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I get so many questions about how I am able to travel the world and still bring in consistent revenue in my business. It’s because years ago, I decided to become location-independent!
Being “location-independent” means that you are able to live and work from anywhere in the world. To do that, you need to have a business that can be run completely ONLINE, which is what allows you to manage it from the road.
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Here’s how it happened for me:
In late 2011, I took a business trip to Honolulu, Hawaii to speak at a nonprofit conference. Afterwards, I decided to stay on the island for almost a month.
It was a good opportunity for me to be out of my normal work environment in Washington, DC. I was able to practice what it would be like to run my business while I was traveling on a long-term basis.
My trip to Hawaii helped me to reconnect with the vision for my ideal life, which is to help people, make money and travel the world!
When I returned home, I began looking for ways that I could shift my business from having to be located in DC for in-person client meetings, etc. to being completely online so that I could travel more.
At the time, I was mainly doing consulting and speaking, but I wanted to figure out how to create NEW products and services that could be sold and delivered online.
Soon, I had 3 new revenue streams in my business:
- online courses and workshops
- private coaching
- digital products (ebooks, challenges, etc)
I used the additional income to not only reinvest into my business, but to FUND my travel dreams!
The following summer, I embarked on my first month-long trip abroad with nothing but my laptop and a backpack.
In 2012, I went on my dream trip to Europe.
Over the course of an entire month, I visited Greece, Italy and Spain – the top 3 countries on my “travel bucket list.”
I indulged in the incredible food, culture and sights of each country.
I saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa…
I walked through the Acropolis in Athens…
I relaxed on black sand beaches in Santorini…
I learned how to make pasta in Florence…
I toured wine country in the hills of Tuscany…
I hiked the Cinque Terre and lived to tell about it…
I partied and ate tapas in Barcelona…
It was one of the best experiences of my life.
And I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the freedom, flexibility and financial reward of being self-employed.
To be honest, after that dream trip to Europe…
I was HOOKED.
And that’s when I knew I was willing to do WHATEVER it takes for me to maintain a successful business so I could enjoy a location-independent lifestyle.
Since that 2012 trip, my wanderlust has taken me all over the globe from Greece, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Mexico, Israel, Argentina, Jamaica, Hawaii, France, England, Morocco, Portugal, Dubai, British Virgin Islands and Indonesia, with many more to come!
A big chunk of my revenue still comes through online courses, coaching and digital products, which allows me to make as much money as I want from wherever I am.
I love being able to work with clients virtually, using all the great tech tools at our disposal these days: Zoom, Skype, Facebook, email, etc.
I also host events and lead retreats for my tribe based on wherever I desire to travel to throughout the year. My business fits my ideal lifestyle!
The biggest lesson I’ve learned throughout this journey is that I GET TO CHOOSE.
I get to choose how I live my life.
I get to choose how I run my business.
I get to choose abundance and freedom, over and over again – on my own terms.
And that, for me, is PRICELESS.
In my final email, I’ll tell the story of how I created my first 6-figure year back in 2014. It’s a good one!
Time for homework!
HOMEWORK FOR TODAY:
- If your business was location-independent, where would you travel to?
- What kinds of products and services could you sell that would allow you to live and work from anywhere in the world?
Feel free to post your homework below!
P.S. What if…you could launch or relaunch your business within the next 8 weeks? By the end of my 2019 Launch Your Business 8-Week Boot Camp, you could literally have your first PAYING client by April! But most of all, you will have clarity on your business idea, a hot offer to sell and the confidence to build a successful business this year. Enrollment is ENDING soon!
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