As Howard Thurman said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Powerful words. You deserve to live your passion and spend more time doing something that is meaningful to you. Otherwise, you are wasting, not investing, your time
H.D. Thoreau aptly stated, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”
Simply existing is not enough. However, creating the life that you want can feel quite difficult. Instead of becoming tied to your job and a mundane routine consider what you could do to live your passion, pursue your interests and spend more time with the people you love.
There are multiple avenues to help create this freedom. The full benefits of being able to work from your computer anywhere, a Laptop Lifestyle, are enticing ways to attend to both quotes offered above. Let’s look at two powerful options.
Affiliate Marketing is an excellent way to leverage your time and interests to sell other people’s products to earn a commission. One of the reasons this opportunity is so appealing is because you can start this business without inventory or even a website. All you need to do is find a line of products you want to sell, then you set up an affiliate agreement to let others know about those products.
Your Affiliate Marketing partner will give you a link to embed in your advertising, so you will be paid when your referrals buy the product. There are no limits In Affiliate Marketing. You are basically marketing or advertising your partner’s products and services for a fee. Once you decide what niche you want to immerse yourself in the sky is the limit. The challenge is to decide the best way to reach your target audience. Facebook advertising, blog posts, email marketing, and landing pages are a few of the most effective ways to attract buyers.
The same thing holds true for freelancing. If you have the skill and talent you can explore freelancing in numerous disciplines. Some of the obvious ones are writing, editing or photography. But why limit yourself to the obvious ones?
Do you have a talent that would benefit a target audience?
Freelancing has become a viable way to make a living for many professionals.
If you draw your joy by doing the work you love and are able to do it on your own terms, you are adding to the things that make you come alive.
So, look around. Many companies
have streamlined their organizations with fewer full-time employees, they need
to hire freelancers on a regular basis. That is good news for the many people
who want the flexibility that freelancing offers.
While there is almost no limit to the number of professions that offer a way to earn a living as a freelancer, certain types of skills are in high demand. Artists, writers, editors, software developers, photographers, administrative personnel, recruiters, accountants, IT professionals, researchers, and project managers are all freelancing opportunities that companies need on a regular basis.
Benefits of A Laptop Lifestyle
Of course, the exact flexibility of your schedule will depend upon the option you choose to pursue. You may need to meet with clients at specific times to set up your Affiliate Marketing plans or to schedule your freelancing gigs.
However, many of the required tasks can be completed independently. In other words, once you have a deadline for your freelancing or affiliate project, you can complete it at a time that works for you. Also, depending on financial concerns, you may have the ability to turn down certain jobs. Please keep in mind that if you keep declining jobs, you may find that your business won’t grow or thrive. Still though, positions like freelancing and Affiliate Marketing give more flexibility with your schedule than jobs that require you to work from a fixed location at a corporate desk.
The length of you commute can significantly affect your life. For example, if you are working 8-10 hours a day then spending one to two hours trying to get home each evening, you probably won’t have the time to really live your passion. Maybe you would really like to get to the gym, join a book club or coach your daughter’s softball team, but you simply can’t make it work with the time you have left in your day. When you opt for a job where you get to work primarily from your laptop, your concerns about the commute will vanish. You can take the time you are currently spending travelling to work and use it to live your passion.
Controlling your hours
Another way that you can live your passion is through the hours in the day that you will get back. When you are working online, you can often select the times of the day that you want to work. For example, even if you need to work 8 hours per day, you can choose to do some work in the early mornings or in the evenings after everyone has gone to sleep. When you regain hours during the day and afternoon, you may find that you have more energy to go to the gym and get in a workout. Or go to the stores you like when the lines aren’t as long. More time gives you more options.
All of these benefits can seriously improve your life. Take a look at the previous blog post about the 80/20 rule to see more on how to capitalize your time to make this come to fruition.
But don’t just dream about these ideas. Start now to take steps to achieve them.
The common question is, “But how do I start?” I say look at what others are doing.
Charles Colton said that “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. When people worry about how to do something and fear they don’t know what to do or where to start, my advice is to find others who are making it work and use their example.
Once started you can begin to introduce your personality and techniques into the mix and then build something rich, personal and worthy of imitation in its own right. (Important note: Imitation should not be plagiarism.)
So now the choice. A Life of quiet desperation or one that makes you come alive.
What you choose to do next will set your course.