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?


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!

Anonymous 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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