My name is Jason, and pursuing my interests in travel has resulted in being self-employed with the ability to live, work, and travel anywhere in the world. I did not quit my career after 30 years, or 15 years, or 1 year in order to go travel. I have actually never had any traditional job since I have pursued my interest in business since age 16.
Now I am 22 years old and have been traveling full-time since January, 2010. I have also traveled or lived abroad at least four months each year since 2007. The following information is also on my “About Me” page but in this post I have recently updated the page with more detail. A few readers have requested I post more information about my businesses and this post is my response.
Where are you now?
Check the right hand side of this webpage below the photo to view my current location and future destinations.
But the general story is that since graduating university in December, 2009, I left the United States to revisit some places from my previous travels in South America. I returned to the United States for a quick three weeks in May to attend a wedding and visit family. I then jetted away to explore more of the world and visit friends from past travels in many countries starting in Europe and ending in Asia the middle of September, 2010.
How are you able to work and travel full-time?
I earn 100% of my income on the internet with two businesses that only require contact through email.
Well, then what online businesses do you run?
I own a career consulting company and an online retail store. Click here
to learn more about my seven years of entrepreneurial history. If you are to lazy to click the link I can explain both businesses briefly.
The career services company specializes in writing resumes, curriculum vitae, cover letters, and coaching clients on interviews to an average of 60 new clients each month, The company has created and revised over 1,000 resumes and curriculum vitae since 2007 for everyone from recent college graduates looking for their first job or professionals ready to take the next step in their career.
The second business, an online gift store, provides 15 categories of over 400 products including printed t-shirts, cologne, watches, sunglasses, tactical gear, lighters, and many more categories. Since 2005, the store has completed more than 2,990 orders and counting. I am able to manage this business online because I have arranged for manufacturers and wholesale distributors to ship products directly to each of my customers’.
How many hours do you work?
I really don’t know exactly. If I were to guess I would say I usually find myself working anywhere between 2-9 hours each day, seven days a week. I am never good at tracking monthly hours but I would estimate that I work around 35 hours per week. One major difference is that I always work at a past pace. While at a typical job someone might socialize with coworkers, grab some lunch, etc. my 2-9 workdays don’t involve any of that. I probably take off 1-2 unplanned days per month. But if I miss a day it usually means working twice as long the next day.
How much money do you earn?
Is this even an appropriate question to answer? If I do answer it with specifics I feel like it will come across like I am bragging. But it is a question people always ask me in person. If you really want to know you can comment on this post and I will send you an email with the amount. In general, I earn a really comfortable income. I choose to live well below my means and instead save a lot of money each month, even while incurring all of the expenses of full-time travel without a budget.
What is your typical day like?
I don’t have just one typical day but a few different types depending on where I am. No matter what I go to sleep whenever I feel exhausted which is usually between 1AM-4 AM and wake up whenever usually between 9AM-1PM.
If I am in an unfamiliar city for the first time I will typically go do an activity or walk around an area for a few hours, followed by work, and a night out at a bar or club.
In a familiar city that I have previously visited I usually start work after waking up. After working I might chill in a hammock, read, watch TV, or meet new people at the hostel. I almost always go out with some friends to a bar or disco afterward.
What is your favorite country you have visited?
. There is a good reason I have been to Colombia five times in the past four years.
What do you bring with you when you travel?
This is pretty easy to answer. Click here to check out my packing list.
Thanks for the post Jason. I really admire what you do and I want to run an online business too in the near future. I have a few questions for you if you don’t mind me asking:
How did you get your websites started? Did you outsource work (coding, SEO)?
Did you Graduate from college? I know you mentioned in a previous post that you went to Pitt. If you just recently graduated then how do you plan on using your degree?
Locationless Living says
I originally sold many of the products from the online store on internet forums and eBay. Over time with more and more success it made sense to create something permanent and more streamlined to allow the internet forum customers to purchase the product they wanted. This led to my first eCommerce website, a poorly designed website running on OS Commerce (a free shopping cart software that provides free templates too). I basically had to pay someone to set it up and make a few small changes. Nowadays about 5-6 years since, I hire American/British/Australian designers to create the website design and images, as well as an American programmer to implement the design into a workable website. I manage the online marketing myself because it’s the kind of job you really cannot trust anyone else to do.
Yes, I graduated in December, 2009 with a B.A. in Anthropology and Communications. I have no plans to put my degree to use because I was never all that interested in either majors to begin with. Both majors provide no practical skills that lead to a certain career path, but some indirect skills such as research and writing. But even then I learned way more about research and writing working on my own businesses or during my internships. The only value I gained from university was building social skills. Anyways, the focus of my time in University was spent developing my businesses and working various internships. I was never certain whether I would make enough money to work for myself full-time by the time I graduated so throughout university I was constantly building my experience. I worked as a Marketing Intern in Ecuador, Market Research intern in Argentina, and Small Business Development Consultant Intern in Pittsburgh.
ah very interesting. Do you think you can email me how much you earn per year?
Locationless Living says
Sure Chris. I sent you an email.
35 hours a week? Sounds like you need to outsource more. You have read The Four Hour Work Week, right? I can’t imagine someone in your position hasn’t by now.
Locationless Living says
35 is just a guess. I downloaded a time tracking software so I will know soon enough. Yes, I have listened to parts of the audiobook and it’s put into words what myself any many others have been doing for a while. But he provided some excellent information.
Craig gonzales says
I suspect a lot of his time is spent on the consulting business. It’s possible that outsource that sort of work would be disingenuous to his clients, as they are paying money for him. Maybe I’m wrong, but service business’, even if they are done over skype or email, generally take a lot of time.
Scale is also hard, to earn more you either charge more or put more asses in the seats.
Locationless Living says
Thanks for the comment Craig. I recently downloaded a time tracking program so I can understand exactly what I do when I am online. I am partial to agree with your opinion that outsourcing may not ever be able to work properly with the kind of service business I run. At some point I am bound to try but I am not optimistic. On the other hand, I think making my processes more efficient is the way to go for now. See http://dev.sustainablesite.com.au/index.php/save-yourself-time-with-templates/ for example.
hello, I am very interested in this way of living. Could you please email me the number of your earnings per year so that i find out how I need to plan this?