Recently, I have found myself traveling quite a bit. In August alone, I was in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Kentucky. I usually don’t travel that much, but with different events, obligations, fun, and vacation, I had the chance to hang out with my family and great friends. When I got back from all of this traveling, I realized something. I wasn’t worried about my eBay business at all. It was an odd feeling, almost like I was doing something wrong but the more I thought about it, the more I understood what was happening. I am becoming more location independent.
This was an eye opener for me. My eBay business is not tied down to one location; it’s on the internet where people all over the world visit my virtual stores. After I thought about it for awhile, I started to get really excited. For me, being location independent is not running off to another country and exploring the world. It’s more of the idea that I can travel (within the United States) if we wish to. We wouldn’t have to worry about the business failing, because we would just take it with us. As long as we had a computer and the internet, we were set. I started to think how I could really take advantage of this, but I knew there will be a few challenges to overcome. Lets take a look at a couple:
Other obligations: For me, I still have other obligations that keep me in Indianapolis most of the year, so the location independent lifestyle is still a working dream in progress. What about kids in school? My son just started Pre-School (today actually), so figuring out what “location independence” means for you is the key. If other obligations keep you from leaving, then how do you work around them? Maybe you can be temporarily location independent.
Inventory: For us eBayers, it’s important that we have inventory to sell. Unless your inventory is digital media, then inventory may be a concern for you. Not only taking your inventory with you, but finding more inventory to sell. I thought this would be an issue, but it’s really not (for me at least). I primarily get my eBay inventory from thrift stores, and as it turns out, they are everywhere. I stopped in a thrift store in every city we stayed at in August, and I found different types of items in each location. This may be hard for a person who has 300 items on eBay at any given time. Where are you going to put your 300 pieces of inventory? This would be something that you have to plan for, but could easily be done.
I know there are more concerns, but really they all can be worked out. The idea of having this freedom is very appealing to me, and it just adds to the numerous reasons why I enjoy having an eBay business. If you haven’t read The 4 Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferriss, then I recommend that you do. This book is filled with ideas, tips, and tricks surrounding location independence! For me, location independence is more about creating a great wonderful family experience, but it may be different for you. I also recomend checking out a blog called Man vs Debt. This family is truely location independent, and he shares his experience along the way. Do you have this dream? Are you already living this lifestyle? If so, leave a comment below.