Where to Live as a Serious Location Independent Online Marketer

A big reason for quitting my job at the beginning of 2020 is to be able to live somewhere I actually want to! (crazy talk)

Instead of scribbling tons of unorganized notes in my phone that I never manage to look at twice, here will be a collection of potential places I’m considering living in 2020.

Shenzhen, China

Pros:

  • Cheapish: could rent a place downtown for $1k or less
  • Thriving online business community and networking
  • Chinese culture and language – I could continue learning Chinese
  • Industry revolves around eCommerce and cross-border business
  • Easy travel throughout China, Hong Kong, and SEA
  • Tons of activities going on
  • Have an established network and relationships there
  • Ultimate frisbee
  • Decent weather outside of rainy season

Cons:

  • China-related issues / security
  • Pollution
  • Visa
  • Boring, community not centrally located enough – hard time meeting others (happened before)
  • Rainy season and monsoons from May – October

Koh Lanta, Thailand through KoHub

Pros:

  • Cheap: ~$800/month
  • All-inclusive coworking and living space
  • 2 free meals a day
  • Community of other location independent people
  • In Thailand
  • Massages
  • Quick flights to anywhere else in Thailand and SEA

Cons:

  • Could get boring being on that island
  • The community there might be people focusing more on lifestyle and not business (haven’t looked into it)
  • Internet could suck (apparently it doesn’t though)
  • Coconut cowboys

Bangkok, Thailand

Pros:

  • Plenty of apartments, around $1k or less for sure
  • Huge community of expats and internationals
  • Digital nomads / marketers / entrepreneurs
  • Always something going on
  • Great hub for the rest of SEA
  • Good weather

Cons:

  • Dirty, pollution
  • Huge, hard to get around city
  • Decent amount of sexpats and filth-bags not looking to do much besides bang prostitutes
  • Party scene might get out of control in good and bad ways

Saigon, Vietnam

Pros:

  • Plenty of apartments, around $1k or less for sure
  • Good community of expats and internationals
  • Digital nomads / marketers / entrepreneurs
  • Always something going on and have connections there already
  • Decent hub for the rest of SEA
  • Good weather

Cons:

  • Dirty, pollution
  • Feel like I could be outgrowing the Saigon scene, a bit young and party-minded
  • Visa issues

Austin, Texas

Pros:

  • Solid community of like-minded people in the USA
  • Texas has no state tax
  • Tech scene
  • Know a few people there and would be a fun and exciting leap back to the USA

Cons:

  • Cost of living (it’s America)
  • Difficult to take financial risks with business venture if I’m in the early stages
  • Might get bored trying to grind behind a computer as a single male in my 30s, assumably less going on than in places like Thailand

“According to this method, Austin has a median household income of $55,216 but only$53,225 is required to live comfortably, according to the 50-30-20 rule. By that formula, if you’re an Austin resident making more than $55,000, you’ll have a little over $1,000 left to spend at the end of every year.”

Toronto, Canada

Pros:

  • Strong community of online entrepreneurs
  • Great city – fun and safe
  • Outside of the USA – certain tax advantages
  • Tech scene
  • Know a few people there and would be a fun and exciting leap back to the North America
  • Hockey and sports town
  • Chinese population

Cons:

  • Very high cost of living
  • Difficult to take financial risks with business venture if I’m in the early stages
  • Weather is too cold most times of the year