Author: Rikki Ayers

Can you save money working from home?

Gas prices are going up and you’re trying to justify the cost of your commute. You think, if I didn’t have to do this commute I’d save tons! Can you save money working from home? If you work from home and don’t require a car to meet with clients or coworkers, then yes you will save money that you previously spent on gas. Your car insurance may also decrease if you use your car less frequently. Actually, do you even need a car? Maintaining that thing and paying for parking costs money you’ll never get back! You can rent...

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The Internet Makes Ditching Your 9-5 Look Easy. Why Isn’t Everyone Doing it, Then?

Scrolling through Instagram, you might think the entrepreneurial or remote employee life looks like a real-world version of utopia. Exotic locations, sleeping in, freedom, wealth…but all is not as it seems. If ditching your 9-5 was as easy as it looks on social media, then more people would be doing it. Let’s look at why they’re not. Quitting a reliable full-time job is scary The one good thing about your full-time office gig is that you know what to expect every day. You have a routine, you know when you get paid, you know your team and understand its...

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How to be a digital nomad in Spain

There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction. — Salvador Dali Where in the world to go? That was my question a few months ago when I prepared to buy a plane ticket—somewhere old—to try out working while on the road (or train, or plane, or bus, or BlaBlaCar, in my case). Spain has been beckoning to me for years, and after three-and-a-half weeks here (with a short stint in the Portugese Azores Islands) I have zero regrets. As I wait out the last two-and-a-half hours before my plane leaves for...

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How to Travel and Work (and Still be Productive)

Saving $5,000 for a two-week vacation can be really hard—I tried and failed at that for many years. And traveling internationally from Canada or the US is expensive (unless you’re okay wasting three-four days doing milk-run flights). Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could go away for longer and continue making money while abroad? I’ve been traveling and working in Spain for two weeks now. I’m writing this post from Ronda, Spain. Ronda is what I dreamed Spain would be like when I started booking flights: beautiful architecture with multi-layered history, breathtaking scenery, tapas and cheap, but good, wine. This...

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Three Ways You Can Work Remotely

Flexibility, travel, more interesting employment opportunities—these are a few of the main reasons people decide to work remotely. Sixty-eight percent of workers in the US say they expect to work more remotely in the future. More companies are offering remote opportunities, which I’ve boiled down into three models. 1. Digital Nomad Digital nomads work from their computer while traveling. They may or may not have a home base, but typically they spend most of their time on the road. Some run their own web-based businesses, freelance or work for a company that provides flexible schedule and location options. In 2017,...

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