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Most Common Location Independent Careers

Just starting your remote job search? We've curated a list of the most common location independent careers to help you get started and understand the commonalities between roles.

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Here's what makes these jobs good for Remote Work

Their work relies mostly on their laptop with a wifi connection.

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Their schedules are fairly independent and don't rely on clients or business hours.

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Many are jobs can be hired as Freelance of Contractor roles.

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Entrepreneur

Best way to to have the flexibility to work remotely is to work for yourself! Entrepreneurs are their own bosses, and the ones who decide whether it makes sense to work outside of a traditional office. If they can run their business effectively from a purely digital perspective (most can), they’re on the road to an effective location independent career. Most have minds that were meant to challenge the status quo, which makes them perfect for a location independent lifestyle. No matter the industry - we’ve seen every iteration of entrepreneurship from online fitness moguls to cryptocurrency tycoons - business owners can find success while on a work and travel program.

Why it works as a location independent career: To put it simply, entrepreneurs don’t have to answer to anyone.

Consultant

The title “consultant” can cover a lot of different bases. This role is a very popular location independent careers because consultant typically because being a consultant involves working with various clients in different locations — and with technology they can do a lot of their work without having to be in person.

Why it works as a location independent career: Consultants do a lot of traveling even when they work in a traditional office, so it’s simple to see how location independence can fit into a consultant’s lifestyle. In fact, becoming a fully-remote employee can be a benefit for a consultant. Instead of travelling to and from a home base whenever they need to meet with a client, they can move from location to location, using their time effectively and saving themselves from jet lag. Finally, a majority of a consultant’s job takes place over the phone or via email, and when a more personal touch is necessary, a video call can do the trick!

Accountant

Today’s accountants have a unique opportunity to embrace location independence as much of their work can be done online. Whether you’re a personal finance expert, or the manager of a global account, accountants of all types can make a remote lifestyle work for them.

Why it works as a location independent career: Gone are the days of accountants manually balancing credits and debits. The finance sector has embraced the digital age, making many traditional accounting offices obsolete. Accountants can manage their clients’ finances through online systems and, when applicable, meet with them over a video call. These factors make accountants the perfect candidates to explore working remotely from anywhere in the world.

Business Development Manager

Business development managers are known for operating independently. Their main responsibilities are to locate and lock-in new clients for whatever organization that they work for, and they typically do their jobs on an individual basis. Because of the relationship-building that needs to occur to secure these major business partnerships, their jobs not only require a healthy dose of self-motivation, but the ability to travel to wherever potential clients are.

Why it works as a location independent career: Business development managers need to travel out of necessity. Why not make it an integral part of your lifestyle? In fact, becoming location-independent can even help business development managers fast track their success. By being available around the world, they can open their potential client list to include anyone, anywhere, instead of being tied to a local geographic region.

Software Developer

Software developers are some of the OG remote workers. Because they are masters in coding, troubleshooting and technical thinking, software developers have seemingly always found a way to work where they are most creative and productive. As they create new programs and systems for their clients, they are also creating new processes and potential for their lives.

Why it works as a location independent career: We’ll make this one simple: software developers can do 99% of their work online, from anywhere. Excluding the occasional meeting to determine  project’s goals and pain points, software developers can work independently to create a final product. Whether they are a part of an internal team of developers or work at an agency for external clients, this is one of those careers that makes total sense for a remote life.

Customer Service Representative

Customer service representatives make a living by listening to other people’s problems and providing them with the necessary solutions. They are peacemakers and creative thinkers, willing to do whatever it takes to make a customer satisfied. Often, customer service representatives are relegated to working in call centers filled with others but, with the evolution of new communication technology, they now have the freedom to determine their place of work. For a job that requires so much energy and compassion, why shouldn’t customer service representatives be able to work from a place that gives them joy?

Why it works as a location independent career: Much of a customer service representatives’ responsibilities fall under communication. Whether they are experts in digital communication via software like Zendesk or Drift, or are focused on phone or video calls, these employees have a great case for working remotely. Since their jobs do not require them to meet with their customers, or even their teams, in person, they can rely on digital communication methods and forgo reporting to a traditional office environment.

Content Creator

Content creator is another one of those terms that can be used to describe a multitude of jobs within a variety of industries. A content creator could be someone who writes blog posts, interviews people on a podcast, takes photographs, shoots video... the list goes on and on. These people are usually wildly creative and often find working in a corporate environment to be stifling.

Why it works as a location independent career: Content creators are prime prospects for location independence as they often find it difficult to can’t do their jobs to the fullest extent in an office environment. For example, a photographer will need to scout locations and find the perfect backdrops for their shots. A podcaster will need a soundproof studio and a writer will need to work from wherever they feel most inspired. Content creators often have to travel to their interview subjects or on-location job sites. Think of it this way: does it make sense for a videographer to report to an office if they have to leave once they’ve arrived in order to head to their shooting location?

Graphic Designer

Graphic designers are not only responsible for creating traditional sales and advertising collateral anymore. Many designers use their skills to break into user experience design, while others venture into social media, website, or mobile application design. Whatever the case, there is a key factor to this job that makes it ideal for location independent living: the word ‘graphic’.

Why it works as a location independent career: Graphic designers create many (if not all) of their visually appealing projects on a computer or a tablet. They are not beholden to traditional studios or workspaces in order to do their jobs successfully. In fact, the only aspect of a graphic designer’s position that would normally require them to commute would be meetings with client teams, or meetings with internal marketing team to discuss a proposed design. By switching to video meetings when they’re needed, graphic designers can still actively participate in these important discussions, while maintaining a flexible lifestyle.

Marketing Manager/Social Media Manager

Marketing managers and social media managers make up a sizable cohort within the location independent community. These messaging and visual gurus are in charge of teams within their organization that create consumer-facing marketing materials. Although though their influence stretches to nearly every medium, marketing managers and social media managers can certainly become location independent and do their jobs from the road.

Why it works as a location independent career: So much of what  marketing and social media managers do can be done online. They are in charge of coordinating a team in order to create a desired result for the company, and much of that communication and organization takes place over email or instant messaging applications. Once these employees open their minds to taking their meetings over video instead of in-person, they will realize that their days open up and allow them to think about big picture strategies, not just the details of a project.