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The Top 4 Benefits of Being Location Independent

Posted on April 4th, 2016
Benefits of Location Independence

Being location independent is a goal for so many people especially now that you can access the Internet any time pretty much anywhere. Here are the top four benefits of being location independent and why you should try to pursue this type of work lifestyle:

Minimal Overhead Costs

When you’re location independent, you don’t have the overhead costs that many businesses have. You don’t need to rent office space or even a desk. Most of the time, you just need an Internet connection and a computer, which you can get in exchange for a cup of coffee at almost any city in the country.

Having small overhead costs and not as much equipment means that you get to keep more of your profits for yourself or reinvest those profits into your business. It’s the best of both worlds. Sure, your personal and professional life might bleed a bit into each other but it sure beats sitting in a cubicle wishing you could travel somewhere. Speaking of traveling…

Ability to Travel at Will

Feeling the need to get away? Not to worry. You can work from the beach, from the road, or from a truck stop. These days, there are so many different types of hotspots available that you can carry your Internet with you wherever you go. Think about the ability to go on vacation and work. In May of this year, I’ll be abroad for the whole month with my family.

It will definitely be a balance, as I’ll have to manage work while trying to spend time with my family and sightsee; however, I’m excited to have the ability to continue to work and travel at the same time.

No Issues If Your Spouse Relocates

One of the reasons I’m traveling in May is because my husband has a month off in between jobs. He starts a new job on July 1 in a different state, so we decided to take advantage of the time off by seeing the world a bit.

Many spouses might resent their other half if they have to quit their jobs or uproot their lives while their spouse pursues their career. If you’re location independent, though, it doesn’t matter where your spouses’s work takes you. You’ll always have the ability to plant yourself in a new location, make new connections, and flourish in new ways.

True Freedom

Most people don’t get to experience what true freedom feels like, but if you’re location independent with your work, you get the opportunity to know what that feels like every single day. Sure there are tough days where it can be hard to get motivated to do your work, but most of the time, the tradeoffs are completely worth it when you get to plan every day the way you want to live it.

The best part is that being location independent is a possibility for anyone. There are so many opportunities now to make money online that many people can slowly build a location independent business on the side and eventually turn it into their full time income.

Catherine Collins Alford

Catherine Collins Alford

Catherine Collins Alford is a nationally recognized author of the book Mom's Got Money, an award-winning freelance writer, and the co-founder of MillennialHomeowner.com.

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