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How to work and travel

Time to get your freedom back and make the most out of it

If you are wondering how you can work and travel, manage your own schedule, and improve your life quality, you are in good company. We all dream about smart working and flexible hours. But how do we make the dream come true?

Building a brand new life based on a solid freedom base is not impossible. You just need to figure out a strategy and work hard to make it happen.

One thing is for sure: there's a whole world of opportunities out there to choose from.

Instagram is full of digital entrepreneurs who live off their passion. Who wouldn't like to earn a salary by shooting amazing landscapes in Thailand or trying out new hotel rooms in The Philippines? Let me spoil it for you: that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Behind one fancy picture there is a huge load of work, so before we start talking about your future online business, let's rephrase it together: how to become my own boss.

How to build your online business

1. Build a marketing strategy

If you want to build your online business, the first thing you need is a solid marketing plan. Let's put it this way: would you ever drive to a new city without a map? A marketing strategy will keep you on track and just like any good map, it will prevent you from getting lost.

Who is your niche? What service are you offering, and why are you better than your competitors? Who are your clients and how can you reach out to them? What social media can help you the most, and how?

If you feel overwhelmed, you can always hire a digital marketer, but I suggest you do it yourself: you will gain a lot of experience and unexpected doors will open up for you.
Just make sure you don't give up, so share your results with friends or colleagues to gain some feedback.

2. Communication is key

Now is not the time to be shy. If you want your business to be effective, you need to put your face on it... literally!

Building a strong visual identity is important, but quality pictures or video are not enough anymore. You need to have an authentic voice and give a personal touch to your offer.
Being yourself has never been fancier so put on your best clothes, find your best angle and be the star of your own business project.

Being yourself has never been fancier so put on your best clothes, find your best angle, and be the star of your own business project.

You may want to invest in a good camera or hire a video maker, just remember to make a clear communication plan, schedule every step of your campaign, and organize the details of your digital presence. Copies, images, videos, hashtags, comments, newsletters, blogs: you choose where to start.

3. Monitor your results.

Turning your online presence into a digital business will take a lot of time and perseverance. You won't go very far by selling products or services. You need to build relations. You want to be a reliable presence in your customers' life, and like any good relationships, it may take a while.

Don't get discouraged over the first months (or years) of your business plan, Make sure you monitor closely your performance with KPIs. Set your goals clearly and measure your performance accordingly.

Jobs you can do from anywhere

Building your online business from scratch feels a bit too much? Well, no worries. There are other ways to turn your life upside down. You can still work and travel even without being your own boss, and here go some fresh inspiration straight into your computer screen.

1. Teach English

There is a huge demand for English tutors and if you are looking for an easy way to earn some money, this could be a good solution. Salaries are not very high, but unless you live in a very expensive city, you should be ok. You could even consider online teaching, although the industry still lacks diversity. Teaching techniques change a bit when you transit to the online medium, but there are a lot of free resources that can help you, and the market will probably increase in the next few years.

2. Freelance

This is the real deal here. Building a solid client base will allow you to work from anywhere, at any time. Each profession has different rules, but having a good portfolio and a few case studies will make a big difference at the beginning.
Ask your previous clients to leave testimonies and start blogging: it will boost your career as a freelancer.

3. Sharing economy websites

Last but not least, if you can’t wait to get on the road while you’re still on a budget, you should definitely check websites like Work Away, WWOOF or Couchsurfing. You will be able to volunteer in exchange for accommodation and still get some free time. Ask for details on the collaboration before you accept the offers, as you don't want to give away too much of your time for free. For the sea lovers, Find a crew is a less known platform where you can hop on and off sailing boats for free. Some people even offer paid positions, so why not embarking on a new adventure while you create your digital presence?

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