Today I’m pondering the definition of Location Independence with regards to business.
Obviously the term Location Independence comes up as the Blog challenge I am participating in is run by the author of an awesome new book called Suitcase Entrepreneur and she teaches people how to design a location independent business based around her mantra of Freedom in Business and Adventure in Life.
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What does Location Independence mean to me?
For me, Location Independence means being able to work from my laptop, smart phone and an internet connection. Whether it be in my home office, at the local library, down at the poolside or in a meeting or conference room. It is truly important to me though that I have the freedom to keep in touch with what is going on in my business at all times no matter where I may be.
It is true what Natalie talks about in her blog post entitled ‘Busting the Location Independent and Designer Lifestyle Myth’. She claims that these marketers that claim to be living a dream ‘4 hour work week’ lifestyle that sees them making endless automated sales of their digital products while they sit on the beach sipping margaritas and lazing in the sun, are lying to us and that they are either :
a) struggling to make ends meet or
b) working endless hours to make big money.
I would tend to agree with Natalie’s point of view here and I’d also like to offer the possibility of a mid-way point between these two extremes. As I reveal in my book ‘Project Liberate – 5 Points to Perfecting the Art of Opportunity’, I am promoting a lifestyle of freedom in terms of making the choice to do what you want, when you want, how you want EVEN WITHOUT A SIX FIGURE INCOME. If you wish to make the big bucks, I agree, it IS hard work! I believe though that you can choose one of three things.
1. Do the hard yards
Do the hard yards, get stuck in, stick your head down and your tail up so you can set your business foundations, create products, market yourself, outsource, pay bills, plan, build relationships, communicate, get feedback, tweak your business, market yourself some more, pay more bills all in the good name of getting into profit….
2. Don’t do the hard yards and struggle to make ends meet
3. Find a position that is in balance.
I believe that you can find a position that is in balance. Sort of an Entrepreneur’s Equilibrium that is a place where your hard work and determination meets the extreme gratitude for what you currently have, your sense of inner peace and your focus on total well being.
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Without giving away too much of the content of my previous book (and now the ideas for my new book), for me, it’s more about digging deep to find the REAL desires that you wish to have fulfilled, about finding that Entrepreneur’s Equilibrium and designing creative solutions that enable you to live out your wildest dreams! After all, that’s what it’s about isn’t it?