Financial Travel Tip #31: Location Independent Career Options

by Nora on June 2, 2012

Last week we discussed things to consider before taking your business to the road. But maybe you are searching for a business or career to start up on the road, or even trying to find a way to convince your boss to let you telecommute to work! Welcome to the location independent career life.


“Location Independent” simply refers to a career or job that is independent of any requirement to be in a specific physical location. My own freelance writing career is a perfect example of location independent living; I can make a living anywhere in the world with little more than my laptop and an internet connection.


As you can imagine, it’s an incredibly freeing lifestyle (once you work out some of the work-life balance and time management issues that are prevalent on the road)!


For the basics of Location Independent careers – detailing the three main location independent avenues you can take – check out this article:

Location Independent Career Basics


And for some more resources on how to embrace and live location independently, here are a few more resources:

X Marks the Spot (Location Independent Lifestyle Guide Review)

Make your Dream Career a Reality for Less than $100


Other Ways to Earn Money While Traveling

You don’t have to have a location independent business to financially support your travels! Here are some ideas:

11 Ways to Earn Money While You Travel

Working on the Road: The Unconventional Guide to Full-Time Freedom


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Monica June 6, 2012 at 10:45 am

Thanks for sharing these links. I’m going to be working from home beginning next month and I’ll be embracing the ‘location independent’ lifestyle. The thought of not going into an office everyday is amazing but I’m sure I’ll need quite a lot of self discipline to actually get all my work done!


2 theprofessionalhobo June 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

@Monica – You nailed it: discipline is key when you’re working from home! Once you get into a routine though, I’m sure it will all flow for you. Congratulations on making the leap to location independence!


3 Lisa July 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I would love to work independently, but I am struggling to find a career that falls into this category. Do you have suggestions?


4 theprofessionalhobo July 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm

@Lisa – That’s almost impossible to answer! It depends on your skills, experience, and most of all – your passion. With a dose of creativity and some entrepreneurial skills, you can literally create the life you want.
I would suggest you check out the three links at the bottom of this post, especially the one about Location Independent Career Basics, as well as the one about Making Your Dream Career a Reality for Less Than $100.
Happy reading!


5 Raushan Gullivant July 7, 2016 at 3:35 am

It is very satisfying and exciting to know that you can have a location independent career; which is great for traveling all the time.
the second tip on disadvantage of location independent travel- spending the whole day without getting any work done- is very true. If you don’t have a sword hanging above your head, you tend to become carefree or careless rather.


6 Nora July 7, 2016 at 12:16 pm

Hi Raushan,
Yes, any sort of entrepreneurial venture or job that doesn’t involve clocking in at the office requires a mammoth amount of discipline to get things done!


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