Are You Ready for the Laptop Lifestyle?

Michael Stover
7 min readMay 6, 2023

I run a full-time freelance copywriting and editing business from a single laptop computer.

Are You Ready for the Laptop Lifestyle? #freelancing
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An online career is one that allows you to work remotely, using the internet as your primary means of communication and collaboration. There are many benefits to this type of work, including the ability to set your own schedule and work from home (or anywhere else).

An online career can take many forms: you could be a freelance writer or blogger, an app developer or graphic designer; maybe even start your own business doing something else you enjoy!

Michael Stover — Freelance Writer and Editor

Finding the Right Online Career for You

Before you begin your search, it’s important to understand what kind of job you’re looking for. Do you have a specific industry in mind? Do you want to work from home or do some traveling?

If so, the next step is researching the market and assessing your qualifications. You can use sites like Monster and Indeed to get an idea of what types of jobs are out there and what skills they require; then look at existing resumes in those fields (or even just similar ones) to see how others have approached their job search.

Review your favorite pursuits or hobbies and see if there are similar career opportunities online. If others are willing to pay you to do what you love, you have found your golden ticket to freelance independence.

Developing the Necessary Skills

Once you’ve decided to pursue an online career, it’s time to take action. The first step is developing the necessary skills. There are many ways you can do this:

  • Taking courses
  • Attending seminars and conferences
  • Getting certifications