A Roadmap for Escaping the 9-to-5 Grind

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Posted by The Savvy Retiree on May 6, 2020 in Make Money

If I see another email that starts “We’re living in strange times…” I’ll scream. 

But, really, who would have guessed as we entered a brand-new decade that the good citizens of the world would be in lockdown mode, unable to leave their homes to contain a global pandemic. 

For those of us nearing retirement age, it’s hard not to be a little nervous. How will we fund the retirement lifestyle we’ve been looking forward to? 

Well, I can say from experience that the solutions are out there. This isn’t the first bump in the road we’ve faced in planning for retirement, and while the situation may be scary right now, it’s not one that has to derail those plans…once you know the options that are available to you. 

As a keen traveler, I always envisioned spending my retirement exploring the world. I dreamed of working hard, saving up, and finally moving abroad. I presumed that this would be a long process. That I’d have to wait until my career was over to live out my dream. 

But despite many ups and downs, with a little planning and a “career adjustment,” I managed to make that dream a reality long before I initially thought possible. Today, I enjoy a relaxing, prosperous life in historic Mérida, Mexico. This beautiful, affordable city of some 1 million people in Yucatán state offers sunshine, modern infrastructure, world-class affordable healthcare, and handy access to the Gulf of Mexico. I am working and living well…long before reaching retirement. And all because I took the initiative to give up the nine-to-five grind and pursue a go-anywhere earning opportunity. 

Les Worley uses a portable income stream to fund an affordable, carefree life in the historic city of Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico.

A few years back, I read about an online opportunity with income potential that rivals even that of most doctors and lawyers. With it, I could do something I love from anywhere in the world with only a computer and an internet connection. And better yet, when I did decide to retire, I could use this in-demand skill to supplement my income as little or as much as I liked. 

But I’m getting ahead of myself. 

You see, working as a director in information technology for a U.S. company didn’t allow me to travel that often, much less even consider working from abroad. It was often grueling work, requiring long hours and being on-call—not to mention frequent layoffs even in the best of economic times. It was a real corporate rollercoaster that never ended and, frankly, not something I wanted to do for another 10 years. 

You can see why the prospect of a career as a copywriter—that skill I mentioned that can provide a comfortable income from anywhere—caught my attention. So, back in 2014 I called it quits from the rat race, wrote myself a plan to become a copywriter, and set that plan in motion. Today, after honing my craft a bit, I’m now set with a solid income for both pre- and post-retirement. 

Simply put, copywriters write the materials that help companies market their products and services. That content includes everything from emails to magazine articles, from blog posts to webpages, from short ads to long sales letters. It’s a simple skill that almost anyone can learn. 

The demand for good copywriters is enormous, especially right now. Why? With so many people having to stay home, emails, social media posts, and other forms of online content are more essential than ever to keep customers engaged. Even if they have in-house copywriters, companies can’t keep up with the demand. Which means they are always looking for freelance copywriters to fill the gap. 

And the best part? 

Most clients don’t care when or from where you do your writing. That makes copywriting perfect for anyone who wants to earn a comfortable living on a flexible schedule—whether you’re living abroad or just having an extended stay at home. 

As my experience shows, you don’t have to remain a slave to the nine-to-five grind. Real opportunities exist in the online economy. Even if you’re not interested in copywriting, nowadays the opportunities are endless, and you can find the portable income that’s right for you. That’s what I did and now I’m living my dream life of fun and adventure…years ahead of schedule.

Written by Les Worley