Editor’s note: this is a guest post from Chris Garrett of chrisg.com. If you have a story about lifestyle design, contact me about writing a guest post yourself.
Hi everybody. Welcome to my first video update!
We released the results from the first Location Independent and Digital Nomad Survey last week to blogs who participated in spreading the word. Since then, a number of those blogs have written about the results.
If you’re trying to build a blog readership, you have probably already read some “get x thousand subscribers in x days” articles. Some blogs have signed up astonishing numbers of subscribers in a very short time.
In your search for finding meaning in your own life, whether consciously or not, you’ve decided to follow some type of life plan. If you’re anything like me, that life plan has probably changed at least a few times.
Have you ever wondered how you could earn a living that would allow you to live and work anywhere in the world? Many people already living that dream shared the details of how they make a living in the recent Location Independent and Digital Nomad Survey.
The results of the first ever Location Independent and Digital Nomad Survey are in! Everyone who completed the survey really opened up and shared some great information.
Welcome to the second edition of the carnival of lifestyle design. If you’re new to blog carnivals, here’s a brief explanation.
Things could get interesting for the average big company employee soon, if Seth Godin is right. He proclaims that the era of the cubicle may be coming to an end sooner than we think, in a new article in Time Magazine.
Like many people, I long thought that being self-employed was the key to freedom. It turns out that working for yourself can mean a lot of different things.
I have a proposal for any of you who want to dramatically change your lifestyle. Let’s help each other reach our lifestyle goals.
Editor’s note: this is a guest post from Derek Johanson of Live Uncomfortably. I’ll be bringing you more guest articles from people with different voices who are designing and living their own ultimate lifestyles.
To those of you interested in the location independent or nomadic aspects of lifestyle design, we would like to ask for a moment of your help. Do you ever wonder how many people out there are really location independent?
Location Independent just published a guest post that I wrote about how taking a sabbatical can be a great way to start a new life of location independence. I would like to take this moment to welcome anyone reading Free Pursuits for the first time.
Some people are able to live a life of flexible work hours and location independence without being self employed. How do they do it?
Do you have a great tip or tutorial about designing a better lifestyle that you’d like to share with other lifestyle designers?
You’re probably reading this blog because you are focused on designing your ideal lifestyle. What drives you to create an extraordinary lifestyle?
As lifestyle design writers, we tend to focus on technology and online businesses as the primary vehicle for achieving location independence. Online businesses are attractive because they have the potential to be automated, thus affording the owner to work only a handful of hours each week.
Chris Guillebeau is living proof that nonconformity leads to success. He’s a rising star among lifestyle bloggers.
[update (as of 11:05 PDT, May 28th): participating blogs already confirmed include WebWorkerDaily, Digital Nomads, Nomadness, Slacker Reform, Muselife, Mind the Beginner, Technomadia, Exile Lifestyle, Intrepid Lifestyle, Jet Set Citizen, Live Uncomfortably, Mine Your Resources, Thrilling Heroics and Vagabonding (and your hosts, this blog and Location Independent). Thanks everybody for the support!] As bloggers who cover lifestyle design, location independence or digital nomads, we’re all part of a growing community.
The idea of becoming location independent sounds great to most people. Who wouldn’t want to be able to live and work anywhere you choose?
Everybody loves a carnival, right? Well, bloggers (especially new ones) really love ways to get their work noticed.
If you’re between jobs (like 8.9% of Americans), now is the perfect time to start creating your ideal future. You may have been handed a gift disguised as unemployment.
It’s possible to learn a language to a useful conversational level in just 96 hours of study. How do I know?
Do you daydream about quitting your job and traveling around the world? What about taking it a step further and building a location independent career, so you can live and work wherever you want to?
If you haven’t started a business before, you can probably think of a million reasons not to do it. Feeling apprehensive about taking the plunge is justified.
So, you’ve discovered what lifestyle design is all about, and you want to learn more? I’ve compiled a list of websites and books (44 of them currently) that I use for inspiration about lifestyle design, self improvement, location independence and entrepreneurship.
Does a truly fulfilling lifestyle require that you build a magic box that generates cash while you sit on a beach in the South Pacific? Do you have to whittle down your work hours to only a handful per week so you can have time to pursue your dreams?
It’s easy to set goals. Most of us do it at some point and for good reason.
I’m sitting here in Mexico in a big beautiful house we rented for six weeks. When we rented the place, we had four weeks’ worth of confirmed guests who were planning to visit here.
No matter how you track your finances, you probably wish there was a better way. That is, unless you use the online personal software called Mint.
I’ve discovered and read a lot since starting this blog last month. Back then I described the blog’s purpose as enabling the good life through career flexibility.
Everyone needs an escape now and then. Diversions from life and work are important to renew your creativity and maintain a fresh perspective.
What are you planning to do when you retire? Do you hope to travel, spend time with friends and family, take up new hobbies or volunteer to support a cause?
A lot of people on the Internet these days make it sound like you can live a life of luxury by outsourcing everything you don’t want to do. Tim Ferriss has made himself famous through his book The 4-Hour Workweek, which promotes a number of extreme “lifehacks” including outsourcing to overseas resources.
If you’ve thought about taking some time off to live abroad, you have probably also thought about how you would afford to do it. Obviously you’ll need to have saved a significant amount of money.
For many people, being self-employed seems like the perfect route to happiness and prosperity. While I agree that many people could be much happier working for themselves, being self-employed does have some downsides.
Some of you reading this blog may not yet have all it takes to live exactly how you want to. Maybe your finances won’t allow it, maybe you’re busy caring for a sick relative, maybe you have other commitments or maybe you don’t have quite enough courage.
Brian Clark over at Copyblogger had a great post today called 7 Useful Links for Weekend Reading. The idea behind his post is that there’s a lot of link sharing that happens within Twitter instead of blogs.
How do new blogs attract readers? Does Twitter live up to all the hype about being a great promotional tool?
photo by bunky’s pickle So, you’re thinking about moving to Mexico for some time, but you’re not sure where you should live? What about finding a house or apartment in your chosen city?
(photo by tinou bao) Can you think of a way, without changing jobs or increasing your income, that you could afford to not work for one month every year? What about not working for three months?
(photo by morgantepsic) During economic downturns and recessions many people turn to freelancing or starting a business after being laid off from a regular job. It’s part of a natural cycle.
(photo by Guwashi999) This post is part of a series about the flexibility of entrepreneurship. Some people may question whether or not being a freelancer is a traditional form of entrepreneurship.
(photo by Kyle May) If you’re planning to travel to Mexico for an extended period of time, you might wonder whether you should drive instead of fly. I was confronted with the same choice when my wife and I decided to move to Mexico for six months.
(photo by ginnerobot) Now is your chance to start a career as a freelancer and never look back on that corporate job. As companies scramble to cope with this recession and lay workers off, they are increasingly turning to freelancers to get work done.
When my wife and I decided to move to Mexico for six months, I was concerned about what we would do with our physical mail. I asked some friends what they do with mail while away.
(photo by glennharper) What kind of flexibility does owning a restaurant or bar afford you? It is certainly an act of entrepreneurship.
photo by herval Is it really less expensive to live in Mexico than it is to live in the U.S. or Canada?
Coworking is the growing trend of independent workers sharing space with other independents for social, networking and synergistic reasons. WebWorkerDaily has covered the topic for quite some time, and today has a great overview called “Coworking 101: A Brief History.” The attraction to coworking is easy to understand.