Sol Spier has done an incredible thing: figured out how to work from anywhere so she can travel the world! Her story is quite inspiring and we love how she’s willing to share with the world how she’s done it. She gives great tips in her post below on how to become location independent. Give it read and start dreaming of your next travels. Sol was also a guest on our podcast, listen here.
Location Independence by Sol Spier
I want to say one thing – if you want to make any big change in your life in order to get to a better place, you’re gonna have to put the work in. It’s not gonna be easy, and it’s not going to happen overnight. You can become location independent no matter who you are, what your background is, or where you are. If you’re willing to put the work in, you can do it. Good things usually don’t come easy.
Got it? Cool.
There are lots of different ways to become location independent, so it depends on exactly what you’re looking for.
In this guide, I’ll cover ways to work from anywhere – from home, a cafe, a coworking space, or from the beach with a cocktail in your hand 😉
How To Work From Anywhere
If you want to work from anywhere, you just have to find a job that allows you to work from your laptop.
Ideally you’d be able to make your current job location independent. If you think you could do your job from afar, I’d recommend starting there. Talk to your boss and see if there’s any possibility of you working remote.
If not, it’s time to look for a location independent job.
I know, this might sound intimidating if you haven’t spent time looking for remote jobs – but after a little but of time searching you’ll find there are hundreds of remote/location independent jobs out there.
Just to give you an idea, I recommend that you create a profile on Upwork and spend some time looking through all the job postings on there. Upwork connects freelancers looking for jobs with people who need freelancers. It’s mostly for freelance jobs, but you can find regular full-time jobs too.
The jobs on here can range from quick 5 minute jobs that entail calling a company and assessing their service, to long-term, full-time professional jobs.
Upwork is a great place to start if you want to move toward being location independent – but for right now I just want you to jump on there to see all the things you could do, and especially where the demand is.
You’re going to see virtual assistant jobs, translating jobs, call center jobs, customer service jobs, research jobs, marketing jobs and just so, so much more.
Seriously, go look.
Did you? I hope so, because now you’ll know if your skills match any remote jobs. If they don’t, not to worry – there are other places to look other than Upwork, which I’ll mention below
If you do feel like your current skills don’t match any remote job requirements, don’t worry. You can always learn new skills. There are thouuuusands of free resources and low budget courses that can teach you the skills needed to land a remote job. Again, you can do anything if you put the work in.
So what’s next? If you’re not sure, just scroll down and continue reading!
Remote Job Ideas
First of all, you should think about whether you want to be a freelancer, or if you want to work for a company. Being a freelancer generally gives you more freedom and control over what you do and how you do it – as your clients usually don’t control when or how you do things, rather the final result. While there’s more freedom, you have to be continuously working on building your brand, marketing yourself, and finding clients. Keep this in mind when you’re looking for jobs.
Here’s a list of job ideas:
- English Tutor
- Virtual Assistant
- Web Developer
- Social Media Manager
- SEO Specialist
- Financial Planner
- Data Entry
- Email Marketer
- Adwords Specialist
- Facebook Ads Specialist
- Resume Writer
- Travel Agent
- Customer Service Rep
- Online Tech Support
- Voiceover Artist
These are just a few ideas, most of which wouldn’t require more than a few courses, if you don’t have the skills already.
How To Learn New Skills
If you need new skills to get the type of job you want or to be a freelancer, I recommend doing research first.
Start Googling about it, join Facebook groups, follow people on Instagram… Why? First of all you will learn a lot, you will also start to get ads and offers related to that skill or industry. Ads now usually come in the form of free content – guides, webinars, and articles. You’ll be able to find tons of free content that way. You will also be able to learn more about it before you pay for a course.
Oh, and it’s great when education/self-development ads start following you rather than clothing ads. I personally love to reminder of “HEY, you wanted to learn this, remember!?”
Listen to Podcasts
Have you heard of podcasts? You know, that purple app on your phone? Podcasts are seriously the best source of free information, and you can listen to them while you’re driving, in the shower, while you’re cleaning, cooking or anything at all. You’ll find so many different topics on there. Some of my favorites are: School of Greatness by Lewis Howes, Being Boss, Side Hustle School, How I Built This by NPR, Social Media Examiner, Goal Digger Podcast by Jenna Kutcher, and Digital Marketing with Amy Porterfield.
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