We’ve all had that moment when the alarm goes off, and you start debating in your own mind whether it would be better to quit your job rather than throw the duvet off yourself! For many, location independence and work flexibility may seem like a pipe dream, but for more and more people, that dream has become a reality.

The truth is that many talented employees now value flexibility over pay increases. Not only is it a chance to pursue your other passions in life, it is an opportunity to produce some of your best work. We’ve all had days in the office when you know you are not in the right mindset to produce your best work – this is doubly the case if you work in a creative industry.

If you don’t know where to begin, here are a couple of different pathways that will give you some idea of how you can get started.

Establish Your Skills

We’ve all had that moment when the alarm goes off, and you start debating in your own mind whether it would be better to quit your job rather than throw the duvet off yourself! For many, location independence and work flexibility may seem like a pipe dream, but for more and more people, that dream has become a reality. The truth is that many talented employees now value flexibility over pay increases. Not only is it a chance to pursue your other passions in life, it is an opportunity to produce some of your best work. We’ve all had days in the office when you know you are not in the right mindset to produce your best work - this is doubly the case if you work in a creative industry. If you don’t know where to begin, here are a couple of different pathways that will give you some idea of how you can get started.

To begin with, you need to be comfortable in the skills that you can offer potential employers or clients. If they can see proof of your abilities, it shouldn’t make much of a difference where you are working from. Many jobs have now become entirely technology based, and this is a key aspect for many people who have become location independent. Some jobs lend themselves to flexibility like writing, design, photography or web development. But with technology offering new advances all the time and communication becoming easier and easier, location is becoming less and less of a factor for many businesses.

Start Small If You’re Going Freelance

It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to leap headfirst into location independence as a freelancer, so you may begin testing the water while you have another steady job. If you are planning to go freelance, try to start building up some steady clients who provide you with work on a regular basis. With so many competitors vying for work, try to establish yourself as an expert in a particular field. Carving out a niche can be absolutely vital. The whole idea is that you start building up a steady stream of work before you are ready to take the plunge. Though there are no guarantees in freelance work, you will be in the strongest possible position by doing this.

Hunt for Jobs

The truth is that many talented employees now value flexibility over pay increases. Not only is it a chance to pursue your other passions in life, it is an opportunity to produce some of your best work. We’ve all had days in the office when you know you are not in the right mindset to produce your best work – this is doubly the case if you work in a creative industry.

If you don’t know where to begin, here are a couple of different pathways that will give you some idea of how you can get started.

Establish Your Skills

If you still like the idea of working for someone else while you are location independent, many notable companies are hiring people on an entirely remote basis. Millions of employees now work this way, and the number of employers willing to hire people from all over the world is ever increasing. Another potential option which is usually trickier is to convince your current employer to allow you to work remotely. Many businesses are still slow to keep up with trends, so you will need to make a strong case. Focus on what they will gain as a business and how you will still be able to do the same job while they save money on no longer needing a desk for you! As well as this, you will still be able to easily keep in touch thanks to continuing technological advancements.

A Business of Your Own

If you are planning to set up a business of your own to go location independent, make sure you are in a strong position to generate enough income while you are moving around from place to place. For example, if you are planning to make money from blogging, make sure you are well established and have various revenue streams. It may be that you have a fixed office and you hire people to help with the day to day running of the business while you are moving around. In which case, you may need a firm like Ellis Whittam to keep on top of employment law where you are based. Ultimately, you need to have a strong plan and business model to go location independent.

Be Prepared for Bumps in the Road

Of course, it’s never going to all be plain sailing for those who go location independent. Like any other career path, it’s going to have its own difficulties and complications. Thankfully, things are becoming easier as more people are choosing this as a way of life. The people who tend to succeed are those who put in the hours, whether this is by building up clients, improving their skills or growing their business.