The working world is changing before our eyes. The everyday hustle of working in an office from 9-5 is becoming a thing of the past. While the change in work style has been in the works for years, the COVID-19 pandemic was a major catalyst for people to start living and working remotely.
As offices closed down and workers were sent home to their home offices, work began to get a new meaning for many people. All of a sudden, it was possible to work from anywhere in the world (well, when travel was possible!). Be it, salaried employee, freelancer, or digital nomad, the new reality hit: all you need is decent internet speed and you’re ready to get to work.
As the world has gone more and more digital, the concept of work as a digital nomad has become more popular than ever. Let’s take a look at what it means to move your working space online and travel the world while making money.
What does it mean to work remotely?
Working remotely means that you don’t go into an office every day to get your work done. When you work remotely it means that you may work in a home office, a coworking space, coffee shops, or anywhere you desire. As long as you have fast internet, working online is easy and you can enjoy the remote worker lifestyle.
Some people take working remotely to the extreme by becoming digital nomads. Remote workers who have a nomad life spend their time living and working from anywhere in the world that they desire. That’s the benefit of the digital revolution: we’re no longer tied down to our desks in corporate offices.
What are the benefits of remote work?
Freedom! When you work remotely, you have all of the freedom in the world to choose where you work (and in many cases, when you work!). This means that you can choose to travel or move to a place with a lower cost of living and therefore, essentially, make more money.
Today, as remote work becomes more popular, communities of digital nomads are popping up around the world. There are cities and locations that have become hot spots for remote workers, allowing nomads to make friends easily and work together at coffee shops or coworking spaces.
What type of jobs will let you work remotely?
The sky's the limit. Today, jobs that may have once only seemed like office jobs have changed perspectives (thanks, COVID) and have started going remote. In some cases, this may be full-time and in others, employers will let you work part-time from home (or wherever you want) and part-time in the office.
Of course, self-employment is one of the most popular remote work methods. Whether you’re a social media manager, a freelance writer, an artist, or a hobbyist looking to create your first business, you probably work from the comfort of your home office or wherever you desire around the globe.
How to get started working remotely
Do you want to work from home but have no idea how to get started? Here are our top tips:
- Figure out what you want to do. This may sound easy but it’s usually the hardest part! Do you want to work for a company from home or start your own business? Do you want to create a side hustle while working your full-time job? Do you want to turn a passion project into a full-time business? The easiest way to start figuring out what you want to do is to think about what you enjoy doing as well as your lifestyle. Do you like to travel? Do you want the chance to work anywhere in the world? Do you enjoy spending time online and on social media? What are you good at? Take some time to sit with yourself and answer these questions to figure out what you want to do.
- Start looking for work. Social media networks are a good place to start. Whether you’re looking for a salaried job or your first freelance gigs, start reaching out to relevant contacts and job listings to land your first gig.
- Set up your working space. This could be a home office or any other space that feels comfortable for you. Keep in mind that if you’re looking for long-term work-from-home options, you’ll want to feel great wherever you’re working. Add some plants, lights, decorations, and anything else that makes you happy and ready to get to work.
- Start working! Remote work takes some time to get used to, especially if you’re traveling or working from a new place. But don’t worry, over time you’ll start realizing the positive aspects of being able to work from anywhere you want. It’s awesome!
Is remote work here to stay?
Good question. The world has moved heavily online since 2020 and it seems like this trend is here to stay for a long time. While companies have started heading back into their offices, the focus on flexibility and the ability to work from home hasn’t been forgotten. Not only that, side hustles and becoming self-employed are becoming popular options for those that want even more flexibility when it comes to the way they make money.
If you’re interested in living the digital nomad lifestyle and starting to live and work remotely, now’s the time to get started.