Feeling trapped in your current position? Disappointed with your employer’s definition of “flex hours”? Do you need to have the ability to work from home due to some type of personal situation? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you might be a digital nomad, waiting to emerge from your cocoon.
You’ll be glad to know that this new-ish career option is blossoming across the globe. And there are more opportunities in a variety of traditional areas than ever before.
What are digital nomads?
The older description for ‘digital nomads’ were based on the impressions that a certain portion of every generation are essentially what could be classed as working bums.
The first group of these tech-savvy nomads were lured to a lifestyle of low-cost existences in locations that promised a life with little effort— a life that encouraged yoga, healthy eating and minimal stress. The work was equally as low-paying and lacked adherence to time schedule.
Digital Nomads 2.0 are young professionals in a variety of fields that are frustrated with their current working conditions. They are entrepreneurs in spirit – even if they have no desire to start their own businesses. They like to travel, like sharing ideas and opportunities with others, want to contribute to the global community and more than anything else, know that their skills are worth more than one corporate entity is offering in a cubicle slot.
What do they need to work?
Say goodbye to that description! Today, the term means “location independent” career options done remotely using the vast wealth of technology. A laptop, good internet connections, Google Hangouts (or Skype) and a mobile phone with no international charges are the tools you need.
For the best experiences that don’t isolate you from the rest of the world, find a co-working space that provides the internet connection, desk, printer and at least a coffee machine. Sharing a brick-and-mortar work-space in another country, allows you to meet other expats and build relationships and networks across industries.
How do they make a living?
Many call the work that digital nomads undertake as portable professions. And, the type of work that is falling under this category is growing by the day, thanks to the advancements in the global reach of technology today.
An often-overlooked means of making a living or enhancing the regular pay cheque for digital nomads is investing in binary options. For the majority, this is an extra pay cheque while they are living abroad that allows them to enjoy different offerings in the host country.
Having begun as a means of reaching people in third world countries, Virtual Telemedicine is starting to take its place in leading nations to treat rural patients that would otherwise have to travel an hour or more to reach a doctor’s office.
Where it was once limited to specialists consulting with doctors on difficult cases, general practitioners in Canada, Germany, the U.S. and Australia are using telemedicine as their primary care clinics with a physician’s assistant or trained nurse doing the hands-on screening.
Freelance writers, novelists and editors were some of the first digital nomads to utilise virtual offices to make a respectable living and since then, this industry has expanded to include copy-writers and other marketing specialists.
So, the question remains, are you a digital nomad?
Ricky Willis is the original Skint Dad. A money-making enthusiast, father, and husband to Naomi. He is always looking for unique ways to earn a little extra.