How to be a Happiness Hero Overseas!

Before 2009, I had never heard of a portable career, laptop lifestyle, digital nomad or location-independent lifestyle. If I ever considered work and not being tied to a place in the same thought, it was to dream about someday writing a book. After all, that’s something you can do no matter where you live. Then […]

Your Portable Career Needs Authority — Get Yours Here!

A couple years ago, Brian Clark and the team at Copyblogger Media started something called Authority. It’s a combination teaching/training/resources/forums site that teaches you, the online business owner, how to develop a successful content-based business. If you’re putting together a portable career, you need (small-a) authority to: Find and win clients Attract an audience to […]

What’s the Weakest Link in YOUR Portable Career?

The internet makes portable careers possible. Whether your portable career involves writing, building websites, photography or something else, you rely on the internet to keep you connected to clients, coworkers and bosses. You also need the internet to update your website or blog, offer items for sale, and myriad other tasks. So what happens when […]

This is the Delectable Skill Sandwich of Portable Careers

I remember loving fluffernutter and banana sandwiches as a kid. A thick layer of creamy peanut butter, another thick layer of marshmallow cream, topped with sliced banana circles. They were like an ice cream sundae in a sandwich as far as I was concerned. Heaven! Now there’s a easy way to meld writing, photography and […]

Portable Careers — Can You Really Make a Location-Independent Living? (Part 2)

Is it possible in today’s global economy to make a good living with a portable career as a writer? That’s the question my friend Russell Ward asked recently. Here’s Part 2 of my response. (You can see Part 1 here.) Yes, you can earn a living — a very good living — as a freelance […]

Develop a Portable Career as a Stock Photographer

Have camera — will travel. Or not. The beautiful thing about creating a portable photography career for yourself is, it’s easily portable to anywhere in the world. But what if you’re not traveling? Does that mean there’s no business for you? Not exactly. Whether you’re living in one place or circumnavigating the globe, there’s a […]

Pinfluence: Marketing Your Business with Pinterest

If you’ve established a portable career as a writer, photographer, blogger or life coach, your marketing centers (or should center!) around a website that you own. Your website displays your skills, tells prospective clients or customers something about you, and gives them a way to get in touch with you. Unfortunately, the days of “build […]

Support Yourself Overseas as a Photographer — Even if You’ve Only Taken Casual Snapshots Before

Ah, the glamour, the glitz, the satisfaction of supporting your overseas lifestyle from anywhere you happen to be. All you need is your educated eye and your trusty camera. Travel photography. . . stock photography. . . fine art photography. . . all great portable careers. But what do you do if you have an […]

Choosing a Niche for Your Portable Career

Which way will lead to a more profitable portable career? Offering to do “everything” in your industry, or offering a service or product that’s very specific? If you’re a writer, will you write everything for everyone? Well, maybe you could, but how would you market your services? How do you stand out from the crowd? […]

What do Internet Research, Social Media and Dancing Girls have in Common?

Let’s move right along with our Gift Guide for Expats, your guide to Christmas for the expats in your life — how to find gifts that won’t take up room in a suitcase or shipping container. On the Eighth Day of Christmas On the Eighth Day of Christmas, my expat gave to me. . . […]