workingNOMAD - 10:21 am on Feb 6, 2010 (gmt 0)
I have been working for myself since 2005 and continue to enjoy the freedom although I am based in one place now.
For four years I didn't really have a base as such, just a number of places around the world that I called temporary home.
That's the best thing about this business for me, the ability to work remotely. I first moved away from the UK when I was just earning £100 a week, which does not go far here, but in Indonesia, Thailand you can live quite comfortably.
That meant I could work full time on building up my business and not have to spend my savings. By 2007 I was already earning more than my old corporate job in London and managing to save a lot more as I had minimal outgoings beyond hotel bills!
Would I change anything? Probably not.
Well you do work alone a lot in this business and this is something that continues to dog me, but I manage it by going out a lot to work in cafes, employing people p/t to work with me and by having a very busy evening social life.
I am aware that in the world of the web your business is very vulnerable and it wouldn't take too much of a shift to wipe me out. I constantly try and diversify but you never know whats around the corner, same as any business!
So I don't worry too much, worrying is not productive. If my web income finished tomorrow I'd do something else or find another way. One door closes another opens.
So I would say go for it. If you have no ties I'd recommend heading overseas. Still pay your taxes in your home country and do not burn your bridges.
Being able to work from a tropical sunny island and watch the income roll in is something special, especially if you are from a country with crap weather like me!