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Best freelance cities. Where would you like to live as an online freelancer?

Best freelance cities. Where would you like to live as an online freelancer?

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Hello Crowdholders, 

 

In our last article, we wrote about our top city choices for freelancers to live in. We calculated our choices according to the cost of living, internet speed, and safety.  Please make sure to read the article here

 

What we need from you: 

 

When we were putting together our article, we found an awesome website catering to nomad freelancers regarding each city and its perks. There is a lot of fascinating data you can look at to discover your ideal city as a freelancer. Go ahead and check it out: https://nomadlist.com/.

 

This task is about seeing what city (if you could) would you consider moving too. Basically, what criteria from the scores and data you see from Nomadlist stands out. After, try answering the following question: 

 

What city would you choose and why?

 

Thanks everyone! Look forward to seeing the choices :) 

 

Important note: help us out by copying your comment on CH and posting it on our Medium article here to support and drive more interest to our articles. Cheers!





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Picxy Joe expert

Based on the criteria i have put together,  for a place that is secured, speaks english, has fast internet, and has a mild weather, I would go for Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. For me those are the important factor that will determine my movement. Other measures like Cost of living, and Fun are relative, they can be managed/controlled.

7 months ago

john anagno new user

e-Estonia, the "digital republic", has to be the one.

Personally, however, I would choose Bangkok, since I always dreamed of living in Thailand. For the most important criteria, cost stands out. Low cost + acceptable internet speeds seems to be the right combination for a freelancer working full-time online.

Surely though, moving around sounds like the most fun of all! 

7 months ago

I would choose  to live in Australia. It is a wonderfull country with a lot of natural resources and a lot of electricl generation.

7 months ago

I will prefer to live in Australia. Australia has good electricity system and they pay less electrical bills

7 months ago

I prefer to live in Australia as a freelancer

7 months ago

I would think that South Texas is just fine unless I need to be close to the customer.  If it's my choice I am going to choose somewhere low cost with a good internet connection.  Trading is the same concept as freelancing cost is king if I am the one paying the bills.

7 months ago

 

let us remember this also a lot can be done here. nice.

7 months ago

NARUTO RAPHEAL guru

I am a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in power and Mecha-tronics. An Entrepreneur

we will raph.

7 months ago

TOM STEEL guru

sure rapheal.

7 months ago

moving as a freelancer will be good as it will increase your creative spirit i will choose mine from the best place to be for that particular job or project at hand.

the top five cities on that list is good because they have everything in compliment the cost of living, the internet and also the beauty of the place, for me i will choose a city from the top five before looking for another city to choose from, i think that these cities are really good to stay and live and work in.

7 months ago

NARUTO RAPHEAL guru

I am a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in power and Mecha-tronics. An Entrepreneur

good raph.

7 months ago

TOM STEEL guru

very good raph.

7 months ago

I have been to some of the European countries, but because I was born in Transilvania, I can say that the Transilvanian cities are relatively cheap ( Cluj Napoca, Tirgu Mures) and they have all the facilities needed for freelancing. Transilvania is wonderful in every season, you are surrounded by nature and warm hearted Hungarian seklers. If anybody wants to live cheap and around nature than my best bet is Transilvania,Romania and also Budapest is a lovely and vibrant city! All the best!

7 months ago

I have been to some of the European countries, but because I was born in Transilvania, I can say that the Transilvanian cities are relatively cheap ( Cluj Napoca, Tirgu Mures) and they have all the facilities needed for freelancing. Transilvania is wonderful in every season, you are surrounded by nature and warm hearted Hungarian seklers. If anybody wants to live cheap and around nature than my best bet is Transilvania,Romania. All the best!

7 months ago

Karen M guru

Sounds like you are well travelled.

7 months ago

NARUTO RAPHEAL guru

I am a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in power and Mecha-tronics. An Entrepreneur

If i were to move as a freelancer to another city there are some things that i will have to check so that i will be able to do my work well. Most of these things include:

1. electricity.

2. good internet services.

3. cheap internet services.

4. places with low city life activities.

5. good electronics/computer services.

for me, I use my laptop a lot and thus electricity is a very necessary tool for me to use, and i also use the internet a lot so i need good internet services and also for the intent services to be relatively cheap. and since i don't move around a lot i will like somewhere where partying nad noise is very low because i like house time a lot (lolz) and also good electronic stores where i can ge5 good electronics upgrade to my gadgets.

so from this of i am to choose a city the city that i would choose will be: mamaia romana will be a good place to start, nakhon thailand is another place the reason why i also like this place is because the fun profile here i slow so living a normal life here will be also good.

i would love to explore these countries and other places where i will like to go including places in japan china and Germany.

7 months ago

very good naruto, you have great tatse.

7 months ago

i like your listed choices.

7 months ago

Tim Prior guru

Crypto / Blockchain enthusiast and investor.

I would likely choose somewhere in Thailand.  Possibly Ko Pha Ngan, or one of the other island locations.  Bangkok is a great central hub from which to explore Asia, and has many amenities, but part of the appeal of being a digital-nomad for me would actually be escaping the hubbub of the city, so as long as internet access was of an acceptable level (which it seems to be across most of Thailand) I would choose somewhere a little more remote and serene.  

On the down-side Thailand's no longer as cheap a place to reside as it was even just a few years back.  But online freelancing would be a great way to earn some extra cash while either travelling for an extended duration, and/or, re-locating permanently.   From expereience you can still live there frugally, and most people speak at least some English - which, as a lazy Englishman, who can barely speak more than a handful of words in any language other than the Queens, is also a neccesity for me.  Give me sun, sand, sea, and Singha, and I'll be a happy little crypto-freelancer.  :)  

7 months ago

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7 months ago

i just want to use this service at home to earn some extra money, i hope this service will work because i tried to use fiverr but i couldn't verify my phone number,very excited to hear further from this project

7 months ago

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7 months ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

I just want to add that you can copy your comment here and post it as a response to the Cryptotask medium article to increase its popularity. Don't forget to drop some claps as well.

7 months ago

True that, thanks De Gem!

7 months ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

You're welcome

7 months ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

The article is very impressive and I loved the way you selected your list. Your top 5 is quite surprising to me though as I was expecting cities from Denmark, Switzerland, Canada, Finland, Australia, US and UAE to be part of the list. As it turns out, there are a lot of very nice and affordable places to live that I don't hear of. The other advantage (and important side note) of this is that these places that you list are also favourable for tourists.

If I could move to any city to freelance, then the city of my choice will be Tbilisi in Georgia. I took a special liking for the country when I read some time ago that it was the safest country for women to move around at night, which is quite impressive if you consider how dangerous it can be for women to walk alone at night. I can confidently say that if it's safe for women, then it's safe for men as well. Add to that the fast internet speed, affordable cost of living and quality of life. Also, I like this "invisible" aspect of Georgia to most people. People hardly talk about the country or mention it in terms of politics, sports, education, etc., yet Georgia excels in these areas. I like this attribute.

Currently though, if I am to freelance, I'll have to do so in Accra. I looked up Accra on Nomadlist and was surprised at the statistics put up concerning the city. The site was very accurate in my opinion. From internet speed, healthcare, safety, friendliness to foreigners, nightlife to traffic safety, free WiFi in city and LGBT friendliness, the stats were spot on. The only stat I disagree with is the cost of living. Even though cost of living is high in Accra, $3315 per month is extreme, crossing figures from most European, Asian and American cities which isn't true. From my perspective, $1000 per month is enough to live very comfortably in Accra. At worst, $1200 should be enough. I say this because the average salary of civil servants isn't up to $1000. So that stat isn't correct.

Thanks for the Nomadlist site. I"ll come in handy often.

7 months ago

Great comment, as usual. Yeah, that cost of living in Accra seems to be extremely off... For that amount of money you can even live comfortably in most of Western Europe.

7 months ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

Exactly.

7 months ago

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For the record, I choose Budapest before reading the article. I didn't know living cost will be that high but I will go anyway. Its in central Europe and has great weather, culture and history. I think it will pay off. I might end up going there next year.

7 months ago

Sam BTC guru

Just a common Crypto enthusiast.. Wait crypto is not common it's special :)

I have travelled across many European cities during the last 5 years and I think what separates Europe from rest of the world is their emphasis on work life balance. Salaries in USA might be higher than Europe but it's no fun feeling trapped in a rat race forever. I see some Asian cities in your list and they do offer lower cost of living but they have issues which impact quality of living.

In your list I really like Budapest, but if I had to pick a favourite it will definitely be Prague due to following key factors:

  • Central Location- Prague lies at heart of Europe and has good connectivity through flights to most major cities in Europe. Whether it is scandinavian cities in the noth, France and Spain to West, Poland and Romania to East, Italy and Greece to South. Germany and Austria are so close that you can travel by train. This means as a freelancer if you need to make a short trip it will be done in under 2 hours.
  • Low Cost of Living- Considering the European average the cost of living in Prague is much lower and at the same time the city maintains very high quality of life. You will get great benefits lundersocial security while not spending too much on rent and daily expenses.
  • Cosmopolitan- Prague already has a huge expat network with people from all over the world working there. This makes it easy to find new projects. English is very commonly spoken here which can be a constraint in some of the other neighbouring countries
  • Entertainment- Prague has a lot of historical and cultural sites that are popular with tourists. Once you take a break from work you will have many options to have some fun.  

 

7 months ago

Karen M guru

Ethan moved from US to Prague.....I would love to see his comparison and input here.

7 months ago

Sam BTC guru

Just a common Crypto enthusiast.. Wait crypto is not common it's special :)

I absolutely love Prague. If I get an opportunity I will definitely move there.

7 months ago

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Karen M guru

I've never really been outside the US, except one vacation to Playa del Carmen, Mexico

7 months ago

Nice, I tend to agree, Prague has good location, only a tad too big for my taste. :)

7 months ago

TOM STEEL guru

Left for me i will remain in my city as a freelancer because as it stands i can pretty much get everything that i need in one place i can easily adapt the place to my self and since i have settled in i think that i will be able to make it good here.

But if i am to travel i will be going to chang mai or Budapest i think they have everything to complement each other there and since i use the internet a lot that will be another big booster for me. i would have loved to go to Buenos Aires but the security guage been on the yellow made me change my mind about it.

This site is very good and i have booked marked it already, as these informations are also very necessary to travelers.

7 months ago

good choices tom very good.

7 months ago

TOM STEEL guru

thanks a lot rapheal.

7 months ago

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have you checked places in Nigeria out the cost of living is usually high.

7 months ago

TOM STEEL guru

yes, very funny though.

7 months ago

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Nuno Caeiro guru

I’m software developer/team leader for 15+ years

I’ll definitely choose Lisbon. Great weather pretty much all year. Great food. It’s a reasonable safe place, with a lot of coworking places I have no doubt is a great choice for a freelancer career 

7 months ago

Sam BTC guru

Just a common Crypto enthusiast.. Wait crypto is not common it's special :)

I love Lisbon. Great food at cheap price. Accommodation and rental is cheap and many new companies are opening up. Only challenge is it is the westernmost country in Europe making travel to eastern or northern countries difficult.

7 months ago

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7 months ago

Dean Walsh guru

Don't listen to me because of who I am, I'm nobody like everone else.

There are a lot of places in Thailand with high ranks. If I was going to move I would probably choose there because of there being a few places with good ratings, because I've been there before and really enjoyed it, and because I'd like to visit a lot of places in Asia that I've never been to and it would be a good base for short trips to other interesting places.

But I'm not a freelancer any more and I'm not going to move anywhere in the foreseeable future.

7 months ago

dr dent18 guru

Dont think people would prefer to move. Its not that easy and remote jobs are pretty common nowadays. Getiing adjusted to a new place takes time and language and culture too. Better to avoid unless it pays a lot more.

7 months ago

Karen M guru

I personally,w not leave where I currently live because all my family is here.bif I had no family and could go anywhere in the world it would be somewhere warm without the danger of extreme phenomenona like earthquakes, tsunamis, fires etc. It would have to be a very low crime area without a high cost of living. I never really considered how fast my internet is as a requirement for where to live, but my current internet speed is 250 Mbps.

7 months ago

damn, that is one fast connection. :)

7 months ago

Karen M guru

Lol. Around here you can get anywhere from 100-400 mbps

7 months ago

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