Much of my day is spent grabbing baby boomers by the lapels—virtually—and shaking them awake to the avalanche of income opportunity that awaits them in the freelance economy. Around 2008 came the severe economic downturn and companies began shedding like crazy—employees, staff, offices, buildings, health insurance...
A decade after leaving the corporate world and moving to Mexico, the word that best sums up my move is "freedom." These days I'm visiting five to seven countries a year. I have the freedom to set my own schedule...decide what days are workdays...enjoy lunch at the beach with my feet in the warm sand...or park myself in a coffee shop in an easy-going colonial city.
It was thanks to a health scare in 2009 that I finally took the big step to becoming my own boss. For 25 years, I had worked as a magazine publishing executive for companies like Forbes, Times Mirror Magazine, and Crain's New York Business. Even though I loved my career, even though it was fulfilling and I was successful, it was still a job, and I still didn't control my own time.
The first time I saw this sight, I wondered, "What the heck!" The photo above was taken in San Miguel de Allende—one of my favorite cities in all of Latin America... (Apparently a few other people like it as much as I do—in 2013 it was voted the #1 travel destination by Condé Nast Traveler readers.)
Imagine you are on the coast of Ecuador, taking in the sweeping ocean view, the comfortable year-round temperatures, and relaxing in the quiet stillness of an area that isn't over-run with traffic and noise...
Living or travelling abroad for extended periods of time is something most only dream of...and for good reason. It certainly was for me seven years ago. However as I write this, I am sitting in a high-rise in Panama, having just arrived from six weeks of sunshine and warm weather on the Pacific coast of Mexico.
Building an online income that travels with you is the perfect activity for the live abroad Baby Boomer, for a number of reasons. Firstly, a solid part-time income might mean you can move more quickly and take advantage of the lower cost of living in some countries...typically 50% to 70% lower. Secondly, you're going to be doing something that will help keep you mentally active...very important to long-term mental and physical health
I revealed the "hidden" market to about a dozen aspiring entrepreneurs recently, and they were shocked! They didn't know this thing existed. As I've explained to you this week, this market is "hidden" from most people because they don't know where to look.
Jensen Wheeler Wolfe is a yoga instructor and "momtrepreneur" in New York City. Jensen teaches yoga to children and adults, and during one of her sessions she had an idea to make simple and colorful yoga mats for kids. She cut up a large piece of foam matting into small rectangles for the kids in her class.
China exports more than $1 trillion in goods each year. And that opens the door to an incredible opportunity for people who want to make money online. But it's important to understand how the game is played. There is a website that has become one of the largest and most successful online marketplaces in the world.