If you’ve been wanting to start (or restart) your career as a freelancer, we have some news for you. A new survey has revealed the top destinations globally to live and work as a freelancer in 2023, and Bangalore, Chiang Mai and Penang are on the list.
The research by Craft Documents shows that across the globe, the best destinations to live and work in, if you are freelancing as a career, are Penang (Malaysia), Ho Chi Minh City, (Vietnam), Bangalore (India), Chiang Mai (Thailand), and Buenos Aires (Argentina). Bangalore is the third on the list, and what’s interesting to note is that Buenos Aires is the only non-Asian destination in the top five.
Top cities to work and live in as a freelancer in 2023
The research used parameters such as the average pricing of a co-working hot desk, the average rent of a one-bedroom property in the city’s centre or the hub, the average cost of an Airbnb (per night), internet speed, cost of food, transport and the number of co-working spaces available. This was done based on the most popular cities for digital nomads across the world, after which the data was collated, states the press release shared with T+L India and South Asia.
According to a spokesperson from Craft, “The rise of freelancing and remote working has been a global phenomenon over the past few years. Many jobs that were once traditional 9-5 positions are now being replaced by freelance and remote working opportunities, offering increased flexibility, autonomy and freedom for workers. With this, many individuals have been able to pursue their passion, work from different locations around the world, and take advantage of technology to collaborate with people from anywhere with internet access.”
The press release adds that this comfort of working from any place with internet connectivity has allowed more freedom in terms of where you want to live and work from, experience cultures and travel, too.
Bangalore received its third spot on the list thanks to its access to co-working spaces, affordable public transport, and value for money when it comes to food. Penang was at the top because of its affordability and high standard of living and having the lowest cost for rent as well as hot desks. Chiang Mai and Buenos Aires offer affordable transportation, food and accommodation, earning them a spot on this list too.
10 most freelancer-friendly destinations
- Penang, Malaysia
- Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Bangalore, India
- Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Timisoara, Romania
- Kathmandu, Nepal
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Manila, Philippines
- Tbilisi, Georgia
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