Leaving Work Behind

On The (In)Essentials of Life

Written by Tom Ewer on December 26, 2013. 21 Comments

…the improvement of ages have had but little influence on the essential laws of man’s existence.

Henry David Thoreau

Cabin in the woodsModern society trains us to believe that our needs are extravagant.

There are of course the “essentials:” a roof over our head, a car in the garage and food on our plate. Health insurance, home insurance, life insurance. Money for the kids’ education. An internet connection, a hot shower in the morning, cable TV, your iPhone.

In reality, only two of the above are essential, at least in the most literal definition of the word. That much should be obvious, yet we have been brainwashed to believe that our needs are complex and varied.

If you were to distill a human’s physical requirements down to their absolute basics, you would be left with nothing other than sufficient food and shelter. Everything on top of that is a luxury, but perversely, it is often those “luxuries” that corral us into a way of living that we eventually strive to escape from.

Humankind’s purpose in life does not have to characterized by an ongoing struggle for more. While I am not suggesting that you head out into the woods, build a cabin and subsist on the land alone à la Thoreau, you would invariably benefit from a reassessment of what you think you need versus what you really need.

This may require a radical change in your thought process and a reevaluation of what it is in life that you value, but to open your mind to the often transient nature of money (it’s in your wallet, it’s used to purchase an inessential, it’s gone forever) can help you to appreciate that it should not exert such a heavy influence on your life.

At the end of the day, we all have bills to pay. We all have financial commitments. Nonetheless, we only have two basic physical needs. Everything else is inessential, no matter how valuable it may seem to you.

If you do nothing other than embrace the inessentiality of modern living and endeavor to release yourself from the the desire for more (and perhaps even embrace the notion of having less), you will instantly become closer to leaving work behind than you were before.

We would all do well to think more like Thoreau, lest we forget entirely the reality of our existence.

Photo Credit: Robert Linder

The Only Figure That Matters (Why My Income Reports Have Been Wrong)

Written by Tom Ewer on December 20, 2013. 24 Comments

Dollar SignI recently announced that I will no longer be publishing income reports here on Leaving Work Behind.

Reactions were mixed — from disappointed to supportive (and combinations of the two). While I knew it was the right decision for me, I was curious to observe what you guys thought.

What I found most interesting was that not one person commented on how no longer publishing income reports might affect my business. After all, I said in the post that I would no longer be keeping track of the money I make on a month-to-month basis. I’m surprised that no one picked up on that and called me crazy. After all, what kind of businessman doesn’t know how much money he’s making?

In this post I want to reveal the only figure that really matters to me and explain how my income reports have been misleading me for a long time.

The Only Figure That Matters

I wasn’t even keeping track of the only figure that matters until I started thinking seriously about stopping income reports. In fact, my income reports were actually preventing me from seeing the real truth of my financial situation.

So what is the only figure that matters? Simple: total liquid capital — i.e. the amount of freely available cash you have in your bank account(s).

On the 20th of every month, I take five minutes to add up the money in all of my accounts:

I exclude any money I put aside for tax. If I had any money tied into investments, I would exclude that too, but I would include any income produced by those investments.

I log these figures in a spreadsheet and compare the total to the previous month. If this month’s figure is comfortably higher than last month’s, I’m happy. If the figure is getting a little too close for comfort or is in the red, I know I need to take action.

More than any other, this figure represents reality. It’s not just a number on a page (like all of the numbers I had in my income reports); it represents the actual cash I have in my bank. It represents my financial security — my ability to live my life in its current guise.

In my opinion, any figure which distracts you from your total liquid capital should be discarded. Nothing is more important.

Money: What Really Counts

People are obsessed with income, but that is only one piece of the puzzle. When it comes to financial security and preserving your way of life, all that truly matters is your liquid capital, which is directly related not only to what you make, but what you spend.

If someone publishes an income report saying they made $20,000 in a month you can be impressed, but what if they spent $30,000 on a new car too? They’re $10k in the red for that month now. Yes, big-figure income reports are impressive, and few people are going to drool over how much money you saved in a month, but those of us in the real world should apply just as much effort to reducing our outgoings as growing our income — especially considering that reducing your outgoings is typically far easier.

I have been hiding from this truth for many months; my income reports have kept me ignorant. Thankfully, with them behind me, I can now see the reality of my real financial situation from month-t0-month.

Ignorance may be bliss, but I’m glad to have had my eyes opened.

But What About Growth?

Although I often say that making money isn’t the most important factor when it comes to running my business, it is still important to me. More money means more security and a greater freedom to mould my business into something that I find as rewarding as possible.

So although I may not be keeping an eye on my specific income figures, I will continue to observe my business’ performance in terms of profit — albeit on a more intuitive level.

My method is quite simple. I can split my business’ main sources of income into three piles:

  1. My writing business
  2. Affiliate income (mainly Westhost)
  3. Product sales (i.e. Paid to Blog)

All I need to do is keep an eye on those figures. I’ll periodically check in on how each income stream is doing (by taking a quick peek at sales figures / projections), and if I spot that anything is awry, I’ll take steps to improve the situation. That’s it.

Could I improve my bottom line by keeping a closer eye on the numbers? Almost certainly. But as a business owner, one can always make more money — one of the key determinants of your profitability is when you choose to say “enough is enough” and apportion more time to other parts of your life.

That’s all I’m doing with my approach. I suppose the only difference is that my relatively laissez-faire attitude — born out of non-profit-oriented priorities — is somewhat unusual.

A Shocking Discovery

Now let’s talk about how my income reports have been “wrong.”

It actually took me stopping income reports to discover that my financial situation isn’t quite as rosy as I realized. Ironically, those income reports were shrouding the truth: that my liquid capital hasn’t been growing as readily as I thought.

Here’s a snapshot of the figures since I started running them:

Total Liquid Capital

On the surface the growth may seem pretty healthy — an increase in liquid capital of ~£2,200 (~$3,500) in less than two months. However, it should be put into perspective. Not only is the surplus gross of tax deductions (and therefore far smaller on a net basis), my income reports had led me to believe that my growth would be more impressive.

For example, my final income report in October announced total earnings of ~$7,500 (~£4,600). My budgeted outgoings are approximately £2,600, which means that my liquid capital should have increased by £2,000 in that month alone. That projection is not reflected by the figures above.

The overriding issue is that my projections are just that: projections.

Firstly, I know that what I budget to spend may not be what I end up spending. Secondly, because of the vagaries of accounting and financial transactions, my income reports did not necessarily reflect the amount of money that ended up in my account in any given month.

The explanation lies partly in the way that I created my income reports: a combination of cash and accrual accounting. I would add up the amount I invoiced to clients, plus what my affiliate partners’ reports said for the month, plus total information product sales, minus cash expenditure in that month.

For the most part, the income I reported would eventually end up in my account, but not necessarily in that month. For example, there is a 90 day holding period on Westhost affiliate payouts, so if I generate $1,500 in sales in January 2014, I won’t get it until April 2014.

The other reason why my income reports did not reflect the money that hit my account was currency charges. I receive the bulk of my money in US$ through PayPal, and they take a very healthy piece of the pie for converting that money into pounds sterling (my native currency). It really hurts to be “double taxed” by PayPal on transaction fees and conversion fees, but that’s the reality of the situation I face.

The moral of the story is this: income reports can be misleading, but the amount of liquid capital you have in the bank can’t. It’s the only truly “honest” figure available.

So What Now?

I’m not panicking. You should know by now that panicking isn’t my style 😉

After all, I’m still making money, and my income reports were broadly correct — while you can take off an amount for conversion charges, the income reported from one month to the next will hit my account eventually.

I now have a far greater awareness about my money than I did before and as such am in a position to make more informed choices — relating to both my income and expenditure. It’s not sexy, but there, I said it.

At the end of the day, money is only money. It’s often put up on a pedestal, but there is more to life. Don’t get me wrong — we all need money to live in relative comfort and security, but earning more than that is a pleasure often blown way out of proportion.

I will strive to increase my income because more money is a good thing (if you treat it with respect). However, it is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to living a fulfilling life. We’d all do well to remind ourselves of that regularly.

Photo Credit: Jordan Lloyd

Why You’re Not Special (And Why You Should Embrace It)

Written by Tom Ewer on December 17, 2013. 23 Comments

Earth from the moonThe human race (in one form or another) has existed for millions of years, and may well exist for many more millions of years. There are over seven billion people living on this planet, and in the time it takes you to read this opening paragraph, several babies will have been born.

Consider some of the most influential figures in history in any given field: Claude Monet, Sir Isaac Newton, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill. Their achievements will mean nothing in the grand scheme of things. Their accomplishments will be moot in the eyes of generations so far ahead of our time as to be alien.

I am telling you these things to emphasize just how inconsequential you are on a universal scale.

Regardless of who you are and what you do in your lifetime, the legacy you leave behind after your death will be nothing more than an infinitesimally small pinprick on the fabric of humankind’s existence.

You can do with this information as you see fit. You have two options:

  1. Use your irrelevance as an excuse to achieve little in your life and forgo happiness.
  2. Embrace your irrelevance. Accept that any ambition you have, no matter how great you may feel it is, means nothing in the grand scheme of things. Put your goals in perspective and recognize that you are capable of achieving almost anything imaginable, as your brain cannot begin to comprehend the scale of possibility inherent within the universe’s existence.

Your potential is far greater than you will ever truly fathom, and yet that potential will ultimately mean nothing in the history of mankind. As such, taking steps closer to reaching your full potential should be a prerequisite of your living. As someone who lives, breathes and thinks, you owe it to yourself.

When you gain the ability to view the world not only through your eyes, but objectively and in its entirety, you quickly learn to appreciate the myriad opportunities that exist to you. Once you are able to gain that most enlightening of perspectives, you will be in a position to make truly great (yet ultimately inconsequential) things happen.

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Why I Will No Longer Publish Income Reports (And What I’m Doing Instead)

Written by Tom Ewer on December 12, 2013. 50 Comments

A wad of dollarsI have been sharing my income on a month-by-month basis ever since I first launched Leaving Work Behind in June 2011. In that time I have gone from losing money to reaching a net profit peak of $8,887 in June 2013.

And yet, the time has now come for me to cease my monthly income reports. It is not a decision I have taken lightly, but it is in my opinion the right thing to do. In this post I want to explain why and also tell you what you can expect instead.

Why I Will No Longer Publish Income Reports

To be honest, I’ve had a rocky relationship with income reports for a long time. I actually stopped doing them in mid 2012, only to start up again after three months.

They’ve always been a bit of a monkey on my back, for multiple reasons. However, it is only recently that I have clearly defined those reasons, which has ultimately led me to this decision.

It started with a post on the community forums a week or so ago (I tend to incubate all of my ideas there) in which I mooted the idea of no longer publishing income reports. I originally outlined my thinking there and I’d like to expand upon it here.

Relevancy

I believe that the more money I make, the less relevant my earnings become to people who are just starting out.

To discover someone who has been on their path for just a couple of years and is earning a few thousand dollars per month is one thing; to see someone who is five years ahead of you and earning $500,000 per year is another.

I’m not saying that I am going to get to that level (although it would be nice ;-)), but I am saying that the more money I make, the less relevant my earnings become.

That is in part why I created Healthy Enough — I wanted a project that I could start from scratch and point to as a success story for those people who have little time and money to spend. I don’t want to create a fancy site with bells and whistles that you have neither the budget nor experience to create — I want to continue to show how people who are just getting started how they can succeed.

For as long as possible, I want to keep my story and my achievements relevant. I don’t think my income reports help me in doing that.

An Emphasis on Earnings

If you’re a regular LWB reader then you’ll know that I don’t worry about money that much these days.

Firstly, I am incredibly fortunate to say that I don’t have to worry about money. I can pay the bills quite comfortably and I am incredibly grateful for that. And contrary to most people whose income grows, I am actually working on reducing my outgoings in proportion to my earnings. Quite simply, money isn’t that important to me (although I won’t pretend that having more of it is a bad thing).

I don’t worry a great deal about the money I make beyond that which I need to keep a roof over my head — what is most important to me is feeling happy in what I do. I am slowly creating a business that revolves entirely around what I love to do (like writing this post, for example), and increasing my income always comes second to that goal.

And that’s a problem when it comes to income reports, as they place a great emphasis on my earnings. They imply that the amount of money I make is more important than anything else, which simply isn’t true.

Don’t get me wrong — making enough money to feed myself is of vital importance, but I’d like to think that I’m no longer at great risk in that respect. I’ve demonstrated how I’ve done that through my past income reports, my blog posts, and arguably most compellingly through my Paid to Blog course. But showing people how to make enough money online to quit their jobs is only one half of the puzzle I intend to solve here on Leaving Work Behind — the other half is to help you create a business that you love running and a life that you love living. Income reports, by their very nature, distract from that goal.

My Thinking

The craziest thing about my income reports is that they influence my thinking.

In the past, when going about my daily business, many of my decisions would be colored by a thought as to how it might affect my income report. Not how it would affect my income, but how it would look on my income report.

I would fret if I didn’t get as much freelance work as I did the month before, as I knew that my income would be lower. The same goes for affiliate earnings and product sales. I’ve already mentioned that money isn’t a number one priority for me, so lower earnings in certain areas is not something I’m worried about (unless there’s some kind of catastrophic dip). And yet, publishing income reports has had a massive influence on how I conduct my business.

In short, I would obsess about making more, month-by-month, just so my progression of earnings would look impressive. That is simply not acceptable. I should be running my business on the basis of what makes me happy, not what a number on a page looks like.

Arbitrariness

Monthly income reports, by their nature, come around once per month. For the purposes of reporting on what I have been doing, that is completely arbitrary. One month I might have loads to say, the next month I might have little of value to offer.

To partition the reporting on my business into monthly segments makes no logical sense beyond the chronological symmetry of monthly reports.

Enjoyment

Quite simply, my income reports take a long time to put together and I don’t particularly enjoy writing them.

First, there’s counting up and verifying all the various sources of income — a real ball ache, to be frank. Now that I’m no longer writing income reports, I won’t be doing that anymore. The specific amount of money I make from one month to the next simply isn’t that important (as long as I have enough to pay the bills!).

Now I focus on just one thing on a month-by-month basis: my total liquid capital. On the 20th of the month I spend five minutes totting up my various account balances (bank accounts, savings, PayPal, and so on), and if the number is bigger than it was the month before, I’m happy. No more worrying about the minutiae.

What This Blog is About

Leaving Work Behind started off as an online accountability journal for my efforts in quitting my job and building an online business, but I’d like to think that it’s now much more than that now.

My key aim with this blog is to help you. I have certainly done that in the past by sharing what I have achieved (and I don’t want that to stop), but I can now also help you by teaching.

Monthly income reports are not the best vehicle for achieving those goals. Telling you how much money I made in a particular month doesn’t help you. What does help you is sharing the practicalities, in a manner that is relevant to you, of how I made that money.

One could reasonably argue that you can do that with income reports, and I’d be inclined to agree. But like I say, income reports are not the best vehicle for doing so.

What I Will Be Doing Instead

That last point brings me neatly onto what you can expect instead of my monthly income reports from now on.

First of all, I will not be publishing any kind of report on a month-by-month basis anymore, for many of the reasons outlined above. However, I will be extracting all of the worth that can be derived from my income reports and presenting it to you in a far more accessible and relevant format.

Take for example the recent launch of my Paid to Blog course. What would be better: a summary of my earnings and what I did in next month’s income report, or a standalone post in which I share all of the numbers and explore the results of the launch in depth? I know which one I’d rather see.

Or take for instance the big decision I made to move from a freelancing business model to subcontracting. That resulted in a 40% drop in my earnings but an 80% drop in my necessary time investment. Sound interesting? Would you rather read about it in an income report or in a standalone post, dedicated solely to that topic?

Let’s get one thing straight: I’m not shy. I don’t mind sharing what I earn with you. That’s not the issue. The issue is doing it in an enjoyable way that is most informative for you. That in a nutshell is why I will no longer be publishing income reports and is why I will now be doing standalone posts that act as mini, ultra-specific income reports in their own right (just without all of the negative connotations).

But What About Traffic?

Income reports are typically very popular. I have little doubt that my traffic will suffer for not publishing them (consider for example Matthew Woodward’s income reports roundups, which sends me a nice chunk of traffic every month). But ultimately, I am less concerned about traffic than I am about creating a resource that I love maintaining and that people love reading.

There is often a disconnect between traffic and value and even between income and value. I could theoretically create a sales funnel to a bullshit product, optimize the hell out of it, drive traffic to it and make more money than I do now. Would that help people more than I do now? No, but it would make me more money.

And that is the point. The level of traffic this blog receives does not represent the quality I have to offer. I do not see a clear connection between the two. Getting more traffic does not necessarily you are suddenly offering more value — you may have just caught a lucky break with a mention on a big site. Nothing actually changed aside from the number of eyeballs on your site.

Many people run blogs to make as much money as possible. I run my blogs for two reasons:

  1. To help pay my bills
  2. To help people

Why is paying the bills first? Because if I can’t keep a roof over my own head, I certainly can’t help people.

Income reports might boost my earnings but they do not define my earnings. Nor are they the best vehicle I can conceive for helping people. Furthermore, I don’t really enjoy creating them and they affect my thinking negatively.

For all of those reasons, income reports on Leaving Work Behind are no more. But don’t mourn the loss. I will be offering you far more value in their place.

Photo Credit: Images of Money

The 100 Blogs You Need in Your Life (LWB 100, 4th Edition)

Written by Tom Ewer on December 10, 2013. 57 Comments

Leaving Work Behind 100The Leaving Work Behind 100 series is getting on for two years old. In that time I have published three editions (now four) of the list and featured many different blogs, past and present.

For those of you who don’t know what the Leaving Work Behind 100 is, the list you will find below is a collection of the top 100 blogs that can help you to quit your job and build a successful online business, as picked by yours truly. As always, I only ever publish a new edition of the list when I feel that it represents a big progression from the previous iteration, which is certainly the case with this fourth edition.

Read on to find out more!

What Makes this Different

As always, this edition of the LWB 100 is a carefully curated list of the blogs that I love the most. It is not hastily thrown together; it is well thought-out. Put simply, if a blog is on this list, it’s worth reading.

So with that out of the way, let’s talk about what’s new.

This edition of the LWB 100 contains over twenty brand new or re-launched blogs. Not only that, some of those blogs are amongst my absolute favorites. The fact that over 20% of the list is made up of brand new and re-launched blogs is testament to how quickly the blogosphere is developing. New entries are marked with a star.

As always, each site is categorized, but I have also included Facebook Like and Twitter Follow buttons for each and every one. If you like the look of something, subscribing is now only a click away.

There is one more new feature, and I consider this the most important: the blogs are no longer ranked in any particular order. When you visit this page, the list will be generated in random order.

Why? Well, I felt that the most popular blogs were getting too much attention, when in reality some of the less popular blogs are than their larger counterparts. I’ve implemented random ordering to address that and give all blogs equal exposure.

A Huge Bonus

I’ve also got something in addition to the list for you today. Something big.

I spoke with many of the bloggers featured below and asked them if they would like to share something with LWB readers as part of this edition of the LWB 100. Many of them were only too happy to do so, which led me to compiling an enormous collection of e-books, manifestos and videos from the likes of Corbett Barr, James Clear, Chris Guillebeau and Tyler Tervooren.

Here are just some of the items you will gain access to:

The list goes on. All you need to do to gain instant access to this resource is enter your email address below and hit “Get Updates”:








I’ll send the link to you straight away, at which point you can unsubscribe if you want to — no strings attached. If you do choose to stick around (and I hope that you do!), you can look forward to weekly updates from Leaving Work Behind.

Before You Start

There are a few things you should take note of before starting with the list:

  1. You can see all of the new and re-launched blogs at a glance by clicking on the header of the first column twice.
  2. Each blog has been categorized by a consideration of its main focus, and the entire list can be sorted by category by clicking on the relevant header. If you feel that a blog has been incorrectly categorized, please let me know.
  3. If you feel that a worthy blog has been missed off the list, please let me know! It may not have made the cut, or I may have missed it. Either way, I would like to know.

With that said, let’s get to it!

The Leaving Work Behind 100 (4th Edition)

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chrisg.comOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/chrisgarrett"][twitter_follow_button user="chrisgarrett"]
The Unbounce BlogOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/unbounce"][twitter_follow_button user="unbounce"]
Mike From MaineInterviews[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/MikeFromMaine"][twitter_follow_button user="MikeFromMaine"]
The Sales LionOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/TheSalesLion"][twitter_follow_button user="TheSalesLion"]
Chris BroganOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/chrisbroganmedia"][twitter_follow_button user="chrisbrogan"]
Alexis GrantInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/writeralexisgrant"][twitter_follow_button user='alexisgrant']
Point Blank SEOSEO[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/pointblankseo"][twitter_follow_button user="PointBlankSEO"]
Buffer BlogPersonal Development[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/bufferapp"][twitter_follow_button user="buffer"]
ConversionXLOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/ConversionXL"][twitter_follow_button user="peeplaja"]
Dumb Little ManPersonal Development[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/dlmblog"][twitter_follow_button user="JWhite"]
Steve Scott SiteInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/authorityaffiliate"][twitter_follow_button user="stevescott1"]
Get Busy LivingLeaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/Getbusylivingnow"][twitter_follow_button user="benny_hsu"]
1Nathan BarryOnline Marketing[twitter_follow_button user="nathanbarry"]
1Making it AnywhereLeaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/MakingItAnywhere"][twitter_follow_button user="anywhereists"]
Income PressInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/incomepress"][twitter_follow_button user="joeykissimmee"]
Niche PursuitsNiche Sites[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/pages/NichePursuitscom/209882025692724"][twitter_follow_button user="nichepursuits"]
Entrepreneur's JourneyInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/yarostarak"][twitter_follow_button user="YaroStarak"]
1Advanced RiskologyPersonal Development[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/advancedriskology"][twitter_follow_button user="tylertervooren"]
QuicksproutInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/quicksprout"][twitter_follow_button user="neilpatel"]
1Entrepreneur BoostInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/EntrepreneurBoost"][twitter_follow_button user="ChrisGuthrie"]
Dollars and RosesInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/dollarsandroses‎"][twitter_follow_button user='dollarsandroses']
Brian GardnerInternet Marketing[twitter_follow_button user="bgardner"]
1Tuts+ BusinessEntrepreneurship[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/FreelanceSwitch"][twitter_follow_button user="freelancesw"]
Smart Passive IncomeInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="http://www.facebook.com/smartpassiveincome"][twitter_follow_button user="patflynn"]
Daily Blog TipsBlogging[twitter_follow_button user="danielscocco"]
1Be a Freelance BloggerFreelancing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/BeAFreelanceBlogger"][twitter_follow_button user="sophielizard"]
Income DiaryInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/IncomeDiary"][twitter_follow_button user="IncomeDiary"]
Four Hour Work Week BlogLeaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/TimFerriss"][twitter_follow_button user="tferriss"]
Kaiser the SageSEO[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/jason.acidre"][twitter_follow_button user="jasonacidre"]
Reviews 'n' TipsBlogging[twitter_follow_button user="danielsharkov"]
Social Media ExaminerOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/smexaminer"][twitter_follow_button user="smexaminer"]
White Hot TruthLeaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/Danielle.LaPorte.Inc"][twitter_follow_button user="DanielleLaPorte"]
Zen HabitsPersonal Development[twitter_follow_button user="zen_habits"]
Adrienne SmithBlogging[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/AdrienneSmithnet"][twitter_follow_button user="AdrienneSmith40"]
Pushing SocialOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/PushingSocialHQ"][twitter_follow_button user='pushingsocial']
My Wife Quit Her JobeCommerce[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/mywifequitherjob"][twitter_follow_button user="mywifequit"]
Man vs. DebtPersonal Finance[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/ManVsDebt"][twitter_follow_button user="ManVsDebt"]
1Caleb WojcikEntrepreneurship[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/calebwojcikdotcom"][twitter_follow_button user="calebwojcik"]
Create As FolkLeaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/createasfolk"][twitter_follow_button user="laurasimms"]
eCommerce FueleCommerce[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/andrew.youderian"][twitter_follow_button user="ecommercefuel"]
Social TriggersOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="http://www.facebook.com/socialtriggers"][twitter_follow_button user="derekhalpern"]
Make A Living WritingFreelance Writing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/makealivingwriting"][twitter_follow_button user="TiceWrites"]
1James ClearPersonal Development[twitter_follow_button user="james_clear"]
1The SparklineOnline Marketing[twitter_follow_button user="Fizzle"]
Write To DoneFreelance Writing[twitter_follow_button user="WritetoDone"]
1Writers in ChargeFreelance Writing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/writersincharge"][twitter_follow_button user="youngprepro"]
1The Write LifeWriting[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/thewritelifesite"][twitter_follow_button user="thewritelife"]
KikolaniOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/kristihinespage"][twitter_follow_button user="kikolani"]
Passive PandaEntrepreneurship[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/passivepanda‎"][twitter_follow_button user="PassivePanda"]
Derek SiversEntrepreneurship[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/sivers"][twitter_follow_button user="sivers"]
Steve PavlinaPersonal Development[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/stevepavlinaLLC"][twitter_follow_button user="stevepavlina"]
Marie ForleoLeaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/marieforleo"][twitter_follow_button user="marieforleo"]
1Moz BlogSEO[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/moz"][twitter_follow_button user="moz"]
1Eventual MillionaireEntrepreneurship[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/eventualmillionaire"][twitter_follow_button user="eventualmillion"]
1Gregory CiottiOnline Marketing[twitter_follow_button user="gregoryciotti"]
Matthew WoodwardSEO[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/matthewwoodward.co.uk"][twitter_follow_button user='MattWoodwardUK']
1James AltucherEntrepreneurship[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/JAltucher.Blog"][twitter_follow_button user="jaltucher"]
Firepole MarketingOnline Marketing[twitter_follow_button user="DannyIny"]

What Now?

Simple: start exploring!

I would recommend that you sort the blogs by category and pick a few that are of interest. Alternatively, if you’re familiar with the LWB 100 then I would recommend you take a look at the new blogs. And you can of course bookmark this post and come back to it whenever you want to find out more on a specific topic.

Please Take A Moment To Spread The Word

The LWB 100 took me a staggering amount of time to put together. I would be extremely appreciative if you would take a moment to share it with your friends and followers. Thank you.

If you would like to feature the list on your own blog, you are more than welcome to do so, but please – link back to Leaving Work Behind.

Finally, if you have been featured on the LWB 100, please feel free to feature the badge found at the top of this post on your blog!