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Taking your freelance contracting to the next step

Friday 15th November 2013

So you are a freelance contractor and you really enjoy the extra freedom and control it gives you over your life but you would really like to take it that step further.......how can I carry on freelancing but from a beach?

For some professions it is simply not possible, you can not really operate a cafe without being in the cafe, but for a huge number of freelance contractors it is perfectly possible.

There are of course the traditional jobs that most people think about such as travel writers, photographers, authors etc. but the trick is to take any normal business and make it completely location free.

With the help of super fast internet connections , mobile phone and a simple laptop you can easily work from a beach - for example:

John is a website developer, he decides to go to Bali for 2 months but wants to continue working for his UK clients whilst he is there. John rents a house just off the beach for £600 per month (cheaper than the rent he pays on his box room in Clapham). The house comes with super fast broadband (better than what he was getting in the UK).

John then sets himself up with a RingCentral account and a London 0207 phone number. RingCentral provide small businesses with incredible telephone systems , you can be anywhere in the world and a client simply calls your London number and your mobile phone starts ringing. If you are in an area with WiFi then the call is completely free to accept, if not then it costs a few pence a minute (you get 1,000 free minutes as part of monthly £20 service charge) and the client calling John pays for a normal local call to a London number. No additional cost for your clients and they have no idea you are dipping your toes in the sea!

You can even make calls through your RingCentral app on your iPhone or directly through your laptop and these come out of your allowed minutes (1,000 is the basic package) - go over those minutes and you can upgrade to a different package or pay 4p a minute. The call comes up as your London 0207 number so your client has no idea you are on the other side of the world.

We've been using RingCentral for nearly 5 years now and in that time we have taken calls from our clients all over the world. If you want any more information then do get in touch with us and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.

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