If all you need is a laptop and an internet connection to do your work, you can make your office in any location that has Wi-Fi – indoors or out. Whether you’re a writer, coder, business consultant involved in asset recovery and management, or any other type of freelancer, one of the perks of being your own boss is that you get to travel.
What are some of the top destinations for freelancers right now? This list includes some international destinations as well as cities that are closer to home:
Singapore – A blog post on The Wall Street Journal describes Singapore as being “like an expat life starter-kit”. Public transportation such as Mass Rapid Transit and buses are very reliable and inexpensive. The only thing that might be costly is the education system, but if you’re a working professional, that might not concern you.
Australia – Since it’s a continent, it offers a lot of geographical diversity. Sydney is the financial hub with plenty of job opportunities. But if your idea of living in Australia doesn’t involve a congested city, there is no shortage of rural areas and beaches. Adelaide might be a good choice for you, since it’s a smaller, quieter city with nice beaches nearby.
Scottsdale, AZ – According to a KTAR news story, Scottsdale has been ranked as the “best city for freelancers”. The city boasts abundant amenities for residents and tourists both, with a thriving downtown, more than 70 art galleries, and luxurious hotels.
Atlanta, GA – If you prefer the eastern half of the US (or southern), Atlanta is a hotspot for freelancers (followed by Louisville, KY). Its average cost for a mobile phone plan and coverage is cheap compared to many other cities, which is good news if you rely on your phone for a lot of your work. If you want your own office space, you’ll find plenty of options in an area called Tech Square, as it includes co-working spaces for freelancers.
China – Beijing and Shanghai in particular great destinations for expats who want to live and work in China, as the country offers expats low living cost opportunities. If the language barrier is a concern for you (even conversational Mandarin may not be enough, due to the various dialects), it’s still worth visiting for a little while. The Chicago Tribune has a helpful article on five “tourist-friendly cities”.
Switzerland – As it’s known for its high-quality of life and top-notch healthcare, it’s not surprising that Switzerland is among the most popular countries for expats and traveling freelancers. It’s a multilingual country (although Swiss German is sometimes difficult for even Germans to understand). Perhaps the best reason to visit or even live in Switzerland is for the great outdoors. It has some of the most beautiful and iconic landscapes in the world, in addition to charming villages.
New Zealand – Freelancers are drawn to New Zealand for a number of reasons: its laidback lifestyle, low cost healthcare, safe cities and towns, gorgeous scenery, etc… The most popular cities to visit and work are Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.
Modern technology has made it a lot easier to work remotely in a variety of industries, from internet advertising to corporate bartering with companies like Sherwood Integrated Solutions. No matter what you want to do or where you want to go, the opportunity is out there.