One of the biggest questions we get is `HOW`
How we can do this, what will we do for work, how will we pay for food?
I wish we were millionaires and this would all be easy, but we aren’t (and it wouldn’t really make a very good story, would it?). We did make some good decisions and will be leaving the big city life with some cash in our pockets and a bit of a buffer against living expenses. But, no, we are not “rolling in it” (donations are welcome!)
I think the biggest part of the mechanics of hubby letting go of his career, is that with our life and location change, our cost of living drops dramatically. We have rent (very affordable rent, I think) and, well regular bills (wifi, and electricity) and food. We have always been pretty good at living within our means and aren’t going to reload on new furniture and such for our new life.
And I do work. (Really, I do!)
I am grateful that over the year of building our business (yes, this business!) my partners led the way in making it work “on the cloud”. Our goal in starting this was that we could do it from anywhere in the world (I am currently writing this from the beach in desolation sound! I will pop into Lund to upload and pre-set it on our website… and then you will see it! Cool eh!)
By going into our business with this mindset, everything we have done eventually leads to our freedom from locations. I imagine I would never have had the courage to make the leap had my partners not built the business as they did (I blame them completely!)
When I realized what I could do online, my world opened up. Our choices were suddenly varied! As well, with hubby at home, my opportunities for maintaining the “on the ground” parts of my career became less restrained as well.
I will be back to the mainland… here and then here, oh and again here. I will be seeing many of you again (and if we haven’t met yet, maybe we will meet for the first time at one of the above mentioned events) I am thrilled to be able to focus in on what I do best and share the rest of the load with my partners. I am already dreaming of ferry rides, working away in the hours before I land on the shore and filling my Vancouver days with productive work, and then escaping back to my hideaway, and focusing on my family!
And hubby, well, he will take a few months off to learn to sail, build a chicken coop and think. Having the chance to build a business you love, just because you yearn to do it, is such an opportunity, and I know he is excited to see what comes.
So, did I answer your question? How can we afford to do this?
I do work… I don’t make much, but it’s enough and has opportunity for growth. We have some money in the bank, but most importantly we have chosen a lower cost location to live and have confidence that through our hard work and creativity, work will continue to come to us!
There is always a way to get what you want. Yes, it includes sacrifices and changes, but if it is truly what you want, it will be worth it.