This. Is. Awesome.
Many people work in dissatisfying jobs — and most people’s stories end there. “We remained bored and listless for the next 20 years, counting down the days until traditional retirement age.” Not Diane and Neal.
Instead, they saved two years’ of expenses and moved to France. Wowza.
Let’s find out exactly how they did it — and what advice they’d offer along the way.
Before we dive in, I’d like to offer a disclaimer: This article (and ALL articles on this site) isn’t intended to prescribe an identical path. Not everyone wants to explore Brazil or move to France.
Make the list right now. Every dream. I want to be a bestselling author. I want to reduce my material needs. I want to have freedom from many of the worries that I have succumbed to all my life. I want to be healthy. I want to help all of the people around me or the people who come into my life. I want everything I do to be a source of help to people. I want to only be around people I love, people who love me. I want to have time for myself.
THESE ARE NOT GOALS. These are themes. Every day, what do I need to do to practice those themes? It starts the moment I wake up: “who can I help today?” I ask the darkness when I open my eyes. “Who would you have me help today?” I’m a secret agent and I’m waiting for my mission. Ready to receive. This is how you take baby steps. This is how eventually you run towards freedom.
Each of us gets to choose the sort of freelance work we will do.
This is a profound freedom, and one that we often ignore, wasting the opportunity.
To provoke you to take advantage of this moment, my new course for freelancers is now available on Udemy.
In this online, video-based class, I’m daring you to get paid what you’re worth and to find a platform where you can do your best work.
When you move up the ladder, step by step, the work gets more rewarding. We each start as a replaceable cog, open to taking whatever is offered. With focus and effort, though, you can go all the way to becoming a remarkable creator with few substitutes. Along the way, you will gain respect, income and freedom.
And so it began… one terrible bicep curl and painful sit-up at a time. No, being at the gym was not fun at first. Matter of fact, it sucked. I felt as though it was absolutely the most humiliating and frustrating thing I had ever put myself through. I trained at 6 a.m. – three days a week, and while things sucked at first, believe it or not, I was gradually growing to love the time that I got to spend with my trainer. It was my time and I was working on myself. I began to not care that it was by far the biggest financial investment I had ever made up to that point in life. I began to not care that my friends thought I was a lunatic for waking up early on Saturday mornings to do the cardio fuel class. This journey was about me, not them. I was chasing what was soon to become my bliss.
These are just some of the many side business opportunities that have grown more common in the past few years. However, there are many more out there already, in addition to some that are yet to be discovered.
As you embark on your new side business or “side hustle,” remember that you are only limited by your own imagination and skillset. Don’t be afraid to be creative, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t succeed.
You never know, unexpected success might be right around the corner.
This can feel scary at first, but I promise it’s not. You should search freelance job boards such as on ProBlogger, find clients on oDesk or Elance, become active on forums where clients that you want to work for often are, reach out to others and see if they know of any openings, cold email possible leads, and more.
The worst thing that can happen is someone will say no.
Once you get over that fear, I am sure you will be able to successfully launch a freelance career of your own.
Looking to do more as a freelancer, or start as one? Here’s a great article with practical routines to get you going.