Are you tired of the corporate grind and wish you can work on your terms? Rudolph shares his experience;
Living the Downshifting Freelancing Life.
In 2016, I was working as a Risk Specialist for a large corporate here in South Africa. Our new CEO was keen on implementing cost-cutting measures and the risk department was targeted for downsizing.
The uncertainty of potential job cuts was playing havoc with my health. My anxiety levels escalated and I was constantly exhausted. I had body aches and all I wanted to do was sleep; I had all the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Friends and family encouraged me to re-apply for my job and hope for the best. But besides my worsening health, I was uninspired by the monotony of the 9 to 5 grind. I faced a tough decision: Stay and prove my worth with what little energy I had left, or leave corporate life.
I decided to make a clean break and didn’t re-apply for my position. A decision that, now a couple of months later, I am so glad I made.
Working remotely is easier than ever before
My main concern (and certainly my folks’ foremost fear too) was that life outside corporate is not financially viable. Luckily, I had some rental income and savings to cushion my leap. I could supplement that by starting something entrepreneurial, but there were no guarantees that this would succeed.
Instead, I did some research on online businesses. These have the lowest start-up costs and the best potential for a global audience. The more research I did, the clearer it became that the “Gig” economy is fast becoming the new normal. If I had a marketable skill, there were thousands of opportunities for making money online.
Cheap Destinations are a Freelancer’s Best Friend
I’ve been devoting most of my time to writing “Escaping Corporate” and learning new freelancing skills. With the “All-In-One Dummies” guides and online courses from the ShawAcademy.com I have been able to fast-track my learning.
Yes, I could apply for a desk job again. But, working remotely is an amazing change. I can work from anywhere in the world with a Wi-Fi connection; the internet connection is important for researching my book and for my freelancing gigs.
Working remotely from somewhere cheap seems to be a great option. A better work-life balance awaits you in Mexico, Thailand or India. More time on the beach and less time earning freelancing income on Fiverr and Upwork. I’m not sure why more people don’t follow this lifestyle. Leaving the 9 to 5 to live the downshifting freelancing life is achievable and joyful lifestyle option.