Location Independent defined, and explained in the context of how LIP's use Mobile Office skills to work in location independent situations.
Fri, 13 Aug 2010 16:59:37
Independent of needing a specific location to live, work, a mobile householder who who is not committed to one location.
This phrase "Location Independent" and "Digital Nomads" is highly romanticized, be warned this lifestyle is not for everyone, and truthfully you will find the majority of writers on the subject are relatively newcomers to living location independent lifestyle.
Tim Ferriss wrote a book called, "The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (2007)," and this term sort of spins out of the writings of that book. This is 2010, and you study you can sense the aftermath of Tim's work.
Location Independent Defined:
Location independence is a growing trend among technology and knowledge workers that has been popularized by Blogs like Fluent in 3 months, Digital Nomads, LocationIndependent.com, Thrilling Heroics, and Work shifting. A location independent professional—or digital nomad—often adopts Timothy Ferriss' principles of lifestyle design and utilizes new technology to design a lifestyle that allows them to live and work wherever they want—be it from home, the internet cafe, on the beach, or even from the other side of the world.
Location independent professionals frequently work as freelance writers, photographers, affiliate marketers, web designers, web developers, graphic designers, and sometimes they simply pick up odd jobs as they travel, such as teaching English (TESOL or TEFL) or WWOOFing. Minimalism for the sake of light travel is frequently emphasized, but not required. Recently, many LIP (Location Independent Professionals) challenge themselves to own 100 personal items or less. Most notably, Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle, and Everett Bogue of Far Beyond the Stars, have touted the benefits of reducing ones possessions to under 100 items or even 50 items. The blogosphere and prevalence of social media makes it much easier for anyone to share their ideas with a global audience and build a successful business online. With the increasing availability of free and cheap wifi internet access around the globe, a nomadic, entrepreneurial lifestyle is increasingly possible for people to attain.
I started traveling 12 years ago, I call myself a perpetual traveler, and for sure I am location independent and work less than Tim Ferris. I on the hand would encourage you to work honestly and diligently, taking no shortcuts and be morally upright. It is very dangerous to travel the world and be a scoundrel, the world will punish people it does not trust.
Work independent, do not promote at the cost of your readers naive understandings of the world and work.