Financial Freedom

Return of the Self Earner: The Road to $3000 a Month

Pirate George Washington dollar

It’s officially been over a year since I’ve worked in an office. You know what? It’s been awesome, at the very least because I no longer waste up to two hours a day on a commute. Every once in a while I got cold feet and was tempted to go back to the cold indifferent embrace of a cubicle. Or office if I was ever lucky enough to get my hands on one of those.

What am I talking about? It’s all unlucky.

I kid. It’s just not right for me.

Anyway, the free time I accumulated over the last year allowed me to consistently maintain a blog, write a bunch of music, and, best of all, spend time with the person I love most.

Over Skype. Not quite the real thing but I’ll take what I can get for now.

Long introductions and such aside, I’m a greedy mofo and I want more. I want to expand my passions and figure out how to sustain myself financially while following. I want to spend as much time as I can with my fiancé. I want to bring as much positivity as I can to the world. It’s tough to do all of that when you’re also giving nine hours out of your day to a job.

Now don’t get me wrong, my job has been good to me. The pay is relatively decent and working from home is an added boon, but this can’t be the best use of my skills in this world.

So I have to figure out how to make my interests overlap. Here’s my criteria:

  1. I want the freedom to work from anywhere that has an internet connection.
  2. I need to earn at least $3000 a month (ideally $4000, but I can manage). That seriously isn’t much considering how much I used to make.
  3. I want to make income less of a goal and more of a means to maintain a life that allows me to focus on building my magnum opus of a project, Kilotus. More on that another time.

This essentially means I need a flexible source of income that doesn’t require 40 hours a week to earn. Sounds like I’m living in fantasy land, right? Maybe, but other people are totally doing it.

Money is a burden to me. I don’t care about it one way or another, but the world says otherwise. Therefore, my goal isn’t to be rich; it’s simply to make survival an afterthought. Y’know, the way survival should be at this point given our resources and technology. I just want to focus on my future wife and making the world a better place.

If only spreading positivity was a form of student loan payment.

If only.

So how am I going to do this? I have no effing idea yet, but I’m going to do what I did last year as I learned to adapt to working remotely: I’m going to blog about it as I learn. Every Monday, I’m going to share ideas and tactics I’ve learned to achieve this goal. I’m giving myself until September to figure this out. It’s ambitious, but I’m going to give it a go anyway.

Wish me luck, party people!

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