Friday, October 01, 2010

How Tied Are You To Where You Live & Work?

I was working on a feature article this evening, chasing a number of international sources to interview, when it struck me that I'm actually that mobile worker that lots of trend pundits talk about. I can actually do my job from any location ( either in this country or globally) and it would still be like I'm in my home office. (P.S. Working while sitting on the beach remains a dream, mostly because laptop battery life still sucks big time.)

But I digress. What I wanted to say was that, practically speaking I have no big tie that says I have to live in Joburg, or in his surburb or this house, in order to continue doing the work I do. I could be in Bloemfontein or Blantyre tomorrow, and unless my Internet connection was affected, my clients wouldn't care and my work output would not be affected.

It was a liberating moment, but also a sobering one. Because if I can live anywhere and still earn the same living I do here, where exactly do I want to live? What do you do with all that wonderful freedom ( of location) once you have it?

Question: if you were in my shoes and could live anywhere and still be able to do your job, would you move? Where would you live?

5 comments:

po said...

Wow! That is an awesome thought, a dream come true! I would travel around, trying different places until I got tired of travelling. Then I would choose. And stay there until I wanted to travel again!

Paula said...

I agree with Po completely. But then don't your clients ever want one on one's? Oh wait- skype!

Laura said...

I don't know if I would move but I would definitely travel.

Set up a small simple (cheap) home base somewhere central to where the bulk of my clients are and then travel.

That in itself can provide business opportunities - reviewing B&Bs, guest houses, restaurants, routes etc.

azo said...

I stick with home for now... still the best place ever to live and make a life

Damaria Senne said...

@azo - I'm guessing that you haven't seen the post about my experiment road trip after this one. It was an adventure and a half:-)

so yeah, staying home started to look real good.

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