Since I can’t sing, play an instrument or read palms, I need a way to earn a little extra money when I finally do get to pull up stakes and hit the road. Right now, I’m fully employed, but that won’t last forever. And it shouldn’t. So in order to make the most of my life when the time comes to travel, I need a plan. I need a way to afford the lifestyle I want for my wife and me. She deserves that as much as I do. As you already know, I’ve chosen to try travel writing as my new career. I hope it will supplement my income and let me find the freedom I seek. And, I want to stay busy and not turn into a couch potato!
Let’s talk about you. What do you want to do with your time and talent? Can you take your show on the road, so to speak? Will anyone pay you to do what you do on the road? I’ve heard of many different ways that people make money while living their dreams. Let’s make a list:
- Web designer
- Life coach
- Computer programmer
- Blogger (a good choice!)
- Consultant (many possibilities)
- Writer (not just travel – can be anything that interests you)
- Import/Export Business
- Webmaster (sell ebooks, services, courses)
I’m sure you get the idea. Think of something that is portable, and in demand, and take it on the road. Some people go to other countries and buy items to resell in their home country. I read about a lady who was buying a type of sweater from a South American country and shipping them home to sell. She made enough doing that to keep her lifestyle going. She was living the way she wanted to, and on her own terms. That’s truly the way to achieve freedom in life. Do what is fun and interesting and you really can’t go wrong. You might find just the right thing to propel you into a second life!
A word of warning, though. I’m sure you realize that there are a lot of people out there who want to sell you courses, programs, money-making schemes, etc. Many of these are on the up-and-up. But, some of them don’t provide much more information than you could find in a paperback book you can get on Amazon.com. So be careful and choose wisely. You can spend way too much on courses that offer little more than a lot of audio interviews, with video thrown in. Reading a book might not be as exciting as getting a series of emails or joining a secret facebook page. However, there are many excellent training and education materials that won’t set you back much more than the cost of a few fancy cups of Starbucks coffee.
I will list some training materials (courses, books, e-books, etc.) that are a good value when I come across them. For now, I can say that I have purchased e-books from chrisguillebeau.com and nomadicmatt.com . Check them out when you have a chance.
Finally, I have plugged his materials before , and I’ll plug them again. Gordon Burgett has a whole collection of excellent products to help YOU learn what you need to know. Visit his website here and take a look. I heartily endorse his book, The Travel Writer’s Guide! I am an affiliate for his website and proud to be associated with such high quality products.
How to Get Your Book Published Free in Minutes and Marketed Worldwide in Days
Test Your Niche Book First!
Travel Writer’s Guide (Trade Paperback Book)
How to Set Up and Market Your Own Seminar (audio series)
If you are making money on the road, then please share a little about what you’re doing. We’d all appreciate some input from those who are making it happen!