One of the unexpected joys of creating the Future is Freelance podcast is learning about all the ways that skills and experience intertwine in unexpected ways to create lucrative new career paths. Our guest for Season 2, Episode 2 of the Future is Freelance podcast is no different.
Meet Leah Ziliak. Leah started her career in the Nashville music business, before transitioning into the exciting world of cruise ship entertainment. But after a few years, Leah longed to see more of the world than just the sunny Caribbean, so she decided to give solo travel a try. But like so many other solo wanderers, she soon found herself lonely. That's when she discovered community living. With her years of experience in entertainment and hospitality, the stars aligned and a new business was born!
Today, Leah helps everyone from larger hotels to smaller coliving centres to adapt to the changing needs of the new business/leisure ("bleisure") traveler. This new kind of traveler is staying longer, so ensuring everything they need is at hand — including a community of fellow travelers to trade travel tips and experiences with — is key. Get it right and they'll stay longer, then tell their friends — so getting the experience right can make all the difference in a post-pandemic world.
We loved this case history in designing a unique service around a personal passion and experience and identifying an under-served and timely niche lifestyle business possibility. There are lessons for every solopreneur to absorb here about transferable skills and opportunity-spotting. Finding new ways to combine established experience with changing global trends, to create a work/lifestyle that truly fulfills personal passions is insight we can all find value in!
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