Is the life of a digital nomad suited for you

The Digital Nomad: A New Kind of Employee

A New Way Of Working

You must have heard or read about the phenomenon called digital nomad.
Digital nomads are people who use the internet to carry out their work in a location independent manner.
They live a “nomadic” existence by traveling a lot. They are flexible in working and earning money.

Because a good internet connection is only one of the few necessities for their profession, they can work almost anywhere.

This can be from your their home. But also for example from internet cafes, libraries, coworking places or hotel rooms.

Origination of the concept

The term “digital nomad” originated at the beginning of the 21st century when the Internet became more and more important in human life.
Timothy Ferriss‘ book The 4-Hour Workweek has played an important role in revitalizing the concept of lifestyle design.
The fast-growing group of digital nomads is also influenced by the rise of flexible working.
This form of working, which also includes working from home, is on the rise.
Digital nomads use services such as Skype, Trello, and Dropbox to collaborate with colleagues over the Internet.
Digital nomads generally do not choose to work from home, but to travel around the world and work abroad.
Countries in Southeast Asia and South America, in particular, are popular destinations. Because of their climate, lifestyle and lower cost of living.

Sources of income for digital nomads

There is an increasing number of professions that can be carried out entirely or mostly online, including:

  • writers,
  • translators,
  • photographers,
  • videographers,
  • online marketers,
  • web designers,
  • software developers,
  • graphic designers,
  • poker players,
  • online trainers and
  • other forms of work where knowledge is the primary source of income.

Often, digital nomads combine many occupations or teach themselves different skills to be less susceptible to the irregular income they usually have.
Setting up passive money flows, such as revenues from books, is also a favorite way to generate a constant flow of revenues.
Besides digital nomads who work independently, there are more and more nomads who work for companies on a permanent basis.

The Digital Nomad: A New Kind of Employee

Benefits of a Digital Nomad lifestyle:

  1. Freedom of location
    The ultimate reason why many people become digital nomads is that they can travel full-time, and go wherever they want (as long as there is Wi-Fi).
    How cool is it to be utterly free in where you can go?
    There is a lot of variety, and you can visit any country you want, without having to go home after a weekend.
    A dream come true!
  2. Inspiration
    Because you continuously visit new places, meet new people, eat new things, you have more chances to be inspired.
    You come out of your beaten path and always look at the world with new eyes.
    That works well for inspiration.
  3. Productivity
    Many digital moments spend the time they work achieving high productivity.
    They often focus on projects that inspire them.
    They don't have to take on work that they don't want to do, and they are free to organize their hours in a way that suits them best.
  4. Financial freedom
    Another significant advantage of doing business is that you have the opportunity to earn as much as you want.
    With a job, you are tied to a monthly salary?
    Depending on where you go, your monthly expenses may be lower than you were accustomed to in your home country.
  5. Meet new people
    When you travel, it is easy to make new friends.
    At home, you probably have had the same circle of friends for years and don't find new friends that quickly.
    On a journey, you will meet people almost every day.
    And although the friendships are more volatile, it's nice to have friends all over the world.

Disadvantages Digital Nomad lifestyle:

  1. FOMO (fear of missing out)
    If you don't plan your work an travel time well, you might fall victim to FOMO (fear of missing out).
    If you spend a lot of time on the road speeding from one destination to another, you might feel you are missing out on exciting things while you travel  (too little time: too much to see) or that you lag behind in your work (too little time to work).
    This might put you under unintended pressure.
    You have to occasionally remind yourself this is a lifestyle, not a holiday.
  2. WiFi
    A lack of fast wifi is annoying when you're traveling.
    You just need it when you're working online.
    It is as simple as that.
    In some places, wifi is dramatically bad, and continually looking for an enjoyable workplace with a trustworthy internet connection can be frustrating.
  3. Missing a place of your own
    Many people enjoy having a place they can call home.
    It can be tiring to pack and move over and over again.
    You never seem to have the time to settle somewhere.
  4. It all takes effort
    Besides the logistics of traveling from place to place, you need time to get accustomed to new areas.
    Sometimes you have to put a lot of effort into finding your way around, getting to know the culture and dealing with written and spoken languages you are not familiar with.
  5. Friends and family
    You may miss your friends and family from time to time.
    You will not be able to be in touch like you would when you live in each other's vicinity.

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