Joelsuf's Location Independent Income Adventures

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"You get what you pay for" is thoroughly embedded in our psyches. People believe if the price is low, the quality is low.

The corollary is, you better be able to prove you're worth the money. That means build a high quality portfolio and let potential customers see it.
See, this is a struggle for me. EVERY freelance writing assignment I've done for the last two years has been ghostwriting. So the byline of the thousands of articles I have written are blank. It sucks. I have samples that I wrote that are on full display but they aren't by me and I haven't gotten a clear answer on how to solve this.

As good as I am, I should be regularly writing for at least .08 per word, but only certain clients pay that and they don't give out a lot of work.

Meanwhile the client who is paying me a little over a penny per word wants me to write 100k words worth of content by August. Funny how that works lol.

I'm not salty, however. I'll figure it out. Then I'll be good to go.
 

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"Sell aspirin to people with headaches"

If you want to make more money, you have to position yourself to be in front of peopel already spending lots of money on copywriters.

I know you can pull that off on FIver, but I'm not the one to ask about how.

That said, I do know if you choose a target market that you get well, then you can start pitching companies who spending thousands each month to reach said market. Say I want to write for you and increase your conversions because I know this market well.

You'll get paid more on that first project than these smaller gigs.

Power has nothing to do with intelligence and skill, and everything to do with positioning. Position yourself better to have more power in managing how you're treated or in this case , how you're paid.
 

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Joel, I haven't seen you mention it (correct me if I'm wrong), but your Uber income is going to be substantially less once you account for taxes.

They don't take any taxes out, you're on the hook for that at the end of the year. A guy I know talked about how great it was, then got fucked for a huge tax bill. When all was said and done Uber ended up being about $10/hr (and that's not included had and wear and tear on your vehicle).
 

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Damn that longterm cost seems like it's not worth it. Thanks for the insight @Aloofus
 

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Joel, I haven't seen you mention it (correct me if I'm wrong), but your Uber income is going to be substantially less once you account for taxes.

They don't take any taxes out, you're on the hook for that at the end of the year.
Oh I'm well aware of that and pretty much do all I can to make sure that it is a last resort kind of thing. Uber/Lyft is not a long term thing at all for me and shouldn't be for anybody.
 

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Although living in the US in general isn't a good long term strategy for anybody who wants to be self employed at all really lol
 

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July 2019:

Freelance writing = 585
Uber/Lyft driving = 595.61
e-book sales/counseling sessions = 70

2019 totals = 7750.61

My discipline wasn't where it should have been in July. I got distracted a lot and took a few more days off than I should have, especially in the middle of the month. By the end of the month going into this month, I was pretty burnt out. Not good.

This month is already shaping up to be a little better, however. My bowling team is doing pretty well and we should be taking home a good amount of cash. We're currently 3rd or 4th place among I believe 30 or so teams. Lots of money to be made in that.

I am pretty stoked about my e-book selling another copy, although I really need to take the time to edit it as well as everything else I have written. Trouble is, I find myself having too much stuff to do and wind up doing a little bit of everything haphazardly.

I was much more disciplined in June, but towards the end of the month I found myself getting burnt out when July came around. And that resulted in me being distracted a lot. What I might do is either take three whole days off from everything or take three whole days off of freelance writing and only work on my own stuff.

Also, its funny: I find driving for Uber and Lyft way more fun than writing, but in terms of money per hour, it is not as profitable at all. I'll be taking time off of that anyway, one of the windows in my car is messed up and doesn't work with the power windows so I need to get that fixed or try to fix it myself or something.

This month's gonna be better. I need to make it better, I owe it to myself.
 

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Have you ever considered a sales job?
 

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Have you ever considered a sales job?
I bounced in between over a dozen sales jobs in my 20s. Got fired from all of them after the three month "at-will" contracts that most jobs have followed since the 2000s lol. I sold cars/appliances, did telemarketing, stockbroker training like in the movies Boiler Room and The Pursuit of Happyness, bill collecting, the whole nine. Often I'd leave after a month or so since I'd always feel dirty at those jobs.

Never felt right at those jobs because I was selling other people's stuff that I didn't really believe in. Back then I had no idea how to organically establish the rapport necessary to set up closes or how to close. Always felt like I was inconveniencing the people I was talking to. Would bring work home constantly and have regular and recurring nightmares about buyers wanting to fight me for bothering them haha. Also the sales number goals stressed me out like crazy. Think I cried in front of my boss for not meeting the goals at one of said jobs begging them not to fire me. I was fired on the spot. I was a super emotional omega fa99ot in my 20s lol.

I'm good at selling stuff now, but it has to be something I can get behind and something that I KNOW can help others. I mean push comes to shove I can probably sell cars/appliances if everything breaks down (since I can get behind those things) but who knows. Heard you don't even get commission at those jobs anymore haha.
 

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That was then.

How about now?

Could you see yourself dropping biases from the past, finding a suitable product to sale, and developing a system that puts money in your pocket for minimal effort?

Much like BD describes here? https://blackdragonblog.com/2019/05/27/what-would-i-do-if-i-had-to-start-over/

I ask because I notice you've been working so hard, but with so little to show for it. You deserve BIGGER GAINS and quicker gains. Kind of gains that come from making sales and the competency that you develop from mastering the sales process. You deserve it. Or at least a proven system that best suits you and your deepest goals right now.
 

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How about now?
Like I said, if I put an honest effort and don't see any real progress, its an option. Thing is, I know what would happen which would be that I would get too comfortable, then I would pretty much give up on location independence. It really sucks, I have a VERY nasty habit of giving up on stuff if I'm comfortable doing something else. I'm shocked I didn't give up on this and go be a janitor somewhere or something lol. So the fact that I haven't given up on location independent income means that I'm willing to commit to this, even if I'm barely making peanuts now.

I think what I need is to get used to being uncomfortable and doing tons of work for very little this way I can make lots of money with little effort. It'll be worth it.

I notice you've been working so hard, but with so little to show for it.
To be real honest, I've been slacking off more than I care to admit as of late. Been losing focus the last few weeks really. I don't have much to show for what I'm doing now, but the stress levels are much lower and there are much better opportunities. I just need to begin exploring them and quit making dumbass excuses.
 

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I bring this up because I am diving into Fiverr using this approach by man Damian. Certified Millionaire:


I bring this up because I am newly in sales with newfound focus and purpose compared to my past endeavors. Following Caleb's insight here:


I'll join you in monthly updates since I am starting over again now that I found a place to live and have more energy to devote to my revenue building.

Let's get this money!
 

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August 2019:

Freelance Writing = 558.65
Uber/Lyft = 589.65
e-book sales/other stuff = 25

2019 total = 8923.91

So since last month, my summer bowling league ended. Being a profitable hobby, I was hoping to make more money than I put in to the bowling league. It cost $260 to bowl all 12 weeks. My team got in 3rd place and made $210 per person (1st place would have been $400 per person, we were damn close too). This was an experiment of sorts for me to see if bowling in a league was worth the time.

To make things short, it wasn't, although it is a pretty good way to meet chicks since social circle is pretty much the only "hunting ground" that has stood the test of time when it comes to meeting chicks. There was actually a pretty attractive chick on my team who was taken but broke up right before the league ended. So I'm trying to get with her.

Anyways, to bust my ass to come in 3rd place but be out $60 is not a good investment at all. I'd rather just be a substitute for a team and bowl random tournaments like I did last bowling season. In any given tournament, even ones that involve teams, coming in 3rd usually yields a decent profit.

I struggled A LOT with focusing in August, especially towards the end. It was legitimately cutting into the rate that I was finishing my freelance writing assignments. Even caught myself binge watching pr0n on a couple of occasions like I did in my 20s. Whoops.

It's because I've been ignoring chicks. I need to understand that even though I know I need to put a lot of effort into finishing my current freelance writing assignments and find better paying freelance writing assignments, I cannot take too much time off of chicks. I realized that I can take a month off maximum before I start going crazy and drown in distractions lol.

So at the end of the month, I made it a point to get back out there OR have sex with an fb. I do have an fb but she's failing hard at life and I'm trying to get those types out of my life. Nothing against her, but I need to be around some more successful individuals.

I got a TON of writing assignments in front of me to start this month off. What I'm going to do with freelance writing is begin developing a niche and only write about certain things. This will expose me to higher paying clients. Or it should, at least.

I need the last three or so months of the year to be much better than the rest of the year. I plan on visiting either the Philippines or Thailand in December to see how they are and to see if they would be ideal places to move to going into the 2020s. December 16th through the 20th are the days. I imagine I'd need to save up about $2000 or so for the flight and the hotel and travel methods and stuff. I'll make those preparations at the end of October probably.

My goal for September is to double August's numbers and prepay a lot of my expenses, such as my phone and my rent. Time to get serious.
 

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September 2019:

Freelance Writing = 310
Uber/Lyft = 1050.34

2019 Total = 10284.25

Freelance writing was slow this month, but that was only because I had some serious trouble staying focused towards the end of the month. I got sick at the end of the month and that tripped me up a lot. Uber and Lyft however was insane. All kinds of bonuses were available and I took advantage of all of them.

However, if I plan to do any kind of traveling in December I am going to need to really buckle down. The same observations as last month apply, and the same plans do as well. Fortunately I got a pretty nice head start on this month.
 

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October 2019:

Freelance Writing = 194
Uber/Lyft = 988.64

November 2019:

Freelance writing = 494
Uber/Lyft = 1558.40

2019 Total = 11719.29

I'm starting to get burnt out on writing, which is understandable. Something I'm going to do this month is make a solid decision on a niche when it comes to freelance writing. I need to determine what I am excited to write about when it comes to writing for clients.

This stuff is still very new to me and I'll admit that even two years ago when I decided to do this kind of stuff I was starting knowing nothing. And I still don't know if I have learned enough and tbh I feel like I'm not really getting anywhere.

Like I said, I think I just need some time off. I'll take the last couple of weeks this month to do that and come back stronger than ever when 2020 begins.
 
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I would focus on doing hte same amount of work, but increasing how much you make per project.
 

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Great thread.

Adding profitable hobbies is something I did not think of but very cool.

The new age writer Stuart Wilde said the same thing:

Do something different and charge through the nose. (Citing the example of the Executive Suite above.) The quote, in principle is the same as Mad Pirate Carls entry.

Wilde's example was a singing plumber but I think this idea is more relevant then ever with everyone now using the same cut and paste business models on the internet. I think the title was called the The Trick to Money is Having Some.
 

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I would focus on doing hte same amount of work, but increasing how much you make per project.
That's the plan going into 2020 ;)

I'm beginning to forward all my lower paying freelance writing assignments to buddies of mine. I realized that I needed to do this months ago lol.

Adding profitable hobbies is something I did not think of but very cool.
It is, but it is also risky and requires you to perform really well/adopt the right strategies. Profitable hobbies are about using dependent events to achieve a return on investment, but in my case (blackjack and bowling) you really gotta do the right things or else you will not see that return. Blackjack was good to me in November but bowling has not been for awhile.
 

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I'm beginning to forward all my lower paying freelance writing assignments to buddies of mine. I realized that I needed to do this months ago lol.
Send them your new update rates. Do this regularly, at least once every 3 months.

If they aren't interested THEN offer them to your peers. At this point, you can even ask for a commission for delivering the successful lead. That's up to you, and not unusual.
 

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2019 just ended! Happy new year, peeps!

Final numbers and 2020 goals coming either tomorrow or Thursday.
 
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