In the summer, I like to get up early and head out for a walk whilst the rest of the world slumbers on. It's blissfully quiet at that time of day and the mountain scenery is particularly spectacular in the soft light of the morning.
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.
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.
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 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,
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.
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?
"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.
“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.
When I started freelancing over 15 years ago it was tough to get going, but the landscape back then was very different. I remember printing up business cards, and going to chamber of commerce meetings in an attempt to find clients that would need my services.