Why location independence is not only for backpackers

Being loca­tion inde­pen­dent in your work­ing life is all about free­dom. And yet, it seems that so many blogs on this top­ic are geared only towards a cer­tain cat­e­go­ry of peo­ple? The mil­len­ni­als, the back­pack­ers, the peo­ple that hate their 9‑to‑5. But isn’t the out-of-the-box lifestyle sup­posed to be acces­si­ble to any­one who wants it?

With Work­styling we want to show you that there are many ways of liv­ing a loca­tion inde­pen­dent lifestyle and many rea­sons why peo­ple want this. To start you need to find your own per­son­al rea­sons to do so.

Location independence doesn't necessarily lead you to a life on the move

Loca­tion inde­pen­dence does­n’t nec­es­sar­i­ly lead you to a life on the move, fol­low­ing the lat­est Insta­gram trend. It does­n’t need to be a low bud­get, min­i­mal­ist lifestyle. It does­n’t have to mean liv­ing out of a back­pack in a remote par­adise beach. It could be all of those things, if it’s what you want, but it does­n’t have to be lim­it­ed to this “box” or stereo­type.

You can choose loca­tion inde­pen­dence and a remote career for a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent rea­sons and moti­va­tions.

Here are some exam­ples.

You want to choose where you live

I come from a small vil­lage in the Ital­ian Alps. I know how it feels to grow up in a place that does­n’t have many oppor­tu­ni­ties for qual­i­fied jobs. Remote work can be a great solu­tion for rur­al and iso­lat­ed com­mu­ni­ties which gives young peo­ple the chance to stay in a place that offers beau­ti­ful land­scapes, fresh air, and a great qual­i­ty of life as well as career oppor­tu­ni­ties. 

Shape your work around your favorite place

We are used to think­ing that we have to choose a place to live based on work oppor­tu­ni­ties, that we need to shape our life accord­ing to the loca­tion where we find a job. What if you could live any­where? What if you could shape your work around your favorite place to live instead?

Yes, it can be a beach in Thai­land, but it can also be my mom’s kitchen while smelling the deli­cious food she is cook­ing for lunch today. Or the cafè where I used to study with my friends when we were in high school.

The free­dom of trav­el­ing is great, but many of us want the free­dom to choose our home base with­out being influ­enced by eco­nom­ic oppor­tu­ni­ties based on loca­tion.

You want to choose when you work

Work­ing remote­ly is also a great way to final­ly set your pri­or­i­ties, not only con­cern­ing the loca­tion you want to live but also regard­ing how you want to spend your time. There are of course dif­fer­ent lev­els of free­dom around your work­ing hours, depend­ing on the path you choose to loca­tion inde­pen­dence (check out our quiz to fig­ure out the best remote work­style for the life you are look­ing for).

In gen­er­al, your free­dom when work­ing remote­ly is def­i­nite­ly greater than in a 9‑to‑5 office job. You can choose to take breaks, walk your dog, go pick up your kids at school, go to the gym or the swim­ming pool when no-one else is around or attend cours­es in the mid­dle of the day…

working remotely lets you set your priorities

Why be lim­it­ed to set work­ing hours? Why work when you are sup­posed to and not when you get the inspi­ra­tion or when you are the most pro­duc­tive? Espe­cial­ly if you have a cre­ative job, I’m sure you’ve expe­ri­enced those days when the words are not flow­ing, the inspi­ra­tion is sim­ply not there, your mind is else­where. It hap­pens! It’s nor­mal! But you are in an office, you need to stay there and you become more and more frus­trat­ed.

Imag­ine, work­ing from home as a cre­ative. You can take a break, change your sur­round­ings, go for a walk, drink tea, and when you get back to your work you’ll be more cre­ative and pro­duc­tive than ever.

You want to choose who you spend your time with

Work­ing from home is lone­ly. That’s what we hear all the time. Is work­ing in an office real­ly not as lone­ly?

If you are lucky, you’ll find great col­leagues, you’ll have amaz­ing ‘water cool­er’ con­ver­sa­tions, you’ll get along with every­one and find your­self sur­round­ed by inspir­ing peo­ple.

If you’re not lucky, you’ll end up sit­ting next to a per­son you don’t real­ly admire, you’ll only talk to your col­leagues about work because that’s the only thing you have in com­mon, you’ll look for­ward every day to leav­ing the office and final­ly talk­ing with your friends and fam­i­ly. You’ll feel dif­fer­ent, lone­ly and iso­lat­ed, even in an open space office full of peo­ple.working from home lonely

Remote work gives you many choic­es: you can stay at home and spend more time with your fam­i­ly; you can enjoy the peace and qui­et of your home office; you can go out to a cafè or a cowork­ing space and meet like-mind­ed, inspir­ing peo­ple; you can go trav­el and work from the com­mon area of a hos­tel; you can cre­ate a world­wide net­work of “vir­tu­al” friends and co-work­ers, meet them online and offline and cre­ate amaz­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions. Does this sound lone­ly to you?

You want to choose how you live

Ulti­mate­ly, the free­dom of a remote career is the free­dom to design your life. Design it around your pri­or­i­ties, your dreams, the peo­ple you love, the things you want to do in your free time. 

That’s why work­ing remote­ly is not only for back­pack­ers, adven­tur­ers and trav­el­ers. It’s for every­one that wants to have a choice in how to design their job and their life. Do you want to start design­ing your life? 

Sign up for our free 5‑part email course, we’ll help you ask your­self the right ques­tions to final­ly do it.

location independence: style your work, design your life

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