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We all have that friend who posts pictures from different countries and manages to work during their travels, don’t we? Let’s admit, once in a while each of us wants to leave their job and start traveling, but then we remember our job and responsibilities and sadly sigh.

According to The Conference Board, nearly the half of the US population isn’t satisfied with their jobs. The reason to this is spending the whole day in the office, wearing uncomfortable suits, getting stuck in traffic jams on the way to work and back. These factors sometimes cause stress and negatively impact productivity in the workspace.

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    On the other hand, there are already 57.3 million people in the US who work as freelancers and the number is increasing day by day. More and more people choose location-independent jobs and there is a reason why.

    Leading a location independent lifestyle implies being remote, working from the places you find most comfortable and dedicating the spare time to what you enjoy more. But what everyone loves the most is of course traveling.

    If you think location independent lifestyle sounds like a dream then scroll down – we got some tips for you.

    planning location independent lifestyle

     

    You can’t become a remote worker in one minute and go traveling the other. Getting used to remote working lifestyle takes time and it’s not fit for everyone. So don’t rush with quitting your job and seeking for remote work opportunities just yet and let’s go over some things you need to consider first:

    Work & Family

    Quitting your job is not a necessity. You can talk to your boss and look for possible remote alternatives if your physical presence in the office is not required. Start off by explaining the situation and if your arguments are reasonable your boss is more likely to consider your request.

    However, keep in mind that you may be allowed to work remotely for certain hours and that can hinder your location independence. 

    leading a location independent lifestyle

    Family is always important, especially when you’re about to make a life changing decision. If you opt for location independent lifestyle, you will have to discuss it with your family and come to terms if any objections arise.

    It’s vital to consider your partner’s feelings if you’re married. Not every person is open to such drastic changes in the lifestyle. And truly the bottom line is that you will either be location independent with your family or go out into the foreign world alone.

    Besides, keeping up with productive work in the presence of family can be tough, so it will be better to discuss your work requirements as well. You can’t always work from home in complete peace and quiet.

    Productivity & Procrastination

    Remote work may not look like a typical 9-to-5 job, but you will still have to get work done in time. Additionally, you’ll have to plan for future trips from time to time which can add up to your workload.

    Procrastination and unproductive work can happen in location independent lifestyle as well, so quitting your regular job for that reason alone can result in disappointment.

    Either way, you have to be prepared to work a full-time remote job in a different country even if it looks nothing like your current job. You can start with setting up a work schedule for your entire working week and get some productivity apps to help track your time and check the progress of your work.

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    Searching for remote jobs

    You will have to search for a remote work that is suitable for your profession. There are many remote work websites that offer a variety of job in different industries like programming, design, photography, content writing and much more. If you want to try a job that’s in the field of your interests you can look for online paid courses.

    The key trick here is not to rush. Start with small steps like doing a part-time freelance project along with your regular job. This will help you gain experience and understand if this sort of lifestyle will be more suitable for you in the long run. You can also create a portfolio and present it at job-boards.

    Planning & Logistics

    Location independent lifestyle has its boring technical and logistic issues as well. Better be safe than sorry, especially in a foreign country where you’re all alone.

     

    Now it’s up to you to decide whether location independent lifestyle is for you, so take your time and follow what your heart wants the most!