Welcome to the first episode of the Alternative Income podcast, a show for people who want to change their life or their finances but can't relate to the marketing gurus or sales superstars, you'll be at home here. We love finding different, flexible and interesting ways of making money. We also love alternative people who can't or don't want to fit in to 'normal' ways of doing things!
Mainstream thinking in education, healthcare and government policies is that standardisation is the path to success. However, as human beings we are all very different and despite the outward appearance of improvement in standards of living, moving towards one rule for all comes with its own problems.
Countries like the UK and US have high rates of unemployment and millions of people living below the poverty line. Most families can no longer survive on one income and society rates our children on their grades or qualifications. What about creativity and community?
It is important we have a more flexible lifestyle, so more people can generate income without accepting mindless or low-paid jobs, and to make sure smaller communities survive.
If anyone has ever said you are lazy, impulsive, weird, undisciplined, never satisfied, or expecting too much because you would like to enjoy what you do, you are very welcome here.
When I see someone who is different and hear other people criticise them I am thinking how cool they are. They are not radical non-conformists or people with problems., they are unique. I find them fascinating and see them as the people who will save us from the grey narrow world we are living in.
So how did I get here?
My background includes being a child of immigrants who struggled their whole lives to survive financially, a mother of two children who worked at home for 10 years so I could spend more time with my kids, an expat who moved to a remote location in Spain where work was almost impossible to find, and a woman diagnosed with ADHD at 47 after struggling for so many years to fit into the ´right´ way of doing things.
The reason I'm telling you this so you know I am not someone coming from a stable background. I find regular jobs soul sucking torture and have had to claw my way out of several financial black holes. I am not a sales and marketing genius and don't have a business background, but I am stubborn. One thing I was sure about was refusing to accept that I had to give in and get a regular job that bought me no joy. True, that made for a very bumpy road for a long time, but hey, it also meant I got to discover different ways to make money over the years.
In my desperation to find financial alternatives I signed up to a ridiculous amount of newsletters and websites. They all promised that the pot of gold was just around the next corner if you followed their simple system. Except that it wasn't quite that easy. It almost always meant investing money I didn't have, using marketing tactics I wasn't happy with as I didn't want to lie to anyone, putting myself out there and saying ´hey look at me and how amazing I am and how unique my product is - which I was NOT comfortable with.
At one point I had over 35,000 emails in my inbox!!! I stopped looking at them because I was drowning in information with no idea where to begin. That made me switch off for a while.
It is amazing how many options are out there and you don't have to invest money to get started. If you don't have money, invest your time instead and learn to do things for yourself instead of paying other people to do it.
Most people are so busy working and surviving they don't get the chance to discover anything new. The standard plan is to follow the mantra of go to school, get a job, save for retirement. We just have to hope there is enough time and money left to enjoy it. What about those who don't have access to this option? We should have a more balanced life from day one, without having to work all hours just to live.
What about you?
Are you struggling to find a regular job or mind-numbingly bored with what you are doing right now? Then Alternative Income is for you. While we welcome everyone into our tribe of freedom seekers, this podcast will particularly interest:
Anyone who struggled in school and was told they could never get ahead and should take the first job they can get.
Mothers who don't want to leave their kids and prefer to spend a few years at home while still building up a career or business.
Expats who move to a different country and struggle to find work in the local language, or nomads who would like a laptop lifestyle with the ability to move around.
Workers miserable in their jobs who can't afford not to work and need to find a side hustle to build up on the side.
People in remote locations with few job opportunities, who don't want to move to the big cities for work.
Young and old struggling get a job because they are too young and have no experience or too old and expensive to hire.
Are you seeing a pattern here? Alternative Income is for alternative people who want or need to find different ways of making money. We are all looking for something something better, something that makes us feel joy day to day. There has to be another option instead of struggling financially or moving along the well-worn path of cradle to grave with work in between.
Are you sick of hearing "Just Do It", "Focus on your goals", "Change your mindset". If it was that simple we would all be doing it already. I find it unhelpful to only hear the rags-to-riches stories without hearing about the years or decades in between, the challenges they faced and HOW they overcame them. So instead, we will have guests on the show who share their the real journey. Who talk about how hard it was, how long it look and how they eventually got to where they are today. Poverty, mental health issues, lack of support. We'll focus more on the less glamorous side of making changes. How to bounce back from obstacles most people face that stop them from moving forward with their dreams.
In the spirit of not following the standard way of doing things, the podcast episodes will be different lengths. Unlike most podcasts that magically last the same time each episode, ours might be an hour if we interview an interesting guest. Some will be shorter. Some will be longer.
A holistic approach to success is essential for those who are not natural leaders. We are not all blessed with financial or emotional support, a business mindset, or time and money to play with their goals. So you will also hear about different ways to be productive, improve your focus through nutrition and find the sanity you need to keep going.
That's it for the first episode of the Alternative Income Report. I look forward to reading your comments about any opportunities you have tried, would like to try, or have heard about. It doesn't matter how crazy they sound or how little income they generate. Someone, somewhere might find it useful!
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