What exactly is a digital nomad

Posted on September 12, 2019

A digital nomad is a remote worker who regularly travels to different locations, working from coffee shops, coworking spaces, public libraries and anywhere that has a working internet connection. These nomads do not deal with printers and water cooler conversations, instead, they go from place to place looking for adventure while still being able to maintain a steady income. Read on to find out more about the digital nomad revolution.

Benefits of being a digital nomad

  1. Increased creativity

    Creativity happens when you put two unrelated concepts together and create something wholly original. Working in a different environment daily enables you to gain diverse experiences to pool and draw from in your own creative process.
  2. Increased productivity

    To be able to fully enjoy the new environment that they are now a part of it is essential for a digital nomad to finish all their tasks and then find the time to explore their surroundings. A new place to discover is a powerful motivator to finish your work early
  3. Increased adaptability

    Constantly travelling regularly pushes you out of your comfort zone, both mentally and physically. This adaptability shows up in your work, allowing you to face obstacles head-on and learn new skills on the go.
  4. Make more friends

    People who go on an adventure together and endure hardships form stronger bonds than others. Travelling allows you to meet new people and form new bonds every day. These bonds are similar to the ones formed in coworking offices as you might just run into your next business partner on the road or in a coworking space.
  5. Have more time for the things you love

    We all work to live and not the other way around. The life of a digital nomad gives you more time to live, explore and spend time with your loved ones instead of stuck to a job at a fixed time. This is the biggest reason why most people make the shift and wish to become digital nomads.

How you can become a digital nomad

With the rise in virtual offices and coworking spaces it is now easier than ever for employees to work remotely. You no longer need to be a freelancer or a part-time worker to be a digital nomad. Many companies hire digital nomads to provide them with exclusive content from all over the world. Here are some popular jobs that are now being done remotely.

  • Accounting
  • Customer service
  • Design
  • Editing
  • Healthcare
  • IT
  • Marketing
  • Project management
  • Quality Analyst
  • Recruiting & HR
  • Sales
  • Software development
  • Teacher
  • Virtual assistant
  • Writing

To become a digital nomad you need to ask yourself the following questions.

  • What are you good at?
  • What do you like doing?
  • Is there a need for this skill?
  • And can you do the job online?

If you wish to work under an organisation that hires digital nomads you need to first prove that you can handle working remotely before you are allowed to travel. The same applies to working for yourself. You need to be accessible to your clients and employers at all times and ensure that you meet deadlines regularly. Only with extreme organisation and discipline to back you up should you consider the digital nomad lifestyle.

Coming into work at a fully furnished office with all the modern amenities you require is a great way to concentrate on work and get things done. On the other hand, living as a digital nomad, you find yourself in new and exciting situations every day but still have to find a way to keep your bosses and clients happy. Arm yourself with organisation, discipline and a thirst for learning and you too can make the nomad lifestyle your own.

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