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The Job of the Future
also, why I went MIA for a bit 😬😅
Hola amigos. Don’t worry, I’m still alive. But a lot has changed since I published my last newsletter three months ago.
I lived in Tulum, Mexico for a few months. Quit my job. Worked on side projects. And of course, ate a f*ck ton of tacos. Most importantly, I took time to reflect on what I want to do with this next chapter of my life.
I quit my job because I wanted more freedom. Freedom to work from where I want. Freedom to work when I want. Freedom to work with who I want. Freedom to work on what I want.
After a couple months researching and talking to people, I noticed there was a new type of job emerging. I call it “super freelancing”.
Over the next decade, I think some of the most ambitious and talented people in the world will become super freelancers.
So, what is it?
Super freelancers do three things:
Consult (e.g., a client pays an hourly or project rate for specific skills)
Educate (e.g., online courses, newsletters, e-books, podcasts, social media)
Build products (e.g., niche software tools and e-commerce products)
Why three different activites instead of one? Because each activity has different risk / return trade offs.
For example, consulting is great for earning cash, building a network, and developing skills. However, consulting limits your financial upside and freedom because you only get paid when you work.
Alternatively, building educational assets like an online course or e-book allows you to make money while you sleep. Yet, the income from educational assets is unpredictable. You may get a spike in income for the first few weeks after launch but most times it will quickly taper off.
Therefore, it’s important to also build products. By building a niche software tool (e.g., a job board for your university’s alumni), you can charge a monthly subscription and have predictable recurring revenue.
Most people will probably start off consulting to build up their savings, network, and skillset. They could then start a newsletter to share their learnings and build an audience. Eventually, they could create an online course that packages together their best content on a specific topic. Then they could build a software tool that solves a pain point for their clients and sell it to their audience or previous clients.
The beauty of this model is that each of these activities reinforce each other.
Once you start making money while you sleep through online courses and software products you’ll have more freedom over how you work. You can start your work day at 11am. You can work four hours a day. You can work twelve hours a day. You can take a year off for parental leave. You could even spend a month being a degenerate in Ibiza.
Regardless of your goals, super freelancing optimizes for freedom and creativity. Of course, it won’t be easy. Consulting, educating, and building products are all difficult activities by themselves. However, there are tools that make each of these activities a bit easier.
Eventually, you can hire people to do the work you don’t enjoy.
Although super freelancing sounds great in theory, it takes time, focus, and resilience. Over the next few months I’ll share my journey trying to become a super freelancer.
How to get consulting clients
How to build an audience
How to use no-code tools to quickly build products
How to decide on a niche
Examples of successful super freelancers
Ideas for niche software products and how to build them
How an accelerator program for super freelancers could work (e.g., “YC for super freelancers)
How super freelancers can come together to build product / media studios (e.g., “Disney for the internet)
And much, much more.
Super freelancing isn’t just a shift in how people work, it’s a shift in how people live. How people spend time with their family. How people find purpose. How people create wealth for future generations.
But maybe I’m wrong. In twenty years, maybe we’ll be working for the Corporation of China. Or maybe we’ll be working for our AI robot overlords. Or maybe we’ll be working for aliens from the Galactic Federation. Or maybe we’ll just go back to our 9 to 5 jobs counting down the days until we can retire and sip margaritas on the beach in Mexico.
Until then, my mission is to become a super freelancer and help others do the same.
Stuff I’m Enjoying
The Kanye Story
This blog post was the best thing I’ve read all year. Reading it felt like I was at the bar with a friend telling me a crazy store over some beers. It’s a masterclass in using the internet to get what you want in life. The article was written two years ago and since then, this guy is running one of the most popular marketing sites on the internet.
Is Miami the next tech hub?
This week, the Mayor of Miami sent out a tweet that went viral on Tech Twitter:
It sparked a bunch of memes and conversation about where the next tech hub will be:
I’ve been thinking about moving to Miami for the past few weeks and most likely will be there in early 2021. I have quite a few friends there already and that’s the most important factor for me. I’ll probably just be there a few months to a year and then move around a bit but it looks like good timing.
Kevin Durant’s Podcast
I love studying athletes. They’re some of the most competitive and disciplined people on the planet. It’s also interesting to see this generation of athletes start their own businesses. KD is one of the top basketball players in world and recently started a podcast where he interviews other athletes, music executives, and influential media personalities. My favorite episode was with Drake’s audio engineer.
I learned that Drake is a master orchestrator of his music. He knows exactly what lines should be a hook and which should be in a verse. He knows which lyrics will resonate. He knows how to create world-class rap and R&B songs. As Drake says, "I'm a f*cking legend".
See ya next week 🤗