Freedom means different things to different people; but the common theme seems to be that of having both the time and money to enjoy life on your terms – to do the things you want to do, when you want to do them… whilst for some, it will be hitting the road in an Airstream and for others, it might be upgrading their home.
In today’s flourishing digital economy there is the opportunity to work remotely, from anywhere in the world, providing you have a laptop and a decent internet connection! For many people, “living the dream” no longer features a corner office, fancy title, and fast car parked in their garage – it’s more akin to jetting off to an exotic location and working from their laptop in a bamboo beach hut drinking from a fresh coconut that’s recently fallen onto the soft white sand.
No doubt you’ll have heard the tales of someone giving up their daily grind in order to travel the world… where they exchange the shackles of the nine-to-five for flexible working hours and the congested commute for a pleasant walk from their beach hut to a local coffee shop.
The benefits of this remote working lifestyle are clear… there are plenty of people who, right now, have exchanged their office cubicle for a beach in Thailand, getting a foot massage for a few dollars, whilst working on their iPad.
There are a variety of people living an incredible lifestyle whilst travelling, but financially, they are struggling to make ends meet – perhaps they are dependent on their credit card or spend their days looking for the best personal loans in order to maintain their ‘freedom lifestyle’ but in truth, that’s not a life of freedom; it’s a life of debt.
The opportunity to work remotely, and live the freelancing dream is within your grasp – but unless you’re able to generate a decent income you could well end up spend your time pacing up and down the beach in a state of financial stress rather than blissful relaxation!
This article looks at a few tips for making it as a freelancer:
If you are a freelancer trying to make a decent income, in today’s economy, the general advice is to develop a smorgasbord of projects – rather than depending on one source of income. Think of it as a table with four legs vs. one leg – as your financial stability is inherently vulnerable if you just have one leg supporting the table, as what happens if this gets taken away?
The key advice, therefore, is to develop multiple streams of income rather than rely on one particular source. The next nugget of advice is to develop skills that are in demand, and in particular, skills where the demand is likely to increase in coming years.
With the ever-increasing trend for user-generated content, and video explainers, the demand for video editing is booming and shows no signs of stopping; basic video editing is a skill you can pick up reasonably quickly, and the Adobe Suite of products doesn’t cost that much for a monthly subscription.
Web Design is another booming market, and whilst, a few years ago web designers would require an understanding of coding language – today, there are plenty of WYSIWYG website builders available, where it is as simple as dragging and dropping elements onto a page, without any need for coding. Remember, you don’t need to be a designer extraordinaire, you just need to be able to facilitate the tangible outcome that the client wants.
Just as popular as web design and video editing is copywriting where you develop content for a client, whether that’s a blog post, advertising copy, or a description of the business or service. The more specialised this is (e.g. business plan writing) the higher paid you will be, but someone with a general grasp of creative writing can produce compelling copy that converts website visitors into customers.
Where to find work
Sites such as https://freelancer.com make popular tasks such as web design, video editing, and copywriting accessible to a global market of freelancers; many of which live in countries with such a low cost of living, they can charge as little as $5 an hour for complex technical tasks – blowing the majority of western freelancers out the water, in terms of price. However, when you’re travelling in a similar economy this makes you an extremely attractive option as you’ll have the language skills, cultural understanding, and relevant experience to attract many clients at a competitively low price.