By Laura LaVoie
As I am sure you recently read, Alex here at Tiny House Talk spoke with Ryan over at The Tiny Life. The interview was excellent and informative all the way around but there was something specific that struck me.
They both spoke about being dissatisfied with traditional corporate jobs. I thought to myself that I was also dissatisfied with my traditional corporate job and that was one of the things that lead me to make such a drastic change in my own lifestyle.
I began to think of many of the other tiny house builders I know and many are also dissatisfied with traditional corporate jobs, and some have worked hard to change their way of earning a living.
The idea of living tiny is unconventional by its very nature so it stands to reason that most individuals, couples, or families that chose this route also find themselves on the unconventional style. Someone can certainly maintain traditional employment while living in their tiny house; I don’t believe many of us want to.
There is concept that is a parallel to the Tiny House Movement which can help individuals augment their tiny house experience. It is referred to as Location Independence.
I’m not here to sell you on any one program or system to get you from point A to point Z. Different things will work for different people, but working in a way that is independent of where you live is a great way to maximize a tiny lifestyle.
It can blend seamlessly with the typical tiny house life – one on wheels. In truth, whether you want to physically travel or not, not having to work in a regimented office environment will give you freedom wherever you decide to live. Location independence is not a get rich quick scheme. No matter what you decide to pursue, it will take some time and some hard work.
I started my journey in 2011 preparing for the transition. I researched ways to launch my writing career – something I’ve always wanted to do but felt too intimidated to do it. I began to reach out to organizations I thought might be interested in what I had to offer.
I started writing for my biggest client before even leaving my full time job and once I quit, I amped up my own marketing. I can always have more clients and make more money, but I am super pleased with the ones I have – and I get to write about things like Tiny Houses and Beer! There are lots of different ways someone can pursue location independence.
I wanted to be a freelance writer so that is what I did. You may have other skills and talents that can be transitioned into a location independent job. Or you may be able to work out a remote work plan with your current employer – which is what Matt did and works from the tiny house.
Whatever you decide to do, the most important thing is to be engaged with your life and even in what you do for a living. Check out some resources for Location Independence: