You and I live in this amazing time in history where, for the first time, many jobs can be completed from a laptop anywhere in the world. But if you currently go into an office, navigate a commute that sucks away your free time, or are just craving more flexibility to work from anywhere, this blog post is for you! Keep reading for 3 simple steps to create location independence as your own boss.
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3 Steps to Location Independence
Whether your idea of the perfect office is poolside in Mexico, a coworking space in Bali, or the comfort of your own home, below are 3 simple steps to go from location-locked to location independence.
1. Choose a business you can do anywhere.
There are many businesses that you can do from anywhere. If you’re looking to stay in your 9 to 5, you may be able to negotiate with your employer to get work-from-home or remote-work benefits. Or, you may be able to find a new company without a traditional office space.
For anyone who wants more freedom as their own boss, one of my favorite options is freelance writing—writing content for businesses online. Not only is writing a skill that anyone can learn, but there is no shortage of opportunity. Every business in the world has more content to create than they can keep up with—everything from blog posts to social media, email newsletters, webpages, and more. By writing for businesses, you not only provide them with a service they desperately need, but you create the freedom for yourself to work from anywhere as your own boss.
The best part is, you can transfer whatever your background has been up until now to become a go-to writer for that industry. Think about it: you already know more than the average person about that industry, so naturally brands will want to talk to you, even above more experienced writers who don’t have your industry experience.
If you’re not sure how to write for business, it’s an easy-to-learn skill. I teach it step by step in my program Content Business Blueprint, where students learn how to 1) write, 2) book clients, 3) position themselves to earn more premium rates like $50 to $100/hour.
2. Decide how much it’d take to replace your 9 to 5.
Pull out a calculator app on your phone or computer. First, enter your current annual income. Second, divide that number by 52 (the number of weeks in a year). Lastly, divide that number by $100 (the rate you could charge per hour as a freelance writer). The number you’re left with is how many hours per week you would need to work to replace your current income through a skill like freelance writing.
You may be surprised to find that you can work LESS hours than you’re currently working in order to replace or supplement your current income. Play with the numbers until you get a range you’re comfortable with. Then…
3. Map out a monthly goal to replace your income.
Let’s say that your goal is to work a full 40-hour workweek. Great. Now your mission is to create a monthly target so you can, month by month, achieve your goal of replacing your current income and creating location freedom.
With a skill like freelance writing, for example, you could aim for one client each month that has 10 hours of work per week for you. Ten hours of work could look like one blog post and a corresponding batch of a few social media posts and an email promoting the blog post.
Imagine all the THOUSANDS of businesses in your industry. Do you think you could find ONE in the next month who would love a writer to work with? Many people wrongly imagine that they need dozens of freelance clients in order to build a successful business. In reality, even four clients with 10 hours of work per week is a fully-booked, 40-hour/week business as your own boss, with the freedom to work from anywhere.
Maybe next month, your goal is to get one client with 10 hours/week of work. The next month, you could aim for another, then the next month, another. Before you know it, over just a few months, you will have replaced your current work hours and income as your own boss.
Location Independence Jobs: Freelance Writing
To this day, one of the parts of freelance writing that I am most grateful for is the ability to work from anywhere. I never imagined that I would be able to work from co-working offices in Spain, to learn how to make pasta after work in Italy, to be able to learn how to Tango on the weekends in Argentina. Or some days, to just comfortably work from home.
But that’s how much can change through freelance writing.
If you want to follow a step-by-step process to learn how to write for businesses, find those writing clients, and position yourself to earn more premium rates like $50 to $100/hour from the start, check out the free training below. I hope it supports you!
Then DM me on Instagram and let me know you read this post—and where you dream of working one day when you have total location freedom as your own boss.
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