A high-flying mom who gambled every part to begin a nomadic life together with her husband and their household has boosted her annual £40,000 revenue to 6 figures after launching 4 companies from a campervan.
Tired of the rat race, in 2016 Jennifer Constant, 37, then working as an account director in fundraising, and her husband, Terry, 41, who was in logistics, bought their £310,000 four-bedroom Bristol residence and moved right into a £12,000 CI campervan with their son Ethan, then one – to journey the world.
While Terry now not has a job, their off-grid way of life – which has taken them throughout Europe to 21 nations – boosted somewhat than curbed Jennifer’s entrepreneurial abilities, seeing her launch a celebrant listing and digital advertising company, which was quickly raking in rewards.
The arrival of their second son Arlo, born in Grenada, Spain, in December 2019, meant they briefly rented a flat – additionally staying in a single place in Spain throughout Covid lockdowns – however they’re now on the transfer once more, dwelling rent-free for the subsequent 4 months, having spent three of their 5 years with out paying a penny by house-sitting grand properties internationally.
Jennifer, who’s at the moment house-sitting in Worthing, West Sussex, now hopes to earn sufficient to retire in consolation throughout the subsequent 10 years, saying: “If we’d stayed put, I wouldn’t have done what I’ve done.
“I never knew I had it in me to actually make that kind of money – it blows me away.”
She added: “At some point, I will be able to sit back and let the businesses run without me at the head of them and just live full on, off grid, without bills, in a self-sustainable home we build.
“We will finally be able to live with complete freedom and without work.”
Prior to promoting their residence and most of their belongings in the summertime of 2016, Jennifer mentioned she and Terry – who now spend solely £500 a month on all their outgoings, besides the youngsters’s tuition – have been breaking their backs working to afford their residence and way of life.
Missing out on Ethan’s early years, as they have been working full time, whereas forking out £1,000 a month for his nursery charges alone, the couple have been determined to interrupt away.
“We had everything we desired, the jobs, the house and our son, but it wasn’t right – it wasn’t what we wanted,” mentioned Jennifer.
“I suffered really badly with anxiety before we left, because I was worried about everything – what shoes I wore, what my hair looked like, painting and decorating the house, having a nice car etc.”
She added: “It wasn’t until we were out of our comfortable home, living out of one tiny cupboard in a motorhome, where I built my businesses, that I realised, ‘Hey, there’s so much more to life, and so much more that I can give my children.’
“Choosing this lifestyle has freed me.”
Finally able to hit the street in January 2017 with Ethan, now six, of their £12k van from Norfolk, their lives modified nearly in a single day as they set off to see Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy and different nations.
During their early travels, Jennifer labored in libraries and web cafés alongside the best way, serving to her to compile a listing of celebrants – individuals who carry out ceremonies. Her purpose was to create a one cease store on-line house for concepts, inspiration and details about celebrants.
Quickly adopted by a digital advertising company for wedding ceremony professionals – JenniferClaire.com – its success soared alongside one other sideline she began as a hit coach.
“I built my businesses library across Europe, picking up WiFi where I could,” she mentioned.
“I now have six members of staff with my directory and, across my four businesses, I earn a multi six figure salary.
“I’m now able to work three days a week, as well, finishing at 2pm, so I can be with the kids in the afternoons, because I have taken the time to build up a team around me that I trust.”
When Jennifer and Terry found they have been having a child in March 2019, they nonetheless loved wild tenting – stopping wherever they fancied – and solely began renting a flat a couple of months earlier than Arlo’s due date in December.
She mentioned: “Travelling while pregnant in a motorhome was interesting, getting bigger and bigger, but we continued doing things in our own way.
“It is hard to be a nonconformist when it comes to pregnancy, because everyone tells you that you need a mortgage and need to settle down and support your family.
“But I have grown my businesses from a laptop and have enough coming in that I don’t need to worry about money. We can be independent.”
Then, a couple of months after Arlo’s start, the Covid pandemic compelled the household to remain in a single place, so that they bought their motorhome and rented a flat in Spain.
Jennifer mentioned: “Spain had a severe lockdown, which was really hard with a four year old and a three month old, in an apartment without much outside space.
“You could only leave the house if you had a dog to walk which we didn’t.”
She added: “This was really tough, because Ethan just wanted to be out and doing things.
“He had grown up interacting with different people, places and cultures and suddenly, we couldn’t go out.”
But, as soon as restrictions lifted, in the summertime of 2020, the household shortly resumed their adventures – this time house-sitting throughout Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and the USA.
Jennifer mentioned: “We’ve found some incredible places to stay.
“We spent four months in a 16th century mill in Spain and we stayed in a five-bed house in Washington, DC, USA, last year.
“The owners just leave the key under the mat and we look after their pets or put the heating on and get to stay in these beautiful homes.”
While the couple have loved their nomadic way of life, they plan to design and construct a house that will probably be utterly off-grid, the place Jennifer hopes she will begin her early retirement throughout the subsequent decade.
She mentioned: “We want to be completely self-sustainable and build a home in Portugal or Spain.
“When you think about the future and climate change, we don’t know what the world will look.”
Jennifer added: “We want to build a home with solar energy, our own water system and just be full on off-grid, so we don’t have the bills.
“I want to be able to just sit back and let the businesses run without me.
“We don’t have any debts, so everything we make just goes into investments, pensions, and savings. We are moving towards the day where I don’t have to work anymore.”
Jennifer’s teaching sideline has additionally turn out to be an academy, the Trainee Academy of Modern Celebrancy, which is flourishing.
“It’s loopy, even I believe, ‘How the heck did I do that?’” she said.
“But being free, I am able to take risks and focus, because Terry is the main caregiver in our family, taking the boys off for adventures.”
Jennifer added: “I recorded most of my course content from my phone and have run challenges from campsites across Europe.”
While the family are temporarily based in Worthing, where they are house-sitting, their largest outgoing is the boys’ schooling, as they’re paying £500 a month for personal college for Ethan and £300 a month for nursery for Arlo whereas they’re there.
Other than that, they spend simply £70 every week on meals and £400 on payments and different bills.
And the couple are eager to take away the youngsters from mainstream schooling and provides them extra tailor-made and sensible studying from tutors at residence.
“We want them to be more involved in nature and around like-minded people,” mentioned Jennifer.
“Ethan is such a free spirit and is so adventurous and inquisitive, always asking questions and I just don’t think he’d be able to sit still long enough to get through the day in a normal school.”
But this improvised lifestyle fits all members of the Constant household completely.
Jennifer mentioned: “We pretty much fly by the seat of our pants every day.
“We don’t have any routines and the kids don’t have bedtimes – the only thing we have to fit around is my work.”
She added: “It will depend when I have meetings, but I will do four hours of work and then plan adventures in the afternoon and go to the pool or park or a local tourist attraction.”
While the household have moved round over the previous few years, Jennifer mentioned they’ve all the time discovered a method to meet different households, via the facility of Facebook teams.
“We joined local groups everywhere we went and would ask to meet up with other parents with five year olds,” she mentioned.
“We met up in parks or the beach with families or joined home-schooling groups and we even found a family from Australia that we ended up travelling with for two weeks in Romania in 2018.”
With the price of dwelling disaster tightening purses throughout the nation, Jennifer feels grateful for the leap of religion they took again in 2016, because it has given them their dream way of life with out breaking the financial institution.
She mentioned: “The UK is so unaffordable right now that I don’t want to get myself back in a big mortgage.”
Jennifer added: “I would never have imagined I would earn six figures from businesses that I built in a campervan with two kids living nomadically.
“But we’ve done it and we’ve never been happier, less stressed or more successful.”
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