Making money from anywhereAs I’ve mentioned in previous posts , a big goal of mine is to travel the country and then the world.
 
Since I don’t currently have millions of dollars lying around waiting to fund this travel, I have to continue to generate an income while I’m on the road. Many of you may have this same need, either because you too want to travel, or because you just simply want to be able to work whenever and where ever you want and not have to actually clock in at a typical 9 to 5 job somewhere in a nice little cubicle.
 
There are actually several ways to make money from anywhere, and if you sit and think about it a minute, you could probably come up with a list fairly quickly. Some examples that I thought about include:

  • Write, publish and sell a book.
  • Invent and market a product.
  • Buy and rent real estate.
  • Act as a consultant if you have a specialized skill to offer
  • Resell products via Ebay or Amazon
  • Internet marketing

As you look at this list, you will probably quickly find reasons why one, more or all are not for you. However, expand your mind a minute and open yourself up to the possibility that at least one may be an option.
 
I am actually doing a couple of the items on the list, but the one option I am going to focus on and am really excited about is Internet Marketing.

 

Internet marketing

For me, internet marketing has set a fire in my brain that won’t go out. I actually stumbled upon this whole idea after listening to an awesome podcast that I highly recommend called the Smart Passive Income Podcast, by Pat Flynn.
 
Pat is amazing and I give him full credit for giving me the courage and the motivation to take the next step in achieving my ideal lifestyle. He also has a ton of videos and blog posts that walk you through the most common questions and stumbling block you may encounter.

 

internet marketing resourcesIf any of you are like me, you’re asking yourself, “Internet marketing? What is that? Sounds like a scam type of deal or a get rich quick scheme.” Simply put, internet marketing is a fancy term for selling products, services or information via the internet. The types of things you sell could be those things in the list above, like a book a how-to guide, consulting services, actual physical products, or even just information.

Ok, so great idea Kristin, how do you actually go about doing this and make it work? Give us some details!!!

 

Lucky for you, I am going to let you in on all the information that I have been devouring over the past two months to answer this very question. I am going to be sharing each step in my process of generating internet marketing income right here on this blog, absolutely free. You will witness every success, every failure and every stumble. In doing so, you can learn about the internet marketing world and decide if it is for you. I will make every effort to be as transparent and forthcoming as possible. If you have a question, please, please ask. I guarantee I will not be offended and it is probably not something that I did not ask myself as I started this endeavor.
 

Why is this an advantage for you?

The simple answer is: time and money.

My research and trials and errors will save you lots of it.
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In January, I listened to all of Pat’s podcast which are very rich in content and packed with resources. I also listened and read other internet marketing materials from people who are successfully making money on-line. These include people like Cliff Ravenscraft from PodcastAnswerMan.com, Adam Baker at www.manvsdebt.com , Scott Young at www.SottHYoung.com, Tim Ferriss at FourHourWorkWeek.com , and Tyrone Shum at www.TyroneShum.com.

I studied for countless hours on how to get traffic to your site, because even if you have the best product in the world, it doesn’t matter if no one knows about it. I’ve spent money on tools and classes in order to learn:
 

  • How to get your site to the top of the results list produced from a google search
  • How to use social media (things like Facebook, Google+, Twitter) to spread the word and about your brand and sell more product
  • How to earn money through affiliate marketing (selling other people’s product and earning a commission)
  • How to effectively use paid advertisement like Google Adsense on your websites to generate income
  • How to outsource your work for a very reasonable price to free your time
  • How to set up an on-line store
  • How to create and use an email subscriber list

I actually read Google’s technical user manuals and watched their tutorials. For a lot of you, this sounds as exciting as watching paint dry. For me, it’s how I work. I’m one of those geeks that actually reads the instruction manuals that come with new electronics or assembly required furniture. Why should the worlds leading search engine be any different?
 
I have over ten years of experience as a computer consultant and know my way around the internet pretty well and can code myself out of a paper bag. This is certainly not a necessity to be successful in internet marketing, but it definitely helps.
 

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internet marketing questions

Does all this sound greek to you? That’s ok. I have literally spent hundreds of hours researching these topics and I’m going to share the results with you so you don’t have to. If what I’ve learned works for me, it absolutely can work for you. It has worked for countless of others, it really has! There is no reason we too can’t successfully earn a substantial income via internet marketing and live the life we want with the freedom of working from anywhere that has access to an internet connection.
 
You still probably have quite a few questions, so I’ve kept it short and sweet to answer a few of them here:
 

  • Do you need to have a college education? No.
  • Can you do this while working a full-time job? Yes
  • Do you need to be a computer programmer? No
  • Can you do this with little effort? No
  • Will you make millions? Probably not, but you can make enough to live comfortably.
  • Is this a scam? No
  • Is this easy? Depends on your definition of easy.
  • Is it an overnight solution? No
  • Is it legal? Yes
  • Is it honest? Yes
  • Is it respectable? Yes
  • Is it helpful to others? Yes

 
Ready for the details? My next post will dive right in to my first endeavor as an internet marketer and will teach you how to make your very own website to get started.
 
If you like this page and are starting to catch the bug of working for yourself, from anywhere, like this post and leave me a comment, telling me your ideas or what you are struggling with to get yourself started.
 

Have you determined you’re tired of living for “someday” and want to start enjoying your life now? Have you realized that time is too limited to wait for things that our society tells us are out of reach until we have given the best years of our lives to fulfilling someone else’s dream? I have!
 
Don’t get me wrong, I live a very happy, fulfilling life right now, every day, however…..I still catch myself saying,

One day, when I retire, I’m going to travel and go to South America and sky dive, etc., etc., etc.”

WRONG!
 

No more. After the last several blog posts, I’ve asked you to think about your “someday”, write it down, figure out what you’re waiting on and what’s holding you back and then ask yourself again if you’re really serious. If you are, then let’s do it.
 
Here we go.
 

To illustrate how, I’m going to have to give you an example, and the best one I know of to give is my own.

 
My “someday” is to buy an RV, take my dog and go.

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Go where? Who knows? Everywhere. For how long? Don’t know that either. Maybe a month, maybe a year, maybe forever. Do I need a house to come home to? I don’t think so, but my kids think differently on that one, so the jury’s still out there.
 
And the tough part about this plan, is I don’t want to have to worry about money. I don’t want a lot of things, so being “rich” is not a priority. However, gasoline is not cheap and I expect to use a lot of it. AND, I want to work when I want to and where I want to. No more commuting an hour and a half to a cubicle, getting paid by the hour.
 
I still want to work, because for me it’s important to be productive and contribute to a better society in some way shape or form. And I think I have something to offer in that aspect, as most people do. But I want to be able to do it on my own terms. In a nutshell, that’s my dream life.
 

What has held me back so far?
 

Two things: family and money.
 

Family first. I’ve never really lived far from my parents and my siblings and I’m a divorced mom with two teenage kids. My parents were in good health until this last summer when my mom passed away a bit unexpectedly. I didn’t want to start traveling and be unavailable to help them or to enjoy them.
My kids, also, don’t share my dream. Like most teenagers, they’ve established roots in our sleepy little town and want to graduate high school with the kids they’ve known forever. So, for family reasons alone, I’ve put off my “someday” until they both graduate.
 

My second hurdle is money.
 

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I am lucky enough to make a good income as a self-employed computer consultant and can provide a comfortable living, but in no way have a healthy savings. And even though most of the work I do is web-based development, I still physically travel to my client’s place of work (a state agency) and work eight hours a day, five days a week (your typical 9 to 5). If I were to pick up and leave town, obviously I would have no source of income. Woops. That’s a problem.
 

So, like many of you, I begrudgingly planned to continue this routine, pay on the mortgage, the truck, see the kids through school and try to squirrel away enough money for retirement at the same time. Even with this plan, though, my timeline was pretty ambitious by most standards. At least I had a plan.
 

Well, sort of. I am 44 and had a goal to start my “someday” within five years, which would make it 2017. I figured within five years I could have a decent amount of money saved and invested, my kids would be out of school, and as for income…I’d figure something out.
 

That was the plan. No real detail, no steps, no outline. So really, it was just a vague idea, pie in the sky kind of hope.

 

And I can’t be too hard on myself, but it just having the dream was not going to make it a reality.
 

So what has changed?
 

A couple of things.



4-Day WorkWeek


 

As I mentioned in a previous post, my house was hit by a tornado. Within 3 minutes, I had no place to stay and my family narrowly escaped death. Talk about a wake-up call. Three months later, my mom passed away. Wake–up call number two. Moral of the story, enjoy today. Right now. This minute. Not tomorrow.
 

Then, as I also blogged about in that earlier post, I read Tim Ferriss’s book, “The 4-Hour Work Week.” This guy seemed to be reading my mind. (To see more about how this changed my life, go hereto read my earlier post.)
 

End result, my “someday” starts today. I have started this blog to share the experience with you. If you are considering the same type of thing, do it with me! Learn from my mistakes, let me hear about yours. I don’t have all of the answers, but I don’t care! I know what I want and I’m am taking steps every day to get there. No more talking and planning, just doing.
 

What exactly have I done?

 

Number one, I’ve started this blog.
 

Not only will this record what my steps and progress, it will also act as a guide for you or anyone else who may need a little push to get started or some re-assurance to keep going. Writing every day keeps me focused and motivated. It also shows me that I’m “getting there”, not just watching time pass by waiting for the right moment.
 

Number two, I’ve started to downsize.
 

When I do buy the RV and hit the road, what will I do with all my junk? Sure can’t take it with me, and why would I want to? Who needs it? I’ve got to admit, this step was made quite a bit easier for me because of the tornado. The quickest way to clean house is to have it blown away! LOL.
 

Number three, I’ve figured out my plan for income on the road.
 

passive income internet marketing

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This is the one where I promised in an earlier post to expand on later and because it’s so involved, I’m going to have to stick with that approach. But, in a nut shell, I have started an internet marketing business, a profession that can be done anywhere as long as you have an internet connection.
 

Stay tuned for more info on this, as I plan to devote an entire section of this site to what I’m doing and how you can do the same if you’re interested.
 

This step is also consuming the majority of my time, as it is not a get rich quick scheme and takes a lot of hard, steady work and because I’m new to it, a lot of research. By the time my youngest graduates from high school in 2015, this business will be generating enough passive income to fund my lifestyle and will be established to the point that I will be able to do it from anywhere.

Just like that, all major hurdles have been addressed. There are details remaining, but I have a plan and the important thing is I am doing something every day to make that plan a reality. Every day is a part of that plan. This internet marketing business is amazing and I’ve already learned so much and met some fantastic people.
 

As I said earlier in my post about the tornado, this is what is important to me: the relationships built with friends and family, not the material things I own or the position that I hold.
 

Now you’ve heard my story, what’s yours?

 

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We talked in the last week about what you would do with your life if you had absolutely no barriers. If you’ve followed along, you not only thought about it, you wrote it down. Then you identified what has been holding you back from living your dream. After all, we only get one chance, right?
 
It’s not like our time here on earth is infinite, sadly it will come to an end.

 
So now that you know what you want to do, and why you haven’t done it, my next question is…..are you serious? If you could really get to that perfect every day life that you have imagined, would you do it? Or is it easier to stay in your routine, follow the social norms or maybe even just complain about why you can’t?

If you really want to live your life with no regrets, loving every minute, taking control of your own destiny, you can. However, (you knew there’d be a but, right?), I’m not going to tell you it will be easy at first or that people will not laugh at you and call you crazy. Probably just the opposite. They will question your sanity. You may question your sanity. But always remind yourself of the end result you are going to achieve. How? You’ve written it down, remember? You’ve pictured it in your head, not just vaguely, but in detail, down to the minute.

When you revisit your defined dream life, ask yourself again. Is this what I want.

If it is, stick with it!

  

No one will make it happen, no one will care if it happens if you don’t! If you find yourself studying your dream life and you realize it’s not really what you want after all, that’s ok. That’s normal! Change it. It’s your life. It’s not a test with some strict teacher walking around waiting to slap your hands when you don’t know the answer. Nobody has all the answers, but you come the closest to having the answers for yourself.

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Does that mean disregard other people, rules of society and caring for others? Of course not. A lot of people confuse taking charge of your life and being selfish as the same thing. They are absolutely not the same. How can you expect to improve the world and those around you without improving yourself first? You can’t. The easiest way to make the people who love you happy is to let them see you succeed. Let them look to you as an inspiration and a refuge of things that can go right.

If you are committed, if you know what you want, and you are ready, lets go get it. Your dream starts today.

Did you define your dream life? Did you really think about what you would do with yourself if you had no obstacles? Did you write it down?
 
If so, you are probably saying, “Ok, so now what? This is never going to be possible.”
 

Whatever your dream life involves, you must believe that it CAN happen.

One thing is certain, if you don’t believe it is possible, you are right. It is not.

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What is holding you back from your ideal life?


 
The second step to achieving your dream is identifying the obstacles. Without a doubt, the most common reason cited for not living your dream is money: more accurately, the lack of it. Is this one of your obstacles? I know it was for me.
  But don’t give up.
 
We will discuss multiple ways to attack and overcome this obstacle. It can be done, and it doesn’t involve going to jail! However, it is such gong to be a topic covered in and of itself in a future post, so for now, let’s identify remaining obstacles.
 
Is timing an issue? Sometimes we think, “Well, next month or next year, I’ll be in a better position to make a change.” Really? Why? What will be different from now? Have you ever heard new parents say, “We weren’t ready for a child, but we didn’t have much choice and it has worked out fine.” People have a way of dealing with situations when there is no other choice.
 
If you wait for the “ideal” situation to take action, it will never come.
 
In my personal case, for example, I want to travel. My kids, however, are in their final years of high school and do not share my desire. That’s ok. I have simply planned to start my dream life as soon as my youngest graduates. And there is a mountain of things I am doing now to prepare for that day! If time or an event is an obstacle for you, write it down. What can you be doing now, today?

 What else is holding you back? Remember, there are no right or wrong answers her, but you MUST be honest with yourself.
 
Dig deep. Most of the time, you will find what’s holding you back from your perfect life is…you.

Sound accurate?
 

If you never had to worry about income again, what would you do?

For just a second, think about that question.  You have an unlimited supply of wealth.  What will you do tomorrow?  What about the next day?  Next week?

 

For many of us, it’s easy to rattle off one or two things, briefly fantasize and then brush off the idea.  That’s where I want you to STOP.  Pretend for a minute that it is a reality.

 

For the rest of your life, you can do whatever you want.   Absolutely anything, within the boundaries of the law and your conscious, of course.

 

If you give this some serious thought, you may find it’s not that easy to define.

 

For example, my first reaction is, “That’s easy. I’d travel.”  But travel where, specifically?  For how long?  With who?  What would I do on these trips?
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Caribbean, here I come!

 

Would you sell your house?  Would you work?  Would you buy things?  Would you devote your time to a “greater cause”?  There is no right or wrong answer but there must be an answer.  Why?

 

Most of us have been conditioned NOT to dream.

 

When we were young, not only would this have been an easy question to answer, but probably one that we would have considered stupid.  Why wouldn’t you do whatever you wanted to do when you grew up?
But as we grow older and are told by others that we can’t have it all, we begin to accept it as fact.  Our failures and shortcomings are seen as validation that life is a series of compromises, and the biggest compromise of all is that your dreams and wishful thoughts are simply not possible.

 

Your life is YOUR choice.

 

If you really believe that you cannot live your dream life, YOU are limiting YOURSELF.  You CAN have it all.  I will tell you how.

 

Step #1 – define  your ideal lifestyle

 

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Define your dream.

 

This is the hard part.  Before you can take a single step into making your ideal life a reality, you have to define it.  That means more than a passing thought.  Really think about it, and then WRITE IT DOWN.    Be detailed, and include a timeline.    What does the first day of your new life look like ?  What about three months later?   And finally a year later?  DEFINE IT.

 

If you are serious and really want to live the life you’ve always wanted, you must take the first step.  Not later, now.  Later becomes tomorrow, which becomes next year, which becomes never.  If you don’t take the first step, right now, you don’t really want to change, you just want to whine.

 

Your choice.  What will it be?  Let us know your progress by commenting below!