5 Steps to Becoming a Lifestyle Designer 677

become a lifestyle designer to reclaim your time and freedom

Last Updated: April 20, 2018

I believe we’re all lifestyle designers one way or another, it’s just that most people haven’t defined what they truly want and haven’t made a plan on how to get it.

We live in a world of free will, and that gives us the chance to create the ideal life for us. That means choosing how we want to spend our time, what work we want to do, and how often we want to travel. We can basically have everything we want if we take a step towards defining it today.

It’s not hard to get, and it also means saying no to many things in order to say yes to the few that you desire the most. You can’t have it all, and you don’t need to. Lifestyle designers live the way they want and do the things they enjoy. And you can do it too.

But before talking about how one can become a lifestyle designer, we’ll start by explaining what lifestyle design really is.

One of the first people who dared to speak up and define the term openly was Tim Ferriss. He dedicated a book to that almost a decade ago – The 4-Hour Workweek – and to this day is one of the most inspiring lifestyle designers.

In the book, he draws a picture of the ideal lifestyle and gives everyone a step-by-step plan on how to get it. It’s all about doing what you love, reclaiming your time and thus having the freedom to travel whenever you want without being stuck in an office 8 hours a day.

Lifestyle design doesn’t include a 9-to-5 job, but doing what you’re passionate about remotely, and eventually turning it into a business you can run from anywhere. And one day outsourcing it, being able to scale and having even more free time to do what you enjoy.
It’s the ultimate freedom and independence. And we can all have it.

In fact, there are some options for you even if you’re just about to graduate.

Tim Ferriss called lifestyle designers the New Rich and mentioned them in the very introduction of the 4HWW:

“The New Rich (NR) are those who abandon the deferred-life plan and create luxury lifestyles in the present using the currency of the New Rich: time and mobility. This is an art and a science we will refer to as Lifestyle Design (LD).”

Another successful lifestyle designer – and an entrepreneur, writer and world traveler – that’s worth mentioning is Chris Guillebeau. In Why You Should Quit Your Job and Travel The World he advises you to ask yourself whether you’re satisfied with your work and the life you live now. And that’s how you start your journey to becoming a lifestyle designer – by analyzing your current situation.

How to Become a Lifestyle Designer in 5 Steps

Here are the steps you need to take if you want to become a lifestyle designer and live life on your own terms: #lifestyledesign #locationindependent

1. Define your ideal lifestyle.

You don’t need to start building a business today, to become rich, or do anything you’re not ready to do or don’t feel like doing.

Lifestyle design is about living life on your own terms, having the time to do all the things you want, and also eliminating what you don’t like about your current lifestyle.

What is it? Maybe there are bad habits you want to avoid, people that bring you down all the time, working a job that never lets you show your talents and unleash your potential.
Whatever it is, you can remove it.

You don’t need to answer anyone else’s expectations, to spend time doing activities that don’t bring you results, or to work just to make someone else rich without improving your skills.

Get clear about what you want in life, and about what you don’t want. That will help you take the next steps.

2. Calculate it.

In order to have the freedom, time and happiness of a lifestyle designer, you’ll have to make the money that will cover the life you want to live in the near future.

So calculate it.

Some want to travel the world while working from their laptops, others want to have the chance to just spend a few months away every year. Or you may not want to leave home at all, that’s fine too.

But think about how much all that will cost you. Most of the time it will be less than what you’re currently spending.

Once you have a number (including your free time activities, accommodation, traveling, food and other daily expenses) you’ll know what to aim at.

3. Be willing to work hard.

Here’s what Dan Andrews from TropicalMBA – a successful location independent entrepreneur – says about the willingness to work as a key ingredient of being a lifestyle designer:

“Will you challenge yourself everyday to create and build things that are valuable to yourself and others? This is different from a willingness to be employed. A rule of thumb here is the 5 hour rule. If you are willing to work on a project or craft 5+ hours a day, everyday, you are in great shape. Don’t worry if you aren’t right now, some exercises below can help.”

You need to be a hustler if you want all the freedom, mobility and opportunities we’re talking about here. You need to work hard to get it. And to make it a priority.

Also, you should know it’s a lifelong journey and a learning process. If you’re not willing to accept it as such, maybe lifestyle design is not for you and you’ll feel more secure with a day job and average life.

Here are some resources for lifestyle designers looking to build an online business as soon as possible:

How to Start a Profitable Blog – This step-by-step guide to starting a blog is a must for everyone who wants to start earning online and become self-employed. Having your own blog is the first step to selling products, making money from affiliate marketing, building a name for yourself, getting traffic and monetizing that attention.

Blogging Resources – To build a powerful site that turns visitors into buyers and monetize it well, you will need the right tools. In my Blogging Resources page, I’ve gathered the best of the best and the exact tools I’ve used to grow Let’s Reach Success and be able to make a full-time living as a location independent freelance writer.

How to Become a Millionaire Online

My Monthly Income Reports – If you’re curious how bloggers make a living online, check out my income reports. I publish these monthly and share all the numbers together with the lessons I learned and the new things I’m working on.

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – If you’re not earning money through affiliate marketing, then you are leaving money on the table. This step-by-step affiliate marketing strategy course shows you how to increase your affiliate income and make more money blogging. It’s my Michelle from Making Sense of Cents who went from $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month (and also the first online course I’ve ever taken).

4. Reclaim your time.

So what do you do to have all the time in the world and be able to go anywhere whenever you feel like?

You simply create an online business, become a freelancer, or do what you’re currently doing remotely.

Freelancing is the best way to get started online. That’s what I did and started without experience. Now, I’m earning over $4,000/month blogging and freelancing as you can see from my monthly income reports. I wrote down all the steps I took to get there starting from $0 and created a blueprint: the free course How to Make Money Online Freelancing:

Check out How to Make Your First Money Online Freelancing. A free course I created using Teachable that will help you get your online business start and earn your first dollars from home by offering your services as a freelancer.

It takes time, dedication, focus and initiative. Often, you may have to be doing something for free for a long time just to build your portfolio or the foundation of your business which will later bring you passive income. Here are 4 ideas for side hustles to get you started.

But once you have that, you’ll be the richest you’ll ever be – you’ll have all the time in the world and no day job will be able to take it away from you.

Plus, you have the chance to work as much as you want, to build 6-figure businesses in a short time, to start new projects whenever you feel like, and to monetize your passions.

5. Automate what you can.

Another part of being a lifestyle designer and creating the life you desire is using the power of automation. One way to win back your time is to automate what you can.

It all starts with using the right tools (free or paid) to make your online businesses work when you’re not on the computer.

Then, you can outsource your whole life by hiring virtual assistants and delegating your tasks for almost no money. And thus having the time to work on more important things that will bring you results.

Here are some ways to automate your income and simplify your life.

Also, check out The Psychology of Automation – a post by Ramit Sethi on how to build a bulletproof personal-finance system.

So that’s how you start your journey to becoming a lifestyle designer and living a happy and fulfilling life. It’s nothing hard, really. All you need to begin is a definite desire and a willingness to learn and change.

So what can you do today to design the life of your dreams?

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How I Made $375 with One Article as a Freelance Writer on Clear Voice 6

clear voice review How I Made $375 with One Article as a Freelance Writer on Clear Voice

There are many sites for freelancers where anyone can build their portfolio, pitch clients and earn money. If you’ve been following my monthly income reports, you know that half of my income comes from sponsored posts on Let’s Reach Success while the other half is from freelance writing.

I’m mainly earning through Upwork which is a great website for newbies and a place where I managed to become a Top Rated freelancer.

However, they don’t pay much, there are a lot of freelancers from cheap countries there who’d charge just a few dollars per hour (or for a few thousand words). That means low-quality clients come there too and it’s hard for me to meet my hourly rate with businesses and individuals who don’t have a budget for content creation.

That made me look for better platforms and sites for freelance writers that pay more. I will be writing about all of them soon. While they aren’t for newbies, it never hurts to create your profile there when you’re starting out and slowly build your portfolio. Because one day you’ll get found on them and they will pay you hundreds of dollars for a single article.

My years of hard work paid off in a new way this month. I made $375 for a 2000-word article (that I enjoyed writing and which didn’t take more than 2 hours to complete). That happened on Clear Voice.

Let’s talk more about that site and how you too can get paid what you deserve.

Freelancing is the best way to get started online. That’s what I did and began without experience. Now, I’m earning over $4,000/month blogging and freelancing as you can see from my lastest income report. I wrote down all the steps I took to get there starting from $0 and created a blueprint: the free course How to Make Money Online Freelancing:

Check out How to Make Your First Money Online Freelancing. A free course I created using Teachable that will help you get your online business start and earn your first dollars from home by offering your services as a freelancer.

What is Clear Voice?

ClearVoice.com isn’t the traditional site for freelancers. It’s a great marketplace where you just create a profile, showcase your work (they have their own CV portfolio feature) and get found.

While you might not receive job opportunities when you haven’t been freelancing for long, it’s worth being there while improving your personal brand as a freelancer.

Of course, the best way for that to happen (which is how I did it too) is to have your own blog. Let’s Reach Success had hundreds of articles on it before I signed up for Clear Voice. So it served as my ultimate portfolio.

If you haven’t set up a site yet, I suggest doing it now.  Here’s how to start a blog that will make money forever (not just by helping you land freelance clients).

The best thing about Clear Voice is that it gives access to quality brands, companies and individuals. As you know, in the blogging world it’s all about networking. But with sites like Upwork, that’s hard.

Big brands are elsewhere and Clear Voice is one example.

How Clear Voice Works for Freelancers

Clear Voice is all about content marketing and can connect creators with agencies and brands. But for the purpose of this post and all of you who are freelance writers and want to get paid more for your services, we’ll talk about how it works for us.

Their goals are to help freelancers showcase their best work, find high-quality clients, get paid what they deserve, build their brand, receive payments quickly, and secure better jobs.

If you think about it, these are all the things we struggle with on other platforms, especially those that include bidding.

Okay, let’s see how Clear Voice works.

For a start, it’s absolutely free to sign up and create your portfolio as a freelancer so go do it now.

From then on, you’ll receive an email with a notification whenever you have a writing opportunity. If it sounds like something you’d do, click the link in your email and hit ‘Apply’ next to the job description.

clear voice email notifications

The rate you see is what you’ll earn after Clear Voice fees (which are around 25% and high but still you get paid much better than expected).

My Experience with Clear Voice Over The Years

Now, let me tell you how I received $375 from Clear Voice, because I myself didn’t believe it until the money arrived to my PayPal account.

clear voice payment

I’ve been registered with Clear Voice for a long time now. Because I’m making changes to my online business (focusing on more quality work and clients, charging more, eliminating old activities, etc.), I was also updating my profile on sites that had potential to get me freelance work.

It’s hard to put the effort when you haven’t landed a job with a certain platform, but I did it anyway.

I’ve been receiving email notifications from Clear Voice for job opportunities but never took them seriously (although I did apply to some).

After updating my profile and adding a ton of my best articles in my portfolio, I applied for one assignment on the topic of relationships. I could see who the client was, trusted Clear Voice for handling payments, and also thought it’s worth giving it a try to see if I can make my first money there.

There are instructions (not too long) with each assignment and you see when you’ve been hired for it. You can always contact support or message the client there, which is great.

Once he reviews it, or after the end date for the completion of the article is over, you receive your money.

Actually, while I was waiting for that client to react (he didn’t get back to me, by the way, but I still got paid as the Clear Voice system clears payments even if the client disappears), I applied for another assignment that seemed like a good fit for me. I wrote an article on how to start a business blog for one brand. It was for around $120 and was 800 words. They paid me immediately.

But the point of this post is to share the case about the other article. It’s not about the $375. It’s about believing freelance writers can make nearly $400 for one task thanks to their reputation in a niche for years.

It’s a common fact that freelancers underprice themselves. It took me years to find the courage to stop doing that and say ‘no’ to clients.

That resulted in doubling my blogging income, which I’ll write about more soon.

Once I got paid $375 for one article for a freelance client, I finally felt appreciated. For years I’ve been struggling with clients reluctant to pay more than $30 for a short article or an hour of my time. And to this day I accept lower rates just because the income of a freelancer is unstable.

This gig, however, helps me rethink it all. Just like when I made $250 from one sponsored post, I stopped accepting anything less than $50 and often ask for up to $100. That means rejecting many opportunities that could make me a few hundred dollars more each month. But thanks to these higher prices I get more serious clients and also increase my income.

PS, Clear Voice did a survey on what people pay or charge per project. You can check it out here.

What It Takes to Get High-Quality Freelance Clients on Clear Voice

Sign up now.

Fill in your profile and portfolio. Here’s how mine looks like.

clear voice portfolio lidiya k

Check out emails from Clear Voice. (It’s okay if the first one arrives weeks after signing up.)

Create your blog and start writing content like crazy in the niches you cover.

Next Level Tips for Succeeding on Clear Voice

Keep updating your portfolio.

Don’t apply for an assignment simply because of the money. It’s not fair.

Feel free to contact support and see how you can get found by clients sooner.

Here are some resources to help you with making it as a freelance writer on Clear Voice:

Make Your First Money Online Freelancing [Free Course] – I created a free course sharing my journey to making more than $4,000/month blogging. It all began with freelancing and you can use this course to follow the steps I took to become a freelancer with no experience and earn my first income online.

How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer Want to use freelancing as a way to ditch the 9 to 5 and be location independent? Great. That’s what I did. Check out this article to see the steps I took to build a new mindset, start making money online, leave my country and design the life I want.

How to Start a Profitable Blog – This step-by-step guide to starting a blog is a must for everyone who wants to start earning online and become self-employed. Having your own blog is the first step to building your personal brand as a freelancer.

Blogging Resources – To build a powerful site that turns visitors into buyers and monetize it well, you will need the right tools. In my Blogging Resources page, I’ve gathered the best of the best and the exact tools I’ve used to grow Let’s Reach Success and be able to make a full-time living as a freelance writer.

My Monthly Income Reports – If you’re curious how I make a living online, check out my income reports. I publish these monthly and share all the numbers together with the lessons I learned and the new things I’m working on.

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – The income from freelancing is unstable so it’s worth diversifying it. One of the best ways to earn more is through affiliate marketing (it can happen by placing links on your blog, through Pinterest, your newsletter, or else). This step-by-step affiliate marketing strategy course shows you how to increase your affiliate income and make more money blogging. It’s by Michelle from Making Sense of Cents who went from $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month (and also the first online course I’ve ever taken).

Pin this post to inspire others to create profiles on more sites for freelancers like Clear Voice.

Just got paid nearly $400 for writing one article for a freelance client. Learn how this happened and see my Clear Voice review to take your freelance writing to the next level and get paid more: #freelancer #freelancewriting #clearvoice