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Work Anywhere By Being Location Independent

by Steve Scott | Join Him On Facebook

Growing up, I had an uncle who the whole family thought was a bit of a whack job.

Whenever they spoke about Uncle Rick, some of my relatives would roll their eyes and nod their heads in unison with sympathetic glances and sighs. “Oh, Uncle Rick is in the Everglades or Uncle Rick is mountain climbing in South America” were the typical responses that I heard when I asked if he would be joining us for Christmas.

What I didn’t understand some 2 decades ago is that while many people may have thought Uncle Rick was a bit eccentric, he was living the life of someone who was location independent.

At the time, there really wasn’t a name for what he did. Instead, Rick simply knew how to “work” anywhere in the world, without being tethered to a specific location.

The good news is this is something that you do by knowing how to properly design your life. Let me explain…

Location Independence Allows to Work Anywhere

Today, with the abilities of the internet, cell phones, automated systems and other technological advances; the great majority of us can work from anywhere if we so choose.

This means that we can take a cruise, live like a gypsies traveling from place to place, see the world and travel at whim, without taking a pay cut or vacation time. There are few jobs worth having that can’t be done from home and the freedom to live the life of your dreams that this offers, is not be under rated.


Location independence is all about mobility.

From Skype to worldwide internet access, laptops, cell phones and conferencing software; we are living in an age that demands mobility. Since so many of these mobile links have been made so easy to afford, use and implement – there is no reason to be confined between 4 walls.

Even if you aren’t the traveling type; there is freedom that comes with being location independent. This freedom is what can make your life better than you ever imagined.

Avoiding the Trap of Work

It’s important to view any type of work through the lens of its mobility. Whenever I start a new site or project, I make sure it’s something that can be done off a laptop at any spot in the world. In other words, I always design it in a way where I’m not trapped at a specific geographic location.

A location independent worker means that you can be as effective in your own home, in an office as you can be sitting on a Caribbean Beach.

One of the things that I do is integrate the tools I need for my business in a manner where everything is completely mobile. To be honest, with a laptop, wireless internet access and a Skype, you are able to work from where you ever you are. And if you need additional tools, don’t be afraid to go out and get them.

Many people are scared to take that plunge towards location independence because they’re afraid of not having the right tools at their fingertips. The honest truth is a lot of the “corporate jobs” we do in modern society don’t really require much beyond what’s stored on a modern laptop.

Outsource Annoying, Time Consuming Tasks

Another obstacle to location independence is that you have to “be there” for critical tasks. Here’s where I’m going to burst your bubble a little… A lot of what you do at your “job” can easily be outsourced to another person for a fraction of the cost that you receive.

Sure it might feel a little weird to have somebody do parts of your job. However you have to look at like this. If you’re worth $50 an hour, wouldn’t it make perfect sense to pay somebody else to do parts of your job that can be outsourced for $5 an hour? Then your time is freed up to concentrate on your core genius or figuring out other ways to remove yourself from a specific location.

Don’t Be Another Person Who “Waits”

Lots of people are in a constant cycle of waiting.

They wait to finish college. They wait to find the perfect job where they wait to work their way through the ranks.

They get married and wait to have kids until they can afford it. Then they have children and wait to live their own dreams. They wait to build a house until the kids are through college.

They wait to take vacations. They wait to enjoy their lives.

Then they wait to retire. Once retired they wait for the economy to get better before they start traveling, buy the RV and cruise America.

Suddenly, their entire life is behind them, they are too old to enjoy anything. Sure, they have plenty of money in the bank but aren’t able to enjoy it. Then it is bequeathed to the next generation of waiters. And the cycle goes on.

Stop waiting. Your life is now, not in a decade. I don’t know about you, but since I don’t know if I will be here in 5 years or 5 days for that matter, I plan to live the life I want now.

Yes, I sacrifice some investments and time towards doing activities that I don’t particularly enjoy but they allow me to be a location independent. I can write to you from Hawaii or Australia and since my back up system of automated income is in place, I am FREE!

Living Life the Way YOU Want

Uncle Rick knew about this lifestyle long before the rest of the world. He wasn’t crazy, he was wealthy and happy and he lived a life that was perfectly designed by him. He had a lovely wife, a great family and enjoyed every day because he was ALWAYS thrilled to be alive.

When Rick did make it to our family get-togethers, it was him that was rolling his eyes at all of us who were trapped in less than thrilling lives. Waiting.

Needless to say, Uncle Rick was my hero and I happily follow in his footsteps. Even today, at his age he is happy, wealthy and has no regrets. He has lived his life to the fullest potential and he has created and designed his dream life and made it a reality.

Being location independent is something that each of you can strive to do. Even if you don’t want to travel the world, you want to be free.

Freedom may mean not missing your kid’s baseball games. It may mean not working on Fridays and not hassling with traffic for several hours a day.

We all have our own definition of freedom. However, one thing is for certain…each of us wants a life hand crafted and designed to include your passions and when you decide to become location independent, that is what you get.

How to Get Started?

One of the ways to get started is to check out the free report “Life Plan Mastery” that I just released, (which is available on the top-right hand side of this page).

Life is way too short to be confined by walls and there are far too many tools available nowadays to remain stuck. So if you’re sitting there, wishing for a different life, now is the time to take action and make it happen!

Take Action. Get Results.




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Ralph

Steve,
Stunning point about the waiting. Looking back over my life, my biggest regrets are thinking that I must wait in order to act. You are probably thinking the same thing even at your tender years. Everybody needs to wake up and act.
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Ralph

Now!
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Steve Scott

I definitely agree that waiting is the worst thing to do. Like many people, I don’t want to look back on my life and do the whole proverbial “what could have been” thing.

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Kristian Ward

This is simply an awesome write up…

I have actually made a pact with myself that when i come across things like this – im actually going to commit to trying it – applying it – living it! I have read so much over the years and so much i sit back and think – ummm i really read all those books about self worth this self fix that but not one tactic in the books did i ever apply – so does that mean i did all that reading for nothing? Feels like i wasted alot of time just reading…double edged sword – but no more. thank you for this im going to share this on my blog for others to find this!

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Steve Scott

Thanks for the comment and for stopping by.

To be honest, I’ve always had the same problem where I’ll read every book about self-growth and lifestyle design. But don’t really do much to put into action. Finally, I woke up one day and said, enough is enough, and decided to start doing all the stuff I want to do.

Anyway, give me a shout if you need anything!

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Phil Montero

Steve,

I love this article and your passion for working from anywhere! You are correct with free or affordable technology you can do most of your work tasks from any location even if it involves collaborating with others. The important part, as you mentioned, is designing your work that way and having a strategy.

Congrats on working unchained. I look forward to reading your Life Plan Mastery report!

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Steve Scott

Thanks Phil!

Working this way definitely works right now. But I’m sure eventually I’ll get to the point where I want a nice, small little space where I can work. I guess the important thing is to build some sense of portability and mobility into whatever you’re doing.

Also, let me know your thoughts on the report. I just finished it the other day, so I would love to get some honest feedback!

~S

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Karen

Hi Steve,

Great article which convinced me to sign up, but I got an error when I clicked on the Sign up button. Are you having problems? Tried to see if you have a Contact page, but couldn’t find one.

It sounds like your Uncle Rick has figured out a way of life that makes him happy – congratulations for finding the courage to follow in his footsteps.

Karen
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Steve Scott

Karen,

Thanks for signing up. I did see that you were on the list. Where you able to get the report?

I just checked it and the sign up form ‘seems’ to be working. But you never know sometimes…

~S

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Steve Scott

Paul….sounds like you’re way ahead of me. I’m able to do a good amount of traveling and enjoy things. But I still have to work about 15 hours of work each week. With that said, I’m definitely not going to complain.

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Paul

Dont be hard on yourself. I suspect I am way ahead of you in years too :-) I cheated slightly too – I have a mature business and I test-drove the remote working by moving 50miles from the office and working from home 4 days out of 5 for 2 years!
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Steve Scott

Sounds like you did the right thing…Would love to hear more about how you went about doing this. Perhaps I can persuade you to do a guest article???

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william

Hey Steve, I am gonna be a senior in High School right now and deciding to possibly attend the US Air Force Academy. I would love to fly planes, however, I am much more passionate about living a life of freedom, fun, and adventure. What are your thoughts on taking this option as a foundation so that I don’t just dive into affiliate marketing with no backup. The downside is I can not just leave when I finally get solid income from IM because going to the USAFA and becoming an officer incurs a service requirement of 8 years and 10 more years if I decide to be a pilot. I found Bring The Fresh( I think that’s the amazing product your talking about in previous posts right that is just a one time payment of $97 that you would recommend to your bro). I also have the option of going to a regular college and doing ROTC because I don’t have to decide If I want to commit to the Air Force until my 3rd year, giving me two years to develop solid IM income. If you recommend against this or have better ideas on possible plans to get a life of freedom, fun, and adventure, I would love to hear.

P.S. What is a good laptop you recommend because I know that is very important to all this. I’m sure you would recommend the one you use right?

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Steve Scott

William,

A lot of what you say I understand completely. Let me tell you a little bit about myself that I do not think I have shared before. I spent a few years in the military myself, specifically in the Air Force. I went to ROTC through college and had a few issues with finishing classes late, because of this I was able to decrease my obligation down to only 2 years, but had to go in as enlisted rather than an officer.

Personally I was not crazy about the experience. I am not a big fan of taking orders. On the other hand hand it was an experience that I was able to learn a lot from. Like you may have noticed, my brother also served in the military (He was a Navy guy) and my dad in the Army. I am of the firm belief that time in military service really does afford you a chance to learn and grow.

Like you sort of pointed out, internet marketing and going to college/being in the military are not necessarily mutually exclusive. You may have to give up time partying to be able to get it all done, but it is doable. You have 3 years to decide, like you said. In that time, you can get your feet wet, learn about the business, make mistakes (that will help you grow) and hopefully get some streams of income started. At that point you can do IM as a part time thing AND be in the military.

With your future in front of you, your life is a struggle to keep all options open. Your options only narrow as you get older. So my recommendation is to do it all, and when you have better knowledge of what YOU want, make a decision.

Good luck to you my friend, hope my answer helps somewhat,

Steve

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william

Thanks Steve this is some great information. I am having trouble finding core passions that I can use to make money. I know I am passionate about lifestyle design and personal growth. However, these encompass large areas: Health, Wealth, Fitness, and Relationships and passions are all involved. I hear a lot to not try and reinvent the wheel. Your website type seems like a great idea for something I would be interested in being an affiliate of: Lifestyle.

Is that the niche you are focused in on? If not, could you please tell me which niche you have chosen?

I am extremely passionate about living a life of freedom, fun, and adventure so I am pretty sure I can be a successful affiliate marketer for that broad niche. Would you agree with my choice of niche? Or would you say it is better to have multiple sites with the niches split up like one for wealth and one for health? I do not know for sure yet, but I am pretty positive that lifestyle is your niche so either way could you give me some great tips for building successful automated income from this niche.

Final question: I must have lots of information to contribute right to be successful in a niche like lifestyle? If it is a good niche.

Thanks for your time I really appreciate it!

Respectfully,

William

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Steve Scott

William,
Yes to be successful you do need to have something to say in your niche. I just finished writing a 10k word lead magnet to get people to come to this site that is deals exactly with finding your niche. It may be more than a week before it is out, but it is coming and I will do some promotion for it here once I do. (It will be free, just trying to get new people and get them onto a mailing list) I am not going to go into excessive detail, because I hope that may spark some ideas for you. In general, to get you pointed in the right direction, now, here is what I would do. Try to get a narrowly defined niche. This site is actually a bad example because I have multiple wide open topics. I also make no money off this site at all, so if money is your purpose at all you have to define your niche down as low as possible. Now if you just want to blog and talk and worry about financial success later, go ahead.

This may sound strange, but once you think you are defined enough, narrow it down more. Since you are in the “getting your feet wet realm” and may well not expect to really make a ton of money yet try some free things: 1. get a free blog. You can get one on on blogger.com with a gmail account. 2. read some free stuff. Over at the infopreunuer he has a good free lesson on driving some traffic through commenting on posts and stuff. go find simlilar blogs and post comments 3. once you get your niche in addition to your posts get an account at ezine articles.com read the instructions there, but basically you should write articles 300-500 words long. Your “resource box” should have a blurb that links back to your free blog (where you will have more content. Over time once you get a large following you can try monotizing things. step one is to get people to your doorstep and create content. If you have been reading my stuff I have a long series of posts on blogs and traffic that may help. For the long run you want a targeted keyword site. Since you may not have a lot of free moeny it should be fine going with free at first until you learn intricacies.

As for what your niche should be, i find it hard to give you a do this do that answer. MY only recommendation is to be focused at first. Specifically if you want to make money. To give you a preview in an example for relationships, if you were to go that way, you could focus on 17-20 year old men finding and succeeding in relationships on social networking sites like facebook. That would be sufficiently narrow. You offer all sorts of free advice in this catagory. Then perhaps offer to sell some products out there that focus on this exact thing or make your own. Without even looking I can be pretty positive such products exist. There is nothing new under the sun as they say. I hope I was clear, trying to write a lot fast, I only have so much time….

Anyway read up on anything you have problems with and play around with the free stuff out there. If you want to play with a free website, there is something called squidoo out there too. Sorry if I came back at you with very basic stuff but I jumped to a conclusion that you might be new at all this. Once you get a little facile you can “move” your site to a pay blog hosting and just migrate any followers with you, no need to spend money you do not have until you learn all the ropes

Just to reiterate: for money making purposes niches need to be narrow……

Steve

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william

You are right dude I am very new to this stuff and even simple help is very useful to me. I have just enough money to buy the Bring the Fresh product you recommended. I have been emailing Mike Long and I am firmly believing that his product will be what I need to actually systemize a process to start making some good money. Using Free Advice I may not find everything so I believe free advice coupled with one good system will be great. I have a goal to be able to make enough money that I can then buy his full disclosure stuff which is 67 per month (for a high school kid that is a lot so I hope his basic membership can get me up to that).

You also have not told me the niche you narrowly specialize in. I am very curious as to what it is.

Respectfully,

William

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Steve Scott

Mike Long is a pretty “big deal” and he knows what he is talking about. I cannot comment on the “full disclosure” part as I haven’t gotten it. He is a salesman, so I am sure he might push you toward that, i didn’t get that myself yet, there is so much information on the there it takes time to even get through It all I am systematically watching all the videos and I check the forums every so often. I just lurk there though, I do enough writing here. Like I said if you are on a tight budget, which I know you are, there are free options for a lot of stuff. They may not be as high powered, but they can get you in the door. My bro is in similar shoes, except 20 years older than you, etc. at least in the starting out part. He has a lot of experience with the free stuff now, since he is just living on his small pension and internet stuff (which has only produced midling results for him so far, but he just started) so he has a very tight budget for his online $$ he may be able to answer some free options questions better than I could

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