09 Oct Laptop Lifestyle: Is It Really All It’s Cracked Up To Be?
I’ve always wanted to live the laptop lifestyle. I remember well over 5 years ago, I dreamed of being able to make some money from a laptop.
I saw all the cool photos of people working from cafes, beaches and cool locations and I wanted the same.
And you do see these photos and this lifestyle being portrayed a lot around the internet and on social media.
But is it really all it’s cracked up to be?
Is it really just sipping cappuccino’s, sitting on beaches and having adventures full time?
Well the answer is it can be if you want it to be but it won’t happen unless you set it up right and put in the work.
But if you really want the laptop lifestyle then you need to be prepared to work for it.
And trust me, if you can achieve just some of the things that you love about this lifestyle, then you will love doing your work.
Even though you are working there are some really cool benefits to this kind of ‘job’.
Check out the vlog or blog below
The Positives of the Laptop Lifestyle
1. You are your own boss
To me this is so important. I’ve always wanted to be a businessman and have my own things and projects going on.
You get to do what you want, when you want. As long as you can survive and the money is coming in, then you are the controller of your destiny (within reason).
2. You’re location independent
This is also such a big thing for me and it should be for you to.
As the world becomes more digital, it’s become easier to work from anywhere in the world if you have a laptop and an internet connection.
This always hits me when I go travel and I’m able to do my work no matter where I am.
Like where I filmed the vlog with this video. I shot it from my hotel pool in the Brisbane city.
We really are so fortunate to live in the world we live in.
And being able to work from another country or cool locations means you can have more time to do what you want and get some sick photos of you and your laptop to!
3. You can be flexible with your work hours
I love this as well because I’m an early riser.
Most mornings I’m up at 4am and off to the gym. By the time I’m home I’m ready to start work by about 7am.
Maybe you’re a night owl and love working into the night.
Or maybe you like working during normal work hours.
A location independent business can help you to achieve that.
Now while there are some great things about the laptop lifestyle, there are also a few negatives…
1. It can be lonely
Often times you will be stuck in front of the laptop banging out the work trying to get things done.
And a lot of this might be done at home by yourself where it can be a bit lonely and boring.
Also if you can find your ‘group’ of people that have the same kind of lifestyle as you (easier said than done), then it makes things much more social and enjoyable to do your work.
My tip here is until you do find those people, try and make it a habit to get out and work from somewhere different each day.
2. There are a lot of hours in front of the laptop
To get any business going you’re going to have to put in the hours.
It’s the same with anything worth doing so this should never stop you.
If it is your goal to eventually automate your business or at least parts of it, you still need to set things up and learn.
This takes a lot of time. A lot of hours in front of the laptop.
But that’s why it’s called the laptop lifestyle right 😉
3. You have to be self disciplined
If you like being told what to do and can’t really push yourself when you don’t actually want to be pushed, then the laptop lifestyle probably isn’t for you.
You need to have your own inner motivation, drive, self discipline and energy.
Because it’s not always sitting in front of a pool in an exotic location.
There are many times when you’re going to have push yourself and do things you don’t feel like doing.
BUT is it all worth it?
OF COURSE IT IS!!!
I honestly wouldn’t want it any other way.
The down sides to me are honestly nothing and are things that just need to be done and dealt with.
Simple as that.
You just need to want it bad enough. And if you do and put in the action, then you can make the laptop lifestyle real for you to.
To me it is the ultimate freedom.
Mix that with some adventure, growth and success and that’s what it’s all about here at The Lifestyle Compound.
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