Throughout the ages (okay, the 30 years of internet marketing), the question has been asked: Can you retire online? And the resounding answer is…maybe. After all, we have one example after another of successful marketers who have “retired.” They’ve sold all their assets, or they’ve just walked away. They’ve disappeared from public view. They’ve been forgotten or become a legend. They’ve essentially retired. But they slowly creep back. First, it’s an interview or two. Then it’s a new podcast, followed by a conference appearance. Then boom! They’re back—and unretired. Naturally, I thought I was the exception. The one who could truly retire online. But like all the others—I’m back! But things are different now. There’s less pressure—almost none. I can walk away for weeks at a time with little loss of revenue and no guilt. There are no emergency calls, frantic product launches or technical difficulties. Why? Because I’m retired online! Turns out “retiring online” gives you the best of both worlds: You can do what you love AND do it only when you want to. Sounds more attractive now, doesn’t it? Over the next few issues of Traces, I’ll be helping you get started on your path to retiring online. You may not want to retire this year or even this decade. But there WILL come a time when you want to slow down or take a break. Having planned for it in advance will make the transition smoother and more profitable. So, let’s get started! First, create a folder for your Retire Online notes. Start collecting ideas such as articles, travel destinations, and inspiration from others. No hurry to fill this folder. Just have one place where every- thing is easily found. Second, as you answer the questions below, save your thoughts in that folder. Those notes may sit for years, but they will be available for your review when you’re ready. Plus, you’ll most likely (and should) update them as new ideas come to you. Finally, start with these questions…
- If money were not a concern, would you retire today?
- What do you perceive is stopping you?
- Where do you want to live? Describe the country, city, type of house.
- What hobbies or past times would you like to pursue?
- Who would you like to spend more time with?
- What is your ideal day? Your ideal week?