The road to self employment is a piece of cake and everyone should do it.
Now that I have your attention I will come clean, That first line isn’t true. For most anyway.
Self employment for me is about a dream. Not just a boring business that I copy and paste a how to from others. It’s about creating what I view is my dream life and living each day as I want to. This isn’t at all easy.
Last week we shot to the Far North to help my parents with their little slice of rocky roaded self eployment. You can find Saturday here
They have had easily enough of their own problems incl that big shed burning down but boy, what an amazing process for the produce.
Sunday morning we were up and looking to score a feed (thumbnail hints as to how it went)
Back to self employment. As far as my dream goes, in my mind I want to go skim, surf, spear, run my brand and shoot content all day.
The complications arise when you actually have to make a few bucks from these things because life is expensive. One thing I’ve always had from the start is product to sell and I’m always looking to expand this. Selling is hard but when it’s your own product but boy, it’s satisfying. Anytime someone wants to fork out their hard earned cash on something I made makes the pursuit of the dream worth it!
Producing content is much harder than selling product as it requires far more of my time invested, for much less income. If I wasn’t so passionate about it, I wouldn’t be doing it. For some reason I love it!
Oh and on a sales orientated pitch you can sign up to my mailing list here.
As of the 22nd of October I’ve lived in a van. Before I get into this blog post here is the video from moving week
Before you gasp and ask the obvious questions I will post some obvious answers.
It’s not a tiny van, I can stand up.
I park mainly up at my shed space where I run my business from.
It’s not that difficult to find a toilet.
Solar or borrowed shower. I’m still working on a really solid option here.
Yes it helps me save a lot of money.
I don’t have a move out date.
To be perfectly honest as of right now, this is one of the best things I have ever done. The van isn’t quite finished but I’m chipping away at it. It doesn’t make me feel uncomfortable at all but it does make me feel warm, happy and freeeeee. Which is great!
So where to from here? Well I’m essentially rebuilding my business at the moment. The hardest thing I feel has been the volume of equipment i ave from boat stuff, van stuff, skimboards, surfboards, dive ear, print gear, you get the picture.
Overall I’m feeling super stoked on this and would encourage anyone out there thinking about it, to seriously look into it! I can’t wait to make some proper road trips happen very soon. Will keep the updates coming as I make progress.
There are so many types of content floating around out there that I don’t even really know where to be begin.
In my first phase years ago of making stuff to put online it was all skimboard orientated because that’s what I knew. Fast forward a few years to where I am now. I tend to split between vlogs/day in the life stuff, informative and more nicely edited visual treats. Or however you want to explain it all.
Here’s some interesting stats of my own that I’ve learnt from my own content.
-Vlogs have a much higher initial engagement due to the personal aspect of them. You can see in this weeks one below
– Informative videos seem to work well once they’ve been in the system for a long time.
– Finely edited videos with very little personality expressed, don’t do as well as they did 5 or so years ago but…. If you create a video targeted at something specific then they can and do get on a little roll.
– The average spearfishing video possesses zero creativity. There’s no personality or context to what is going on.
– The average drone video possesses zero creativity. There’s so many people putting content out now that it has become overused and dull.
– Surfing related content creates a heeeeeap of interest but also the most negativity.
– Podcasts are rad and are booming. Is this the rise of real news from real people?
-Adventure based content from little businesses and/or groups is on a massive boom right now. Soon to be horribly saturated.
-Fishing content is so popular to the point that I don’t really think you can make anything original!?
-There’s a lot of negativity online but the channels I have created seem to get much lower than my average share, which is great!
That’s just a few things I can think of off the top of my head that I’ve noticed from my own experiences. As the online content market rises so do the opportunities for people, young people in particular.
The dictionaries definition of hobby is this “an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure.”
As children we all have hobbies. We have plenty of free time, therefore we have hobbies. Some of us continue with these hobbies our whole lives, most of us don’t.
As “adults” we need a hobby or two. Judging by our obesity statistics my opinion is that that hobby could do with being somewhat physical. A hobby that makes you sweat and improves your physical fitness is the best kind of hobby.
A lot of retired people need more hobbies. This would help occupy their time, assist with the aging process and lastly (and hopefully) give them an interest besides targeting young people having fun.
Even though we retire from work at a late age we seem to retire from hobbies much, much earlier. Remember the days when you had time to be bored? BORED! Now most of us just work too much in order to “get ahead”. I don’t quite know what is “ahead” but I do know a life without time for my hobbies is a shit life.
One of my favourite quotes is “You didn’t stop skateboarding because you got old. You got old because you stopped skateboarding”. I don’t skate but this is absolutely perfect.
I am an obsessive hobbyist. When I find something I like, I like to do it. Every so often isn’t enough, that’s not a true hobby. I want to get good at it and everything is a competition, including with myself. It’s gotten to the point where I believe you can monetize any hobby. But why do you want to make money from your hobby?
TO DO IT MORE!
This isn’t easy. In fact it’s bloody hard, just like life.
This weekend consisted of hobbies, nothing really else. Skimboarding, diving and good food was the order for Saturday
Sunday with better viz and a beaut forecast we were off to hit the water
If you’ve been following me for a while that this is a fairly common thing here. I’m learning more about myself all the time and where my hobbies can take me. It’s much further than you would think.
Lately I’ve been really nerding out of that thing called nature. I have always loved the outdoors and have always prided myself in having a child and adulthood mainly spent outside.
As you may know New Zealand is nice. I would sell it harder but honestly we have plenty of tourists as it is. One thing we don’t really have though is killer animals. You know like Lions and Snakes and shit like that.
When it comes to the ocean though, we have killers. Most we know about, some we don’t. It has been terrible for diving the last couple of months so I haven’t seen as many as I would have liked to. Yeap I want to see them!
This afternoon I saw something leap out of the water. My first thought was a big Shark. A bluey grey colour makes me thing Mako. I didn’t want to jump to a conclusion so I just assumed dolphin but with no fins, spray or jumping in the little while after bring me back to Mako. This is awesome! Just nature doing nature and only a couple hundred metres off the back of one of my favourite dive spots. Wasn’t a baby either.
The Far North has it’s fair share of these predators and I have been spending a bit of time there recently. The last trip was to try and spear a Marlin. I’ve dropped a heap of vlogs as usual so you’re welcome to dig a little deeper in OXS TV. The day below consisted of huge dunes, big wave and weather forecasting for the next day
Game day. As far as being nervous goes, this day was up there.We went out so try find a Marlin to spear. I was to be alone in the water in a pressure cooker situation. Here’s the day
As I get a little older I’m feeling more drawn towards this sort of stuff. After seeing what I’m pretty sure I saw today (what a mouthful), I flew the drone over the area in the hope I could spot something, did a little work out then just went back to the water and stared. Fascinated.
Long term I want to get a lot more involved with this sort of thing and document it. Nature tearing nature a new ahole is weirdly fascinating and I want to be part of it.