Why We Exist, Who We Are...About Us
After launching the original website in 2007 as a personal travel blog, the site was at the forefront of the Location Independent/Digital Nomad movement. Founder, Lea Jovy wrote the original eBook (download it for free here to read about her journey. Caveat emptor: It’s very out of date now), created numerous courses and eGuides, grew a thousand-strong community, and has since helped thousands of folks become location independent and work from anywhere.
These days, as a gay, home-educating, single parent to two young children, she truly understands the value of having the freedom to work from anywhere, to build a career and working life that fits your personal circumstances and supports your chosen lifestyle.
It is vital to make these opportunities more accessible to everyone, especially those who could benefit most…
- Other single parents, especially mothers, who are struggling to get back into the workforce in a meaningful way.
- Those with a disability or chronic health issue.
- Anyone who refuses to compromise their values and support a system they fundamentally disagree with just to earn a living.
The more under-represented people we can empower to get back in to the world of work, in a way that works for them, the more we increase the diversity of our overall workforce and also tap into the vast pools of knowledge, experience and wisdom that may otherwise be lost when there are so very few avenues for these voices and experiences to be shared.
The Nomadic Travel
Lea Jovy and her then-husband hit the road in 2006 after a personal tragedy forced her to re-evaluate her life path. After quitting management consultancy, she set up her own business online and left the UK to find a new ‘home’ (read the original ebook Lea self-published in 2007 for more of the story and journey – download it for free here).
After ruling out Panama, Buenos Aires, Toronto, Grenada, Thailand, Dubai, Turkey and more, four years and an unexpected baby later, they hit the road again with a baby in tow. When their son came along in 2013, after a two-month trip to Thailand with two young children, they ‘settled’ back in the UK and Lea experienced some huge life changes in 2016 – coming out, divorcing her husband, exploring her adoption and starting a new same-sex relationship. This is not the end to the travel phase of life however!
After over a decade of working online for ourselves and for others, we’ve experienced the good, the bad and the ugly of working online, from anywhere.
The precious, valuable benefits…
- The opportunity to find (or create) work that works for you, no matter where you live.
- Connecting with people all over the globe is easier than it’s ever been.
- The freedom to set your own schedule and create routines that work for you and your family.
- The time to consider what you really want from your life, and whether what you’re currently doing is ‘it’.
We’ve also experienced the challenges…
- The feelings of isolation, loneliness and disconnection.
- The need to be responsible for your own time management and productivity.
- The frustrations of building or being part of a remote team, especially when the leadership hasn’t got it ‘right’.
- The difficulties of standing out from the crowd and being memorable when you can’t always meet in-person.
- The need to more proactively create your own communities and social life when it’s not ready-made for you in a workplace.
- The hurdles of staying connected – both technically and emotionally – to colleagues, co-workers, clients and customers.
The skills and know-how needed to thrive when you work online, remotely (even if that’s from the comfort of your own sofa and not an exotic co-working space on a tropical island) are uniquely different to the world of work most of us have been educated for and worked in.
Look at any remote job posting and you’ll notice a set of requirements that aren’t just about the skills needed to do the actual job but expectations that require you to work in a way that’s likely unfamiliar – without close supervision, working to your own schedule possibly across different time zones, communicating with people you’ve never met in person and being expected to build rapport and a productive working relationship with them, and more.
While we teach you the ‘nuts and bolts’ skills needed to get work online, we also help you adjust to and thrive in a remote environment by supporting you with the practicalities and the emotional challenges that this style of work can bring.
Many people argue that the future of work is driven by technology; we believe the future of work is driven by the people who use the technology.
It’s about using the technology to better and further ourselves, our lives and the lives of those around us – to reach the top of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, self-actualisation, and achieve and realise your potential.
Being location independent removes geographical borders and numerous physical restrictions. When you work online the world is, quite literally, at your fingertips but most of us don’t yet know how to fully grasp this and use it to our advantage; that’s why our mission is to make working online, remotely, accessible to everyone who sees its potential, and help them thrive.
Lea Jovy, Founder
A Brief History…
I’m Lea Jovy (was Woodward). I first coined the term ‘location independent’ and set up this website – which began as a personal travel blog – in 2007 to describe the way of life I had inadvertently created for myself as I travelled the world for several years, running a variety of online businesses with my now ex-husband.
I’ve been at the forefront of the location independent lifestyle for over a decade – working with companies like Dell who recognised the pioneering movement of working anywhere – and I’ve helped hundreds of people create this lifestyle for themselves.
I know what it takes to create deep, lasting connections online; to create moments of intimacy from behind a screen, and how to show up, be seen and stand out no matter where you work from. You can read more about me on my personal website.
Press & PR
In The Media
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
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.
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
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.