How to start freelancing whilst travelling
Have you always wanted to travel? Many of us have the lure of far-off destinations but not many of us, especially these days, can actually afford to down tools and head off on a global adventure. This is where freelancing whilst travelling comes into play. You can enjoy exploring different countries, whilst logging in and doing work on a freelance basis. How can you actually get into this situation? How can you make it work? Let’s take a look at how to begin freelancing whilst travelling.
- Start Your Own Business
- Flexibility In Your Job
- Freelance For Clients
- Write About The Places You Visit
- Work & Explore
Start Your Own Business
One of the first ways that you can work on the road is by starting your own business. This could be a service business that works for other companies, or perhaps an online site or shop where products are sent out to customers. When you are working on your own business, it feels right to take time out from your voyages and treks around the world. Putting in the time to bring success to your business allows you to earn more cash, which in turn, allows you to travel even more! You might have one or two days a week that you work solidly, with the rest of the time enjoying the countries you are visiting.
Perhaps you’ll allow yourself a couple of hours each day, maybe in the morning or at night, to work on your business. This could be marketing, replying to emails and doing the actual work required. You might even decide on when you work depending on where in the world you are. If the heat of the day is simply too much to do anything outdoors, why not use those few hours to sit in an air-conditioned room and work? Freelancing whilst travelling can be a great way to balance work and life. It can help you afford to see those places you have always dreamed of, whilst still earning money and developing a career.
Flexibility In Your Job
Do you love your current career? Is your role perfect for you and do you have no real desire to leave? It is worth asking your current employer if you can get some flexibility in your role to work on the road. This will allow you to travel and log into your role from a laptop if indeed that is possible. It could be that your role can’t adapt enough to allow you to work as you travel, however, if you leave, leave on good terms.
You never know, there could be the potential to be hired as a freelancer, doing the same job as you once did, but as a freelancer, there are fewer issues for the company. This could be a great way to work, after all, you already know how to do the job!
Freelance For Clients
How about freelancing whilst travelling, working for a variety of clients? If you have skills, expertise and experience in certain sectors, there will be small companies and business people that want it. Examples of this are graphic designers, virtual assistants and website creators. Hand-select the clients that you want to work for, figure out your own schedule that is manageable and then get to work.
You will charge a little more than you might get paid as an employee, mainly because the work isn’t as stable and you will also need to organise your own tax payments. Perhaps you’ll have regular clients who need a certain amount of work done every month or have one-off projects where you can charge a little bit extra. When you work for clients, freelancing whilst travelling is a fantastic way to earn money and see the sights you have your heart set on.
Write About The Places You Visit
If you simply love travel, have you thought about being a travel writer? Writing about the destinations you are travelling to is of interest to other people back home and all around the world. Perhaps you could start your own travel blog. This could lead to all sorts of opportunities, especially if you manage to build a large audience that follows your travels. You could end up working with brands and being invited to different events in lots of countries.
It might be that you are skilled in photography which could also work out extremely well with your travels. Take photos of global events around the world, post them online, build a following, and work with companies and news outlets. Getting yourself some contacts at media outlets such as newspapers is a huge plus point as you can send them ideas for articles and get commissioned for your work.
Work & Explore
Have you thought about taking on different types of work when you are freelancing whilst travelling? Not everyone has the technology or skill with a laptop to work a few hours a day. Some of us are more hands-on but that shouldn’t stop you from exploring the globe. How about getting a temporary job at every destination you visit? The great thing about this is that sometimes the job will come with accommodation. So you can be earning money, whilst saving cash. As well as you won’t have to pay for somewhere to stay.
You might have a set amount of shifts throughout the week but the rest of the time is yours to do with what you like. Maybe you can swap some shifts with other workers to get a longer time off between work, so you can venture slightly further afield. Being about to work in a way that you are comfortable with will allow you to travel in the way that you want.
Using the idea of freelancing whilst travelling will allow you to get on planes, boats and trains to see the wonderful world that we live in. There are many opportunities out there and remember, life is short. So don’t put off seeing those places you wish to visit in favour of a job. When there are plenty of ways to have both! Happy travels!