The term Digital Nomad refers to people who work independent of their location, mostly online and often while travelling. These people have roles where their responsibilities do not require a fixed location or office space, and they can carry out their tasks online.
Nomads work remotely from foreign countries, coffee shops, beaches, public libraries, co-working spaces, or recreational vehicles – basically from any place that has Wi-Fi. And now that many global companies have become much more flexible about their work-from-home policies, this way of life is becoming a reality for millions of people.
While the process of making the switch can seem overwhelming, in reality, it has never been easier. Thanks to technology, our world is smaller than ever. With only an Internet connection and a video conferencing tool, you can meet face-to-face with anyone in the world instantaneously. Therefore, there is no longer a reason to stay in one place. (Your cat may disagree, but that’s another story.)
And apparently, this flexible lifestyle is appealing to many people. According to a survey by Buffer, up to 90 percent of remote workers plan on working remotely for the rest of their careers. Employees are simply fed up with their monotonous jobs, and having to follow rules put in place by leaders who they think are out of touch with the new reality.
Jill, What Can I Do? If the idea of leading a nomadic life sounds interesting to you, check out Bankrate’s guide to getting started. (This information can also be valuable to managers who have nomads on their team.) In addition to remote working trends, the guide includes creative tips about how to create a functional environment for both living and working. We all have one shot at this thing called life. Live it.