Work from anywhere is here: Meet the Aussie making $150/hr from Portugal
The pandemic taught us that we can work from anywhere. Meet one Aussie who is doing just that.
Kristie decided to quit her full-time job during COVID and head overseas to work as a freelance content creator.
“COVID made me realise I can work from anywhere and I can work remotely. So, I made the decision to make the jump and try to find the work-life balance that everyone has been looking for,” she told Yahoo Finance.
Kristie is part of a growing trend of ‘anywhere workers’ who are packing up and working remotely post-pandemic, according to freelancer platform Fiverr.
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“One of the major advantages of being your own boss and working from your laptop is that you can do it anywhere,” Fiverr community organiser Olly Woolrych told Yahoo Finance.
“During COVID, we weren’t able to travel, and it has also debunked the myth that you have to sit in an office to produce quality work. We are finding a lot of people are taking the opportunity to jump on a plane and go work somewhere else.”
Kristie has now worked while travelling through Portugal, Spain and the UK and is earning upwards of $300 per video, which can take around two hours to create.
“That’s what I love about this work. It allows you to set your own hours and work as much or as little as you want, so you can explore and do the fun stuff,” she said.
Recent data from Fiverr and Lonely Planet found 96 per cent of anywhere workers planned to continue working this way for at least another six months, with 60 per cent saying they worked full-time hours.
How to do it
Industries like IT, engineering, consulting, architecture and interior design, and digital marketing were some of the most common gigs for anywhere workers, Woolrych said.
“You might not realise you have a skill set that you can turn into a side hustle, which can turn into an anywhere-worker lifestyle,” he said.
There were also a number of countries offering specific freelancer visas, Woolrych noted, including Indonesia, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Belize and Brazil.
Kristie is about to head back to Australia and is planning to apply for a visa so she can work in Portugal for a longer period of time.
For anyone hoping to work overseas, Kristie recommended building up a portfolio and having a steady stream of clients you could rely on.
“Make sure you set yourself up with a ready roster of clients. It means you have a bit of leeway because you’ve got those repeat clients,” she said.
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