How to Start Off Your Location Independent Lifestyle?

How to Start Off Your Location Independent Lifestyle?

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A location independent lifestyle is not for everyone to say the least, but today more and more people are interested in this new way of working and living your life. Global nomads are on the rise every year, and more people are finding financial stability and happiness all in one new lifestyle. If you’ve finally made up your mind that location independent lifestyle is right for you, which you can read more about on the Royal Holiday blog, then here is everything you need about how to get started.

Find out what you’re good at

First things first, you do need to find something that you are good at (and that you can become better at). Be specific. Many people are good bartenders, but if you stand out somehow you will make the difference. Same goes for any consultant, trainer, teacher, tutor, or any other freelance gig. Once you realize what you are good at, see what you can specialize in and start developing these skills and honing in on what you need to stand out from the rest.

Finding work or doing your own thing

You will have two options with this skill that sets you apart: work for someone else, or become an entrepreneur. If you are more interested in finding someone to work for then you’ll need to start getting online and looking in all the right places to find what you’re looking for. If you are all about being location independent, then you’ll want to probably start by determining what location you want to head off to. Some planning is required before you just jump on a plane. First, you’ll want to think about location and more or less a timeline as to how long you’ll want to stay at this location. These plans are not set in stone, but they will be necessary to have an idea of where you’re headed before taking off. With technological tools like Skype, you can easily get a foot in the door at a company, without being at the location yet. It is hard work, and requires time to get yourself out there and find something that’s just right for you. A smooth transition will come down to how you handle each situation that you face on your journey.

The other alternative is to start your own business. This will require a lot of time, a disciplined mind frame that reminds you constantly to stay on track to starting up your business. Since you decide how you manage your time and skills, being organized is one of the most indispensable traits. Especially in a location-independent company, these are your most valuable assets.

Get past the glamour

Although most might only focus on the romantic side of being a global nomad, if you decide to go down this path, you will most definitely need to look at it from a completely objective position. Get past the glamourous lifestyle you’re usually sold, and recognize the realities behind working in the location independent world. One of the first misconceptions is that you will be on a constant vacation and will work once in awhile. You will need to work (and work overtime) same as you would at an office. That’s when those images of someone working on a beach start to slowly fade away. The reality is that being location independent will allow you to have a different setting, but you still have to work. It simply means you can turn any space into a work space and understanding that you will need some digital skills to get by. It will take work to get into and stay in a location independent lifestyle, and the faster you realize this, the easier things will be. Another misconception is that you’ll be able to generate passive income easily and it won’t take up much of your time. This too takes time and consistency to become successful. So, basically don’t buy into the hype. Realize that this too is a job and will take time and effort (and sometimes money) to get started.

Image courtesy of Martin Kliehm at Flickr.com
Image courtesy of Martin Kliehm at Flickr.com

Cut expenses

You’ll need to analyze your spending habits and cut back on expenses when you’re starting off. Evaluate your habits and take time to objectively see what is truly necessary to your daily routine to get the job done.

Start now

There’s not time like the present. If you’ve truly made up your mind, start now. Start your business right now by brainstorming, researching or even just networking with others who have started this lifestyle already. Don’t think you fell short if that first business idea didn’t take off. You will most likely be starting a few websites and a number of business ideas before you get to the right one. It’s a process, so the longer you wait to start the harder it will be for you to get where you want to be. For any of this to come true, you have to make time and remember that creating a routine that becomes your office hours will lead to a disciplined work ethic and most likely to tons of other habits that will help you on your way.  

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