Working remotely can be an excellent option for those who enjoy the outdoors, and the slower pace of life Bigfork offers. Many residents are freelancers and contractors that work with/for out-of-state companies.
One of the benefits of working remotely in Northwest Montana is the opportunity to enjoy a high quality of life. The pace of life is generally slower. This can lead to less stress and a greater balance in one’s life.
However, there can be challenges to working remotely. There are some things to keep in mind before you make the move. One of the biggest is the availability of high-speed internet. Some parts of Bigfork are too remote for high-speed internet—or any Internet at all. In some areas, internet speeds may be slower or less reliable than in other parts of the country. This can be a significant challenge for people who rely on fast and reliable internet to do their work.
You may also be required to register your business with the state or complete an Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate (ICEC) form. You can contact the Montana Department of Labor and Industry with questions. If you want to start a new business, contact the Montana Secretary of State for information about new business licenses, assumed business names, and other resources.
Working remotely can be a great option. However, it is essential to consider the challenges as well.