Here at The Travelling Freelancer, we're all about helping digital nomads, location independent entrepreneurs and other remote workers. However, there's absolutely no way we know everything about every topic, so we're thrilled to be working with some absolute experts! In the magazine, each issue you will find legal advice from professional lawyer Ben Lambert and from now on, here on the blog you'll find a monthly post with questions for life coach Dina Pyramid! Got your own question? Send us an email and we'll ask her!
I became location independent about a year ago. I started my work with social media and some other VA stuff because that just gave me the quickest access to the digital nomad lifestyle (I already had the skills). However, now after a year I make enough to get by, but I feel like I want something more. My problem is that I can't really figure out what that 'more' should be. I make enough money to get by, but I would like to make enough to also save a bit for my future. I work on my own terms, but I still work on clients' businesses instead of really building my own company. And I feel like the work I'm doing now is so general, that I can't really distinguish myself from the thousands of other people who are doing the exact same thing. Also, I'm missing some challenge in my work. I have a couple of small ideas, but they're all going in different directions. I guess my question is: how do I know what my next step should be, how do I know which idea to really focus on and let go (at least for now) of the other ideas?
Thank you so much, Sandra
Thanks for sending in your question Sandra. Ah, you’re at a really interesting stage of your life and your business. It sounds to me that you’ve done really well over the last year and you should be proud of yourself… you are just ready for the next stage. Firstly, if you feel like your projects are going in different directions, I would recommend taking a step back and evaluating your why. What is your bigger purpose? What are your values? What bigger vision do you want to accomplish? From this, you can create a clear idea of what you’re aiming for so you can challenge every opportunity and project against your vision. This will ensure that you are moving with direction, clarity and with purpose. It also means that clients can identify you with your purpose, attracting clients that are better suited to your needs and values.
Having a clear identity will help you stand out from the crowd because people will have a clear idea of what you stand for and importantly what you don’t stand for. Additionally, creating a business model around your vision will mean that you will start to get more control over where your business is going, who you work with and how much you charge. It changes your mindset from “freelancer” to “business owner”. So I guess my advice is to take some time to examine who you are, your worldview, and what you want to contribute to the world… and consistently market this and connect with people who are like-minded to you.