Freedom means different things to different people, but for many of us it is having the time and money to enjoy life on our own terms, which tends to involve a huge amount of international travel.
In today’s flourishing digital economy there is the opportunity to work remotely, from anywhere in the world, providing you have a laptop and a decent internet connection! For many people, “living the dream” no longer features a corner office, fancy title, and fast car parked in their garage.
Indeed, there are plenty of people who have exchanged their cramped office cubicle and daily commute for a beach hut in Thailand, sat getting a foot massage for just a few dollars, whilst listening to the sound of the ocean working on their iPad. Whilst others prefer the hustle and bustle of travelling around India.
Nowadays, you can travel the world and even complete business management courses by distance learning, at leading international universities, without needing to physically attend lectures on campus. This is a truly incredible time to be alive, as more and more people are able to travel the world without sacrificing their education, career, or earning ability, however, the fuel that will enable your freedom to travel is linked to the amount of income you have. Which is why, in this article, we are going to focus on how to make money whilst travelling the world.
The opportunity to travel the world and live the freedom lifestyle is within your grasp, but you are going to need to generate a decent income as otherwise you will end up pacing up and down the beach in a state of financial stress rather than blissful relaxation! This article therefore looks at ways to make it in the freelance economy.
If you are a freelancer trying to make a decent income, in today’s economy, the general advice is to develop a broad range of projects, rather than depending on one source of income, which could be taken away from you. Think of this metaphor: picture a table with four legs vs. one leg. If you just have one stream of income, your financial stability is inherently vulnerable as you just have one leg supporting the table.
The key advice is to develop multiple streams of income rather than rely on one particular source. The next nugget of advice is to develop skills that are in demand, and in particular, skills where the demand is likely to increase in coming years.
Sites such as Freelancer and Fiverr make popular tasks such as web design, video editing, and copywriting accessible to a global market of freelancers. These sites are a great resource, but there is nothing stopping you from getting a job in your home country and working on a remote contract or freelance basis, as often times the hardest thing about freelance work is competing for it in the first place, as you are one of many thousand freelancers all desperate to get their hands on a juicy project.
In summary, the freedom lifestyle is within your grasp, but unless you are already financially free or are independently wealthy you are going to need to find a way to fund your lifestyle, as even the cheapest of countries can add up, particularly if you are expecting to stay in a western standard of accommodation.