Working remotely: fantasy or dream come true?
Working remotely is difficult.
Following years of freelancing and running a part-time photography business, I had no delusions about the challenges of working from the road. If it were easy, everyone would do it, but surely I could make it work.
Before quitting our jobs this spring, we saved up enough money to travel for a full year without working at all. However, one of our major goals for the year is to find ways to work remotely and make enough money to keep going.
Since May, I’ve spent hundreds of hours perfecting my resume, writing cover letters, updating online profiles, drumming up story pitches and researching freelance jobs. Very few have panned out.
There is no magic solution.
To be fair, we had a few hitches in our plan that deterred a couple of opportunities, but that’s to be expected on the road. If I’m going to make this work, I need to roll with the punches.
Since taking off in our new camper last week, I’ve found a renewed motivation likely brought on by our comfortable new home that provides a cozy workspace and all the coffee I can drink. I’m more determined than ever to freelance, to keep traveling, to make it work.
And I’m not just looking for anything that makes me a few bucks. I’m focused on becoming a coveted travel writer and photographer. This is my dream job so what am I waiting for?
I’ve recently booked a photo session and caught the attention of an online, RV magazine with my pitch about renovating and living in a vintage camper. These jobs won’t get me through another year of travel, but it’s a start.
It’s not going to be easy but I’m going to give it my best shot. When I figure it out, I’ll let you know.
What’s your passion and are you chasing it? If not, what’s holding you back?