I’m writing this from a friend’s gorgeous home in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood, and earlier tonight, we sat around over some Bay Area brews, rapping about how to travel and work while managing to have some fun.
As I mentioned the last time I talked about Upwork, not everyone is a big fan. If you spend enough time on the right parts of Reddit, you’ll come to think that all Upwork jobs are complete rubbish. Heck, sometimes I even wonder if I’m all there because I keep talking about how keen I am on that website.
While I talk a lot about freelancing and entrepreneurship, there’s another path to being a digital nomad or just being able to work from home. Yep, I’m talking about location independent jobs.
Yep, I am a big fan of Upwork. I talk about it in a video, I go on about it in any number of blog posts, and I’ve even spouted off about it on sites like Reddit–where Upwork is not popular. But you can find freelance jobs–and lots of them!–without Upwork and other freelancing sites.
I first became obsessed with the idea of careers you can do anywhere when flat broke and unable to land a job while essentially stuck in Italy. Then people were calling these “portable careers” (and now it’s known to many as being a “digital nomad“). But whatever you call being location independent while still making money, this lifestyle isn’t a unicorn. It does exist, and this can be your reality too.
I’ve previously rapped about what the best business to start from home are, but for some folks, their sights aren’t on what’s best, but on what’s easy. They look for online jobs and explore online business opportunities that promise quick startup and big bucks.
I’m a big advocate of entrepreneurship and self-employment. No, it’s not for everyone, but it’s definitely for me! I love being my own boss for a laundry list of reasons, but here are my top seven:
I don’t think anyone expects freelancing sites to be completely free. Somebody has to be paying for something somewhere to keep those things going.
From talking to aspiring freelance writers, lurking around Reddit, and thinking back to the days when I was just getting started as a freelancer, I realize breaking into the game as a wordsmith isn’t easy. When it comes down to how to be a freelance writer, most people starting out struggle to get clients who will even pay a fraction of a livable wage… if they can find a client at all. And this is a problem.
Life as a digital nomad or freelancer doesn’t appeal to some people. But many of these same people are interested in working remotely and being entrepreneurs. For them, a home-based business is where it’s at. But what is the best business to start from home?