Currently in: Panama City, Panama

 

About The Remote Lifestyle

Hi, I’m Victor! I quit my corporate job in February 2016 and decided to work remotely. That decision changed my life. Since then, I’ve worked as a freelancer, started my own creative agency and traveled around the world. I created The Remote Lifestyle to help you do the same and live your life the way you want to.

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The Conventional Path

Growing up, I always did what I was supposed to do. I studied hard, earned good grades, and interned at companies during my summers.

I did all of this to build up my resume so that I could get a “good job” and build a “career”.

But when I graduated from college and started working , something didn’t feel right.

I didn’t understand why.

I did everything I was supposed to. And I got everything I had worked for. My job offered everything: financial stability, career prospects, work-life balance, wonderful coworkers, and benefits. All the boxes of a “good job” were ticked!

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My swanky office space at my job.

I switched companies, hoping that things would change. But it didn’t.

I wondered to myself:

Is there something wrong with me? Why can’t I just appreciate what I have? Maybe I expect too much and should lower my expectations?

 


 

What I Wanted Was Different

Finally, I asked myself: what did I want to do with my life?

Being honest with myself changed everything. I realized that what I wanted for my future did not align with what I was doing.

  1. I wanted to work on projects that were meaningful to me. Not just the ones that I got assigned to at my job.
  2. I wanted to travel and explore the world. Taking a two-week vacation each year just didn’t cut it.
  3. I wanted to own my time. I hated commuting and hated having to be in an office for eight hours every day.

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Just wanted to be this happy. All the time.

 

I Felt Stuck But I Didn’t Know What To Do

So I knew that I wasn’t where I wanted to be and I couldn’t see myself living and working at my job for the foreseeable future. But I didn’t know what to do about it.

I spoke to many of my peers and found that many of them felt the same way. And yet, no one had any answers. It was at this moment, that I realized that Millennials all over the world feel the same way.

We’re tired of spending hours in a cubicle, office, store, restaurant and etc. We’re tired of spending up to 50% of our lives on jobs that we feel disconnected from.

But we feel trapped. We feel lost.

How do we align who we are – our personalities, characteristics, creativity, talents – with a fulfilling job?

 

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Around this time, I remembered Tim Ferriss’ book The Four-Hour Workweek, in which he discusses designing a lifestyle, in which he only works a few hours each week while traveling around the world.

I had read that book before, but I thought it didn’t apply to me so didn’t think too much of it. In the past few years, I started coming across more articles about the “digital nomad movement”, which discusses the idea of location independence, or simply the idea of remote work and travel.

I realized that this was exactly what I was looking for. A life not bound to the 9-to-5 and not tied to a geographic location. The question is… how do I become a location independent digital nomad?

 

Being a Remote Worker or Freelancer Was The Answer

Over the next few months, I endeavored to find the answer. I spent countless hours researching my options. I read books, articles, and blogs. Then I listened to podcasts and watched videos. And then I did all of that again. 

I soon realized that the only way to break free of this was to ditch the traditional 9-to-5, remove the need to be stuck in an office, and to retain control of my time.

The first step to doing this is to either become a remote worker or freelancer. Those are the keys to achieving personal freedom. 

 

Option 1: Working Remotely for a Company

Many companies are starting to adopt work from home policies that allow employees to work from home several days a week. Some companies take it even further, allowing employees to work remotely 100% of the time.

Being an employed remote worker is great because you:

  • Have a guaranteed and steady source of income
  • Are not responsible for finding your own work
  • Retain employee benefits, including health insurance

The downside of this is that:

  • You may still need to work full work days
  • Your company could change policies at any time
  • Remote work is not the easiest to find by and is not the industry standard yet

 

Option 2: Being a Freelancer

If you don’t want to work for someone else, you can take the freelancing route. As a freelancer, you have the following benefits:

  • Pick the projects and clients you want to work with
  • Set your own hours
  • Have a higher earnings potential that a remote worker

However, the downside is that as a freelancer, you have to do everything yourself. That includes:

  • Having to find your own clients
  • All the legal and financial overhead associated with your freelancing business
  • Making sure you get paid regularly and on time
  • Covering your own health insurance

 

Okay Great. But How Do I Become a Remote Worker or Freelancer?

The next step was to learn the skills that I needed to work remotely. Again, I had to scour the web to find the information I needed. I took online classes started working on small freelance projects outside of my full-time job.

Slowly but surely, I laid the foundation and prepared everything I needed in order to make the jump.

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Raiding the supply room at work on my last day.

Finally, about half a year of planning, I quit my 9-to-5 job in February 2016, became a freelancer, and eventually started my own creative agency. Now I am able to more-or-less live the way I want, work my own hours, and travel around the world. 

 


How This Website Will Help You

Imagine a life in which you don’t have to be in an office between 9am to 5pm on weekdays. You could work from home, in a coffee shop, or halfway across the world on a beach in Thailand. Where going on vacation is a simple choice, not something you need permission to do.

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This is the remote lifestyle

What if all you need to make a living is to have a computer and reliable internet access?

How would that change how you lived your life?

 

Here’s Where The Remote Lifestyle Comes In

The Remote Lifestyle exists to inspire and to show you, step-by-step how to quit your job, become a remote worker or freelancer, and travel the world. It is a combination of articles, podcasts, and videos based on my experiences and that of other folks who are living location-independent lives.

 

To Bridge the Gap Between “I Want to Quit My Job” & Living Remotely

Millennials like yourself are unhappy, stuck and trapped in their current predicaments. But no one has an answer.

Through my experiences and through interacting with other members of the digital nomad community, I realized something important.

Living a location-independent lifestyle is not a risk, it is something you can carefully and intentionally plan out. 

 

To Guide You Through the Whole Process

The most difficult thing about transitioning to a remote lifestyle is that resources on this topic are scattered all over the place. This was and continues to be my biggest frustration.

My answer to that is to document all the lessons that I’ve learned here. Not only that, I share the best resources that I have come across and seek out opinions from other digital nomads. The end result is that you have all the best resources for location-independence: all in one place.

Subscribe to The Remote Lifestyle and get access to:

  • Weekly Articles: On topics including remote work, freelancing, travel and lifestyle.
  • Monthly Updates: Where I am, what I’m working on and the thoughts that have been swirling in my head. The inside scoop behind living a location-independent lifestyle.
  • Weekly Podcasts: Interviews with other location-independent folks about their backgrounds and how they transitioned into the remote lifestyle. So you know that I’m not lying to you about anything!
  • Insider Videos: Access to my travel vlogs, informative and fun videos where I interview tourists and other travelers about random topics of interest.
  • Exclusive Content: E-books, PDF guides and more that are available only to my newsletter subscribers. 

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What Other Readers Have Said

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“My remote journey started the moment I read Victor’s post “Why I Quit My High-Paying Job To Work For Myself”. I had just quit my job that week and was trying to figure out what to do next. The Remote Lifestyle helped me to get familiar with the “remote work” concept and how to get started. Victor was always willing to help me out by having Skype meetings and providing me with resources. Four months later, I’m working from a cafe in Chiang Mai on my online business “The Remote Trip”.

Amy Fransz, Founder of The Remote Trip

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“From giving me self-development advice and providing me with resources for my career, The Remote Lifestyle has helped me get on the right foot and move forward in my life. Victor wants me to succeed not only because he is my friend but also because he feels the same way towards everyone.

Arri Bagah, Founder of Top & Co

 

Are You Ready to Change Your Life?

With the power of technology and the internet, you no longer have to work for someone else and stick with a job you don’t like. You have the ability to seek and create your own opportunities.

It’s not easy. It’s taken me a few years to make this transition. But if you’re anything like me, you realize the opportunity here.

The opportunity to fundamentally change how you live your life. To break free of the structures that have tied people down for generations.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And your time is now.

Let’s get started!

– Victor

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