Sitting on a beach, cocktail in one hand – the other hand hovering over the keyboard as you check your online tasks for the day, while you get nice golden tan. You’ve just completed another day at the office, and it’s time to shut down the laptop and sink into a deep sleep as the sun dips in the horizon. Making money online for many is a pipe dream. It’s something that they would like to do, but don’t have any idea on where to start.
I was one thought like this up until a year ago. As a self-confessed gadget geek, I’ve always thought I’d be better off “online”. Technology is something that runs through my veins and makes me tick.
It wasn’t until the summer of 2012 that I really started to drill down a little deeper into this notion of Location Independence. It was a term that I started to see pop up quite a lot in the various travel blogs and travel forums that I followed.
At first I thought it was just high-profile travel bloggers and writers that were living this location independent lifestyle, but as time went on I came across many men, women and couples who were making money online.
The really cool thing about this lifestyle – is THE LIFESTYLE! They were travelling around the world wherever they liked and their only concern was having a decent internet connection wherever they stayed.
This concept has fascinated me for many years. With the explosion of main stream wifi over the past few years, the potential for people to earn their crust from the comfort of their own laptop anywhere in the world has become huge.
Suddenly, you had people creating informational products, digital products, niche websites and other forms of potential money makers. They saw the light pretty early and decided to carve out their own piece of the cake.
Travel blogs popped up from all over the place and then those guys started getting sponsorship from companies looking to place adverts on their website.
I think you get the idea….
We are now in a time where we have the technology and capabilities to create our own destiny and fortune right from our home.
There are two Irishmen that I’ve gotten to know lately who are living the location independent dream to the max. Johnny Ward and Niall Doherty are currently travelling around the world, earning a living from their online businesses and more importantly – living life the way they want.
These guys figured it out a few years ago and are now reaping the succulent rewards. You’ve got to respect that mindset. Taking the leap of fate and deciding that you are going to give something a shot, without knowing what the outcome might be, has to be admired.
My eyes were severely opened with what I found in my research regarding the whole making money online thing.
I wanted some of that.
So I started applying some ground work over the past year to kickstart developing some useful skills.
Skills that you can take with you anywhere in the world.
Concepts and knowledge that people would pay you for.
At the moment I am trading my time for money online, but hopefully down the line I will be trading value for money. That’s where I hopefully see things going eventually.
I’m now on the verge of taking my own leap of fate. As I reported in my last post – Moving to Thailand, Myself and my girlfriend will be jumping on a plane and flying out to Thailand to start our own location independent dream.
The biggest concern is this move is failure.
But this concern will also act as a motivator. It will force us to make sure that we really push things as hard as we can and that we don’t give up at the first hurdle.
And there will be hurdles. A lot of them I’m sure.
Making a huge decision like this is never going to be easy. In fact, it can be stressful initially until things set settled. We are in the process of sorting out a few things that will leave us in the position to cut the string and have a crack at becoming location independent! 🙂
Have A Plan
Having a plan is the key to success for a lot of things in life. Decide on what it is that makes you happy, and see if there’s a way you can incorporate that into your lifestyle.
Travelling isn’t for everyone, obviously. Travelling doesn’t mean happiness either. It’s all about finding the balance in your life, and that will ultimately result in happiness.
Find out what it is that you want to achieve, and then start working towards making that shit happen!