"My little house in the middle of the jungle is serene and simple. I have mango and tamarind trees in my yard and more birds than I can count," says expat Carol Kandell, 49, who's lived full-time on the tropical island of Koh Samui, Thailand, for the past three years...
“My little house in the middle of the jungle is serene and simple. I have mango and tamarind trees in my yard and more birds than I can count,” says expat Carol Kandell, a California native who’s lived full-time on Koh Samui, Thailand, for the past three years.
All over the world, folks of all ages are turning their backs on the traditional nine-to-five grind and setting off for travel, fun, adventure, and profit. And they’re getting paid while they’re at it.
Making a living as a freelance copywriter definitely has its merits. When you’re in my line of work, you choose your own hours, you don’t have a boss to answer to and you can work from anywhere there’s an Internet connection. There’s also a lot of money to be made. The more financially motivated freelance copywriters can command as much...
Back in 2009, I was taking a six-week holiday at a beach resort on the island of Koh Phangan in Thailand. Almost everyone there was on vacation, of course. And they were having a great time, enjoying the fun and sun, and spending money. Lots of it. Not earning it. But not me... That's because I'm a freelance copywriter. That just means I write sales letters, promotional emails, and other communications...just easy, conversational English.
The other day, my friend Rony asked me if I wanted to go to the neighboring island of Koh Samui for a little R&R. It sounded tempting, but I wasn't feeling like making the trip. So I politely declined and told her that I had to get some work done here on Koh Phangan. Then, she completely busted my objection.
"Yeah, right." That's the first thought I had when I discovered freelance copywriting...way back in 2001. I just couldn't believe that it was possible to "make great money...writing just a few hours day...from anywhere in the world." There was just no way. WAY too good to be true.
From 1993 to 1999, I traveled and lived all over the world. And during that time, I got to experience wonderful places like the white-sand beaches of the British Virgin Islands...the cafes of Aix-en-Provence, France...the wild summer parties of Corfu, Greece...the exotic culture of Bali, Indonesia...and more.
Thanks to the location independence my career provides, I've enjoyed the privilege of making a living from some truly amazing locations all over the world. Places like the top deck of a ferry crossing the Gulf of Thailand at sunrise...in the sleeping cabin of a night train on the way to Sapa, Vietnam...in a pub on Dublin's Temple Bar...
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."