Entrepreneurship and the Dream of Location Independence

Entrepreneurship and the Dream of Location Independence

9/02/2016


Many people hold location independence as one of their highest aspirations — the ability to work from anywhere, make money while you’re traveling, and do what you love outside of the confines of an office or much conventional structure. 

In short  — you are your boss, and the world is your oyster. When you’re in charge of you, when you are your business, and you have built it such that it doesn’t require you to be in a particular place [digital entrepreneurship] you can have the freedom that many speak about.

The thing is, it truly is as great as everyone says it is. 

While it can take time to build up to creating this lifestyle, and there are few drawbacks outside of self-management and time zones, it is one of the greatest gifts in the world for those of us who like to see the world.

I’m writing this from Bali, where I was flown in to speak, but have also chosen to stick around for a while and take in the beautiful landscape, incredible people, and peaceful energy simply because I can. 

The work that I do doesn’t require me to physically be in New York City — although that’s where I technically live — which means I can leave on a whim whenever I like. And, I do, frequently.

The important thing is that I’ve also built a business that is actually enhanced by my travel. My followers and community are engaged by seeing the world as well, so like me, it keeps them excited and connected. It’s a win-win situation. It can be for you, too.

Naturally, you’ll have to build a business, and grow it to a point where you’re self-sustaining, and have income to purchase those plane tickets or people who are willing to fly you in for your expertise. This is far from impossible. There are many incredible places in the world where the flight will be your biggest cost, and once you get there, much of the rest of life is minimally priced. This means that you can actually save and stack money while you travel, as compared to what your lifestyle might look like elsewhere. This is a great thing, because, who doesn’t want more money?

Here are some other aspects of location independence that are important, amazing, and yours if you want them:

1. Personal growth is not just an imperative aspect of your life, but also of growing your business, and most importantly, your success. Travel is one of the best ways to expand your perspectives on who you are, what you’re capable of, and where you want to go in life. Being exposed to other cultures, other traveling entrepreneurs, and other ways of living can inspire you beyond limits.

2. With the advent of the digitization of nearly everything, and how the internet dissolves space/time limitations, there are very few things you cannot do from anywhere. You can communicate with anyone, in any country, face-to-face with the click of a button. You can send your message out en masse through social media and newsletters to keep audience engagement up. Most importantly, you can keep people looped into your journey through images and video, making them feel like they’re traveling with you, building an allegiance to your brand and giving them some behind-the-scenes. I don’t know of many instances where this approach has not worked to build a more devoted following with digital entrepreneurs who want to work with other people. You no longer have to be a slave to an office, and it truly is the dream.

3. Changing it up can re-inspire healthy habits and actually change your life. Sometimes we start to feel stuck or stagnant when we’ve been in one place for too long, and devoid of the same old surroundings and influences, we can finally jump into that meditation practice, or that morning routine. It allows us to reconnect to ourselves and our needs, which is a great thing, because the more revitalized you are, the more you can show up and crush building an empire. It also allows you more time to read (hello airplanes), write down inspired thoughts, and bring your physical and mental health to the next level.

4. Content creation is much easier when you travel, simply because you are doing things that many people might never experience. So, you want to document that. Document everything — the food of the culture, what the place looks like, the adventures you go on, even what it looks like to live the laptop lifestyle. Show each moment. When you’re sitting around trying to think of a good headline for a newsletter, or trying to think of a next slew of inspirational quotes for instagram — it might be time to leave your comfort zone and get on the plane with your laptop. It can take your content and your business to the next level.

I truly believe that the “laptop lifestyle” can be available to anyone. 

Yes, you’ll have to grind out a little bit to get your foundation set so you can move around, but you’ll have to do that no matter what you’re doing, so you might as well do it in service of seeing the world. The best part is, you can be paid to do what you love, and to do it in a way that also allows you to be happier, healthier, and more inspired. Who doesn’t want to get paid to be the best version of themselves? 

Here’s a secret: the more excited about life you feel, the more you’re going to thrive, the more imminent your success is. Get on that plane.


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