I've already read 3 of the books in your Cool Book Shop: 'Ebay the Interviews'; 'Start Your Own Writing Business'; and most significantly: Stop Work - Get Rich - 'The Lazy Man's Guide to Making Big Money'
I have to say that I've enjoyed them all and found them very informative and inspirational. However 'The Lazy Man's Guide to Making Big Money' has really struck a chord with me.
Paul and I long ago realised that being an employee generally involves someone else using our time inefficiently, in a very inflexible manner and for their profit. For this reason we're well underway with our planned change of lifestyle.
Briefly the steps involved are thus:
We rent our house out a few months from now and go to live on the narrowboat we've already purchased for this purpose using the equity from the house (the rent received covers the mortgage on the house and boat);
I leave my job to go freelancing using the Internet so our actual location is unimportant;
Our living expenses drop drastically and this gives us a breathing space while we build up our new income streams.
The icing on the cake with all this is that I'm currently employed as a Technical Author and am also heavily involved in the electronic publishing side. I was intending to take on authoring contracts and page layout work from existing contacts. However, although I'll accept this to start with, I'm going to write some e-books using the skills, equipment and software I already have and see how that takes off as well. Everything seems to be falling into place. We also plan to use ebay as an additional income stream as we have an established presence there.
Thank you Martin for helping us to be confident that we're on the right path but also taking our ideas several leaps beyond what we'd first envisaged.