Former middle school teacher, turned bouncer-around-at-random-shit-jobs, and then freelancer.
Multiple 6-figure freelancer.
Now, I teach freelancing to those who want to build an amazing freelance lifestyle. There are numerous ways to freelance and each person has to make it their own.
My style is directed at people who want to work 20 hours a week, take 3 months off each year and still make $100K.
Sound impossible? It’s not.
$125/hr x 20 hours/week x 40 weeks/yr … check out that math.
Can YOU earn $125 an hour? Absolutely.
There are a lot of sites out there that get caught up in doing all the things as a freelancer.
They may tell you that you have to make a banging website, start a blog to build authority in your field, create lead magnets and email funnels for your clients to find you, build a course on the side (you know, in all the free time you’ve got) so that clients that can’t buy your services can still get your expertise.
There is nothing wrong with all this stuff… but it’s seriously NOT for everyone. It can be overwhelming, exhausting, and just plain WRONG for you.
It may seem like I do a lot of it but trust me, I do it quite slowly and lazily! How?
- I advocate finding high-quality, long-term, ongoing clients you can grow with for years.
- I myself have only ever pitched a handful of clients since I’ve started out.
- I work for the same clients for months or even years as a key member of their team.
- I take time off whenever I want.
- I make my own hours.
I concentrate on doing great work for my clients (which naturally leads to word of mouth referrals to other clients and repeat projects — sometimes years apart). Since I don’t spend a lot of time finding new clients, that leaves me plenty of time for tinkering with my other interests.
Want to know the craziest part of my achieving my own $100K-while-not-working-a-ton-lifestyle?
It wasn’t hard.
Don’t get me wrong. It took hard work … but it wasn’t hard in the sense of “I’m trying to invent the lightbulb, or come up with E = mc2 …”
I don’t know about you but I don’t mind hard work. What I do mind is:
- People telling me it can’t be done
- Spinning my wheels
- Going off down internet rabbit holes of darkness and frustration
- And just overall not having any idea of what I’m doing or what I should be doing
All of that is where I used to be. I couldn’t figure out how to make money online so I was stuck making $20 an hour, doing a job that was boring, with a company that didn’t meet any of my core values and had higher turnover than a rotisserie chicken roaster.
That is, until July 14, 2017, forever after known as my freedomversary, when I was laid off along with about 30% of the rest of the company.
Pissed off and annoyed (I mean it’s kind of like when you’re ready to break up with someone but then they break up with you first), I vowed to make it the best thing that ever happened to me. And I did.
Having that job had kept me complacent. Drifting along. Seeking something better but in that lazy, “I’ll figure things out at some point…” kind of way.
The layoff forced me to take action. I was broke, owed a lot of people a lot of money (like $30K worth) and needed to figure something out quickly. That’s how I arrived at freelancing.
I wished someone had told me about them sooner — the simple yet necessary steps needed to be successful at freelancing.
So I made Live Work Travel to give those steps to you.
My whole life I knew there had to be something more. The go to college, get a job, stick it out, work hard, retire, then die, thing just didn’t do it for me. Still, it wasn’t until my 30s that I was able to break away from this pattern of doing what many around me were doing (and getting the same shitty results).
What I found through freelancing was a 180° shift in happiness, freedom, financial independence, purpose, and fulfillment. It’s not just the money — though that’s been amazing — it’s the incredible coherence I’ve found in this way of living and working. THIS is what I’m supposed to be doing. If you think it might be the life for you as well, I want to help you get there!
During my time freelancing for other business owners, I found that while many of them were living a life that looked good externally — a successful business, money coming in, working for themselves, doing something they loved — they were pretty frazzled and burnt out.
- Unable to disconnect from their businesses and go on vacation.
- Unsure how to set up a team and hand off responsibilities.
- Stuck doing lots of little things but unable to spend time focusing on the big picture and grow their business.
I realized that I could help with some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way helping some of my clients set up operations in their businesses. While I’ve worked as a freelancer, I’ve also hired hundreds of other freelancers, onboarded them, and built up great teams all over the world.
My unique perspective from the middle — being a freelancer and hiring freelancers — makes me well equipped to share my knowledge on what each side needs to be successful. Live Work Travel is not just about traveling the world as a location-independent freelancer. It’s also about building a business you can step away from every now and then to ensure that you’re going on vacation and actually taking time to live as well!
At the end of the day, I have MANY interests. I used to think there was something wrong with me. Why couldn’t I just pick a career and put my nose to the grindstone and focus on that? Or, even now that I’m doing work I love, why do I constantly have more ideas for some new side project or another? But hey, I’ve now accepted that there’s nothing wrong with me and that variety keeps me happy. Check out some of my other ongoing projects below.
Naveen is one of my oldest freelance clients and sometimes I still can’t believe the stars aligned for me to work with such a great person and amazing travel company! Talk about matching interests! I currently support the team as VP of Operations. Freelancing does not have to be one-off gigs and that’s one of the things I teach on the blog. Great long-term ongoing work is a fantastic way to build a steady freelance income while also having the freedom to take on other clients and projects.
I post a lot of different content on Instagram and got tired of misplacing all my hashtags for various posts. Sometimes I need freelance-related hashtags, sometimes business-related, sometimes Ecuador or Colombia, or sometimes just general #chillaxin or #travel hashtags. I couldn’t find a tool that stored them all neatly in categories for me, let me randomly pull from those categories, or let me just randomize hashtags as needed. So I decided to build one that worked for me. It might help you as well!
Not live yet but coming in 2023. Another project inspired by my life. As I traveled through South America, learning the Spanish language and taking classes, I didn’t feel like there was a great place online to practice specific concepts I was learning in class. So I set out to build one. I’m really excited about this project and looking forward to getting it up and running in the coming year.
My good friend Averi Melcher and I are collaborating on this project. We want to host a podcast to help others out there build the life of their dreams. Whether that means freelancing from home, or building a business while traveling the world, we want to offer up our lessons and tips for others looking to build a life full of freedom while doing what they love.