Considering about 100% of the people that know about my new endeavor have asked the exact same question, I figured it would be beneficial to just answer now or forever hold my peace. Generally, the conversation goes like this:
Them: WOW, I am so excited for you and your travels this year!
Me: Thank you so much, this is quite a big step, but I'm pumped to take this leap.
Them: So what are you going to be doing exactly?
Me: Well, I will be traveling throughout Latin America for the next year and freelancing full time.
Them: But... how will you make money?
Me: Freelancing...full time.
The sarcastic me has had to dial it back a few notches each time I receive this type of response, simply because I am fully aware that most of you have no idea how I could possibly survive, with my current bills, housing, entertainment, feeding myself, flights, etc. by just "freelancing." And, to an extent, it weighed on me how lightly some took the profession or even the term, "freelancing," as if there had to be another avenue to supplement it, like it was a part-time gig or hobby... Like I would just be throwing out content here and there but I would have another full time gig that actually paid the bills.
Nah, that's not it.
On the contrary, as long as I have good (or even mediocre) internet connection, I can work from literally anywhere in the world (the time differences however are the only things that make freelancing even a little bit difficult). The term "freelance" simply means I am either not a full time employee with just one company, work remotely from the home of my choice, or simply am just not in a physical office at all times. I assure you, all of the content that I create has a price, whether fixed, salary or by the hour, and best believe PayPal, Square Cash and Venmo are all acceptable and immediate means of payment straight to my bank account :)
Additionally, because I have an extensive background creating all types of content in a variety of industries including eCommerce, nonprofit and entertainment, my skills translate all across the board so I'm never really doing the same thing over and over again. One day I may be writing a short story for a publication and the next I may be working on a marketing campaign for a private sector organization on the other side of the world.
To sum it up, I'm doing fine, y'all.
Now if someone could air mail me some of my mama's fried chicken... I think I'd be set.