When it comes to having No Fixed Office, there are of course some businesses or jobs that are a little more conducive to the idea then others. Although that also depends on just what you want to be doing whether there is a way that you can work around to get the ideal No Fixed Office solution working for you.
At this stage I have really developed what I do and what I hope to build into my sole source of income around the idea of having No Fixed Office. These two areas that I am working in at not entirely businesses in their own right, however with the right development that is the potential that they have. The first is my photography, while it does not make me any income at the moment, it is something that for me is not location dependant. The second is writing, again not making a much money here, if any, however it is something that I am working to develop, and again is not location dependant.
One of my passion’s is photography, specifically, nature, landscapes and travel destinations. Which is very much something that you can see in my blog at www.joelbrown.com.au.
There are many reasons that the sort of photography that I do is in no way location dependant at all. In fact the more that I can move around the better. Being in the one location is fine if you have a studio and you are actually photographing people in a studio environment, but if you are looking for landscapes and travel destinations it really does help to be able to move around.
Essentially what makes this so ideal is that even though photography can be a rather equipment heavy area to be working in, it can also be a rather light one as well if you have the right equipment and don’t go to far overboard. In fact I believe that I would be able to get by in most situations with 1 camera, 1 lens and 1 flash unit, with a tripod as a maybe (probably essential in some cases, especially at night).
When it comes to editing for my photography I have a laptop which handles this quite well. It is kind of tough to get any more portable then a laptop, so this pretty much rounds out that for me photography is an ideal location independent business that I just need to get started on generating the income.
The other area that I love to spend time is on writing. For the most part this is between blogs, such as this one, my travel blog, personal development blog and one or two other sites that I operate. However the more that I write the more I feel that I want to be writing books or at least something with a little more detail or depth then these shorter blog posts.
When it comes to writing, this is even more portable then photography, it can be as easy as having a notebook (a real paper one that is), iPad or Laptop, and you can essentially write anywhere.
The biggest challenge with writing is giving it the time that I need to create what I want to create. Writing a blog post for me is easy because I can do this in an hour or less. I start and finish the project in one sitting because it is small and easy. On the other hand if I was to write a book, it is going to take me much longer, multiple days, weeks or months and a lot more planning. It is just not something I am use to doing and need to get the right work process into my mind to be able to run with it.
Having The Time
At the moment time is my biggest enemy, work is taking more time then it used to and I still really need the income to provide for me basic needs, maybe not for a few months but for the long term. Until I can be sure that I can secure some form of income from my two area’s above I need to keep at the work.
With any luck I can find ways to get things back to a normal balance, working around 40-45 hours a week instead of the 50-60 that I am doing at the moment. It just really comes down to looking how I can improve the processes so that I am working less. I guess the results will only be something that time will tell, however the way that I see it, I have to improve the processes because otherwise things cannot get better.