Greg Elfrink

November 14, 2016

Becoming an apprentice for an entrepreneur can be a game changing experience. Apprenticeships are the gateway to full-fledged entrepreneurship. You will learn skills that you would never have the opportunity to look at with other, more traditional job roles.

Apprenticeships don’t always lead into the apprentice starting their own business, sometimes an apprenticeship becomes the start of an amazing career. We have seen apprentices go from coffee baristas to CEOs of the company that originally hired them on as an apprentice.

After DCBKK (check out our 6 Takeaways from the DC Conference), we decided to give back. So we posted in the DC members forum that anyone looking to hire an apprentice could leverage our audience for applicants.

This post will have seven different apprenticeship opportunities that DCers and other trusted friends messaged us about, for you to check out and apply for. While we’re excited to share these with you, you should always check out any business you are looking to apply for and make sure it’s a good fit for you as well. You know, the same due diligence you’d do before getting into any opportunity, like we advocate when buying a new site.

For the ambitious, non-traditional worker, an apprenticeship offers opportunities that simply do not exist in traditional job roles.

While the pay may be lower than what you would want at first, the opportunity often makes it worthwhile.

What is an Apprentice?

The literal definition of an apprentice is: A person who is learning a trade from a skilled employer, having agreed to work for a fixed period at low wages.

In the online space, there is nothing cooler than working for a skilled entrepreneur that actually knows what they are talking about, who is walking the walk with their business. Things change so quickly that a low wage agreement can be a bargain for the apprentice to have the opportunity to learn right next to someone who is able to adapt to how fast the internet changes.

Mentorship in this one-on-one style can become a huge shortcut for you. It allows you to clear the fog from your brain and see what is ACTUALLY working rather than hoping some ebook you bought off the Warrior Forum is still relevant (or that it was accurate in the first place).

If you want to become a mover and a shaker in the online world, but you don’t know where to begin, then becoming an apprentice should be a top priority.

The entrepreneur will also open up their network of contacts to you (if it’s a good apprenticeship). These people could be movers and shakers in their own rights, or people with skill sets you admire that you would never have access to without your apprenticeship.

And don’t worry — over time, most apprentices eventually get paid a pretty handsome monthly fee. Why? Unlike many traditional jobs, as a successful apprentice, you will eventually become so important to the company that they won’t want to lose you to other projects. They will want to keep you around and that typically means either more perks, more wages earned, or most likely both, as you grow in your skill sets.

This probably sounds like a situation that is great for a business and takes advantage of the apprentice, but remember that they are taking a chance on someone with little experience or skill. They are betting on your passion and will to work towards your goals, at the risk of a more qualified team member.

These kind of opportunities can be hard to find. When you do find one, it could totally change your entire life like how my apprenticeship did.

Who is Hiring? Here Apprenticeship Positions That Are Available To You Right Now

Each of these positions are paid apprenticeships from other growing entrepreneurs and companies just like us. That means you will get some of the best minds in the online business space to team up with and grow your skillsets.

As we said, you’re going to have to vet these apprenticeships for yourself to see if they are a good fit. The learning experiences and opportunities are specific and unique – and there’s no way for us to know whether this will be a good (or bad) experience for you, specifically.

Just remember, the best apprentices are ambitious, driven, and creative individuals who are willing to learn.

If that is you… then apply for one of these positions below.

Updated 04/20/2017

Founder: Idahosa Ness
Website: https://www.mimicmethod.com
Deadline: April 23, 2017
Start Date: Open
Where You Will Be Located: Location Independent
How to Apply: Click Here
Description of the Position:

You will be harnessing your ability to create powerful content to help grow a language education brand. Some key duties are:

  • 2-3 pieces of content per week
  • Keeping up with SEO standards
  • Managing all guest post outreach

This is a location independent position that will start off at $2,000 per month and after a six month trial can be negotiated for a higher salary. This is a full time position. Please read the entire job description before applying by clicking here.

Ardor  SEO – Social Media Apprenticeship

Founder: Kris Reid
Website: Ardorseo.com
Deadline: Open
Start Date: Open
Where You Will Be Located: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Contact Info for Application: Contact form on application page
How to Apply: Link to Job Offer
Description of the Position:

As a social media apprentice, you will learn to…

  • Help manage clients’ social media pages
  • Help develop, implement and evaluate strategies to be used for social media campaigns
  • Grow a client’s follower base, attract new leads and optimise user engagement
  • Create visual assets for visual media when the need arises
  • Monitor and maintain content areas of multiple social media networks
  • Keep an eye on social media development and trends
  • Create and/or curate social media content that is relevant and compelling
  • Analyse data to help generate reports

You make a good fit if you…

  • Have experience on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social networks
  • Have an interest in a wide range of niche, or would make an effort to take an interest in a client’s business
  • Love to mingle online, and mix work with leisure in the virtual world
  • Have time-management, organisation and prioritisation skills
  • Are strategic, innovative and an analytical thinker
  • Can easily switch between different roles

Ardor SEO – Content Marketing Apprentice

Founder: Kris Reid
Website: Ardorseo.com
Deadline: Open
Start Date: Open
Where You Will Be Located: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Contact Info for Application: Contact form on application page
How to Apply: Link to Job Offer
Description of the Position:

As a content marketing apprentice, you will learn to…

  • Develop/write content that will drive traffic to our and our clients’ websites, including blogs, guides, product reviews, product pages, and content for different pages of a site
  • Work and collaborate with the team to develop marketing strategies and implement them through content
  • Oversee content on different social media platforms and cultivate influencer relationships
  • Read reports to determine ways to improve content, develop attractive opt-in offers, and effectively use calls to action
  • Evaluate conversion rates for optimisation and increase opt-ins
  • Reach out to influential bloggers and business owners to arrange posting opportunities, grow our network of clients, and obtain references and recommendations

You make a good fit if you…

  • Are organised, with the ability to track and report results on time
  • Are willing to learn and put those lessons to good use
  • Loves marketing in any shape and form, and views website traffic as the next best thing
  • Are tech savvy and familiar with social media
  • Have the ability to get the job done with little to no supervision
  • Can commit to the role for the long haul and in support of the future growth of Ardor
  • Know how to play hard and work harder

Design Bold – Content Marketing & Growth Hacker

Founder: Hung Dinh
Website: DesignBold.com
Deadline: Open
Start Date: Open
Where You Will Be Located: Prefers Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh Vietnam, but any timezone that +/- 4 hours compare to GMT +7 (BKK, Hanoi, HoChiMinh) is fine
Contact Info for Application: [email protected], Facebook, Linkedin
How to Apply: Link to Job Offer
Description of the Position:

Looking for Two Bloggers Who Can:

Blog about about design, typography, stock photo, digital marketing.

A good sample can be something like this. We will pay per blog post at your rate.

Become a Chief of Content Marketing

  • Have a strong experience with Growth Hacking and Content Marketing
  • Hire & manage content marketing team
  • Work side by side with DesignBold team to grow the first 1M users.

Monthly salary will be around $4000+ depending on experience.

Additional Information:

DesignBold.com is a photo repository for graphics including: social media posts (Facebook, Twitter, G+, Instagram), Events & Invitation Cards, Documents, Letters, Blogging, eBooks and Marketing Materials. More than 48 types of layouts are supported from artists to personal branders to family occasions.

Why did we decide to start this project?

I’ve worked in the design industry for almost 15 years now. Working with designers is thrilling, but there are hundreds of times that I have to wait for my designer to finish a small graphic in our monthly newsletters or a quick image for a blog post. I already know how it should look and I wish there were editable graphic templates that I can publish my text on right away and publish.

Who Are Our Targeted Customers?

Marketers, salespeople, bloggers, and business people who need to frame their message, content, idea into a professional layout.

A quick thought where DesignBold is heading…

We are living in the era of digital communication. People consume most of their information via apps and sites from their devices… A better presentation format will make an impact on the information delivery. We believe every message should be communicated beautifully.”

1040 Abroad – Tax Advisor & Marketing Apprenticeship

Founder: Olivier Wagner
Website: 1040Abroad.com
Deadline: Open
Start Date: Open
Where You Will Be Located: Location Independent (To Be Discussed)
Contact Info for Application: [email protected]
How to Apply: [email protected]
Description of the Position:

“You would be preparing tax returns and be involved in the strategic direction of the company, the two main skills that you would develop would be US tax and marketing. You will be looking for new ways to grow their company via various marketing channels and will be working close with the creative team.”

To Become the Master, First You Must Be the Apprentice

All of these positions could be the start of a complete lifestyle change for you. If you are driven, hardworking, and creative then these are the perfect opportunities for you.

Remember to act quick, as the competition for these kinds of positions are as fierce as you might imagine. Here are some general tips from our experience sifting through applications to make yours stand out:

  • When you apply, think about what can you possibly do for this company, and come at it that way
  • Actually look at the company websites, understand what their product is, and then give them your best shot at what could be improved
  • Being an apprentice can be A LOT of work, make sure that the position actually aligns with where YOU want to go with your career.
  • If you have side projects, SHOW them that. This helped me a lot, even though my projects weren’t polished at all, it showed I had drive and a “want” for more.
  • Show you’re wanting to go “all in” with a company. You’re here for the long term, that it isn’t some gap year for you. This will help reassure your future employer that you’re here at least long enough with them to make an ROI on investing in your future.

Employers like to see this kind of ambitious thinking (this is exactly what I did when I applied to Empire Flippers!)

Good luck, and if you know someone in YOUR personal network looking for a position like one of the above…then share this article today with them and your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, or whatever social media hangout you enjoy indulging in.

Photo Credit: Helloquence 


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  1. Vera says:

    I was wondering if you’ve ever thought about updating this article more often? Since I wasn’t selected for your offer I still keep searching where I could improve my skills and learn from experienced…

    Anyway keep up the awesome work Empire Flippers

  2. Kim DS says:

    Hi guys, this is great. I just wished I stumbled upon this post earlier.

    Any possibility of doing another post like this in the new year? I’m sure there’s heaps of us independent location lifestyle newbies are still looking for a good Apprenticeship position that we can learn to grow in and eventually provide value to.

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