How to Make Money as an Expat in France

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on January 9, 2021 in Make Money

Expats around the world are an enterprising bunch, and perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in France. When you’re surrounded by so much natural beauty, and some pretty amazing food and wine to boot, you tend to want to stick around. I’ve been able to carve out a niche for myself by working as […]

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Paid Trips to Barcelona and Las Vegas: The Hidden Benefits of Freelancing

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on January 8, 2021 in Freelancing

In 2006, Jennifer Choban moved from Portland, Oregon to Guanajuato, Mexico. She’d gotten divorced about a year before and was looking for a change of scenery and a renewed sense of adventure. So, when a coworker told her she was buying a house in Guanajuato, “I suggested to her that I take care of it,” […]

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Earning Remotely From the World’s Top Retirement Haven

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on January 8, 2021 in Remote Working

U.S. expat Bill Cotter was drawn to Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast by his love for surfing and his desire for a more laidback, nature-filled life. The unspoiled, biodiverse region, which includes beachfront communities such as Dominical, Uvita, and Ojochal, combines affordability and spectacular scenery with modern infrastructure and amenities. This helps explain its growing […]

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The Freelancing Income Ladder: What It Is and How to Climb It

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on January 6, 2021 in Freelancing

Arthur Ashe, the famous tennis champion, offered a quote that, to me, rings so true for baby boomers and Gen Xers who want to begin freelancing online: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Ashe may have uttered those words long before the online gig economy became popular, but they […]

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Digital Nomad Life in a Costa Rican Beach Town

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on January 6, 2021 in Remote Working

My love affair with Costa Rica started 20 years ago. Trudging through the snow in Boston to the office of my first job, I peered into a fogged-up travel agent’s window and saw an ad for a last-minute tour to Costa Rica. It was my first and last organized tour—I hated being on someone else’s […]

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How to Teach English Abroad

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on January 6, 2021 in Education, Live Better, Make Money

Do you dream of living in another country long enough to truly explore the depths of its culture, but haven’t figured out a way to do it without draining your bank account? If you answered “yes” to that question, then I have the solution for you. It’s one of the best ways to earn abroad, […]

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Put Part of Your Nest Egg in This Asset Right Now

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on January 4, 2021 in Investing

At the moment, the U.S. is home to about 18.6 million millionaires. If every one of those millionaires wanted to buy just one bitcoin…they couldn’t. There aren’t enough bitcoins to go around. There’s a bigger lesson there that we’ll return to in a moment. Here in the 21st century’s third decade, we—society, writ large—sit on […]

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A Fresh Start in Costa Rica

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on January 4, 2021 in Remote Working

For decades, Costa Rica has drawn enterprising expats and part-time retirees who want to earn an income while enjoying a relaxing, affordable life overseas.

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Why I Was Happy to Work During My Wedding Trip

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on December 22, 2020 in Portable Incomes

Country #68. Montenegro. I’m here to get married—well, actually, I am already married as you read this. We—my partner, Yuliya, and I—are down on the Adriatic coast, in the quaint seaside town of Budva. We’ve been here only a few days, but I can assure you we’ll be back. This is a beautiful, mountainous country […]

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How to Start a Dropshipping Business

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on December 21, 2020 in Make Money, Online Income, Portable Incomes, Remote Working, Setting Up a Business

Dropshipping is one of the most accessible ways to become an online entrepreneur and build a new income you control. As the owner of your own dropshipping store, you can work from anywhere, choose what you sell, and set your own prices. In time, you could potentially even build your store into a brand and […]

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From the New York Rat Race to Early Retirement in Thailand

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on December 21, 2020 in Live Better

“Right now, I feel blessed. I’m doing what I want, where I want, when I want,” says Ellen Makleroy. The Florida native is sipping an iced coffee surrounded by video and photography gear on the shaded deck of the Zanook wakeboarding park outside of Bangkok, Thailand. Behind her, wakeboarders are jumping ramps and doing tricks […]

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I Earned $44,358 From My Side-Gigs in 2020…and I Could Have Earned More

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on December 21, 2020 in Gig Economy

Here at the end of the year, I have a number to share with you: $44,358. That’s my total, pre-tax haul from all my various freelancing activities in 2020: financial columns, writing walking tours, editing screenplays, the screenplay for which I sold the rights, microstock photography, income from an e-book I wrote, a bit of […]

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