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What prompted my remote job search

Before my partner and I decided to live in an RV, we lived in an 800 square foot apartment in a suburb near Oklahoma City. We both had jobs we commuted to and quickly realized this lifestyle didn’t work for us.

For over a year, we lived by people who were our neighbors but we barely knew them. We weren’t fulfilled in our jobs, we hated the traffic, and the general vibe of the city. Now, I’m not here to hate on “city life” but it just wasn’t for us.

We loved the mountains and longed to live a lifestyle where we could spend more time outdoors, pursue peace, and live more simply. We decided it was time to move, but where?

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Chanell Alexander freelance writer

Chanell Alexander, freelance writer

In this post, I interviewed Chanell Alexander from The Remote Work Life. I met Chanell in a #remotechat Twitter talk and was curious about her journey to remote work through freelancing as a writer.

Freelancing is a great way to start working remotely, whether you want to get experience as a remote worker or simply start your own business and escape corporate America.

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Wes Hicks

Before you have a remote job, you need to prepare for the eventuality of having a video conference. You could have a video interview for a potential remote job as well.

When you have a remote job, it’s important that you be your professional self on video as you would in person in an office. Non-verbal communication still makes up 90% of all communication even if you work from home.

In this article, I’m going to cover the 11 ways you should prepare before you have a video conference from home.

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Remember WHY you downsize

Before you can live a location independent lifestyle, you have to downsize your life.

When we made the decision to live in an RV and travel the United States, we knew what that would mean. Overall, we were choosing to live more simply and focus on experiences and people over things.

But before we could make it happen, we had some serious downsizing to do. My partner had household items she brought when she moved in with me, and I had accumulated my own when I first bought my apartment.

Together, we had enough stuff that filled an 800 square foot apartment as well as a garage I rented for the complex for ADDITIONAL storage.

Not only were we paying over $1,000 in rent for the apartment, we were paying for a garage to store more stuff we only occasionally used!

Enough was enough.

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unsplash-logoGlenn Carstens-Peters

Starting a blog has exploded in recent years as one of the best ways to build an online business and make money online. And why not?

It’s no surprise that this business model has gained popularity over the years with bloggers like Pat Flynn and Michelle Schroeder-Gardner pulling in $100K month-over-month. They even publicly share their successes to prove that it’s possible.

While bloggers often publish their successes online via income reports, it doesn’t always give you a clear picture of how much WORK is entailed in achieving this kind of success

Though I’m sure they would be the first to share that running a successful blog is a job.

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