This summer, I had the privilege to visiting my home country Ghana, West Africa after 16 years of being the USA!
The trip brought back many pleasant memories and helped me reconnect with some of my oldest friends.
Here’s a picture of my son and I on our first day in Ghana.
But the thing that impressed me so much, was that I was still able to run my freelance writing business while I was vacationing in Africa.
No doubt, I love being able to write online but this aspect of my trip opened me up to the possibilities of the laptop lifestyle. The type that allows you to work from anywhere in the world.
And perhaps you’ve come across this post because you want to be able to travel and work and make a living from anywhere in the world.
In today’s post, I will give you the 411 on everything you need to make this happen for you.
How to work from anywhere in the world
Here are 5 things you’ll need if you want to be able to work from anywhere in the world.
If you want to watch a video on it, here you go.
A monetizable skill
If you’re going to work from anywhere and you don’t have an online audience just yet, I find it very helpful to have a skill you can turn into a freelance business.
I’ve talked before about why I prefer freelance businesses to trying to make passive income when you’re starting out online.
In my case, fours years ago, I became a social media manager making $1200 per month on the side of my full-time job.
I later transitioned into freelance writing and have enjoyed doing that ever since.
When research funding ended in my regular scientist job just over a year ago (May 2018), freelance writing became my go-to.
So pick a skill, learn it as well as you can and then start offering it as a service to people who need you.
Don’t know which skill you can learn and turn into a freelance business? In this post, I outlined 20 skills you can learn and turn into a freelance business in the next 30-60 days.
A way to get paid
Once you have that monetizable skill, you need to have a way to get paid.
I use PayPal heavily when it comes to getting paid as a freelancer. I even use it to receive affiliate payments from this blog.
I have my PayPal connected with Wave Apps which is an accounting software that helps me keep track of my income and expenditure.
This is important because for those of us in the USA, we have to file taxes with the government at the beginning of each year.
Having said this, I know PayPal doesn’t work everywhere in the world.
In fact, (unfortunately) because of an increase in scams, I know several common payment portals that don’t work once you leave the US or the UK.
For freelancers who live in other countries, you might have to request payments via money transfer or bank wire.
Thus, if you don’t have a bank account, now would be the time to set one up so you can start receiving payments into it.
An internet connection
If you live in the US or another developed country, this sounds like a ridiculous point because most of us have easier access to the internet.
However, when you travel to developing countries, an internet connection can get expensive very quickly.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could buy a router in Ghana, and load 20 GB of data onto it and I would be good for about a week and a half of high speed internet.
This means that for a month, I would need around 60 GB of data and that would serve well for my purposes.
So as long as you can do an equivalent of this in whichever country you travel to, you should be fine.
I recommend getting the best and fastest internet you can find.
You will be WAY more efficient and ultimately make more money this way.
A marketing plan
You don’t have a business if nobody knows about you.
You don’t have a business if nobody is paying you.
And if nobody knows you, it is likely, that nobody is paying you.
It’s important that you don’t become the best hidden secret in your business.
If you want to be able to work from anywhere in the world, people should know about you and your business.
They should know about the services you offer so you can get paid.
And so you should have a plan to market yourself so other people can find you and pay you.
Thankfully, when you have a freelance business, your marketing strategy need not be expensive.
You can use tools like LinkedIn, Craigslist and your e-mail (yes, your e-mail!) to find clients who are willing to pay you $500, $1000 and more to do work for them each month.
Get your money right
I know this is not something a lot of people in this niche talk about. But I am passionate about it.
You have to realize that you won’t be young and spry forever.
As such, you should have a long term goal for your money.
Working from anywhere, traveling and being able to afford next month’s rent is nice and good.
But, those retirement years (even if you plan on never really “retiring”) are real and you should have a plan for that.
So as you have fun today, remember tomorrow too.
Thinking about investments, Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA) and taking financial steps that will set you up for the future is an all-around smart move.
If you’re looking for a book on how to start thinking in those financial terms, a book I recommend is Ramit Sethi’s I Will Teach You To Be Rich.
BONUS: You need to have the right mindset
Again, I think this is an area people in my niche ignore a lot.
I can give you all the strategies in the world when it comes to building a successful online business.
I know this sounds sort of “woo woo” but in all honesty, every time I’ve moved forward in my business, it’s because I had a mindset shift.
I will be talking more about having a winning mindset in coming blog posts. But I wanted to at least mention it here that in working on your “work from anywhere” business, you should work on your mindset.
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