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Imagine an office without walls but with a picturesque view that changes with your whims. It sounds like a dream to most yet others make it a reality. There’s a chance to regain your work and life balance. It takes some ingenuity and the will to put wishes in action, but it’s a definite reality for more people in the age of the internet. Could you become a digital nomad? It may be simpler and sound greater than you realize. Read about advantages and opportunities after adopting such a lifestyle.
The Age of WiFi
How many coffee shops, libraries, and open city areas have WiFi? If you’ve done your homework, you know that WiFi is pretty much everywhere, which means you can make any of these locations your office with a laptop computer or mobile device.
We live in the digital age and workers have many options, including working from a variety of places. Who wants to sit in a cubicle for eight hours per day when they could sit at the beach, a cafe, or at the park? As long as you’re getting your work done, why should you do it from a stuffy office?
Living the Dream
Some dream of living on a horse ranch, by the sea, or within a bustling city. Job opportunities, however, limit most people or stop them from following through with their passions. Digital nomads have the ability to actually live their dreams.
Even if it’s just for part of the year, digital nomads actually do the things others only speak about. Stop dreaming and start living the life you want. Do more research regarding the ability to work as a digital nomad in the United States and beyond.
Good employers offer competitive salaries and benefit packages. Employees understand that benefits should be factored in along with pay. It’s beneficial to adopt the same philosophy in regards to becoming a digital nomad. You may have to sacrifice some pay to be a freelancer and owe taxes at the end of the year but consider the lifestyle difference.
You could be sitting in a stuffy office making more money or you could make more of your own decisions, work from where you want, and have time to do more of the things you love. Can you really put a price on that?
Birds of a Feather
Some employers are still skeptical of letting workers put in remote time, preferring employees work in a building. Such sentiments are becoming old fashioned and do not make much money sense.
Why would you pay to operate a business when employees could do the same work from a remote location? You may find it refreshing to align your professional life with those who are aligned with a work and life balance. Sure, working from home or a cafe requires more self-discipline. You won’t have a boss or manager breathing over your shoulder throughout the day. However, good work is good work whether it’s performed in a cubicle or from the beach.
More Time in the Day
Traditionally, the work week is Monday through Friday and encompasses the hours of 8 am to 5 pm. That means leaving the house early, fighting traffic, getting to the office, fighting traffic on the way home, and having little time for friends and loved ones. Those who work remotely find more time in the day and moments to spend with friends and family.
It’s a shame that so many workers make money to support their family yet have little time left to enjoy friends and family. It means a lot to those who can see their children get home from school and can spend added time with them throughout the week. To some, it’s priceless.
Imagine if you could visit multiple cities, businesses, and personalities affiliated with your line of work. That would be some great experience to have under your professional belt.
Nomads have the benefit of going to different places and meeting more people versus those who are stuck in one job and the same location. You can’t put a price on experience and nomads have a lot more opportunity to broaden their horizons. Consider what you can learn and witness in one year being a digital nomad versus a person with a similar job that is stuck in the same office location each working day
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.