What it takes to create a location independent lifestyle, travel and make enough income doing something you love

I got a message from an amazing lady looking for some advice.

She wants to quit her boring job and go on traveling but feels desperate as has to stay there to earn a living. And she asks me to give her advice on how to create a location independent lifestyle, travel and make enough income doing something that brings you joy.

I relate to this message a lot.

I had jobs that were not fulfilling for nearly a decade because I thought that there was no other option. And it took me a while to figure out that there is always another option.

The truth is - it doesn't really matter if you stay in your hometown or travel the world, you still need money to live.

But just because you have to work, it doesn't mean that you have to be in a soul-sucking job that leads to nowhere. At some point I realized that if I have to work and earn anyway, at least I could find or create a job that meets my values and allows me to follow my interests.
Running a coaching session from our house in Puerto Escondido.
Doing something you don't enjoy is one of the biggest mistakes a digital nomad can make.

We avoided this mistake while being on the road, as we managed to figure out our passions before going on travel.
But I met so many digital nomads who quit in their first year of traveling because they just couldn't stand the amount of work they had to do to carry on.

I believe that the key to freedom is a lot of hard work, some luck, courage, dedication, and passion. In fact, passion might be the most important part of it.

The whole point of a freedom lifestyle is to find a job or create a business that serves you and brings you joy and meaning.

That is why it is vitally important before even thinking of becoming a digital nomad figure out what your big passion is (for more details check my article on How to find your big passion).

Or as it was in my case - to narrow down the list of all my passions and choose that one perfect business idea that serves my needs and my interests.
One more thing to mention - if you know your big passion and you feel ready to leave everything behind and hit the road, don't expect it to be easy. Be ready that being a location independent entrepreneur is a hard work and it can take all your time and energy.

One of the most discouraging parts of this kind of life for me was understanding that as soon as you start taking your passion seriously and convert it into a business, some of the magic is completely lost.

When we just started our journey, I was enrolled in TWO coaching programs, coaching my private clients as a life coach, hassling to build my own biz, and constantly moving from one place to another struggling with a dodgy Wi-Fi and trying to set a proper working place as soon as possible.

And even if I have everything set up now and can travel full-time, a big part of my daily routine is still "boring". Answering the emails, chasing my current clients and sending them payment requests, closing sales, looking for new clients, writing posts... all these can be really boring.

So while it may look like I spend all my days at the beach eating oysters and drinking cocktails, nothing could be further from the truth. I've had 11 jobs in my life prior to this one and I have never worked harder than I do now.
Working from our house in San Cristobal
Is it an amazing job? Totally yes, but it is still very much a job, even if I call myself an entrepreneur now.
So in order to stay on track, you really need to find something you truly like, something that drives you.

This isn't as simple as it sounds. It took me 8 years to define my passion. But when you do find it, then do everything possible to make it an important part of your life. This is the way to stop being desperate about your 'boring job", as it won't be boring anymore.

It is your responsibility to keep your passion exciting so that it drives you without sucking the soul out of you.

It may mean creating online courses, starting a YouTube channel, writing a book, running workshops, adding some diversity to your services, consulting, teaching others how to do what you do or expanding your professional skills.

Whatever it is that you do, you always have a choice and this is your job to continue making it fun.

Sending you lots of love,

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