Taking “as you need” freelancing work to support your travels can work out really well…most of the time. Unfortunately, every so often you may find yourself on the low end of the cash flow cycle. How can you put a roof over your head or afford meals without cold, hard cash?
I have good news: the barter system is alive and well. By pitching your services the right way to the right clients, you can work out deals to help you survive until your next traditionally paid gig.
Today, I’m going to share with you a few times I was able to use this technique on my own journeys. It helped me make the most of situations that may not have otherwise turned out so well. Ideally this insider look will help, should you ever find yourself up a creek without a paddle.
One of the best things about remote working is that you’re not confined to one place, or even one continent. You can work from just about anywhere in the world (with internet!), free to hop from place to place as the mood takes you.
At least, that’s the dream. In reality, we often shy away from travel because, well, working from the road can be tough.
From spotty internet, to delayed flights, to the fear that your client thinks you’re insane because you email them the final draft of a blog post at 4am their time (even though it’s 10am where you are), it’s not all sipping cocktails on the beach while an army of virtual assistants handles every detail of your business.
That said, working from the road doesn’t have to be difficult. With a few simple modifications to the way you work, working from the road is not just possible – it can even be enjoyable.
In today’s post, I’ll cover four problems I’ve encountered while working from the road, explain how I overcame them, and show you how to apply the lessons I learned to your own work.
Let’s get to it!
Freelancing can leave you a bit lonely, without even offering benefits like seminars or skills training. How can you gain hands-on experience without going back to a full-time office?
By taking on unusual side gigs, you gain invaluable insights to concepts you had no idea about. It’s fun, and it keeps you well rounded – all while earning extra cash to boot!
Freelancing enables me to treat the world like my playground. Today, I’ll tell you a bit about my own experiences dabbling in side gigs, and how they’ve helped my freelance game.
In order for this article to make sense, I need to explain something. I live in Caracas, Venezuela – and as you might know if you’ve been paying attention to the international news lately, my country is in the middle of a delicate situation (to put it lightly).
How delicate? Well, imagine going multiple days without power, spotty internet service, lack of water, and other basic necessities. I’ve gone (and still am) going through all of these roadblocks, and still found a way to build a modest freelancing career.
While hopefully you won’t ever find yourself in a similar situation or environment, the lessons I’ve learned so far may still be useful for some of you, particularly traveling freelancers.
Let’s take a look at the four things I’ve learning living in Venezuela.
Becoming a freelancer is intimidating – for a start, how do you know whether you’ll find enough work?
As with everything in life, freelancing doesn’t have guarantees; however, you can still swing Lady Luck in your favor by incorporating some methods to help you find jobs when you need them. In fact, by following the advice outlined below, I have generally found most of my work as it fell into my lap! (Or at least, it always feels that way.)
Does that sound like something you’d like to start happening in your life? Pull up a chair, and I’ll divulge what I’ve found to help the most. Who knows? Perhaps those freelance gigs will start falling into your lap as well.