There’s something you need to do before you quit your day job and take off into the wild blue yonder. (Actually, there’s a few things you should do).
This particular requirement isn’t a dire necessity, but if you plan to nurture a location independent career to financially sustain your travels, it’s a strong suggestion.
Before you quit your day job and embrace your location independent career freedom, establish the foundations of your new career or business venture first.
To some, this may seem obvious. To others (including myself, to a point), maybe not.
Leap of Faith
I took a (responsible) leap of faith when I decided to travel full-time. I didn’t know where I’d go, what I’d do, or how I’d financially sustain my travels.
It wasn’t until about six months in that I connected the dots and realized I could transform my passion for writing into a location independent career as a freelance writer.
But from conceptualization to construction to eventually cruising, I had a long, long road ahead. Meanwhile, I was already abroad and learning how to travel full-time, carving out my own personal style – which is something of a full-time job unto itself.
Timelines: Setting Expectations
I’m entrepreneurially minded enough that I realized no income from a freelance writing career would appear overnight. In fact, I gave myself two years to establish a writing portfolio that could generate enough income to live on – and it indeed took two years of hard (but thankfully rewarding) work for very little pay.
A reader emailed me saying she was about to embark on a trip with her friends and was hoping to make money to fund her trip with a blog. Her departure date was two months away. I answered her question in my newsletter – you can read it here for yourself, but suffice it to say I had to dole out some harsh advice about setting expectations for how long a business like a blog takes to generate income.
Multi-Tasking Travel and Business while Learning
It’s hard enough to strike a happy balance between travel and work and life when your location independent business is established and stable – it’s exponentially harder when you’re not only learning how to travel effectively in your own style, but also building a business from the ground up.
Don’t do it to Yourself
I was lucky; I had a small income from the sale of my prior business to float the two years it took for me to build my career as The Professional Hobo. So at least I didn’t have financial concerns on top of everything else.
But I cannot emphasize enough how wise it is to get the foundations of your business in place….before you quit your day job to travel.
You can thank me over drinks on the road sometime.
Don’t Do it Yourself…Part 2
I mentioned above that it took me two years of hard work to develop my online career to the point that it could financially sustain me. These days, although there’s more saturation and competition in the online arena, there are also ways to learn what you need to know so you can get your business going much faster than I did. Check out some of these resources below if you want to shorten your learning curve….substantially.