Month: February 2018

Pros And Cons Of Being A Nomadic (Multi-Country) Freelancer

Deciding to become a freelancer is tough enough in its self. It takes guts to do away with regular paid employment and venture into a world of the unknown. Not being able to predict the future, especially in terms of clientele base projections. And even tougher still is the growing number of normadic freelancers. These are people who constantly have to move base from country to country, always looking for the next big freelance opportunities. Especially in this age of laptops and tablets, when you can work from the comfort of your preferred location.

Reasons To Be A Nomadic (Multi-Country) Freelancer

For the nomadic freelancer, the allure of being able to seek out new and exciting projects to be part of is quite fascinating. To others, there’s so much of the world out there to be discovered and explored, rather than spend most of ones’ life in one corner of the world! Another undeniable advantage is the ability to build very impressive resumes. Not everyone is able to decide early on about what to do with their lives, for such individuals, it sure makes sense to work with world bodies and organizations like the World Bank, or the United Nations, earning fat checks while working out their bearings. These bodies periodically have temporary job openings for interested applicants. And you’d have to agree that racking up a few such experiences on your CV, from a few countries isn’t a bad idea. Then you could come back to finally settle down, with impressive remuneration as a consultant, or as an executive at an organization as an expert who’s seen the world and back!

What’s More…

Another instructive point is that there are several tasks that are usually one-offs. These include events that only occurs in a particular country once in a few years. For such events, these nomadic freelancers are usually highly sought after due to their experiences with similar cases previously in other countries. Examples include: research experts (for weather, volcanic eruptions, solar or lunar eclipse, earthquakes, etc), disaster management, investigative journalism, medical and rescue operations, special consultancy services, etc.

Cons Of Freelancing In Multiple Countries

It’s not far-fetched that freelancing without a permanent base or residence can be quite disruptive to the freelancer. Obtaining Visas to countries where it’s usually worth it can sometimes take as long as 3 to 4 months. And when the visa gets approved, it’s usually for no more than 3 months! Six months if you’re lucky. And if the visa expires before completion of the assignment, unless you’re employed by an influential organization, you could be distressed.

…And That’s Not All

There’s also the issue of associated high cost of constant movements – sometimes when you think you have a good reason to settle down or stay longer. And unless you’re without a partner, or you have a partner that shares your particular interests, it’s usually very hard to cope with a nomadic individual. This could be recipe for loneliness. Though the pay is usually quite good, international businesses usually don’t stick to partners for long, and you’re constantly in a cycle of creating, breaking, and creating new bonds.

…Even More Worries For The Nomadic Freelancer

There’s also a never ending cycle of learning, as you’re constantly learning new languages, culture, etc. all within relatively short periods. You can be sure to often miss how traditional holidays are celebrated in your homeland. Except you’re highly qualified, you’re more likely to be offered lower-level jobs.

While nomadic freelancing allows the individual to explore the world and build impressive careers in a relatively short time, the prospects can be unpredictable if you’re not highly qualified. There’s a real risk of losing more than you gain, in all respects. You have to be emotionally strong and weigh all possibilities before venturing in. The experience could make or break you.