You’re sitting on a mat in a bamboo hut on an island in Southern Thailand. It’s 75 degrees and sunny outside, and you look out the opening of the hut (there’s no real door) to see a perfectly flat, pink and blue ocean. There’s a Thai iced coffee on the table next to your laptop, and you just stopped tracking hours “at work.” You shut your laptop and you’re off to find a good place to eat, swim, maybe grab a drink or explore the town.
This is entirely possible: working on your laptop, on something you really love, on your own time, from anywhere in the world (no, seriously).
We’re in a world where humans have never had more access to technology, and the ability to communicate with people anywhere in the world has never been easier. It’s why so many companies are hiring more remote people (or forming entirely remote companies, see 10Up, Buffer, Hubstaff, Zapier). And you can totally be a part of it.
Bosses of large and small companies want remote people. It allows them to hire talent despite where they live, they save on relocation costs, and oftentimes, (although I’ll write in another post why you should be cautious of this) it saves them from having to pay overtime. You are setting your own hours, after all.
And for you, there are some pretty killer benefits aside from that picturesque image of sipping coffee on a beach while you work (or maybe it’s Rome, Ireland, New Zealand, Belarus, wherever you choose). There’s the benefit of you working when you want. If you’re not a morning person, you can work from noon to 7 or 8. If you’re up and at ‘em at 7 a.m., you’re off work by 2 or 3 in the afternoon. Need a day off to surf, or meet new people? Feel free, just make it up on Saturday, or with a few extra hours the rest of the week.
So here’s how you can actually make this happen for yourself:
- You need a laptop.
- The place you’re working from needs a strong Internet connection.
- You need to know what skills you have to sell (and never stop learning).
The biggest challenge in this process is selling your skills. But I promise, you have them, you just have to find, nurture, and know how to sell them. [[This is where I can help you if you’re feeling kind of lost, just DM me on Insta @hannah_joslin.]]
Generally speaking, you can go after remote roles with companies that probably have a headquarters somewhere, but lots of remote employees. Or, make yourself into a business, yourself into your own boss, and sell your skills to the people that need them. This could be consulting, design, coding, writing, research, and the list goes on. Whatever you’re good at, whatever you’re passionate about, there’s a way to make a fully online business out of it, with the right tools.
- You want to work from wherever you want, and on your own time, yes? Cool, me too.
- You want to be doing something you enjoy. Same.
- You need to either apply to 100% remote jobs, or, hone your skills into an online business of your own.
That’s really it.
It takes some hard work in the beginning, especially if you’re going the freelance route, but it’s possible (stay tuned to this article series and hit up Upwork or RemoteOk to get started). And, trust me, it’s worth it, once you’re doing what you love, wherever in the world you feel like being. (Also, helloooo, new food in all these places??)
What do you think, are you ready to get started?
Next posts in this series:
How to land remote jobs with remote companies (this week)
How to turn your skills into an online business (next week)
How to plan an international trip without missing days of work (week 3)
How to manage the remote work lifestyle (week 4)
And heck, maybe I’ll throw in a past itinerary of my own, in case Thailand sounds like the place for you, too.