One man’s trash is another man’s treasure

I’ve got some exciting news! Today, April 4th, 2011 is the official launch of the Content Writing 101: How to make a minimum of $50 per hour writing for content mills eBook! As a token of my appreciation, subscribers to the newsletter have the opportunity to take advantage of a limited-time, subscriber-only 50% discount off the retail price of the eBook. Sign up today to receive your discount code!

This eBook is crammed with information about content mills, ranging from the how and why they operate the way they do, to detailed analysis of the various formats they use and why they are not something you should fear as a writer in the digital era. In addition to various screenshots, the eBook also includes Camtasia footage of me using Dragon NaturallySpeaking, as well as two other videos detailing the methods I use to mass-produce content and consistently remain above the $50 per hour mark when I delve into the content-writing-for-content-mills world.

You can also read more about the eBook itself over at the main product page, where I go into more depth about what this project is all about.

There’s More!

As a  bonus, I’m offering a special discount on our basic consultation packages. Normally going for 150 Euro, subscribers who purchase a copy of the Content Writing 101 eBook have the opportunity to receive the basic consultation package for a mere $100 (100 USD) during the same amount of time as the eBook discount (until April 18th). Schedule yours now because space is limited, with consultations offered between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Cancun time (which is the same as Central/CST) and scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. The package includes:

  • Complete revamp of your current resume
  • Complete revamp of your cover letter and information on how to more effectively use it
  • Detailed analysis of your current skills as a writer and where you should be focusing your niches
  • Up to one hour of Skype video and/or phone conference (your preference), if requested
  • A list of personalized job leads based upon your skills and niches

No matter if you are a seasoned veteran who needs some help integrating into the digital era or a newcomer who thinks they don’t have any niches or enough experience to get started, our consultations will help you push your writing career in the right direction based upon your skills and preferences. Just send me an email with a copy of your receipt and I’ll schedule a time to fit you in.

In Closing

I appreciate each and every one of you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to purchase and read this book, and if you find yourself with an extra moment or two, I’d love to hear what you think about it. Please leave a comment over at http://www.contentwriting101.com/, or if you’d rather shoot me an email at twanderson@completewritingsolutions.com, I’d be more than happy to hear from you. I read every single comment and email sent to me, so don’t be shy!

And last but not least, if you haven’t already you can sign up for our newsletter, as well as follow our Twitter feed and join in on the conversations going on over at our Facebook page.

Thanks again for your continued support, and I wish you nothing but the best in all of your endeavors.

T.W. Anderson
Complete Writing Solutions

 

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Content Writing 101 Preview

 

As most of you know, I’ve been hard at work behind the scenes getting the Content Writing 101 eBook ready for launch. And while I know today is April Fool’s day in the U.S., I can assure you that I’m not playing games or making any jokes with this post :) It just so happens that it’s Friday, and with the launch of the eB00k on Monday, I wanted to give you all a teaser in regards of what to expect.

This is the cover of the eBook, which I finished up earlier today. Nothing fancy, but it provides a digital cover for the product which will be used here at the website as a representation, as well as via other sites through the use of the affiliate program. I’m still in the beginner’s stages of working with CS5 as well as Cover Action Pro 2, which is what I used to produce this first product. I expect I’ll become an expert on these two programs (along with probably Adobe Illustration and/or InDesign…I’ve been slowly educating myself on the whole suite of Adobe products since I’ll be creating a slew of eBooks throughout 2011 and into the future) over the months to follow, especially with a number of additional eBooks related to travel and living in other countries slated for release later this year through my travel website, Marginal Boundaries.

Those of you who subscribe to the newsletter got a sneak-peak of some of the content in the book earlier this week with the screenshots of paystubs showing the kind of profits that I’ve pulled in from content mills that many other writers claim only pay “slave wages” or “less than minimum wage”, and above and beyond that the eBook itself includes three Camtasia videos which show you a variety of behind-the-scenes details of me explaining with visual aids how exactly it is that I go about making a minimum of $50 per hour writing for content mills. I showcase footage ranging from me using Dragon NaturallySpeaking, to footage that shows you exactly how to use the methods described in the book to always make a minimum of $50 per hour when you sit down to write for content mills. My passion for this project has been such that I didn’t want to only include written instructions, but also video footage so you can see exactly what I’m talking about with the methods. It always helps with the trust factor when it comes to purchasing a product when you can actually see the results instead of just reading about them.

With that being said, the product is finished as of this afternoon, and is set to launch on Monday, April 4th, 2011. I’m really excited about things, and I can’t wait to share all of this information with you, to help you take your content writing to the next level!

Don’t forget to stay tuned to the blog for more freelance writing tips, and sign up for the newsletter so you can receive in-depth freelance writing information as well as special discounts and offers on products like the aforementioned Content Writing eBook, as well as exclusive access to our affiliate program which helps you establish even more revenue streams to help carry you into the 21st century. Hook up with us on Twitter or Facebook as well for even more ways to keep your freelance brain at full capacity!

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Content Writing 101: Mythical Wages Debunked

While most of my time here at Complete Writing Solutions above and beyond the work I do for clients is spent working on freelance content writing tips and hints as well as coverage of hot topics related to content writing for content mills, with such blog posts as Another Look At Content Mills and Profitability via Content Mills: Fact or Fiction, I also spend a lot of my time on-location doing travel writing for various places and publications, as well as working on the launch of my own travel-related publication, Marginal Boundaries. With that in mind, I thought it would be a good chance to share some pictures with you all to give you an idea of the type of lifestyle I live while utilizing content mills in between traditional clients. You can consider this promotion for the upcoming Content Writing 101: How to Make a Minimum of $50 an Hour Writing for Content Mills eBook that will be launching sometime during the first week of April, as well as the upcoming launch of Marginal Boundaries and the informational products that will be sold there, teaching people how and why they should be living abroad rather than in their home countries.

While my initial reasons for moving to and living in Bulgaria were slightly different than my reasons for moving to and living in Cancun, the simple fact of the matter is that I generate a significant amount of income through content mills. Sometimes I work primarily for content mills, such as in January and February when I made $8,000 dollars via Pure Content Media, while other times I work with content mills in between traditional clients, such as last November when I did around $1,400 dollars of work for Demand Studios in my spare time between kicking my feet up on the beach at Isla Mujeres. And as most of you know from following my other posts, such as my Content Writing Experiment Conclusion from back in early 2010, I’ve long made a habit of hitting that sweet spot of $50 an hour minimum when I’m working for content mills, a feat which most naysayers continually claim is impossible. And yet I continue to achieve the impossible on a regular basis. Some part of me finds that ironic, while another part finds it simply amusing. Yet another part of me finds it inspiring, which is the reason I ramble on so frequently about the subject, and is the main reason behind my aforementioned Content Writing 101 project, which takes people behind the method that I use to regularly achieve the impossible. Some people claim it’s not real writing; I like to point at my paychecks and the lifestyle I live as proof-positive that it is, in fact, a completely viable way to make a living, and regardless of whether or not some snobbish writer with a degree chooses to acknowledge my hard work, I’m living my life in exactly the way I see fit, on my terms. I’m debt free, exploring the world, and I do it all while writing for content mills in between non-mill clients.

There’s a lot more to what I do than simply making a minimum of $50 an hour, despite utilizing content mills as part of my regular routine. I am one of a growing number of location independent individuals who live their lives as digital nomads, exploring the world while enjoying a cost of living that is a fraction of Western countries, while at the same time having access to all of the same amenities we used to have back home. But instead of paying $2,000 a month or more for rent, groceries and basic living expenses (the average cost I was spending when I used to live in Greeley, Colorado, minus the cost of running my construction company, which usually ran anywhere from 2-3,000 a month depending on the commute to and from Denver/the Front Range), I travel the world and explore exotic locations living in fully-furnished apartments in places that most people think of only as vacation destinations. Like my current base of operations in Cancun, Mexico, where my total expenses on a month-to-month basis are between 800 and 1,000 USD a month. That’s right…total expenses. Rent, groceries, entertainment and everything. I work from my laptop as a digital nomad, writing for content mills as well as providing content writing, ghostwriting, copywriting and many other writing services to my ongoing and new clients, enjoying and discovering places that most people only see when taking their two weeks of vacation a year.

Everyone loves vacation. It is the one time in your life when you are allowed to break away from the work grind and go see exotic locations that speak to your heart. You plan for months in advance, saving every penny against the hope that one day you will eventually be able to see the places that you have dreamed about for so long. And when you finally save up enough money and have the time off of work to go, you only have a couple of weeks (or several) to spend in your chosen destination, cramming your itinerary with “things to do” so you can see and experience everything you want within that limited amount of time. In most cases, you end up selecting your favorite things and places to see from a much larger list that is refined because you don’t have enough time or money to explore everything you want. You squeeze every last little minute for everything it’s worth, eking out every last drop before you return to your 40-hour-a-week grind back home.

Now imagine being able to live in that location. Imagine having all the time you could ever want to explore every last little item on your list. Imagine having more than enough money to spend on all the little things you could never have explored while on vacation, because you have evolved from tourist to local. Imagine never having to return home, because this is your home. Imagine never needing to return to that 9-to-5 grind. Imagine waking up without an alarm clock, never needing to clock in, taking as long as you want for lunch or dinner, going to bed when you want, sleeping as long as you want, and doing everything you ever wanted without anyone telling you no.

That, in its very essence, is what being location independent as a digital nomad is really about. Absolute freedom. And it is exactly why I have been pursuing this lifestyle for going on four years now, living and working abroad from destinations around the world. Currently I am at the start of what is looking to be an 8 year venture down into Latin America while I explore Central and South America as well as Mexico, heading to and living in various cities and countries for a minimum of 3 months at a time. All the while supporting myself as a freelance writer providing unique website content along with content writing services and copywriting services for clients around the world. And while my traditional form of income has been primarily from my freelance writing, the launch of Marginal Boundaries will see a slew of informational products launched that show people exactly how to do what I do for a living, as well as the reasons why you should be considering living and working abroad, regardless if you are working remotely or not. Anyone can enjoy this lifestyle, and if you are someone who enjoys seeing your hard-earned money go four or five times farther than it ever would back in your home country, all the while exploring and discovering the places you have dreamed about for so long via coffee-table books and hours spent on Google whilst planning your two week vacations, this is the perfect time to head out into the world and see everything there is to see.

Don’t forget to stay tuned to the blog for more freelance writing tips, and sign up for the newsletter so you can receive in-depth freelance writing information as well as special discounts and offers on products like the aforementioned Content Writing eBook coming out in early April. Hook up with us on Twitter or Facebook as well for even more ways to keep your freelance brain at full capacity!

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The Myth of Job Security

The evolution of the industry, especially as it relates to the advent of global Internet, has led to an expanding pool of prospective employees that companies can choose from. This doesn’t relate to only freelancers, but to people in any position. By this point in time, I’m sure we all know someone personally who has seen their position at their traditional salary- or wage-based workplace declared redundant so that the company can hire a foreigner in another country to do the same job for a fraction of the price, thus retaining profitability for the share holders. You probably also know someone whose company simply folded under the impact of the economic crisis, or found their position threatened or were asked to take time off, a cut in pay, stop working overtime or some other job-threatening prospect. The simple fact of the matter is that there is no such thing as job security in this day and age, which leads me to my next point.

In the last few years of doing this, I have come up against several opponents of freelance writing for content mills who use the excuse, “Well, content mills aren’t a sustainable market. There’s no job security in them.” as an argument for why freelance writers should not be working for content mills. They (the opponents of content mills) make a lot of wild claims as to how traditional routes into the industry are the only real path to success, and that you should be following the same route they took in order to achieve your own success.

I think it’s far more educated to say that there is no such thing as job security in any market in the 21st century, regardless of where you live in the world, and if there was ever any truth behind the saying “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”, it is here and now when there are literally hundreds of opportunities available through the Internet.

Personally, I don’t think freelance writing for content mills is a sustainable way of making a living…at least in the long term scheme of things. And by long term I mean 5+ years. I think that right now, and for the past couple of years, it has been a very lucrative form of income for certain individuals, myself included, and more and more we see it becoming the standard norm as companies like Associated Content was taken over by Yahoo, Demand Studios has formed partnerships with USA Today, Tyra Banks and Rachael Ray, and AOL Seed was formed. However, the sheer amount of content being put out on a daily basis is part of the reason why the prices for writing the content are lower in comparison to traditional markets/clients, and just like any other market, supply is driven by demand, and once the demand for such content dwindles, the market will likely fade away, or evolve into something different.

However, just because it might not be a long-term solution does not mean you should be ignoring freelance writing for content mills as one of your multiple revenue streams. I’m sure the employees at Enron thought their lives and futures were wrapped in a protective shell of eternal security, yet the failure of that global giant only proved what the intelligent people of the world today consider a daily reality: job security is a myth. And as the ongoing scandals of the world show, such as with Madoff last year and the billion-dollar pyramid scheme that shafted who knows how many innocents out of their hard-earned money, the only sure-fire way of ensuring your future is protected is to take matters into your own hands.

The cold, hard truth is that no company in the world can guarantee you job security. Even if you work for Microsoft (for example), there are dozens of things that could go wrong which could force the company belly-up, and while it might give you a warm, fuzzy feeling in your stomach every night having a steady paycheck at a salary- or wage-based position, the reality is that having a wage-based job is no more secure than being a freelancer who is always on the lookout for the next opportunity. Which is why it is so important to have a variety of income streams to help balance against any uncertainties that could crop up over the years.

Residuals are one way, while writing for traditional print publications is another (although the print industry is gradually fading out of existence; a topic for another blog post), with copywriting and blogging as yet another option. And right up there with all the other options is writing for content mills.

At the end of the day a paycheck is a paycheck, regardless of who it comes from. As a freelancer, you are a mercenary, wielding words like a weapon, taking out the goals of a project like an enemy target. And like a mercenary you cannot afford to be idealistic about the opportunities that exist in the modern era. You have to be realistic, and understand that job security is nothing more than a fancy way of describing a cozy little feeling in the pit of your stomach that helps you sleep at night, an illusionary image that acts as a buffer against the reality that on any given day you could be labeled redundant, and your job given away to someone else who is willing to do the work for pennies in comparison.

Don’t get caught up in the illusion. Keep your options open, and keep multiple streams of revenue coming in to ensure your future is in your hands.

Don’t forget to stay tuned to the blog for more freelance writing tips, and sign up for the newsletter so you can receive in-depth freelance writing information as well as special discounts and offers on products like the aforementioned Content Writing eBook coming out in early April. Hook up with us on Twitter or Facebook as well for even more ways to keep your freelance brain at full capacity!

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Profitability via Content Mills: Fact or Fiction?

For those of you who have been around long enough to remember when I was actively posting every few days on the blog (prior to April of last year when I had some significant life changes occur), you know I have always had a passion for debating the numbers with people when it comes to content mills. Even though the regularity of my blog posts might have gone down a bit while I was transitioning into my new routines and my new base of operations here in Cancun over the past six months, I still managed to find time to blog about freelance writing for content mills, with such posts as When Productivity Trumps Quality and the popular Another Look at Content Mills, which sparked quite a bit of a debate among writers due to its glorification of Demand Studios and my showing of further proof that content mills can in fact be quite profitable, despite what the naysayers would have you believe.

I’ve been talking about it for months, and it’s finally coming together: my Content Writing 101: How to Make a Minimum of 50 Dollars per Hour Writing for Content Mills project. I’ve been talking about it for quite some time, and I’m happy to say that the bulk of the writing was finished over the weekend, and for the rest of the month I’m working on editing and porting it over to PDF format and creating the actual eBook that will eventually be put up for sale.

For those of you who have been following, back in early 2010 I indulged in a Content Writing Experiment where I took various companies and showed examples of how you can make a minimum of 50 dollars per hour writing for content mills. I gave everyone a detailed, step-by-step analysis of the system I used during the project, as well as the hours required and the topics I was writing on.

The book takes it one step further, and includes an extremely detailed, extremely thorough breakdown of how you can do exactly the same thing I do on a regular basis. It shows how anyone, regardless of their level of experience or background knowledge, can walk into a place like Demand Studios and make a minimum of 50 dollars an hour. Anyone.

Most of you by this point have been pummeled from all sides by the naysayers of the writing world, barraged by a flurry of anti content mill rhetoric that tells you how they pay less than minimum wage, how working for such wages is akin to being a slave, that you are an insult to the industry by working for such places, and so on and so forth. But the reality is much, much sweeter than any of those naysayers would have you believe.

Right now the release date of the book is set for either the end of March or sometime during the first week of April. Subscribers will receive a discount on the eBook, and I will be setting up an affiliate program for my fellow freelancers who have a passion for content writing and want to spread the word. More information will be up on the blog over the coming weeks, and will be included in the newsletter as we get closer to launch.

In the meantime, stay tuned to the blog for more freelance writing tips, and sign up for the newsletter so you can receive in-depth freelance writing information as well as special discounts and offers on products like the aforementioned Content Writing eBook. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter or Facebook as well!

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The shape of things to come

Keeping up with the progress I’ve been promising since the first of the new year (2011), the first of our updates is now live :) Without further ado, I give you the Complete Writing Solutions Newsletter, the first version of which will be going out on Monday, the 14th of March, 2011. You can either sign up by clicking on the above link, or you can use the form on the side bar of the website to enter your information and take the first step towards educating yourself on a freelance writing career.

What are the benefits of the newsletter, you might ask? Well, while the blog itself has always offered a variety of tips and tricks for freelance writers around the world, the newsletter is taking those generalized tips and hints and focusing them on a more refined level, distilling, as it were, the essence of certain topics and ideas and creating an extract. In addition, subscribers will have access to special products, discounts and other members-only specialties.

In laymen’s terms, the newsletter has more specific and detailed information on freelance writing topics, and will also include inclusive interviews with other professionals from around the blogging/digital author world, as well as special discounts on products sold through the Complete Writing Solutions website, plus discounts on other products and sundries from our partners. We are also going to be starting campaigns where users will be able to earn additional discounts and prizes based upon participation, all of which is going to happen through the newsletter rather than the blog.

In the meantime, the blog will continue to exist, but the premium content is only going to be accessible to those who are truly interested in taking their career to the next level. And remember, the newsletter doesn’t cost any money to join; it is 100% free.

I look forward to seeing you sign up! As always, if you have any questions or are looking for a customized quote, send me a mail and I’ll get back to you as soon as humanely possible!

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Slow But Steady

Complete Writing Solutions may be up and down periodically over the next week or so while I begin making adjustments such as changing the format, theme, optimizing, adding the newsletter, and overall revamping the entire site. I appreciate your patience while I make the changes :)

On the plus side, things are progressing nicely. I’m roughly 50% done with the rough draft of the “How to Make a Minimum of 50 Dollars an Hour Utilizing Content Mills” guide, which should hopefully be launched mid-late March, my Sofia, Bulgaria travel guide is 85% completed for Marginal Boundaries, I’ve made some updates to my Cancun, Mexico travel guide, and I have the outlines completed for three different guides relating to researching/traveling/living abroad, so the next few weeks are shaping up nicely in terms of productivity :)

You will see a lot more as I continue to upgrade things around here. Expect to see a brand new CWS and MB in mid/late March :) In the meantime, happy writing and here’s to your success!

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The Next Chapter

It’s been awhile since the last post, and I want to share a little bit of information with my readers as to the reasons behind the delay, and why I’ve been taking so much time off from blogging.

First and foremost, the vast majority of my time has been spent finishing up contracts for clients in January and February, setting myself up for a great 2011. As of two weeks ago, I have my entire year’s worth of living expenses completely paid for, which means everything from here on out is pure profit. How, you ask, is that possible, to cover all of your expenses with only 6 weeks of work?

The answer to that question is somewhat complex, and is exactly the reason why I’ve been hard at work prepping the behind-the-scenes information that is the basis for the new-and-improved Marginal Boundaries, which is a brand name focused on educating the informed people of the world on how to live like a king in other countries, how to take advantage of medical tourism, why you should live in other countries, the tax advantages, the business advantages, the lowered cost of living, the higher standards of education for your kids, the numerous opportunities that exist in developing countries versus stagnant economies in the Western world where jobs are still impossible to find and progression is at a standstill, as well as numerous other variables tied into teaching people how to take a shoestring budget and turn it into a luxury lifestyle that most people think is only a dream. Believe me…I live this every day. I go to the beach when I want, I only spend a few hours a day working, I spend 3-4 hours every morning walking parks, sitting in cafes, talking to people, enjoying the local culture and exploring various places in the world, all while maintaining a “professional” existence. There is so much more to it than what I can explain in a few sentences here, which is exactly why the new brand will be coming out shortly.

My plans for March, April and May are quite simple. I’ll be revamping the Complete Writing Solutions website and brand, and will be selling informational products on how to use content writing to your advantage, how to make a minimum of $50 an hour using content mills (a feat I regularly achieve, and have been for over two years  now), while giving you an in-depth, step-by-step walkthrough of my own path, so you can get an idea of how I was able to transition into this career and go from a non-educated Midwestern bloke from Colorado who never finished high-school (let alone attend college) and ran a construction company for years, into a globe-trotting freelance professional who now writes travel guides and travel writing for a living, along with intermittent freelance projects on various topics and projects. The blog will begin to be updated on a regular basis again, and I am keeping my contract work to a minimum for the next three months while I finish revamping this site. In the meantime, Marginal Boundaries should be going live in the next 2 weeks (finally, after multiple delays due to people throwing work at me that I just couldn’t pass up because the money was so good). I just settled into a new apartment here in Cancun, with a three month contract before I head down to Bogotá, Columbia, and I only have three goals in mind: continue my Spanish lessons, revamp CWS, and relaunch Marginal Boundaries.

One of the most exciting things for me is the ability to share my personal story with others as an inspirations on the things you can achieve if you put your mind to them. An education is not necessary, simply the desire to succeed and the ability to be a free-thinking individual who is willing to explore all the options that this world of ours has available. If you can see past the propaganda, love living life to its fullest, and want the opportunity to take life by the horns and live it on your own terms, now is your chance. The world is your oyster, and there is absolutely no reason, no excuse, why you cannot be living like a king on your own time, at your own pace, without being beholden to anyone, much less an over-priced, over-taxed home country that sucks your soul and drains your savings account to the point you end up being 60 years old with barely a penny to your name and a life of indentured servitude to a system that never gave you anything other than 40+ hour work weeks and 2 weeks of vacation a year.

Get out there and live, people. Your time is now.

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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.

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2011

First and foremost, I hope everyone had a happy holiday with their family/friends, wherever you are and whoever you spent it with. I myself ended up celebrating with neighbors and friends here in Cancun, with a traditional American meal featuring turkey (I did a mango, olive oil and garlic rub with apple/onion stuffing), cheesy potatoes, fresh bread, some Middle Eastern beans prepared by a friend’s girlfriend, a bunch of wine supplied by one of our Russian neighbors (plus a cake!), salad and much more, all to the tune of a nice 8 hour feast where we sat around, ate, drank and were merry for the entire day. Very enjoyable.

But now we are moving into the new year. I know a lot of you are hoping for good things to come, and I certainly hope that is the case for everyone who reads.

A little update on the project I mentioned in the last blog post: it’s still coming (a travel-based website that will be educating people on a wide variety of aspects when it comes to living and working abroad, whether it’s just you or your entire family), but I’ll be pushing it back to late January, early February due to a contract that just came through yesterday that will keep me swamped until January 24th. There probably will not be much on the freelance writing front either until that point, at least in terms of blog posts.

2011 will also see some changes to Complete Writing Solutions. I can’t unveil everything yet, but there will be some new faces making posts related to freelance writing, and I’m considering jumping on the bandwagon and adding job leads on at least a weekly basis, as well as adding AdSense and some other forms of advertising. The goal at this point is to put CWS on autopilot and have someone else running the job leads sections, with the majority of my efforts spent on the Marginal Boundaries projects, since I already have trips planned for Columbia, Peru and likely Argentina as well for 2011. Some of that depends on whether or not I end up spending the summer in Cancun or if I want to head to a cooler climate for June, July and August. As of now I’m heading to Bogotá, Columbia in March for three months, and after that I’ll be bouncing around to a few other places gathering more content and research for the Marginal Boundaries website.

I’m also making some personal changes to my life in 2011, starting with the transition to raw food. I’ve been educating myself over the past few months on the health benefits, as well as talking to some personal friends who have gone through it with great success (one of them got over allergies that the doctors were unable to cure for over 15 years, and another friend of mine stopped needing glasses after 40 years of wearing them), and if you haven’t yet, I highly recommend looking into the concept behind going raw. Not only is it incredibly cheap (all this stuff grows in nature, and you don’t have to pay for it if you have access to nature, and even if you do not, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg at the “organic” section of the grocery store to do it), but it is also incredibly healthy. As one of my favorite promoters of raw food says (Markus Rothkranz), “There is no excuse for not being able to afford food or healthcare because the healthiest foods and medicines on the planet are absolutely FREE.” For a promo trailer talking about various aspects of wild food and free medicine, you can check out this Wild Food Free Medicine video for more information.

Above and beyond that, things are wonderful. I’m flying into Florida today to go to my sister’s wedding on the first of the new year, then heading back to Cancun to finish up the contracts I have lined up for January and February, plus get the new website launched before I head to Bogotá, and after that it’s focusing almost entirely on travel writing for 2011. I want to wish each and every one of you the absolute best for 2011, and if you have any questions, comments or otherwise, feel free to drop me a line and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy New Year!

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