Most, if not everyone wants to be “financially independent”, especially if they are reading sites like this. But truth is I don’t really need to be financially independent, just location Independent.
What Is Location Independence?
Location independence, unlike financial independence, means that you can live anywhere in the world, live, work and survive if not thrive.
In order to do this you have to have the right job. It could be a work from home that doesn’t require you ever step foot in the office, like a call center or VA work. Or a business that you run that you can do so no matter where you are in the world.
Why I Want Location Not Financial Independence
Being financial independent would mean I’m also location independent, however being location independent does not mean financial independence.
I want to be able to visit friends and family for extended periods of time and not have to worry about money. I want to be able to on a whim go for a week to another city, state, or even country and not have to worry about paying for it.
Being location independent doesn’t mean I don’t have to worry about money, in fact I will have to work in whatever location I’m in. But, I’ll be able to visit my family in Maine for a month at a time rather than just a week. I’ll be able to go to conferences like FinCon, I’ll be able to take long road trips stopping to work along the way.
How Will I Reach Location Independence?
The businesses I’m growing are specific in that I can do them from anywhere. I drive for rideshare, something that I could do from anywhere. I also freelance for other people and make money that way. And of course Amazon FBA.
Freelancing is the easiest to do from anywhere. I pitch clients online and talk to them on the phone or through email. That’s not location dependent, instead it requires my laptop and my cell phone.
Amazon is a little more tricky. I’ve looked into it and I can easily change my location. There are also services that will do all the work for you if you send them the products which could make it easier for me especially when volume goes up.
Though financial independence would be great, and provide location independence the truth is I don’t need it to be happy. I need to be able to spend time with friends and family, I need to be able to spend time volunteering, I need to exercise and stay in shape.
By gaining location independence through growing my business I will provide myself with the joy of being able to go anywhere without having to be financially independent.
If you really figure out what it is you want, you may find out you don’t need as much as you think.