Take your business on a tree change

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Former Sydneysider Sandra Renowden likes to take her morning break on the veranda of her farmhouse in the NSW Southern Highlands.

“I’ve got the trees in front of me, two dams in the distance, ponies on my left, dogs at my feet and a profusion of daffodils on my right. It’s heaven,” the public relations professional with listed advertising and media company STW Group says.

Renowden, her husband and two children moved to the Southern Highlands in 2010. She contemplated resigning from her public relations role in Sydney at the time, before her boss told her that if she was prepared to work from home, she didn’t have to.

Two years later, she is still happily employed, working remotely and living proof you can have your tree change and keep your income, too.

Renowden is part of a wholesale change in business where mobility allows people to work from dream locations.

A combination of better transport links, improving internet connections, flexible working arrangements and an open mind are helping more business owners and professionals ditch life in the metropolis for the clean air, traffic-free streets and close-knit communities of rural and regional Australia.

It’s hard to find a tree-changer or sea-changer who isn’t evangelical about their decision to flee the city but those of us still slaving away in the city ask ourselves – how do they make it work?

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