Are you ready to start living a laptop lifestyle? Here are some great ways that you can become a digital nomad, and earn money online as you travel.
Living a Laptop Lifestyle
Whilst living a laptop lifestyle isn't mainstream (yet), we seem to be living in the era of the digital nomad.
Those few Generation Xers who did the ground work are being followed by a steady stream of millennials who can see the benefits of a work/life/travel balance. Generation Z won't be too far behind!
Who wants to be stuck in an office in Grimsby when you can work from a beach in Koh Jum, Thailand? Why work for a corporation when you can work for yourself?
My experiences running my own online business from a laptop
With a half decent internet connection and even a cheap Chromebook (pictured above!) you can be your own boss in the online world.
Living the laptop lifestyle enables you to break out of the system, and define your own life. What do I know about it?
I've been doing it myself since 2014, and even have it dialed in enough so I can run my own online business from my laptop on adventure trips such as when I cycled from Greece to England!
Location Independent Life
I started my own journey as a remote worker and then financial freedom like many other people – taking on freelance work for clients, sales support, managing social media, and virtual assistant jobs to name a few.
During all this time though, I was building my own website and online business to the stage where I now work solely on my own business (which consist of websites and investments).
I think in the end, this is the goal of many people who want to break out of the system and work for themselves online.
Now, I can choose to work (or choose not to work!) from anywhere in the world. This means I can travel and have experiences while I maintain my income at the same time.
Related: How to support yourself while traveling
Ways To Earn Money Online As You Travel
All that sounds great, but how exactly can you earn money online when you travel? Here's just a few ideas, some of which I use myself.
Note – In the beginning, I think it's very important to have different streams of income when working online as you travel. This way, when one stream has a slack month, the other streams may balance it out.
An ‘all your eggs in one basket' approach has its limitations, especially for people who are always on the edge of where their savings are at.
This is the quickest and easiest way to earn money as your travel. There are also many different entry points depending on your skill, ambition and ability. If you are happy cranking out 500 word rewrites every half hour, you will most likely get a steady stream of customers from Fiverr.
If you want to value your time more, put yourself on Upwork and set a higher rate. Are you skilled enough, and most importantly have the contacts to write for magazines and newspapers? There is some nice money to be had here.
Freelance writing is a great way to start living a laptop lifestyle, as you can literally do it from anywhere in the world.
A Travel Blog
I hesitate to put this in, as to be honest, it's not an easy thing to do. That said, with perseverance, hard work, and commitment, you can get your travel blog on a paying basis.
There are a number of ways that you can go about monetising a travel blog, such as including affiliate links among others. Can it work? Yes it can, and I do make money from this blog. Keep in mind that this travel blog has been online since 2005 though!
Travel Market place
You could take things a step further from a travel blog, and develop an additional online travel marketplace. Basically, by using travel marketplace software, you can put together an online travel agency.
This could be in addition to your travel blog, or working in harmony with it. This way you could offer things such as walking tours, flights, hotel bookings and car rentals from one integrated platform.
An e-commerce site
There is a growing trend for digital nomads to have their own e-commerce sites. At the moment, the buzz is all around having a Shopify store.
The general principle is that the shopify store acts as a middleman. Customers place their orders, and then you full-fill the orders by having the goods drop-shipped from a third party – Normally located in China.
The main attraction to this way of operating an online business, is that you don not need to deal with any physical goods yourself. Once you receive an order, you then arrange for the goods to be delivered directly to your customer. That's living a laptop lifestyle indeed!
Other ways to earn money online as you travel
Basically, if you can provide a skill or service that people need, and that doesn't require your physical presence, you can start living a laptop lifestyle.
Whether you are a web designer, graphic artist, language teacher, motivational coach, or social media manager, you can be location independent.
If you haven't already, I suggest you take a look at the 4 hour work week by Tim Ferris. you can also find out more about how to fund your travels, by taking a look at how to work and travel around the world.
FAQ About Running Your Own Business Online
Readers interested in making money online so that they have the freedom to travel around the world often ask questions similar to:
What is the laptop lifestyle?
The laptop lifestyle is a way of living where you can work from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a good internet connection. This means that you can travel and work at the same time, which is a great way to see the world.
How do you start a laptop lifestyle?
There are a number of ways that you can start living a laptop lifestyle. One way is to start a dropshipping business, or and Amazon FBA business model. Other ideas including travel vlogging, social media marketing, and virtual assistant work.
What are some laptop lifestyle business ideas?
Creating an online business means different things to different people. Some entrepreneurs build their entire business on Amazon FBA, while others prefer to build out niche affiliate marketing blogs.
Is internet marketing a real business?
Yes, internet marketing is a real business. In fact, it's one of the most lucrative businesses you can start today. There are a number of ways to make money online, and internet marketing is one of them.
What are some passive income ideas for an online entrepreneur?
While nothing is truly passive, affiliate marketing websites can provide steady streams of income once they are ranking well, although they will need maintenance and updating from time to time.
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