Alternate ways to make a living so you can Work From Anywhere
There are many ways that you can make a living and have a more flexible lifestyle at the same time. I will introduce you to some of the many options in this post. I will summarise each of the options so you can get a bit of an idea of what you think may work for you. Click on the links if you want to dive in a bit deeper.
Many people are spending hours of the day commuting to and from work, time that could be better spent on activities or with their families. This article by News.com.au “How much time do we spend commuting every year?” reveals that the average Australian loses 10 full days a year on their commute.
One of the other problems that is faced for some is that of working really hard to make profits for someone else when in fact they could be doing it for themselves.
The choice may come down to where you are up to in life, you don’t necessarily need to suddenly toss in the day job, you could start a little gig of your own on the side to start off with. Even more options open up once you are further down the track and you own your house and kids are off your hands.
Maximise your lifestyle by Minimalising your life
You may not need as much money as you think you do, it may just be a matter of a mindset change. Here’s an excellent thought provoking podcast from The Voluntary Life that may open up your mind to some alternatives.
I’ve recently discovered the benefits of being more minimal, not to the extreme but just getting rid of and buying less “stuff”, its very liberating.
What are the Working From Anywhere Options?
You could simply make your current career or business more mobile by setting yourself up to be able to work from anywhere some of the online tools in our free guide – “7 Steps 39 Free Tools that Help You Work From Anywhere” that allow you to do this.
Join us at the WFA Conference 2016 where you will learn even more.
This is a big one that will work for many, it’s a case of leveraging the asset/s you already own and getting the most out of it. You can rent out the spare room the teenager moved out of or the whole use/apartment while you travel. You wqill get a much better return on that investment property that is currently on a long term lease showing a low ROI.
It’s a mindset change but well worth the effort, Amazon bestselling author and Airbnb expert will set your mind at rest about some of the concerns you may have Five Ways to Screen Your Airbnb Guests To Keep Your Home Safe
Go to Airbnb Website
Spacer – Rent out your storage space
Spacer is an online marketplace for space, connecting people with extra space (Hosts) with those looking for storage space (Renters). Spacer states “we are about utilising and sharing local resources to meet a need in the community. Our website makes it quick, easy and most importantly safe to store goods and make money.”
Go to Spacer Website
Rentoid – Rent out your stuff
A place where you can rent, use and return all kinds of stuff. Pretty much anything tools, sporting equipment, camping gear, books, music equipment etc etc the list goes on. More about how it works –
Go to Rentoid Website
Parkhound – Rent out your carspace
Parkhound claim to be “the easiest and cheapest way to lease and rent parking spaces from residents and businesses all over Australia.”
This is how it works
Go to Parkhound Website
Freelancer – use your creative skills to become your own boss
There are many options here, both in what you can do and the channels for finding someone to pay for what you do. Freelancing is ideal for the creatives and is also a great option for getting started without giving up your day job. You can test the water and build your client base up until you get to the point where you’re confident to take the leap into full time.
There are a number of marketplaces available to offer your services, you can choose one or spread yourself across a number of platforms. Be aware you will need to work hard early to get some runs on the board, so be prepared to work hard for less return to begin with.
Some of the skills people are looking for:
Web development, Mobile app development, Design and Creative, Photographer, Admin Support, Sales & Marketing, Customer Service, IT & Networking, Writing, Virtual Assistant, Sales and Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Translation, Accounting & Consulting.
The online marketplaces:
User testing – test out websites and apps in your spare time
Sign up as a user testing with User Testing earn extra income for giving your feedback to a range of businesses, designers, developers and others that need insightful feedback from users of all experience levels. Visit a website or an app, complete a set of tasks, speaking your thoughts out loud.
This one might not make you rich but it is a way to make a few dollars on the side.
Go to User Testing Website
Udemy – share your knowledge and make money as you sleep
Udemy is the world’s online learning marketplace, where 10 million+ students are taking courses in everything from programming to yoga to photography–and much, much more. The 40,000+ courses are taught by an expert instructor, and every course is available on-demand, so students can learn at their own pace, on their own time, and on any device.
The Udemy platform opens up the opportunity for almost anyone to create an online course. All you need to do is find something that you know, love and have some knowledge on, then using some simple tools you can create a course that will make you money as you sleep.
Find out more about Udemy
YourTutor – Teach and earn online from anywhere, anytime
YourTutor is an Australian/New Zealand platform that helps students struggling with homework by connecting them with tutors on demand. You will need to qualify to become a tutor but once accepted you are all set to work from anywhere, any time.
This is a great option for teachers, tutors and even university graduates to earn an income and have flexibility.
Find out more about YourTutor
Pawshake – Petsitting
PawShake is a great option for animal lovers, an online platform that connects pet lovers with owners that need someone to look after their pet either as a one off or on a regular basis. This one doesn’t really allow you to work from anywhere, but if you’re a pet lover it could be a nice alternative to going into the office.
Go to Pawshake Website
Uber – become a driver in your spare time
This is another big one in the sharing economy that we live in, a good option to earn a little extra in your your spare time or depending where you live you could earn a nice steady income.
Find out more at the Uber Website
and there’s more…….
These are just some of the options, there are many more including that great idea you’ve been thinking about for some time now.
Some of these options and more will be shared by our line up of successful entrepreneurs at the WFA Conference 2016 to be held in Sydney on 5th November.
This event will include keynote presentations, workshops, an exhibition and most importantly the opportunity to network with mentors and like minded people. A limited number (50 tickets) of Pre Release Tickets will be offered at 50% off to everyone on our email list.
Andy spends his time away from the computer cycling or hiking up mountains or catching a wave on his SUP.