Where is it better to live for freelancer? The Unolabo rating

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Each of us probably understands the advantages of remote work. Whether it’s freelance, outsource, or just a remote job for some company — all of this is more convenient, provides free scheduling, savings on transport, etc.

Here in Unolabo, we are sure that remote work in its various manifestations is the way of the labor market future. This type of the labor relations has undoubted advantages for both employers and employees.

Freelance vs office. Who wins?

A happy worker is a productive worker. And the freedom in choosing a workplace is not in the last place in the “pyramid of the happy worker needs”.

As an illustrative example can be used the Fortune rating of “The world’s Top 100 best companies-employers”. The vast majority of companies in the top ten rating provided the opportunity for remote work or involved freelancers in the work. Of course, we can not say that remote work is a panacea and is the only thing that makes companies the best employers, but the Fortune magazine rating is still quite indicative.

That is why we are developing a freelance platform for a new blockchain generation. Unolabo Skillmarket will allow employers and job seekers from all over the world to “find” each other for a mutual benefit. At the same time, the technology of smart contracts will help to maximally secure the entire process of labor relations, making it as transparent as possible.

Freelance — when work does not hold in one place

Today the technology and Internet coverage is developing in such way that it becomes possible to work remotely from basically anywhere in the world where there is more or less stable access to the Web.

And in this regard, the Asian region is among the leaders of the world trends. For example, people in India execute about a third of all freelance projects in the world. Gradually, Indonesia, the Philippines, and other countries are getting closer to it.

However, Asia is not just an export source of services by freelancers. Today it is also a convenient place for life and works for people from other countries. For freelancers who prefer not to stay at home, but to travel to different cities and countries, there is even a separate concept — “digital nomads”.

Especially for such “nomads”, there is a resource Nomadlist.io. It was created by Pieter Levels so that freelancers could appreciate how convenient it is for them to work in various cities of the world. And then tell others about it too.

Since the portal creation, the “nomadic” freelance community has been growing from year to year. Here they left their assessments and shared their impressions thousands of freelancers from around the world. And based on these estimates, the administration of the resource creates an international rating of “best cities for life and remote work”. And all the information received from freelancers are checked by moderators for reliability. That is why the truthfulness and relevance of the rating are out of doubt.

And what are we going to see looking at the rating? We will see here are a number of Asian cities on the top and many freelancers have chosen them as a place to live and work.

So where do freelancers live well? Based on the Nomadlist.io information, Unolabo compiled its own rating of Asian cities with the most comfortable conditions for the freelancer’s life and work.

Top 5 best freelance cities in Asia

  1. Bangkok, Thailand (1st place in the world rating)

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Photo: http://www.bangkok.com

Today the capital of Thailand is the world leader in the life comfort for remote work. Here was the best combination of the cost/quality criterion of life.

The average monthly cost of living for a foreigner here is $1 230. It is in case if a freelancer rents a place and does not cook meals by himself, eating out 3 times a day (restaurant, fast food, etc.). The rent cost starts from $143 per month, however, it will be a room with a minimum comfort, without air conditioning and sometimes even without windows. And convenient conditions will cost around $700–800.

Among the advantages of Bangkok, freelancers note the safety on the streets, convenient transportation system, rich social life, inexpensive and tasty food. And the average speed of the Internet here is not bad — 40 Mbps.

2. Canggu, Indonesia (3rd place in the world rating)

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Photo: http://www.bali-indonesia.com

This resort area on the West coast of Bali is loved not only by tourists and surfers but also freelancers. The average cost of living is $1 108 per month. The price of rent starts from $133, the average cost is $600–700.

Among the Canggu advantages are traditional resort perks: beaches, gorgeous nature, much available entertainment after work, cultural attractions, etc. But the Internet speed here is much worse — only 15 Mbps.

3. Chiang Mai, Thailand (5th place in the world rating)

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Chiang Mai is the largest city in the north of Thailand and it has long been chosen by freelancers. For example, in 2014 it has even headed the world rating. It attracts its more than the tempting cost of living — only $968 per month. The rent price starts from $65 and on average costs $500–600.

Besides the relative cheapness of life, Chiang Mai is chosen by many for safety on the streets, the presence of multiple Wi-Fi access points and for an acceptable Internet speed of 20 Mbps.

4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (9th place in the world rating)

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The capital of Malaysia is one of the most dynamically developing cities in Asia, where a number of “digital nomads” increases. The average cost of living here is $1 309. The rent cost starts from $116 and on average costs $400–500.

The advantages of Kuala Lumpur are about the same as for Bangkok and Chiang Mai: a well-developed infrastructure, safety on the streets, etc. Very low Internet speed prevents it from becoming a leader though — it is only 5 Mbps.

5. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (12th place in the world rating)

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Photo: http://huonghaihalong.com

Ho Chi Minh City is another fast-growing Asian megacity and one of the most prospective business center of Vietnam. One of the most attractive aspects of the city is the low living cost. Here it is about $784 only. And most of this cost spend on rent, which can start from $152 and be about $400–500 on average.

Pros of Ho Chi Minh City are a convenient (by Asian standards) transport infrastructure, good availability of Wi-Fi. And the Internet speed is mostly better here than in Kuala Lumpur — 10 Mbps.

Summing up

So what conclusions can be drawn from this rating? Today many freelancers prefer to live and work in Asian cities. Especially on the Pacific coast. In our TOP 90% of cities are in the top ten best places for freelancers in the world. It says much.

That is why Unolabo focuses on the Asian region. With the help of our freelance platform, people will be able to find work with the maximum convenience and security. And our global skill database — Skillmarket will help you find the most profitable options for applying your skills, no matter where in the world you are.