Name: Colin Wright
Email: colingwright [at] gmail.com
How do you go about selling all of your possessions? How can you amicably and respectfully break up with your girlfriend (or boyfriend) to live the mobile lifestyle? How can you streamline your business by cutting down the number of clients, cutting down hours worked, and still maintain the same revenue stream? Do mobile artists live from paycheck to paycheck or do they make more than enough to save money for whatever they want?
Colin Wright answers ALL of these questions and more. I really respect Colin for his wisdom, kindness, and business savvy. Trust me, you’re going to learn a whole lot from this interview.
Here’s a summary of our summary:
How are you breaking the template lifestyle?
Colin decided to “invest” in himself by selling everything that he owns and taking his business on the road to Argentina. He now runs his business in a new country every four months. He then lets his readers vote for what country he goes to next.
How long into your business did you decide to take it on the road?
After 2 years into his business, Colin reached a point where he did not have to promote himself anymore. Once he got into the right groups in LA, it became “too easy” to get clients. I was fun, but he was working 100 hour weeks.
How did you optimize your work so that you could maintain the same level of income but work significantly less hours?
Colin applied the 80/20 principle to his business. He pin-pointed the clients that were bringing in the most revenue and decided to only focus those types of clients. Clients that could not afford Colin’s rates were referred to other designers that Colin trusted and recommended.
Colin then increased his price-point per client through bundled packages: design work, brand work, illustrations, marketing, and social media grouped packages.
Colin also set firm guidelines and milestones with his clients so that he would not have to get on a call with them every week.
What is the best way to sell my possessions?
It was a full-time job for a couple of months to sell everything. Most of the sales came through friends.
Colin had a garage sale room and would invite every friend that came over to take a look at the items in the room and purchase what they liked.
What is a break-up party?
Colin had an idealistic relationship with his girlfriend at the time. They mutually decided to part ways because their lives were going in completely different directions.
Their break-up party celebrated their parting of ways because of the love and respect that they have for each other.
How did you move to Argentina without knowing anyone there and without knowing the language?
Colin has a rule when he goes to a new country:
He reads the Wikipedia article about the country, and then talks to people about the country. He does not do any research beyond that because he does not want to spoil the experience.
Do you feel everyone has the potential to do what you do, or do you feel that only certain skill sets have the ability to live the mobile lifestyle?
In the mobile lifestyle path, you will usually find the usual suspect: freelancers, teachers, designer, developers
If your current skill-set does NOT currently have a mobile trajectory, then you need to create it or you need to learn skill-sets that will allow you to live mobile.