I'm not going to lie to you.
Very, very difficult.
It's difficult to work, live and explore new places at the same time.
It's almost impossible to do all of these things at the same time.
It took me many years to get there.
Many years of trial and error...
Over the past 5 years I've started 20 websites.
Maybe even more.
Some of them generated a little bit of money.
But most of them never generated anything.
And none of them exists anymore today.
I've written more than 10 books.
And none of them was a bestseller.
I started creating content online.
I've now written more than 1000 blog posts.
But none of them went viral.
Overall more than 3 million people consumed my stuff online.
And over the years I've somehow figured out what works and what doesn't.
By following a simple but very time consuming approach.
Trial and error...
As of writing this I have multiple streams of income ranging from online shops and online courses and affiliate deals to a little bit of investing.
Some of these things generate a little bit of money.
And some of them generate more money.
I haven't had a real job in five years.
I've visited and lived in dozens of countries.
I've stayed in apartments in Manhattan that cost more than $3000 a month (which I luckily didn't have to pay for) to apartments in Bangkok for $100 that only had a mattrace on the floor and a desk in it.
All I really need is a laptop and internet access.
That's pretty much it.
And today you can even get proper Internet access in Myanmar, a country that was still closed to the outside world just a few short years ago.
All you need is to get a local SIM card for your phone for 10 bucks with 10GB and you can connect your laptop to your phone's WiFi. And this is in Myanmar... and not some super developed country.
And that's exactly what I did when I was there back in 2016.
It really doesn't get any simpler than this...
It wasn't easy to get to that point where I could live and work wherever I wanted to.
I had to work my ass off.
I had to do it all by myself.
Sometimes I was working more than 16 hours a day.
Because I didn't have a lot of cash to pay someone else to do the things for me.
I had to learn it all from scratch.
And then I had to figure out what works and what doesn't.
And sometimes the only thing I did was to get up in the morning, walk to a coworking space and then get home at around midnight or so.
And then do the same thing again the following day.
But I loved it.
Because I knew why I was doing it.
I did it for my freedom.
Freedom of living where I wanted to.
Freedom of doing what I wanted to.
Freedom of working on things that matter to me.
But again, it wasn't easy.
It was really, really difficult.
But don't get me wrong here.
I'm not saying this to scare you.
I'm just telling you the truth.
Because not a lot of people tell the truth.
A truth that's hidden under layers and layers of "faking it until you make it."
So what's the truth?
I don't know.
This is my truth.
It's no rocket science.
As a matter of fact most of this stuff is common sense.
But these days common sense is not so common anymore.
So here's what has worked for me...
# STAY AT HOME
And don't go anywhere.
I know this might sound a bit counterintuitive.
After all this post is called "The Ultimate Cheat Sheet To Working And Living Anywhere".
But the truth is that you've gotta do your homework first.
You've gotta get the basics right BEFORE you leave to live and work anywhere.
If you don't have anything going for you back home, then it's very likely that you won't have anything going for you anywhere else.
So use the time while you're still in your homecountry to get the foundation right.
So what's the foundation?
The foundation is a network of possible clients, partners, customers, a reputation and skills.
And don't underestimate the time it might take you to build that foundation.
Sure, you could also try to build your foundation while you're abroad.
But the problem is that a network abroad won't help you that much.
After all, in most countries you aren't even allowed to work with local companies (when you're also physically staying there).
To do so you'd need to have a local company.
And the only way to start a local business as a foreigner is to become a permanent resident.
No matter which country we're talking about...
And this is a pretty hard thing to do.
Not impossible, just really, really difficult.
But then again, why would you even want clients in a country where you'd get paid maybe 1/5 of the income you'd get if you have a client from back home or any other relatively well off Western country?
Right, it doesn't make any sense.
So use the time you have at home to work on your foundation first....
# DON'T QUIT YOUR JOB
Now one of the most important pieces of the puzzle is to not quit your job.
To keep your job for as long as you can.
But why would you even do that?
Because a job is the easiest and fastest way to make money.
Just think about it...
Maybe you're now making a few thousand dollars a month.
Give or take a little bit or a little bit more (depending on where you live).
Here's the thing...
Have you ever thought about how you're going to make the equivalent on your own when no one is going to send you a paycheck at the end of the month?
But let me tell you this...
It's pretty damn hard.
A LOT harder than just showing up in the morning, doing a few things here and there and then getting your paycheck at the end of each month.
So whatever you do, keep your job for as long as you can.
And try to save as much as you can.
Because you're going to need that money to buy yourself some time and freedom.
Some time and freedom to learn new skills and to create things that generate future income...
"The only way to strive in the 21st century is to create multiple streams of income..."
I've built dozens of websites, online shops, wrote more than 10 books, created dozens of online courses and invested in tons of different things.
Most things didn't work out. But some did.
And I've now put together a report with some of THE most important ways of making money online in the 21st century (without having to quit your day job).
And you can get it for free today!
All you'd have to do is to CLICK HERE to download the report now, (it's free, for now)
# LOW FIXED COSTS
Even if you don't need to invest any money, you'd need to invest a lot of time.
And time equals money.
Because life is expensive. And you have to pay rent, the bills and on and on and on.
So whenever you work on something that doesn't generate any income, you'd still have to be able to somehow cover your expenses. Maybe you'd even have to invest some cash to get that thing off the ground.
That's why you need to lower your fixed costs as much as you can while trying to make as much as you can at the same time.
So instead of living in that fancy apartment, move to a cheaper apartment.
Instead of taking the car to work, sell that car and take the bus.
Try to keep your fixed costs as low as possible so you can invest more money into projects and ideas that have the potential to generate more revenues in the future.
I know. Easier said than done.
But the title was called the ultimate (and realistic) cheatsheet...
You know what one of the main reasons was for me to move to South East Asia after I've worked on #1 and #2?
Super low fixed costs...
I could get an apartment for $100 a month.
I could get healthcare (from my homecountry) for any country in South East Asia and for most of Europe for $60 a month, instead of $600.
And I didn't have to go to the "normal" hospitals.
I could go to the clinics that all the expats go to...
And you know what I did with all the money I was able to save?
I invested it.
I invested it in ideas.
In trying things out.
In figuring out what works and what doesn't.
In other people.
And in buying myself some time and freedom...
# LOW EXPENSES
Don't buy all of this stupid stuff. And instead, try to keep your expenses as low as possible, put the money you save in your freedom fund, to then invest it in yourself, in ideas and the projects you work on.
# EARN MORE
And of course, after you've cut your expenses and the money going out of your pocket you've gotta start working on creating more revenue streams.
So how do you build up more revenue streams?
By spending the money you've saved to buy yourself some freedom.
Some freedom to work on things that are probably not going to work out.
But that's ok. Because that's why you're spending less.
So you don't have to freak out when some things don't work out.
Because most things won't work out.
Maybe 9 out of 10 won't work out.
But over time you'll figure out what works and what doesn't.
And to be able to afford working on things that might not work out (and all of the things that aren't a job are likely not going to work out), you'd need to be able to cover your expenses.
And that's why the first step is to lower your fixed costs and expenses.
And to build up your freedom fund at the same time.
Which you can then use to buy yourself some time and freedom to work on your ideas.
That's exactly what I did.
I kept my job for 18 months, I cut my expenses and fixed costs, built up my freedom fund, started working on some of my ideas and once my freedom fund was big enough, I quit my job and moved to a country that had some of the lowest cost of living on this planet while still offering a life that was even more convenient than my life back home.
And then I started investing in myself, my skills and I started working on many different things that all had the potential to generate revenues in the future.
So what could you do to get started earning some more?
What could you invest your time in that might generate future income?
# INVEST MORE
Invest more in yourself, your skills, people, your network, opportunities, your confidence and doing.
But most importantly invest more in doing.
Invest more of your time, energy and resources in doing.
Because doing is the only investment of all of the above that will automatically nurture all of the other areas at the same time.
Doing is the only thing out there that will help you to invest in yourself, your skills, people, your network, opportunities and your confidence all at the same time.
And then once you've done all of the above, then you're ready to go.
Then you're ready to work and live anywhere.
Or do whatever you want to.
And go whenever you want to.
There are millions of other ways out there.
That's just how I've done it...
[Related: I stopped giving a shit a long time ago]