The answer to your 7 biggest location independent problems
As we get back to work after a whistle stop trip to the 40 degree heat of Melbourne, a jaunt up to Queensland to cuddle a koala and an activity packed visit to an island resort it seems a good time to think about questions and priorities for 2013.
Last week we shared our top 5 questions of 2012. This week we cover some of the answers we’ve suggested over the last year.
Some of these might help you with your questions. Or maybe they’ll make you feel better because you already knew that!
Q1. I want to work for myself. How can I make my idea successful?
Work out who exactly you can help, what their problem is and how you can solve it. That tends to be a more lucrative approach than deciding what YOU want to do then hoping someone will pay you to do it. Coming up with a great idea is the easy part. Not actioning it until you’ve done all your research takes a lot of discipline.
Q2. I want to teach people about lifestyle design. Where should I start?
It helps to be practising what you preach already. You don’t have to be an expert but you do need to be a bit further along than the people you would like to help. To make enough money to sustain a Location Independent lifestyle you probably need to have a business which is not dependent on selling what you know about living a Location Independent lifestyle. It’s just helpful not to have all your eggs in one basket, and you can be a lot more authentic in what you are offering if your bills aren’t dependent on its success.
City or Ocean? You need to design your own life before you can help others
Q3. My success depends on following my passion, right?
If you want to be location independent then it’s about using the skills you have and being prepared to do what you can do to get you there (not just what you love to do). This advice probably conflicts with what others say about following your passion. Other opportunities and possibilities will arise in time but focusing just on stuff you love may be a luxury short term if freedom is your priority. If this doesn’t sit comfortably than maybe a flexible lifestyle isn’t a priority after all, and following your passion is. You can have both, you might just have to be patient and decide which one is most important to you for now.
Q4. How can I earn an income remotely with the skill set I have?
Most people have things they can do to earn money right at their fingertips, but they just aren’t seeing it! That’s why it can be helpful to get input from someone on the outside who can assess the situation a little more objectively. It may be that you don’t value the things you can do, taking for granted that just because you find them easy that everyone else does too. You may not have recognised how to adapt your skills to meet the needs of a market. Or you may have been blinkered by having to perform that role for someone else, which means you are unwilling to now use it to your own advantage. Either way, this is a hard one to fathom on your own if you are struggling already. List all the things you CAN do, LIKE doing, are GOOD at doing from roles, hobbies, activities etc you have performed over the last few years. Share it with someone who can identify which ones make good business sense for you to pursue.
Chris (previously a server engineer) working from our ‘home’ in Australia
Q5. My website isn’t getting any attention
Partner up if traffic is a struggle i.e. form relationships with other sites for mutual benefit. Look around for sites which are somehow related to your field (directly or indirectly) and work out where there are gaps. For instance, we noticed that a big information site in our niche focused on providing information on one side of recruitment but not the other. Once we noticed the gap we could approach them to initiate conversation with an aim of being able to solve that problem for them. For us it was with providing plenty of content in return for some promotion of our products at a reasonable advertising rate. You may be able to offer content, expertise, JV sales etc, but make sure there is something in it for the site you are approaching that is equal to what you will be getting out of it. No-one is going to be interested in an offer that is clearly in your favour! You don’t have to go for huge sites, you may have more luck with more modest ones plus a better chance of getting through to an actual person you can build a longer term relationship with.
Q6. How can make my business compatible with remote living?
There are two big obstacles. You might think they are to do with clients or technology, finance or accessibility but they aren’t. First you need to want it enough. Lots of people want to be location independent, but they don’t want it enough to start doing things differently. The second stumbling block is control. If you want to be location independent you will have to give up some of your independence! You will need to think about out-sourcing, using VAs, allowing others some control of the reigns. For some people it’s just too big a step. Which means they stay just where they are, in charge but in the same place! We all make our choices, and yours will depend on what your priorities are deep down.
Q7. How can I create passive income?
Start with question 1 or have read here!
What is your biggest question as you start the New Year?
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