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Live Tax-Free in Portugal for Ten Years?

Welcome back to ESL Gypsy. This week, we’re covering an issue that most digital nomads don’t even want to think about- taxes. No one wants to pay them, but being in compliance with the law is an important part of what we do as freelance workers. A lot of messages have come in about living in Portugal and the tax benefits that digital nomads can enjoy while living and working here. The visa requirements for relocating to Portugal have been outlined in previous articles, but this week, we’re focusing on the Non-Habitual Residency status that may be available to foreigners who

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What would you look for in a company if money didn’t matter?

Welcome back to ESL Gypsy. There’s been a ton of content on what people look for in a company and how to select the right company to work for. Most of what has been written centers on the bottom line- the rate of pay and bookings. “Obviously! I gotta make money!” Totally understandable. Everyone has to pay the bills. However, this article aims to examine what we might look for in a job if money didn’t matter. In their recent Facebook post, Jake and Sarah from TeoLeo brought up the subject of goals. Most people cite financial freedom as a

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Does the Non-Lucrative Visa Open Up Spain to Non-EU Digital Nomads?

Welcome back to ESL Gypsy- coming to you today from just outside the Spanish border with Portugal. My decision to settle in Portugal was an awesome, but by no means easy, one. Portugal is a terrific country, but by all accounts, Spain is a great country in its own right. The food, wine, climate, people, and the lifestyle are all tough to beat. In the past, places like Barcelona, Tenerife, and Cadiz have been tough places to settle for non-EU residents due to visa restrictions. Spain’s Non-Lucrative Visa may change all that. This week, I’m going to share some of

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Responding to New Regulations in the Chinese Market

Welcome back to ESL Gypsy. This week, we’re going to deal with the impending regulations in China that are requiring students to finish all online classes by 9pm BJT. Many digital nomads who are making their living teaching English online are teaching for Chinese schools. This new regulation may cause companies to cut classes that finish later than 9pm, leaving many teachers to deal with a what could amount to a substantial shortfall in revenue. In this week’s blog, we’re going to outline some possible scenarios that may play out and how teachers may choose to react to this. Possible

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Applying to Live and Work in Portugal on a D-7 Visa

Also see our recent blog post on Living in Lisbon v. Living on Portugal’s Silver Coast.I was recently interviewed by Bridge TEFL about living and teaching as a digital nomad here in Portugal. I’ve received a lot of messages asking about the visa process, so this week, I am going to break down my experience applying for the Type 1 Visa- also known as the D-7 visa.   The Type 1/D-7 visa allows you to live and work in Portugal. You’re not required to leave the Schengen Zone after 90 days, but permitted to stay here continuously. You’re also entitled to

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Six Reasons You’re Still Not Ready to Retire…

Welcome back to ESL Gypsy. In our last blog post, we talked about why if you’re teaching online and living as a digital nomad, you may be ready to retire without a huge nest egg. This week, we’re going to turn things on their head and talk about why you might not have enough. Staying in the workforce for a few more years has clear advantages for those looking to retire very comfortably (also known as Fat FIRE). However, even for those who are aiming to retire with less and live modestly (Lean FIRE), there are some very good reasons

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Early Retirement: Why if you’re teaching online, you may already have enough.

I’m a big believer in being retired at an early age. The opportunity cost of retiring early is clearly all the earnings that you are foregoing by leaving the workforce. However, not retiring early also has a tremendous opportunity cost too- the time you spend working in the prime of your life. Living abroad and teaching online is pretty close to retirement. However, many teachers find themselves hustling to make what they need to live- some working 30 to 40 or even 50+ hours per week. Living in America may mean you need to work and save even more to

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Investing in Dividend Stocks for a Digital Nomad Retirement

Teaching online is a great gig. You have freedom, flexibility, and you depending on where you are, you can carve out a decent living. If there’s a downside to teaching online, it would definitely be that there are no benefits. We’re not only responsible for our own healthcare, and our own retirement. Teaching is a great job, and I hope I can do it for a lot longer- regardless of my ability to retire. But eventually, I wouldn’t mind waking up in the morning and not having to worry about where my next paycheck is going to come from. A

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Using Graphic Organizers to Boost Reading Comprehension

Graphic Organizers are a great way to support young readers! Many companies are now offering courses in reading, as well as language arts and ESOL courses that center on students interacting with a particular text in English. Students often read the text (either before or during class) and engage in dialogue and reflection with their teachers and classmates. There are a lot of challenges to building comprehension skills with young readers, and often those challenges are amplified when dealing with culturally and linguistically diverse students. Building decoding strategies is an important part of ‘learning to read,’ but ultimately, we need

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Four Strategies for Building Fluency With Young Readers

Lack of fluency can interfere with students’ ability to make meaning from a text. Welcome back to ESL Gypsy! This week we’re bringing you some tips on how to turn your young learners into more fluent readers. It’s so important for all young readers to develop fluency. It’s particularly important when students are learning through a blended model (such as those used by many online schools). A blended model involves students supplementing their in-class instruction by preparing materials prior to class (such as watching a preview video, lecture, and completing the reading before class). A lack of fluency can interfere

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