As a freelancer, you can work anywhere you want. Especially when your projects can be done remotely. You just need a decent Internet connection, and you’re good to go.

But, for the self-employed, some cities might be better than others.

If you’re thinking about moving to another city, consider these questions:

  • How many people are self-employed in the city? A large number of self-employed individuals mean the city is favorable towards freelancers. The city might even offer special perks for freelancers because they’re a big part of the economy.
  • How much will it cost to live there? Lower living expenses equates to more capital for growing your freelancing business.
  • What’s the unemployment rate like? A low unemployment rate is a clue the city has a thriving economy. Good economic health means there will be plenty of freelancing opportunities in the area.
  • How much will my health insurance cost? One of the costliest things freelancers need to pay for is health insurance.  Factoring in health insurance costs could save you a lot of money in the long-run.

To help you find the perfect U.S. city, check out this infographic by Blinksale.

Infographic about best cities for freelancersCredit: Blinksale

Other things to keep in mind are:

  • Income tax rates
  • Time zone – this might affect your ability to set up voice calls with companies in a different time zone.
  • Community – look for cities that have a strong community of freelancers. You’ll get more chances to network and hang out with like-minded people, which is always helpful whenever you’re new to an area.


Jacob Gube is the co-founder of Design Instruct. Join him on Twitter @sixrevisions