If you're someone who prefers the structure of a 9-to-5 job or thrives in an office environment, you're probably not going to embrace the kind of “do-what-you-like” lifestyle that comes with copywriting.
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If you've ever dreamed of being able to live and earn a great income no matter where you decide to move to overseas –– maybe in a house by the sea in Latin America, an historic European city, or even on a Greek island for a summer …
Then copywriting could be ideal for you.
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Copywriting is a mega-industry, ripe with opportunity. And yearning for people who can fuel it with fresh marketing messages
And one of the best benefits of the freelance copywriter’s lifestyle is that you can get paid in U.S. dollars… yet live virtually anywhere in the world.
And that includes all those countries with a super-low cost-of-living.
See the articles below for more information on copywriting.
The words jumped out at me from the email on my screen. “We have an emergency! We need your help!” At that moment I was on vacation in Mexico with my husband. When I worked in a corporate job, seeing an email like this while on vacation would have made me nervous. But not this time.
I stood in the window of my apartment in Lucca, Italy, concentrating on painting the scene below. The narrow street was filled with the usual locals who were doing their daily marketing and stopping briefly in a centuries-old church to light a candle. As I tried to capture this slice of life on canvas, I looked out to see a pair of tourists aiming their camera at me—the artist in the window above. Once the shutter clicked, they smiled and waved and I waved back. But my own smile was followed by warm satisfaction that I was living a dream: spending several months in Italy so as to really experience the culture and become part of the fabric of local life.
- You’re on the Move with this Lucrative, Portable Skill
Posted on November 1, 2013 by Guillermo Rubio
They thought we were crazy. My wife and I announced to friends and family that we were moving cross country—from Utah to Florida. To them it was unexpected. And it was. We decided to move on a whim, after all. Within just a few short months, we were on the road. And 2,200 miles later we finally arrived in sunny Florida. There’s a good reason I’m telling you this. One that may help you fund your own future adventures.
- Great Pay, Great Lifestyle…the Benefits of Copywriting
Posted on November 1, 2013 by Jason Gaspero
It was an offer I couldn’t refuse. “Jason,” my friend Brad told me. “I know you can work from anywhere in the world.” He was right. Freelance copywriters like me can make a living—and often a very good living (in excess of six-figures per year)—from just about anywhere in the world. All you need are the secrets to writing a simple sales letter, a laptop, and an Internet connection…and you’re good to go.
“And I know,” Brad said, “that you’ve never been to Thailand.”
My fiancé and I headed out for a double date with friends in the States recently. We were visiting Florida, and our friends wanted to get our opinion on the authenticity of a new Peruvian restaurant. It was very good and very close to the real thing…right up until the check arrived! Our half of the evening came to $70—but in Cuenca, Ecuador, our home overseas, a similar meal would have been less than $50…for all four of us.
- Thousands of Jobs That Pay You in Ecuador, Panama, Paris…
Posted on October 22, 2013 by Winton Churchill
There is a tidal wave of opportunity coming your way… Opportunity that could pave the way quickly for your live-abroad move. In fact, whether you want to live in Cuenca, Panama City or Paris, that move could now be financially more comfortable…and you could make it with greater mental satisfaction than you might otherwise expect.
- Build a Portable Career that Allows You to Live Anywhere
Posted on October 3, 2013 by Trevor Crook
Six weeks ago, I left my luxurious, sea-view condo in Costa Rica (my second home) to return to my first home—Malta, a Mediterranean island, surrounded by turquoise waters. Relaxing with a glass of champagne in First Class on the way over to London, I knew I was going to miss the long, sandy beaches, stunning sunsets each night after playing beach volleyball, and the amazing wildlife and postcard-perfect scenery.
You’re already well on your way to a portable, lucrative income…even if you don’t realize it yet! But every time you convince a friend to join you at the restaurant you like…get your choice when you head to the movies…or talk someone out of the house on a lazy Saturday…you’re practicing the one skill that makes it possible for you to make a comfortable income anywhere you want.
Years ago I decided that before I ever settled down I wanted to live in five new cities around the world. But when I originally imagined this “jet-setter” lifestyle I believed I would need to sell a company or save hundreds of thousands of dollars to make it a reality.
- I Escaped to Paris, Thanks to This Earn-Anywhere Income
Posted on June 12, 2013 by Barbara Diggs
Last week, I had one of those moments when I realized how fortunate I am to have the life and career that I do. I am a freelance copywriter living Paris, which means that not only do I live in one the most beautiful cities in the world, I have the flexibility to actually enjoy it and my life here.
If you’re planning to make the big move abroad, you can create a new occupation for yourself right now—something you will simply love doing and make money from at the same time.You can even get it going before you give up your job, making the transition to your new life overseas seamless.All you have to do is start writing a blog on something you’re passionate about and turn it into a money-making website.
Five years ago I was serving up lattes at a Starbucks in South Florida. I also worked full-time at a hotel. Any time left over was spent teaching ballroom dance lessons whenever the opportunity came up. Three jobs just to stay afloat. Something had to change.
Most people have to work for a living. And only a fortunate few get out of bed each day excited to go to the office. It’s sad how many Americans are unhappy with their job. In fact, I used to be one of them. Then everything changed in one day. Thanks to America’s Great Recession, I was called into HR and terminated. Immediately. “Stop what you’re doing and pack your things,” I was told.
Imagine being able live wherever you want…or taking off on months-long vacations whenever the mood hits you. You sure can’t do that with a regular 9-to-5 job. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Copywriting allows you to live exactly this type of lifestyle…because your workplace becomes anywhere with an Internet connection. Plus, you get to answer to the best boss of all—yourself.
Shern Darcheville has a pretty nice deal. He splits his time between his Caribbean homes in tropical Jamaica and St. Lucia. But Shern isn’t some independently wealthy millionaire. He has a job just like the rest of us. It’s just that in Shern’s line of work, you’re not tied down to any one place. He can clock in from wherever he likes.
Last year, I made the decision to move from Thailand to the fast-growing beach town of Sihanoukville, Cambodia. I knew moving to Sihanoukville wouldn’t be a problem for me or my career. That’s because I’m a freelance copywriter…and when you’re a freelance copywriter, it makes no difference where you live or work.
- How to Pay for the Life You’ve Been Dreaming About…
Posted on September 9, 2012 by Jason Holland
It’s a big myth that people who write for a living are starving artists. Most of the writers I know make a very good living. They also enjoy lifestyles that most people only dream of. I’m talking about a very specific type of writing, one that serves a multi-billion dollar industry that has grown exponentially since the introduction of the Internet.
What’s the best job in the world for income-minded world travelers? In my opinion, there’s no doubt…it’s freelance copywriting. Copywriters can work from almost anywhere in the world. If you’ve got a laptop and an Internet connection you’re good to go. What’s more, you set your own hours.
- “Copywriting More Than Covers my Cost of Living in Ecuador”
Posted on July 19, 2012 by Jennifer Adams
My friend Michael was in shock. It was understandable since he’d never seen me “work” in the traditional sense of the word. With all the time I spend eating out, going to concerts and exploring the downtown shops of Cuenca, Ecuador, he thought I was a member of the idle rich.
I’m just outside of a tiny picturesque village in Burgundy, France. It’s only two hours away from the clamor of Paris, but it feels much farther. Here, I am surrounded by gentle curvy hills blanketed by golden blossoms and emerald-green grass. Behind me, the village, a cluster of stone houses and a 16th-century church, waits quietly. Before me, a thicket of pine trees lines the horizon.
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. I dreamed of feeling that epic adrenaline rush as I ran for my life, hoping to make it all the way down the 825-meter course and into the bullring without wiping out on the dew-slicked cobblestone streets and getting trampled, crushed, or gored. Or even worse…
- Rent in Cambodia: Live in a Mansion for $100 a Month
Posted on April 26, 2012 by Jason Gaspero
the best thing about being a copywriter is that it allows me to enjoy the type of lifestyle that I’ve always wanted. Right now, I’m living and working in Southeast Asia—in a sunny, laid-back little beach resort town called Sihanoukville in Cambodia.
Ever since my first extended trip overseas back when I was a student, I dreamed of landing the “perfect” overseas job. I craved new experiences in faraway lands. And I was willing to do whatever it took to make that happen. At first, it didn’t matter what the job was. As long as it gave me a chance to support myself while living in a world-class overseas destination, I was in.
I work in Paris, France with plenty of free time to explore this phenomenal city with my children, because of my career. As a copywriter, I work a few hours a day, three or four days per week, and I can think of no better place to live.
- Ditch Your Cubicle and Work Overseas (All Expenses Paid)
Posted on January 24, 2012 by Darius Fisher
Four years ago, I worked in a cubicle in a basement office in San Francisco’s financial district. The pay was decent. I worked in sales for a litigation support company. But putting on business-casual garb, schmoozing with paralegals and hitting the phones…sucked. So I did something about it. I sold my belongings. And I gallivanted around South America for 14 months.
This isn’t five days a week; it’s closer to seven with 12- to 14-hour days. The stress has mounted, your health has suffered, and forget a personal life. You think constantly of retirement, but it is five years in the future. Sound familiar? Fifteen months ago, that was my life…and it was certainly not my own.
Even though I’ve been a freelance copywriter for over six years now, have lived and worked in over a dozen countries, and use words to make a full-time living, I fear I won’t be able to put into words what I recently saw with my own two eyes. I’ll fully admit it. Right now. That’s because, quite frankly, I’ve never, ever seen or experienced anything like I just did last month.
It was several hours into our 15-hour train ride on the “train of the clouds” when our fellow passengers started dropping like flies. First an elderly man…then a young woman…and then more. There was at least one medic per train car…but at the rate people were dropping, it didn’t look like they had enough oxygen masks to go around.
- IL Radio Episode 29: Jobs You Can Do From Anywhere in the World
Posted on September 28, 2011 by Dan Prescher
Jason Gaspero got the travel bug early…and before he was in his 30s, he’d been more places on the globe than most people ever dream of going. And luckily for Jason, he found a job that gave him the freedom to travel wherever he wanted.
My family and I now live (for at least a big part of the year) in Paris. I’m still a copywriter—but now work freelance. My “commute” is a walk from bed to the kitchen for a cup of coffee, a teeth-brushing pit-stop, then to my laptop in my favorite chair in the living room.
I had always dreamed of moving overseas. About five years ago, while in my mid-20s, I got the guts and actually did. Now my little piece of “paradise” is smack-dab in the heart of the 17th largest city in the world: Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- A Globetrotting Copywriter’s Beach Budget Paradise
Posted on August 18, 2011 by Jason Gaspero
One of the best benefits of the freelance copywriter’s lifestyle is that you can get paid in U.S. dollars… yet live virtually anywhere in the world. And that includes all those countries with a super-low cost-of-living. I’ve had the good fortune to live and work in many countries like this. Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia are a few that come to mind.
About five years ago I walked out on a dream job. I had been working for Dell and traveling to far-away places like the Philippines and Argentina. I’d often travel for months at a time… staying in luxurious hotels, dining at fine restaurants, and pretty much living like a rock star.
Can you really make a living as a freelance copywriter from anywhere in the world? Well… consider this. I live on a small island in Thailand. It’s called Koh Phangan. And even on a tiny tropical island in Thailand like here, you can get solid, reliable, fast-enough Internet access.