Living the Laptop Lifestyle. But…
Last Update: Oct 4, 2022
What Is the Laptop Lifestyle?
It's something that many people who get into owning and running an online business are looking for.
They might search for "work from home" but they are really looking for "work from anywhere".
The freedom to take their laptop and travel within their own country and overseas but continue to enjoy an income with nothing more than their laptop computer and a reliable internet connection.
My Friend Lives It - Or Does He?
I have a friend who lives the laptop lifestyle. He's a Brit currently holidaying in Australia with his partner and they are about to move to Bali as a continuation of exploring the world.
He runs his business from his laptop.
He's an online personal trainer.
He has around 30 clients, mainly in the UK and Europe.
They complete exercises that he's given them and record their progress online.
The Weekly Zoom Call
He has a zoom call with each one of them every week, where he discusses their progress, critiques their form and shows them how it should be done.
This Is the Problem
Look, it's a great business model, but it's got a couple of problems.
The main one is that he has to show up for 30 hours a week and the time is dependent on other people's time zones. He has to remain fit and healthy in order to portray the required image essential to his line of work.
Sounds just like a JOB, doesn't it?
And the other thing is that it's not scalable. With 30 clients, he's at pretty much capacity if he and his partner are to have the time they want to enjoy themselves.
Here's the Lesson
Whether it involves travel or just making money from home, living the laptop lifestyle is highly desirable.
But you want to do it in a way that doesn't involve swapping your time for money, day in and day out.
Do the work once and have the money continue to flow. There are a number of ways to do this:
- Self publish books on Amazon with the KDP platform. This is a no-risk, low-cost strategy. If you can get buyers for your books, the royalties keep coming in with no further work on your part. I've covered this strategy in How to Publish Your Book on Amazon Part 1 and How to Publish Your Book on Amazon Part 2.
- Affiliate Marketing from your own website. This is the strategy so brilliantly taught by Wealthy Affiliate. Once you have landing pages for a good number of affiliate products, blog posts and/or ppc advertising linking to those landing pages, it becomes an ongoing source of revenue.
- E-Commerce. Setting up your own store using WooCommerce or something else is harder than affiliate marketing but can also be very rewarding and with high profit margins.
- Your Own Product. If you can develop your own product (either original or by modifying PLR) you keep 100% of the price, though of course if you recruit affiliates, you will pay them a percentage. Promotion is the same as for affiliate marketing or e-commerce.
But in the end, that's the aim. For the income to continue to flow.
You still have to do the work, of course.
But it's a disconnect. You are working on things like extending and improving your websites, increasing the traffic flow and so on. These things increase your cash flow indirectly.
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