The Best Countries in the World for Freelancers
Many moons ago we reported on the best countries in Europe to be self-employed. Whilst this still stands, we wanted to open the door to the rest of the world and see what other global destinations have to offer freelancers with the urge to head abroad.
In the past few years, there has been an explosion in the number of jobs available for those who don’t want to head into an office every day. Working remotely has become popular, as has freelancing. Furthermore, with social media being part of our everyday lives, this has presented entrepreneurial opportunities too.
Regardless of your work, if you want to see the world and earn a living at the same time, why not choose one of the locations below? However, don’t forget to purchase a digital nomad health insurance product to ensure you’re protected if you do move overseas. Working abroad travel insurance could be the solution you need.
For UK-based freelancers, heading to New Zealand really is the chance to get away from it all. Jetting to the other side of the world to work on an empty beach or from a cabin in the forest will undoubtedly give you the inspiration to conjure up fantastic ideas.
Whilst the cities are inevitably the hubs for most freelancers and are a great place for a base, it is the countryside that captures many. Some self-employed individuals actually backpack their way around New Zealand’s two islands, using internet hotspots as they go.
Pros: outdoor lifestyle, beautiful vistas, great weather, friendly people, modern cities, English-speaking
Cons: limited rural wifi, cost of a city base, too many tempting work distractions
Self-employed nomads head straight to one place in Central America; Mexico City. The buzzing capital of Mexico itself, the city boasts cheap accommodation and countless internet hotspots for those who want to soak up the atmosphere by working in one of the cafes. The city is cut at its borders by mountains and deserts where many spend their weekends exploring and hiking.
Many entrepreneurs from the U.S. end up in various locations throughout Mexico, both city and coastal. The cost of living is incredibly low, meaning more money can be put into what you love.
Pros: culturally rich, fantastic weather, welcoming locals, cheap accommodation
Cons: sometimes a lack of mod cons, water shortages in cities, safety issues in cities
Intriguing Vietnam has long been a destination that is on the bucket list of many. The experience of trying the incredible street food, embracing a unique culture, and visiting the floating markets has seen the country become stronger thanks to tourism.
Despite so many visitors, Vietnam retains all of its Asian heritage and from the cities to the rural areas, nothing has been spoilt. The bustling cities of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi attract many freelancers, drawn by the affordable accommodation and delicious food!
Despite a burgeoning start-up culture in the country, there are still issues with internet speed. However, this is something that is being addressed nationally.
Pros: great coffee, great people, cheap accommodation, a mix of locations
Cons: slow internet speeds (although this is being worked on)
Many self-employed individuals head to Canada to benefit from a better quality of life. Working less and spending more time doing what you love seems to be the order of the day and a relaxed attitude to business makes for enjoyable ventures.
Unlike many of the other contenders on this list, life in Canada can be more expensive in comparison. However, heading to up-and-coming locations such as Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Halifax or Victoria can help with this issue as property is more affordable than in the major cities.
If you are a tech-head, Canada would be an awesome location for you. There are already many tech start-ups and companies making a name for themselves from a Canadian base and they have been known to get freelancers involved.
Pros: outdoor lifestyle, great quality of life, relaxed business attitude, tech hub
Cons: can be expensive
One thing is for sure, your income will allow you to lead a very good life in Thailand as everything is so cheap compared to your home country. Whilst the language barrier can cause a problem when it comes to bartering and negotiating, the expat community in the country is so large that there will always be a friend to help you.
Although the locals are extremely welcoming, Thailand has some very strict laws and the police are very quick to act. Staying on the right side of the law is imperative.
There are established digital nomad communities in Bangkok, Ko Samui and Chiang Mai. People often help each other out with freelance opportunities or club together and create projects from scratch.
Pros: very cheap, large expat community, easy to get around, tasty cuisine
Cons: language barriers, strict laws