Wouldn’t it be awesome to quit your nine-to-five office job and go explore the world? You are dreaming of an independent lifestyle, that allows you to work remotely and make money while travelling? What you are looking for is the Digital Nomad Lifestyle.
They call us Generation Y, young people with no clear path in life, unable to commit to long-term jobs, relationships and other tying agreements. In the business world, we are sometimes seen as “not easy to work with”, because we ask for flexibility and creativity, a job that makes us happy and fulfilled instead of generating a decent and consistent income.
Born within the last two decades of the 20th Century, we grew up with rapidly developing technology, open borders and the urge to travel and see the world. In consequence, to work remotely and live a digital nomad lifestyle has become the non-plus-ultra when it comes to dream jobs these days.
This article is dedicated to all of you want who feel like hearing the words ‘routine’ and ‘contract’ could cause claustrophobic symptoms or allergic reactions. It goes to everyone who agrees that being stuck in a nine-to-five office job sounds like the worst nightmare of their shiny day dreams.
Contrary to all the skepticism you might be experiencing from family, friends or the internet, I would like to encourage you to follow your dreams and live the digital nomad lifestyle. Here is why:
Sleep and get up when you want.
This one is obvious. Not having to get up in the morning to be at work at a certain time means you can mute your alarm and stay in bed for another couple of hours while the average office worker has to drag himself away from this comfortable cozy piece of soft fabric and make his way to the uncomfortable office chair to which he will be tied to for the rest of the day. Does that alone not sound tempting enough?
Which leads me to my second point. Not only can you work when you want, you can also work where you want. Out of bed, lying on the ground of your apartment, in the grass of the nearby park or typing away in a cute little street café sipping on your café latte or chai tea.
Being passionate travellers ourselves, to enjoy the freedom of leaving your home country to go out exploring is a huge, huge bonus. Being a Digital Nomad, all the equipment you will need for your work is a laptop and a stable internet connection.
Set your own deadlines.
I lied when I said you could work whenever you want. Naturally, work needs to be done or else it does not make money. If you decide to stay in bed all morning because you were out the night before, you might have to sit on your laptop a little longer the following evening.
The good news is that it really doesn’t matter how many mornings you have slept in or that you were dressed in tracksuit pants and with messy hair while working on a project. What counts are results.
Choose your partners.
When joining a company, you are usually confronted with already established work ethics, norms and the people you are meant to work with. You might get lucky and start working in an awesome team, where each member has his own tasks, responsibilities and set of skills.
The problem is that you have little or no influence on who your boss decides to hire. No matter if you like your colleague or not, you will have to find a way to deal with his or her stubbornness, intense perfume or ridiculously loud laughter. And it could get much worse.
Should you decide to start working freelancing as a digital nomad, you are equally dependant on your partners and the right social networking and cooperation within the industry will likely decide over your success or failure. Nevertheless, being your own boss, you have the freedom to avoid working with people who pull you down rather than help you develop.
It might limit your access to certain networks, but it won’t get you fired. Nothing will get you fired. On another note, watch Greg’s Vlog and learn why cooperating with other freelancers (ideally like-minded) is incredibly important and can boost your business big time.
Be passionate about what you do.
Of course, every job requires certain tasks that might not be very appealing and freelancers usually deal with a lot of them. Accounting, organizing, pitching clients, this was not what I signed up for when I decided to become a Digital Nomad!?
Working as a freelancing photographer and content creator does not mean that you will end up snapping away here and there while travelling the world and enjoying life as if there was no tomorrow. It also doesn’t mean that your good eye and technical skills for getting the right shot will be enough to convince clients and make them pay you for your work. Far from it.
But in the end, all these little unpleasant tasks that need to be done at least contribute to your own performance overall, not to someone else’s. You are doing your own accounting, you are writing proposals to your own future clients and creating your own product or service that YOU believe in. If that’s not enough motivation, you should probably go back to your office job.
This last point is my personal favorite and might also be the reason why not everyone is made for being a digital nomad. Freelancing creates freedom for creativity, flexible work hours and environments, even lets you choose your own business partners.
If the previous points have convinced you of all the advantages this lifestyle offers, you might ask yourself what the other side of the coin is. The answer is simple: Responsibility and Insecurity. Sure, you might be less likely to get fired by yourself, but you will have to make a lot of important decisions and take full responsibility for the outcomes and potential consequences.
There is no money being held back for you to ensure you a solid pension. This responsibility can make you grow and gain confidence in your own skills and abilities, but it can also make you fall. It might be easier said than done, but the best solution for this problem is to get over it and try again. Follow our Blog and Vlog and get an idea how. Or go back to your office job.
On a final note, I would like to stress that I don’t intent to call a normal office job less valuable than a freelancing position. I have the greatest respect for everyone who can do it and be happy with it. And I am thankful, because there is a ton of jobs out there that require daily office-presence and the execution of tasks ordered by someone else.
I hope you liked this post and that I was able to reach out to those who feel like they are stuck in the wrong working environment. Of course, I would be happy to answer on comments, criticism or questions! What is your opinion on the Digital Nomad Lifesytle?
Thanks for reading,