Open Thread: Where Are You Located?

One of the greatest things about FreelanceFolder is the diverse group of participants and freelancers that come to the site. We’ve received comments from all over the world — some from freelancers working at home in other countries, others from freelancers who are traveling and working on the go.

In fact, one of the most wonderful things about freelancing is that it can be very liberating. Many freelancers work from one location, but many take advantage of their situation and travel the world.

So, in the interest of generating some conversation, I have a few quick questions for everyone:

  1. Where do you work? (What country or state)
  2. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?
  3. How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?

Comments

  1. says

    Where do you work? Michigan

    Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling? Home office

    How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation? I enjoy working from my home as it provides me the flexibility I need to come and go as needed.

  2. says

    Bangalore
    I work from my home most of the time.
    I have made a small office space for myself and I love the freedom that comes from working out of own place.

  3. says

    Where do you work? Alfeld – a small city near Hannover, Germany.

    Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling? I prefer working from my home office too.

    How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation? I also enjoy working from my home office most and usually just take my iPhone with me to reply to important eMails if necessary. My suggestion would be to invest some money into a home office – it’s one of the rooms every freelancer who works from home stays most of the time each day and so it should have a good and inspiring atmosphere in my opinion.

  4. says

    I work from home near Pittsburgh, PA. It works well for me as a mom of three children, ages 10, 8, and 1. However, I would definitely advise parents who want to work at home to develop a plan and a schedule for doing so. Without organization and routine, it’s just about impossible!

  5. says

    I’ll jump in to the conversation…

    I typically work out of my home office in Philadelphia, PA — though I have been known to travel and bring work along with me.

    I have two tips for those working out of their home. First, get some cats or a dog. Pets make life much more entertaining, and will only occasionally (once or twice a day) stand in front of your monitor and jump on your keyboard.

    The second tip is to get several monitors. It helps with the above situation, and should boost your productivity quite a bit :-)

  6. says

    Wendy Sullivan – of no fixed address.

    These past few months have had me in Toronto, Canada. For 6 months prior it was rural Kansas. Before that was Toronto again, and before that, Ko’Olina Hawaii.

    I work from wherever home is at any given time.

    The best tip I can offer to an on-the-move freelancer is beware which laptop you choose. I have a 17″ Dell, and it’s like lugging a toddler around all day. Bigger isn’t always better.

    Wendy

  7. says

    Im located in Iserlohn, Germany and work as an all-around Drupal CMS freelancer.

    From the very start it was crystal-clear to me that I had to work from a “real” office outside my appartment. Although being single, I just can’t very well focus on work at home.

    Try to get a feeling what works best for you. Do you easily get distracted at home, even when having a separate home-office? Do you have the opportunity to share office space with other freelancers who may complement your services?
    I’m also using my iPhone to receive business mails on the road. Usually you won’t need to answer while sitting at a bar on weekends, but in case of urgency you might be able to calm down a client and gain some trust by just sending a short reply that you took notice and will take care of business asap.
    Think twice about spending money. Spending money in stuff that makes you feel better, make you more efficient and effective is well spent money. That’s why I afford an external office, an iPhone, a MacBook and some apps I fell in love with. Stick on things that make you feel better.

  8. says

    Where do you work?
    Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?
    Home office, but I have been known to work from my deck if it is nice outside.

    How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?
    Love it! I cannot imagine going to an office everyday anymore. I get to spend more time with my kids, get to do more of what I want to do and enjoy. As for tips. Make sure you make backups. You don’t have an IT Department to recover files for you.

  9. says

    1.Where do you work? Texas
    2.Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling? at home
    3.How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation? love it. Keep to a work schedule; housework – garden- laundry can always be put off until after your work day.

  10. says

    Where do you work?
    Weston-super-Mare, UK
    Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?
    From home!
    How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?
    It’s okay, but sometimes it brings me down being in the same place. When those moments hit I tend to go out for a cycle ride, get some fresh air, and clear my head!

    http://twitter.com/jonmack | http://jonmack.co.uk

  11. says

    1. Where do you work?
    - Lima, Perú

    2. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?
    - Home, but one day a week i go to the office, since i also work for a company.

    3. How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?
    - Well, i really enjoy working at home. I would recommend that you learn to separate your “home office” from the rest of the house, since you can get easily distracted… :P

  12. says

    Where do you work? Chicago, IL, USA

    Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling? I work both in the office and at home.

    How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation? I love it, the only thing that I don’t like is that there are not enough time in a day and not enough caffeine to keep help stay up at night.

  13. says

    1. Where do you work?
    Tainan, Taiwan, [as a proofreader]

    2. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?
    Home office, garden, sometimes cafes, and and while traveling, when that happens

    3. How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?
    Only been doing this full time for six months, and having what seem to be all the usual early problems – accepting too many jobs and having trouble separating work from my nominally free time – but with the help of this site am starting to get things together. I like it a lot.

  14. says

    Hi!
    I work from home, here in Spain, I have a little study (8 m2) with 4 computers which is my Kingdom with all I need near from my hand, dictionaries, tutorials, and of course, a good Internet access….

  15. says

    Where do you work? Minnesota

    Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling? at home

    How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation? I think the biggest challenge is fighting the distractions. I’m lucky because my kids are grown up, but I work hard to not let the internet distract me all the time.

  16. says

    Born in Holland, working in web dev and design here in Bangkok, Thailand.

    I usually work from home, but whenever I need to travel I’ll bring my work with me. Holidays are an exception.

    Jason, I agree on the pets, most of the time…
    I’m loving every single day of it: cost of living is low, so there’s not too much stress in that department.

    The downside is that there are not too many clients who have an understanding of the modern web here in Thailand. The animated GIF and music in the background are still very much alive here ;)

    No biggie though, it’s easy enough to work for/with people from other continents.

  17. says

    Where: San Diego, CA

    Work: Home

    I love it. I like the flexibility, the freedom to make my own choices and be compensated according to my worth.

    Tips: Working from home is great, but do not be fooled by hype. It is hard work and to succeed you must be patient and diligent. It takes time to build a home business. Whatever work you do remember to set aside the time daily to work at your business. It is easier to slack when you work for yourself, self-discipline must be exercised. The good news is it is all worth it. You can grow your business at your rate of speed and not wait for a boss to give you a 25 cent raise or pat you on the back. The quality of your work and the appreciation of your clients is more than adequate pat.

  18. says

    I live in London, in the UK.

    I mostly work from home, though quite often head into my university’s library to write blog posts (and to write for my MA course) – I’m a postgrad student.

    I’d actually recommend working in a good, quiet, public or academic library if you can … no-one expects you to buy coffee, the background noise is low, and there’s something about being in a library which puts you in instant “work” mode!

    I’m also very much in love with my netbook (an Acer Aspire One in sapphire blue…) – weighs little more than a hardback book, and I can just pop it in my handbag and carry it around. It’s not ideal for writing on for long periods of time, but it’s amazing for portability.

    I dream of having a place big enough for a home office one day …

  19. Candace says

    Where do you work? (What country or state)
    - Allentown, Pennsylvania

    Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?
    - Home office, but I occasionally work from the clients’ office if they prefer it.

    How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?
    - I’m just getting started in the freelancing game, but I’m enjoying it so far. Since I’m only a PT freelancer and I have another PT job on the side, I doubt I have any tips to offer that others don’t already know.

  20. says

    I live and work in the Sweetheart City of Loveland, CO. My work is mostly freelancing for a weekly newspaper and my blog.
    I work at my desk, dining room table and screened in patio since the house is wi-fi.

    It helps me to go to a coffee shop (mostly locally-owned) that has free wi-fi. I always see people and like the energy there.

  21. says

    1. Where do you work?
    New Orleans, Louisiana

    2. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?
    Home office mostly, but I’m working on becoming a digital nomad.

    3. How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?
    I usually sleep at my girlfriends and go back to my house to work. It is a bit like having an outside office, but instead it’s my house. Probably the best situation I could hope for. I’ve started to travel and work on the road. Working on the road is harder, because there are more distractions, but there is more of an opportunity for inspiration.

    For those working at home: make your office your cave. Block out all other distractions and make it known that when you are in your cave you are not to be disturbed. If you don’t have ground rules with the people you live, you won’t ever get anything done.

  22. says

    I’m located outside of NYC, plan to relocate south of Boston, and have an international client base.

    I either work from home office or while I’m travelling. Since I often have to file articles while I travel, I’ve learned to write almost anywhere.

    I love it. I love to create each day. I love having large swaths of unscheduled time, and I’m very productive without scheduling every minute. Tip: If you need every minute scheduled, freelancing might not be the life for you. Tip: Self-motivation is important. Tip: Writer’s block is a luxury for the uncontracted. The rest o fus have to get the work done, whether we feel like it or not. Tip: Just because we love what we do doesn’t mean we don’t deserve a good wage. Avoid content mills and sites that pay crap, and don’t pay for listings — you’ll find better and higher-paying work by approaching legit companies on your own. Remember — it’s $1 per WORD, not per ARTICLE.

  23. says

    Where do you work?
    I work in Hong Kong or Macao. Asia.

    Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?
    Typically work at home and office.

    How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?
    I made my equipments at home and office very similar. The same keyboards. similar chairs, similar external monitors. Then I get working when I get inspired no matter that I am at home or in office. One big difference to work at home is that there is a bed a attract me to go to bed for a sleep.

  24. says

    I’m located in Central Massachusetts, specifically Worcester, MA.

    I work from my home office and from a select few cafes in the city (Worcester)

    I like the situation, but am trying to get a co-working space together downtown for the sake of the entire freelancing community.

  25. says

    Where do you work? Jersey– the only one of the “New” states where that word is optional :)

    Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling? Lately traveling to client’s, but would like to work more from home.

    How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation? You’ve gotta love what you do. That about sums it up for me.

  26. says

    Where do you work? Illinois
    Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling? Usually from home
    How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation? I love it. I’m a single mom so freelancing is perfect, I get to be home for the kids when they get out of school if they get sick I can take the day off and it isn’t a big deal. Perfect fit.

    As far as tips – make sure you get dressed. I don’t feel like I’m productive if I stay in my PJs all day.

  27. says

    -I work and live in Laval, Quebec, Canada. (Near Montreal)

    -My office is in my home, hopping to buy or rent an office soon.

    -When you love what you do, you don’t watch the clock to hit 5 o’clock.

    Although some argue that you should have a regular office hours, I believe as a freelancer we have an opportunity to offer our clients an outstanding service, and we should take advantage of that. I love taking an hour coffee break or take off for a game of golf whenever I want, knowing that I have no one watching what time I get into the office and when do I leave..:)

    Life is too short to be stuck in a boring job!

  28. says

    I work from my home, in Serbia. Since I’m fearly new in profeshional freelancing, I’m still just in home but I plan to start traveling soon. And I just can’t wait. :)

  29. says

    Hi all
    1. Where do you work? (What country or state) –
    Fremont, CA
    2. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?
    Home
    3. How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?
    Enjoy it, doing what I like, when I like.

    Tips? Go for work that you love doing. Freelancers, love the luxury of doing what you want and love to do, so many work because they have to.
    Thanks

  30. Kath Harding says

    London, UK. Work from home office/studio.
    My biggest piece of advice for home office freelancers, is make sure you leave the house at least once a day for some space and fresh air and inspiration. it does wonders.

  31. says

    1. Where do you work? (What country or state) USA, PA
    2. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling? I workout of my home most of the time, but do go to the clients offices if requested. I also work on vacation or when traveling.
    3. How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation? I would really hate to have to work in an office all day. Get laid off and start blogging and doing freelance…down size and make it work..you’ll be so much happier.

  32. bebopdesigner says

    I’m in San Jose, Costa Rica. I really loved when I could work right from a café.

    I used to work from home. I’ve got a small tiny office there. But now I’m a full time webmaster for an NGO, so my freelancing has become a side thing (not too happy about it).

    I wish there were 72 hrs. days… Cheers!

  33. says

    1. Where do you work? (What country or state)

    I live in UAE.

    2. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?

    I typically work from home but occasionally take my laptop, and head out to a mall or to another freelancer friend’s place where we form an impromptu office atmosphere (if its summer) or to one of the waterside cafes (when the weather’s nice).

    3. How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?

    I love it. While there are days I wish I was in a normal 9-5 job so that I could leave the work behind and just forget about it, there’s nothing I would change about being self employed.

    My tip to freelancers working from their home office would be to make it a point to head out once a week to just relax. Give a few hours to yourself, hang out with friends, do something fun etc.

    Also, change of scenery will do wonders. Every now and then take your laptop and go to your favorite spot in the park etc. Excellent for inspiration.

  34. says

    #1: Small town nearby Karlsruhe, Germany

    #2: I’m currently working from (my) home office. First I thought it wouldnt work out properly, because I’ve been doing home office work in my former regular salary job and THAT didnt work out very well, but after 2 months of hardcore working (current TRUE work time: approx. 8 hours / day) I’m certain I dont need a “proper” office anymore. Well, maybe a room for meetings elsewhere, but this could be easily done by renting or sharing a meeting room with other freelancers.

    #3: I agree with Kath Harding – get out once a day, even if its just for lunch. At the place I’m currently living, this aint an easy task, cause although the town is surrounded by woods (at the begin of Blackwood Forest), you wont get into them ASAP, and the walk there is NOT THAT .. well .. good looking? nice area? whatever.

    I probably gonna move someplace else where I’m able to get out better – into nature and such.

    cu, w0lf.

  35. says

    1. West Central Illinois, USA

    2. I work in an office during weekdays, a home office weeknights & weekends, and on the road when we’re able to get outta Dodge. [smile]

    3. With the job and the two businesses, there’s not much time to even think. Other than that, it works for us.

  36. says

    I work in Herndon, VA (just outside of DC) full time in a real-live office… cubes and all!

    However, my boss works remotely from her home in Las Vegas.

    And to top it all off, my company MBO Partners supports independent consultants and freelancers who work all of the country (and world). I sometimes get jealous imagining them in their PJs sipping coffee in bed on or their decks, but I assume many of them are also in an office of some sort, home or otherwise.

    It’s kind of amazing to get to work with people who work in so many different ways.

  37. says

    I work just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    I work out of my home office. Once in awhile, I will work out of a coffee shop or at client’s location.

    I need a great deal of flexibility and typically work all day and night with breaks throughout day to deal with kids’ homework or activities as well as daily exercise. I would suggest to anyone working by themselves to make sure they get out among people at some point every day.

  38. says

    1. Where do you work? (What country or state) Detroit, MI

    2. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling? My home office in an extra double bedroom. I meet clients when necessary anywhere there’s free wi-fi. Almost everything I do is virtual, however.

    3. How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation? I LOVE it. I worked 9 – 5 for 35+ years. Formalised my business last July and gave myself a year to gross $60K+. (That’s all I need—hubby has a FT job + benefits–but $60K+ is still enough for one person). Made my goal last Feb.–5 months early!
    TIPS: plan your work and work your plan; work full-time for full-time pay. Delegate and outsource. Be your own best boss. Keep distractions and expenses to a minimum. Close your office door daily and stop working. Exercise every day and eat right. Pay yourself and pay your taxes. Get a dog. Take your laptop outside on nice days.

  39. says

    Reside on the Maryland portion of the beautiful Delmarva Peninsula.

    Most of my work is done at my home office. This allows me to do work all over. At times I travel when the need arises.

    The hours are terrible, but at least they are the hours I set. As with most businesses, there are lean times, good times and times where everytime you turn around another dollars enters the account. But all in all it’s a very liberating experience.

    When you work at what you like to do, it never seems like work.

  40. says

    1. Where do you work?
    USA – Birmingham, Alabama

    2. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?
    Usually from a local coffee shop or at home….well, also while traveling.

    3. How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?
    I LOVE it. I find it easier to work at the coffee shop rather than my home. I find it hard to separate myself from the needs around the house.

  41. says

    Hi Mason: I read your comment AFTER I wrote my 1st one!

    1) My dream is to get a 2nd computer; trying to constantly switch tabs/windows on one laptop in counter-productive! I’m going to get the smallest MacBook ‘cuz I want a Mac and it’ll be easier to carry when I go out! I’ll put any other necessary files on a flash drive! I try to actually get dressed and go to a cafe’ a couple of times a week.

    2) My two dogs get their daily “Beggin Strip” exactly at 12 noon…and I swear they can tell time! They come to my office @ 11:56 am every day! That makes me stop, give them their teat and take them for a 30-minute walk! Works wonders for all of us!

  42. says

    1. Where do you work? (What country or state)
    Currently Los Angeles, California. Soon? Buenos Aires, Argentina (and then, the world!)

    2. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?
    I typically work from home, but soon, I’ll be working while traveling pretty extensively.

    3. How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?
    I love it. I would recommend having a lot of side projects going on at any given time, so that you can take advantage of the additional time you’ll have on your hands (saved by not commuting, not being interrupted constantly all day, and not being ‘managed’ by someone who is more interested in filling up your day with work than getting work done effectively and efficiently).

    I’m actually writing about working and living a mobile (and location independent) lifestyle at http://ExileLifestyle.com, if you want to find out more :)

  43. says

    I work in Olinda, Pernambuco Brazil

    I do translation work and web design, and I work at home

    I like being able to work at my own schedule, the downside is the constant interruptions I get while I’m working.

  44. says

    Hi,

    I am located in New Jersey, USA.

    I usually work from my apartment, but I sometimes go to the bookstore or my old college campus to work. I also tend to bring my work along when visiting family.

    I love freelance writing. I would advise any freelancer to dedicate as much time as possible to developing their craft. The more you work at it, the better you will become. The more skilled you are, the more clients you get. ($$$) :)

  45. says

    1. Montreal, Canada
    2. Home office and (very) occasionally at Starbucks or while on the road
    3. Love it cause I can’t stand commuting and going to meetings (every and all meetings are completely useless and unproductive in my opinion)

    ;)

  46. says

    Where do you work? Ohio

    Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling? Home office

    How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation? Working from home is wonderful. If you don’t think so, you’ve probably never worked anywhere but…however the key to successfully working at home is knowing when to say when.

  47. andrewnim says

    I live and work in a little town called Katikati in New Zealand. In a great spot called the Bay of Plenty.
    Mostly from home with as little travel as I can.

    I love it because its my hours and I can grab coffee with my wife while watching the birds and the mountains. Great for thinking.

  48. says

    Seoul, South Korea.

    Home office. Been living here since 1997 and am planning on returning to Canada summer 2011, but haven’t decided to which city yet.

  49. says

    1. Where do you work? (What country or state)

    I’m from Los Angeles, California.

    2. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?

    I typically work from home, but am excited to go overseas this summer for a vacation, and bringing my work with me.

    3. How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?

    I love working at home. Although it is quite hard to discipline yourself to not get distracted while at home since being you are, in fact, your own supervisor. If you’re a web designer like I am, one thing that may help is listening to music while working. Rather than having the television on which will distract your eyes and attention from the computer monitor, music will not divert your eyes since we can’t see music, only hear them.

  50. says

    1. Where do you work?

    Im living in Barth, a small town in North East Germany

    2. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?

    Im working typically from home

    3. How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?

    Im working for myself as freelancer since a few weeks now, and i love it. i am webdesigner, specialized in ecommerce (Magento mostly) and small business websites.
    Vu Tran is right, music can help a lot, especially in creative work. A tip from me, take short breaks regularly, get some fresh air for a few minutes and clear your mind.

  51. says

    Loc: Phoenix Az
    Where Work: Home, cowork @gangplank, coffee shops, friends houses/offices

    I like the availability to work almost anywhere… In my house I can stay in my room on my physio ball and use my dresser as the desk or I have an office setup with a big open Ikea desk… I have the coworking facility to get out of the house and collaborate and hang out with industry friends and meet new people and I can meetup with friends or anybody at coffee shops or bookstores. Love it :)

  52. says

    1. Where do you work? (What country or state)

    Turkey / Ankara

    2. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?

    Usually at home

    3. How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?

    Be selective

  53. says

    Where I live: Shasta Valley ten miles north of 14,162-foot-high Mount Shasta in rural northern California.

    I write in my home office, with a view of juniper, pine, and sage out my window, and a lot of deer, jackrabbits, and birds.

    Advice: live and write someplace beautiful that inspires you.

  54. says

    I work in Recife, which is located in Brazil’s north-eastern coast. Paul’s city is right next to mine…

    Most of the time I work in my home office, but occasionally I’ll work on a coffee shop or just about any other place that has free Wi-Fi (since my 3g ISP is kinda unreliable).

    I love what I do, and love the way that I do it.

    Freelance Folder has helped me to enjoy it even more!

    Cheers!

  55. says

    Where do you work?

    Galicia, Spain

    Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?

    I’m starting, so my home office is under construction, but I’d also consider sharing offices with other freelancers.

    How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?

    I love the flexibility: I can work from wherever I want (almost: can’t afford that trip to Hawaii yet) and the chance to choose my work schedule. I’d recommend keeping in contact with other freelancers, meeting at least once a week, etc.

  56. says

    Where do you work?

    All over the US! We’re full time technomads and have no fixed home. Our little home on wheels is solar powered, giving us even greater flexibility. As long as we have our laptops and internet connections, we’re set!

    Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?

    We have set up a small desk in our 17′ fiberglass travel trailer that we do various tech consulting from. Sometimes our office is outside; overlooking a cliff, or in a forest, or on the beach – or wherever we happen to be parked.

    How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?

    We love it! When our clients call, they usually ask what our view is today.. it’s a great way to build a reputation. For others looking to go completely location independent, we highly recommend building that into part of your resume and setting firm understandings that sometimes you may just be out of cellular range.

  57. says

    1. Where do you work? Austin, Texas

    2. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?
    I work from home. i refuse to work while traveling…that’s my time off! :)

    3. How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?
    LOVE LOVE LOVE working from home for myself. i tried going back to a ‘real job’ about 9 years ago, but put in my 2 weeks notice after 3 weeks. couldn’t stand having to be in an office doing what someone else told me to do. and the commute! uggh! anything more than 20 seconds (my time from bedroom to office now) was excruciating.

  58. says

    Nagpur, India
    I love to work from home.

    It is because we are always with our family, friends. This is important because in freelancing there will be some situations where you have to face loneliness or depressed. So this is the perfect medicine to cure it.
    Although having another business setup is good to keep the business tasks away from the home environment.

  59. Julian says

    Where do you work? (What country or state)

    Kingston, Jamaica

    Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?

    Home. My living room to be exact.

    How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?

    I love it. Wouldn’t trade it for a full time job in a million years. Tips: Self discipline is a must!

  60. says

    Where do you work? (What country or state)
    Nairobi, Kenya

    Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?
    Home

    How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?
    Been wonerding how come i never discovered freelancing immediately after collage…been missing all the benefits of freelancing. Love it, love it, love it

  61. says

    I work from my home, which is in Orlando, Florida.

    I love it! I’m here when my kids get home from school. And you can’t beat the commute!

    My tip? Build in time in your day for exercise. For me, going to the gym gets me out of the house, keeps me fit, and also is the chance to socialize that I don’t get working out of my home.

  62. Alberto Mario Pernett says

    Hello!

    In Barranquilla, Colombia. Graphic designer here mostly focused in editorial design right now, but I accept any graphic job :)

    99% of my time I work from home, I adequate a little office in one of the rooms and a very good internet connection (can’t live without it). I’m just starting since January but I have a lot of projects right now :)

    You must love what you do and have a lot of patience if you are a rookie… oh! and a pet is mandatory…

  63. says

    1. Where do you work? (What country or state) Colorado

    2. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling? I tend to work from home but during the summer months take my laptop with me and work while traveling.

    3. How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation? I wouldn’t have it any other way. As a mom, it really is an ideal way to make a living.

  64. says

    1. Where do you work? (What country or state)
    San Juan, Puerto Rico

    2. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?
    I do work from a lot of different places including my office and Starbucks, but I really prefer working at home where I can listen to some good music and kick back.

    3. How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?
    I love the freedom of freelancing, but it’s a bit stressful finding work where I live. I prefer having contact with my clients, but I constantly have to bid on jobs that are far away.

  65. says

    1. Where do you work? A small town in Virginia

    2. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling? I work from a home office except for occasional meetings with clients.

    3. How do you like it? I absolutely love not having to commute to work anymore. Just make sure that your office is somewhere you can limit distractions or you’ll never get any work done.

  66. says

    1.Location:
    Accra, Ghana

    2. Where i work:
    I work mostly at home

    3. How do i like it?
    Working at home can be great cuz you dont have to worry about the commuting but i can hardly get anywork done when the family needs my attention. But i enjoy the freedom.

  67. says

    1. Location:
    Malmö, Sweden

    2. Where I Work:
    Mostly at home

    3. How do I like it?
    It’s great working at home, but sometimes I miss the interaction with other people. But I enjoy the freedom, that makes it all worth while…

  68. says

    1.Where do you work? Mostly out of my apartment in New York City or any coffee shop with Internet access.
    2.Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling? I have a large client base in CA so I often work ‘remotely’ while traveling back and forth. Whenever I’m not traveling I put in long hours from my home.
    3.How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation? I love it! It is liberating to be in control of your ‘destiny’. I had the luxury of building a solid client base prior to moving out on my own. Because of that I was able to bypass some of the initial hurdles that come with freelancing. I think that would be my best piece of advice. Leverage your contacts, network like crazy and never bite the hand that feeds you! Those are the folks who could pass along the BIG client at some point down the road.

  69. says

    I work mostly in Illinois (where I live).

    When I’m at home, you can usually find me in my home office, although occasionally I park at the dining room table or on the couch for a change of scenery.

    I have a laptop and love to travel, however, so last week I worked from Georgia. In two weeks I’ll work from Vegas. The beauty of freelancing is that flexibility. However, it’s always hard to work on the road when you could be exploring or spending time with friends …

  70. says

    I live in Rome, Italy

    I work at home

    Suggestions: I’ve a lot of things to learn (English for example…) and I haven’t suggestions to give but everyday I try to manage my time in a strict way in order to avoid distractions.

  71. says

    I live in Sunnyvale California

    I work in a small office I rent, at client locations, or wherever else I am.

    I LOVE IT!!! I cannot imagine EVER working a corporate job again.

    My suggestion is for freelancers to think of themselves as a business – not an employee for rent. How can you create templates or processes that delivery the same (or more) value to clients so you can make more money without working harder. The problem with hourly billing is that you can only make more money by working more – not the point!!!

  72. says

    Where do you work? Hull, United Kingdom

    Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling? I work from home, except to meet with clients.

    How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation? I am a web designer and I love designing and building websites for people but I am just starting out as a freelancer and so getting new clients is a little slow and lonely. But I am determined to make it work, and I think without drive and commitment it won’t work. After all I am a business and you have to think like a business to be successful.

  73. Unit B says

    1. Location: Atlanta, GA

    2. Where I Work: I split time between home office and a five-minute drive to my favorite coffee shop, because…

    3. How do I like it? …There are times when one needs the interaction and “life” of good public space: good music, a regular group of students and creative professionals from a wide variety of disciplines, and caffeine. Did I mention caffeine? Then, when it’s time to buckle down and focus on crafting final art, I can return to the home base. But there, too, it’s critical to avoid distractions in order to focus.

  74. Judy says

    I work at home in Tonopah NV. It’s great because I can work whenever I want, with no commute. I do get forced breaks when one of my dogs needs my time. Breaks are a needed interruption to prevent fanny spread — get up and walk a bit.

  75. says

    Live in Hoboken, NJ – About 5,000 feet from NYC. I work mostly with clients in NYC.

    Freelancing full-time, from my home office.

    Love it…Wouldn’t change a thing.

  76. says

    I have been doing online work for a while, from the comfort of my own home. I have thought about moving where the opportunity was greater and the costs were lower. When I searched for such a place, I found this website. If you aren’t set in where you live and would like some information on some great opportunities, definitely visit this site. It’ll open your eyes to how things are here!

    http://www.CostaRiceHQ.com

  77. says

    1. Where do you work?
    Texas

    2. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?
    I work from home.

    3. How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?
    Love it; just make sure you watch your money closely; design work is feast or famine, so be prepared to make adjustments for the dry times.

  78. says

    Where do you work? Southwestern Michigan

    Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?
    Home

    How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?
    It gets hard working from home with the long Michigan winters, make sure that you don’t get too caught up in the whole “work in my jammies” thing.

  79. says

    1. Where do you work? (What country or state)
    São Paulo, Brazil

    2. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?
    Home

    3. How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?
    Be always concentraded! And dont forget your live away from home!

  80. says

    Where do you work? (What country or state)
    -Patras, Greece.

    Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?
    -Home Office.

    Any tips for others in your situation?
    -Dont Panic

  81. says

    1. Where do you work? (What country or state)
    Chennai, India.

    2. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?
    A small Office.

    3. How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?
    I am Loving it. While working as a freelancer always think about how you can take your business to the next level by creating a product of your own.

  82. says

    Q. Where do you work? (What country or state)
    A. Ibadan-Lagos, Nigeria.

    Q. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?
    A. Home, got no ehm Office, yet.

    Q. Any tips for others in your situation?
    A. Stay on top of your game :)

  83. melper says

    1. Where do you work?
    Small and beautiful Costa Rica.
    2. Do you typically work from your home, an office, or while traveling?
    I work from my home place, in Puntarenas. My office: dinning room.
    3. How do you like it? Any tips for others in your situation?
    Like everyone else here, lazy.
    My tip: Enjoy the ride

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