This is part two of a series of articles titled “Doing What You Love.” I will like to start this section by asking you a question; Do you believe that you can make a living doing what you love?
As explained in the first article there are two very important aspect of yourself that you have to make peace with. First is Awareness, are you aware of who you really are and what you really want? Once you check that off, then the next aspect to consider is secondly your mental attitude. Do you believe in yourself? Do you really believe that once you set your mind in what you want, the ideas and resources will show up? If nothing else, please understand that working on a “JOB” for someone else primarily doing tasks that you don’t like, won’t get you where you want to go.
In this second article we start to cover more specifically real peoples examples on how they pursued their dream of doing what they want. First we will talk about careers then we will cover those of us that want to walk the entrepreneurial path.
One job/career that is very popular among people that travel abroad is to Teach English as a foreign language. This type of job can also be a volunteering job as well. Teaching English in particular, is an industry fraught with misconceptions and misinformation. Some people/sites say you need a University degree; others say you don’t. Some say TEFL is a useful certificate to open doors; others say it’s a waste of time. If you and are interested in earning income by teaching English abroad, here’s a resource to help you do it: How to Teach English Around the World written by Nomadic Matt, who has experience teaching English around Asia. Nomadic Matt have been traveling the world since 2006
Elmer Diaz Vagabond in Chief at Vagabond Lifestyles – I like to start with my example not to tut my own horn but to provide you a quick glance of how I became a vagabond lifestyler without really knowing what it was doing or becoming. Or knowing that this lifestyle of simplicity and nomadic living was a movement already happening. I’ve been an entrepreneur all my life and we will talk about that a little further. But I did go to college and acquired few degrees . One of those degrees was in engineering and even though I worked for few years for corporate America I was later able to become a consultant and work on my own. While on the road I’ve had the opportunity to meet doctors, lawyers, marketing consultants, other engineer and many other professional living the vagabond lifestyles. For some this transition is possible because they are able to talk their former employer into hiring them as outsourcers or consultants. In the best seller 4 Hour Work Week author Tim Ferris talks in length about this strategy. For me and many others, the transition was possible because we build our rolodex (LOL- this will show you my age) of contacts that we were able to build throughout our careers.
But If you don’t have either or there are many websites that will provide you portal for careers abroad, long term and short term. Here is a short list;
You can also go find work by first figuring where you want to go then researching the local (of the country that you selected) online directories. Also one of the hottest recruiting tools is the social network LinkedIn. If you still have doubts just email me and I will be happy to assist.
Pursuing an Entrepreneurial Path
As I said before – I’ve been an entrepreneur all my life and even though I worked as an engineer, I never gave up my entrepreneurial spirit. I always knew that the only way for me and my family to get ahead was by taking full control of my life.
In the mid 80’s I started investing in real estate in the State of Texas and for the following 10 years or so my brother and I were able to grow a portfolio of rentals and to spare you the details I was able to knock down one of my “Bucket list” items – to purchase a recreational vehicle (RV) and to travel all over USA. I did that for almost two year with wife and two kids in tow. While doing that I was able to find myself in the position to become an author and a national speaker. All that happen because while traveling I visited local real estate investors associations and they all wanted to know how I run my business remotely. It was all about having good people and good systems in check. And since I have all my systems documented (I can’t help it, is the engineer in me -LOL) then the transition to author and speaker was easy. The platform was there (the associations) and they where hungry for my type of training and they rewarded me for teaching it. Then my family and I decided to “home base” in western Montana, but my speaking business kept growing and my real estate holding as well. So for me it was natural to travel live part time remotely, teach and run my business. By the way there was two things crucial for me to do this, FEDEX and the Internet, email, teleconference, etc.
Then I learned about outsourcing to India and the Philippines (2005) and started using those services as well. Because of my knowledge as a small business then I diversified into consulting. So my clientèle grew because of word of mouth and satisfied client. I basically became a business developer and I outsourced the work to virtual assistants and project managers in US with workers in Philippines, India, and the Chez Republic. So today I run Several Online biz as well as Vagabond Lifestyle, and My Marketing Project Manager
Bernard Vukas the Freelancer – followed the semi-entrepreneurial path of earning an online income by freelancing his skills. He is one of the top oDesk.com freelancers. He went from earning $10 an hour to $150 per hour in four years. His oDesk success has enabled him to live an idyllic digital nomad lifestyle, earning world-class wages while living in inexpensive countries. Like oDesk, eLance and GetaCoder. are other online portals that help you offer your freelance skills. The work is completely done online, using modern collaboration tools, and you never met any of clients face to face.
What kinds of skills you may freelance?
Just about everything under the sun from small projects using Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Visio, etc.) to Website and graphic design and other more complex skills such as web architecture. Vukas sugest; “When starting out, you need to position yourself as an expert, and not as somebody working on a payroll. Start a project, end it as soon as you can, so you can earn that 5.0 ratings. Go onto new clients as soon as possible. Send proposals and apply to new jobs regularly, and make yourself visible.” You can check Bernard Vukas at http://www.bvukas.com/
Warren and Betsy Talbot of Married with Luggage Publishing Experts – This fascinating couple write and publish books on Amazon.com they are publishing experts and have a wealth of knowledge and advice to share. They are the authors of Dream Save Do: An Action Plan for Dreamers, Getting Rid of It: The Step-by-Step Guide to Eliminate the Clutter in Your Life, and Strip Off Your Fear: Radiate the Confidence Within, all of which enjoy 5-star reviews from readers around the globe. They teach people how to let go of their past and make room for the present in their online multimedia course, Declutter Clinic.
Chris Kirkland of Artweb.com. the Online Empresario – with Artweb Chris help artists market and sell their artwork through building and managing their web presence – basically a niche wordpress.com/shopify for artists. It’s a subscription business model with a few thousand happy users. It provides real value in helping non techie types leverage the internet to promote and sell artists artwork. Recently Chris launched TokyoCheapo.com which is a content site and to be the first of a series of living/travel guides for expensive cities round the world. It’s already generating 50K page views a month and some revenue.
I want to give special thanks to John Bardos of Jet Set Citizen because some of the folks mention here where interview by him and we where able to provide you some excerpts from those interviews. To see the full interview of these fantastic Global Citizens and many others you may want to go to Interview at Jet Set Citizen.
As you can see the possibilities are endless. I hope that this series of articles will spark your mind to give yourself the opportunity to take control of your life and build your very own Vagabond Blueprint. If you haven’t download this free resource take a moment and “Subscribe” below, not only you will be able to get the resource guide to you but we will also provide you with more tools to help you in your new journey.
In the next and last article we will cover the non-traditional jobs or hobbies.
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