Remote Work: Work from Home Advice

MY STORY

I never went to university, so didn’t gain a degree. At 16, I left school with very little in the way of qualifications. After a year in college, I acquired my first job, and worked for the same organisation for 24 years.  In 2014, aged 40, I walked away from a well paid job that was secure, with a good pension. I made the difficult decision to pursue my dream of travelling and hoped to be able to fund this through working remotely either as a freelancer or contractor.

When I stepped off the plane in Bangkok, Thailand, I had no idea what the future held for me, and my head was full of self doubt. Travelling to SE Asia for the first time was intimidating: Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore. The ABBA fanatic taxi driver on the 8 hour journey to Lake Toba, the prison cell sized hotel room in Singapore, with no windows that smelt like someone had died there.

LIVING THE DREAM

I’m just an ordinary Englishman, and if I can achieve freedom, and work remotely while travelling, then you can too. Throughout the first six months, travelling alone through Asia, Australia, NZ and the USA, my gut was telling me that this was the right decision but my head was full of doubt. Four years later, I’m still travelling and working remotely, yes, my dream came true!

Having lived in some of the world’s most expensive cities from Tokyo, New York City and Sydney, it was my dream to live a comfortable lifestyle, while travelling, make enough money to continue to save and invest in my future.

Meet Darren
Meet Darren

THE JOURNEY SO FAR

Working remotely has been an interesting experience, dealing with challenges,  learning more about myself and the world that we live in.

My background is in Quality Assurance on SAAS products, within various industries, but being multi-skilled has allowed me to freelance for brands within the tourism industry, offering services from social media management, writing, and building websites using WordPress and Squarespace.

One of my other passions is building communities, and it’s one of the reasons why my side-hustle is building this website into a comprehensive community for people who want to create freedom in their life while working remotely and travelling.