Why Growing Your Network Will Make You a Better Freelancer

Why Growing Your Network Will Make You a Better Freelancer

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August 22, 2017

Back in the olden days of the 20th century, books on self-employment were mostly written by academics who hadn't actually done it themselves, and all the advice involved building a mammoth corporate empire. None of that appealed to me when I was starting out on the road to self-employment.

The Baby Boomer’s Easy Answer to Funding a Life Abroad

The Baby Boomer’s Easy Answer to Funding a Life Abroad

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August 22, 2017

In 2001, I was eager to leave my corporate job. After several decades of "fighting the good fight," that kind of work had become monotonous and fatiguing. You may have been there too...or maybe this is where you are now. An endless stream of meetings, discussions, phone messages, travel, and more. At the end of the day it takes its toll.

Your Basic Skills Can Unlock a World of Opportunity

Your Basic Skills Can Unlock a World of Opportunity

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August 20, 2017

When I speak to baby boomers about the world of freelancing they are often surprised by the amount of jobs available for their specific skill set. In fact, most of them don't think they have much to offer in the area of online work because they don't have training in all the "technical stuff."

“I Moved to Ecuador and Escaped the Stress of the U.S.”

“I Moved to Ecuador and Escaped the Stress of the U.S.”

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August 20, 2017

"I savor the days that I can work completely from home," says Carolyn Hamilton. "Now that I don't have a 9-to-5 job, I can completely indulge my personal creativity and that's a great plus for me at this time in my life." Carolyn arrived in Cuenca, Ecuador in February, 2012,

Break Free From the 9-to-5 Grind With a Portable Income

Break Free From the 9-to-5 Grind With a Portable Income

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August 19, 2017

I've been helping people to kick-start their life as online freelancers for over 12 years, but I still find it incredibly gratifying when someone writes me an email, or approaches me at a conference to tell me how different their life is now that they have broken free from their 9-to-5 job.

A Road Trip and Artisan Furniture…Adventures in Learning Spanish

A Road Trip and Artisan Furniture…Adventures in Learning Spanish

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August 18, 2017

You want to move abroad. You want to retire, buy a second home, or expose your grandchildren to a different environment, or start a business overseas. But...but...the language. How will you ever get a job, run a business, or make friends if you can't speak the language?

“A Luxurious Life Without Having to Empty My Bank Account”

“A Luxurious Life Without Having to Empty My Bank Account”

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August 18, 2017

"I had only planned on living in Santa Marta for a year to improve my Spanish," explains Lisa Anderson, "but seven years and two daughters later I am loving my life here." It´s easy to understand why Lisa loves living in Colombia's up-and-coming Caribbean coastal city.

I Can Write From Anywhere in the World…and I Chose Costa Rica

I Can Write From Anywhere in the World…and I Chose Costa Rica

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August 17, 2017

“If you can work from anywhere, why not stay in the U.S. and just go wherever you want?" I live in Costa Rica and I get asked this question a lot. The short answer is...I love it here. But for those who really want to know, I can share a multitude of reasons.