Things to come

Hola, amigos :)

Wow, what a whirlwind of a month so far :) 2011 has gotten off to a kickin’ start, with a massive three week contract that basically covers my bills for the next six months, which means once I wrap it up on the 24th of January I’ll be focusing all of my efforts for the following 4-6 weeks on launching the revamped Marginal Boundaries brand as well as updating the Complete Writing Solutions brand with some new posts as well as the first in a line of informational products that I will be selling.

The first product that I’ll be offering here will be a how-to guide showing everyone, regardless of your level of experience, how to clear 50 dollars an hour as a freelance writer, utilizing nothing more than content mills such as Demand Studios. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But as I showed people back in February of 2010 with the Content Writing Experiment, it is completely possible utilizing a few simple tricks that allow you to streamline your writing time to push out a rate of pay that is far beyond what most people claim you can make via content mills. But the best part about it is this: anyone can do it. Literally. You don’t have to be a fast typer, you don’t have to be an expert in anything, and you don’t have to have anything other than basic research skills and the ability to use Google…which you obviously have considering the fact you are reading this post via an available Internet connection!

There are plenty of people out there blasting content mills such as Demand Studios as havens for low-paying drudgery, claiming that these content mills are exploiting writers and forcing them to work for slave wages. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Once you realize how to work the system to your advantage (utilizing nothing more than common sense and a few tactics from a seasoned veteran), you will be able to start turning your spare time into money-making opportunities, or getting away from the low-paying rut you might have been in up until this point. Remember…anyone can do it, and I’ll be showing you exactly how.

The Marginal Boundaries revamp will include a number of products aimed at showing people how and why they should be living abroad, covering topics such as medical tourism, reduced cost of living, best countries to choose, how to live like a local in certain places around the world, how to research countries, which cities to choose, tips and tricks and hints for traveling, the benefits of living abroad versus in your home country, as well as weekly blog posts and newsletters aimed at educating the intrepid adventurer who wants to get away from the 40 hour a week grind and move into the 3-or-4-hours-a-day-with-the-rest-of-the-time-spent-enjoying-your-life-as-you-see-fit type of lifestyle that so many of us location independent individuals/digital nomads enjoy.

2011 is proving to be pretty exciting in terms of opportunities. I’ve made some new contacts and started some new business opportunities here in Cancun, and with another website launching, as well as around half a dozen informational products going live between now and March (including the Cancun travel guide for the Location Independent Group), things are moving further and further away from freelance contract work and more into the realm of information products/residual forms of income. On a side note, the goal for 2011 is to move 100 percent into the realm of informational products, and only picking up contract work if the money is exceptional, such as with the project I am currently working on. I’m blessed enough to be at a point in my career that I can pick and choose my projects based upon what I really want to be doing, despite only being in my 4th year as a writer…and with no college education (plus being a high school dropout!) to boot. Just goes to show you that even a redneck from the Midwest can achieve great things with nothing more than sheer motivation and a desire to achieve!

That’s a selling point, by the way :) If I can do it, anyone can do it. You don’t need a college degree and approval of a corporate ladder to achieve success in your life. All you need is the desire to push beyond and achieve greatness.

T.W. Anderson is the founder of Complete Writing Solutions, and is a freelance writer specializing in travel writing, website content, interior design and home improvement, green-related topics, as well as anything else potential clients need him to be.

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10 comments on “Things to come
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  2. It’s planned in the future, depending on the topics. I’ll be sure to let you know when get around to that point. Thanks for your interest!

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  5. Hey, Tim.

    I’m glad to hear that old optimism in your voice again.

    Interesting educational background you have, even though I never had any reason to wonder about it. I think too many people are going to college these days. With my own kids, when it’s time for college, I’d consider them skipping college and giving them the money I would have spent on that “education” to start a business. Depends on their interest and aptitude, of course. A college degree is over-rated, and definitely more expensive than it should be.

  6. Took a bit to get it back, but yeah…things are going great now :)

    I think certain degrees are necessary. For example, you need to know your dentist has the proper qualifications before he/she goes rooting around in your mouth. But for the vast majority of degrees, I actually feel that they are completely worthless. If people were to take that 50-60 or 100k they spend on an education and apply that towards starting a business, so long as you have an entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to make your business work, you are FAR better off, and you will learn FAR more than you ever could in a classroom.

    That’s the short version :) There’s a lot more to it than that, but I read an interesting article in the USA Today right before came to Cancun back in August of 2010 that talked about a group of Ivy League graduates who were banding together take a class-action lawsuit against their colleges because they felt as though their jobs had been over-promoted. In essence, the colleges were telling these law students that they “needed” all this extra education so they could get “great jobs” once they graduated, and now they are all sitting on 180k-200k+ of debt and NO job prospects. Instead, they are being asked to hit entry level positions and work as clerks and interns, or work jobs that only pay a paltry 35-40k a year, instead of the 80k+ a year jobs they were promised while working their way through school.

    Obviously this is just one example, but the point is…yes. The vast majority of people would find their money FAR better spent if they were applying it towards actual businesses rather than a failed education system that goes absolutely nothing other than garnish a paycheck every year from people. The world is a MASSIVE place with SO many opportunities, none of which require any education whatsoever, simply a desire to make your project succeed.

  7. Fantastic post, and I agree 100% with your comments. In fact, my brother and I both tell people the worst mistake we ever made was going to college. Sure, the experience was amazing (because we both made the most of it), but it opened NO doors because we weren’t science or math people. Also being from the Midwest, I keep telling people when you live in a place where you can live really well for only 16K a year if you’re solo and have no debt, start the business – don’t waste it on college, especially if you don’t know what you want to do. Great post!

  8. It’s certainly situational, but I think college is one of the most over-rated issues bringing America down to its knees.

    I actually go a bit further :) I live in exotic locations around the world, and my living expenses cap out at 10k per year. 12k if I *really* splurge. I’m eating out 2-3 times a day, spending my days on the beach, my nights in restaurants and bars, participating in tons of cultural events, and living like a king on a fraction of what it costs most people…and yet I have the EXACT SAME amenities I had back when I was living in Colorado. But absolutely…if you know what you are doing, have half a brain, are willing to educate yourself and move past the propaganda the media and the government crams down your throat, it’s *so* easy to get out there and make something of your life and do something completely unique that allows you complete and total freedom, on a fraction of what you are supposedly “required” to make in terms of income.

  9. On a side note, the 3 week contract turned into a 2 week continuation that I’m working on until February 16th, which means new posts for CWS and the work on Marginal Boundaries is currently on hold. On the plus side, three back-to-back contracts just paid for my entire year’s worth of living expenses, which just goes to show you that you don’t need a college education to kick ass and take names.

    Giving credit where it’s due…I’m grateful for the help I’ve had along the way. Here’s to new things to come in the future, and an expanded Complete Writing Solutions and Marginal Boundaries series of partnerships with other educated world travelers and freelancers!

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