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.
“Oh, come on,” she said. “Just bring your laptop. You can work anywhere!”
And she was right.
You see, I’m a freelance copywriter. And one of the greatest benefits of freelance copywriting is that you can get work done anywhere in the world.
All you need is access to a computer and an Internet connection and you can earn income wherever you want.
Fifteen years ago, this would be practically unheard of. But today, the doors have been blown wide open. You’ll find Internet access almost anywhere. Even in the most remote and random places all over the world.
For example, I’ve participated in conference calls while at a beach bar in Bali, Indonesia. (In retrospect, that wasn’t the quietest place for a conference call, but watching surfers catch waves while “working” was quite something.)
I’ve logged in to check up on messages from writing clients from an outdoor food stall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with the Petronas Towers (once the tallest buildings in the world) in clear view.
I’ve even used my mobile phone and laptop on an overnight train ride to Sapa, Vietnam, to correspond with clients in the United States.
And then there’s the flexibility. Not only can I decide where I want to write, but also when I want to write.
Some days, I’ll put in three to six hours of writing and research in the morning. Then I’ll spend the rest of the day getting out and about on the spectacular tropical island I call home—Koh Phangan.
I usually spend my mornings going to the gym in Thong Sala—Koh Phangan’s biggest town. Then I’ll grab a cheap and tasty lunch in town, head back to Haad Rin where I stay, and maybe head to one of its great beaches.
I can do all this and still have plenty of time to write in the evenings. Whatever I want to do, it’s all up to me.
And what’s really nice about freelance copywriting is that you don’t need to be a “born writer” to get really, really good at it. And earn a lot of income, too.
One writer I know was a high-school dropout. Yet today, he brings in several million dollars per year from his copywriting efforts.
What I’m saying is, it’s far from rocket science.
Let me put it to you this way. If you can write just like you would talk to a good friend sitting next to you at a bar after a few drinks, then I assure you, you can become an outstanding copywriter. Just write like you talk.
That’s it, really.
If you can do that, plus learn a few simple secrets from freelance copywriters that have already succeeded, then you’re off to the races. You could soon be earning income from anywhere in the world.
For income-minded world travelers, freelance copywriting has got to be one of the best income opportunities in the world.
I never made it to Koh Samui that day. But I did promise Rony I’d go the next time. And when I go, I’ll have the peace-of-mind knowing I can still get my work done—and continue to earn income—the entire time I’m out and about. And that even includes the 50-minute ferry ride to and back from Samui…since my mobile phone can access the Internet the entire trip.
Not many people can say that a ferry crossing the Gulf of Thailand was their “office” at one point…but I suppose I can. And I’m so, so grateful that freelance copywriting has given me this kind of freedom, fulfillment, and income potential.
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