Mobile Entrepreneurship: Living the Freelance Life

As our world becomes increasingly digital, the possibility of actually seeing the different places that make up our planet is much more feasible. Traveling is a goal and priority for many entrepreneurs. However, without the money to cover your expenses, all you’ll be seeing is someone else’s travel photos.

Thankfully, it’s easier now more than ever to make your travel dreams into a reality. As an entrepreneur, a multitude of opportunities are within your grasp if you put in the effort and have the right skills. No longer do you have to stay in one place to become a business owner; you can now take your entrepreneurial dreams on the go.

With careers offering traveling experiences while you get your side hustle going and the option of digital nomading as a freelancer, all you need is a place to stay and you’re set. If the travel and business scene are for you, here’s what you need to know on how to make the entrepreneurial life mobile.

Careers to Go

One of the first things you can do in your strive to live a more traveled existence is pursue a career that will make that happen. Not all jobs involve sitting in an office eight hours a day five days a week. There are a variety of careers that give you the freedom to see as many places as you want while providing a steady paycheck at the same time.

Although working for a company defeats the purpose of the entrepreneurial lifestyle, it will give you valuable travel insight until self-employment is a more feasible option for you. Some of these jobs include the following roles:

Travel Nurse

Unlike the nurses we see during our annual checkups, travel nurses aren’t tied down to a single hospital, work instead as independent contractors. Since medical attention is something we all need no matter which city or culture we grew up in, there are practically no limits to where a travel nurse can work.  

Flight Attendant

Although flight attendants are able to travel all around the world, the key is to serve long-haul destinations. Short-haul staff don’t usually get to see the exotic locales their long-haul counterparts do. However, no matter which staff you’re on, flight attendants do receive great travel deals they can use on their days off.

English Teacher

TEFL (Teaching English as Foreign Language) is a great way to see the world. As long as there’s a need to learn English, this profession will always be in demand. With short or long contracts available and travel and housing expenses sometimes taken care of, this career may be for you if you love to teach and travel simultaneously.

Interpreter

The importance of learning more than one language has increased as time passed. However, if you are already fluent in two or more languages, you can make a living from your linguistic prowess. As an interpreter, you can work in a variety of industries where communication is important. Although interpreters stay in one location during their contract, you can still travel the world by fulfilling short contracts in different places.

Become a Freelancer

You don’t necessarily need a career that involves traveling to fulfill your globetrotting ambitions. Instead, you can start your own freelancing business and live the life of a digital nomad. There are some nuances in how to be successful in the different industries you can freelance in, such as writing, web developing, and accounting, to name a few.

However, no matter which freelancing route you take, there are a few relevant tips that transcend these industry boundaries. After all, you can make a freelance career out of just about anything. That being said, you need to take into account what you’re good at to see which freelancing opportunity you would be best equipped for.

Let people know which skills you possess by having a resume that grabs people’s attention and entices them to hire you. The only way potential clients will discover you and your resume, though, is if they can find you online. Having your own website and active social media accounts is a must if you want to market yourself and grow an online presence.

Networking also doesn’t hurt your chances of finding business either. Connecting with like-minded individuals and possible mentors can help you receive valuable insight and relationships that will prove useful later down the road. Additionally — even if you don’t have any sales to speak of quite yet — it’s imperative that you have a system you can fall back on when the time does come.

How much will you charge clients? What happens when your client wants changes to the finished product? By knowing up front what these rules and guidelines are, it will make things go more smoothly once your freelance business is up and running.

Keep in mind that freelance work won’t be as steady as a nine-to-five job will. There will be times of feast and famine in every freelancer’s work life. So you’ll have to plan ahead for those seasons and manage your finances wisely.

Speaking of finances, you’ll also have to familiarize yourself with how freelancers pay taxes. You’ll have to be much more meticulous about your expenses and record keeping in order to stay out of financial trouble. Although there can be a lot of dos and don’ts when it comes to freelancing, it’s one of the most rewarding and freeing professional experiences to be had.

Housing for the Mobile Entrepreneur

One of the biggest issues mobile entrepreneurs face other than finding clients is locating a place to stay on their travels. Seeing the world sounds nice, but once you add transportation, food, and other expenses, there seems to be little left over to spend on housing.

However, as digital nomading has gained in popularity, different housing options have been made available to meet this current need. Depending on how long you want to stay in a given area, certain services will be more applicable to you than others.

For example, websites like Roam and Outsite offer coliving housing arrangements with other mobile entrepreneurs in various locations. That way you can enjoy the sights and sounds of different cities and countries while also meeting other entrepreneurs who can turn out to be lucrative connections.

Sites like Home Exchange also offer the opportunity to swap homes with other people from around the world if you’re looking for a more familiar travel experience. That way you can live the nomadic lifestyle while still having a home to return to when you’re done as well.

Airbnb is another option to consider, offering rentals for short periods of time, while services like Roomster helps you get in contact with potential roommates to share the cost. You can also take up international house sitting and do minimal chores for free housing accommodations.

Or — why not take your house with you? By having a house on wheels such as an RV, you can travel to many places without leaving the comforts of home for too long. Before buying an RV and embracing life on the road, though, see if RV living is right for you and the travel goals you have in mind.

Being an entrepreneur is one of the best things you can do in life, but being a mobile entrepreneur is even better. With so many traveling careers you can pursue until your business ventures take off and freelancing possibilities you can explore, the sky is truly the limit on the places you can explore.

Finding housing during your nomadic entrepreneurial endeavors can be tricky, but with plenty of options to choose from, there’s nothing truly stopping you. No longer do you have to choose between starting a career or traveling. Instead, do both and adopt the lifestyle of a mobile entrepreneur.

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1 COMMENT

  1. English teachers have a huge demand these days. A lot of my fellow Filipinos are flying over to different countries to be one. I feel like we have a huge advantage over this freelance job that you mention since we are one of the best English speaking countries in Asia. I’m really interested to try this out but I don’t want to leave my family behind.

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