What is a laptop lifestyle and what does it mean to me?
A laptop lifestyle is a business opportunity that allows you to work anywhere with just a laptop and an internet connection. The hours that you work will vary depending upon the type of work that you engage in.
I am writing this post as I travel, as a passenger, to my next work destination. If you take advantage of every moment you are given, you can often find time to create a blog and therefore an online business. It just takes a little forethought.
Many people work a 9-5 then need to take work home with them, others work from home and only attend a workplace every couple of days to collect new assignments.
Then there are the lucky ones who receive instructions online and perform the work required.
Unfortunately, they usually need to work each day as they are paid per action.
My current laptop lifestyle allows me to travel but unfortunately, I haven’t always been able to set my own hours.
When you sell retail, you must interact with potential customers at a time and place that suits them. The ideal laptop lifestyle, in my opinion, is an online website that earns money from affiliate or email marketing.
I am moving my retail business to a strictly online operation. I have a 3rd party logistics centre which will store and prepare stock for freight. The freight company will then collect it and deliver to the customer. This is more efficient than having to prepare parcels yourself and deliver to freight carriers. However, you do still need to consider quality control of your product, the distribution chain and your re-ordering process.
What is it like to be fully mobile?
Believe it or not, there are some disadvantages to being 100% mobile.
As my home also travels with me, there are times when this is inconvenient. I recently visited Hong Kong and China and I had to find somewhere to leave my mobile home and car so that it was likely to be there in one piece when I returned. It is easy to arrange for short trips, even if a little expensive.
There are times, particularly during busy holiday periods that I try to get off the road. When you are mobile, it means that you can get caught up in the hustle bustle of increased traffic during these times. I want a laptop lifestyle so that I can avoid the traffic and therefore try to go to ground quickly.
Unfortunately, others have the same idea and many good camp grounds are crowded.
One of the reasons I turned to a blog and online businesses to fund my lifestyle into the future is because I aim to have sufficient money to travel overseas and afford to put my mobile home in safe storage. It is just a question of economics.
Many people choose to have a home and live a laptop lifestyle however, this often means working the 9-5 grind for a much longer period of time. Having a house once you do travel also means a commitment to return from time- to- time to clean and do maintenance or have someone else rent it from you. There are pros and cons of doing this.
At my age, I want to ensure that I don’t work till I drop then be unable to travel because of ill health. I have personally known too many people who have simply left it too late. I sold my business and began my laptop business at 50.
Life always puts obstacles in our path. and I urge everyone to grab whatever opportunities that come your way. Life is too short to miss out.
How do you start a laptop lifestyle?
I have been able to make the changes that are leading towards a true laptop lifestyle with the freedom to travel the world because of the wonderful training opportunity that came my way about 18 months ago.
I am sorry to say that I didn’t realize what a wonderful opportunity I had and nearly let it pass me by while I continued to chase shiny objects.
I will never stop learning and adapting new ideas as I hear about them, but I will never stop being a member of the Wealthy Affiliate community.
Wealthy Affiliate is the training and hosting program that has enabled me to create this blog.
You can create two websites from the basic training, and these will be hosted under a sub domain. All it will cost is your email address and your time and effort. You heard correctly, there is a free starter membership so that you can build a website and check out the website. No credit card required.
If you decide to continue with the awesome training you can create a total of 50 websites, all hosted and backed up.
As a premium (paid) member you will also be part of a community all offering encouragement and help as you continue your journey.
This community will become your mentors and offer their own training and tips to create great online businesses. Members blog about their successes and encourage others to create great businesses. There is no ‘I can’t share this with you because you might steal my idea’ mentality. It is a sharing pay-it-forward community.
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