We had the good fortune of connecting with Ally Archer and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ally, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I started my business a little over five years ago, my biggest motivation was to be able to be completely location-independent so I could live wherever and travel whenever. I knew I didn’t want to work at a corporate job for a few years, save up, quit, and travel for a few months and then repeat the process like some travelers do. When I was getting started, I kept thinking about how I could get creative when it came to traveling more often and being able to afford it. I didn’t want to get to the middle or end of my life and regret not taking advantage of my earlier years to do the things I actually wanted to do. My work-from-anywhere social media freelance business turned marketing agency was a method for me to have complete freedom of my location, income, and my time. Without a traditional employer, I knew I would be able to take advantage of being young and having time on my side to travel – without sacrificing making money – since I could do freelance work from my laptop anywhere in the world. It was tough initially, as I had to scrap my employee mindset for a strong entrepreneurial mindset. Now, I look back and am so proud of myself for taking the leap to follow my dreams.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I have two businesses: an online marketing agency, and a travel blog. I’ve been travel blogging since 2014, initially sharing my tips on finding and landing travel jobs abroad, based on my experience working for companies in the US, Europe, and Asia. Now, I focus my content on work-from-anywhere business models for full control over your time, income, and location – regardless of what’s going on in the world and without having to rely on a traditional employer. Through my blog, I have a live group coaching program, The Limitless Nomads System, on starting or growing a service-based online business to consistent $5-10k+ months. I also have an e-course on Pinterest for freelancers and a bunch of other free content. Starting a blog is a time-consuming process, but it is something I am so completely passionate about: sharing my message with the world and giving advice based on my experience. I truly want to help as many people as possible live out the life of their dreams, to ENJOY their lives, to experience the world, to get out of their comfort zones, and to look back with no regrets.

I run my marketing agency completely online and always have. Through my marketing agency, my team and I serve a number of clients with done-for-you social media content and management, email marketing, and Pinterest. I started 2020 as a solopreneur and ended the year with four part-time freelancers on my team as I shifted my business model and grew rapidly. My marketing business was my first entry point into the world of entrepreneurship. I had no business model I was going off of, didn’t even know where to look in terms of mentors or coaching, and stumbled my way through the first year-and-a-half. I was able to afford my living expenses in California and travel the world: it’s all I wanted! Then, I knew I had to streamline my systems and shift around how I was offering my services to set myself up for consistency, longevity, and the ability to hire a part-time team to support the business so it could grow. I became passionate about the journey of entrepreneurship, created monthly recurring services at flat monthly rates (instead of charging hourly and doing random one-time projects), joined a mastermind, and really saw the business pick up speed at the end of 2019/early 2020. Reading the book “Who Not How” by Dan Sullivan, and The ONE Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan were two books that really changed my perspective on how I structured my business and my day-to-day. I am proud of the business I’ve built and am grateful for my team’s support!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It’s impossible to condense all the amazing things to do in San Diego into a short blurb! For water activities, definitely the beach and Mission Bay. The La Jolla tide pools are really cool. I also love outdoor yoga and recommend the instructors teaching classes that overlook the ocean. For Mexican food – The Taco Stand (casual and the best tacos you’ll ever eat), and Puesto (for sit-down trendy Mexican food). For Italian – anywhere in Little Italy is amazing. As someone who used to live and work in Tuscany, it is such a treat to have authentic, delicious, top-of-the-line Italian food.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
All the travel bloggers and digital creators I followed when I was getting started who showed that it was possible to make a digital nomad lifestyle a reality. Anyone who demonstrated the importance of building your own dream (otherwise you’d spend a life building someone else’s dream).

Website: https://goseekexplore.com

Instagram: https://instagram.com/allyarcher

Twitter: https://twitter.com/allyarcher

Facebook: https://facebook.com/goseekexplore

Youtube: https://youtube.com/allyarcher

Other: TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@theallyarcher

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