Work from Bali: 5 Simple Reasons Why I Left My Corporate Job & Decided To Work from Sanur. These are the 5 reasons why I left my high-paying corporate job in Jakarta and decided to work from Bali because the shiny, big city life was not healthy for me anymore.
Almost four years ago, I made the decision to work from Bali. As someone who was born and bred in Jakarta, I’d never consider returning to a megacity. For almost 25 years, my life was being stuck in traffic jams every day to get to work, then spending my weekends at the mall—I’d had enough of it. But now, everything is easier, you can get a Work from Bali package and get a remote job here.
Bali has always held a special place in my heart. When I was on leave from my corporate job, Bali was always my favorite vacation destination, even though I could only stay for 2-3 days because I had to return to the office. At that time, remote work or working from Bali was not an option—some people didn’t even understand the concept of remote work.
I wanted to challenge myself, so I quit my job and decided to work from Bali. I did some reading about Bali, including the many job opportunities available. I wondered, “will I have a stable career like the one I had in Jakarta?”.
After spending practically all of my time seeking the perfect remote or hybrid job, I eventually found it at Livit. I was fortunate to get this job considering I had no prior experience in remote work. Thanks to Livit, I can now share my knowledge of remote work via the Remote Skills Academy as one of the trainers.
Living in the city gave me many valuable life skills, particularly creative and critical thinking, but I couldn’t spend two hours in a car or on online transportation to get from work to home anymore. Plus, the pollution in the air had a big effect on my health. I was tired of the usual big city attractions, such as malls and nightlife. I was looking for peace and natural beauty to help me be a more productive person. That’s why I chose to work from Bali.
Here are a few reasons why working from Bali may be the perfect option for those of you who are bored of the hustle and bustle of big city life:
Being close to nature
Bali boasts unrivaled natural beauty, and the air quality is still excellent. I rarely encounter traffic jams and the pollution it causes, which are typical in a metropolis. Those extra hours I save being in traffic each day are now spent unwinding after work by gazing at the gorgeous sunset from the Livit rooftop or swimming in my backyard pool.
On weekends, we go to the highlands, waterfalls, hidden beaches in Uluwatu, or even Menjangan Island in West Bali.
This way of life reduces tension, and there are numerous stunning places close by that make us feel even more at ease.
You can learn about the lovely Balinese customs and culture.
Bali is one of the most unique islands in Indonesia and the entire globe. As a professional working in Bali, you will encounter a culturally distinct way of life—where there is respect for how people, God, and the natural environment work together.
Not only will you be able to explore the beauty of the island, but you will also interact with locals and foreign professionals. When you go for a walk in the morning, everyone smiles and says good morning—something you rarely encounter in a large metropolis.
A lot of coworking space and a relaxed working environment
As an island dubbed “Silicon Valley” by startup workers and digital nomads, Bali provides many options for coworking space in various parts of Bali such as Canggu, Seminyak, Ubud, and Sanur, making it easy to work from Bali.
Livit Hub Bali is the perfect coworking place if you want to work remotely while staying in Sanur. With its world-class amenities and gorgeous interiors, it’s a space that supports you to be more productive.
If you wish to work for a startup in Bali, most companies have a laid-back corporate culture. It places a greater emphasis on outcomes, inventiveness, and accomplishments. It is common for employees and their colleagues to dress casually and work from an open-concept workspace—which can sometimes be mistaken for a vacation villa.
You will encounter people who will inspire you
When I was working in Jakarta, 99% of the individuals I encountered were Indonesians, which was not a problem. However, in Bali, you will meet many foreign professionals who are friendly and willing to share their expertise, so you will learn a lot about business and work from them. Many of them are startup founders, remote work icons, and digital nomads with remarkable, one-of-a-kind experience. You can also network with them and possibly start a business together!
Fun fact: Our weekly Sundowner on our rooftop is the perfect place to connect with those people!
The cost of living is less expensive
If you reside in Bali and live like a local, you will discover that the cost of living in Bali is less than that of other major cities in Indonesia. A 1-bedroom villa with a swimming pool can be found here for around Rp. 5,000,000/month—which is comparable to a studio apartment or luxury boarding house in a big city like Jakarta. Even daily basics are less expensive in Bali, especially if you buy goods at traditional markets, which have fresher veggies and meat than supermarkets. However, if you wish to purchase imported products, Bali has a lot of international supermarkets that sell a variety of imported products, eliminating the need to pay shipping expenses when purchasing them online.
Disclaimer: You can choose to live cheaply or extravagantly depending on your monthly income and budget.
Bali increased my appreciation for nature and improved my mental health and physical well-being. Bali, with its infrastructure and facilities comparable to big cities, makes me more productive at work and never fails to inspire me.
If you are a professional who resides in a large city, as I once did, now might be the right time for you to make a significant life change. If you’d like to try it out, our Work from Bali workation package includes accommodation and coworking space in Sanur. We’re quite sure once you experience living and working in Bali you may never want to leave, because I certainly don’t.