I just arrived in Detroit to spend two weeks celebrating the holidays with friends and family. It was bitter sweet to leave the tiny house behind because I love living in it, but I also love that my new life allows me the opportunity to travel. Last year we spend two months in Michigan, which was about a month and a half too long. I began to get homesick and tired of the cold and snow. In February we went to New Mexico and Arizona just because we could. I don’t know yet what we will do the rest of this winter.

Being able to spend time away from the tiny house is as important a part of our adventure as building the house was in the first place. As I mentioned in my last post, this was about profoundly changing my life. The tiny house was one component and location independence is another.

I have a lot of people asking me how they too can live in a tiny house without a mortgage or utility bills and what they can do to earn money in this lifestyle. It is as if those two things go hand in hand for most who dream about going tiny. They don’t have to. You can live in a tiny house and work a conventional job. Or you can live in a conventional house and work an unconventional job. However, without drastically changing the way you think about your life, your earning potential, and your spending you can’t do either.

Photo credit J. Andrew Flenniken.

Me picnicking in the mountains of North Carolina with friends.

Location independence is the idea that you can earn a living from anywhere in the world by working in jobs that require nothing more than an internet connection. There are several programs that can help you realize your goals and put them into action, but ultimately the bonus is on each individual to work hard and build a virtual business that can follow them around the world, or simply to their tiny house. Some location independent careers include:

  • Writing
  • Web designing
  • Affiliate marketing
  • E-commerce store
  • Project manager
  • Remote agreement with current employer

With the exception of having a remote work agreement with your employer, all of these careers have one big thing in common: they require self-management.

I decided to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a writer. While I’m not writing vampire novels like I imagined when I was 12, I am earning a solid living writing blog posts and other marketing pieces for clients. I am extremely happy to be doing something I truly love every day. Writing won’t be the right solution for everyone but if you are interested in location independent work, there is something you can use your talents to accomplish for yourself.

What kind of location independent job would you consider to change your life? How can you start working toward it today? 


Laura is a contributing writer for Tiny House Listings and she walks the walk. She lives in a 120 square foot cabin in Asheville, NC that she and her partner Matt built themselves. You can learn more about Laura and Matt at their website 120squarefeet.com.

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