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Freelancing vs. Starting a Business While Traveling

So many people plan to travel in their lives. Those who achieve this goal tend to take a gap year - removing themselves from the routine of day to day life and heading off to enjoy all of the different places the world has to offer. But it’s important to remember that this isn’t the only option. While this is a great means of exploring the world - and you have the time to fully focus yourself on travel with no work on your mind - it is limited. You’re going to have to start working to generate income at some point, as your travel funds will begin to run dry. The good news is that if you’re looking for a means of making money while traveling on a more permanent basis, there are options out there for you. Most people will automatically assume we mean you should get a bar job or other role in areas you’re passing through. But this isn’t the case. You can still do something that focuses on your area of specialism you’d work in back home - just on the go. This can be achieved through setting up your own business or freelancing. Let’s take a moment to consider these options!

Starting Your Own Business

Starting your own business tends to make people consider home offices with an upgrade to a rented, commercial office space. But you can run a business on a remote basis! Who says you have to have an office? Your workers can operate on a remote basis too! All you have to do is come up with a product concept and bring it to life. You can use outsourced manufacturing services who will have all of the machinery, oil pumps from and other equipment needed to bring your products to life. You can use couriers and third party distributors to get these goods out to customers. You can freelancers to create your website where customers can place orders. You can have home based customer service assistants. The list goes on. Sure, you will have to dedicate working hours each day to running your business. But your schedule can be flexible and you can still use your free time to enjoy the places you’re traveling around.


If you want something that is less of a commitment but will still generate you money while you’re away, you may want to consider freelancing. This way, you only need to secure some clients and take your laptop away with you. Your clients will send you projects which you can complete from anywhere in the world! There are countless skills that can be carried out on a freelance and remote basis. Common examples include copywriting, graphic design, accounting and more.

These are just a couple of suggestions of things you can do to earn money while traveling. Setting up your own business and freelancing are both great options that can generate income but work on a flexible basis from anywhere in the world!

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