digital nomads blog

Last time I spoke about co-working. Today I would like to write something about ‘Digital Nomads’. Here you go…

Definition of Digital Nomads

Again, there are lots of definitions. Here are two I think represent a great definition.

Digital nomads are individuals who use telecommunications technologies to perform their work duties and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner. Such workers typically work remotely—from home, coffee shops, public libraries, and even recreational vehicles—to accomplish tasks and goals that traditionally took place in a single, stationary workplace. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_nomad)

A digital nomad is a person who works from a location of his choice and often sets his own schedule. (http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-digital-nomad.htm#didyouknowout)

Who is a Digital Nomad?

Of the almost three quarters (74%) who made a change to be less tied to a physical workplace, 67% became a freelancer and 34% created a virtual business or team. (https://www.upwork.com/blog/2014/02/what-is-digital-nomad)

Digital nomads‘ work as freelance writers, artists, entrepreneurs, and more. (http://smallbiztrends.com/2015/04/digital-nomad-jobs-create-new-demand.html)

Many nomads are dual citizens or “third culture kids,” who have grown up with a notion of identity that’s not tied to nationalism or staying in one place. (http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/jun/16/digital-nomads-travel-world-search-fast-wi-fi)

Trends for Digital Nomads

In the not far off future working remotely will be the norm for most people and with that extra freedom people will inevitably travel more and take their work with them. (http://www.positivelyrewired.com/work-trends-in-2015-the-rise-of-the-digital-nomad)

Gone are the days of having one job from the time of graduation to retirement. Gaining different experiences within different environments is considered an advantage in today’s market, as it demonstrates flexibility and the ability to adapt. Job hopping is also a result of an increasingly connected world. (http://www.positivelyrewired.com/work-trends-in-2015-the-rise-of-the-digital-nomad)

Thanks to the growing prevalence of freelance livelihoods, a global sharing economy and myriad of digital tools, the number of people who are able to live this life is growing quickly. And in a rapidly urbanising world, where a major city in Asia increasingly offers the same amenities as one in Europe, many people are reaching the realisation they don’t need to stay in one place. (http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/jun/16/digital-nomads-travel-world-search-fast-wi-fi)

What are the benefits of being a Digital Nomad?

Here are a few benefits of being a Digital Nomad

  • When you’re living abroad as a digital nomad, your costs are as flexible.
  • Since becoming less tied to a physical workplace, 92% said they’re happier (vs. 6% no change and 2% slightly less happy). (https://www.upwork.com/blog/2014/02/what-is-digital-nomad)
  • Living costs can be less in other countries 

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Hi, my name is Christine Michaelis and with my program CHANGE I help people in the creative industry to start-up their own business. Having worked as an Account Manager and Strategic Consultant in Marketing and Advertising for over ten years now, I know what it feels like not being as motivated and happy in your job as you used to be and the urge to start something by yourself. And that is what I have done. I am a creative start-up Coach and certified NLP Practitioner. I strongly believe that if you love what you do, you are much happier in your life. With me, you will get clarity, discover values, analyse who your ideal client is, narrow down the steps involved in setting up your own business, grow your confidence and engage your audience. And if you fancy becoming your own marketing expert, my program RESULT will help you with that. My current clients include Photographers, Creatives, Account Manager and Landscape Architects. But there are much more creative professions out there. So, contact me to talk about how I can help you and a free consultation at hello@christinethecoach.com

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