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Eight Lessons from Life on the Road

Last week, we wrapped up our #RVLife experiment. As you probably heard, my husband and I packed up our daughter and hit the road. You can read more about how we went from half-joking to very much serious here.  I learned a lot over the past 45 days while living in and traveling in an RV. We traveled from our home in Seattle through five states and five national parks. While we are back in Seattle, we have some exciting adventures planned for the rest of 2020. Stay tuned to hear what we do next. 

Lessons from the Road:

#1 The purpose of investing is to fund your ideal lifestyle. Don’t skip this part. Prioritize family time and schedule work around that. Also, you may find what used to take you eight hours to do will only take two hours if that’s all the time you give yourself to work.

#2 No plans are sometimes the best plans. We’ve stumbled upon the most rad places by just driving around with no destination in mind. Plus, over-planning actually keeps you from experiencing the present.

My husband capturing this beautiful sunset in Moab last month.

#3 For remote investing, deal flow is everything. Even though I’ve only worked for maybe ten hours a week, my inbox is full of deals every day. All I have to do is choose which ones to make offers on. While we’ve been traveling, I’ve written an offer on a self-storage facility, an 18-unit apartment complex, a brand new duplex, and a 6-unit.

#4 Growth happens outside of your comfort zone. The bigger the leap, the bigger the opportunity for growth and positive change.

My days consisted of writing offers and emails in the morning then exploring in the afternoons with my husband and daughter. Here we are chasing our daughter in Capitol Reef National Park in Utah.

#5 Stuff breaks all the time. It’s a fun challenge on how to fix stuff in the middle of nowhere creatively. Two pennies and a sim card are keeping our fridge latched right now.

#6 Business owners: if you cannot leave your business for at least four weeks at a time, you have some work to do. Invest in people + systems. I have stress-tested ten weeks away. Click here to read about what I call my mini-retirement in 2018.

#7 Share your journey. Sure, it feels kind of weird, but you never know who you might be inspiring along the way. I’ve only had the courage to take these risks because I’ve followed others who went before me. Follow along on instagram @jenniferbeadles @agentsinvest

#8 Don’t get so caught up earning a living that you forget to live. No one looks back and wishes that they had spent more time at the office.

All of this is possible because my income is location-independent. Investing in real estate is just one way to have location-independent income. Everyone on our Agents Invest team has location independent income either from rental or full-time work or owning a gym on the other side of the state. If you want to invest in real estate, I recommend reading our blog post on “How to Have Unlimited Funds to Invest“.

We’ve made some big plans and are working through the logistics now, but we’re looking forward to more growth + contribution in 2020.  I truly believe you can be anyone you want in five years.

Lastly, did you know you can predict your future using this one metric? Click here to find out how.

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Jennifer Beadles

I’m Jennifer Beadles, and together with my family, we are living the day-to-day of a financially independent family thanks to our rental properties.

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