Many people go into remote work after they have built up skills in a particular area or industry over the course of many years. But it is never too early to start planning for a remote lifestyle. In fact, if you are still at university, you may find that now is a great time to think about planning for a remote working future.
An Alternative Way to Travel the World
You may have a dream to travel the world while you are young. Many people leave university and take a year or two out to see somewhere new before they settle down. But travelling is expensive, and many end up returning home before they wanted to after running out of funds.
Working while you travel is the best way to see the world because you can keep going as long as you want to. If you can earn enough to fund your travels, you don’t need to worry about returning home.
While young people have always picked up odd jobs on the road to get some extra travel money, the opportunities available now are different. By taking your laptop with you, you can work from anywhere with an internet connection, not just earning pocket money but enough to live comfortably while seeing the world at the same time.
Learn New Skills at University
If you like the sound of travelling and working, use your time at university to think carefully about what you could do to support yourself when you go abroad. Start working on your skills and take advantage of the resources available to you.
At university, you have libraries for research, experts in multiple disciplines all around you, presentations, lectures, specialist groups, career centres and more. Use your time to learn a new skill or join a course on the side. Find out about setting up your own business and learn about becoming an entrepreneur. Share ideas with other students and find mentors to help you.
Above all, make connections. University is perhaps the best time of your life to meet many people specialising in a whole range of different fields, and you never know when you may want their help in the future, so start building your network early.
You Have Fewer Responsibilities
One of the great things about starting your own business when you are young is that you don’t have the responsibilities that you may have later in life. If your idea doesn’t work out, the worst that will happen is that you have to start again with a new idea. You do not have any dependents to worry about, and you can just pick yourself up and put it down to experience.
And once you find something that works, an idea for a business that you can take with you wherever in the world you are, then you will be ready to start working remotely, perhaps even as soon as you have graduated.
Start to Plan Your Future
Now is a great time to start planning your future if you want to work remotely when you leave university. There are opportunities available to you now that simply did not exist a few years ago, so if you want to travel the world, start thinking about how you can combine work and travel and live the remote lifestyle you crave.