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Published on August 14th, 2012 | by Ivan Widjaya

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What does Running a Location Independent Business Mean to Me: My Story

If you are new to this blog, you must be wondering why on earth people want to establish and run a location independent business. To most, the reasons are quite personal; this also holds true in my case.

If you asked me, my first and foremost reason why I want to establish and run a location independent business is – like too many others – because I am fed up with working in the cubicle. Cubicle not only limits my space, it also limits my creativity. I feel strangled and I feel so limited because I can’t do whatever I want with my life and my career.

I’m not a good staff

That’s the main reason why I quit my 11-month-old job as a web programmer at an education institution. The 11-month tenure fed me up because I have to travel for hours to go to work. The 11-month life deferred plan fed me up because, well, it’s life deferred. It sucks as in 4 hours, I finish all my work, but I can’t just go home. Why? Because it’s a 9 to 5 job. You have to wait until your work hours finish.

Despite the fact that I like to talk to people, I don’t like to hang around socializing, doing unproductive things. I felt like I wasted my time; I wasted my life, actually, by working a 9-to-5 job.

You know what I wanted? I want to go home after I finish my work. If I can get an 8-hour-worth work in 2 hours, I want to go home right after I finish working; I want to hang out; I want to do my hobby; I want to do what matters most in my life, other than my work.

But that doesn’t happen. You see, cubicles, to me, are jails. Job security, to me, is a prison. I want to jailbreak and do what I am passionate about.

I jumped into entrepreneurship – with false hopes

To cut long story short, I finally embark on my entrepreneurship journey. I kick off thinking that franchising is the right thing for me. So I buy a franchise unit, borrowing my family’s money. It’s all good, except the fact that in franchising, you need to follow rather rigid guidelines set by the franchisor.

You see, I don’t like rules. I started to feel like I was working in a cubicle, full of “thou cannot do that” rules. I invest in a business, but I can’t run it the way I want? In my case, that’s so wrong.

So, I end up losing my business after 3.5 years of turbulence – it was profitable, but the economic situation and many other factors, including my low quality leadership due to low morale, pushed me to close down my business.

New hope: I work at home, making money online

Then during my business’ last few months, I embarked in my online entrepreneurship journey. I started off building web directories and blogs. Not long, I finally made my $1,000/month from my web properties. It was difficult, but it was worth it.

Those allow me to work from the comfort of my home, making money online. I am living a geoarbitrage life, because I make money in dollars but I spend with local currencies (I live in a South East Asian country.)

I now live 100% from my online business, supporting my family entirely from my online income. I’m probably not a proper nomad, but I am definitely location independent running a business I can run anytime, anywhere (how?) I can run my business wherever I want. Now, I have plenty of choices – thanks to God.

I want to go to Canada in the near future – been reading blogs for lifestyle and accommodation tips, such as American Express Canada lifestyle blog, as well as Lonely Planet and some others…

What’s next?

Able to work from home, I am exploring to do mini retirements. I am now able to go on vacation as I – and my family – wish, but I also want to go to a city overseas and live for a couple of months, blend in as one of the locals, living like what locals do.

So, will you join my journey?

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About the Author

A mobile entrepreneur who loves to work anytime, anywhere he wants. He runs several popular business blogs, make money online and live a geoarbitrage lifestyle. He typically works at home and travel with his family when he wants to, often without his business.


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