Digital Nomad

Digital Nomad : Guide to Remote Working

Written by Naven Pillai

Everyone’s been talking about it and this relatively new concept of “digital nomad” is creating a buzz on various online media. I was fascinated by the term when I first stumbled upon it.

If you think digital nomad is about running away from your office and spend your time on the beach, I recommend that you stop reading now.

So, what exactly digital nomad is all about?

Definition

A digital nomad is an individual who utilizes digital tools and resources to work from anywhere. In other terms, a digital nomad is a person who works without being dependent on a specific location.

The common misconception is where most people think that digital nomadism is about traveling the world while working. Although it’s partially true, as a digital nomad you want to stay far away from tourist destinations as productivity becomes challenging.

According to Wikipedia, digital nomads are people who use technologies to earn living while following a nomadic lifestyle. Such people typically work remotely from places such as coffee shops, co-working spaces, and even public libraries.

Benefits of being a Digital Nomad

Digital nomad way of living is growing rapidly. Levels.io has mentioned that there will be 1 billion digital nomads by 2035. As you can see the technology advancement is increasing the number of individuals working from home without having the trouble traveling to their offices.

So, what are the benefits of being a digital nomad?

Break Free From Daily Routine

I still remember how I would wake up and leave my house at 6.30 am. I had to go through the same road and same traffic jam each and every day. Indulging myself into digital nomadic lifestyle has changed my daily routine. I never did the same thing each morning when I wake up. There is something new waiting for me. Being a digital nomad helps you to break from regular daily routine.

Expansion Of Knowledge

How do you expect to gain knowledge when you just get a degree from a University and keep reading books? You will every possible way to learn more about the outside world. The real world I mean. A digital nomad will get great opportunities to meet people from different countries. This will allow you learn languages, culture, and history of other countries. Learning and adapting to different cultures are fun things to do.

Improves Your Value

With the great knowledge acquired through digital nomad journey, you will have the experience to improve your personal value. On the other hand, you are broken free from the constraining lifestyle which will allow you to be whoever you wish to be. Traveling to new places time to time will help you leverage yourself through the challenges you will face. Digital nomad lifestyle will allow you to be the REAL you and improve your real value.

Develop Connections

As I’ve mentioned earlier, the more places you visit the more people you will encounter. One of the writers working on my online projects is someone I encountered during my travel to Kenya. It will be relatively easier to make connections through nomadic lifestyle rather than attending same old-fashioned networking events with boring sales pitches.You never know maybe you might end up making connections with VCs or angel investors who might be interested in funding your next startup.

Growth Hack Your Life

In today’s world, you’re not restricted to stay at one place and be there forever working for someone or running your own business. The business world is changing with rapid growth in the technology sector. You can operate your businesses or work from anywhere today with high-quality online tools. The total freedom offered by digital nomad lifestyle will allow you to growth hack your life. The quality of your life determined by what you accomplish and it’s not about how wealthy you are.

Increases Your Productivity

Employers lose almost $1.8 trillion in lost productivity each year due to the lack of engagement with the job and other common problems such as hangovers, parents stress over child care cost, health problems and more – Surepayroll.com

According to the survey conducted by Surepayroll, 86% of those surveyed preferred working alone to hit maximum productivity. On the other hand, two-thirds of managers agreed that there is an increase in overall productivity of employees working remotely.

As a digital nomad, you can increase your productivity level and get things done in a timely manner.

Increases Health Benefits

Stranded in one place and working extra hours can increase your stress. Some of the research studies conducted by American Psychological Association shows that more than 80% of employees feel stress with their job while 77% of them are having physical effects due to stress.

I’m from the Asian region and Asians loves to work long hours. However, from my personal experience working longer hours will decrease the productivity level while increasing the risk of getting serious physical damages.

Being a digital nomad provides you the flexibility to choose your own working schedule. You will have more time to exercise, cook your own food without having the necessity to eat fast food. When you’re not tied to the traditional working environment, the opportunities to keep you healthy and active are endless.

Where to find digital nomad jobs?

So, you’ve decided to be a digital nomad. But where to find jobs that will pay you while traveling the world? I’ve curated a top list of job sites dedicated to digital nomads. You can apply for digital nomad jobs if you have the following skills:

  • Copywriting
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Blogging
  • Translation
  • Graphics Designing
  • Digital Marketing
  • Consultation
  • Software development
  • App Development
  • Web Development
  • Photography
  • Online Tutoring
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Dropshipping

If you have any of the above mentioned skills it will be easy for you to land a remote job. These are the top job sites to find remote jobs:

  1. Freelancewave – carefully hand-curated remote and freelance jobs publisher.
  2. WeWorkRemotely – publishes jobs from different categories which are location independent.
  3. RemoteOK– curates top remote jobs around the world.
  4. WFH.io a job board that focuses on tech-related remote jobs.
  5. Working Nomads – list of remote jobs curated from all around the web.

 

Digital Nomad Resources

These digital nomad resources will help you establish perfect digital nomadic lifestyle:

How To Travel The World As A Digital Nomad

An article by Conor Matchett where he explains the most important aspects to consider before embarking on digital nomad lifestyle.

Why Remote Work Can’t Be Stopped

Christopher Mims list down the reasons for why remote work can’t be stopped and how it is set to grow stronger in years to come.

The Digital Nomad Life: Combining Work and Travel

Learn how to combine work and travel with this awesome article by Tanya Mohn. You will get some useful tips on balancing your work with traveling.

The Digital Nomad’s Guide To Working From Anywhere On Earth

As digital nomad lifestyle is going mainstream, this guide will help you identify the important elements to consider when you’re going fully remote.

Top Tips From 5 Digital Nomads

It’s always great to get tips from someone who has already experienced in something that you’re looking to go into. In this article, five digital nomads share their tips about digital nomadic lifestyle.

Work Around The World on These Digital Nomad Retreats

There are a lot of programs organized by various companies specifically for digital nomads. In this article, you can find the list of organizations with extraordinary digital nomad retreats.

Sorry, Bali. Seven Underrated Hubs For Digital Nomads

Tropical paradises are the most visited places by digital nomads. But, if you’re looking to increase your productivity while enjoying the digital nomadic lifestyle, these seven underrated hubs is a must to visit.

Want To Work Remotely and Travel The World? This Startup Will Help You

Terminal 3, a startup focusing on helping and encouraging people to grow as a digital nomad. This article talks about how Terminal 3 was founded and how it helps individuals to transform into digital nomads.

Digital Nomadic Entrepreneurship: 4 Ways to Work and Play Around The World

You want to enjoy digital nomadic lifestyle but don’t know where to start. This article will provide four ways you can work and travel the world without emptying your pocket.

17 Must-Have Gadgets For Digital Nomads in 2017

You can’t take everything when you embark on a digital nomad journey. These 17 gadgets will help you get your job done without affecting your productivity and make you successful as a remote worker.

How Digital Nomads Are Leading the Seismic Shift in Where We Work

The world is going through huge changes in terms of technology. It influences how work being done today by creating many location independent individuals. In this article learn how digital nomads are actually leading the changing in where we work.

Six Tools I Can’t Live Without As A Digital Nomad

Tiffany Sun, digital nomad and founder or newsletter tool Rabbut shares top six tools she can’t live without as a digital nomad.

50 Websites That Pay Aspiring Digital Nomads

When you plan to go remote, you always have the dilemma on how to earn money while traveling. In this article, you can find top 50 websites that pay digital nomads for their skills.

12 Practical Steps to Become a Digital Nomad and Live A Location-Independent Life

It takes the right practical steps to be a successful digital nomad. In this article, you can find 12 practical steps you can take to become a digital nomad the right way.

The Ultimate List of 22 Remote Work Tools Any Digital Nomad Needs in 2017

You got a location independent job and you’re all set to become a digital nomad. But, without the right remote working tools, you will have problems staying productive. In this article, you can find the top 22 remote work tools for digital nomads in 2017

The Ultimate Guide to Remote Working

More and more companies are going remote. They want to provide flexibility for their employees while reducing their cost on brick mortar offices. In this infographic, you can learn why companies are going fully remote.

What I Wish I Had Considered Before Becoming A Digital Nomad

Everyone learns from mistakes. You will want to know few things before becoming a digital nomad to avoid unwanted difficulties and struggles. In this article, learn the things Anisa would have considered before becoming a digital nomad.

Being A Digital Nomad 101: The Pros and The Cons

Everyone tends to be excited to enjoy the digital nomadic lifestyle. There are always pros and cons to everything. Same goes for being a digital nomad. In this article, you can learn the pros and cons of od being a digital nomad.

Everyone has their own perspective about digital nomads. Some might be positive and some can be negative. There are hundreds of advantages being a digital nomad rather than sitting in a confined space.

If you’re serious about digital nomad lifestyle, you got to start this right moment. Create a safety net to avoid total burnout and take one step at a time to become a successful digital nomad.

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About the author

Naven Pillai

Founder of Freelancewave & Digital Marketing Analyst at Exposureville. You can find me online, tweeting about current trends in the digital marketing industry, or playing Football Manager. Winners are not people who never fail, but people who never quit.

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