I’m focusing a lot of attention on mobile income these days. I see many working-age nomads who are able to bring their jobs with them on the road. What they do can easily be done in a mobile capacity, so making the leap in that area is less of a challenge. Though taking your job on the road can lead to a whole new set of issues and stresses.
My professional skillset is not mobile friendly. As a result, I needed to get creative in finding ways to begin earning money outside of my job. I’ve been a serial entrepreneur and a big dreamer with wild ideas since I was young. I started with Amway back in the late 80’s and was convinced I could make a fortune from it. Needless to say, I did not.
I have dabbled in a little bit of everything and even made quite the killing on eBay in the late 90’s selling Little Tikes Dollhouse accessories. However, most of what I have done has fallen flat from the start. Mostly because I had no clue what I was doing. Sometimes I got a little bit of a start, only to fall off when my original idea ran out of steam. With my eBay venture, I simply lost my product source and could never find another profitable one.
I’m older now, have had a sufficient amount of failures, understand my strengths and weaknesses better, and have learned plenty of lessons. A key thing I understand now is you should never rely on one stream of income. In the past, I looked for one ‘big thing’ to be my pot of gold. I should have been looking at more diverse ways of earning money.
I have gained tremendous knowledge online regarding earning money and multiple streams of income, from sites like Side Hustle Nation, Entrepreneur, Smart Passive Income, and so many more. There is always someone doing free live coaching, on multiple topics, at any given time of the day or night. It’s well worth your time to search topics that interest you. YouTube videos are a goldmine of information as well.
I am working a full-time job while working on several side projects right now. The process is exciting! It will be well worth the effort and time when I am able to begin my adventures. Hopefully, the work I do now will help build a solid foundation that I can run with when I hit the road.
Are these projects my answer to the “how do you make a living on the road?” question? I don’t know yet but I’m hopeful.
You have to take a giant leap outside of the box to find your thing. That golden nugget idea. There is something for everyone but you have to take the risk.
Nothing I am doing now was even a second thought 18 months ago (except the blogs, I’ve always wanted to do that). I had to get creative and really ask myself some questions about things I knew well, things I enjoyed doing, etc.
The key is to start – right now. Begin building a foundation. What I have in place now isn’t going to make me rich, but that isn’t something I desire anyway. What it will do is provide me with enough income streams to support myself while I travel and live my passion.
Find someone to inspire you if you need to. Someone who understands and can help you put your puzzle pieces together. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the existing nomad community as well. I have personally developed some amazing friendships there. In fact, Patrick from the Paddy Wagon gave me a pep talk just a couple days ago and helped me understand the potential for a new income stream I wasn’t even considering.
Get involved in the community and reach out to people! Someone out there is going to ‘get you’ and really relate or understand where you’re coming from.
My ultimate message to you is DO NOT GIVE UP. Don’t assume you have no options and forgo living your dream. I promise you, there are options. Sometimes you have to look for them, you’ll always have to work hard for them, but they are there. And I believe in you!