Do you have a dream of exploring the world for an extended period of time, but work and financial commitments mean that you’re restricted in your travelling? While this is an understandable stumbling block, there is one way of getting around it – and it doesn’t involve becoming rich or hitting the jackpot. That way is by becoming a remote freelance worker.

For a quick summary, a freelancer is someone that works on a self-employed basis. They don’t have to be strictly tied to a specific company on a long-term basis, and they can work to their own schedule. The latter point is the big one with regards to earning money while traveling – you’re not tied to an office or being based in a physical location; you do the work where and when (within reason) you want.

If you’re wondering how to become a freelancer, read on for some helpful tips.

Understand the change

While freelancing has its perks as mentioned above, you also have to be realistic and look at the overall picture. For instance, you will probably not be receiving a secure and regular paycheck, and your monthly wage is dictated by the amount of projects you receive and complete. If you hit a dry run of projects, it means you won’t be getting paid.

Also, take into account that freelancing doesn’t care if you’re sick. Time is literally money, and you are only earning if you’re active and doing the job – there is no sick or holiday pay.

Focus on a subject area

Do you want to be a writer? Graphic designer? Programming expert?

The great thing about freelancing is that there are many jobs out there, so you won’t struggle to find one that will match both a passion and expertise. Even if you lack skills in a certain area, the power of being essentially your own boss will come into play.

For example, you might work in the field of marketing, but your design skills are limited. Well, there are flyer templates, logo design tools, poster creators and so on, that will cover up your artistic limitations with professional aplomb.

Get the word out

As a freelancer, you have to understand that work will not come to you – you have to go out there and find it yourself. To do that, this means you have to sign up to plenty of freelance-based websites such as Upwork and Guru, sett up plenty of online profiles, get a portfolio together, and get the word out about why you’re better than the competition.

Freelancing is a dog eat dog world, and you need to acquire every advantage possible when marketing yourself.

Stick to a schedule

If you’re traveling, there is always going to be that big temptation to explore the area as opposed to doing your work. So with that in mind, it is important that you try and stick to a schedule when working as a freelancer. For instance, you could set aside four hours each morning to complete tasks, and a further two hours in the evening.