I recently had the privilege of coming across Brian Robben, who has written two incredibly successful books on Amazon: The Golden Resume and Freedom Money. You can read both of his books for free with Kindle Unlimited and they’re worth checking out.
Because becoming an author is an obvious way to achieve location independence, I decided to ask Brian a couple of questions regarding self-publishing and personal finances. Here are his responses.
What advice would you give to someone interested in making self-publishing their full-time income?
There’s so much to this question that I could write a 30,000 word book on it, but I’ll do my best to answer with the key essentials.
Once you have your book idea, then you should stop thinking about it and absolutely go for it. Write every single day for an hour (or at least 5 days a week) and don’t procrastinate.
To stay productive in these 60 minutes, it’s very helpful to know what time that you work best (morning, day, or night), and then write during that time.
Also, you can help yourself destroy procrastination by outlining your book. First, determine how your book is going to be broken up by sections or chapters. And then outline these individual chapters by writing the introduction, supporting sections, and conclusion from start to finish.
After you go through a couple of drafts, get your book edited, and then publish it, remember that marketing your book is just as important as writing a quality book.
To get your book in front of the most eyes possible, write guest posts, go on podcasts, and share your book on social media. If you have a blog with an email list, that’s probably where you’re going to sell the most amount of your books.
And after your first book is published, the next best marketing move is to write another book. If you stick with it, there’s no reason you can’t make thousands of dollars a month in book royalty income.
I share more on how to self-publish on my new website: SelfPublishingX.com.
Can you tell us about how one of your books may benefit location independent entrepreneurs/freelancers?
My newest book—Freedom Money: Simple And Automatic Steps For Young Adults To Get Rich—is actually a perfect read for the location independent entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur, and if you’re anything like me, I image that you routinely face two issues.
First, you face the temptation of putting all your income into your business. While I’m all for believing in yourself and being ambitious, you need to set aside a certain percentage of your income to pay yourself first. If you don’t do this and you let your business eat all your money, then you’ll miss a critical opportunity to reach financial freedom and protect yourself.
So in Freedom Money, I recommend readers save 50% of their income. Now that’s an unusually high number, but I like to set the bar high because I believe that inspires greater results.
The second issue is that you’re almost always pressed for time, right? Because of this, the automated financial strategies I describe in my book are going to save you valuable time and energy. If you spend a couple of hours one evening to implement these action steps, then you’ll have a money system that works for you to automatically save and automatically invest for the rest of your life.
This autopilot machine is like clockwork every single month. It’s hands off and requires no future decisions. Now you can spend your time working more or enjoying life and not worrying about your money.
I guess we’ll have to check out that new book!