How To Live and Work Anywhere

I’m really grateful that I’m able to live and work anywhere because of the business structures I’ve put in place.

In the past few months I’ve traveled to:

  • Austin, Texas
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Carmel By The Sea, California
  • Portland, Oregon
  • And New York City 4 times (is it any wonder I’m relocating there?)

I’m not mentioning my travels to brag, I just want to show you how I run my business when I’m on the road.

You see the trick to live and work anywhere is not to start traveling and then to try and figure out how to make money online as an afterthought.

It’s quite the opposite: when you start with your online business foundation first, you have the freedom to travel once you get it set up right.

The same goes for the tech tools that you’ll use along the way as you learn to live and work anywhere.

Today I’m excited to talk about the tool that I’ve used for almost 4 years now as part of my location independent business.

The Video: How to Live and Work Anywhere

Click to watch the video and and find out what my favorite location independent tool is:

Using Skype or Google Voice to Live and Work Anywhere

If you’ve been a free user of Skype for awhile, you might think “big deal I already use Skype!”.

However, I’m suggesting you get a Skype Online Number which allows people using regular phones to call your Skype number. I also recommend getting a Skype Premium account, which lets you call out to regular phones too.

This way, you’ve got a two way calling machine right on your computer. You can even use your smartphone or your iPad to make calls on Skype when you’re away.

What’s more: you can use Skype to do group calls of up to 10 people. If you’ve got a team that’s all over the world, you can easily Skype together and save a lot of time and money on communications.

If you’re not available to take a call, Skype will take a message and send you an email to let you know you have a voicemail.

Record Calls and Interviews

You can also use a few of my favorite tools to record Skype calls for your clients, or to conduct video interviews.

Audio Hijack Pro for the Mac – This is my go to tool for recording phone calls with clients, and it’s really easy to use. If you want a tutorial on this tool let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to oblige!

Call Recorder for the Mac – You’ve seen those cool side by side interviews, and this is the program that lets you record Skype calls into videos.

Or Try Evaer for PC.

It’s a Mobile Lifestyle

My friend Natalie Sisson is known as the suitcase entrepreneur and she also talks a lot about living the location independent lifestyle.

Programs like Skype and Google Voice are about a lot more than just taking and making phone calls. They’re actually changing the way that we travel and live.

I haven’t had a landline since I got my Skype account, and that just makes my decision to travel or move that much smoother.

Here’s To Leveraging Technology To Live Life To The Fullest

I really do believe that the technology we have available today allows us to live and work anywhere. Let’s make the most of it!

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26 Responses to How To Live and Work Anywhere

  1. I’ve loved using Skype to coordinate team members from Europe, South America, and India. The infrastructure is better now; when we first tried to do conference Skype sessions with India, there was significant lag, but now it’s much better.

    We’ve started using Google Hangout recently – the quality is just as good, and the screen sharing capability is very useful.

    One warning is that you have to make sure that you’re shaping your customers’ expectations. Some customers expect to see you face-to-face, and you have to make sure that they understand that you’re location independent, and that if they want the face-to-face, it will involve travel costs; showing them case studies of how you’ve been successful doing remote work should help alleviate those concerns.

  2. Hey Jason – that’s such a great point: we do need to tell people that we’ll be working from the road, or not meeting in person. I’ve actually found that the majority of my clients are international, so it’s been very organic for me.

    Love Google Hangouts too, thanks for the tips!

  3. This is super useful Nathalie. One question: call recorder seems to only work for mac, there are several pc recorders out there. Do you have one that you recommend?

    thanks!

  4. Ooh, relocating to NYC, juicy juicy! I've never actually been there but it seems I know more and more fabulous people who are living there so I'm going to have to visit one of these days!

  5. Love this post from Nathalie Lussier and was also surprised to see me mentioned in there – thanks girl. I adore Skype, it's transformed my business and am also upgrading to an online number since no one seems to keep up with my many different mobile sim card numbers.

  6. I’m loving these posts Nathalie! I’ve thought about getting an online number as I build towards an location independent business but I’ve wondered about the number to choose. Any tips on choosing between a US or Canadian number?

  7. @Djanira – I added another option for PC and recording on the Mac. Check out Evaer. :)

    @Daisy – When I picked my number I was looking for a place that was close enough, and I went with a US based number. I think it’s really up to you – think of the a number you’ll have fun explaining to people, since a lot of people still think in terms of area codes when they call people.

  8. I've used Google Voice for the past 1.5 – 2 years or so and love it! I call and receive all the time from my MacBook using my Jawbone by Jambox as a speaker phone, or my iPhone earbuds/mic.
    It also rings my mobile at the same time, so if I'm out and about, I get calls there too. A couple of great features – email transcripts if I miss the call and call blocking for unwanted callers or telemarketers.

  9. Extremely useful, I use some of these tools, but just as surviving measure, now, I know I might improve some of my techniques! thanks for the wonderful post! Gracias!

  10. Hey Nathalie!!! How are YOU? Whoa…making the move to NY! That’s fabulous!!! SO happy for you. I LOVE Skype. It has allowed me to really connect with my clients & has been a HUGE asset since going from local, to national, then international over the past couple of years. I ADORE the freedom to work with anyone, anywhere. BTW, great pic of you with the book. Beautiful… xoxo Melody

  11. @Jessica – I love that you’re working with more teens now Jessica!

    @Melody – Awesome, and you? :) Yes NYC, can’t wait! I love how you’re taking over the world and helping everyone get really organized, wahoo!

  12. Great post, Nathalie! I’ve been location independent since 2004, and there’s no way I could do it without Skype. I love using call forwarding in conjunction with my Skype number, so if I’m not online the call will forward to my cell phone or a landline.

  13. Nathalie – I swear by Google Voice/Talk! I have a personal number that I give to friends and family and I have a business number for clients! I am planning to start using Google Hangouts soon for online tutoring.

  14. @Amy – Oh that’s awesome, I haven’t gotten my skype to forward to my cell yet but that’s a great idea! And congrats on location independence since 2004, that’s something to celebrate, baby!

  15. Hi Nathalie! Thank you so much for sharing the Skype Number!
    This year I'm starting to be overwhelmed by too many clients happily calling too late at night or too early in the morning to see if I'm available for touring… So having a phone number that is only active when I'm in my computer sounds like a great idea! (I didn't want to have 2 cellphones!).

  16. Hi Nathalie- just discovered you recently thu B-School- so happy to have found you. Yes, would love a tutorial on Audio Hijack Pro. Also, am new to all this and signed up through your Clickbank link. Wondering if you have used PrettyLinkPro, and if you have a tutorial?

  17. Thanks for the tips and links for Audio Hijack Pro and Call Recorder for mac. This is really helpful, Natalie. You are always on the cutting edge for techy stuff. Thank you!