How I Work From Anywhere

Based on my past travels, people tend to be intrigued at what I do for a living. How do I work from anywhere?

They ask me, “how do you afford it?” or “did you sign up to a website that plans this sort of thing for you?” 

The latter question certainly wasn’t the case. My husband and I did it on our own. Well, for the most part.  I’m going to share with you how we were able to do all of these wonderful things in one year.

A BIT OF BACKGROUND

I worked in London for two years and whilst I was working there, I was very unhappy. The pressure of my government job increased my already existing anxiety to ridiculous lengths and I just couldn’t handle it anymore. That is when I was offered a job as a marketing assistant for a small but growing company.

The job meant I was able to work from home, any hours I pleased as long as the task was completed by the given deadline. The Director of the company suggested I go travelling as I worked seeing as I could still do my job as long as I had wifi. The wheels were set in motion! I was so excited to be given this opportunity and we got planning.

NEW BEGINNINGS

After less than a year, under new management, I was let go. The company felt I was not needed and were making major changes and getting rid of staff.

This was just a month before I was set to start my travels. I was devasted and paranoid my travelling would no longer be happening. But luckily for me, my mother-in-law decided to take me on for the same position, at her new company. I was offered a considerably lower salary as I would not be working full time and on demand. But that was fine, it would help me get by, so I wasn’t going to argue!

WHAT DO I DO?

To travel around the world and make a living isn’t very easy. Firstly, you need a job where you can work at any time from anywhere. This can be in marketing, writing, blogging etc.

My job is a marketing manager for a family run association:

  • Design promotional material,
  • Create email and letter templates,
  • Create databases of potential clientele and their potential customers,
  • Schedule social media to promote services and events,
  • Create weekly blog posts and monthly newsletters,
  • Design and schedule mail outs via MailChimp,
  • Webdesign,
  • Provide content for articles and magazines,
  • Format and design documentation and booking forms.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

A lot of planning goes into this type travelling. Here’s a basic step by step on how to get there.

  1. Plan your route. Check if you need visas, ESTAs etc. Do your research!
  2. Research living costs for food, entertainment and travel.
  3. Save for the first three or four locations so you have time to save for the later ones.
  4. Book apartments (Airbnb, Bookings.com etc), arrange flights and hire cars. Check the costs, amenities of the apartments and timings.
  5. Give your manager a schedule of your travel so they know your timezone etc.
  6. Arrange online Skype meetings with management to catch up and go over any work related topics. I’d recommend Monday to set weekly tasks and goals.
  7. Save money on each payday for the next locations. Repeat!

THE TOOLS

Discuss with your manager (if you have one) what exactly you need for this adventure. You definitely will be needing a laptop! This will be where you work and communicate. Make sure you have all of the necessary software, set up your work email, ensure there is wifi where you are staying and you’re ready to go.

HOW CAN YOU DO IT?

Here’s an article I wrote for the Wonder Forest blog, showing you how it is possible to travel and make money!

Now you can see how I work from anywhere without needing to be in the office 9-5. I believe in the future many jobs will be able to have some leeway to allow people to live the lives they want and still work.

Owner of this little blog! A lover of coffee, Disney and old stuff, blogging about my loves, passions and opinions.

8 Comments

  • Reply juliette October 12, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Hi doll! This post was really interesting! I do pretty much the same job for 3x clients: One allows me to work from home and the other two are in house. I am self-employed and really want to pitch and convince my other clients that I am able to do my job just as well from home and would even be willing to take a pay cut as living in London is just so expensive. Do you have any advise? xoxo

    • Reply Laura October 12, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      Hi Juliette,

      Perhaps you should ask your client that allows you to work from home for a reference that will show the others that you are capable.

      Is there a reason why it needs to be in house? If not, approach them and simply arrange a meeting to discuss the possibilities of working mobile as you have other clients that allow you to do the same and it’s more convenient for you. Don’t mention a pay cut unless they say it would require a decrease in salary.

      I hope this is of some help. I may do a post on this soon xxx

  • Reply Sheree Grace October 13, 2015 at 2:52 am

    Wow, this is just #goals right here! This is the kind of thing I’ve been seeking myself, so great it worked out for you. You bring up a pretty great point, though, it sounds fun, but it can be tricky at times. It does sound pretty fun actually haha!
    x

    Kindly,
    Sheree

    • Reply Laura October 14, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      I’m glad you like the post and I hope it inspires you to do something similar! 🙂 xx

  • Reply Kate October 13, 2015 at 9:59 am

    That sounds like such an interesting job! And being able to travel is definitely an added bonus 🙂

    VioletDaffodils
    xx

    • Reply Laura October 14, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      I think it’s the future 🙂 More jobs will soon allow it I feel 😀 xx

  • Reply Alison Harriman October 16, 2015 at 7:59 am

    That is so interesting Laura. I didn’t know the whole story behind how you became a gypsy of sorts. I think the travelling probably contributes a lot to your creativity too. How can you not be inspired when you always have the view over the next bend in the road to look forward to! I can’t think of a better way to spend your 20s (or any decade for that matter), than the way you and your husband are doing it now.

    Ali

    P.S. I just wanted to say thank you again for the lovely prize I won in your blog contest. I couldn’t do my job without two pieces of free to use software, so I split the £20 between the two of them and donated it.

    • Reply Laura October 16, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you so much Ali! 🙂 And it’s so nice what you did with your prize! 😀 xx

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