I’m working from the road this week so this guest post from Jake Jorgovan, who last wrote about how to get your freelance business started with a “freelance marketplace” like oDesk-Elance, is especially apt!
We are in the emergence of a new age.
The age of the remote worker.
10 years ago tools like Skype, e-mail, and dropbox didn’t exist or weren’t mainstream.
10 years ago, the concept of working remotely from your clients was purely wishful thinking.
10 years ago, the world was a different place.
So why is it that with all of these new technologies in place, so many of us still default to the same working patterns of commuting to an office, meeting with our clients in person, and putting off our inner desires for travel.
My goal with this post is to share with you a few simple principles that may forever change how you look at your work life and career.
Regardless of if you want to be a digital nomad and travel the world, or just spend more time at home with the kids, working remotely has its benefits.
The simple act of choosing where you do your work from is possibly one of the most freeing privileges you could ever have.
When you are tied to a single work location, it forces design your life and schedule around that location.
When your work is no longer tied to a location, the possibilities are endless.
If you want to work from home and spend more time with the kids, you can.
If you want to travel through 10 different countries in a year, you can.
If you want to move to a new city or rural area out in the country, you can.
The freedom to choose your location and not have to take your work life into consideration is a completely new concept that never existed until recent years.
This is the emergence of a new age, its time to jump on the bandwagon and experience the freedom that remote working can bring.
The one thing you need to work remotely
Most people completely overcomplicate this situation of remote working.
The truth is, working remotely is simple.
You just need one thing:
The only thing you need to work remotely is the ability to earn an income without being physically present.
That is all it takes.
As a creative freelancer, that means that if you can accomplish your work without being physically present with your client, then you can earn an income from anywhere.
Most of today’s creative skill sets lend themselves to this. Graphic design, web design, video editing, animation, copywriting, marketing and consulting are all skills that can be completed with no physical contact.
On the flip side, there for photography, videography, make up artists and event designers, you must be physically present — however, there are still elements of these that can be done remotely.
I know of multiple wedding photographers who are present during wedding season for shooting events and do all of their editing and post production from a beach in Mexico!
If you want to work remotely, all you need is the ability to earn an income without being physically present.
More next time on how to find the clients who can make it all possible….stay tuned and, in the meantime, feel free to share your own stories here..
Jake Jorgovan helps creative professionals to launch their freelance career, get more clients and work from anywhere. He reguarly publishes a weekly blog post and newsletter at www.jake-jorgovan.com/blog and is also the author of the upcoming book The Creatives Guide to Freelancing
Caption: Enjoying a day off from work in Angkor Wat, Cambodia