Yesterday, we talked about the possibility of working — at least for part of the year — in a place you’d normally go only for vacation. I said I believed that if you played it right, you could have your cake and eat it too — live in a paradise and earn good money doing so. Today, I’d like to tell you how. It’s very simple. The first thing you need to do is to shape your job into something that is critical to your business. I’ve talked about this before.

All work is important, but there are usually only three types of work that are critical. These are sales/marketing, product/idea development, and profit management/pushing. If you are doing the first two of these, you are in luck. What you have to do next is develop your skills to such a point that your employer will think of you as invaluable. I’ve explained how this is done many times in past ETR messages so I won’t rehash it here.

The point is that once you are seen as invaluable, it will be relatively easy for you to get your boss/company to agree to a relocation. He/they would be crazy to refuse you. Most of what you do — when you do these things — can be done on your own and from anywhere. And if you do them really well, they won’t risk losing you simply because you want to spend part of your time doing them from a remote location.

The wonderful thing about taking this track — becoming a superstar marketer/seller or product/idea developer — is that you will make more money and gain more power as you develop your skills. The better you get, the more you’ll make, the greater your say-so and the more likely you’ll be able to work from Rome.

So if you are working toward becoming a topnotch marketer/salesperson or product/idea developer, get to work on that and your relocation dreams will be a cakewalk when you are ready. Tomorrow, I’ll tell you what to do if you are a pusher or a profit-center manager. I’ll even suggest a course of action if you are in the peripheral fields (i.e., customer service, accounting, operations, etc.).