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The idea of the digital nomad has been around for a while now- the idea first started floating around 20 years ago in the book written by Tsugio Makimoto aptly named ‘Digital Nomad’. Since then we have seen a massive explosion of innovation which allows us all to have a certain amount of freedom in the way we work. Many of us are able to do our jobs from where we have a good internet connection, a laptop and smartphone, and a power socket, so the reliance on an office is not something that is a complete necessity anymore.
Working remotely is not that new, most of us have at some point taken work home or checked in for a few hours over the weekend, but now there is a whole new point of not just working from home, but not even being in the same country as your company office. There are a whole swathe people who want to travel and see the world, but not take a hit on their money or career in the process. The idea of taking a 2-week holiday is not enough for them – they want to spend longer abroad than at home. This is not going unnoticed by businesses: according to one study 50% of businesses in the UK will adopting remote working practices by the end of 2017, and this is set to rise to a staggering 70% of businesses by the year 2020.
If you are one of the many people who want to work remote you’re in luck as there has never been a better time to make the jump. There is a whole digital nomad industry out there catering to people just like you, and it’s making the whole transition into remote working far easier than ever before.
Here are our suggestions on the best tools and companies out there that you can use on you digital nomad journey.
When you are on the road it’s easy to shut yourself off and work from your hotel or room but that’s a fast way to get isolated and it really defeats the purpose of being a digital nomad. That’s why it’s a good idea to find new spaces to work from.; these companies help with finding them:
Work Hard Anywhere
This app is really great if you enjoy working from coffee shops and cafes. It lists over 7000 great places to work from across the world, and they are all rated and recommended by fellow travellers. Another great feature of the app is that it allows you to connect with others and do some collaborations or just network.
If you like to have a dedicated space or you are working on a big project you might want to rent your own desk when you’re away. This app makes that really easy. You can book a workspace on-demand in over 70 different countries, so there’s no need to ever be stressed about having good wifi ever again!
One of the biggest problems is finding new work when you are on the road – particularly if you are a freelancer and not already tied into a long term contract. There are companies that make finding remote work easy:
They list hundreds of remote only jobs across many different sectors including development, project strategy, and marketing. The great thing about this site is that you can create job alerts, so you never have to miss any work opportunities!
Where RemoteBase differs to Working Nomads above is that it not only allows you to search for remote jobs but also remote companies. So if you are keen to join a company on a longer term but still want to work remotely, they can hook you up!
Check back tomorrow for our part 2 of our guide.