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Hi, I’m Elaina and I want to help you live life on your terms, find a career you love, and travel as often as you want. 

 

I’ve lived, worked, and traveled to more than 60 countries, including some pretty off-the-beaten path destinations like Mongolia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Paraguay. I’ve also lived out of a suitcase as a full-time nomad for the past 4.5 years, ever since leaving my management consulting gig in New York back in 2013 when I landed an international role at a media company that sent me all over the world to work. You can read my full story here

 

What makes my story unique is that I’ve traveled AND built a professional career, working for companies like IBM and Uber over the years. I’ve also spent long stretches of time freelancing and traveling adventurously through South America, Asia, and Africa. I’m currently freelance writing, coaching professionals through career transitions, and working on a few small business ideas while splitting my time between Berlin, the US, and India. 

 

I write about self-development, digital nomadism, charting unconventional life paths, finding REAL jobs overseas, pursuing long-term travel, and living more purposefully in a fast-paced, confusing world. There’s simply no one-size-fits-all model for creating a life you love. I’m not a full-time digital nomad and I’m not a full-time corporate professional: I’ve done things a bit differently and I think it’s feasible for more people to live “off the beaten path” this way. I hope my blog lets you see that it’s both possible and practical.  

 

I started this blog because I want to help you find an exciting career, travel the world, break the norms, and develop yourself both personally and professionally. Read on or get in touch to set up a 1:1 session with me: elaina@lifebefore30.com.

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Why I Signed Up For One of Those Expensive, Scammy-Sounding Courses to Learn to Sell Things on Amazon (Part 1)

Posted on October 3rd, 2017

Well I’ve just gone and done something I never thought I’d do in a million years, something further stamping the cliche “digital nomad” label on my forehead. But, for better or worse, I’m excited: I just signed up for an online “sell a product on Amazon” e-commerce course. 

 

I see your eyes rolling. And mine definitely were too when I plunked down a couple grand of savings on my wacky intuition. 

 

I start the course tomorrow so I wanted to make a public post now to 1) be able to compare my perspective before, during, and after the experience, 2) to promote some accountability in myself because now all of you know I’m doing this so I have to take it seriously and actually make money, and 3) I thought other people out there may be curious as to what courses like this, which often sound horribly scammy online, are all about and if there’s any real value in them. 

 

And honestly, I find it both amusing and terrifying and just needed an outlet to vent. The luxuries of being a blogger. 

 

I’m not going to tell you which course it is now — there’s about a million of them — so this way it’ll be an objective report and I’ll let you all know who I did it with afterwards. The journey will take at least 90 days, so stay tuned. 

 

Here are the reasons why I chose this particular because:

 

  • The instructor doesn’t advertise (so good luck finding him on the internet). He accepts clients almost exclusively from referrals and word of mouth, which I took as a good sign.
  • He was recommended to me by someone who has the same goals and lifestyle as me, so I saw it as another sign to take it seriously. After she mentioned it, I couldn’t shake the curiosity, so I followed that gut instinct into action. 
  • Blind intuition. I had an info call with him, he has the experience and case studies to back it up, was 100% up front about not only the course fee (upwards of $2,000), but also the amount that will be required to purchase inventory, outsource things, pay for shipping for samples, design work, etc., which is around $3,000.

 

And I’m deciding to experiment with this as an additional income stream because: 

 

  • It’s popular — a lot of location-independent entrepreneurs make a living this way, so there’s got to be something to it. I’ve learned if other humans can do something, that generally means I can, too. 
  • I personally know people doing it. I take it as a sign that in the past 2 months, I met a couple very cool people who are trying this, so I decided to throw my hat in, too.
  • I want to learn something new. I feel like I’m getting into a rut with the ways I make money and hustle around the world, and this will give me experience in so many areas: market research, marketing, manufacturing, outsourcing, the list goes on. 
  • It’s an action-oriented way to experiment with something new. What I’ve learned about shaking up my career is that thought counts for squat — it’s action that takes you places. 
  • While a lot of people start doing this because they want to travel more, I actually have been on the road for about 5 years and want to stop traveling so much. So that means living in California and not India, which means bringing in a paycheck that can support me living back in the US while still not being handcuffed to an employer and one location. 
  • I haven’t had a real, full-time job in 3 years now and I think that’s kind of an amazing feat. And I’d like to keep it up. 

 

How I feel about the whole thing:

 

  • I’m really nervous. I have no ideas for products, no experience marketing a product, no experience with suppliers or outsourcing, inventorying — none of it. I’m going in cold and I’m worried I might fail.
  • I’m worried about my investment. I manage my money really well and an expenditure of a few thousand dollars needs to be considered carefully. But hey, it takes money to make money, and fortunately I’m able to use my current sources of freelancing income to invest into this one in the hopes of expanding my income overall. 
  • I’m motivated. Despite my reservations, I’m interested to see where this goes. I have the time and money to work on it, so I’ll give it my best and, based on the experiences of others, if I put in the work, I should get the result. 

 

More to come in part 2, where I update you midway through the course.

 

 

^ That’ll be me, working away on this hair-brained idea from India for the next two months!

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Hi, I’m Elaina and I want to help you live life on your terms, find a career you love, and travel as often as you want. 

 

I’ve lived, worked, and traveled to more than 60 countries, including some pretty off-the-beaten path destinations like Mongolia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Paraguay. I’ve also lived out of a suitcase as a full-time nomad for the past 4.5 years, ever since leaving my management consulting gig in New York back in 2013 when I landed an international role at a media company that sent me all over the world to work. You can read my full story here

 

What makes my story unique is that I’ve traveled AND built a professional career, working for companies like IBM and Uber over the years. I’ve also spent long stretches of time freelancing and traveling adventurously through South America, Asia, and Africa. I’m currently freelance writing, coaching professionals through career transitions, and working on a few small business ideas while splitting my time between Berlin, the US, and India. 

 

I write about self-development, digital nomadism, charting unconventional life paths, finding REAL jobs overseas, pursuing long-term travel, and living more purposefully in a fast-paced, confusing world. There’s simply no one-size-fits-all model for creating a life you love. I’m not a full-time digital nomad and I’m not a full-time corporate professional: I’ve done things a bit differently and I think it’s feasible for more people to live “off the beaten path” this way. I hope my blog lets you see that it’s both possible and practical.  

 

I started this blog because I want to help you find an exciting career, travel the world, break the norms, and develop yourself both personally and professionally. Read on or get in touch to set up a 1:1 session with me: elaina@lifebefore30.com.

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