By Candace Sigmon, guest writer
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Tips to Save Money Before You Travel
The desire to become a “solopreneur” or gig economy nomad is rising. Over 15.5 million people are working as digital nomads in the United States, with more people flocking to start small businesses and work on short-contract gigs. Not every job needs to be remote, and some of the best cities to move to start a business include Seattle, Nashville, Columbia, Denver, and Quincy. Here are some tips.
Traveling or even moving to the United States can get pricey if you’re not paying attention to costs. When traveling, you must factor in plane or gas prices, hotel stays, food, and any extra expenses you might rack up around the city. Ultimately, traveling around the United States can cost an average of $100 to $250 per day. Thankfully, multiple apps and websites can help keep costs low. For instance, Google Flights finds the cheapest flights directly from the airline’s website. HotelTonight has cheap deals on booking hotels and allows you to save discounts. Klook finds local activities, gigs, and attractions that can be filtered by the lowest price. GasBuddy marks the nearest gas station that has the lowest prices in the area.
Market Your Business
Before you travel, decide on how to market your business. One example would be to make an appealing logo. A logo is a simple way to advertise your skills, help build brand awareness with present and future customers, and having color in your logo improves brand recognition by 80%. If you’re on a tight budget from planning your travels, create a logo online using tools that allow you to customize premade templates using colors, graphics, and different fonts.
These Cities Welcome Solopreneurs and Gig Economy Nomads
- Seattle, WA. Seattle is a great tourist destination, so it brings in a lot of income from travelers. Although the cost of living in Seattle is slightly higher than the national average — rent is a bit over $2,000 a month — it also has a higher-than-average job growth report.
- Nashville, TN. Nashville is the best place for those looking to enjoy musical or art-centered gigs. It’s also home to other gig-offering companies such as Lyft, DoorDash, and Uber. It has the lowest average rental costs on this list, starting at $1,000 a month for a one-bedroom apartment.
- Columbia, SC. Despite ample opportunities for digital nomads in particular, Columbia has a lower cost of living than the national average, in addition to having plenty of workspace and internet cafes, not to mention staffing agencies to bolster your recruiting.
- Denver, CO. Denver is socially focused, with lots of places to meet up and co-work. On average, it costs about $1,300 a month to rent a one-bedroom apartment.
- Quincy, MA. It has the smallest population on the list but offers a robust area with great quality of life. It offers a number of parks and museums to visit and is the birthplace of Dunkin’ Donuts.
These cities are a great place to start if you’re looking for places that accommodate your unique job choice: Although there are plenty of other great places to move to for solopreneurs, remember to search for average rent, quality of life, and internet services provided before you travel.
Research and Plan Ahead for Your Next Trip
If you’re ready to start your own business or travel to start a new gig, the world is your oyster! There are plenty of great cities out there to accommodate your needs and wishes, but Seattle, Nashville, Colombia, Denver, and Quincy are among the best cities to consider.