Work Anywhere, Live Anywhere

Remote Renegades do the work they love, where they love to do it. They’re creative, adaptable, and free-spirited. They believe that life should not revolve around their job, and they’re outside getting dirty every chance they get.

Flexibility and Freedom: Freestyling Your Work-Life

You want adventure, but you also have to pay the bills. Working remotely, which just means working outside of a traditional office, allows you to live and work anywhere: your renovated school bus, a scenic adventure town, or your home office (conveniently located fifteen minutes from a ski hill, because…powder days!).

You don’t have to be a computer science major to find work online. Illustrators, writers, teachers, and nurses can find fulfilling work for global companies, startups, and nonprofit organizations. Thanks to the internet and a plethora of tools, working from anywhere is possible.

This paradigm shift requires serious thought about how you’d like to shape your life around your priorities. You’re no longer on the 9-5 autopilot college-career-family-retirement life path. You don’t have to live in a downtown high rise to be close to work or sulk in rush hour traffic commuting to the office.

Remote work can fuel a good life, one where there are no cubicles in sight and lots of forests to explore.

Rikki Ayers, Original Remote Renegade

About six years ago, I went back to university with the goal of finding a career that would allow me to live wherever I wanted—ideally, somewhere with big, snowy mountains, alpine trails, and glacier-fed lakes. After years of living in struggling small towns that relied mostly on tourism to bolster their failing resource economies, I knew there had to be a better way to bring young professionals back to nature without requiring them to forgo their big-city paycheques.

I got a little sidetracked. As I embarked on my new career, I started to get caught up in the rat race: corporate ladders, office politics, always-on, 9-5 Monday to Friday. I lived for the weekend.

I think I was spoiled—or rather, very fortunate—to grow up with the outdoors at my fingertips. And I quickly missed it. So, I revisited my goal and found a way to meld my need for flexibility with my desire to do really interesting work (and earn a comfortable living).

Between freelancing and working remotely for companies, I’ve forged a pretty awesome lifestyle. Yeah, some days I’m swearing at my faulty wifi connection while deadlines loom over my head like a thunderstorm, but other days I’m taking two-hour lunch breaks to ride my bike along the ocean or typing away from my Airbnb in Spain. Working remotely has allowed me more control over how I spend my time. I’m fitter, happier, and more productive.

Working remotely isn’t for everyone—I discuss a lot of the downside as well as the upside on the blog—but, it can be life-changing if you’re willing to do what it takes to make it work.

And if you’re ever in Victoria, join me for a “bike to co-work” session: cycling, coffee on a café patio, working to ambient sound. It might just be the best way to work EVER.