What is “Location Independence”?

Have you ever heard of the term “Location Independence”?  I hadn’t until a few years ago, but ever since I learned what it meant, I knew I wanted it.  I’ll bet you will too.

Location Independence means that your source of income isn’t dependent on where you are.  Take a minute and read that again!  In fact, it doesn’t matter where you are, or where you live, whether you’re on vacation or at your house.  Isn’t that a cool concept?!  A good example would be a person who makes their living online.  They might have a home base in Denver, but they can still work on vacation in New Zealand or while at an airport coming back from Thailand.  If they want to do a backpacking trip through Europe, all they need is their laptop and a coffee shop that has wifi and they can stay on that trip indefinitely.  So, maybe a couple weeks and they’re ready to get home.  Or maybe they’re having so much fun, they stay 6 months!  It doesn’t matter because they can do their work anywhere!  (Man, how awesome would THAT be?!)

So, back to reality (for now).  Most people have jobs that force them to actually “show up”.  (Can you believe it?!)  We have to commute every day, many times at the worst parts of the day for traffic, and spend our day working “for the man” instead of doing what we’d LOVE to be doing.  The worst part is that, many times, we don’t even realize we’re making this choice.  Maybe we still think it’s NOT a choice.  Oh, but read on…

Let me just pop in here real quick and make mention that some people really love their jobs.  I get it.  I happen to love mine.  But, if I didn’t need the income from my job, I’d love doing my own thing a lot more!

So, I’m curious…how would you spend your time if your income didn’t depend on your location?  Would you travel?  Would you work on your house, or build a car?  I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!  Ok, you twisted my arm… I’ll go first!

If I could make my entire living online, here’s what my life would look like:  When we’re home on our farm, I’d always be working on a project in my shop, whether that was restoring an old car, customizing a motorcycle, fixing a lawn mower, etc.  I’d have my own paint shop where I could do my own paint jobs and I’d have all the tools to do body work.  I’d most likely buy a kit car and work on building a Cobra or a hot rod of some sort.   I’d buy a small motorhome or a small rv to pull behind my car and my wife and I (and our 3 dogs!) would travel all over the U.S. and Canada, staying at state parks. We’d stay at one until we were ready to move on, then we’d move to the next.  We’d spend our days hiking with our dogs, cooking out on the grill, and enjoying the sunsets.  Once we had enough of travelling for awhile, we’d pack up and head home to our base (our farm) near Tulsa, Ok.  It’s kind of funny, but I don’t know how long we’d want to be gone because we love our “farm” so much!  We have 6.5 acres, a large pond, a shop where I can work on projects and a house we built with our own hands…so, we really love the place!  But to have the freedom, the option to go somewhere and not have to rush back is what I’m after.  Whether we actually travel all that much or not is irrelevant to me.  I just want to know that I CAN.

Location independence, in my opinion, is all about freedom.  The freedom to live our lives the way we WANT to live them and not renting our time out to our employer.  Do you realize that when we have a job, we’re essentially selling ourselves for a certain amount of money per hour or per year.  People give up the best years of their lives, when they’re typically the most healthy and energetic, to an employer…all in the name of job security and making a living.  But freedom…wow, think about that for a minute.  What would your life really look like?  I’m betting you probably wouldn’t work at your job if you didn’t have to, if money wasn’t an issue for you.  Do you know how I know this?  Because I watch people.  I walk in to my job from the parking garage on a Monday morning and people are almost crawling to their office.  Friday afternoon, though, guess what?  They’re knocking each other out of the way, drifting their car out of the parking garage with Def Leppard blaring from their stereo!

Since I was about 19 or 20 (roughly a million years), I’ve been reading and learning about business, mindsets, wealth versus poverty.  I have honestly made a study of it, partially because it just interests me so much, and also because I’m always looking for the next “key” that can help me go to the next level.  My wife and I have reached a lot of our goals, but the one goal I still have that’s still out of reach?  Location independence.  Working independently of a “job” and spending my time doing exactly what I want to do.  I’m still working on that one!  🙂

So, after reading this post, you might be thinking “Well, yeah… who wouldn’t want that?  But it’ll never happen for me.  I’m too old, too scared, not smart enough, don’t have enough education, or I [insert excuse here].  But let me tell you something!  Of all the people you think of as successful, or rich, or famous…are any of them any different than you?  I mean, really…  You’re too old?  Well, has anyone your age ever made it?  Of course they have!  Do you ever see some successful person and wonder how they tie their shoes in the morning? They just don’t seem to have much “going on upstairs”, yet they’re successful.  My point is…if they can do it, so can you.

Life is too short to live it any way but exactly how we want to live it.  Keep pushing, my friends.  Maybe a plan and figure out the steps to reach that end goal.  I’m working toward mine right now.  And who knows?  Maybe one day, we’ll park our motorhomes next to each other at some beautiful state park in the mountains, and talk about what it took to get there.  To be location independent.  I’m thinking we’ll both agree that it was more than worth it.

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