Everyone on the planet, whether they recognize it or not, has a spot — a unique place where they are at their happiest doing what they do best to their highest capabilities. In the not-too-distant past, getting there was often a rocky road that took a lifetime to navigate. Now the voyage has been made easier and faster by a high-speed highway called the Internet.
Growing up in a regional area with its appreciation of the individual, supported by a strong sense of community, is a life experience that never leaves you and often attracts you to places that remind you of home. For the purposes of this article, we’re going to pre-define your spot as a regional area that is farther away from rather than closer to the beaten track.
How to start? Here’s one way to go about it. Picture life as you will live it when you are there. Not the big picture, but the mundane minutiae of everyday living.
Whose face do you first want to see when you wake up? Your mate? Your kids? Your pets? All three or none of the above? It’s O.K. There’s a spot out there for hard-core hermits too.
What sounds do you want to hear? Ocean waves? Forest streams? Hungry whinnies coming from the stable? Or the sound of nothing at all?
What do you want to do when you first get out of bed? Yoga? Email? Fix breakfast? Have someone fix you breakfast? Or, given that you’re punching your own time clock, snuggle back under the covers and sleep late.
What do you want to eat? Coffee and donuts? Fresh fruit from your very own organic garden? Breakfast at the town cafe where you can catch up on world news and local gossip?
Keep on picking the image apart; refining and redefining it until it seems like you’re already living there. Once you encounter your spot in the physical world, whether it’s on vacation or during a family reunion, you’ll know it.
Now for the big question, the one that scares people into accepting the status quo and abandoning the quest for their spot. How to support yourself once you’re there? Enter the Internet where instant gratification is a foregone conclusion. Let’s say you’re stuck in a cubicle somewhere in Melbourne doing a job you don’t care about for a paycheck that doesn’t allow much room for fun after you’ve paid the bills. But your heart, not to mention your talent, is telling you your true calling lies in being a photographer in a small town not far away from where you grew up. Where to begin?
Actually, “where” isn’t the right word for it since “where” on the net is anywhere you want it to be. Whether that’s a bed, a desk or a stack of hay bales out in the barn is of absolutely no consequence.
In some cases, you don’t even need a computer to find work. Get paid to talk on your smart phone to people who want to learn English as a second language. Translate French via your tablet. Earn royalties for your photos on sites like Flickr and Shutterstock. Add a computer to the mix, and there’s no end to it. Write blogs. Write resumes. Write assessment pieces. (O.K. that one’s a little shady, but it does pay very well.) Transcribe. Translate. Do surveys. Do research. Set appointments. Provide customer support and service. No question, you’ll work hard. And at least at the beginning, you’ll probably be doing it for somewhat below your former pay grade. But remember, you’ll be doing it in a place where you’re at your best. And you’ll have plenty of time and energy to pursue your true calling, in this case creating a photography studio that will blossom on the Internet.
Here’s the kicker. What we’re suggesting you do is what made The Other Girl a success. The services we provide — and there are many more than we’ve already mentioned — are possibilities both for those who work at home in a regional area and those who need support while they work elsewhere.
Contact us. We’d be delighted to share the secrets to our success, not that they’re really secrets at all. Imagination. Hard work. Doing things completely and well. Never setting limits on what we can do. Finding our spot and supporting yours. Or perhaps even adding you to our team. Who knows. Once you’ve found the right spot, all things are possible.