Yesterday I had a conversation with a guy here in the hostel. Someone asked him what he will be doing after his stay in Mexico. He said “I have to work”…”I cannot do it as some people. Traveling for months.” …”Or well…I could if I quit my job and travel until my money runs out.”
I asked him what he was doing. He is a developer. The easiest profession to work location independent. I was telling him that. You already work at a computer. So you just bring your work wherever you go easily if you want to. It is the perfect job you can do as a freelancer or find a employer who allows you to work from home and in the future maybe you can work from wherever you want. He said he was already thinking of that. But…
What was following was a number of statements like
- But I probably would not make as much money as I do now.
- But I have to know people to find work.
- But I don’t like the paperwork.
- But I don’t have enough experience.
And I was like Man…
Of course you probably won’t make as much money as in your job because you start from scratch. But if you start in a cheap place like Asia or Central America, you won’t need that much money. And when you work motivated and are good at what you are doing, you are able to make the same if not even more money. And again you can start part-time while doing your job. To already have some clients when you completely start to freelance.
If you don’t know people, start getting to know people. And there are pages, you can find freelance gigs. – But I do not want to do jobs at a low pay. I said look for work in your niche, in which you have experience and show that you have experience and do not sell yourself undervalued. Of course there is competition and there are jobs that are not well-paid but there are jobs which are. And it is possible to find them if you truly look and use your expertise properly.
It’s not much paperwork. You have to do the registration as a freelancer, get a travel insurance and do a tax declaration once a year. Creating invoices is super easy and there are tools online which make it even easier. And if not, there is always the option to hire a tax consultant.
You have worked 1.5 years in your job now. How much time do you think you need until you have enough experience? 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? The thing is you will never feel fully prepared. Freelancing is a thing you learn as you do.
Sometimes I’m sick of hearing this. “I would love to but I cannot travel months in row.”
When you live in a first world country and find a niche you are willing to work in whether it’s your profession or not, you can. All you need is motivation, passion, a computer, internet and in some cases a kick in the ass.
I don’t say it’s for everyone. But if you really want to, you can do it. The thing is you have other priorities. It’s fine. Just say “I prefer having the security of a stable job” (which btw isn’t always that secure either) or “I prefer living in Berlin with my friends around me”. No worries, that’s all good! Each person wants different things from life and is living a different lifestyle. No problem!
But please don’t tell me that you cannot! You have excuses because you don’t want it 100%! Where there is a will, there is a way.
So please find out what you want out of your life and start living in the direction of your dreams now. Because now is the best time to start living your life. No more excuses!
Why now is the best time to start living your dreams?
Life is short
Both unfortunately and luckily we do not know how much time we have to live. You might live until your retirement. You might not. You never know whether you will have an accident next week that makes you unable to fulfill your dreams – it doesn’t have to be traveling the world. It can be getting in shape, finding a job you find fulfillment in or learning something new.
You don’t know if you will get the chance to do, what you dream of doing, in the future. So why postpone? Better, do it now!
Regrets in the future
Have you ever read The Top Five Regrets of the Dying? Well, if you’re still postponing your life, you should take a look in this book. Most regrets of people on their deathbeds either include I should have spend more time with my family or I should have worked on fulfilling my life-long dream.
If you think of something (almost) every day and it doesn’t leave your mind. It’s pretty sure that you will regret it if you will not have given it a try in the future.
The what-ifs and should have’s will eat your brain. – John O’Callaghan
There won’t be the perfect moment
There will never be the perfect moment to start living the “life of your dreams”. There are always obstacles and challenges in the way. Your journey will never be smooth.
You will never feel fully prepared. When you learned something new, you will find out that you might have to learn something else as well. There is always something new to learn. Always something another person might be better at than you are.
And? Does it stop people from doing what they love? No. People who make being location independent their priority, learn with the journey. They overcome obstacles and challenges. They make them grow. They learn new things all the time and do not let those things stop them. And you shouldn’t either.
This not only applies for traveling the world while working location independent. This also applies for daily life issues like I will start with the diet tomorrow. I will go to the gym next week. I will take classes when I have more time.
Don’t postpone things. Start them now!
You can and should take small steps
Of course sometimes we have more time and sometimes we seem to have no time at all. I agree. But try to use your time efficiently if you want to achieve something.
Don’t watch the hour of TV but read a book or do an online course to learn the skills you need to or want to learn. Go to the gym or for a run. On your way to work, read books instead of watching out of the window.
There are always little time frames in which you can take small steps. And you actually should take small steps and not think you will be the super hero of a freelancer from one day to the other.
It will take time. It will take effort. So take small steps every day towards your goal. Take half an hour every day and you will get there. Nobody is the perfect entrepreneur or freelancer within a day.
Failure will bring you closer to your goal than not trying at all ever will
People often do not quit their job and try to make their dream a reality because they are afraid of failure. I have failed a couple of times on the way. I have learned my lessons several times. I learned more about the things I’m good at and the things I still have to learn more about.
Same counts for going to the gym to lose weight. Are you afraid you won’t lose that weight? And that’s why you find excuses not to go, not to follow your heart and not to give your dreams a try.
But let’s be honest. Failure will make you grow. Failure will make you learn lessons you thought you’ve never learned. Failure will make you getting better at the things you’re doing or learning what you like and what you do not like to do. And how would you feel if you find out you actually can do it! It’s one of the best feelings in the world. Showing other people and especially showing yourself that you can achieve things you would have thought you couldn’t.
Failure will bring you closer to your goal than not trying at all ever will. So please get out there whatever your dream is, stop postponing and take little steps towards your dreams and goals.
What is your dream? How do you want to live your life? Are you taking steps to go in the direction of your dreams?
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