I set up an online business so I can enjoy the benefits of working remotely— like living in Argentina!
Buenos Días from Buenos Aires!
I left India recently after an amazing year and a half to enjoy some much needed quality time back in the U.S. with friends and family.
But of course, this is me we’re talking about, and I think there is some fine print on my passport saying I can’t be in the U.S. for more than a few weeks at at time.
So I packed my bags and moved to Buenos Aires!
I’m realizing most people (even my good friends and family) have no idea what I am doing. Fair. Most of the time I don’t either. But I actually have a plan this time….
In India I worked in the Haryana government for one year. It was a rewarding experience, but made me realize I very much don’t want to be a consultant or do “the grind.” I did, however, figure out what I should have known all along: I love to write and I’m incredibly independent. “Independent, possibly to a fault” as one of my colleagues in India best put it. I want to work for myself.
So after my contract ended last August, I traveled a bit (most notably to Mt. Everest) and then started my business.
Currently, I am working remotely as a freelance editor and as a content writer for websites. In my spare time I am writing a novel (yes, I realize I’m a walking cliché), studying to re-take the GRE (because maybe I actually want to be an academic?), and studying for the foreign service exam in October (because maybe I actually want to work in government?).
In short, I have no idea what I want to do long term but I am really enjoying what I am doing short term. Setting up my own business has been incredibly fun and rewarding. I set my own hours, pay, and I can enjoy the perks of working remotely!
So why Argentina?
Well, I could’ve stayed in India but:
- Red meat
- Red wine
And I could’ve stayed in the U.S. but:
- The U.S. is expensive
- Buying your own health insurance in the U.S. is ridiculously expensive! I currently have a plan with Cigna and have in-patient care for about $100/month. It covers me everywhere in the world (except the U.S.) The exact same plan for only the U.S. costs about $600/month. That’s rent here!
- Getting a visa is easy
- I can learn Spanish finally
- Why not travel when you can travel?
So, stay tuned. My goal is to start blogging more frequently about life in South America while working remotely as well as writing a few “late” posts about things that happened in India or elsewhere in the world.