From office chair to beach chair in 5 months!

A lot of people have been enjoying my updates about Cambodia and my life adjusting to the quirks that are living abroad but this week I want to show you how I went from working for the man in Australia to living location independent and working for myself here in Cambodia. I will show you 3 steps to help YOU be location independent.

Step 1 - Have a plan. I didn’t just pack my bags and go - I had a plan with steps I needed to take to be able to make the move. This involved setting up the Urban Forage website, finishing my first book, finalising everything at home. It is important to have a plan of attack, it is also important to be open to straying from that plan. I knew Cambodia was my first destination, I still don’t know where or when my next destination will be... but I had a plan. What country would you ideally live in? What will you do for an income? What are the costs involved? What responsibilities do you have to take care of at home?

Step 2 - Have a safety net. Setting up overseas can be expensive even in extremely cheap countries (Cambodia). Have a safety net - research the costs, do the math. I also recommend having enough set aside for a flight back home (at the minimum) should you need it. Take too much. The old saying when traveling - Put everything you are taking with you on your bed, halve the clothes and double the money. Do that!

Step 3 - Ready, Go, Set! My new motto is to start before you are ready, yes have a plan, but it doesn’t have to be perfect. I think so many people get bogged down in details it smothers them and they end up doing nothing - don’t be that person. I have been practicing just doing shit and not using perfection as an excuse.

I realised that, despite what society thinks is best for you and I, we don’t have to be chained to an employer and that this thinking is very outdated. In fact, I would go so far as to say that thinking like this and relying solely on an employer is actually really dangerous and irresponsible (controversial I know). Yes, in days gone by, an employer would provide you with the security of a guaranteed pay check but in todays society you should NOT rely on this one income stream. With the rise of technology who knows what is around the corner. I think Chris Guillebeau sums it up nicely here:

‘It is a new economy out there, but it still offers an old lesson: don’t invest your life savings without a clear basis for expecting success, and don’t rely on someone else for your success or failure’.

I sat down and wrote out 20 ways I was going to make money in my new location independent life (thank you Hayley Weatherburn), and I continually add to that list. Here's some homework, I challenge you 5 write different ways (outside your job) that you could make money - make it fun - if you honestly believe you would make the world’s best male gigolo- write it down!!! If you are after some help with starting - check out my eBook - 101 Jobs You Can Do Anywhere In The World

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Ducky xo

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