What is the best business to start to escape the daily grind, live anywhere and become financially self-reliant?
"There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay..."
(Kazuo Ishiguro - The Buried Giant)
If you have found yourself here on this page because you have this gnawing feeling that the adventure shouldn’t have ended behind the desk in your office or school, if you feel that persistent urge to step out into uncharted territory again and want to build your own career away from the rat race, become fully financially self-reliant, and you LOVE the idea of being able to live anywhere, then this could well be exactly what you’re looking for.
More and more of my colleagues, friends and acquaintances among the expat community here in Japan are looking for a realistic way to start a business while still working a day job.
Once we set out on an adventure, travelled, came to Japan, found life here blissful and the girls gorgeous, married, settled down, were horrified by the thought of returning to our old lives in disintegrating Europe or the Disunited States of America and are now slowly trying to come to terms with the fact that we are going to die as strangers in a strange country. But does it have to be that way?
I figured that to become geographically and financially independent so I could live wherever I wanted, I needed funds that far exceeded what my private language school was able to generate.
But where to start? The number one thing people like me want to know is if it’s realistic to replace their income before leaving their job to focus on the business full time.
I can tell you that it absolutely is realistic and more so than ever in today’s digital world.
Believing I had accomplished everything I ever hoped for in Japan, in 2017 I decided to start all over again, burned my bridges, went back to Germany, learned the bitter lesson that there is no going back, came back to Japan (see the irony?) and started from scratch again. When I was starting out with my first online venture in 2019 I used to work evenings, nights and early mornings around my 7 side jobs as language instructor, Las Vegas style priest, Takoyaki-Baker, translator and proofreader while rebuilding my school.
What was really important to me was not just the fact I wanted to be able to make money with my own business. I wanted to find something I could really believe in. Something that was fulfilling and meaningful. I had a clear goal.
And simply pursuing that goal regardless of the question whether I would ever reach it, filled me with joy. It was a time best characterised by a quote from Jordan B. Peterson:
“The magnitude of that joy is sort of proportional to the obstacles it had to overcome while it was attempting to manifest itself.”
What kind of business can you run part-time?
Like the famous author, Robert Kiyosaki states, you should start with anything that is very product-driven and extremely easy to fulfil on. Something you believe in and feel confident selling. It needs to be a product you can sell many times over every week without spending a lot of your personal time on customer service and support or transactions. After all, the last thing you want after 60 or 70 hours of works to come home and have to deliver what it is that you’re selling.
Get started with affiliate marketing.
So what business models can work around your job? Affiliate marketing is a great one to start with. This is where you sell other businesses products and get a commission – without having to do any fulfilment of delivery. If you’re an affiliate, the amount of products you can sell this unlimited. And the beauty of it is that you can sell those products many times over, 24/7, 365 days a year. So even when you’re at work or sleeping, you are busy growing your income as you grow your sales.
Sell with e-commerce
Another option is to sell physical products with an e-commerce business. With physical products you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. You can order existing products in bulk at a fraction of the cost and then set up a sales system.
I started with Shopify and then Amazon FBA in 2019. The launch of my “Vacuum Storage Bags for Travellers” in March 2020 coincided with a worldwide cessation of travelling. I have sold over a thousand units so far in Germany, Singapore and Japan. That is not big money yet, but it’s promising. It feels good to know I have the skills to sell refrigerators to Indigenous Circumpolar Peoples.
But it wasn’t easy and without the support of a community of like-minded entrepreneurs I wouldn’t have made it.
Something to consider as you go into this
Whatever you’re selling, the first sales are going to be the hardest. But once you’ve made your first double figures in sales, you will gain the confidence that you can rinse and repeat -and grow. You learn exactly how many sales you need to be making each week and each month to have a steady business that’s going to eventually replace your income.
People always want the ultimate answer to the question “how long is it going to take?” But I’ve seen so much diversity from 2 to 12 months to make the first sales. It comes down to whether you picked the right product for the market at the current time - and your commitment to learning the digital skills you need to succeed.
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