We’ve written a few posts about some of the greatest cities for freelancers to live and set up shop.
You can view the previous posts here, here, and here.
Today, we’re covering Las Vegas. It’s the City of Sin, but is it also a great place to live?
Some people think so. Read on to find out why.
Gambling – The Obvious
If you love to gamble or spend your downtime fantasizing about being a poker superstar, Las Vegas is the right place for you.
After working hard all day, you deserve to wind down, relax, and be entertained. A bottle of wine and some Netflix are a great option, but it’s ok to want more.
You can gamble all over town. There are over 100 casinos in the city. Locals seem to enjoy the casinos in the northern part of town. So if you would like to truly assimilate into the local gaming community, that’s probably where you want to go.
So Many Startups
Sin City is a great place for startups. It has been mentioned by Forbes in 2014, coming in at 11th on their Top 12 list of places to start a new business. On top of this, there is a major shortage for tech-related jobs. If you’re a freelance web developer or coder, you can make some serious bank right now with all of the startups needing help.
This doesn’t mean you can’t do your own thing, though. There are multiple reasons to head to a city where the startup scene is popping.
You get to meet like-minded people who may be in the same field. The professional networking capabilities are endless. You can go to networking events as well. Las Vegas is known for having tons of conferences for various industries. So make sure you have business cards in hand and your portfolio is updated.
As a freelancer, it’s all about who you know. And you’ll never meet as many people as you will running around town in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is beautiful. It has around 300 days of sunshine every year and an average annual temperature of 80 degrees.
For those of us who live on the east coast, especially those who are in the mid-Atlantic and further north, this sounds pretty nice. No one enjoys shoveling snow. While we’re still seeing our breath when we leave the house, people who live in Las Vegas are sitting by the pool and enjoying cocktails.
You’ll get to write off your moving expenses, which is awesome. But what about once you’re actually living there?
There are no state income taxes in Nevada. However, the cost of living is slightly higher than the national average.
We figure one offsets the other. No one knows how to live for cheap like freelancers, right? We’re masters of saving cash.
The key is to find the right area to live in. The costs of everything vary in the city, which makes it much different than other places you could live. Anything around The Strip or downtown is going to be more expensive than on the outskirts of town. While it may take you a while to get the hang of this, it’s worth your time to explore the city and find out where all the cheapskates congregate.
Gas and owning a car can get pretty pricey in the city. If you’re a freelancer who works from home, you can save a lot of money by living close to grocery stores and restaurants. Take an Uber or Lyft. But in a city like Las Vegas, do you even really need a car? Between ride-sharing services and a bicycle, or even your feet, you should be able to get anywhere you need to go and save a decent amount of money by doing so.
Weed is Legal
If you like to party, Las Vegas will show you how it’s done. As of 2016, marijuana is legal in the city.
One problem they have is that you’re only allowed to partake in a private residence, making is really hard for tourists to get in on the action. If you like to relax and have a toke at the end of a long day, then Las Vegas has you covered.
There are 22 dispensaries in Las Vegas, so you have your pick of businesses to use. Our recommendation? We really like Inyo. They have a great set up and excellent customer service. You can see more here.
This is a city that’s all about luxury. If you like to drink, there are bars. There are pools and spas and everything else you could ever want to pamper yourself. Just keep in mind luxury has a price. But if you have the money, then Las Vegas can and will provide.
One of the greatest reasons to visit the city has nothing to do with gambling. Casinos are known for bringing in the best entertainment.
Everything from Cirque du Soleil to heavyweight boxing title fights.
There are art and music everywhere. Some of these shows won’t even cost you anything. There are street performers that work for tips all over downtown and The Strip.
The desert is naturally beautiful. There are tons of hiking trails, dune buggy rides and racing, and even helicopter tours around the Hoover Dam.
You will never get bored in Las Vegas. If you’re the type of person who sits around after work and frustrated because you don’t have anything to do with your evening, just move to Sin City. Boredom will be a thing of the past.
The Bottom Line
You can’t go wrong with Las Vegas. Every home on the block has a swimming pool.
A quick Uber downtown or to The Strip will give you all of the great nightlife you can handle.
And with all of the startups and small businesses, you’ll never run out of work again.
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