Tips for Freelancing Abroad

By BethPembrook, 07 August, 2017

Life as an expat freelancer is a rewarding mixture of work and travel - and an increasingly popular way to live. If all you need to earn money is a laptop and an internet connection, then why work from an office?

There are three important factors to consider when picking a place to freelance abroad:

Are you seeking adventure? Does the location you have in mind affect your work? And can you afford to live there on a freelancer's income?

However picture perfect this may sound, work is still work - so here are a few useful ideas about how to make the most of your time and grow your business as a self-employed traveller...

Stay Motivated

Staying on top of your game without colleagues to keep your spirits up can be difficult, especially when things aren’t going brilliantly. Make sure you spent the time to keep yourself motivated and pumped up - remember why you're doing what you're doing! 

Get insured 

You need to make sure you have both travel and freelancer insurance. If something goes wrong, without an employer’s support to fall back on, you’re held responsible.

Whether it’s a claim for an error made whilst undertaking a job, or an issue with an unhappy client, even if you’ve done nothing wrong, the cost of defending yourself in court can be expensive, so protect yourself.

Know Your Worth

If you're just starting out on the freelancing path, it can be difficult to know where on the scale to place your rates. You don’t want to price yourself out of the market, but on the other hand you need to do those boring things like eat and live. 

Money Talk

One of the main difficulties of freelance work is the wildly varying income you receive from month to month. Stop thinking of your good months as being the “normal” ones, and take it on board that you will always have “famine” months against the feasts.