But, for the self-employed, some cities might be better than others.
If you’re thinking about moving to another city, consider these questions:
- How many people are self-employed in the city? A large number of self-employed individuals mean the city is favorable towards freelancers. The city might even offer special perks for freelancers because they’re a big part of the economy.
- How much will it cost to live there? Lower living expenses equates to more capital for growing your freelancing business.
- What’s the unemployment rate like? A low unemployment rate is a clue the city has a thriving economy. Good economic health means there will be plenty of freelancing opportunities in the area.
- How much will my health insurance cost? One of the costliest things freelancers need to pay for is health insurance. Factoring in health insurance costs could save you a lot of money in the long-run.
To help you find the perfect U.S. city, check out this infographic by Blinksale.
Other things to keep in mind are:
- Income tax rates
- Time zone – this might affect your ability to set up voice calls with companies in a different time zone.
- Community – look for cities that have a strong community of freelancers. You’ll get more chances to network and hang out with like-minded people, which is always helpful whenever you’re new to an area.