Freedom is a strong word. It’s been something I’ve been longing for myself for most of my life. I think most people can agree that it’s something they want as well. When I think of freedom, I see there being two parts. Financial freedom and location freedom.
Before I get into talking about money, I want to go over why many people don’t like talking about money. It can even be taboo. It’s important to understand why you feel talking about money is wrong because it’s the first step towards financial freedom.
Why should you start talking more about money?
There are two deep-rooted reasons why you or someone you may know doesn’t want to talk about their financial situation.
- They don’t understand how to improve it, so they bottle it up, try to forget about it and hope it’ll fix itself. I’ve been here, so I know this is real.
- They “hate money,” “money is what’s wrong in this world,” “money is madness,” “loving money is wrong.” Have you ever heard someone say something along these lines? This again is fear. They must’ve grown up in a family that had it hard and where their parents always “taught” their children to hate money and despise it because money made life so “hard.”
Hating money and not understanding it causes you to end up poor or indebted up to your neck.
Loving money isn’t wrong. I can understand how money can be interpreted as evil or wrong, but this is our society. Either you learn to play the game or let the
However, if you’re someone like myself who wants to live their lives to the fullest, it’s time to look at money as what it is, a means to an end.
The life you want costs money. End of story. Now it’s time to see if you want it enough to make it happen.
Jobs are a prison sentence.
Jobs and freedom or even job and happiness don’t ever feel like they can go together in a sentence to me. Back when I had a job, I liked imagining it as being similar to a prison sentence, only because my dad had spent time in prison and so I had “first-hand” experience from visiting him and from hearing his stories.
In prison, they also have jobs; they make pennies per hours rather than dollars per hour. After our shift finishes, we get to go home, but we aren’t truly free. If you wanted to book a ticket tomorrow and fly anywhere in the world, could you? Probably not without checking with the boss for some “vacation time.”
A job takes away your time and freedom in exchange for a paycheck, X amount of vacation days per year, and X amount of sick days per year. Imagine that; we’re told how many days per year we can relax and how many days we can be sick. It’s both hilarious and sad at the same time. The worst part is most people think they don’t have a choice and so they become a slave to their own need for money, and this is where the hate comes from.
Building your life, your way.
Here’s a few different ways you could go about living your life without a job, but still earning money.
- You can build a business. There are two main types of businesses.
- A service-based business. This is quicker to get off the ground since you just need to know a skill and find a client to provide that skill to in exchange for money. However, in the long run, it is more work and is more difficult to automate. Automation is the key to gain freedom.
- A product-based business. This takes more time to start up because it requires you to create a product before selling it. However, there are ways to white-label products that others have created and sell them as your own.
- You can freelance. Freelancing is how I started. I learned how to code all the while taking on projects from clients. Every project I’d take on was a new challenge that required me to learn new skills and force myself to learn and get the job done to get paid. If you already have a skill, then you can freelance and offer that skill to companies. You can do pretty much anything in freelance. Clients all over the world need all sorts of services.
If you don’t have a marketable skill or don’t feel confident enough in your skill to provide it to clients, you can go take a class on udemy.com to freshen yourself up and strengthen your knowledge. Then
One of the best things of being financially free is being able to move and travel wherever you want in the world. There is no requirement to stay in your birth town forever. Life is a lot bigger than just one city. There
Why live life somewhere else?
I wake up every morning looking outside my apartment windows at great big mountains. I take a walk outside and see a world that begins to feel familiar, but learn something new every day regardless about a culture that is so different from the one I grew up in. I hear a language that is incomprehensible to me, but I understand some words here and there. Foreign music plays around me.
These are things I experience on the daily and I love it.
Living outside of the world you know can be very
Living in cheap countries can sometimes help you focus on a project that isn’t making you very much money, save up quickly, or pay off debt quickly. That is what I did after moving to Albania. I was able to do physiotherapy to fix a back injury and each session would cost me $20 instead of $100 in North America. I was able to build my online business from earning hundreds per month to thousands per month without the need of a job to sustain me. I even paid off 15,000+ in debt in a couple of years which would’ve taken me 10+ years living in North America.
There are many benefits to living in other countries. Not to mention that I am from Canada and used to have to deal with the harsh winter weather. Now it’s the middle of December and it’s still 10 to 15 degrees daily.
Combining financial freedom and location freedom can help you live the best life possible by making as much money and saving as much of it as possible. You don’t necessarily need to make a million dollars per year to live a rich life, you can just move to a country where the cost of living is so low that having a thousand or two per month can make you feel rich and give you the freedom to do and live how you want.