is up or down.

With that done is was on to the wires. Fortunately in this instance we at the same time removed an old satellite dish. This removed unneeded weight from the rig and also left a pre-drilled hole in the top of the RV. The hole was/is right above where the front TV sits, meaning there are already electrical outlets inside the cabinet and the WeBoost cable dropped right into this space.

We attached the cable to the modem, plugged the modem in for power, ran the wire out to the transmitter that was positioned in the center of the RV and we were good to go. A little sealant was put around the hole where the old wires were taken out and the new weboost wires were ran through and the job was finished.

Very, very simple to install.

Now On To Performance

It’s important to note we didn’t have huge expectations of extreme performance enhancements. Really any increase in performance for the phones and hotspots would have been appreciated.

We were surprised to find the performance increase was actually quite extraordinary. The Weboost has now been tested in four locations with the following increase in performance.

Wellington, TX – Pioneer Park

  • No Boost = Zero Bars, Zero Service
  • WeBoost = Two Bars 4g @ 18MB

Raton, NM – KOA

  • No Boost = Two Bars LTE @ 24MB down
  • WeBoost = Four bars LTE @36MB down

Canon City, CO – Mountainview RV Resort

  • No Boost = Two Bars LTE @ 32MB down
  • WeBoost = Three Bars LTE @ 38MB down

Salida, CO – BLM Land 

  • No Boost = Two Bars LTE @ 40.6MB down
  • WeBoost = Three Bars LTE @ 62.9MB down

As you can see in every test case the WeBoost has made a tremendous difference. Not just a slight difference. It has provided signal where there is none and will boost an existing signal significantly.

This is a must have product for the digital nomad. Highly recommended and we give it five stars.

 

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Don’t Just Be a Builder… Be a Disruptor https://www.epicnomadtv.com/2018/06/18/dont-just-be-a-builder-be-a-disruptor/ https://www.epicnomadtv.com/2018/06/18/dont-just-be-a-builder-be-a-disruptor/#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2018 01:57:35 +0000 https://wordpress-181257-555029.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=488 Disruptor: a person or thing that prevents something, especially a system, process, or event, from continuing as usual or as expected Think big. What do those two words mean to you? To a lot of people they mean think bigger. But bigger than what? If you have a website that sees 100 visits a day thinking bigger

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Disruptor: a person or thing that prevents something, especially a system, process, or event, from continuing as usual or as expected

Think big.

What do those two words mean to you? To a lot of people they mean think bigger. But bigger than what? If you have a website that sees 100 visits a day thinking bigger might mean a goal is to see 200 visitors a day. This is certainly a verifiable level of success, no doubt. Doubling traffic should never be overlooked or taken for granted.

Unfortunately, however, a lot of people would accept that doubling of traffic is the goal.

For some of us doubling the traffic, in this particular scenario, would be but a small step on a long staircase. This because the thinking isn’t just about traffic. Traffic is a surface variable. A small piece of a larger puzzle.

Bloggers, vloggers and digital nomads often get caught up in stats, viewing their subscriber counts, likes and traffic tallies as the ultimate indicator of successful trends. Of course, there is nothing wrong with monitoring stats and celebrating growth. This can often be a positive indicator that hard work is paying off.

But here’s the kicker. I know an entrepreneur who has just under 60 customers on a private webinar/consulting/learning platform and she makes $72,000 a year on that platform alone. For her it wasn’t about finding tens of thousands of followers. It was about finding 60 who would pay $100 a month for her advice, experience and guidance.

She’s now recruiting several of these customers to begin providing the exact same service for 60 of their own customers after learning everything they could from her over the past year or two. A few weeks ago she relayed to me that she plans to triple her income on the platform by 2019. This would place her revenue on a single platform at more than $200,000 annually.

Can she do it? Of course she can. Her services are top notch and the only reason her client list hasn’t grown is because she doesn’t want to dilute the service she provides to the clients she now has. But the model was built with scale in mind. And now that several of her clients are ready to step up to do what she does for them, scaling is very viable.

I know this because for about a year I was one of those customers. What I learned throughout my time as a “student” was second to none. Yes, it cost me $1,200 a year to learn what I wanted to learn, but I’ve generated far more than that $1,200 investment since working with the system.

This particular individual views herself as a disruptor. Her plans were always big. They were never about 60 customers at $1,200 a year. They were and are about 1,000+ customers at $1,200 a year. The foundation had to be built, tested and implemented. The initial service had to be tried, tested and proven.

The scaling can now begin.

This sort of big thinking has caused a lot of friction. She has competitors railing on her for stepping on their toes and into their space. Bigger companies who have heavily invested in the space. Marketers who have been there working at it for years and years. She showed up a couple years ago and did it better. She built something more user friendly and user focused. She put a better spin on it, made the product more relevant and provided a better experience from start to finish.

She disrupted the space.

Think big shouldn’t just mean think bigger. For me it means think the way your competitors are thinking and then expand your vision into a completely different universe. I think of what my competitors are thinking and force myself to see that vision as small. Small, outdated and beatable.

I recently had someone tell me I was building something that does some of what someone else is already doing. The assertion is that I should join forces with the competition and help them become bigger using my experience and talents to build on an existing platform.

No thanks.

I don’t want to add or compliment what already exists. I want to reinvent. I want to find niche spaces and dominate them. I want to elevate to 100,000 feet so I can see what those at 30,000 feet are doing and do it bigger. Bigger and better.

Of course, saying this is easy. Doing it is seemingly impossible for most. Which is why most don’t disrupt at this level. Most will see such a vision and conclude it’s too steep of a climb. Too much work and risk. Too much sacrifice.

Which is why one of the first steps to take in being a disruptor is surrounding yourself with others who can think big. Who can embrace the vision and apply themselves towards it as a team effort. One person cannot build an aircraft. This even though just two people invented it.

– Build a Collaboration

A key part of being a successful disruptor is assembling a team of disruptors. A team that can share the risk, sacrifice, drive and complex work involved in implementing a disruptive vision. This team must come from similar experience pools in terms of the industry/market targeted. They have to have a good understanding of the market (business and consumer), the problems or shortfalls and the solutions your vision will present.

When this team is together they must be cherished. They must be rewarded, admired and recognized as the engine that will accelerate the machine. Because they are the engineYou are the fuel.

I’ve worked with companies that looked at my work as forward thinking, innovative and game changing. Said companies enjoyed the game changing, but made no effort to reward my part in any meaningful way.

I’m no longer with any of these companies. A voluntary decision on my part because I simply didn’t feel as though I had skin in the game. I didn’t feel like I was part of the driving force that saw reward with success.

Don’t let good people get away. Build your team of disruptors and then be absolutely loyal. Go out of your way to reward them. Share the fruits of your labor with them. View them as an extension of yourself and help them understand how to see it all through the same lens.

– Don’t Just Act The Role, Play The Role With Perfection

Don’t just say you’re a disruptor… be one. Become the character in both actions and words. Embrace the label, the mindset and all the hurdles that will come with it. Grow a thick skin. Don’t be easily offended. Don’t be afraid to take constructive criticism and don’t fear blowing off bad advice.

Be extremely confident in your vision and your decisions, but make them based on solid logic.

Become a leading voice. Be known as an expert in your field because you are. If you aren’t then you aren’t ready. If you’re ready, however, wear that readiness like a neon lit badge. Let that readiness empower you.

Trust your partners and ensure they trust you. Don’t just share your vision with them, paint the full picture on a daily basis. Make sure your team is never in the dark. Be transparent, open and honest with them at all times.

If you’re going to be a disruptor, be one. Live it, breath it and operate as it.

You’re not going to succeed because you’re like everyone else. You’re going to succeed because everyone else is not like you.

– Prepare to Sacrifice

Prepare to fail. Prepare to make mistakes. Prepare to sacrifice. Expecting to be flawless with no changes in lifestyle is not only unrealistic… it’s dangerous.

You will make mistakes. You will fail. What will set you apart from the rest is your ability to pick yourself up, learn from your failures and go win.

There will be a season in which you’ll spend more than you make. You’ll not be enjoying a night at the movies like you once could. You won’t be able to enjoy fancy dinners or splurge on flashy toys.

You’ll work more hours than you want. You’ll have to tackle all aspects of your vision. The parts that you like to work on and the parts that make you want to pull your hair out with boredom and monotony.

You’ll likely go through a period of time in which you have no money, a lot of stress and a consistent feeling of exhaustion.

Sounds wonderful, right? So much to look forward to…

This isn’t child’s play. This isn’t for the weak. Thinking big followed by succeeding big is not easy. Not in any way, shape or form.

If it were then a lot more people you know would be viewing the playing field at a 100,000 foot view while changing the game across their targeted industry. They aren’t. Because this is very, very difficult to succeed at.

The good news is that if you can “embrace the suck,” to borrow a phrase from Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Madden, apply yourself in every way possible and get through the difficult sowing season, there will be fruit. And it will be disruptive, profitable and rewarding.

Be a builder. But don’t let it end there. Take it a step further, separate yourself from the crowds and be a disruptor.

Accept nothing less.

-Eric Odom

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