Eliminating geographic boundaries to creative independence

Why do so many "creative types" create geographic boundaries for themselves when it comes to working independently? I’m constantly amazed by email, phone call and speaking engagement questions and comments from solo creatives related to what are perceived as the limitations of their local geographic markets.

Huh? I don’t think I got the memo about the Federal government building walls around local communities to keep designers, writers, photographers and others trapped in their hometown environments.

Admittedly, when my initial Internet presence went live in 1998, my website was intended to primarily serve as a portfolio for a predominantly local clientele. I wasn’t expecting email requests for information about my services from potential clients across the United States – and then from around the globe. Suddenly there were no restrictions to the target market for my business. In the decade since, 80-85% of my business has been for clients outside of the State of Oregon.

Most of that work has been accomplished cyberly. However, some has involved travel, and an even greater escape from the self-imposed boundaries of one’s home studio or independent office. I enjoy travel and make the most of taking my portable "office" with me. Advancement in communication technology has resulted in added creative freedom. – whether working from a backyard garden or anywhere in the world.

So, set your mind – and body – free! Eliminate the geographic boundaries, or personal excuses, that may prevent you from true creative independence.

2 thoughts on “Eliminating geographic boundaries to creative independence

  1. Natalia

    I totally agree. In fact, what you are saying reminded me of that article in How Mag: “Extreme Telecommuting” (pgs. 82-89), where Ingo Fast travels around the globe while still doing work for his clients.
    I think that’s a fantastic idea. I love traveling, and one of the reasons I decided to freelance was to have the geographic freedom.
    My family lives in 2 different countries in Europe and I still haven’t seen most of the globe. I figured at a full-time job with 2 weeks vacation wasn’t gonna be enough to keep me happy.
    I hope I can make my business boundary free as well and enjoy designing from different parts of the world.
    Thanks for that note, puts a smile on my face:-)