How is Covid19 forcing us into the next age of evolution?

Have you noticed how many ads are popping up at the moment with people selling online courses? Specifically, teaching people how to make money online?

“Learn how to trade Bitcoin”, “Make money trading on FOREX”, “Build an online business from scratch”, “Turn your passion into income with online business”, “Become an influencer or online coach” and the list goes on and on. I’ve been watching this trend increase over the last few years but the recent events with Covid19 have accelerated the process, this article should help explain why.

Let’s start with a little bit of history to help explain exactly what is going on. Throughout time there have been a number of leaps in human evolution, “The Agricultural Revolution” or “The Age Of Agriculture” was a period of technological improvement and increased crop productivity that occurred during the 18th and early 19th centuries in Europe which the increased crop yields and overall quality of life, this paved be the way for the “Industrial Revolution” or “The Industrial Age”, with new inventions yet again making productivity and the quality of life jump tenfold, next came the invention of the internet, and with it “The Age of Information”, as the internet developed over the past few decades and things became simpler, it created the foundation for what is now being called the “Digital Age”, an age where almost everything that we are, and will be doing, is partially or completely done online or using technology.

What does Covid19 have to do with all of this then?

Just like any major shift in history, there is usually a large majority of people that are resistant to change which slows down the transition, in fact, it’s well documented that one of our biggest fears is the fear of the unknown, aka change, for example, you may have heard the debate that “technology is taking peoples jobs”, but perhaps what you didn’t know is that this exact dialog was very common as we shifted into The Industrial Age back at the end of the 18th century, which we now know, dramatically increased the quality of people’s lives all over the world and although certain jobs were lost, they were often unfulfilling, mundane jobs anyway, and in their place, new jobs were created that never existed prior, jobs didn’t go away, they just evolved.

The exact same thing is happening today, technology isn’t taking away jobs, it is evolving them, and as much fear/resistance, as there may be from some, the shift or evolution is inevitable, all that the coronavirus is doing is accelerating the process, forcing us to realize the benefits of changing sooner than later and as scary as it may seem to some, history has taught us, that every time we enter a new age, the general quality of life for people all over the world increases, and especially for those who embrace the change early on.

I realized a few years ago that if I could learn the skills needed to earn an income online that my quality of life would improve dramatically, and I was right. Since then I’ve been teaching people the value of transitioning their skills and or passions into the digital space, and thanks to Covid19 completely screwing up our current system, people everywhere are starting to realize for themselves exactly why I’ve been focusing my energy on doing so for the last few years.

Today, more everyday people are making money online than ever before, and as they do, realizing the epic freedom, or in the case of a pandemic, the security that comes with it.

Pandemic aside, who hasn’t been on holiday and as your vacation nears the end, thought to themselves, I don’t want to go back to the “real” world, but can’t think of a realistic way they can do so and still pay the mortgage and bills, so you reluctantly go back to your office or mundane, repetitive routines, I know I’ve been there.

Well I’m here to tell you, that way of thinking is BS, it’s a limiting belief, and it’s out of date! There is a better way and you can either get on board or fall behind as the rest of the world shifts towards the digital economy.

Here are just a few of the many examples of how everyday people are making a decent income online right now, and guess what, you don’t need to be a computer wiz.

  1. E-commerce, is crushing traditional retail stores into the ground, with much lower overheads and a larger audience, selling physical or digital products, be it through building your own website which with website building tools like GoDaddy, makes so much sense and it is so easy these days that a monkey could do it, or, you can simply leveraging free market places like Amazon, eBay, gumtree, Craigslist, etc.
  2. Dropshipping, selling other companies’ products by setting up your own Shopify website, and learning how to advertise online, meaning you don’t even need to have your own product, warehouse, or fulfillment processes.
  3. Trading, be it by learning about cryptocurrency which is surprisingly stable and resection proof or learning how to trade on the stock market, which if you know what you’re doing, you can make money regardless of whether the market is going up or crashing like it is right now, the same goes for trading on Forex, the foreign exchange market.
  4. Affiliate marketing, learn how to market online and get kickbacks for promoting and selling other peoples products or services that you believe in, the great thing with this is that similar to dropshipping, you don’t need staff, products or even a location, you can literally make a 6 figure income from your smartphone!!  
  5. Content creation, maybe you’re a person that loves creative stuff, music, art, video, photography. There are tons of switched on artists leveraging the digital economy and making a fortune by creating art and content than putting it online through sites like Redbubble and many others?
  6. Teaching or coaching, if you are good at anything, yoga, an instrument, public speaking, building sculptures out of rubbish, languages, you name it, you can literally get paid by running online classes! I guarantee you that there is a niche for almost everything that you can think of! Did you know you can get paid up to $25 (US) per hour just for being a native English speaker and teaching English online, even if you don’t speak any other languages? Especially now with the current, Covid19 situation, and a massive need for more online English teachers, in many cases all you need to do a quick course (which you can do online) to get what’s called a TEFL certificate and then rich Chinese people which there’s no shortage of will pay you decent money to talk English with them and you can work as much or little as you want.
  7. Transcriber, don’t like talking to people? There are 300 hours of video being uploaded just to YouTube every single minute! Did you know that thousands of people around the world are getting paid on average between $8-$15 (US) per hour to write the subtitles for those videos, from the comfort of their computer, wherever and whenever the hell they like? through companies like Rev.com or Transcribeme.com

Look, I could seriously keep going, but the reason I chose to tell you about the ones above is that they all have one thing in common, which is that to earn an income from them, literally all you need is the right skills and an internet connection! giving you the geographical freedom that I’m always harping on about! I hope you’re getting the point by now, that online income and business is the way of the future.

So the choice is yours, you can either look at all of these ads that I mentioned at the beginning and go, “ahh another one of those online, multi-level marketing scams, I’m smarter than that” and completely miss the boat, (I’m not saying the scams don’t exist so do your due diligence) or you can get on the digital age bandwagon and join me and a bunch of my friends who are living the digital nomad lifestyle and freaking loving it!

If you are asking yourself the question, so what do I do from here? how do I start? truth is, all the information you need is just a Google or Youtube search away and if you know where to look it won’t cost you a cent to learn, in fact, it’s not a lack of info that’s the challenge, in fact, I believe that the best way to learn something is to teach it so I have a number of social media channels dedicated to teaching people what I know for free, if that interests you, then follow me Facebook, Instagram, YouTube but I’m also going to ethically bribe you, If you 1) like and share this post and 2) comment below telling me what is your biggest passion in life, I will also send you a link to get a value-packed free video training series that will teach you everything you need to know to get started from scratch to build an online income around those passions.

The digital age is here people, don’t miss the boat because after everything dies down with this corona madness, I guarantee you that some will go back to the mundane routine that was sucking the life out of them, and many more will be well on their way to soaking up the sun on a deck chair somewhere in paradise as the new norm because they chose to learn how to move into the digital age, hopefully, I’ll see you there, remember, like, share and comment, and if you are really serious, I’m open to having a Skype or WhatsApp call with anyone that has doubts or questions as to whether or not they can make it work for them. What have to got to lose? ️

10 fulfilling Lifestyle jobs that allow you to travel the world.

It’s astonishing how many people will put up with a job they don’t like, to only just cover expenses in a lifestyle they’re not thrilled about either.

Too often we ignore our inner child and sacrifice our happiness for a “healthy” paycheque. Considering it’s been proven that happier people live longer and that we spend on average 1/3 of our life at work, most of which whilst we are fit and healthy, it just makes so much more sense to put job satisfaction before income.

If it came down to it I’d rather just get by, besides the ones I love, doing things I love, in places I’d rather be or preferably all three together, that’s said, with a bit of hard work, the right planning and advice, you don’t have to give up the healthy paycheque either.

Over the years I’ve learned to live quite comfortably and even make great money as you travel, all you need is a bit of courage, effort and a pocket full of knowledge, yes your smartphone will do 😉

There are a bunch of amazing lifestyle jobs that allow you to travel and enjoy the world before you’re too old, below you have 10, I personally have done more than half of these “jobs” and loved all of them, the others I have also investigated or have close friends or family that chose these lifestyles, love life and travel a lot, I will save my personal favorite until #10. Please feel free to get in touch or leave comments if you know any other great options that may be useful for other readers. Enjoy!

1 – Cruise Ships

Working on cruise ships has a reputation for being one of the more fun travel job lifestyles. Apart from getting paid to work in a holiday environment whilst you cruise around the world, you’ll often get time at each port to explore.
  • Cruise ships have pretty much every type of service onboard meaning they hire everything from the crew, labor work to hairdressers, entertainment, hospitality and much more.
  • A simple search for “cruise ship jobs” and you’ll be able to find a company that works from your home country and everything you need to get started.

2 – Yacht Crew

I prefer something a little more personal like the beautiful french schooner yacht that I just spent five weeks on in the Mediterranean. Sure you get the odd a’hole but from my experience, you have to be a little crazy, cool and generally good with money to own a boat, the kind of people I like to hang out with and learn from.
  • There are sites you can create a profile, where boat owners who need crew are looking for people who they might get along with and want to share their pride and joy (boat) with.
  • Once sailing around you often meet other interesting people with boats that you can connect with so, It does get easier once you get in the scene.
  • You may already know someone who knows someone with a boat but otherwise put some love into your profiles online. Below you have a few places you can start.
  • https://www.findacrew.net
  • https://www.crewseekers.net/
  • Another effective tactic is just going down to your local marina and asking around, show your character and show your keen, meeting in person always has more impact.

3 – Airline Industry

There are various airline jobs from the pilot, air hosts to handling luggage and more. Apart from some providing a decent income, it does come with obvious travel perks like cheap or free flights, not just for yourself but often your loved ones. I have flown various times for 10% of the actual flight cost simply because I have a close connection with someone who works for an airline.
  • Becoming a Pilot obviously requires a decent amount of discipline and investment of your time and money but the pay and perks reflect the investment.
  • There are a number of pros and cons with becoming an air host, here is an article that you might find interesting if you want to consider this as the job you’d like to go for.
  • Airline jobs that come with the travel perks aren’t only limited to the jobs just mentioned but these two positions certainly provide more travel as you work.

4 – Volunteer

When working overseas you will often require a working visa, however, in most countries volunteering for board and food is not only satisfying but a legal loophole, for example, in general, it is allowed to volunteer in the US when you are there on a B1 or B2 visa, or on visa waiver program, and for most other visas that do not permit paid employment. However there are some restrictions, and it is best to check them out. Volunteering at hostels, tour companies, foundations or farms for a few months at a time, can not only be fun but fulfilling and often means you really get to know a place, people and culture better.

5 – English Exchange

If your native tongue is English then you are in luck, English is widely used all over the world and non English speakers will happily trade everything from board and food to full-time pay, believe it or not but wealthy people will let you live with them all expenses paid in exchange that you speak to their children in English a few hours a day, leaving the rest of the day for exploring the area.
  • A certification to teach English like TEFL (Teach English to Foreign Language) will help open opportunities but isn’t always necessary.
  • https://www.diverbo.com/ is a good example of a site that will connect you with opportunities but just try googling “Native English Exchange” for the area you are interested in visiting.
  • https://culturegogo.com/ is a great site that allows you to exchange English for food and board.

6 – Tourist Guide

I did this professionally for about 3 years in Colombia (that’s me in the bottom left-hand corner) and although I wasn’t earning amazing money, the time I spent as a guide was some of best years of my life so feel free to get in touch with me for more info. I have some great contacts in Colombia within the adventure tourism industry, particularly around scuba diving, white water rafting, rock climbing, and mountain bike guiding but also if you want to volunteer in any hostels, a lot of hostels will even have their own products that they need English speaking guides for.
  • Having certifications that back up your experience will always get you more jobs but I got my first guiding job just simply by being confident with people, bikes and having my first aid certificate and then grew from there.
  • You can get pretty serious with guiding and make serious money along with it, but it really isn’t about the money for most guides, I have some friends that do it full time, but I also have friends that volunteer in adventure tour companies all over the world in exchange for board, food, a great time doing activities they love plus the occasional tips.

7 – Snowfields/Ski resort work

If you’re a keen snowboarder or skier, would like to be or love a good party culture, then the snow resort lifestyle is hilariously fun. I have a few close friends who now follow the snow seasons around the world full time and they absolutely love bouncing between the northern and southern hemisphere.
  • You don’t need to be a ski instructor to enjoy the slopes, one of my mates works as a Chef, follows the seasons and just snowboards in his time off, he gets paid well enough to keep bouncing from one side of the planet to another and gets staff discounts off everything from accommodation, food and lift passes.
  • You will almost definitely need a working visa to work in snowfields around the world, so it’s worth noting that in most places that become hard once you turn 30.
  • Here is a good article if you’re interested in looking into snow resort work https://www.snowseasoncentral.com/10-steps-to-finding-a-ski-resort-job

8 – Dive Instructor

The underwater world is a stunning and fascinating place and you can make good money as a professional diver, especially if you specialize in certain areas, it does require a lot of investing both time and money first, but aside from some of the theory, it’s an extremely fun qualification to obtain, and if it means you can travel to beautiful places all over the world guiding or teaching people how to dive…. well you can understand why it’s a popular lifestyle career. (Me on the left)
  • It depends on where you are and how long you intend to stay but you don’t always need visas to get work diving but you will need to be certified and have some experienced at least.
  • Feel free to get in touch as I have a few connections around the world with diving schools and shops
  • here’s one site that dive shops will post job positions on https://divezone.net/jobs
  • and a good article about what it takes and what it’s like traveling the world as a dive instructor https://www.aroundtheworldin80jobs.com/scuba-instructor-in-utila/

9 – Musician or Performer

Like my brother, Simon Wright, (above) you may have a gift for entertainment, if this is the case then the opportunities to travel are only as small as your imagination, apart from the obvious option to busk in the streets which you can pretty much fall back on in most parts of the world, with a bit of know-how, like my brother you can set up paid gigs around the world and only busk in between if you really want to or have to for extra cash.
  • You don’t have to be an amazing musician/artist to get started, whilst I was in Florida USA, short on cash I knew a few songs well enough on guitar to play them on repeat as people walked past on the boulevard, I made about $40 US in 2 hours, which doesn’t sound like much but you can definitely get by on $40 US a day.
  • Busking is a great way to improve your music as you travel and once you’re a more weathered entertainer, you can also start to book paid gigs.
  • Cruise ships often pay well for in house entertainers, the work is regular and comes with perks of food, accommodation and of course travel. This isn’t limited to just music, maybe you’re a dancer or magician.
  • Here’s a great article about how my brother has been traveling the world for 1500 days straight on his #looptheworld tour, all paid for by his music and how he gets gigs along the way. HOW TO GET GIGS ON THE ROAD (By Simon Wright)

10 – Online Income

I have done a lot of the lifestyles/”Jobs” on the list above, but everything has eventually led me to the desire to want to earn directly from my computer, as this is what I consider true geographical freedom.

The idea of being able to earn a great income from anywhere in the world or be with my loved ones when I want or when they need me was more than enough motivation to overcome my terrible computer skills and figure out how I could make an income with just a laptop and wifi signal.

How? Turns out in today’s ever-growing digital world there are plenty of ways, and the good news is that with a bit of discipline, as long as you can self motivate and follow simple instructions, then you don’t need to be a tech nerd anymore to make good money online. I literally taught myself to touch-type just a few years ago, why now? because geographical freedom aside, the truth is that online business is the future and I know it.

If you’d like to learn how to build a profitable online business from scratch and turn your skills or passions into an online income stream so that you too can start building a future with geographical freedom then feel free to get in touch or click here for more info.

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Until next time, be good to yourself and each other.

Tom Wright