Everybody is talking about a laptop lifestyle business, but what does it really mean?
To understand how a laptop lifestyle business really can change everything, let’s view a couple of examples from the past.
When the car became achievable for ordinary average people, it replaced the horse transportation and created a whole new market.
The agricultural revolution and after that, the industrial revolution did both occur due to innovations. The industrial revolution was a movement that improved the production by replacing human labor with tools. Production got faster, cheaper and with higher quality. It was a significant milestone for economic growth.
The innovations of today mainly focus on the digital world. Without even reflecting anymore, we are all accustomed to making bank transactions on the Internet. Tickets of all kinds you purchase via your laptop or smartphone. With the growth of Uber, ordinary taxis will soon only be a chapter in the history books.
The new laptop lifestyle business environment is here to stay, with you or without you.
The Internet of Things (IoT), the next Industrial Revolution, will change the way all businesses, governments, and consumers interact with the physical world.
Here are some interesting data:
- There will be 34 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020, up from 10 billion in 2015.
By 2006, 6% of the world population was connected to the Internet.
- For 2010, the figure grew to 26%, and by 2020 almost 100% will be connected.
- Of the increasing growth of sales of the Internet products and services related to information and education amount to $126 million per day.
Create Your Laptop Lifestyle Business As A Chameleon
The digital revolution, like it or not, is taking place here and now. We all have two alternatives to choose among:
Not accept the new way of doing business and the unique automated consumer style, the digital lifestyle, but treat it as a short fashion wave that soon will die out – the dinosaur syndrome.
We all know what happened to the dinosaurs….
Be a “chameleon,” (these incredible animals changing their skin color depending on the environment), and trying your very best to take advantage of the new digital era.
If you belong to the big group of baby boomers, as I do, born between 1946 and 1964, there are certain hurdles to overcome.
The most important and also the most common reason to close out baby boomers from the laptop lifestyle business community has its roots in the education system where we grew up.
All professional opinion, advice, and treatment to a person suffering from any disease or illness, it requires many years of medical studies at the University. “So, keep your hands off and do not even try to play the role of a doctor.”
To construct a bridge over a river, you need years of engineering skills. “So, why should you even bother to think about how to build a bridge?”
To be a successful businessperson, you need years of studies in economics and business administration from a well-reputed university or business school. “So,…..well, don’t think about it.”
Nobody will blame you for this way of thinking. It was the way we were educated and brainwashed. Probably it was the best way of succeeding at that time.
The Laptop Lifestyle Business Environment Changes Everything
Times are changing, and the new digital world is different. Entrepreneurs like Bill Gates, who eagerly developed Windows and making it possible for regular people like you and me to enter the computer world, and Steve Jobs who with the same vision in mind developed the first computer accessible for “normal” people, they have turned up-side-down the mindset to use.
To figure out if you fulfill the attributes of a dinosaur thinking, you will defend yourself with the following set of objections to typical questions about the Internet and digital life:
“ The Internet is not for me. I’m too old for this.”
“ I never got the opportunity to learn these skills at school.”
“ My children and grandchildren use it because they are accustomed to it.”
“ This is something that won’t survive for a long time.”
“ I don’t trust online payments.”
“ I prefer personal service.”
The list can be much longer, but with these few examples, you can probably see the pattern.
The truth is that with the new and disruptive innovations in place, every single person on earth with access to a computer or any other Internet-connected device can be a digital “guru,” and you will be it sooner than what you can imagine. But you need to change from a “dinosaur” mindset to the one of a “chameleon.”
A Laptop Lifestyle Business Is Perfect For Baby Boomers
Although we often portray baby boomers as the postwar generation of opportunity and optimism, many boomers worry about retirement and are failing to prepare adequately for the transition from work to retirement. Many boomers are planning to remain in the workforce beyond age 65 for various reasons, if for nothing more than a consistent income and a sense of identity.
Even if the income could be a reason to continue working after the retirement, (and indeed it’s a good and valid one), more available free time is another important cause. You would like to enjoy your retirement but work with something on your terms. Something you love to do.
In my article, "Why You Should Start Your Own Business At 50+," you can read more about advantages to start your business when reaching senior age.
After erasing ultimately, the “dinosaur” excuses, the next step to take is all about leveraging your passions in life. In a Gallup research, it shows that 2015 only 32% of U.S. workers are engaged at work, meaning they feel a passion for what they are doing. Alarming figure!
Life is too short not to enjoy every single day.
A laptop lifestyle business means to you that you can work from any place you wish. Your laptop and an Internet connection, and you’re in business.
As a typical baby boomer in an offline world and aging into an online world, this article relates pretty well to what I'm going through in my life. It's also a wake-up call to show how you can become a passionate online marketer as well.
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