Last Updated: 26th November 2017
UPDATE: You can now buy my very first eBook about how I became location independent as a virtual assistant and how you can do it to. It’s a short guide that cost just $0.99 (price was correct at the time of writing). If you can’t download it from Amazon, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase it as a PDF file.
Every New Years Eve I usually make silly resolutions that I can never keep. You all know them: I’ll lose 20 pounds. I’ll eat better. I’ll exercise more. Well, surprise. It only ever lasts for a week or two. My willpower is shockingly bad sometimes.
So back in 2015 I decided to only have one resolution for the new year. I made it my goal to become location independent. I made a promise to myself that I was going to make it happen. And guess what? I made it happen.
I managed to become location independent in just 4 months.
It’s not easy. It’s not for everyone. But I’m a strong believer in that it’s possible to do whatever you set your mind to. Well, most of the time of course. I doubt I’ll be President of the United States any time soon and I’m pretty sure I can scratch “astronaut” off my list as well. I still have high hopes of me winning the X Factor though – even though I couldn’t sing to save my life. Anyway, back to what I was actually talking about …
So what do I do?
I’m a freelancer. Everything I do to earn money is things I can do online. If I have to physically get up and leave to go somewhere in order to make money, then I don’t do it. I exclusively work online.
I’m mainly a freelance translator. I translate various things such as websites, adverts, product descriptions, apps, video games and more. I started out with one client, then I got one more, one more and now… well, I no longer have enough time to translate everything for everyone! I’ve managed to build up quite a good reputation which means more clients, which means more money.
I also do some other freelance work but my main passion and priority is translation. I enjoy this way of life. I enjoy the possibilities that freelancing gives me. I enjoy not having to get up in the mornings at a certain time. I just really enjoy life in general.
I also run this travel blog. Although it’ll never make me a millionaire it does give me a decent monthly income that I wouldn’t want to be without.
How did I do it?
Hard work. Will power. And a lot of patience.
Don’t go and quit your day job straight away and expect that a remote job will land at your feet the next minute.
I almost gave up several times as there is so much competition for these jobs.
I used a freelancing website to find my first freelance jobs. Freelancing websites can be incredibly frustrating at times but it’s a great way to start and to build up trust. These days I get most of my clients through word of mouth. That happens when you consistently deliver top quality work and when you communicate properly with clients.
In the beginning, when I was starting out, 99% of the time the clients rejected my application and went with someone else instead – someone more experienced and sometimes someone who asked for way less money than I did. But that 99% doesn’t matter at all – what matters is that 1%. It took a while, but I eventually found it and the ball started rolling from then on.
Don’t worry if you don’t have much experience. If you’re stubborn and persistent someone will eventually hire you.
I knew nothing about being a freelancer before. I had to learn as I went. Now? I wouldn’t change it for the world. And I really do believe that if I could do it, then most other people will be able to as well.
Can anyone do it?
Yes and no. It depends on you, really. It’s not something that happens overnight. It’s hard work but I can tell you one thing: it’s definitely worth it. I’m not lying when I say that I’m happier than I’ve ever been.
It’s possible if you want it and if anyone tries to tell you differently you now have my permission to cartoon slap them in the face. Go and do what you want to do the most. You can become location independent if you put your heart and soul into it. The road to get there is not easy, but it is worth the struggle.