You want to travel the world…


You want to travel the world…

You want to experience other cultures, see new places, eat new food, and meet new people.

And you definitely want to stop living in a grey, lifeless cubicle everyday.


Problem is, you can’t just up-and-quit your job — you have bills to pay, a family to support, and dignity to maintain.

What if, though, you could live your cubicle-less dreams without quitting your job and risking it all?

What if you could go travel the world and keep the job you have?

Meanwhile, you could build new streams of income on the side (it’s far easier to build other streams of income with a remote gig than with an in-house gig).

Well, you can.

And here’s how you can negotiate remote working conditions with your boss (assuming that your current job just requires a computer and WiFi).

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Step #1: Make yourself irreplaceable…

The more valuable you are to the company you work for, the easier it’ll be to negotiate remote work conditions…

But, gauging how valuable you are to your company isn’t always easy. I talk to people all the time who have TONS of leverage but don’t see it and people who have NO leverage but think they do.

To clear the water, ask yourself this question:

If you weren’t at work for a week and no one was there to replace you, what would happen? — Imagine that you quit out of nowhere without any notice. You just left. What would happen? Would processes be damaged beyond repair? Would the company be scrambling to find someone to replace you? Or would they find someone else effortlessly? The more damage done by you leaving without notice, the more valuable you are to the company.

Once you have a general gauge of your current value, you’ll be in one of two positions…

  1. The company would have a hard time replacing you.
  2. The company would have little problem replacing you.

In the case of the first, move on to Step #2. In the case of the second, find ways to increase your value at the company…

What things can you learn to do that would make you more difficult to replace? Are there any skillsets you could learn, processes you could create, or results you could drive that would make replacing you more of a headache?

Brainstorm ideas and then start pushing your way into company-critical processes and tasks. The more you do this, the more valuable you’ll be. Hit me in the comments if you want help brainstorming ideas.

Step #2: Pretend to be sick for a few days…

Choose one or two days to fake sick…

But, during those days, offer to work from your laptop at home rather than simply taking sick time. Explain to your boss that you have some stuff you’d really like to get done and that the tasks can just be done from home.

Ideally, take a sick day on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday to avoid the suspiciousness of trying to get a 3-day weekend.

During the day working from home, double or even triple your productivity. Keep records of the work you finished — even if it’s just on a sheet of paper and make sure that you get more done than normal.

At the end of the sick day(s), email your boss with something like,

Hey [name],

I’m starting to a feel a bit better, fortunately. And I wanted to send you an end-of-day report with everything I got finished since I was out of the office.

[Impressive list of things you got done].

To be honest, this experience was a bit enlightening for me. Working from home, I felt much more productive than working in the office since I was able to give my entire focus to one task at a time.

In fact, I’d like to propose a test: for the next two weeks, I work from home on Tuesday and Thursday — you can veto this at any time if you feel it isn’t working out.

But it’s something I’d like to try if you’re willing.

Does that seem reasonable?

Best,

[Name]

Most bosses will have some objections after your first email.

When they do, simply answer the objection by offering a piece of software or process-iteration as a solution…

Then ask for the close again…

“So, is this something you’d be willing to test?”

Once the experiment gets approved, move on to Step #3…

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Step #3: Double your productivity and make a final ask…

During the trial period, focus on increasing your productivity on the days when you work from home.

The more productive you are during these times, the better chance that your boss will opt to make your position entirely remote. Your goal is to prove to your boss that remote work conditions will benefit the company more than in-house work conditions.

To increase your boss’ confidence that you’re working efficiently during those days, send an impressive review of all the work you got finished at the end of each working day at home.

Use any leftover time to tackle extra projects and further impress your boss.

Then, at the end of the two week test, send your boss an email like this…

Hey [Name],

The two week test is finished and I feel that my productivity has increased significantly by working at home. I would like to try another experiment to increase my productivity even further if you’d be open to it.

For two more weeks, I’d like to try working completely from home. This would also just be a test so you could veto it at any point. If, though, my productivity continues to increase and you’re satisfied with my results, then I’d like to consider turning my position into a full-time remote job.

Would you be willing to try this?

Best,

[Name]

One you get this proposal accepted, continue to increase your productivity and prove to your boss that this remote-work thing is a good idea.

Also, continue to send updates at the end of each day with impressive reviews of everything you got finished.

By the end of this two week test, send an email like this…

Hey [Name]

Again, I felt that this experiment proved how much more productive I am outside the office verses inside the office. For that reason (and since it gives me more time with my family) I’d like to consider making this position permanently remote.

What do you think?

Best,

[Name]

A disclaimer…

There’s no guarantee that this process is going to land you full-time remote working conditions. It partly depends on how flexible your boss is and it partly depends on how much decision-making power they have over your position.

Here’s the thing, though…

Even if you don’t achieve full-time remote work conditions, wouldn’t it be worth it if you got 2 or 3 days a week to work from home?

Then, you’d increase work flexibility and be able to focus more on creating other streams of income during your free time.

In other words, results vary.

But even one day off of remote work every week will push you in the right direction…

Toward creating other supporting streams of income…

Toward spending more time with your family…

And eventually, toward traveling the world…

It might take some time, but here’s a quote to keep you inspired…


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How to Build your Very Own $2,000+ per Month Freelancing Business


You’ve thought about starting a freelance business before…

But you don’t know where to begin…

Do you start with finding clients and then figure it out as you go along? Or should you spend more time learning your skillset to really make sure you know what you’re doing?

And what should you charge each client? You don’t want to rip people off… but you also want to make good money…

Don’t worry — I consistently make between $1,500 and $2,500 per month with my freelance writing business…

And the best part is…

I only work on it about 15 hours…

per month…

With just two clients.


That’s not to brag, it’s just to give you confidence in the business-building strategy I’m going to show you below.

I know — it sounds too good to be true. But I’m being honest. After all, I have a full-time remote gig as one of my streams of income so I don’t have all the time in the world to be running my freelance business on the side.

In this article, I’m going to teach you my anyone-can-do-it, 3-step process for creating a freelance business that consistently makes you $2,000 per month.

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Step #1: Become an Expert Worth $50-$100/hour


Ya know how romantics claim that “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”? Well, the same thing is true of expertise.

The more of an expert you think you are, the more of an expert everyone else thinks you are.

I’m not saying you should try to rip people off by providing sub-par, untested services, but I am saying that when it comes to building a successful freelance business, confidence goes a long ways.

After all, clients don’t know what they’re doing (that’s why they’re hiring you) and they’re simply looking for someone who has the confidence to do the job.

For that reason, you’ll often get questions from clients like, “Do you think this is something you can really do well at?” or “Is this something you’ve done before?”

Clients want reassurance that you can do better than anyone else at the job.

So the very first step to becoming an expert is… lose the insecurity and hold your head high.


Okay — now you need to actually figure out what the hell you’re doing.

To become an expert at anything in about two months, here’s what you do:

  1. Go on Amazon and find three bestselling books that teach the skillset you want to become an expert in.
  2. Over the next few months, read each, taking notes as you go along and participating in any exercises the book recommends.
  3. At the same time that you’re reading these books, find a top podcast about your topic on iTunes.
  4. Every day for two months, listen to past or recent episodes of that podcast during your commutes, workouts, or even while cleaning the house.
  5. In two months, you’re going to know more about your skillset than 95% of business people.

Of course, we all know that practice is better than knowledge.

So, after tackling the above steps, consider following these steps to actually practice your skillset and build a portfolio.

  1. Make a list of 5–10 people on Facebook (or your preferred social media platform) who’s business could make use of your new skillset (ideally, they’ll be the owner of the business or at least have significant decision-making power).
  2. Message each person explaining that you’re new to [skillset] but you are really looking for opportunities to practice what you’ve learned. Then, tell them that their business seems like the perfect fit and that you’d love to work for free for 3 months (with the same expectations as a part-time employee) to just get some experience.
  3. Rinse and repeat until at least one person accepts your conditions (make sure they know it’s as a freelancer only).

Some people will offer to pay you an intern’s wages — that’s fine, go ahead and accept the extra income.

Once you’re working for someone (whether for free or for a little bit of money), do your best work, learn as much as you can, and get a testimonial from them at the end of it.

Also save in a drive any of the work/results you did that you’d like to show future clients.

This will prepare you for step 2: finding clients who will pay you well.

Step #2: Find High-paying, Easy-to-work-with Clients

One of my favorite parts about freelancing is this: you get to choose who you want to work with.

Not paying high enough? Adios.

Not very nice? See ya l8er, m8.

The work is boring? Chow chow.


In fact, that pretty much sums up what I look for in a client — primarily, they’re easy to work with and they pay good money.

If they don’t, I’ll find a new client… and so will you.

Remember, the more that you believe you deserve good pay, the better clients will pay you.

This is different than the 9–5 world. As a freelancer, I often prefer to charge per project rather than per hour. The reason being that I like to charge clients based on the value I’m providing them rather than the amount of time I’m working.

That’s a massive mindset shift, but it’s a necessary one for the freelance world. I often work for 20 minutes and make $100, but that’s because I’m an expert at what I do and finding someone else to do it isn’t so easy (there’s that confidence 😉 ).

You need to think the same way.

Once you’ve got that mindset nailed, here’s how to go about finding your first high-paying, easy-to-work-with client in just a few weeks:

  1. Go to Facebook (or your preferred social media platform) and find 20 people that you admire for something, anything. Ideally, these people will be well-connected in the digital sphere and feel slightly out of reach for you.
  2. Message them and ask them if they’d be willing to hop on a video call with you to chat about what they do — simply explain that you’re new to the freelance world and are looking for any advice you can get.
  3. While on the call, ask questions and play the part of the student. Show appreciation for the things they share with you and show a genuine interest in their own life. Eventually, they’ll ask you what you do — say something to the effect of, “Well, I’m actually working on building my own freelance business right now as a [skillset]. I just finished working for free for [old client] and I got them some great results and learned a ton, but now I’m looking for new clients that might be a good fit for me.”
  4. 90% of the time after I say that, the person responds with either “Hmm — I think I might know someone who could use your services. Let me get you in touch with them” or “Hmm — let me reach out to some contacts and see if I can do anything to help you out.”
  5. Rinse and repeat steps 3–5 for everyone you messaged and I guarantee you’ll have your first client within a couple weeks.

Now that you’re an expert and you have a few high-paying clients who’re easy to work with under your belt, it’s time to consider lowering the amount of time that work takes you.

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Step #3: Delegate the Easy Stuff for Half the Pay


This step is a bit down the road — maybe after you’ve been a freelancer for 6 months or so…

But it’s absolutely amazing…

Because it allows you to get paid more money for less work.

Let me give you an example…

Last month, I made $700 in four hours of work. I know, that probably seems impossible. So, here’s how I did it:

  1. I found someone who wanted to become a freelance writer like myself, but with less experience under their belt. Still a good writer, but unsure of how to find clients or how to get the ball rolling.
  2. I made an agreement with them that I would hand them work, pay them half of what I make, and mentor them along the way.
  3. $2,500 later, I’m working less, they’re learning a valuable skillset, and the client is getting the same quality of service.

I will admit, though, that this strategy only works with some clients. With clients who have an extremely high quality expectation, I will do the work myself. But this is a great way to make some extra cash in little time with clients who aren’t as demanding.

Conclusion

With the above strategy, you can build a thriving, $2,000+ per month freelance business…

This is the exact strategy I used to get where I am today and it’ll work for you, too. The trick is to take action — relentless, get-er-done action.

That’s where most people fall off.

Either they don’t take action or they quit too early.

So, make a commitment to yourself, to your friends, and to your family. Tell the whole world what you’re doing (statistically, you’ll be more likely to follow through with it that way), accept that this is going to be a process, a journey with ups and downs, and then buy a book and start building your business.

Hit me with follow up questions in the comments.


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