? Photo of Steve and I in Angkor Wat at Sunrise ?
The option of working remotely is becoming increasingly popular. Whether you want to travel or just want more freedom in your day, technology has made location independence possible for almost any profession. I used to work remotely for a single company, which was a little different from what my work looks like now as a full-time freelancer, but there are a lot of similarities.
My business now is completely location independent. I have many clients that I’ve worked with for years that I’ve never met face to face. We’ve talked on the phone and mainly communicate via email. It’s pretty amazing how much can be done with a laptop and an internet connection.
Working remotely gives you the freedom to work and live on your own terms. You can live where you want, work your own hours and get paid all online.
While there are some amazing things about having a location independent business, it also comes with some big drawbacks. There seems to be a stereotype around people who work remotely. I’ve mentioned this in past posts, but I think many are under the delusion that we are sitting in bed with our laptop all day and magically growing money on trees ?
Here’s my list of pros and cons of having a location independent business and my take on why:
- Freedom/Flexibility: Travel at your own free will and use your day how you want. You’re in charge of how you spend your time so the choice is yours.
- No commute: This is one of my personal favorites. You never have to deal with traffic or worry about getting to an office “on time.”
- Work with who you want: You have the choice to work or not work with certain people. See my post on selecting who you work with.
- Work on what you want: Same as above, you can pick and choose what type of projects you take on. It’s a great thing to be able to say “no” to projects you’re not interested in.
- Your work is always with you: While it’s great to be able to take your work with you when you travel, it’s also hard to ever get away from it.
- It’s not a vacation: You still have to work—ALOT.
- Work and money can be unstable: Depending on the type of business you have, there might be times when you’re more or less busy.
- You have to be self-motivated: It can be tempting to put off work if you’re not in the mood, but you’re only doing yourself a disservice if you fall behind.
Personally, I feel as if the pros outweigh the cons. It’s great to be able to take your work with you and not have to worry about requesting time off or using up all of your vacation time before the year is over. I’m also a highly motivated individual and don’t struggle as much with pushing myself to do the work.
It’s important to understand the drawbacks and to be aware of them when you set out to work remotely. Once you learn your work style and what your motivations are, location independent work get’s easier and easier.
“It’s not the hours you put in your work that counts, it’s the work you put in the hours.” – Sam Ewing
Thanks for reading,