I wrote this a few years ago for a closed group here on facebook called Product Creation 101. I thought you might be interested.
So there is a term for what we do. A couple actually, freelancer and digital nomad. Have laptop can/will travel. That is once you take your skills, knowledge, trade, hobby, passion, unique ability and offer it up as a product or service you are free to be where ever you choose in the world.
Thousands of people are doing it now and technology is making it easier and easier for tens of thousands more to operate from a coffee shop somewhere out there. You can get cell service in the craziest places now and internet too.
That means we can operate and/or check on our sales and fulfillment and bank deposits just about anywhere anytime we want. We can also access the funds from anywhere.
What that means is you don’t need to get a job or a work visa or worry about funding your lifestyle the old fashioned way 9 to 5 punching a time clock for a pay check.
So the question is what can I do to help you get there?
That is assuming that is why you are here.
I have for a number of years been building a product line of goods and services that has grown into a serious income for Annissa and I to the point that it now funds our lifestyle and lets us come and go as we please. We left the 9 to 5 gig in our forties and never looked back.
Look we are not any different than you I was a meat cutter in a grocery store and Annissa was a bookkeeper.
What do you want from this group?
What is it that will get you over the hump and on your way to living the dream not just dreaming a life?
How does your daily cost of living look? Why does it matter anyway?
The main reason to know what the daily cost of living is to beat it or hack it. Cost of living is a reference point for establishing a standard of living. The standard of living is a reference point for our quality of life. Let’s take a look.
First we need a frame of reference.
For our reference, we will use the good ole USA first let’s establish that this is a median cost of living for 2015. Source is The Economic Policy Institute Burea of Labor Statistics, American Community Survey and United States Department of Labor. To further break this down let’s profile three households. Single,couple and family of four.
The average monthly cost of living in the United States for a single adult with no children is $2,371. This adds up to an average annual cost of living of $28,458. That breaks down to $79.96 per day.
The average monthly cost of living in the United States for a married couple with no children is $3,304. This adds up to an average annual cost of living of $39,649.That breaks down to $108.62 per day and $54.31 per person per day.
The average monthly cost of living in the United States for a married couple with two children is $5,466. This adds up to an average annual cost of living of $65,597.This is $179.71 per day or $44.92 per person.
So what are the median cost?
Let’s break it down a little farther. Here are the categories. Child care, food, healthcare, housing, other necessities, taxes and transportation. So what are the median monthly costs in these categories for each household?
Single person: Childcare $0 Food $271 healthcare $273 housing $560 other necessities $401 taxes $372 and transportation $493.
Couple: Childcare $0 food $496 healthcare $546 housing $643 other necessities $550 taxes $434 and transportation $633.
Family of four: Childcare $1025 food $781 healthcare $832 housing $817 other necessities $772 taxes $600 and transportation $638.
How does the median wage fit into the overall income scale?
Upper Middle Class
Approximately 25.2% of the United States’ population lives in a upper middle class household or a household with an annual income between $75,000 and $150,000.
Right here median is 17.8% of Americans living in a household earning between $50,000 and $74.999
Lower Middle Class
The second most common household income level is lower middle class with approximately 23.7% of Americans living in a household earning an annual income between $25,000 and $50,000.
Whew! Ok still with me?
This is where it gets really interesting. How we all perceive this information. First off Median is the middle. That means about half of people are above this index and half are below it. Here is where perception comes in. We have cost of living and standard of living. But what about Quality of life?
Quality of life (QOL) is the general well-being of individuals and societies outlining negative and positive features of life. It observes life satisfaction including everything from physical health, family, education, employment, wealth, religious beliefs, free time, finance and the environment. QOL has a wide range of contexts including the fields of international development, healthcare, politics and employment. It is important not to mix up the concept of QOL with a more recent growing area of health-related QOL (HRQOL). An assessment of HRQOL is effectively an evaluation of QOL and its relationship with health.
Quality of life should not be confused with the concept of standard of living, which is based primarily on income.
So here is where the hack comes in.
If you want to beat the average cost of living the way to do it is to find the crossover point between cost of living and quality of living. Find where your lowest cost of living is in relation to your quality of life. Generally speaking we can look at it as daily cost of living. We can compare finances to a point but only you can determine if you are happy with your life and what it costs to maintain it.
To determine your Cost Of Quality Of Life or (coqol) examine each of the levels of satisfaction in these categories physical health, family, education, employment, wealth, religious beliefs, free time, finance and the environment you live in. You can lower your cost in each area until you are at the crossover point where spending more will not increase the quality of your experience.
Remember this is very individual. This process is a journey. Enjoy it.
Its been 6 years since we left the 9 to 5 rat race. It seems like a lifetime ago. But I remember what it was like when we first decided to stop the insanity.
NO more commute. It felt strange to get up and not have to leave the house each morning. Our fuel bill went way down. It was quiet and calm each morning at home.
No alarm clock jolting us out of bed and dragging myself to the shower to get me going.
I felt like I was doing something wrong. For so many years I had to go to work. I wondered if I was making a mistake or felt guilty not going to work each day.
I think it took about two years to decompress from the daily grind. I slept a lot. I didn’t realize how sleep deprived I was until I didn’t have to get up everyday.
I had a lot of anxiety. It did not feel right getting to stay home. I wondered if the bubble would burst and I would have to go back to the grind. I felt guilty if I pursued my interest and hobbies like I should be doing more productive things with my time. I think it was kind of a ptsd.
I had to retrain myself to relax and enjoy life without work. It was a blessing to get out at 48 years old. My goal was 50. About two years in I finally got that this was real and it was okay to get up and do whatever I wanted to including doing nothing.
I have been living in an R.V. by the beach now for over a year. We are slowly developing a new lot a five minute walk to the beach and building a small home (576 square feet) debt free.
So what the heck do we do for money?!
Well it is a combination of online income from blogging, DIY products we sell on our other sites, ad revenue, affiliate commissions and coaching/consulting others.
Our cost of living is greatly diminished and dropping more and more. We have no car payments, credit cards or mortgage. Our current expenses are about 2k per month. That will drop by 45% in the next 18 months.
We stay very busy. I don’t know how I had time to work 😉 We are very busy and the days fly by with our projects around the property and online ventures.
We live in paradise. We moved to the coast where the climate is Mediterranean Oceanic. It is a mild climate here cool summers don’t need an air conditioner and warmer winters. More like fall all winter with a few dips to the freezing point. You can listen to the sounds of the surf from the patio and out the window.
The area is a vacation hotspot during the summer with lots of events and fun things to do. The is an outdoor lovers dream. Right out our front door is hiking, biking, camping, hunting, fishing, boating and more.
We really are blessed to live here and be able to have the free time to enjoy it. The whole dream came true when we decided to get out of the rat race.
Hey you just found what your looking for. Tiny houses,Right? No house payments.No mortgage. Cozy simple living, minimalism. Debt freedom,A way out of the rat race.Me to.Thats why I created this blog,To show you a way to get there. We did it! It works,Really 😉
Now were financially independent and building a small (576 square foot) cozy house by the pacific ocean.We found a nice 3/4 acre or so lot a 5 min walk down a private path to the beach.
You probably think it was expensive but you’d be wrong 😉 lots around here start at around $8k.We paid more for ours but we wanted specific things.We can walk to town or ride a bike.
We have privacy.A secret garden in effect.Well water was important as was a gravity septic.The big desire was private beach access.We are close enough to hear the surf in the yard or out the window at night.Enough space to create a food garden landscape on a lot about the size of a football field. This is an area that is quiet,safe and has a great climate year around.
Another great thing is the area is a vacation getaway
. There is always something to do. Events, festivals farmers markets and lots of outdoor activities.
We have been here over a year now and really like it.There is lots to do Finnish the house,get the garden going,landscape the yard and enjoy the process.Getting up every day and getting to do what you are passionate about is a blessing.Some time I go for a walk on the beach or go fishing.Then I work on the house and in the yard.
I usually make myself a cup of coffee first thing then let Rocky our chihuahua out while I check the hen house for eggs.I’ll come back in the R.V. for breakfast.
After that we decide what to do for the day.Well thats all for now I am installing plumbing in the house today so I better get at it ;).
Well I finally did it! I pulled the blog out of the free WordPress site and it is now a free standing blog!
I started this blog in 2010 to talk about tiny houses. A lot has happened in the last 6 years.
First off my wife and I have quit our jobs and become financially independent in our 40’s. We also sold our 3000 square foot house of 20 years and moved to the other side of the state to live on the beach. We downsized to a 300 square foot RV for the last year.
We are currently building a house the size of a two car garage.
We are mortgage free!
But enough about us.
I want to talk about you.
I created this blog for you.
This blog is to help you get where you want to be. Debt free and able to live the life you want to live. I will help you get there.
This blog is about debt freedom and financial freedom. Down sizing and living within your means. I will talk about how to get there. What to do to make the income to get there, how to save money and if you want to get there fast then extreme measures to make it happen fast. This is all about freedom and choice.
So I pulled this blog out so I can have the tools to help you get there fast.
I’m excited to be with you on this journey. I can’t wait to see your results .
What will you do when you are free to do what ever you want?
Let me know in the comments and be sure to subscribe so we can stay in touch.
This pretty much sums it up. If you live like your broke you can and will become rich. If you make material acquisition /wealth your aim your life will only be funded by debt. If you stop spending now you will be able to have whatever you want later.