The ability to travel is a wonderful thing. Of course, many of us struggle to explore the world as extensively as we’d like. Maybe you set aside 2 weeks for a trip every summer, but that might not be enough for you. Well, if you want to travel for an extended period of time, perhaps you could consider working remotely. By freelancing, you’d be able to fund your trip whilst you were on the move. Here’s some advice for those who want to earn whilst they travel.
Get your business organised.
As a freelancer, you have to remember that you’re not just in charge of your career; you’re in charge of your business. It’s easy to forget that when you’re busy seeing the world and having a great time, but it’s important to stay grounded on some levels. You need to make sure you get your business organised. You’re dependant on your profits for rent, food, transport, and all other costs that you’ll face. You need a strong budget and a plan of action to ensure that you can guarantee your income on some level. A loyal and dependable base of clients (or a long-term contract with one particular client) will help to give you this security.
You need to make sure that you balance your costs so you have enough funding for both your personal life and your business. It all depends on the services you offer, of course, but you’ll probably need to make sure you devote a certain amount of time and money to the upkeep of your brand (e.g. marketing, website design, and so on). You might also want to look into a service that provides a mailbox for forwarding mail. If you have a physical address for your brand, then it’ll look more professional; certain potential clients might be deterred from buying your products or services if you have no fixed address. They want to deal with a steady and reliable business. Remember, organisation is crucial to the success of your business and your career.
Build a social media following.
Whatever your business model, social media will definitely help you to earn money whilst exploring. It could even be a way to earn money separately from your main freelance services. By building up a following, you could attract the attention of big brands who’ll sponsor you to promote their products. You could gain followers in many different ways. If you’re frequently moving from place to place, then posting pictures of your travels on Instagram would be a great way to gain an audience. People love seeing photos of beautiful places because not everybody has the financial means or the time to see the world.
Whilst housesitting isn’t often a paid gig, it’s a great way to reduce your costs when you travel. By offering to look after somebody’s house whilst they’re away, you’ll have earned yourself a free form of accommodation. By avoiding accommodation expenses, you’ll have more money to put towards the other costs of exploring the world. Considering that your travels will probably cost a lot and your earnings are precious, this could be a great way to protect your finances when hopping from place to place.