How to Make a Living in the Share Economy

Sharing

This is a guest post by Saul Of-Hearts: a writer, video editor and all-round freelancer. After 5 years of living in LA, he recently made the move to Portland, Oregon. His e-book, The Lateral Freelancer, goes even more in-depth into his experiences with the Share Economy.

Over the recent winter holidays, I spent most of my time relaxing in my backyard in LA, working on a few blog posts and earning about as much as I would have earned at a day job. All of the pieces that I’d set up had fallen into place.

A few days earlier, I’d lent out my car to a woman through a site called RelayRides. Her driving record had been verified and she was covered with a $1m insurance policy.

I was also hanging out with a friendly dog called Louie. His owners had dropped them off that week after finding me on a site called DogVacay. Likewise, the exchange was covered with a substantial insurance policy and 24/7 on-call support.

Gone were the days on hunting on Craigslist for jobs, negotiating with clients, tracking down late payments and squabbling over invoices.

A significant portion of my income over the past year came from the Share Economy. In this post I’m going to explain the concept and perhaps inspire you to join me in a rather unusual approach to Leaving Work Behind.

Leaving Guilt Behind: How to Embrace the Solopreneur Way of Life

Guilt

The following is a guest post from Christina Nellemann, a graphic/web designer, writer and blogger from Northern Nevada who travels the world and attends Burning Man. Her work can be found at Feline Design.

You’ve worked and slaved (maybe for decades) for your freedom. You’ve saved up your money, made contacts and connections, and — most of all — you’ve beaten the fear that plagues most people who want to quit their job. You’re free and working on what and when you want.

Now comes the guilt.

As I write this, I’m celebrating over a month of freedom from my full-time job. I worked for 15 years for other companies and now I’m running my own freelance design and writing business. For the past year my schedule was like this: wake up at 5am, work full time for eight or nine hours, come home, grab some food and go right back to work on my freelance job until 10pm. That type of schedule is enough to turn anyone into a workaholic and when it comes time to leave the full time job, there tends to be a bit more free time available.

Along with this newly acquired freedom often comes guilty feelings:

  • “I really should be working harder ” (I’m up at 6am already working on writing jobs).
  • “I should apply for all the jobs I can” (I’m actually getting overwhelmed with offers).
  • “I’m not getting enough billable hours” (freelancing is totally different from a full-time, full-pay job).

There’s no doubt in the first few weeks of your new life that guilt will begin to nibble at your day. You’ll chastise yourself for not living a “regular life” because you’re not making as much money, not working all the time and not getting enough respect from peers and family. However, you can waylay that guilt by keeping the following tips in mind.

Pay What You Want for My Upcoming Book Series! [Introducing the LWB Book Club]

Belief book cover

Longtime Leaving Work Behind readers will know that I’ve been working on a book/books for a long time. With that in mind, today I am excited to announce that the first book in an ongoing series will be available to my LWB Book Club members in just seven days.

But that’s not all: they will be able to pay what they want for the book.

I’ve placed the value proposition in hands and trust in the LWB community to reward me appropriately for the quality of my work.

In this post I’m going to introduce you to the upcoming book series, explain why I have chosen a pay what you want model and also give you an opportunity to sign up for the LWB Book Club (it’s completely free to do so).

How I Created Paid to Blog Jobs [Membership Site Case Study]

Paid to Blog Jobs

I closed the doors on beta access to Paid to Blog Jobs just a few hours ago. In the four days that the doors were open, we managed to attract a total of 75 members, each paying $20 per month.

While it’s far too early to call PtBJ a success (my definition of which I’ll get into later), enough money in the bank to cover my financial outlay after the beta launch is a good start.

In this post I want to reveal the steps behind the creation of PtBJ. If you’re thinking about launching your own membership site, or are simply interested in knowing the process I went through, keep reading.

You’ll Never Walk Alone

Pauline and family

Tom: the following is a guest post by Pauline Sabin, owner of Word Dynamics. It is one of the most touching pieces of writing I have ever read, and I think the moral within it is clear to all of us. Thank you for allowing me to share this Pauline.

I hope Gerry and the Pacemakers don’t mind that I’ve borrowed the title of this blog post from them. In case you don’t know it, You’ll Never Walk Alone is the anthem of Liverpool Football Club, and my Dad, being a Scouser (the colloquial term for a Liverpudlian) was a massive Liverpool FC fan.

You’ll Never Walk Alone is also the song that we played at my Dad’s funeral in January this year.

On 5th December 2013 we received the news we never wanted to hear — Dad had terminal, inoperable cancer in his lungs and liver. We later found that the tumours had also spread to his brain.

We were told we would have around two months with Dad.  As it turned out, we had exactly 37 days.