An archive of blog posts about index

Oct 09

7 Tips for combatting loneliness as a digital nomad

The digital nomad lifestyle can be as exhausting as it is exciting. It is not uncommon to feel a general sense of malaise after the honeymoon high of jumping into a life of working from anywhere around the world.

As digital nomads we can pop into a co-working space and...

Oct 01

What to post when you don't feel like posting

Generating original, authentic, engaging content everyday is no easy feat.

In the world of big data, increasing information, and waning attention spans, the challenge to be noticed can feel like it gets harder everyday. And when you have a daily deadline to post, it’s perfectly normal to run out of...

Aug 06

6 Fears keeping you from starting your own business

It’s completely normal to have tremendous doubts about investing time, money and energy into launching your own business. In fact, it’s one of the most nerve racking things you’ll ever do in your life –– but it’s also one of the most rewarding.

I get it, I’ve been there myself,...

Jun 28

Alumni stories - Lily Bruns from CNX Web

What do a messenger bike service, a jewellery designer and an avant-garde nude photographer have in common? Lily Bruns – digital nomad, former IOC student and the #girlboss behind the startup Love is Creative.
Apr 24

Alumni Stories - Jacob Heston Vibes

With a stunning Instagram feed jam-packed full of stunning scenery and exotic destinations, it’s hard to believe that not long ago Jacob Heston was stuck in a monotonous 9-5 job. Find out how the 29-year-old turned his love of photography and travel into a full time business.
Sep 28

What you need to know to be a travel blogger

It’s easy to fall in love with the idea of a financially independent lifestyle that sees you travel the world on a sponsored dime. But it’s incredibly difficult to actually achieve that lifestyle. Popular media has made travel blogging out to be a way to fast track your way to...

Aug 18

Women in Tech Series: Laura Roeder of Meet Edgar

We talk to Laura Roeder, founder of Meet Edgar, one of the world’s most popular social media scheduling tools, which turned over $4M in revenue in just 2.5 years. In this interview, Laura tells about her journey from running her agency to running an incredibly bootstrapped startup.

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Jul 31

How to land your first digital marketing job

Digital media is now so deeply embedded into society it’s impossible to ignore the effects. We’re so chronically attached to our phones, to social media, to Googling things, that these things have just become extensions of our lives.

That’s why digital marketing is one of the fastest growing professions in...

Jul 21

7 ways to be productive working remotely

So you’ve landed the remote job of your dreams. Congratulations! Now the real work starts.

While there’s overwhelming research out there suggesting working remotely leads to better productivity, this doesn’t always happen automatically. Staying motivated and productive is almost an entirely new ball game when you’re working remotely...

Jun 26

3 Reasons to learn coding in an immersive environment

To start, I want to ask you a question. Think back to the last class you took. How much do you still remember?

If your answer is ‘not all that much’, that’s ok! You’re just experiencing the very natural phenomenon known as ‘the forgetting curve’, coined by Hermann Ebbinghaus, a...

Jun 21

Alumni Stories - Josh Littin of coHome

Josh Littin has a rank-climbing career that has seen him go from marketing specialist to co-founder of two companies. After joining us in April for our Web Development Bootcamp, in the pursuit of coding chops, this overachieving kiwi built not one but two sites during his 10-day stint.

The first...

Jun 08

How to get your boss to let you work remotely

Imagine being able to work from home, or better yet, in an entirely different country! Working with your laptop on a balcony, sipping coffee and munching on fresh fruit in sunny Greece would be the dream. But does it sound too good to be true?

​Not really!

More and more...

May 31

Student Spotlight: Annie Moon-Arkell of Mo Creative

Better known as “Mo” to her closest friends, Annie is a bonafide hustler. She went from bartending to formulating marketing strategies for a major e-commerce retailer in one swift career move. Never one to get too comfortable, she took the ultimate plunge and decided to open up her own digital...

May 31

10 jobs that use coding

Gone are the days when only web developers had reason to learn coding. Nowadays we are seeing coding skills being used in a variety of creative and new ways.

With the rise of digital disruption across all industries, more and more employers are looking for people with coding skills. Coding...

May 29

7 must-visit spots in Ubud

Jules (@JulesJetsets) is a Los Angeles based travel and lifestyle influencer. She has always valued the kind of independence and freedom that travel could offer. With her camera in one hand and her passport in the other, she’s ready to tackle any new adventure that comes her way!

While there...

May 24

Alumni Stories - Millie Cooper of Design by Mouse

Coming in hot at number one among search listings for “Sydney Freelance Designer”, Millie is a force to be reckoned with in her field. She came to us with a specific goal in mind: to finally be able to speak intelligently to her team of developers. As a business owner,...

May 23

How traditional education has messed us up

By now we have come to understand that traditional educations are a little bit of a let-down. While much of the criticism has been levelled at how performance is measured, we have yet to fully consider how damaging traditional education, particularly higher education, can be to someone’s ability to adapt...

May 19

5 of the biggest digital marketing myths

Living in this incredible age of information is a double-edged sword. Sure, it puts all we’ve ever wanted to know (and sometimes, not wanted to know) at our fingertips. But just as it allows heartwarming stories, cute cat videos and memes to go viral, false information can also spread like...

May 10

Why you need to upskill now

Despite the name, disruptive tech is constantly changing our lives, making everything more convenient, more affordable and more accessible. It has made the world a much smaller place, putting everything right at our fingertips, making some of the most complicated processes possible with a swipe of a finger.

But disruptive...

May 05

5 of the best hangout spots in Canggu

It’s easy to understand why Bali is on almost every traveller’s bucket list – with lush greenery a common sight with every new turn. Yes, each spot seemingly more Instagramable than the last, and you’d be smart to bring some extra memory cards while exploring.

The Institute of Code...

Mar 25

7 things you can do now that you've learned to code

Learning web development can expand your horizons in much more ways than you might expect.

Yes, it’s true, you might now be able to build beautiful websites, and it’s true you’ll be joining an industry always thirsty for new talent. And while yes, it’s also true there will be over...

Feb 28

5 skills digital marketers need to know

Digital Marketing is currently one of the most in-demand skills. In fact, according to LinkedIn, digital marketing related jobs claimed multiple top 20 spots in both 2014 and 2015.

Because of its growth, marketing has become an incredibly broad field, with many different disciplines coming under its umbrella. As a...

Feb 26

How to score cheap flights (and other travel hacks)

In the original Wall Street movie, the infamous Charlie Sheen wistfully tells his girlfriend “I think if I can make a bundle of cash before I’m thirty and get out of this racket, I’ll be able to ride my motorcycle across China.”

Traveling has become a lot more viable; there’s...

Dec 19

How achieving 'flow' can maximize your productivity

Have you ever been working and felt as though the rest of the world had melted away? That instead of it feeling tedious and boring, work felt absorbing and invigorating?

Chances are you experienced a ‘flow state’, otherwise known as ‘being in the zone.’ This means you were fully engrossed...

Nov 18

The ultimate digital nomad's toolbox

The concept of always having to be shackled to one geographic location for work is slowly being torn down and replaced by the notion you could work from anywhere in the world. 

With advent of social media, team collaboration tools, and high-speed internet, working remotely has never been easier -so...

Oct 25

The 5 most common misconceptions about learning to code

A couple of ago if you asked most people if they should learn to code, the answer would be absolutely and unequivocally “no”.

This opinion has shifted somewhat since then. And many business owners, entrepreneurs, graphic designers and bloggers are starting to see the value of learning a digital...