Do you get a nauseous feeling in the pit of your stomach every day as you drive your car to work?
Are you truly tired of toiling away in a cubicle wishing you could be anywhere else in the world BUT there?
My friend, you are definitely not alone. In fact, I was there once myself.
If you answered yes to the above questions then you are probably more than ready to remove yourself from the office and start down the path towards what I call personal freedom.
You should know up front that removing yourself can be done but depending on your particular situation you will probably need to plan on taking at least a year to fully remove yourself.
Can it be done quicker? Of course it can but I have found that one-year allows for the proper amount of time to make sure that all details are covered.
Some background information
A little over twelve years ago I had finally decided, that was it! I was done with homogenized office life and working for other people.
Since that time I have been fortunate enough to travel the globe extensively and I have managed live overseas for extended periods of time while working on various government contracts.
At present, I call a small tropical island in the Caribbean home where I run a small business and blog regularly about pursuing personal freedom, blogging, and entrepreneurship.
Right now you might be asking, “so where do you start?” Or you might be thinking, “I am really ready to pursue personal freedom.”
As a way of helping Skellie settle into her new home, I am going to offer you the gift of ten tips that should help you to “take your show on the road.”
Tip #1: Evaluate where you are at in your personal and financial life.
Before you consider any move toward freedom, whether it is changing jobs or a full removal from the workplace, always evaluate where you are at in your personal and financial life.
Specifically, do you have a spouse, or children? How about a mortgage? Having a family or mortgage are not deal-breakers but they will require a little more planning on your part.
Tip #2: Begin your basic internet research.
Do you want to move overseas and work? Or, would you like to continue to live at your present location and freelance?
Either way, at this point Google should be your best friend as you search for freelance work, or begin to decide what country will be your new home.
Tip #3: Start small.
If you think you would like to live overseas, and if you have the funds, I strongly recommend that you take a two or three week “warm-up” trip to one or two of your countries of choice.
Likewise, if you will remain in your home then use vacation days, or ask at work if you can telecommute from home one or two days a week.
Tip #4: Become an effective networker.
If you take one tip away from this post, even though it means more competition for me, work at the skill of networking.
All of my overseas jobs, and even the business I that I currently own, were acquired through successful networking.
Tip #5: Create a plan A, B, and C.
This tip could actually be listed earlier in the process, but it also fits in well right here in the middle. You have made the decision, at least in concept, to pursue personal freedom and I can’t stress this enough – always have a contingency plan!
On paper plan “A” might look great but what if the week before you were to leave for your new chosen country there was a coup…? It happens, be ready.
Tip #6: Moving Overseas – make sure you can legally live in the country.
If you are moving within your own country, or even staying in the same town, this is not an issue. However, if you plan to move overseas make sure you can legally live and work at your desired destination.
I have witnessed people show up to what they thought was going to be their new “home” country of choice only to be sent home because they lacked the proper work permit or immigration status.
Tip #7: Begin to mentally remove yourself from your current job.
By this I mean, if you are moving overseas start to learn a little bit of the language of your new home country. Or, if you plan to freelance start doing some “pro bono” work to get your name out there.
Tip #8: Do NOT listen to negative feedback.
Many people, when you tell them of your plans to remove yourself from the office, will respond (I know from personal experience) by telling you, “Oh – you can’t possibly do that.” Don’t listen to them!
If you need moral support feel free to email me.
Tip #9: Create a business plan or secure an overseas contract.
If you will be working at home, on the road, or starting a new freelance business overseas now is the time to complete your business plan or secure employment contracts.
Tip #10: Give your notice at work.
I know from experience that sometimes this can be bittersweet and many of my good friends I actually met through previous jobs that I have had.
Additionally, no matter how much you hate your job (or your boss) DO NOT burn any bridges. You never know what life has in store for you and it is always better to leave on a professional standing.
There you go, “Ten Tips To Help You Take Your Show On The Road” I hope if nothing else the tips above get you thinking about the possibilities that exist and maybe even get you ready to take the first step.
Oh yeah, one last tip. If you do decide to remove yourself from the office or take your show on the road, really savor the last time you turn off your computer, and walk with your head held high as you go through the exit door and begin your journey on the path towards personal freedom.