I’ve been a digital nomad for 3 years and love it. Traveling, visiting new places, meeting new people, exchanging business ideas, and learning from each other can hardly be compared with anything else. Great co-working and co-living spaces, conferences, after parties…
However, this is just the bright side experienced by those having businesses of their own, savings or a stable source of income. Many digital nomads quit their 9-to-6 office jobs prior to securing a remote job or a source of income. I can understand them. When I quit my director job, I was so burnt out that I didn’t want to even think of securing a job. My plan was to travel to Italy and Spain during the summer, recharge, and eventually look for a job in September. Nothing worked as planned. Instead, I got admitted into Oxford, started Transformify and spent the last three years traveling around the world as a digital nomad while developing a business, speaking at conferences, and mentoring entrepreneurs.
Plans are plans, the reality is usually somewhat different. It is good to have savings for at least one year and figure out two sources of income, independent of each other, prior to quitting your office job.
There is a big difference between one time ‘’gigs’’ and remote jobs.
Gigs are good to fill in holes in your budget, but can hardly be enough to make a living and have a peace of mind if you are in a foreign country far from home. I’ve met people who couldn’t secure a gig for months, had spent all their savings, and had no cash to buy a return ticket to fly back home.
Remote jobs are more binding as they are long term and the expectations of the employers are different. A remote job maybe even permanent and there are fully remote companies like Automattic, TimeDoctor, and Transformify relying on remote contractors only. A remote job is a stable and predictable source of income, perks such as free flight tickets, discounts at co-working and co-living spaces, health insurance, etc. are also common. In most cases, you can work flexible hours, but there are some roles that require a strict schedule regardless of the time zone you are currently in. A business development executive will still have to attend conference calls with clients in the US during their business hours even though s/he is currently enjoying their time on Bali.
Supporting a digital nomad lifestyle is much easier if you have a long – term remote job, and to help you secure one, I have listed the Top 15 Remote Work Sites for Digital Nomads below:
Remote work is an upward trend, new remote jobs web sites emerge all the time, and you can always keep up-to-date by visiting digital nomad forums and blogs.