Serena is a digital nomad who writes about work, emotions, and self-improvement.
The American Dream
Is the American dream really what it’s all cracked up to be? Most Americans are working a 9-5 every day, in some way resenting their job, and trying to build enough wealth to eventually quit and retire. This cycle of endless work-jail is fine for some, as it offers stability and consistent pay, but for many people it is exhausting and draining. By the time they get home from work, they have no energy to do anything but admit exhaustion and prepare for the next day of work. Many people look for a way out of this cycle but can’t find a way to sustain themselves. What is better than working through your entire life, is rather a lifestyle of freedom.
Imagine being financially secure while living the way that you want to, rather than only being able to do what your job allows you to do. Imagine having a life structure set up in such a way that you are able to go to your kid’s soccer games during a weekday without having to request time off or being able to go on a nice trip without worrying about your money slowly dwindling while you aren’t working. You can achieve this! This alternate to a regular work schedule is what’s called a lifestyle of freedom. This means that instead of working for money, for example, one hour of work is equivalent to X dollars, you set up a system to generate income, so you are able to live the life you want, free from the dreaded work-jail.
Having free time like this is so important for our mental health. Sometimes we need breaks, and nobody is really built to work indefinitely like the economy is set up to have us do. Taking time off is vital to our well being, to preventing emotional and physical burnout, and to supporting our goals and values in our lives outside of work. In contrast, knowing that you are missing out on something important like your child’s soccer game because you may be risking your job security will ultimately weigh you down and eventually make you feel out of control of your life. After all, who likes asking other people what to do all the time? Being able to have the autonomy to make your own life choices and do the things you want will bring you fulfillment, and this type of lifestyle is actually not so far fetched.
One way to build a lifestyle of freedom is through affiliate marketing. This may sound a bit complex, but it is truly a simple concept. If you watch a great movie, you will more than likely want to tell your friends and family about it! They will listen to your recommendation and may go and purchase the movie online during their next family movie night. Little did you know, you were just engaging in affiliate marketing! (Except you weren’t paid for it.) Take this example, and imagine that each time you make a recommendation for someone to buy a product or service, you earn a small commission fee. When you take this concept digital, it can provide some great benefits, like passive income and a lifestyle of freedom.
*** FOR EXAMPLE: If you use this link and become a dog sitter on Rover, complete one booking, and then refer another dog sitter who completes a booking, I will make $50 and you will make $50. You can also continue to earn $50 EVERY TIME your refer another person.
This is a real life example of how you can achieve financial freedom. Try it! (It works).
Success in Affiliate Marketing
In order to set up affiliate marketing, you first need to find a company who will pay you to promote their products or services. If you look, there are many! When you engage in digital affiliate marketing, you have a specific URL to put on either a website or online source. When you post that and someone clicks on it and purchases something through it, you will make money. If you have enough traffic flowing to a blog or website with people consistently taking your recommendations to heart, you will continuously earn money, without having to do anything. This essentially allows you to set up a money-making machine! Now, while your affiliate links make you money, you are free to grab a burger at your local joint, or hang out with your kids during normal work hours.
Another great way to achieve financial independence is through a program called Amazon FBA. FBA stands for fulfillment by amazon. In a couple simple steps, you can pick products that you think will sell well, send them to Amazon who will store your products, and then when someone wants to buy your product, Amazon takes care of the customer service, shipping, and any related questions. After every two weeks, Amazon will pay you the profits that you made.
Pros and Cons of Amazon FBA
Let’s talk about the pros and cons of Amazon FBA. Generally, this is a great way to achieve financial freedom, you just need to be aware of a couple things to make the process go as smoothly as possible. This is a great and automated way to attain a lifestyle of freedom, since you are not involved in a lot of the operations of this business model. Since Amazon deals with all of the shipping, much of the customer service, and any returns, a lot of hassle is taken out of the equation. One thing to look out for though, is that you must pick products that you think will sell, and you need to keep track of re-stocking your items by sending more to Amazon when inventory is getting low. You also will have to pay a fee for them to store your items. With all pros and cons being evaluated, overall, engaging in Amazon FBA has created some amazing financial results for people who don’t want to bear the normal 9-5.
Are you willing to make it happen?
Setting up a lifestyle of freedom isn’t as hard as it seems. First, you have to believe that it is possible, and then, you have to set up your systems in a way that benefits you first rather than working at a system that only provides benefits to someone else and that puts you second. Apply these concepts into your life and you may quickly see the results that you have been looking for. Freedom is only a couple steps away… are you willing to make it happen?
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