“How can you afford to take two months off in the winter?”
I’ve had quite a few people ask me that over the years. Everyone from border officials to wait staff at restaurants all seem to be in love with the idea of “getting away” for at least a couple months every year.
Many people are confined to a job or other obligations that they’ve agreed to, like a 8-5 job somewhere they currently live, and this prevents them from having the freedom of getting away for a bit.
Every year for the past 8 years or so, I’ve spent a good chunk of the winter in a sunny, warm place. I have to say, growing up in Montreal, Canada, had made me appreciate a warmer climate, especially during the brutal winter months.
There are people around the world who would like to just take a break from their daily realities, if just for a while. Even people in Florida want to get away from the tourist for a bit during the winter!
I once met an American guy on the island of Moorea, in Tahiti, who spent six months a year there because he thought Maui, his other home, was becoming too developed.
Going from one tropical paradise to another!
Having a winter retreat makes sense for most people. While some intrepid people make a complete move full-time to a tropical paradise, the reality is that living full-time in the tropics isn’t for everybody.
But living somewhere tropical or year-round-warm part time is a dream come true for many people.
I’ve spent many winters in Costa Rica, as well as the Southern U.S. and Thailand.
The power of the Internet and a laptop computer allows you total freedom of your life, if you choose. Once you have your own Internet business established, you can have the freedom to work and live anywhere in the world without being tied down by a time card punch.
Yet most people feel that they are stuck here, wherever they’re at now. They currently have a job someplace or people they know, and they feel like they could never give any of it up, even just for a bit.
But in reality you can do whatever you want! You don’t have to stay in the same place and work the same job you’ve been working. That can always change.
Even for people with families, with the right systems put in place you can pack up and go someplace completely different while still supporting yourself and your family.
That’s the beauty of what I call the “Internet Freedom Lifestyle.”
There are ups and down in building your Internet business, but if you’re patient enough, the results are liberating.
How do you make that happen?
First, you need to structure your business in a way that you don’t have any employees, only contractors.
In other words, you want to be a client for other people’s business, instead of having employees. That way, you avoid the burden of payroll, a crushing administrative expense that can really detract from your own income and freedom.
Second, you want to sell products that don’t require you to physically go to the post office and ship anything yourself. That’s easy to do with digital information products, as well as print-on-demand services for printed books and other products that need to be shipped.
If your goal it to be totally mobile, you have to finally set yourself up to be totally mobile and make a few initial investments.
A mobile fax number (I recommend www.efax.com), a mobile scanner, and of course a quality, dependable laptop. That way if anything comes up while you’re away, you can deal with it as efficiently as if you were in your own office.
Of course, there is a lot more than just what I’ve covered in this article for building your own successful Internet business, but the basics don’t change much. It’s just a matter of finding what you want to write about and sell, and then doing it.
As with all things, it takes time for things to change and grow, but you have to plant the seed, first!
What have been your experiences? Let us know in the comments below!