With the COVID-19 vaccine being rolled out in multiple destinations around the world, many people will long for a change of scenery and wonder when they can get back on the road, especially if they've been working remotely and from home all this time. The popularity of digital nomads continues to increase during this time.
There are numerous benefits of having a location independent life and being independent of having to work for one employer in one location. Here are some of the major benefits of the digital nomad life.
Choose your own office
As a digital nomad, you choose where you work, whether in a coffee shop, a co-working space or a bungalow with palm trees on a tropical beach. Numerous studies have shown that people feel happier with some variety in their work environment, instead of doing the same thing every day in the exact same space.
Choose your own hours
While it takes some discipline to set your own hours and stick to a routine, the way you structure your time is entirely up to you as a digital nomad. If you want to start the day with a swim and clock in with your work in the afternoon, because you think that's better biorhythm works, you can. If you want to sleep all day and work at night, no one will stop you.
No more commuting
Numerous studies have shown that for most employees, the daily commute is their number one most annoying thing. More than 50% of the people hate the daily commute and the number is even higher for people who work in the bigger cities. Of course, in 2021, many of us will have dropped the commute to work in exchange for staring at the walls of our own home. For digital nomads, that same walk to the laptop can take place anywhere and be appreciated.
No dress code
Some people like to wear suits; other people think of it as an adult school uniform. If digital nomad you can wear whatever you like, whenever you want, whether that's a winter coat with snowshoes, shorts with flip flops or a tailor-made three-piece suit from a Singaporean tailor.
Nothing stifles creativity anymore than doing the same thing day in, day out. As a digital nomad you work on something new for every contract, sometimes for completely new people, clients and often at a completely new location. Freelancing is the embodiment of the maxim that variety is the energy of life!
About 20% of people cite long working hours as the main cause of stress in their lives, and about 10% are stressed by office politics. Being a digital nomad means being your own boss, setting your own hours and spending time with the people you love to be around - or spending time alone whenever you want.
Being able to choose your own direction offers plenty of opportunities for this personal development. You learn to save yourself and to be comfortably dependent on your own company. You become more organized and have more confidence in your ability to take on any challenge. And you learn what really matters in life, without letting other people's ideas and prejudices (sometimes with the best of intentions) cloud your judgment.
Better business skills
Working as a freelancer is a boot camp in the skills required to run a business. You will learn to manage your time and financial affairs, find new customers, keep track of invoices and build a growing brand. Many start-up entrepreneurs made the leap to creating their own empire after learning the ropes as a freelance sole proprietor.
More time for free time
Most digital nomads consider having more free time to be one of the best benefits of freelance living, and being in an interesting place means maximum opportunities to do new and exciting things you've never done before. This balances time for fun and work and is a lifestyle that never has to end.
To see the world
Become a digital nomad and you have the opportunity to see more of the beautiful world. With the wireless lifestyle enabled by digital technology, you can almost sit and move your camp whenever you feel like a change of scenery. Work in one place all year round or move with the changing seasons? Spending a week on the beach and weekends in the mountains? The choice is really yours!
Are you interested in being a digital nomad?