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Location Independent

– The Original Live + Work Anywhere Website –

The Back Story

Lea Jovy-Ford (previously Woodward) was a pioneer at the forefront of the Location Independent/Digital Nomad movement.

She created the original website back in 2006 and coined the term ‘location independent’ to describe the way of life she had inadvertently created, as she travelled the world for several years with her then-husband, running a variety of online businesses.

Over the past almost two decades she has created numerous online courses and ebooks, grew a thousand-strong community around the movement, and helped thousands of folks become location independent to work remotely/online. She also garnered a plethora of international press which you can see below.

These days, Lea can be found home educating her own 4 kids and running a ‘school of the future’ as a Co-founder & COO of Beyond School, to help other families adjust to a new world where far more people learn and work remotely, from anywhere.

Newspapers & Magazines

Lea has been interviewed, featured and mentioned in a number of global media outlets over the past few years, including:

Financial Times ~ Nomads of the working world.

BBC Click ~ .Technology allows digital nomads to work anywhere.

BBC Fast:Track ~ Best Of The Web.

The Guardian, Careers, UK ~ .Work’s a beach: meet the digital nomads making the world their office

The Guardian, Travel, UK ~ The escapees travelling the world while working online.

The Guardian, Life & Style, UK ~ This column will change your life: 9-to-5 or free and easy?

La Repubblica, Italy ~ Tienila d’occhio: Lea Woodward and Bauman, un mondo senza regole: “senza la solidarietà, la libertà è un’illusione”.

China Trends magazine, China

Cosmopolitan magazine, Italy & Sweden

The Sydney Morning Herald & The Daily Telegraph, Australia

Online Media

Lea has been featured, interviewed, listed or profiled in many online media outlets: 

She wrote about juggling motherhood and nomadic entrepreneurship here on Forbes.

She wrote about how to launch a website with a fanfare (vs. deafening silence!) here on Forbes.

She wrote about going from consulting to entrepreneurship in Time.

She was interviewed about being a domain name addict (!) for Fast Company.

She was interviewed about location independence on Mixergy.

She was featured as one of  Forbes’ Thirty Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter.

She shared a tip for balancing entrepreneurship & parenthood on Inc.

Published Books

Lea has also been featured in a number of books including:

Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim

Screw Work, Let’s Play by John S. Williams

The 9-to-5 Cure by Kristin Cardinale

She Takes on the World: A Guide to Being Your Own Boss, Working Happy, and Living on Purpose by Natalie MacNeil

Be A Free Range Human by Marianne Cantwell

Speaking

Lea has spoken – virtually and in person – to audiences globally including: 

At the Freshmen Seminar, American College of Management and Technology, Dubrovnik on “The skills that open up doors & opportunities in today’s world”.

At Hult International Business School, Dubai campus for the “Pocket MBA for Women Who Aspire to Lead” Program.

Numerous online podcasts and interviews with fellow digital entrepreneurs.