Live+ Work Anywhere
In 2005, this website started as a simple blog – long before most people were blogging! – to record the journey I experienced as I left the UK, hit the road and ran my business from anywhere. Almost two decades later, I’m still running an 8-figure business from anywhere and have helped thousands of people do the same.
Along the way, the concept of being location independent became globally popular, helped into the mainstream by the likes of Dell who I partnered with to push the “digital nomad” concept, and which is now experienced by many more people in the form of remote work.
My name is Lea Jovy-Ford (pronounced Lee-UH and not Lee), and you can read more about me on my personal/professional website here.
Some of the things I’ve achieved in almost two decades of working 100% online:
- Since 2006, built and lead several remote teams for my own solo businesses, of between 5-15 people, creating cultures based on loyalty and trust before ‘remote’ was even a thing.
- Built an 8-figure EdTech company & raised a pre-seed round of $500k in less than 3 months, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company was intentionally and consciously diverse and deeply committed to anti-racism and decolonising education.
- Founded my own EdTech company, Diverse Leaders Group, to work towards equality for all, with a fully remote, global organisation.
I have been interviewed, featured & mentioned in global media outlets over the past few years including:
- Financial Times ~ interviewed for a feature about “Nomads of the working world”.
- BBC Click ~ featured in “Technology allows digital nomads to work anywhere”
- The Guardian, Careers, UK ~ featured in “Work’s a beach: meet the digital nomads making the world their office”.
- The Guardian, Travel, UK ~ featured in “The escapees travelling the world while working online”.
- The Guardian, Life & Style, UK ~ featured in “This column will change your life: 9-to-5 or free and easy?“
- La Repubblica, Italy ~ featured in “Bauman, un mondo senza regole: “senza la solidarietà, la libertà è un’illusione”.
- China Trends magazine, China ~ featured in an article.
- Cosmopolitan magazine, Italy & Sweden ~ featured in articles about location independence.
- The Sydney Morning Herald & The Daily Telegraph, Australia ~ featured in articles about location independence.
- Fast Company – interviewed about being a domain name addict (!).
- Mixergy – interviewed about location independence.
- Featured as one of Forbes’ Thirty Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter.
I’ve also written for various publications, including:
- Juggling motherhood and nomadic entrepreneurship here on Forbes.
- How to launch a website with a fanfare (vs. deafening silence!) here on Forbes.
- Going from consulting to entrepreneurship in Time.
- A tip for balancing entrepreneurship & parenthood on Inc.
I’ve 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
I have 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.
- At Escape The City events, on digital nomadism and getting started with location independence.
- Numerous online podcasts and interviews with fellow digital entrepreneurs.