Tips for location independence, from people who have actually done it

Achieving career independence is difficult enough without figuring out how to enjoy your work and personal life in your preferred city or town. That’s why it’s especially hard to achieve location independence on top of that.

Most strive for location independence because of the perks it provides for travelling and living in a desired city. In the world of entrepreneurship, this idea is increasingly popular. People want to work from home. Or better, they want to work as their own boss. It’s an enticing prospect. However, if you want to enjoy a location independent career, there are a few pieces of advice you need first.

Most importantly, you’ll need to be financially independent. This means having no debt.

You’ll also need to decide what factors of location independence are most important to you. Do you care about the freedom to work from home? Or do you care more about the money? You may have to sacrifice one or the other until you become more successful.

Make sure you do your research, too. You’ll need to know about various living factors such as locational politics, taxes, fees, laws, and more before you relocate somewhere.

And of course, in order to successfully achieve location independence, you need to be willing to take risks. The idea alone of moving is a risk in itself. You sometimes have to give up comfort to achieve the success you want.

In this article, we’ll share tips from people who have successfully achieved location independence. We’ll also look at the best resources to get started.

Keep reading to find out how you can approach location independence most efficiently.

Have a portfolio of clients before leaving ‘home’ and hitting the road.

– Jacob Aldridge

In 2010 I first set up my coaching business to work across borders, and booked one way tickets for my beautiful wife and I from Australia to London as a base to travel around Europe. To ensure the transition wasn’t too risky I secured a contract with a client. It was a much lower rate than I was used to and it required 75% of my time, but it meant our basic living expenses would be covered and I would still have spare capacity to source additional work at a higher rate.

Three days before we boarded our plane, and having already moved out of our house in Australia, the client called to inform me that they had run out of money due to the Global Financial Crisis. All the financial security I had sought was gone, and we made our international trip with trepidation rather than confidence.

The economics of the great recession at the time meant sourcing new clients took several months, and we came within six weeks of running out of money, which would have forced us to return home with our tails between our legs.

Today, the situation is much different. We have multiple sources of income, including property investments and online courses, and so far this year I have worked with 15 clients across four continents. Having faced a single point of failure, I now ensure a healthy portfolio of clients to maintain the lifestyle we desire.

I hope my experience can be of assistance to your readers.

Jacob Aldridge
An International Business Coach who has worked with clients from 12 different countries since first attempting a location independent lifestyle back in 2010.

Start as a 10% entrepreneur and then you may become a 100% entrepreneur.

– Jade Pearlhouse

If you would like to start a location independent lifestyle, you must have existing customers who buy your products or services regularly. For instance, if you have four clients who pay you once a month (each client pays you $1000 per month), then you can quit your day job and travel the world because now you already make $4000 per month. That can happen if you are a freelance writer because the Internet demands constant new content on websites.

Without stable income, you shouldn’t consider quitting your day job and start a location independent lifestyle immediately. Start as a 10% entrepreneur and then you may become a 100% entrepreneur.

Jade Pearlhouse
Content Marketer and Professional Ghostwriter

Choose a destination that’s affordable.

– Gregory Golinski

I wouldn’t move to overpriced places like New York, Paris or London, because the money you earn as a remote worker will take you much further if you move somewhere that’s cheap.

You will also feel more relaxed if you move to an affordable place, because even if your financial circumstances change, you can still survive on your savings if your rent or the price of food isn’t too expensive.

Moving to a cheaper destination as a remote worker is more comfortable, less stressful, and just much more enjoyable.

Gregory Golinski
Head of Digital Marketing

Diversifying your skill sets and what you’re prepared to do for work is important.

-Samantha B

Diversifying your skill sets and what you’re prepared to do for work is important.

Only providing services to a niche market, your freelancing opportunities can be limited. Is reality you want to be servicing diverse markets to bring the work in. A tip i would have loved in hindsight is the importance of doing unique (and challenging) work. Relish in the experience of having to learn on the fly and working with different clientele.

Setting up a freelance consultancy firm, I decided to specialise in NGO management. This pipe dream was quickly shutdown. I realised that what NGOs needed most were people for data management and evaluation. Not my first skill preference!

Learning to adapt has allowed me to gain 3 critical years of industry insight and experience. I now have a from hold on what NGOs need in 2019 and am working towards a more-diverse consultancy firm in the future.

Be prepared to be flexible and say YES – then learn it faster than you can sleep.

Samantha has over a decades experience working with NGO’s from remote locations.

Bidding sites are a short term strategy

– Skylar B.

It’s common to get started on bidding sites like Airtasker, or UpWork. They can be great to gain experience and some portfolio pieces, but should only be viewed as a short-term strategy due to the low paying rates.

Instead, you should try to find your own clients. Besides paying more, if something was to happen with your account on a freelancing site, it cuts off your only source of income.

But how do you find clients, without a network and experience?

Well, first pick a niche which you are passionate about and will pay you well.

Next, create a freelance writing website which positions you as an expert in your niche, and write 2-3 blog posts to use as portfolio pieces. Publish the blog posts on either Medium or Linkedin.

Next, comes finding clients.

You can try job boards like ProBlogger which have high-quality writing jobs.

But perhaps the most effective way is by cold emailing potential clients in your industry and pitching your services.

Try to find the Marketing Manager or CEO of the company. Start to build a relationship on LinkedIn or Twitter – comment, like and share their posts. They are more likely to open and respond to your email if they already have a relationship with you.

Skyler is a location independent B2B/Marketing Writer at He has been working online since June 2017 and has travelled to 9 countries. Right now he is in Medellín, Colombia.

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