The list I have compiled in this post are of people that are living the dream that I want to live in some way. They are all self-employed and control their own time. They all have their own stories and have tailored their lives according to how they want to live it. And I believe that is the key theme that runs through all of the sites; own your life.
Jonathan Fields – is a former lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.
Pat Flynn – was laid off of his job as a senior drafter for an architecture firm and has been making a full time living online ever since.
Tom Ewer – seven months after deciding to quit his job, he did. He now makes his living as a freelance writer and developing niche websites.
Pam Slim – she left the corporate world in 1996 to work for herself. She now helps others do the same.
Justin Wright – a blogger, WordPress consultant, and digital nomad whose main goals are to be happy, spend time outdoors, and help as many people as he can.
Chris Guillebeau – has been to self-employed his entire life. He helps others realize their dreams of working for themselves.
http://chrisguillebeau.com/3×5/overnight-success/ – his free book on creating your own success.
Glen Allsop – started creating websites when he was 15. He is has tons of free content on how to market online.
Michael Dunlop – started making money online when he was very young. Had an epiphany on how to convert visitor that has totally changed the way he markets.
Maren Kate – founder of Zirtual.com, I think the name of her blog says it all.
Dirk De Bruin – I really liked this side-by-side comparison he has on the benefits and drawbacks of working for yourself.
Corbett Barr – says you should not just useinfo from a person’s about page to write about them in a list like this, so, I didn’t do that for him. He has some great insights into making your own destiny. He runs thinktraffic.net and corbettbarr.com (formerly freepursuits.com
http://www.corbettbarr.com/18-months-2-blogs-six-figures – free ebook about his journey.
Christine Gilbert – quit her corporate job in 2009, sold everything, and is making a living while she travels the world. She is working on a documentary about people who work online and travel the world.
Sunil – an immigrant who moved to the USA when he was 15 and makes a living working online.
Cody McKibben – quit his job in 2007 and has been self-employed ever since. He travels Southeast Asia and works from his laptop.
Lea Woodward – lives a location independent lifestyle with her husband and daughter.
Barbara Weibel – left her 70 hour a week job to pursue a 6 month backpacking trip on her own. She has some really beautiful photos on her site of her travels.
Theodora Sutcliffe – started out on a one year journey with her nine year old to travel Asia. Decide they liked it so much, they didn’t stop.
Simon Fairbairn and Erin McNeaney – sold everything in 2010 and left the UK to travel the world.
Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott – left the Czech Republic in 2006 to travel and take photographs. They have been to over 70 countries.
Christy and Kali – decided to travel after college. They work online to make a living while they travel.
Colin and Tracy Burns – working remotely and traveling the world with their two small children
Katherine and Michael Tyson – an artist and software developer who are traveling Europe while they work.
Michael Tieso – sold everything he had in 2009 to travel and make his living on the internet.
Cori Padgett – a ghostwriter and internet marketer who love to help others realize their dream of becoming an entrepreneur.
Ross Dawson – a successful entrepreneur, I thought the post below were some compelling reasons to be self employed.
Carole Seawert – a marketing copywriter who has been writing twice as long as she was an employee.
David Airey – a self employed graphic designer and design author.
All of the blogger in this post are living the lives they want to live. They have taken control. They are their own boss. If you desire to be your own boss, I hope you find the strength to get there and take the steps necessary. I know it will be the greatest adventure of your life.