Have you always dreamed of quitting your job to travel the world? We all have. But unless you’re a millionaire, you can’t survive without money. But you don’t have to sacrifice your love to travel for your financial stability! If you have a skill that you can market, you can work as a full-time freelancer and work from anywhere you want. Here are six reasons why freelancing is a great option for avid travelers.
1. You Can Network All Over the World
If you have clients in all parts of the world, you’ll also gain a global reputation. This can really help grow your business! Just be sure to recognize that bad reputations spread quickly as well-so take care of your clients.
2. You Can Set Your Own Schedule
You don’t have to work 9-5 M-F. You can work whatever hours you want. So, if you decide to take a “weekend” getaway on a Tuesday and Wednesday, you can make up the time on the actual weekend.
3. You Don’t Have to Ask for Time Off
Want to take a two-week vacation? You only need to ask you boss. Oh wait, that’s you! I’m sure you’ll be very accommodating.
4. You Can Work From Anywhere
If you want to travel to Paris, but you have existing projects to work on, that’s no problem! Just take your laptop computer and find a hotel with an Internet connection. Voila!
5. Higher Income Potential
There are no income caps in freelancing. If you feel you’ve reached your maximum client load, you can increase your hourly rates or expand your freelancing efforts to other areas.
6. Better Tax Breaks
As a freelancer, you can frequently deduct part of the cost of your Internet connection, phone bill, and mortgage payment (if you use your home as an office).
Websites to Get You Started
Upwork is the world’s largest freelancer website. It can offer you a great platform, but you’ll have to adhere to their strict guidelines.
If you enjoy academic writing, you can work for Essay Mama and write high school and college essays for students.
FreelancerCareers is a website for writers. The site pays out $7-$31 per page. You get a constant flow of job opportunities and take the ones that interest you most.
Craigslist has all kinds of freelance opportunities. But you have to be careful with new potential clients. Take some precautions, and use common sense before responding to an ad.
Because freelancers must pass a rigorous application process, most of the clients are looking for true professionals.
Freelancer lets you compete with other freelancers to show off your skills. You can display the results as a way to get new clients’ attention.
Freelancers on iFreelance bid on jobs. Clients choose whom they would like to work with. Unlike most freelance websites, iFreelance does not charge a percentage of your income.
Project4Hire divides the jobs by category, so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. It’s a great site for coders and designers.
Simply Hired not only includes a large selection of freelance opportunities, but it also offer freelancing tips and a useful blog.
Outsource is similar to Upwork, in that you create a profile and can bid on jobs. It’s slightly less user-friendly, but offers a wide variety of jobs you can’t find on some other sites (like Excel skills).
The only thing stopping you from living your dream life is you. So choose a skill that you can market, sign up for some websites, and get started building your dream life. The world is calling!
Kenneth Waldman is a professional content writer with over 5 years of experience. His expertise includes education, marketing, and freelancing.