We are living in the ‘work from anywhere’ age. There has never been a time of more flexible living, with the opportunity to take life at your own pace, you don’t need to be tied to a fixed place.
If you have ever wanted to work for yourself, or start your own business, but have been daunted by the prospect of setting up a fixed business that requires you to pay out rent, think again. Whatever your vision, there are portable options.
While many may look at younger generations as being lazy for spending time on their phones, there are quite a lot who are putting them to very good use and are using them to earn money. With the changing nature of technology, so does the way we work.
If food is your passion, setting up a mobile catering company will get you out and moving, or how about a vegan burger van. You can park up in a new place each day. Then there are good markets and events that you could be part of. You could take your business anywhere and with no hefty rental charges or fixed-term contracts.
Being a hairdresser means that you are the product. And your clients have such busy lives, why not go to them? No need for a salon. Just get portable equipment and an app to manage all of your appointments.
If retail is more up your street, think about opening a pop-up. Using your phone to take payments is simple, and you can use an app to manage your stock levels. If it doesn’t work out where you are, you’ve not spent out on a , and you can pick yourself up and move on to the next opportunity.
Being a tradesperson such as a plumber, electrician, or a plasterer means that you are always moving from one job to the next. You’ll find using a maps app useful to help you plan your routes. Once you’re at the job, you can use an app to generate invoices to email to your customers, and there are plenty of ways of taking payments through your phone.
If you are of a more creative disposition, becoming a freelance writer could see you sipping a latte in your local coffee shop, while writing articles or content on your smartphone. There are countless apps such as Freelancer, which you can bid for work on, and you can pick up work wherever you are in the world.
Whatever career avenue you are working in, there are so many ways to make your job easier using your smartphone or tablet. There’s no need for an office or someone to deal with your admin.
You will need to make sure that your device has antivirus software installed, and that you keep it up-to-date. If you’re dealing with sensitive customer information, there may be privacy issues so you should familiarise yourself with the best practice based on the specific regulations that apply to you.