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Do You Dream of Being Your Own Boss and Ditching The 9-5 Treadmill?



Hey there, Freedom-Seeker


Who doesn’t want freedom right? This is a great topic and one that I think will surprise and excite you. AND, all you need is your expertise, a laptop, and a reliable internet connection…that’s it!


So, in this post, I want to suggest 40 ways you can be your own boss, become ‘location independent’ and get you excited about a living a totally different lifestyle from the 9-5 grind.



Have You Ever Had Thoughts About Being Your Own Boss?


Setting your own hours…no 9-5. Take a break whenever you want. Work from ANYWHERE…the garden, a cafe, next to the pool, on your bed, sat on the lounge room floor.


OR an exotic place somewhere in the world? (when we can travel again that is) Sure you have…haven’t we all at some time or another? 


I would find it very hard to believe anyone who tells me they prefer to stick with the 9-5 grind forever if they’re given the opportunity to get out of it.


And, I know a Freedom Lifestyle is entirely possible because my husband and I are living proof, along with thousands of others around the world.


From Australia, we headed off to Hanoi in Vietnam, then Cambodia, Malaysia (Penang Island), and now we’re back in the southern highlands of Vietnam. Our next destination will alas be dictated by Covid-19…but we’ll see.


Plus, your age is irrelevant!  We regularly meet people from all different age groups, including many baby-boomers like us,


AND even families traveling the world with their kids. No-one cares about your age when you work online…as long as you can deliver the work that needs to be done.


Female freelancer sitting in cafe with laptop and coffee


Remote Work Vs Freelancing: Both Allow You To Ditch The 9-5


Unexpectedly, one outcome of the Covid-19 pandemic is that the concept of working online from anywhere is much more widely accepted. However, working from home for your existing job is usually known as ‘Remote Work’ which isn’t the same as Freelancing.


Freelancing is where you are running your own business and (including all the associated responsibilities that come with being a CEO) Supplying your skills to people who need them on a contract-by-contract basis.


And there are plenty of choices for how to achieve this fabulous Freedom Lifestyle.



Remote Work Is Now More Accepted


It’s not too long ago that freelancing wasn’t really considered a valid way to make a living. Now it makes so much more sense to be able to work from home during the pandemic.


And, I can see this continuing into the future. People will likely love being ‘location- independent’. It will give them more options about where they choose to live.


Imagine the possibilities!


You may not need to pay such high rents to live in a city apartment anymore and can relocate to gain a better lifestyle in a house in the countryside.


Mature woman sitting in her country garden with her dog


With remote work being much more accepted, you could be free to work from anywhere…including overseas if you wish (post-Covid-19 of course) 


As Your Own Boss, Your Whole Lifestyle Could Change


Maybe instead of ‘remote work’ for a company, the idea of running your own freelancing biz inspires you.


Over the coming weeks, I’ll show you different ways that you can gain the skills needed to set yourself up in a variety of freelancing careers. I’m certain something will resonate with you.


Even if you choose to ease into it by starting part-time like my husband and I did, keeping your day job…and then, when you have set yourself up and you feel ready, you can take the ‘freedom plunge’.


If you have lost your primary means of income due to the pandemic then this may be just the security you need as a safeguard against something like this mayhem happening again. in the future.


Maybe only one of you decides to earn a living this way, while your partner sticks with his/her regular job.


Or maybe it’s just you now, and you want something more exciting for your life…something that can give you control for the future.



Freelancing May Not Suit Everyone 


But you’re here reading this, so I assume the concept is intriguing and appeals to you.  


Once you get used to the freedom of a ‘work from anywhere’ lifestyle, I guarantee you’ll wish you had done it years ago! That’s a comment we hear all the time and from all age-groups.


Here Are 40 Ideas For How To Be Your Own Boss


There are so many exciting ways to make a living online, and just because you may not have the skillsets now, shouldn’t stop you as it’s really easy to up-skill.


There are a ton of courses, Youtube videos, tutorials, and blog posts dedicated to showing you how to move into your new chosen field.


1. Blogger


2. Travel Writer (for varied magazines-not just travel magazines)


3. Copywriter (includes B2B, B2C, Emails, Blog Posts, Newsletters, Sales Pages


4. Proofreader


5. Virtual Assistant (specialized or general)


6. Social Media Manager (specialize in any or all of the platforms)


7. Dedicated Pinterest Manager (this is hugely popular (All bloggers use Pinterest)


8. Transcriptionist (regular and Court Documents)


9. Translator if you speak another language besides English


10. Online English Teacher (teaching English as a second language – very in demand)


11. Marketing Manager


12. Online Customer Service Assistant (including ‘Live Chat’)


13. Project Manager


14. Online Yoga teacher


15. Online Meditation teacher


16. Online Health Coach


17. Online Life Coach


18. Write & self-publish Children’s Books (huge demand)


19. Write E-Books (Can be on any subject, even one you don’t know much about yet)


20. Photoshop/Lightroom


21. Video Creation for Businesses


22. Photography for Businesses


23. Fine Art Photography


24. Video Editing


25. Editor (specialized or general)


26. Graphic Designer


27. WordPress Maintenance and/or Assistance


28. Website Designer


29. Website Technical Support


30. Printables (fantastic for an Etsy store)


31. Etsy Store (brilliant if you are artistic with crafts, jewelry, etc)


32. E-Commerce Store (Shopify)


33. Online Fitness Coach


34. Online Researcher (for writers/bloggers/B2B)


35.  Affiliate Marketer


36. Mobile App Creator


37.  Online Dance Teacher


38.  Voiceover Artist


39.  Online Art Teacher


40.  Online Tutor



What do you think…does the scope of this list surprise you? And I’m sure there are so many more. You’re only limited by your imagination!


In fact, there are so many ways you can leverage the skills you have used in your working life and translate them into an online business.


OR, make the decision to learn some new ones. Maybe something you have always wanted to do.



So, Let’s Talk About The First One – Blogging As A Business


Let me tell you what lead me to start this blog.


For years, I read other people’s blogs. I loved hearing their stories about life, their growing blogging business, their travels, and I bought their courses about all sorts of helpful things.


Although I toyed with the idea of having my own blog, I thought it was something only qualified writers could do. I never thought I would have anything interesting to say…this is crazy BTW.


Woman looking at computer worries about imposter Syndrome


We ALL have interesting stuff to say because we’re ALL different!


But I get it. It’s called ‘Imposter Syndrome’. We feel we can’t possibly know enough, or have enough experience to take on a new challenge in life. It feels easier just to stick with what we know.


Besides, there are so many other people out there already doing it how could I possibly make myself heard…right?




DON’T let this stop you. We all worry about this but the world is a huge place and there will always be room for another blogger. As long as you write interesting content about your chosen topic, you’ll find your readers.


My husband and I suffered from ‘Imposter Syndrome’ too.


But then in late 2017, several things happened that encouraged us to re-evaluate our lives. So we made what seemed at the time, to be a huge decision to sell-up in Australia, and become ‘location independent’…AKA Digital Nomads!


Couple escaping to new life in sports car


It sounds a little crazy to some people, and I guess it’s not a choice for everyone. But for us, sticking with the 9-5 grind until retirement seemed even crazier!.


We’d had a scare, and it made us realize that life is just too short to keep being stressed and hating what we did!



This Meant We Had To Embrace Working Online.


Truth is…this was a little daunting.


We’re baby-boomers with years of working in the corporate sector so we are definitely comfortable with computers.


But, beyond using laptops for work-related emails and reports, we never had to rely solely on this one piece of technology and the internet to earn a living.


So, the big question…what to do to earn an online living?


After research, and because we both enjoy writing, the decision was made that we would learn how to be copywriters and proofreaders, which we both still do.


However, I wanted to do more than just copywriting for someone else. I wanted to be creative and write about something I really enjoyed.


At first, I did the obvious thing and started a travel blog. Strangely, even though we love traveling, I didn’t have the passion for blogging about it.


But then Covid happened and that really helped me decide that a travel blog wasn’t for me…’cos no more traveling right?



What I’m Passionate About Is Life For 50+ Women


4 middle-aged women over 50 laughing together


I am much more interested in my stage of life…together with all the associated pros and cons that go along with it. Being 50+ myself makes me ideally qualified to write about the issues we face as women in our midlife years.


This includes menopause, female health issues, keeping fit, state of mind, the state of our relationships, and living with purpose so we can fulfill our dreams and aspirations.


So ‘Woman Be You’ was born.


Around the same time, and aligned with my passion, I decided to study to be a Certified Health Coach with IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition).


I’m currently 6 months in, and can’t wait to finish. My specialty will of course be 50+ women’s health, both physical and mental wellness.



What ‘Niche’ Or Topic Should You Choose For Your Blog?


Well, don’t panic. There are so many niches available to you.


It’s extremely satisfying to write about something you really enjoy. Sort of like keeping a diary, but one you make public. And, don’t worry…it’s a great big world out there.


So, if you’re passionate about your choice of ‘niche’ then it’s guaranteed other people will be too.   There are so many topics you can blog about.


Crafts, hobbies, animals/pets, kids, grandkids, kid’s clothing, over 50’s fashion, cosmetics, music, gardening, knitting, quilting, bee-keeping…the list is endless.


There Is An Audience For All Sorts Of Topics


To give you an example, there’s a homesteading blog that wrote a really successful post about what to do with goats that get bloat!. Now that’s an obscure topic!


AND, so many people loved it that the post went ‘viral’…(obviously, more people keep goats than I could have imagined!)


White Goats in an Argan tree in Morocco


By the way, did you know goats can climb trees?… I didn’t. Take a look at this. I just had to share this with you. These goats are in an Argan tree in Morocco…how bizarre!



You Can Blog As A Hobby Or A Full-Time Business


You can either blog as a hobby, just to communicate with your ideal audience. Hobby blogging has a different purpose.


It can be done pretty cheaply and bring you enormous satisfaction, but you won’t make a living from it. Even so, it can still generate a great following.


Which begs the question…


Why wouldn’t you want to make money from it? Your audience will be looking for you to help with related issues, and educate them on your topic.


Run It As A Business And Take It At Your Own Pace


Or like me, you can do it with a plan in place to build it into a full-time business. And, there are many people making plenty of money from their blogs.


But, let’s be honest ‘cos I REALLY hate it when people write about their ‘overnight’ successes quoting huge incomes within a handful of months. Nope, not gonna happen!


Full Disclosure: A blogging business takes time – be patient and enjoy the journey.


Making a decent income from a blog you’re running as a business will take time. Please don’t fall into the trap of believing some things you read about huge success in a short space of time.


It has happened…but it’s very rare!


A blogging business takes time and patience…sometimes 6 months or more before you really start to see a return. But have some fun with it. Embrace the process…and the learning curve.



The Best Advice Any Blogger Will Give You Is NOT To Give Up 


Many bloggers get to the 6-month mark, think they should be making a 6 figure income by then, and give up….just at the point where it can start to really take off.


Although it doesn’t have to be expensive to start and run a blog, there are some expenses involved. 


But, if you compare the costs to the start-up of any other business then these costs are minuscule. A relatively small investment at the start will pay dividends later.


So, are you excited to get started?. Don’t be daunted…and no Imposter Syndrome. I’ll break this blog training into several posts so you won’t feel overwhelmed. If you get stuck just email me. 


In the next posts, I’ll show you exactly how to start your own blogging business and how to set it up correctly. Part 1 and Part 2

See you then.


Let me know in the comments if you like the idea of starting your own blog. I’d love to hear from you.