The new freedom is all around you. You can access the new freedom right now.
The new freedom starts with a single thought. You can find the new freedom by deciding to do more meaningful and fulfilling work. You can find the new freedom by resolving to lead a better and happier life.
It doesn’t matter if you’re married with kids or single; old or young; entrepreneur or employed. The online economy, the cloud, mobile computing and the Internet are already allowing more freedom into your life. I’ve written a bestselling book and its purpose is to help you gain yet more of the new freedom. Here’s the book: The New Freedom: Ordinary People Are Living Extraordinary Lives & So Can You! If you’ve read the book, please consider leaving a review on Amazon.
There are many ways to move more of your life online, to unshackle you from an inflexible and expensive homelife, and to live a more fulfilling life within the sharing economy.
The Internet has changed our views on traditional education, employment, accommodation, relationships, nationality, money and just about every part of our public lives. The new freedom is at the forefront of these changes.
What is the new freedom?
The new freedom can mean: owning less and sharing more, employing more and working less, traveling more, and learning more about other cultures as well as yourself. It’s an exciting world.You can find the new freedom immediately by resolving to lead a better and happier life Click To Tweet
The new freedom isn’t all hammocks and smiling Instagram updates. It’s about getting people out of their homes and into communities. It’s about building international teams based on talent rather than geographical location. It’s about freedom to work and travel during hours that suit you rather sticking to a rigid 9-5. It’s about creating a life on your terms through the convenience and collaboration of the online world.
How can we access the new freedom?
Your movement towards the new freedom starts with a single thought. The thought becomes a belief which becomes the realization of a dream.
We are all different. We have differing levels of freedom, change, or risk that we’re comfortable with initially.This new life is a process rather than a sudden event. Here are some ideas to help you towards your freedom.
The new freedom can not be accessed by striving towards a future goal. The new freedom is all around us. The new freedom can be accessed in our minds right now.
The new freedom starts with a mindset shift. If you’ve made this mindset shift, the rest will fall into place.
Have you ever felt an excess of “stuff” around you? Ever felt an excess of material possessions? Too much clutter, too much to do, too much debt, too many distractions, and too much noise?
“Minimalism is a way of eschewing the non-essential in order to focus on what’s truly important, what gives our lives meaning, what gives us joy and value.” Leo Babauta
Iva Ursano was a hairdresser in Sudbury in Ontario, Canada. After coming back from a three-week volunteering stint in Costa Rica in 2015, Iva had a sudden realization: she was working to pay for an apartment and a car that she needed for work. She ditched the apartment, rented a room, sold the car, and left work. Iva is now a freelance writer living and volunteering in Guatemala.
Minimalism is not sacrifice. There has to be a paradigm shift in your thinking to desire minimalism. You live like a king for less money.
Freedom from employment
There are two sides to financial freedom: spending less and earning more (from a variety of income streams).
There is no freedom more liberating in new economy than the ability to earn extra money. Most of our self-esteem, identity and happiness come from what we do to make a living.
Minimalism shows us to concentrate on the most important things and discard everything else. So rather than suffering through hard work now in order to secure later enjoyment, we must continually remind ourselves to enjoy the work we are doing now.Continually remind yourself to enjoy what you are doing right now! Click To Tweet
There are many rags to riches stories in entrepreneurial broadcasts. It’s occasionally inspiring to hear how some guy “crushed it” and is now making millions from a yacht in the Bahamas. But real success is usually unspectacular, slow, and sustained. It’s about consistently providing value and being honest.
So, if you are tied to a 9-to-5 and a certain location, immediately try to get some freelance work on the side. The best way is to find freelance work independently. Otherwise, there are the freelance platforms: Fiverr, TaskRabbit, Freelancer.com, PeoplePerHour, Twago, Guru, People as a Service, etc.
The new location
After unshackling yourself from employment, you are free to live wherever you want in the world. There are a variety of locations where it is possible to live easily and cheaply – these are listed in my upcoming book.
Hundreds of thousands of people all over the world are, at this very second, earning income in a “strong” currency, such as the US dollar, and living in places in southeast Asia and latin America where US dollars can buy a higher standard of living.
This doesn’t just apply to highly skilled people with English as their first language from the west. When Polish undergraduate Jimmy Naraine was studying in a UK university, he spent 80% of his time abroad. All his lectures were online and he returned, sleeping on friend’s couches, for group projects and exams. During his final year, he’d traveled to more than ten countries, saved money, and got a solid degree. Jimmy is now a location independent coach and online course creator.
Unshackling can be permanent but it also can be temporary
- You could ask your firm to grant a sabbatical
- You could ask your company to sanction a short period of remote working
- You could just go on holiday for two weeks and try to earn money with your laptop
The new sharing
Fortunately, a plethora of platforms has sprung up to encourage peer-to-peer earning (and spending) online.
In the last few years sites and apps have sprung up to make it easy to earn online. You can work as a part-time taxi driver with Uber. You can rent out your apartment for days at a time with AirBnb. There are dozens of sites where you can get online work: copy-checking, copy-editing, graphic design, research, you name it.
You can invest your money, sell your skills, rent your car out, coach, look after pets, get paid to take online surveys, get paid for naming ideas, share your household tools and devices – if there’s an activity or a secondhand product you can sell, you can get money from it online.
The sharing economy will be worth $300 billion by 2025, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers, that’s up from $15 billion in 2013. For 200 (yes, 200) extra ways to earn money in the sharing economy read Buy Buttons by my friend Nick Loper.
The new online business
Our ability to earn money online outside the traditional 9-to-5 will, initially, be dependent on our skills. For example, I was lucky to have design skills (although not very good ones) back in 2005 when I first set up a website. I slowly learned about web design and Google, and I managed to get design work I could do from home. It took two or three years before I was able to leave employment.
Other people aren’t so lucky. They need new skills – or advance a subset of their existing skills – in order to earn money outside their traditional workplace.
But it’s not difficult. If you can write half-decent English, you can command hourly rates of $15-20 and above. If English isn’t your first language, then translation services can be as lucrative. Couple these earnings with savings in expenditure then living with more freedom is instantly achievable.
The new runway
The runway is the length of time you can survive without a job before you go broke. All ideas on earning more and spending less lengthen this period of time.
The runway, or “making the jump” may or may not be a useful analogy according to your situation.
Shayna Oliveira had been working full-time in New York City for about three years when she asked to work remotely from Brazil – her company agreed. Later, she wanted reduce her hours from full-time to quarter-time – and they agreed again. This freed up time for her to teach English online.
Shayna didn’t really have runway. She transformed her life to be less reliant on her salary. She then gave herself one year and an investment of around $2000 to see if she could grow the side-business. That side-business became EspressoEnglish where she sells English teaching e-books and video courses. She can run it from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.
Different people will have differing lengths of runway and amounts of risk they’re comfortable with. But generally, once you’ve unshackled yourself for the first time, there’s no turning back. The new freedom is irresistible.
You can do it
You can access the new freedom right now. If you believe it. You can do it.
It’s a process, not a sudden jump. But even the smallest freedom is going to be worthwhile. Earning a few extra dollars a week online could lead to a new business. Selling unneeded possessions could lead to extra headspace. Working remotely in a community could lead to new connections and friendships with others who are experiencing these new freedoms.
As Shayna Oliveira says: “Don’t ask ‘Can I do this?’ which is a yes or no question – instead, ask yourself ‘How can I do this?’”
What do you think?
The book is already a bestseller but I really want it to get in front of as many eyeballs as possible.
So, here’s the book: The New Freedom: Ordinary People Are Living Extraordinary Lives & So Can You!
If you’ve already bought it, please consider leaving a review on Amazon.