Day 4 is all about location independence and what it means to us. To me it quite literally means having the freedom and independence to work from any location you want. I have never had a desire to run my own business, or work for myself but I have always wanted to work abroad, and travel the world. And now it seems the only way to make those dreams come true is to be able to work for myself and run my own business from wherever I want, even if that means coming back to the UK and working from my sofa in the future! I don’t particularly want to travel indefinitely and part of me hopes that travelling the world will cure my itchy feet and I’ll find somewhere I want to make my home.
Natalie shares some Pros and Cons based on her experiences as The Suitcase Entrepreneur, these 3 I agree with:
- Pro: Freedom to make decisions on every aspect of your life and business to fit with your priorities.
- Pro: Freedom to choose what hours you want to work that suit you.
- Con: Not having the creature comforts that make you feel at home, or being able to have everything at your finger tips for every occasion.
- Con: Dealing with the constant challenge of changing location and planning every aspect of your life and travel.
- Con: Lack of routine or set working hours to your day
This is actually a Pro for me as I get bored with routine and repetition; ground hog day - yawn!
- Pro: Living minimally and feeling free from the weight of possessions (both mentally and physically) so you can move around quickly and with ease.
I can’t yet accept this as a pro, it is going to be extremely difficult to detach myself from physical possessions as I am so sentimental and nearly everything I own I can remember who gave it to me or where I bought it from, or who was with me when I bought it, that kind of thing. So this will actually be one of the larger cons I have to overcome before I can discover that weightlessness of possessions is positive.
The one other con that I need to overcome is the thought of being away from my family, not knowing if I’ll see my grandparents again before they die, missing seeing my niece grow up.
That’s a pretty big obstacle to overcome, and is largely why I’ve been thinking of only travelling for a year, but then I thought hey, what if I become so successful I can go back to the UK and see these guys whenever I want?
Then one night last week I left the office at 7.30pm and realised that that was another 2 hours of my life that I will never get back, that I don’t get paid for, that i don’t get to claim time back for. And coupled with not having a proper lunch break and being sat at a computer for over 10 hours those extra 2 hours probably contribute to a negative impact on my health too. And even though location independence won’t give me those 2 hours of my life back and it won’t give me 2 hours extra in a day, it does mean that I will be able to choose how and where I spend al my future hours.
What would you do if you could claim 2 hours of your day back?
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