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How To Make Money To Live Life On Your Own Terms!

The Key To Living Life On Your Own Terms.

The key to being able to reliably live life on your own terms, with comfort and ease, is to escape "The System": You have to get off "The Grid"* to Gain Radical Independence Directly (GRID) for yourself! (See * below for my definition; what I mean by get off "The Grid" and live off "The Grid".) 

This simply means, you have to be living your life in a way that is free of having any dependence on any of the things you need for a safe, comfortable life that could affect your welfare and safety but over which things you typically, conventionally, have no control. Things such as your Income, Shelter, Food and Electricity: You have to be in control of these things to protect your welfare and safeguard your well-being!

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Cash In The Bank

But, to have that kind of control, this means that you have to escape "The System"! You have to be living off "The Grid"*! In particular, you have to get out from depending on the 9-5 Jobs Market for your source of Income. But, how are you going to do that? Do you know how to do that? 

This article deals specifically with alternate options for making money and handling the challenge of creating Income outside of relying on the typical 9-5 Jobs Market that exists within "The System"! So, keep reading to find the solution that could work for you ...

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Go From Frustrated Employee To Self-Employed, Business-Owning, Money-Maker:

The best solution, by far, to the challenge of how to quit the 9-5 - how to make money outside of "The System" so as to quit depending on the 9-5 for your income - is to find a way to go from being a frustrated, unfulfilled, employee in a typically time-demanding, vulnerable job to being a liberated, self-directed, self-employed, 1099 freelancer on the way to ultimately becoming a successful online business owner. This is probably the best way to minimize risk while aiming towards maximizing rewards and freedom as the ultimate goals. This is covered in detail below.

Note: * By "Get Off-The-Grid" and "Living Off The Grid", I mean that you are living comfortably in a situation that is completely free of any dependence on "The System" for your source of Income, Shelter, Food and Power wherever you may actually be living.  It does NOT mean you are living in a remote wilderness location nor does it mean that you've cut your ties to the power grid. Though there is nothing wrong with either of these latter options, that alone is not what I mean by Off-The-Grid!

DISCLAIMER: There is no, and can be no, guarantee that any of the suggestions shown in this post will work successfully for you. Everyone's situation and circumstances are different. Proceed with appropriate caution: Do not throw the baby out with the bathwater! Or, in other words, don't quit your current day job without first having a plan and being prepared for any unforeseen consequences. Click Disclaimer for more details.

The key to being able to reliably live life on your terms is to be free of depending on anything over which you have no control and loss of which could affect your welfare and safety. Get details here! #howtoliveoffthegrid

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The Path To Complete Freedom:

That means getting to be living in a way that is free, in particular, of depending on the consistent and safe availability any of the following for the ongoing safety and security of your own welfare and well-being:

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    The 9-5 Jobs Market - As An Employee - For Your Income
  • 2
    Conventional Housing For Your Shelter
  • 3
    Super-Markets And Fast-Food Outlets For Your Food
  • 4
    The National Power Grid For Your Electricity

Note: By "Conventional Housing For Your Shelter", I mean your home: The key here is that your home must be located on property that is free of HOA, CRCs or any other restrictions, such as zoning or State laws, that place limits on what you can do where you live!

But, of all these items, the single most important key to freedom is #1: Freedom from the 9-5 Jobs Market, as an employee, for your source of Income!

Why is that?

Because, as outlined in the previous Blog Post, I have shown you how Money, the availability of money, whether through income, capital or savings, is essential if you are to enjoy any sustainable form of freedom to live life on your own terms, with comfort and ease, in living off "The Grid"! But note, as an employee, you have no control over your own source of Income! Therein lies a problem!

In other words:

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    You do need to "Make Money" to "Live Life On Your Own Terms" and you do need to be "Living Off The Grid" as defined above!
  • 2
    You cannot rely on any income from a 9-5 Job as an employee because you have no control over your own employment, hence no control over your source of Income!

Escape "The System": Make Money To Live Life On Your Terms - Whether living On or Off "The Grid". How? Check it out here! #howtoliveoffthegrid

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So, How Much Money Do You Need?

See previous Blog Post "Do You Need Money To Live Off The Grid?" for this discussion.

Where Is Money To Come From So You Can Live Life On Your Terms?

Fortunately, whether you are intent on living on or off "The Grid", there are several different ways in which you could make money and build income; enough to even get you off The Grid and support once you are living off The Grid, if that is your ultimate goal.

Fortunately, there are many different ways you could make money to get you off the grid and support yourself once you are living off the grid. Which is right for you? Get details here! #howtoliveoffthegrid

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1: The Classic 9-5 Jobs Market.

The typical way to make money for most people is the conventional Jobs Market.

While I would never recommend relying upon the the 9-5 Jobs Market for any lasting, dependable, reliable, source of income today, nonetheless, if you happen to currently be working in a really well-paying job, take advantage of that income source while you can, for as long as you can. Reduce debt and increase savings!

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Make As Much Money As You Can While You Still Can

Plan ahead for your next step in getting into living off the grid while you still have an income source. Do not underestimate how much the transition from living on the grid to living off the grid can cost because it's a radical change in lifestyle - for the good, however!

First thing to do is to cut all unnecessary expenses, such as credit card or auto-loan debts. You must cut out anything that is not necessary so that you can maximize your savings.

Do everything you can to cut your current living expenses and really build up your savings.

Ideally, set out to get at least $100K or the equivalent of 2 years annual living expenses in reserve. You want to aim to have enough to invest in your project. You also need to have enough to fall back on if necessary while you create your homestead.

Remember that is is often way too easy to over estimate what you can accomplish with what you have available. It is equally too easy to under estimate what it will actually take to accomplish your objectives. Overall, it is way too easy to be in error in terms of both time and money needed to complete. Plan carefully, cautiously!

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2: Become An Online Freelancer - Work Remotely.

Make money - on or off the grid - by becoming a Freelancer.

If you have certain specialist  graphics, software or designer skills that can be used in working remotely from home, you may be able to develop a substantial career and income source as a Freelancer.

You will need to have a high-speed, reliable, access to the Internet. You will also need a dependable workhorse computer and related software. But, you can get these things relatively cheaply today. And, you will need to have a dependable source of power. Even laptops need to be recharged!

Make Money And Live Life: Online Freelancer Work

Example Online Social Media Support Freelancer Work

The best way to promote your services is probably by using agencies such as Upwork (previously known as eLance), Fiverr or even Freelancer amongst many other options. These also handle non-productive but important admin functions for you such as billing and payment - big advantage for you.

A broad range of specialist software can now be accessed by subscription instead of having to buy it. Software As A Service (SAAS) providers also ensure you have the latest version installed.

For example, Microsoft offers their full range of Office software by subscription. Adobe offers an incredible array of creative software also by very inexpensive subscription. You can be up and running quite quickly if you already know how to use these tools. If you need tutorial help, lynda.com - now owned by LinkedIn - has a very broad range of excellent tutorial programs available through subscription.

Example Freelance Careers:

  • Web Programmer -  WordPress, JavaScript, PHP Database, HTML, etc. 
  • Web Site Administrator
  • Graphics Designer
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    App Developer
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    Social Media Admin/Support
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    Animated Video Creator
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    Database Administrator
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    Data Entry
  • Tech Support
  • Transcriber
  • Writer / Editor
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    YouTube Video Creator

3: Sell What You Can Grow And Produce.

Make money by selling what you can grow.

Depending on what your long-term vision is for your new off the grid lifestyle, if it includes growing a market garden or livestock, then, in due course, you will be able to sell what you produce.

Some folks are making well over $50K / year from vegetable sales using relatively small plots of land from even as small as 1/2 an acre. It does take work and careful planning but, if you are passionate about gardening, there are many creative ways to help produce the produce results you want and produce a great work/life balance in producing it. Puns intended! There is a real science to doing this well but its not hard to learn and there are many resources to help.

Make Money And Live Life: Off-The-Grid Food-For-Sale-Production-Options

Vegetables, Livestock, Bees - Things To Grow For Sale 

Others are making very good income from growing livestock in a specialty way. This includes such livestock as pastured broiler chickens, pastured beef cattle and even rabbits and pigs.

Joel Salatin claimed to have been able to "net as much as $25,000 in 6 months from just 20 acres" around 20 years ago. He wrote about it in a book entitled "Pastured Poultry Profit$". Since then, he has continued to develop and is now making much more than that on his farm in Virginia. A 2018 revised version is also available.

That example does not mean you would do as well; there are no guarantees to results, but this does show possibilities that may be worth exploring.

Example Produce Sales:

Go From Employee To Self-Employed!
Take Control Off Your Own Income And
Get Into Living Off The Grid With Freedom From Dependence On
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Have a question you want answered to help you get into following your passion, doing what you want to do, when you want to do it, and living your dream of lifestyle freedom?

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4: Sell What You Can Do - Provide A Service.

Make money by providing a service.

Certain trade and craftsman type skills are almost always in demand in almost every location.

For example, if you are a skilled carpenter, you most likely could find opportunities for making money by advertising your availability for jobs throughout your area.

Likewise if you have plumbing, electrical or even handy-person skills and there is a good sized urban area close by, you could become in demand and make enough money to meet your needs as you build a client base over time.

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The DIY Workshop

Are you good in doing Woodwork Projects? If you are skilled in woodworking and have a good eye for design, then you may well be able to make a good living out of making furniture - custom or standard pieces such as tables and chairs.

Advertise in Angie's List and Home Advisor for clients. Do not think that you can simply create a Facebook Page or Instagram Account and suddenly have customers streaming to your door; it does not work like that!

Example What You Can Do Services:

  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing
  • Custom Woodwork
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    Painter
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    Arts and Crafts Products
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    Handy-Person Repairer
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    Metal Worker - Blacksmith/Welder
  • Auto-Repair/Farm Mechanic
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    Bobcat and Excavation Services
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    Tree Trimming and Cutting

5: Saved Best For Last - Create Your Own Online Business.

Make money by solving a problem!

This is my specialty; my forte. I've been creating and building businesses of all sorts on both sides of The Pond (The Atlantic Ocean) throughout my career and gained may glowing Testimonials in the process.

Perhaps the very best reason to get into living fully off the grid is because this is the only way to reliably reclaim as much control as possible over how you live your life. The only practical, reliable way to live life on your own terms! The best way to go for achieving as much freedom as possible in your life.

Make Money And Live Life: Laptop Business Lifestyle

Online Business Laptop Lifestyle - Freedom At Last If Done Right!

But, to do that, as already stated now many times, you need money: A reliable source of income because you will always need cash-flow to support your lifestyle.

And this is how you do that. You turn what you love to do: Your profession, your passion, your hobby, your skill and experience, into a growing online business; an activity that you enjoy doing and that actually makes you money while you're doing it!

Is that something that you would like to be able to do? Does this idea resonate with you? Does this get you excited about the possibilities? Do you know how to do that? Do you have any questions about that?

Then suppose we could meet up for coffee or tea; what would be the one big question you would like to ask me about business or marketing? Click here to go to this one question Survey now to tell me your question. It's completely private because it is not sponsored by Facebook or any other corporate entity. It is also anonymous and because I'm the only one who will see your question hence you can ask in complete confidence.

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Freedom: The Advantages Of Creating Your Own Online Business.

Make money and enjoy doing what you do to make it!

Living fully off the grid is the only way to fully reclaim all five key freedoms that are so critical in leading to enjoying the least stressful, most healthful, happy and self-rewarding life. 

These key life-giving Freedoms are:

  • Why: Work for the reason or purpose of what you want to accomplish in life; for what you want to contribute in life - Follow your passion or be passionate about what, and why, you are following; why you are doing what you are doing!
  • Time: Work when you want!
  • Place: Work where you want!
  • Who: Work with whom you want!
  • Financial: Work for however much you want, or need, to support what you want to accomplish and contribute!

Living fully off the grid is the only way to fully reclaim all five key freedoms that are so critical in leading to enjoying the least stressful, most healthful and happy life. Check why here! #howtoliveoffthegrid

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Advantage Of Living Off The Grid With Your Own Business.

Be in control of how to make money!

Living off the grid is also ultimately about taking as much control as you can over those things which, if they failed, would seriously jeopardize your welfare and even your life. Namely your source of Income, your source of Food, your source of drinkable Water and your source of Power.

But, as stated previously, your source of income is the most important. With income under control and/or money in savings, you can most likely, more than likely, get whatever you need whenever you need it. 

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Living Off The Grid Owning Your Own Online Business

However, you must always have a reserve of cash available to you because, with national grid power outage, you cannot get any money from the ATM. Think about Puerto Rico or Katrina for examples.

Hence, the ideal solution to achieving the key freedoms to do what you want to do, when you want to do it, with whom you want to do it and where you want to do it lies in carefully creating and managing your own source of income and, therefore, lies in creating your own business!

And thus, the best way to do that is to turn what you love to do: Your profession, your passion, your hobby, your skill and experience, into a growing online business because you will then be doing an activity that you enjoy doing that also will actually make you money while you're doing it!

You have a question about how to do that? Then  Click here to go to this one question Survey now to tell me your question. Remember, It's private and anonymous because it's my survey and I'm the only one who will see your question hence you can ask in complete confidence.

Go From Employee To Self-Employed!
Take Control Off Your Own Income And
Get Into Living Off The Grid With Freedom From Dependence On
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Have a question you want answered to help you get into following your passion, doing what you want to do, when you want to do it, and living your dream of lifestyle freedom?

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About the Author Peter Off-The-Grid

I’m the Founder of “How To Live Off The Grid Now™” and I help people who want freedom from dependence on the vulnerable national power grid for electricity, from GMO modified and mass-processed unhealthy super-market products for food and unfulfilling 9-5 jobs with tedious commutes for income to get themselves off the grid. This is all about creating a self-sustaining homestead lifestyle and an independent, self-determined, source of income, giving you the opportunity to take back control over how you live your own life.

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