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Today I’m really excited to share this post with you all as it kick-starts a series I hope is going to help a lot of people.
I started this blog at the beginning of this year with two vague aims: one, to commit to blogging and build up a live portfolio to help my freelancing career. Two, because I thought the idea of helping friends and strangers with their finances and lifestyles over the internet sounded pretty cool.
This blog has evolved more than I could ever have imagined – I spend more hours working on this blog for a much smaller profit than I do on the jobs that actually earn me money, but I love it. Seeing you all comment, having people message me to say I’ve helped them get out of a sticky financial situation or just be inspired to try something new feels amazing.
Now, aim one is well and truly achieved – and it’s time to put all my energy into helping my readers. So that’s where this series comes from…
A Bit of Background
If you’re new here or haven’t quite managed to piece together my story yet (it’s spread over a lot of posts – sorry about that!), here’s what you need to know:
Towards the end of 2016, my boyfriend and I were done with the 9 to 5. He came home tired and grumpy every night, and I’d cry at work because I felt so unchallenged and unvalued in my job.
We were 24 and already thinking, is this all there is? Work, work, work, only to drag yourself through some fun at the weekends to avoid spending your only two days in bed?
It didn’t sit right with me. So we decided to make a change.
We did what a lot of disillusioned young couples with few big commitments do: we booked flights to Thailand.
We had a deadline of February 2017 to find work that we could take on the road to make a life of travel sustainable. That, after all, was the real goal.
In about four months, my boyfriend had secured a freelancing position with his current employer, and I managed to launch my freelance copywriter and social media management career, with three clients onboard before we left.
So, we were successful. Neither of us are raking in the cash, but we’re earning enough to make long-term travel sustainable. It’s a start, but more importantly, it showed us that there are so many more opportunities out there than the traditional working model. And just look at these two cheesy smiles – we’re a thousand times happier!
What’s the point of all this, though?
Well, I started this blog at the same time I quit my job, started freelancing, and left the UK to travel the world.
I could quite easily have started a travel blog and posted photos of all the beautiful countries we’ve been to. But I didn’t. I started a money blog. Why?
It kills me to think of people in the same position that I was in – crying in the toilets at work because I felt unchallenged, unmotivated and like I’d run out of options just a few years into my working life.
Taking the leap into an unknown world of remote working was terrifying, and although there is information online, I felt wholly overwhelmed and without the tools I needed to make the life I actually wanted achievable.
I don’t want anyone to feel like that again.
I’ve already shared a lot of budgeting, saving money, and minimalism tips, and will continue to do so, but now I want to dedicate some time to building a huge resource with options, answers, and information that I know I would have loved to find when I was looking for a way out.
How I make money travelling the world
So, to answer the title of this post, I make money while travelling the world by:
- As a virtual assistant
- Social Media Management
- Being very frugal (the best way to make money is to save money!)
It’s not super important as this series is about your journey, but I know, people love to be nosy. You see a dozen photos of sunsets and beaches (not sorry Instagram followers!) and wonder how the hell that person does it.
So, this is how. I was a full-time copywriter in an office job for 2 years, and then went freelance. My two years experience helped a lot when it came to landing my first few clients, but these days I actually have this blog to thank for new clients more than my portfolio.
I’m still slowly building my client base and income, but I love the work and it gives me the flexibility to chose where and when I work every single week. I landed my first client on Upwork, and have been working hard to build up my portfolio ever since.
However, I’m definitely not an expert on any of these things (well, except the sunset photos 😉), let alone the endless things other people do to make working remotely possible. So this series is going to be packed full of interviews with other people with a story to tell, remote working hacks, courses that I’ve researched and could really help you start a new career from scratch, as well as my own insights as a new and learning remote worker.
Be sure to bookmark this page so you can see every post in this series as I update the list!
This series isn’t just for people who want to become ‘digital nomads’. For me, the travel is awesome but it’s not the essential ingredient for the happiness I’ve felt in the past year. That main ingredient is freedom.
Working remotely gives you freedom of time, of location, of vocation, and it’s this that I want to emphasise. Being stuck in the traditional 9 to 5 office job feels like the only solution for many people, but it’s not until I’ve taken the leap into ‘the other side’ that I can see that’s not the case at all.
I hope you’ll all join me in this series, and find something of help to you. Of course, if there is something you’d like me to cover specifically, let me know in the comments and I will absolutely squeeze as many requests in as possible!
Work Anywhere Posts:
If you are a digital nomad, remote worker, make money travelling the world or as an entrepreneur with an amazing story to tell, I would love to feature you in this series!
Please head on over to my contact page and drop me a message with some details on who you are and what story you’d like to share.