We are Hannah and Chris Alford. We create businesses which we can run from anywhere in the world. We travel a lot and have tons of fun as we do it. We set up Love, Play, Work to share what we know and help those of you who would love to do the same.
When you take the leap into self-employment doesn’t the freedom seem limitless? No more long hours wasted just getting to your desk; no more wondering if you have enough clean shirts or frantic late night ironing; no more ducking office politics or avoiding annoying colleagues!
Your days are yours to do what you like with.
The problem is, being self-employed or running your own business does have its own constraints. It’s all too easy to get caught up in long hours and a heavy workload- even though it’s on your own terms!
So, what’s the alternative?
Working for yourself does take hard work, but it can also be A LOT of fun. You just need to set things up so the freedom you started off with is an integral part of your business model.
If you do most of your work from your desk then you can work from anywhere. Of course you’ll have your own personal circumstances to take into account, but the simple, fundamental truth is, you CAN work from anywhere. More and more people are taking advantage of it every day. We live in an amazing time which puts the tools to do this right into our hands.
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Who are Love Play Work?
So this is us- me, Hannah, an occupational psychologist and Chris an IT expert/consultant/professional… geek. I do most of the writing. Chris is the technical whizz kid. (Don’t tell him, I’ll never hear the end of it.) For a bit on our ‘back story’ you could have a listen to the audio below. Hannah was grilled on all the sorts of questions you may be intrigued about (It’s about 40 minutes long so good for a download!)
Our story in a nutshell
In early 2008 Chris and I started working together. It was a huge gamble as Chris’ wages were the only regular money coming in. But we hated that my self-employment gave me so much flexibility but Chris was still tied to one place. We decided to give it 6 months to see if we could start to generate enough cash from our first on-line business…
Fast forward to the end of the year and we had racked up trips to 4 different countries and relocated our ‘office’ to wonderful new places for three out of the twelve months. That was us just getting started! We didn’t know about the term ‘location independence’ but this lifestyle seemed like a pretty good deal to us. There was no way Chris was going back to a proper job!
Since then travelling has been as big a part of our lives as growing our businesses have. We love doing both. We can work from a hammock, a beach, a chalet or anywhere that allows us to seamlessly integrate ‘work,’ ‘holidays’ and ‘adventure’. Life for us flows much better that way.
What environments make you feel inspired, energised, stress-free and content. Doesn’t it make sense that you would work more effectively and reach your potential more fully if that was your day to day reality? All you need is your vision, an internet connection and the self discipline to keep at it. there are no restrictions on who gets to live like this. It’s up to you.
Of course there are certain professions that don’t fit with this way of life, but there are LOADS of jobs that it will. There are even plenty of ways to adapt roles which on the face of it seem pretty rigid. We are pretty good at helping figure out how to make the transition to a more flexible working style if that’s the part you tend to get stuck on.
Where it started
We used to work 9-5. We didn’t hate it, but we didn’t want to spend our weeks waiting for the weekend. We didn’t want to spend most of the year looking forward to the next two week holiday. We wanted to live a life where we could enjoy every day. What do you want?
How does it work
With a bit of trial and error we figured out what you need and how to get this sort of lifestyle off the ground really smoothly. Certain knowledge, systems and support are important to get underway but it is not as hard as you might think. We’ve been asked by a TON of people how we manage it (including staying happily married in the process!) which is why we decided to set up Love Play Work and share what we know.
Here’s the difference
It’s weird, not enough people seem to be taking full advantage of how truly mobile business can be, despite being inspired by all the beauty there is in the world and wanting to experience it firsthand.
Understandably you want to know where to start, what the pitfalls are, what technology you need and how to set it up, how to keep the money coming in, and plenty more questions besides. And we can help with all of that because we’ve done it ourselves. We’ve learnt what works (and what doesn’t!). We can get you to where you want to be quicker, with fewer headaches, less anxiety and without wasting valuable time.
A simple philosophy- do you agree?
We’d love it if more people could live and work like this if they want to. Maybe it’s idealistic, but what inspires us is that the more of us who live like this, the more we show it is possible. And maybe they will start to challenge the idea that we have to wait until we retire to travel and enjoy life a little more. The more people we can all inspire to live rich and fulfilled lives, the less self-sacrifice and depression there will be. Which has to make the world a happier place, doesn’t it?!
For all the fun and freedom we have as we travel, generating an income is the foundation. We are very mindful of the fact that we all have to fund our lifestyle and sometimes this can present challenges to those just starting out. We’ve got a lot of experience in turning difficulties to advantages, overcoming obstacles and not comprising on our priorities. It’s an ongoing process but by sticking to clear values of what is important in how you live, how you do business and by accessing the support you need (no-one knows everything they need to!) we truly believe you can make it work for you too.
Shall we do this together?
We’d love to provide the support, guidance and mentoring you need to get you living your location independent lifestyle if that’s the place you are at right now. We want to help you find your blueprint and get it working for you as quickly and easily as possible. Check out our 180 days to your office on the beach Program, if you want a shortcut to get your new lifestyle underway more quickly, one to one input focused just on you works really well.
Thanks for sharing your time with us, we look forward to getting to know you through your comments and any feedback you’d like to share.
If you haven’t already watched it, you need to watch our “What if your screensaver was your real view?” video. You can watch it by going back to our home page.