by Niall Doherty

Taking another cue from the results of the recent survey, this post is for those of you looking to make a living online.

Before I get into it though, for credibility’s sake, let me tell you a bit about me and how I work:

  • I’ve visited 12 countries in the past six months. Right now I’m in India.
  • I earn most of my money via freelance web design. All I really need to do my work is a comfortable place to sit and a reliable Internet connection.
  • The past four months I’ve earned $5,749 and spent $5,599 while living quite comfortably 1.
  • I’ve steadily been increasing my freelance rate, and now charge $60 per hour.
  • I haven’t pitched a client in months. Nowadays, they always come to me, often more of them than I can handle. Last week alone I turned down three paid gigs.

While all the above might sound pretty damn dreamy, I also want to note that I don’t consider my current work situation to be ideal. I often feel I work too much instead of being out and about meeting people and enjoying my travels. It’s like I have a full-time job, except I’m no longer chained to a desk. Most of the freelance web design I do still feels like work, and if I don’t put in the hours, I don’t get paid.

That’s the downside, and I feel it’s important to be transparent about it so you can develop realistic expectations.

All that said, I’m happy with where I’m at. I believe freelancing is an important stepping stone towards such things as passive income and passion-based business. I tried skipping this step when I first started out and found myself mired in struggle and frustration. Not that it’s impossible to go direct from your 9-to-5 to a 4-hour workweek, but it’s much tougher than most people realize.

Over the course of the past eighteen months, I’ve become convinced that the freelance route is the smarter choice for aspiring cubicle escapees.

The Challenges

From what I’ve heard, there are two primary challenges facing most of you looking to earn a living online, starting from scratch:

  1. You don’t have any skills that lend themselves to working remotely.
  2. You live on a virtual island, lacking an online network that can help you find clients (or help them find you).

Admittedly, I had it easier than most because I worked 9-to-5 as a web designer for about five years before going freelance. I had a solid portfolio right out of the gate and my skillset was perfectly suited for working online. I also had the benefit of this here blog, which made it easy to get the word out about my services. I’d estimate that at least 75% of my clients are regular readers of Disrupting the Rabblement, or were referred by a friend who is.

But enough about my advantages. They don’t help you any. Here’s something that will…

Become a Location Rebel

For those of you experiencing the aforementioned challenges, I’m going to go ahead and recommend you take a peek at an online course called Location Rebel. Three reasons why…

  1. First and foremost, the man behind Location Rebel — Sean Ogle — is a good, honest dude who’s already helped a ton of people become location independent (e.g. Drew, Jenn, and Mark). I’ve followed his blog for a couple of years now, met him briefly last summer in Portland, and have interacted with him several times via email. I can’t find a bad word to say about the chap, and neither can anyone else I know.
  2. The course teaches you how to rapidly build skills that you can use to earn income online. Sean has roped in experts from all corners of the professional web and they share their knowledge via a series of in-depth blueprints. You learn from the ground up, starting from scratch, from folks who’ve been making a good living online for years. Among the blueprints are those showing you how to become a web developer, copywriter, pay per click ninja, and SEO freelancer.
  3. Location Rebel boasts an active and helpful community. I signed up for the course myself several months ago, and despite doing a terrible job of contributing to the forums, I still received great feedback on my launch of $50 Blogs and got some work sent my way by fellow rebels. Sean also does an admirable job of checking in with everyone regularly and sparking discussion among members.

Of course, Location Rebel isn’t for everyone. If you have advantages similar to me starting out, you’ll likely do fine without it. Neither do I recommend the course to anyone who likes to throw money at a problem. Make no mistake: It will take a lot of time and energy to get the most out of Location Rebel. Hustle and persistence will be required.

But if you are willing to work hard at it, you’ll fast find yourself well on the way to earning $1k in extra income within three months, and have no inclination to take Sean up on his 30-day offer of a full refund.

Full Disclosure

Yes, the links to Location Rebel in this post are affiliate links. If you decide that the course is a worthy investment and sign up to it via my link, half of your $297 goes to me. (And half comes back from me if you end up requesting a refund.)

To sweeten the deal a little — and to help me feel like I’m getting paid for more than a simple recommendation — I’ll also throw in a $49 discount on my $50 Blogs offer for anyone who uses my affiliate link. If you end up needing a professional-grade website to help market your new skills, that should come in handy.

I’ll leave you with a photo I took from my seat in a quiet Mumbai coffee shop last Monday afternoon, as I settled into some work and began piecing together this post. When I first visited the same coffee shop a week earlier, there was a little Indian girl walking a tightrope outside the window.

Yeah, tis good being a location rebel 🙂

My office at the Woodside Inn in Colaba, Mumbai

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  1. I use the term earned quite loosely though, since a not insignificant portion of that income came via gifts and donations.
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