The Free Nomad MBA

One of the key elements of being a Nomad is to reduce your costs as much as possible. So, why should the Nomad MBA be any different? Instead of paying a program fee of €7,400 for some other "Nomad MBA" that is out there, we try to offer you the material absolutely free.  Is the experience the same?  Not exactly.  But, you could learn it at the same pace while jumping from country to country if you wish.  Additionally, we can offer you mentoring, career support, real-life assignments to keep the quality up to par at a much cheaper price.  You do have to choose your own co-working spaces, but you will be able to collaborate with other people who have completed these courses, or are currently going through them, by using our "Free Nomad MBA" Facebook community!


Digital Marketing Course

The Udacity Digital Marketing Nanodegree has 9 courses and costs USD$999. Don’t worry, we are going to show you how to learn the material for free! Here is the content that they teach: 1. Marketing Fundamentals, 2. Content Strategy, 3. Social Media Marketing (Organic), 4. Social Media Advertising (Paid), 5. Search Engine Optimization (SEO), 6. Search Engine Marketing with AdWords (SEM), 7. Display Advertising, 8. Email Marketing, and 9. Measure & Optimize with Google Analytics.

Here’s what you’ll use to replace those courses with free ones:

(1): Udacity Free Digital Marketing Basics course.

(2, 3, 4, 9): Hubspot Academy’s 4 hours and 35 minutes of genuine Social Media Marketing Courses are also absolutely free. These courses cover: Developing a Social Media Strategy, Social Media Listening & Monitoring, Building a Content Strategy for Social Media, Extending Your Reach on Social Media, Using Social Media to Build One-on-One Relationships, Understanding the Basics of Digital Advertising, Measuring Your Social Return on Investment, and Essentials for Continued Success with Social Media.

(5, 6, 7, 9): Alison Free Diploma in E-Business course for digital marketing to build skills in search optimization and keywords, Google Analytics, AdWords, AdSense and Webmaster, campaign tracking and integration, revenue metrics analysis, digital measurement, online marketing plans and more. This may take 6-10 hours.

(8): HubSpot’s Email Marketing Certification and Udacity’s Building High Conversion Web Forms course.

Additional Resources:

(1): Google’s Digital Garage.

(2): HubSpot’s Free Content Marketing Certification Course.

(3, 4): ConstantContact’s free “Social Media 101: Social Media Quickstarter” course covers Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat. HubSpot also has free Facebook Marketing and Facebook Advertising courses. Udemy’s Free courses Marketing on YouTube, Marketing on LinkedIn, Marketing on Twitter. WordStream’s free “Basics of Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Marketing”.

(5): HubSpot’s SEO Training Course. Also, the “Moz Advanced SEO: Tactics & Strategy” course at Udemy could add a little more to this topic, but it does cost a couple bucks.

(9): Google’s Analytics Academy is also completely free and will teach you Analytics from the Beginner level stage to Advanced - including Power Users and 360.


UX, UI, and Design Thinking

For this course, we recommend auditing the Coursera course “UI / UX Design Specialization”. The specialization generally costs money, but by auditing the course - the material is provided at the low low price of absolutely free! Here’s how to do that: 1) Click on the link above. 2) Click on “Courses”. This will show the list of courses in this Specialization. 3) Click on one of the Course Names (i.e. “Visual Elements of User Interface Design”) - There are 4 Courses in this Specialization. 4) Under “About this Course” is a “Continue” button - Click that button. 5) A “7-Day Free Trial” window will pop up. See the image we posted in this section. It shows the “Audit the course” link on the very bottom of that window. Click “Audit”. And there you have it. Your course is free! Do this for each of the 4 courses in this “UI / UX Design Specialization” course and the whole thing has been free!

The courses you will learn are:

Visual Elements of User Interface Design

UX Design Fundamentals

Web Design: Strategy and Information Architecture

Web Design: Wireframes to Prototypes

Additional Resources:

Additionally, if you desire a quick run-through of “UI and Web Design using Adobe Illustrator CC”, a free course is offered through SkillShare, but you do have to sign up for the 1-month free trial to get it for free (don’t forget to cancel afterward!).

Looking for other additional information on this topic? Medium has posted a decent article to help out.


iOS 11 & Swift Developer Course

Pre-Learning: If you have never learned anything about programming before, it might help to start with the free Udacity course “Intro to Computer Science”. This will teach you the necessary material so that you understand how programming works prior to jumping into building apps for Apple (iOS Swift) and Google (Android).

Learning iOS 11 & Swift - Udacity has a Nanodegree program for this as well (also $999). But, you can get the courses completely free as well. The iOS Developer Nanodegree courses cover the following:

Intro to iOS App Development with Swift to create your first iPhone App.

UIKit Fundamentals to become more comfortable with the UIKit framework and master its most widely used components.

iOS Networking with Swift to incorporate networking into your apps, so they can access data from around the world.

Grand Central Dispatch (GCD) to ensure a smooth user experience while your apps run lengthy operations in the background.

iOS Persistence and Core Data to teach you three techniques for storing data to your device’s hard drive: NSUserPreferences, the Sandbox, and Core Data.

Free App Store Optimization Course (ASO) by Mobile Action to submit and deploy your first live App on the Apple App Store. Additionally, it may be helpful to check out the article: “App Store Optimization Tips & Checklist (2018 Guide for iOS 11 & Android Apps)”. Another helpful walk-through is available with “Code with Chris”.

Additional Resources:

Are you new to programming and would prefer a full version university course to get you started? Check out the edX course “CS50’s Introduction to Computer Science” - crafted by Harvard University as an introduction to programming for people with no prior programming experience. This course is free, as long as you don’t want a certificate (if you want the certificate, it will run you $99).

Udacity also offers the “Data Structures & Algorithms in Swift”, “Firebase in a Weekend: iOS”, and the “Firebase Analytics: iOS” courses for free.

Would you prefer to go the Android route? Check out these free Android Basics courses: User Input, User Interface, Multiscreen Apps, Data Storage, Networking, Firebase in a Weekend, and Firebase Analytics.


Freelancing - Marketing Your Skills

Both freelancers and consultants are independent contractors who can work for multiple clients. Both are their own bosses. The difference between the two is that one offers a deliverable while the other gives professional or expert advice. Freelancers and consultants are their product or service and therefore they must market and sell their own skills. Entrepreneurs market and sell their business. When starting a new business, the skills of yourself and the services of your business are usually the same. However, in the long run, your business may end up having more employees or you may outsource your work. At that time, the services of your business may differ from the skills of yourself. For now, you may start off marketing yourself, even if you have a business, or you may market your business even though its current services are simply your own skills.

Here, we’ll be going through a video series and a free email based 7 day freelancing course. The video series is titled “Introduction to Freelancing” and is available on YouTube from Reverse Tide. This will introduce you to the important concepts of freelancing and consulting.

To improve your skills, use the “The 80/20 of Getting Started as a Freelancer” and join the free email based 7 day freelancing course titled “How to Start Your Own FREELANCE BUSINESS“. You can find buttons to this course on the right hand side of the page or at the very bottom of the page. The email course is part of his subscription list - and there are a few things they may try to sell you, but you don’t have to purchase anything! Read through the material on the 80/20 page and follow through with all of the Action Steps in the email course. The Action Steps are the most important resource here as they will guide you on what you will need to do as a freelancer and prepare you to operate a freelancing business of your own.

Additional Resources:

The Do List by fiverr “105 Tips to Help you Become a Successful Freelancer

HubSpot’s “The Ultimate Guide to Freelancing

The ScreenSkills “Freelance Toolkit”.

SkillShare’s “Going Freelance: Building and Branding Your Own Success” (sign up required, but the first 2 months are free).

Udemy’s “Freelance Masterclass: Use Your Skills to Work From Anywhere” (~USD$15).

Udemy’s “Seth Godin's Freelancer Course: Become Remarkable, Find Better Clients, and Do Work That Matters” (~USD$120).


Startup Basics - Marketing, Design, and Digital

Here we are going to choose Udacity’s free course called “How to Build a Startup”. It teaches

An introduction to the basics of the famous Customer Development Process, the key steps needed to build a successful startup.

Learn how to rapidly develop and test ideas by gathering massive amounts of customer and marketplace feedback. Building a startup is not simply building an execution plan for a business model that the entrepreneur thinks will work, but rather, a search for the actual business model itself.

Many startups fail by not validating their ideas early on with real-life customers. In order to mitigate that, students will learn how to get out and search for the real pain points and unmet needs of customers. Only with these can the entrepreneur find a proper solution and establish a suitable business model.

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Adobe Premier Pro CC

The Adobe Premier Pro CC course is taught through YouTube with ItsJackCole’s video series titled: “Adobe Premiere Pro Master Class”. After you click that link the first video will immediately begin and you’ll also see a grey box on the top right hand side of your screen. At this point you’ll want to click on the menu icon (it looks like three horizontal lines with a “+” sign on the bottom) to “save the playlist” of the 37 video courses here so that they play subsequently one after the other. Please keep in mind that ItsJackCole is putting these video tutorials out there for free for us to use, but that he will have advertisements in them so that he can make money from his efforts of creating the videos. Alternatively, you could pay a few bucks for the same course on Udemy.

After watching the Adobe Premier Pro videos, we recommend taking a look at the new “Adobe Premiere Rush CC” which was just recently released by Adobe as a new, easier-to-use version of Premiere Pro CC aimed at YouTubers and other video content creators - very specific to the requirements of Digital Nomads. It’s basically a professional version of GoPro’s Quik app.

Next, download the Adobe Premier Pro CC software for free directly from Adobe’s website; However, you’ll only have 7 days to try it out, so it is imperative that you watch the YouTube video tutorials first to familiarize yourself with the software ahead of time, then - after downloading the software - run through the YouTube video tutorials a second time to become comfortable with actually using the software. The link for the free software is below.

Try the latest release of Premiere Pro for free.
Seven-day trial, no credit card required.

Most vloggers and YouTubers, including Drew Binsky, use Adobe Premier Pro to edit their videos. It may be possible to get by with just using Adobe Premiere Rush CC - especially if you’re just getting started.

Additional Resources:

Premiere Pro CC for Beginners: Video Editing in Premiere” on Udemy (~USD$15).

Adobe Premiere Pro CC Complete Course - Beginner to Advanced” on Udemy (~USD$15).

Adobe Premiere Pro CC: Learn Video Editing In Premiere Pro” on Udemy (~USD$15).

Adobe Premiere Pro CS6: The Complete Video Editing Course” on Udemy (~USD$15).


Entrepreneurship - Building Your First Successful Startup

This is an actual course created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States, a very prestigious institution. Here are the details of the “New Enterprises” course:

This course covers the process of identifying and quantifying market opportunities, then conceptualizing, planning, and starting a new, technology-based enterprise. Students develop detailed business plans for a startup. It is intended for students who want to start their own business, further develop an existing business, be a member of a management team in a new enterprise, or better understand the entrepreneur and the entrepreneurial process.

Additional Resources:

Another helpful MIT course is “How to Develop Breakthrough Products and Services”. Here is a full list of Free MIT Entrepreneurship Courses.

Check out these 5 chats with actual Entrepreneurs: CEO’s and Founders of Tesla, LinkedIn, Intuit, Burberry, and SOSventures on Khan Academy.