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If you came here looking for a magic formula, you won't find it. If you're searching for a get rich quick scheme, keep it moving. However, if you want to change your day to day life and are willing to give up short-term contentment for long-term success, I have a few simple steps that will put you on the path towards being what I like to call a 'travelpreneur'.
Making a living while traveling the world. A dream for many, running a business on the move can be a daunting task when you're first starting out. But don't get discouraged! I promise you it is much more attainable than you may think. Getting your foot in the door is the hardest part. Most people get so overwhelmed with the monumental task of 'starting a business' that they never actually break ground on the foundation. Although the beginning stages will seem like an insurmountable wall standing between you and where you want to be, there is an easy way to push past it.
First things first, what is something that you would want to do everyday for the rest of your life. Or, at least the next phase of your life as a new found travelpreneur. This doesn't necessarily have to be an online trade such as web design or editing, but needs to be something you know a lot about and could produce a ton of content for. Such a simple concept, yet so complicated for so many. I don't like the term "finding your passion" because for some people, that means trying to decipher your life's purpose before taking your first steps. No way. Hell, I have it somewhat together and I have absolutely no idea what my life's purpose is right now. And that is just fine. I do know that I love shooting and editing footage and turning what started out as an idea into an actual, physical creation. And I also know that it is something that I would love to do every single day.
Now that you have an idea of what you would like to do every single day, whats next?
"How can I possibly monetize this?"
"Don't I need a business plan before I can start?"
These questions are just a few of the reasons why no one ever gets started in the first place. The key to getting off the ground is simple. Do something, anything, everyday. No matter how small it may seem, try to accomplish at least one task per day towards getting your travelpreneur business off the ground. This could mean establishing your social media handles, getting your website started up, filing your paperwork as a business owner, etc. You're going to need some content- start taking pictures. You will need a webpage- start building your own for free on wix, squarespace, etc. (Don't you dare pay someone to do your website for you. These sites make it way, WAY too easy to build a site yourself and are extremely affordable at around $16/ month.) Don't know how to file or what type of business you are starting- get on the Google machine and look it up. Many people complain about the fact that they work full time and don't have enough hours in the day to make their dreams come to life. To those people, I say you're right. Don't waste any more of my or your precious time and energy than you already have because you will fail. A thoroughbred entrepreneur will make it happen and if they can't find a way they will MAKE a way, because the path that they've been on is so suffocating that they NEED something more.
So now you are gaining some momentum. You have an idea of where we want to go, just no idea how you're going to get there. THAT IS OK. The next point will help keep you on track even though you may be lost in the sauce. Habits. Hard to break and even harder to establish. Small, minute changes to your daily and weekly habits will do leaps and bounds for your productivity levels.
A couple of habits I like to live by that keep my energy up and creative juices flowing-
1. Wake up early. Early means different things to different people. I used to be the crazy person up and at the gym by 5 am. While traveling and living on Island time, I like to be up by 7 am for breakfast and a cup of coffee in hand ready at my workstation by 8 am.
2. Break a sweat everyday. This can be hard when you're constantly on the move as you may not want to join a local gym or don't know any prime real estate for a scenic run. If you are near a beach, run there. If there is a local yoga spot with cheap sessions, sign up for one. Sweating everyday allows the body to release all its built up tension and I find that it helps in keeping me balanced while abroad.
3. Put the phone down. No seriously, zip it up in your bag and set an hour timer before you allow yourself to check it again. I promise your productivity will skyrocket without the constant distraction of that new voice changing snap filter that makes you look like a grandma baby. Or the cat video your brothers girl friend just sent you of a kitty eating pop-tarts. It also helps when you are in a completely different time zone from friends and family back home. This means you can work while all of your distractions are asleep! (Here in Bali, I am exactly half a day ahead of EST.)
You can check out one of my previous articles on productivity here, but these should be a great jump start.
At this point, you are really cruising. You can see your hard work starting to pay off and your small business beginning to develop. But here comes a HUGE speed bump. How the hell are you going to find clients to work with remotely and be able to maintain a consistent income stream??
Ladies and gentleman, allow me to introduce you to the wonderful world of freelance job hunting. Some popular platforms I have experience with include Fiverr, Upwork, Freelancer and Guru. These websites allow clients to post online and remote work to freelancers who then bid on projects and submit proposals for jobs. Do a little bit of individual research to figure out which one of these platforms best suits you. I personally use Upwork. The most important aspect to remember about using these platforms and starting to win jobs is to stack your portfolio. And yes, this is going to involve a lot more work that you may or may not be getting paid for. This means you are going to have to start taking on local projects anywhere you can and doing them for free or very cheap in order to add them to your portfolio of completed projects. Start reaching out to your inner circle and make it known you are providing quality work for free. I guarantee someone will take you up on it. Slowly but surely you will begin to develop a respectable portfolio of work that clients can check out instead of being told, "I am just starting out, just give me a chance!" which will get you absolutely nowhere. As you start using and interacting on these freelancer platforms, you will start to get and idea of what you and your work are worth (different jobs allow you to bid both fixed or hourly rates). As with all things worth pursuing, getting your first job will take time. But, as long as you are providing high quality work and making sure all of your clients needs are met, it will snowball into a series of continuous work. You may ask, "So am I a small business or am I a freelancer?" The short answer is that you're a combination of both.
I use my small business as an umbrella for my freelance work meaning I let the client know I am the founder of RedefineU, but also that I am a full-time editor/ videographer. This gives them a sense of comfort knowing they are not just working with some random guy with a camera, but rather an established business partner. Having the backing of your own small business also allows you the luxury of writing off business expenses (i.e. flights, equipment, travel expenses). So you can see that both established entities of a small business owner and freelancer feed off of one another each other.
Oh man, you're almost there. You've started a small business, established a consistent income stream, and are well on your way to remote work. Now for the fun part. Where in the world do I want to live and work. There are so many different answers to this question and you will have to do TONS of independent research to figure out what region of the world is right for you.
For me, SE Asia was the obvious first choice. A few of the most important things for me to consider were cost of living, tropical climate, BEACH, and somewhere I could completely immerse myself within the culture and escape the luxuries of the western world when I wanted. I have also always dreamed of traveling through SE Asia alone for a few months. So here I am, writing to you poolside in a world renowned co-working space (Dojo Bali) on the 'Island of the God's', in Bali, Indonesia.
Bali is the second stop on my indefinite trip through the palm tree ridden beaches of SE Asia. Converting to this lifestyle has been the greatest choice I have ever made and although I am traveling alone, I am rarely actually alone and I find myself the happiest I have been in my entire life. So, I have decided to share the love and help you to do the same. If I could inspire just one other person to make this lifestyle change and open their mind to a life I once thought was an impossible, it will make all the videos, content, and effort I have put into my travels well worth it. I will be posting much, much more content on a consistent basis so stay tuned and follow my Instagram to stay up to date on my travels, @ChasePrice. If you have absolutely any questions at all either about building a business, working remotely, traveling in general, cameras, ANYTHING at all, do not hesitate to reach out either through Insta DM or email Cprice@redefineu.com.
Cheers and talk soon!