How To Work While Traveling Like A Pro
The dream to work while traveling is an increasingly enticing option for many people in business. Today, I want to explain how you can accomplish it with relative ease while not taking a hit on your personal quality of living.
Work While Traveling Is 100% Possible For You
I’ve personally done work while traveling since 2012. It’s a completely attainable goal if you so chose. The ease of doing business from anywhere with an Internet connection has become so ubiquitous as to make it barely a point of stress. The first step, of course, is to leave your home country and begin traveling. In my case, I left Belgium and moved out into the world.
First, I went to Barcelona, then Turkey, then Hungary, then a host of other places in Europe. I went all over The United States, Asia, and even a nearly deserted island in The Phillipines. Anywhere where there was Internet, I was good to go – I could just work online. Currently, I’m in Prague. Even though I don’t have a local job, what I do have is a business online. And that’s all I need.
Option A: Work Freelance Gigs By The Hour
You don’t actually have to own a business, by the way. If you’re really motivated, all you need is a laptop, Internet connection, and a marketable skill to do freelance work for. You can simply login and starting get paid by the hour. I used to do this myself. So if you want to start easy, you can go to a site like Odesk.com and begin searching for freelance gigs. I have a video explaining this process in further deal.
You go to this site, post your marketable skill and begin researching job opportunities on The Internet. Make sure what you’re offering is something you know people will pay you a decent wage for (SEO, sales, marketing, video editing, etc.) and people will be more than happy to pay you through online channels if you do the work and log your hours properly. This could be $10-$20 an hour or maybe even more. The last time I worked on Odesk, I received $107 an hour. Almost any price point’s possible for you.
Option B: Start Your Own Online Business
You Can Maintain A Quality Standard of Living
Ultimately, the online business is much better than a short-term freelance gig, but the main point is you can make this happen. I really encourage you to develop your own brand, start off your career as a coach, build a mastermind with recurring income, and then you’re not stuck to any one place. Travel as much as you like. As long as there’s Internet, you’re set for life.
The last thing I would like to point out is that you don’t have to lower your quality of life to make this happen. There’s a stereotype that you have to live in massive hostel dorm rooms your whole life to work while traveling. Not true. You don’t have be a hobo, you don’t have to be a backpacker, you don’t even have to sleep on people’s couches – I never do that.
I’ve slept in hotel rooms, nice hostels, and most frequently in apartments that I rent for short-term. I suggest you rent places for 2-3 months to give yourself a sense of stability while you build up momentum in your work. Take advantage of sites like AirBnB or local renting webpages to find good housing on a monthly basis.