Freedom of location V Freedom of time

Being a working nomad gives you freedom in two flavours; time and location. For me I am now experiencing more of the benefits of freedom of time after two years of going where I want.

In the early days back in 2004 when I first starting imagining working on a tropical beach somewhere with a laptop I only really considered the advantage of being able to work anywhere. That seemed to be the most attractive thing about this lifestyle.

Now that I am stationary and happily living in Auckland, NZ I am now really appreciating being able to work when I want. I think the reason for this sudden appreciation is living with 14 other folk who all have regular jobs with regular hours.

I think they believe I am very lucky to be able to choose my hours and take an afternoon off to go surfing if the waves are good, but am I lucky?

Perhaps it is hard for other people to appreciate the year or so I spent building things up, spending a lot of free time learning about the web and sacrificing my social life for very little money (the days of earning $5 a day).

Would I do it again? Well of course I would. It is still as hard to break into this business and make good money but the opportunities for those willing to crack on with things are not going to go away soon. More and more money is being spent online and more and more advertising revenue is available.

If you want a career where you are totally in control of your destiny then this takes some beating!

So I look back at those times when my weekend involved trawling forums for information and not having much social life with very little regret.

A new beginning for the site?

Long suffering misery might soon be over for followers of this site and forum. My web host are finally upgrading the server and when you get to read this the site should work much faster!

I appreciate the comments on the forum about how slow this site has been recently. It never seems so slow for me but perhaps that is because I tend to log on when the rest of the World are asleep!

Now that I am no longer nomadic (and really enjoying having a proper base!) I have been wondering where to take this site next. The forum is well established now as a focal point for remote workers so I am keen to continue to develop and support that.

So any ideas about what I could do with the rest of the site would be appreciated! Let me know what you think.

Productivity when you work with someone else

OK if it was not for the fact that I have someone sitting here with me working away I would probably not be writing this now. I am not sure what I would be doing but it’s a sunny 23 degrees outside and I live near a beach!

For the last month I have had someone work along side me. The work they have done is excellent and I am very pleased with the way it has gone. What is especially pleasing is that my own productivity levels have increased and I fear that when I go back to working alone they will slide again! I cannot really afford to continually employ someone yet.

I may have the additional incentive of quite a severe downturn in earnings over the last week and quite a big drop in traffic as well.

My earnings report are now a part of history as far as this blog goes. Too many friends, housemates etc now look at the site mainly due to this blog’s exposure on Facebook. I have got to the point where I don’t want to shout my salary from the rooftops.

However, I will be monthly reporting in the Forum so people that are really interested can still find earnings details there.