In Practice: Writing Vol. I

The foundation of all remote work fields is writing. Cold-emailing clients, setting up business profiles, search engine optimization, blogs, technical articles, and so many other pursuits. My entire business plan centers on working in a variety of online jobs, so the obvious first step is to start by making money doing the foundational work: freelance writing.

To make this clear from the outset, I am not, nor have I ever been a skilled author. This will be my most difficult assignment because I’ve always found the writing process to be cumbersome.

Multiple drafts, grammar checks, spelling corrections? Nah, just submit it after the first attempt. Numbers have always been my forte, and I intended on capitalizing on the financial side of business after completing my degree.

For some bizarre reason, a travelling, undergrad economist isn’t in any sort of demand these days (If you want to shoot the shit about supply and demand graphs, though, hit me up).

Luckily for me, I’ve got nothing but time on my hands. Right now, I’m sitting on a train passing through the Romanian country side, with a little girl trying to pluck out some of my individual leg hairs while I pretend not to notice.

Yes, that may be tangential, but I thought it was cute enough to warrant a mention.

Anyways, all this travel with no responsibility means I have ample opportunity to crack open the laptop, and work on my prose. I’m not 100% clear on what prose even means, but I’ll make sure to Google a definition once I get back in Wi-Fi range.

Since this is my first “My Progress” article, I’ll set a precedent by throwing in an ‘objectives for the next 7 days’ checklist, and I’ll be writing another piece next week with progress.

Ah man, now she’s humming twinkle twinkle little star as she drinks from a baby bottle.

Objectives for the next 7 days:

  • Google prose
  • Find some online resources for writing. Record some tangible metrics (time watching videos, # of articles read, etc.)
  • Learn more about creating a freelance writing business.
  • Create the first article in the Freelance Writing series of the Making Money and Traveling section of the website.
  • Write and perfect an article on backpacking the Balkans.
  • Create a list of sites that take submitted articles.


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Robert works part of the year as an international tour guide in Asia with Life Before Work Travel . When he's not getting paid to travel the world he's out in the field taking photos, on his laptop creating new sites, or sitting in the gutter petting stray dogs.