“Do you want something from me, man?” He angrily looked at me with glaring eyes, as if he was ready to fight for his life. He must have been in his thirties, and he was wearing old, loose cotton pants and a wild, unkempt beard… and for a second, I thought he was going to attack me.
He was one of the guests at the hotel I’m currently staying at… and while I was waiting for the receptionist to bring my key, he suddenly emerged from his door and confronted me about hanging around in front of his room.
I told him that I was just waiting for the hotel staff… and as the expression on his face changed from defensive to confused, he stumbled back into his room, mumbling an incomprehensible apology. Now, I’m pretty used to meeting odd ducks out here from time to time, so I didn’t give it any further thought… but as it turned out, I would meet this guy again… and our next encounter was even crazier!
But before I tell you what happened next, let me clue you in on today’s topic… location independence! You see, there are really two ways to travel the world. One is working your way from place to place, always taking jobs in one country to save up, and then using that money to continue your travels to other places. The other way to travel the world is to become a so-called “digital nomad”.
Maybe you’ve read ads like this from time to time… a promise that sounds almost too good to be true, usually written in big red letters: “Make Money Online!” The author promises you that you can turn your laptop into a money machine, and that you will be able to make a full time income (or more!) on the internet… and live anywhere in the world. Maybe there’s even a picture underneath the sales letter, of the author lying in a hammock on some paradise beach, with his laptop… making paper!
If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, right? Well… not in this case! There are certainly scammers out there and you have to be very careful whom you trust in this business… but working on the internet is very real in 2012. There are hundreds of thousands of businesses who need help… and of course in the year2012, alot of the work that needs to get done can be done on a computer.
If you have a job like that, it really doesn’t matter whether you’re in Brazil… or in a ski resort in Colorado, on a beach in the Caribbean, or in a street café in Paris… you simply do the work on your laptop, and then send the finished project to your client/employer via e-mail. Voilà… you are now TRULY location independent and can live ANYWHERE in the world… all the while still making a full-time income.
This is truly a dream life style, and I know literally hundreds of people who already have jobs like that. In fact, these kinds of jobs are becoming more and more common… and in theUnited States, millions of people already use this model to work from home. Yes, you don’t have to get on a plane… you can also work online just to avoid rush hour traffic, and so you will never have to set an alarm clock again in your life!
“But how do I go about finding this kind of work? Can you help me to make money online, Frank? Can you, huh? Can you? Huh? Huh?”
No… unfortunately, I can’t. I’m sorry, but this is only reserved for members of my very expensive private coaching club. But if you give me your credit card number… Okay, okay – I’m just joking. ;-)
Yes! The answer is ABSOLUTELY yes, anybody can build this kind of life style for himself, and I’m going to tell you exactly how to do it. In fact, I’ve seen people do it over and over again… and that’s why I’m absolutely SURE that it’s also possible for YOU. And there are really two ways to do it…
The first way is to MOVE your current job onto the internet. You see… if you’re currently working on the computer, then there is often no REAL reason why you should have to come into the office every day. In many jobs, it would be just as possible to do the work from home… or from a beach somewhere, for that matter!
For a step-by-step guide on how to move your job out of the cubicle and onto the beach, including some recommendations for the inevitable conversation with your boss, I recommend you check out Tim Ferris’s book “The Four Hour Work Week” – it’s a pretty good representation of this life style, and in fact – I should have written this book… but he beat me to the punch!
The second way is to simply look for work online to begin with. There are hundreds of online portals where contractors (that’s you!) can find work, but at the moment, the five big ones where you will find most of the work are the following:
Those are so-called “freelancing marketplaces”, and you will find all kinds of jobs on there… web development, graphic design, coding, customer support, writing, translation, accounting, sales and marketing, video production, and on and on… there are literally millions of jobs out there.
In the next issue of “Around the World in 80 Years”, I will tell you more about these jobs… I will tell you how to apply for them and stand out from the competition, and how to find a job that actually pays WELL… because not all of them do. I will also tell you how to use your English skills to make money online, and I’ll give you a whole bunch of tips and tricks to make sure your internet career will be a huge success.
Now I still haven’t told you about the guy who almost attacked me at my hotel, and what his story has to do with making money on the road… but I’m just about out of space here, so I will have to leave that for the next edition.
I’ll talk to you again soon – please leave me a comment below if you have any questions, I’m always happy to hear from you!
Always the best,