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We have one of the World's most portable jobs

So who is exploiting this freedom?

     
7:35 am on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I know a lot of people have day jobs as well as families, responsibilities etc but there must be a few people out there living and working remotely, simply because they can.

So are there any other folk out there living free?

7:51 am on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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>So are there any other folk out there living free?

I'm not sure I totally understand the question!

I choose to live in Florida, which is not totally free! But, a great place to live IMHO (I'm British)!

I have looked at buying properties and even entire islands in the Caribbean, to become totally free, but, they also have downsides!

My wife wasn't comfortable with the idea of taking a boat or chopper to the nearest supermarket or department store!

I could make money on the moon, but, life is more complex than that!

You have to eventually settle in a place you love, that has a lifestyle you enjoy, and pay the price for it (taxes).

Being totally free is not an easy thing to achieve, regardless of circumstances........

10:45 am on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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living free?

Free spirited, that's for sure.

Family responsibilities are all but done for me. I stay in contact with my daughter, but she is busy raising her own children now. And they're doing fine without my help or interference.

Bills? Not a one. That's not to say I'm a deadbeat, I work for rent, food, and a little scratch. I pay my way as I go. No phone, no pool, no pets.

I set my own hours, usually working in the dead of night so as not to be disturbed by endless questions, customer calls, etc. I supervise someone else for all that now.

I'm free to leave at anytime, and have threatened to do so more than once. And when I do leave (not if, when) I'll go find something else. Actually, I received an offer just a few hours ago to move to Cincinnati and help someone with their business, much as I've done here with this one. It's a very tempting offer, but it's in Cincinnati...

Is that what you meant?

8:48 pm on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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You ever hear this one?

There's a contest.

First prize is one week in Cincinnati.

Second prize is two weeks in Cincinnati.

10:03 pm on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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.oO(I thought 2nd prize = a house in Detroit)Oo.
9:17 am on Mar 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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You have to eventually settle in a place you love, that has a lifestyle you enjoy, and pay the price for it (taxes).

No, you don't. >;->

So are there any other folk out there living free?

Sure. Right now I'm hooked up through a wireless zone in downtown Tbilisi.

Two months ago I was sitting in the reading room on the top floor of Singapore municipal library and a couple of weeks before that I was working from a connection in L'viv in western Ukraine.

Last February I spent a month living in Nicosia in Cyprus. Mostly I worked using a wireless connection either in the coffee bar in the Holiday Inn or else in Starbucks. It was liberating to know that I could stay as long as I wanted because I was carrying "my job" with me.

Most of the rest of the time I'm in London. But I'm don't tend to see it as the place where I live and work quite so much as I used to. More the place that I'm based out of.

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I think workingNOMAD means people working from a laptop on wireless connection.

Moving around month after month and having no worries in the world.

My dream....

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I just got back from 6 months of travelling with a laptop. Some places were better than others for internet access, Canada and Japan were excellent. Well, cities anyway.

I'm planning on heading off at the end of the year to spend some time in New Zealand. I'm kind-of living free.. free of any ties other than family and friends.

You're right though, being able to choose where you want to live is a great thing.

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My dream

Not mine.

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

TANSTAFL

11:50 am on Mar 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Im 22 just turned last week!

Get away for a year with the old laptop!

Sounds great to me :P

11:54 am on Mar 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Im 22 just turned last week!

Get away for a year with the old laptop!

Sounds great to me :P

Happy birthday! Sounds like a good idea.

I do think people (especially Americans) need to get out more, and experience the world. Our nation is a wee bit xenophobic and less than open-minded when it comes to our international relations. I'll just bite my tongue and leave it at that.

I grew up overseas, and travel internationally on a regular basis for my day job.

It's nice to have a "home base," and I have a family that I really don't want to drag around (they wouldn't let me, either).

11:59 am on Mar 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Nobody told me that we had a national spokesman. What's the pay? :)
12:08 pm on Mar 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Nobody told me that we had a national spokesman. What's the pay?

$400,000 per annum [usgovinfo.about.com]

I prefaced what I wrote with "I do think," and I think that I could probably find some agreement, just as anyone could with any viewpoint. Has very little to do with Web design.

That's why I'm leaving it at that.

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I guess I'm lucky, I have no real desire to live anywhere else, even though I could run my business from anywhere with a laptop and internet connection.

I've been very "ZEN" in my lifestyle in recent years, paying everything off with the aim to take advantage of this freedom to travel more.
With one year left on the mortgage and three more car payments my debt load will drop to the point I could live off of my internet income
quite easily, provided I didn't move to Boca Raton ;~)

Lovejoy- Out

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we've got an office with staff in it...50,000 worth of stock. so, no I am as portable as the Eiffel tower.

when you are working 60+ hours a week it doesn't matter where you live you are never going to see it.

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Heh, I was thinking in parallel terms with this thread.

I live in a country where the unemployment is so low, there are articles on how to demand more from your boss or quit and get a better job.

Yet wanting to be a webdesigner, puts me in an international market with many others, its the one job that seems to have an oversupply of workers, because of its transient nature. You CAN be anywhere you like and still do it.

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In Ukraine today, Prague tomorrow. Just handed a lot of work to a new manager, so i will be freer. I always take my laptop with me and make sure I have net in hotels etc.

Why people still travel to work everyday and pollute the planet is beyond me. You need to build offices, commute in a car and when 500 million people site at a PC everyday you should be able to work where you want. I think that would go a long way to minimising your carbon footprint.

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Inspirational thread! This may have swayed our decision to have kids... =)
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>>This may have swayed our decision to have kids

I have three kids, none of which I decided to have. I'm still trying to figure it out. :)

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This may have swayed our decision to have kids...

Parents?... Global cyberpunks?... Parents?... Global cyberpunks?

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It's going as planned since i needed to be flexible in my working location to support my family and grow a robust business.

We live in Sydney, can travel with my son's rugby / sports development to Europe and NZ , be close to my family here and in France / UK, Dubai - basically be anywhere, anytime. This really satisfies work flexibility.

Things get a bit more demanding when considering a workforce centrally located.

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I'm not.
of course I wish I could travel and work and fulfil that dream of "laptop on the beach, when the work day is done, snap it shut, strap on the snorkel and run into the surf", but my priorities are a lot more domestic right now.

Some day, when the kids are grown and out of school, we can discard the domestic routines and my wife and I will probably become globetrotting self-employed opportunists

 

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