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Friday May 26, 2017
Comparing your work or abilities to someone else’s can be an unproductive and self-destructive activity. Yet we compare ourselves all the time.
Thursday May 25, 2017
Everybody wants the option of work from home. If you offer it, you become the cool employer that people are very hesitant to leave.
Bottom line: Robots do replace workers. On the other hand, some industries that don’t automate end up losing workers anyway, because their costs are too high and their customers go elsewhere. For workers, robots are only part of the problem.
Wednesday May 24, 2017
My wife and I have a 5 month old daughter and want to spend a few months in a different country (we are currently in the USA). The less expensive the better, but we are also prioritizing safety and child friendly atmosphere. What are your recommendations and experiences in different locations around the world?
Who is winning the race for jobs between robots and humans? Last year, two leading economists described a future in which humans come out ahead. But now they’ve declared a different winner: the robots.
Tuesday May 23, 2017
I think I am in the perfect age to try new things and look for better opportunities, but I am also really scared, what if I am not good enough? Or not experienced enough? Mind sharing your experience? Or maybe just where can I start looking for a remote job?
What kind of volunteering has helped you grow the most? What kind of volunteering do you find the most fulfillment from?
Monday May 22, 2017
It seems less and less like these people are “digital nomads” every day. The only thing “digital” about them is the junk they hock on the internet. And they are only nomads in the loosest sense of the term. They’re closer to early settlers than to wandering Bedouin — they seem to have come to point and laugh at everything here, to suck this country dry of its culture.
I’m curious about the details of the usual working day for different professions/positions (not necessary technical).
Thursday May 18, 2017
You have a big career decision to make. Maybe you’ve been offered an exciting new opportunity — on the other side of the country. Or maybe you’ve been unhappy in your job and need a change — but haven’t been able to find inspiring alternatives.
Wednesday May 17, 2017
Many liberals have embraced the sharing economy. But can they survive it?
Acting on fears that terrorists can build bombs into laptops, Homeland Security has decided to expand the ban it imposed on Middle Eastern flights. Computers will now be checked as baggage.
Tuesday May 16, 2017
For two weeks, Breakit’s reporter Erik Wisterberg has secretly infiltrated the much-hyped food delivery services Foodora and Uber Eats. We can now reveal the truth behind the life as a bike courier – and the actual numbers behind it.
Like any job opportunity, there are certain skills and requirements needed. Do you qualify?
Monday May 15, 2017
More programmers are working from home than ever and, among the most experienced, some are even beginning to demand it.
If you’re a normal person who’s tired of getting one raise a year (if that), tired of sitting under-utilized at your cubicle, tired of sitting over-utilized at your cubicle, tired of being tired, normal isn’t going to save you.
Friday May 12, 2017
This is what I wish: that my daughters don’t go to school.
Thursday May 11, 2017
We think of jet lag as a sleep disorder. But it’s really a disorder of your body clock, or circadian rhythm, which controls when you experience energy peaks, when your energy dips, when you feel sleepy, and a million other little highs and lows that impact how you move through your day.
If someone tells you that you can build a “six-figure business” with minimal investment, they are lying to you. (Bubble burster: After taxes and expenses and reinvesting some into growth, you’ll make about $40,000 a year from a six-figure business revenue.) Building a business that successful IS possible. I’ve done it.
But what actually happens is a bit more complicated.
Tuesday May 9, 2017
How much of your time at work do you spend not working? Let’s include meetings/email as job related.
With a staff of 450 spread over 45 countries, Automattic is often regarded as one of the largest and most successful examples of a fully distributed workforce.
Monday May 8, 2017
Here is cofounder Dave Nevogt on how Hubstaff is eating its own dogfood and building its remote team.
American builder, entrepreneur and recovering architect Ross Lukeman of Alternative Homes Today is one of these new digital nomads, who lives, works and travels in a minimalist cargo van he converted himself.
We believe gear is not important for a digital nomad, remote worker or traveller. Your resourcefulness and mindset is primary. However, as gear is a frequent topic of enquiry we have put together this guide.
In this guide, we look at:
- Minimalist Travel
- How to Travel like a Minimalist
- Packing Tips
- Travel Baggage: Checked and Carry-on Baggage
Friday May 5, 2017
I get asked how to start freelancing and get clients more than any other question, so I’m going to give away all of the techniques and secrets and gotchas I’ve learned as a freelancer and as a manager/customer hiring freelancers.
Stop hunching over your laptop. The Roost is an ultra-portable, lightweight and compact laptop stand that transforms your laptop into an ergonomic desktop workstation.
For air travel is far from a free market.
Thursday May 4, 2017
The data show that telecommuting has grown faster than any other way of getting to work—up 159% since 2000.
For the first time in my life, I love doing something that other people find nerve-racking and off-limits. People tell me I’m brave; never in a million years did I think I’d be associated with that word. Truth is, traveling by yourself doesn’t have to feel intimidating or lame; I attest that it can actually be really fucking fun, healthy, and rewarding in a million lovely, unexpected ways.
Wednesday May 3, 2017
Obviously living this way involves an element of dishonesty at the border when travelling on a tourist visa, and I’m sure most have heard horror stories of being grilled at the UK, US or similar borders, but I’m curious what your worst border experience has been so far?
They can be noisy but co-working spaces also offer an environment where professionals can wait out the volatility of the job market.
Tuesday May 2, 2017
In which countries is it legal, to any extent, to work on a tourist visa?
We’ve given up a lot for a life of working and living on the road—but we wouldn’t want it any other way.
Our society rewards social behaviour while ignoring the positive effects of time spent alone.
Monday May 1, 2017
Minimalism is just another form of conspicuous consumption, a way of saying to the world: ‘Look at me! Look at all of the things I have refused to buy!’
I was asked today on Twitter about how to find work as a digital nomad. I replied Be flexible. Line up work in advance. Get banking set up. Don’t plan to work 40 hrs/week. Travel light (28L backpack). Go. My comments are too long for a Twitter reply and may be interesting to people who don’t follow me on Twitter, so here goes.
Cheapskate travelers will find no shortage of tips on how to travel on a budget: the best time of year to book flights, how to rent out your home, arcane websites that promise half-off on flights that only board for three hours on the morning of the winter solstice, and so forth. But the ultimate cheap travel move? Don’t pay. For anything.
Friday Apr 28, 2017
Here’s why Europe flight prices have cratered—and why, if you haven’t started making your summertime travel plans, now is the time.
At 80,000 Hours, we’ve found that there are a number of evidence-backed steps that anyone can take to become more productive and successful in their career, and life in general.
My name is Justin Cooke, I am the co-founder of Empire Flippers where we help others buy, sell, and invest in online businesses.
Thursday Apr 27, 2017
Ever get the feeling you’re paid to look busy? You’re not alone.
Working from home has its benefits, with research showing that it generally increases happiness and productivity. But a new study also shows that you ought to be careful before making the break with your office.
Wednesday Apr 26, 2017
While they may be checking out your outfit to see whether you’re worthy of an upgrade, or scoping out your luggage to see whether you’re trying to smuggle on a too-big carry-on, first and foremost flight attendants are trained to keep passengers safe, and will make certain snap-judgments to ensure that safety.
I learned that if you earn US dollars (USD) or another strong currency and live in a Low Cost of Living Country, you’ll probably sooner or later find yourself whizzing away on a Hyperloop ride to Financial Freedom.
Tuesday Apr 25, 2017
Sorry to be the wet blanket, but I actually don’t think it is necessarily a no-brainer as others have said. If you do it, do it with purpose. Traveling will not fix your problems. It won’t help you progress your career. It won’t even necessarily expand your mind or help you learn new things.
Like the best marketing terms, “vanlife” is both highly specific and expansive. It’s a one-word life-style signifier that has come to evoke a number of contemporary trends: a renewed interest in the American road trip, a culture of hippie-inflected outdoorsiness, and a life free from the tyranny of a nine-to-five office job.
Monday Apr 24, 2017
Digital Nomad (back in the day we were Tech Gypsies) seems to have become synonymous with MLM/Amway type operations with everyone trying to build their “network” and such things. Do you feel the term has more of a negative association than the simple idea of working remotely from various places in the world with a focus more on life enjoyment than working in an office?
“I haven’t been employed since 1988. I’m still trying to recover from the trauma. Sometimes I wake up and think: ‘Oh my God, I don’t have a job’,” he says. “My life is a vocation; I can’t imagine doing anything else. I have the freedom to explore whatever idea I want, take really random gigs and projects which change my life in some way.”
Friday Apr 21, 2017
How do you deal with learning the language – or, if you spend a significant amount of time somewhere and then leave, how do you deal with LOSING the language?
Most of us are constantly looking for the Perfect System:
- The perfect morning routine
- The perfect system for dealing with email
- The perfect system for productivity, to end procrastination
- The perfect system for finances or building wealth
- The perfect system for learning anything
- The perfect system for being mindful, getting fit, losing weight, decluttering, building new habits, being a parent, building a new career, and on and on.
Thursday Apr 20, 2017
Watch the rise of human cities, beginning with [arguably] the world’s first city in 3700 BC and continuing up to the present.
The promises Silicon Valley makes about the gig economy can sound appealing. Its digital technology lets workers become entrepreneurs, we are told, freed from the drudgery of 9-to-5 jobs.
Wednesday Apr 19, 2017
Remote interviews are especially daunting, since you’re trying to connect with the interviewers while dealing with the ins and outs of cameras, background noises, and potential internet troubles. These tips will help ensure you’re able to put your best foot forward, even from hundreds (or thousands) of miles away.
Anyone involuntarily bumped must be compensated, per Department of Transportation regulations.
Tuesday Apr 18, 2017
It seems nearly impossible to work remotely if one isn’t a programmer. I have a degree in finance and I have experience writing, but I haven’t had any response to the applications I’ve submitted.
Earlier this year I made the conscious decision to remove all Internet service from my home. It ended up being the best productivity decision I’ve ever made.
Monday Apr 17, 2017
We recently had the pleasure of talking to long-time digital nomad and entrepreneur Eli David. There’s a lot to get through but it’s worth persevering because Eli is both extremely insightful and very funny.
Research that my colleagues and I have conducted shows that the problem with interviews is worse than irrelevance: They can be harmful, undercutting the impact of other, more valuable information about interviewees.
Friday Apr 14, 2017
It’s a weird feeling. On the one hand, I miss the comforts of being home - the old friends, being close to family, etc. On the other hand, when I’m at home, I feel that I’ve somehow outgrown it, and the thought of “settling down and living a normal life” scares the crap out of me.
In his research, Ericsson argued that for someone to become an expert in their field, they need at least 10,000 hours of practice. In other words, before you quit your job or make your next career transition, take your time building the skills you’ll need to do that job well.
Thursday Apr 13, 2017
From the difficulty of building relationships to giving up the comforts of home, these are the questions to ask before you pack your bags.
Aggregators like Expedia have made us lazy — and we may be missing out on the best deals.
Wednesday Apr 12, 2017
I want to build a side project. Especially, one that makes money. Even if it brings in $100, I feel that it will provide more satisfaction than my current job. Where should I start?
There are lots of things to recommend the freelance lifestyle. But matching retirement contributions and a regular pay cheque aren’t among them. Here’s how to be the boss of your own money.
Tuesday Apr 11, 2017
“Remote work has gone mainstream,” said Stephane Kasriel, Upwork’s chief executive.” On-site work between the hours of 9 and 5 “is a remnant of the industrial era.”
We are entering the age of no retirement. The journey into that chilling reality is not a long one: the first generation who will experience it are now in their 40s and 50s.
Monday Apr 10, 2017
Where in the world would you go if you:
- Were earning $1,800 a month after taxes paid in your country which is Spain.
- Wanted to save about $300 monthly from that income but still live in a comfortable way and enjoy your hard earned bucks.
The golden goose isn’t your ticket or bag fee—it’s the credit card you use to collect frequent flier miles.
Friday Apr 7, 2017
Popular ideas about the working class are woefully out of date. Here are nine people who tell a truer story of what the American work force does today — and will do tomorrow.
“There’s nothing in the world so demoralizing as money,” a character proclaims gloomily in Antigone, but maybe he didn’t know how to use his cash. If we spend it right, research suggests, money can, in fact, buy happiness.
Thursday Apr 6, 2017
We have lived the benefits of a remote model: Our two-decade commitment to individual freedom and accountability has helped us turn our “remoteness,” which some might imagine would be a disadvantage, into a critical lever of our success.
Starting a new job where its a 9am start time, looking for tips for how to become a “morning person.” I’m naturally more nocturnal but in this case its going to help me if I can shift to being a so called “morning person.” Have you had to do this yourself before?
Wednesday Apr 5, 2017
I’m no longer living abroad but still read the nomad and lifestyle business blogs and listen to the podcasts. I’m finding them decreasingly depressing as they remind me of what I’m missing, instead of being aspirational/motivational like they once were.
When you examine the lives of history’s most creative figures, you are immediately confronted with a paradox: They organize their lives around their work, but not their days.
Tuesday Apr 4, 2017
People who have never worked from home or are easily distracted have an image in their head that we are lazy, socially awkward, and unhappy. Since you don’t have the same level of accountability and intimacy with your team, you are perceived as being disconnected and less valuable. In fact, the opposite is true.
Hey Brad! So sorry about that, looks like my dog sent you an email ha-ha! It’s “Take Your Dog to Work Day” here and I had your résumé open and I was getting ready to view it but then my colleague said something hilarious so I had to get up and go high-five him and then Edward jumped on my desk to get the sandwich I had on it and he must have clicked on your email link at the top of your résumé somehow and stomped on some keys and hit send!
Tell you what, since my dog clearly likes you, come in for an interview. How’s tomorrow look?
Monday Apr 3, 2017
There are different ways to think ahead and prepare to make nomadism a reality in your life, but in my humble opinion the best start is simply to ask the mirror: “what is my talent, and how can I make this talent mobile within the digital world?”
I’m happy because when I look in the mirror, I don’t compare myself to anyone. Not anymore. I don’t compare the way I look, the way I feel, the work that I do. I don’t compare my level of happiness. I don’t compare my achievements.
Friday Mar 31, 2017
When you’re fresh out of college and land your first professional job the first thing that crosses your mind is probably relief. The second is likely if your new salary will be enough to cover your bills. But the salary amount is usually where a lot of first-time professionals stop paying attention to their compensation package.
Many people aren’t from one place and are in constant motion. So why must we choose one nationality from a drop-down menu?
Thursday Mar 30, 2017
Finding work, making the right schedule, etc. What do you guys think?
Word-for-word scripts to avoid making one of the most expensive interview mistakes.
Wednesday Mar 29, 2017
Being self-employed has a multifaceted relationship with wellbeing. When we look at global averages, we see that self-employment is generally associated with lower levels of happiness as compared to being a full-time employee. But follow-up analyses indicate that this very much depends on the region of the world that is being considered as well as which measure of subjective wellbeing is under consideration.
It’s now been almost exactly a year since my last real job ended and I started working for myself while traveling.
Tuesday Mar 28, 2017
Do you know why most digital nomads fail? Most people pick something like, ‘they can’t get their careers off the ground’ or that ‘they chose the wrong enterprise’. Others will say it’s because they run out of money, or that they didn’t budget well. And yes, these can all be the straws that break the aspiring nomad’s back. The thing is, often these are only symptoms of a much bigger underlying problem.
Even as remote work becomes normal, IBM isn’t alone in placing an emphasis on working together in person. Yahoo made headlines in 2013 when Marissa Mayer made an abrupt decision to end Yahoo’s remote work policy, and companies like Reddit and Best Buy have, like Yahoo, formally co-located their teams within the last several years.
Monday Mar 27, 2017
If capitalism is supposed to value work, why has it led much of the workforce into the age of seemingly meaningless tasks, titles and functions?
The World Happiness Report measures “subjective well-being” - how happy the people are, and why. Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Finland round out the top five, while the Central African Republic came last.
Friday Mar 24, 2017
I was wondering if anyone could recommend some places they have lived in as nomads, as lone women and felt comfortable and relatively safe?
At the root of this is the American obsession with self-reliance, which makes it more acceptable to applaud an individual for working himself to death than to argue that an individual working himself to death is evidence of a flawed economic system.
Thursday Mar 23, 2017
The reason we don’t all walk around in a state of perpetual jet lag, waking and sleeping at random, is that our circadian rhythm evolved to be tied to the solar day. In other words, our internal clock is easily influenced and kept in check by the daylight cycle.
As part of our study, we gave 2,000 U.S. workers, ranging in age from 18 to 81, a list of 17 benefits and asked them how heavily they would weigh the options when deciding between a high-paying job and a lower-paying job with more perks.
Wednesday Mar 22, 2017
“Nomad workshops, nomad conferences, nomad gear, nomad retreat, people giving talks to gullible people to build a following they can sell shit to.” This is how the online communities are reacting to the digital nomads in Chiang Mai.
“The pursuit of an easier life resulted in much hardship, and not for the last time. It happens to us today. How many young college graduates have taken demanding jobs in high-powered firms, vowing that they will work hard to earn money that will enable them to retire and pursue their real interests when they are thirty-five? But by the time they reach that age, they have large mortgages, children to school, houses in the suburbs that necessitate at least two cars per family, and a sense that life is not worth living without really good wine and expensive holidays abroad. What are they supposed to do, go back to digging up roots? No, they double their efforts and keep slaving away.”
Tuesday Mar 21, 2017
Our brains have an incredible capacity to forge tangible results out of a mindset. When we build a habit in a particular way of thought, we begin to train our brain to see the world through that lens. In this instance, if you’re looking for ways to be lucky, you’re strengthening the neurons that refine your awareness in the relevant domains.
“Above all, this book will teach you how to become an expert in remote work. It will provide an overview of the tools an techniques that will help you get the most out of it, as well as the pitfalls and constraints that can bring you down. (Nothing is without trade-offs.)”
Monday Mar 20, 2017
So we pose the question: even if you’re willing to accept less pay for location independence, should you do so? Here we examine both sides of this ongoing debate.
The oldest written language in the world didn’t have an alphabet. When written language began, it wasn’t used to ‘sound out’ words the way many writing systems do today; instead, each symbol represented a word (or occasionally part of a word).
Friday Mar 17, 2017
Communicate much more than you normally communicate in person. Remote workers have a tendency to be out of sight out of mind. Maintain a presence in Slack, keep people up to date on what you’re working on, and build and keep good relationships between yourself and your coworkers.
“Physical strength is the most important thing in life. This is true whether we want it to be or not. As humanity has developed throughout history, physical strength has become less critical to our daily existence, but no less important to our lives. Our strength, more than any other thing we possess, still determines the quality and the quantity of our time here in these bodies.”
Thursday Mar 16, 2017
Hom is a digital nomad, someone who works abroad, moving around frequently. As part of the Remote Year program Hom packed up her Brooklyn apartment and is now spending four months at a time in Europe, Southeast Asia, and South America as she continues to field a full client load and maintain her collection of side projects. We asked the 25-year-old illustrator and letterer how side projects are the gateway to creative freedom and whether working while traveling is totally overrated.
A basic income could defeat the scarcity mindset, instil a sense of solidarity and even ease the anxieties that gave us Brexit and Trump.
Wednesday Mar 15, 2017
This post is my ultimate guide to working from home. It includes details on everything, from what you’ll need to get started to a long list of tips and tricks to do the best remote job possible.
Over 50 years since its creation, the cubicle is often dismissed as a symbol of corporate culture’s clash with worker happiness. Oddly enough, its “invention” was largely by accident.
Tuesday Mar 14, 2017
I believe that the gig economy, at least as currently conceived, is a transitional phenomenon that will evolve into something much more enduring, but quite different from the current model.
More than one-third of U.S. libraries offer space for mobile workers and dedicated coworking spaces. Those coworking at a library often have access to large work tables, wireless printing, meeting rooms for collaboration, and access to business and research resources most individuals can’t afford including demographics and other market research and statistics, legal databases and professional journals.
Monday Mar 13, 2017
There are so many posts about what an employer should look for in a remote worker, but it goes both ways. A remote employee is selecting the company they work for just as much as a company selects their team. Here are a few things I look for in a remote employer. I use this list to ensure I only work with amazing clients.
Your child wants to be a pilot, barber, or carpenter — “This is an awful start, Timmy. Cold, lifeless machines will do all of these jobs by 2030. Also, please stop picking occupations that were rejected as too generic for the Village People.”
Friday Mar 10, 2017
How to be perfectly unhappy.
Why is there such a difference in price? Anyone had experience with Allianz (medical claims, lost baggage, etc)?
Thursday Mar 9, 2017
Coping strategies from some of the world’s most frequent travelers.
Working set hours is typically the norm for full-time professionals, so I wondered where this 40-hour work schedule came from and if there’s any scientific backing as to why we’ve been working this way for almost a century.
Wednesday Mar 8, 2017
The real question I want to pose in this piece is when will Pokhara become a competitor to Chiang Mai for the digital nomad crowd?
Historian Yuval Noah Harari makes a bracing prediction: just as mass industrialization created the working class, the AI revolution will create a new unworking class.
Tuesday Mar 7, 2017
Visa-free travel, tax avoidance, and international reputation are key.
The work-anywhere, travel-the-world fringe lifestyle is going mainstream–and these apps, services, and events are here to help.
Monday Mar 6, 2017
My company operated with over 50 remote full time employees and a number of remote contractors, working across countries, continents and time-zones, with no physical shared space. Ever.
Very self-indulgent post but I was wondering if anyone has got any advice on getting back into life as a an average nobody living the rest of their life like a schnook.
Thursday Mar 2, 2017
Is it sustainable a nomadic life by doing this job? By writing this I mean traveling from city to city slowly, the ideal would be every 5⁄6 months.
As automation reduces the need for human labor, some Silicon Valley executives think a universal income will be the answer — and the beta test is happening in Kenya.
Wednesday Mar 1, 2017
They are on the fence about this so id like to hear how you all would go about convincing a potential employer to be comfortable with this.
I am contemplating on full time freelancing as an alternative to a regular developer job. The unstable income is the main barrier that is stopping me at the moment. Would be very grateful to hear from experienced freelancers.
Tuesday Feb 28, 2017
Employees who’ve tried to negotiate a remote work arrangement often ask to spend one day working from home. But new data from a big workplace study suggests they might be better off asking for three or four.
My name is Zack, I’ve been a digital nomad since October 2015 and it was the best lifestyle change I’ve ever made.
Monday Feb 27, 2017
But here’s the thing: In historical terms, the pride we take in working for a paycheck is really new. Just 150 years ago, when people talked about the shame of dependency, they were referring to the reality of being forced to hold a job.
Those seat-back screens that have long been part of in-flight entertainment systems are preparing to depart from many airplanes, experts say, and will gradually be replaced by content streamed to passengers’ electronic devices through improved wireless service.
Friday Feb 24, 2017
What if the ideal office isn’t the coolest or the most aesthetically visionary? What if the ideal office is the one, dog pictures and gnomes and all, that workers make their own?
So if you want to work remotely, you need a plan. A plan that will help you showcase to hiring managers that you’re not only the best candidate for the job, you’re also cut out for working productively on your own. Here’s that game plan.
If all of your self-esteem eggs are in one basket, you’ll become very obsessive about the state of that basket. As your identity is tied up in one job and one career, you compare yourself more easily to all the other professionals are also specializing in that single line of work.
Thursday Feb 23, 2017
What follows is a selection of experiences from this growing group of permatemps: an Italian oncologist who spent almost as much time trying to find her next three-month contract as she did helping cancer patients; a French human-resources expert grappling with the psychological toll of temporary work; and, among others, a German tourism specialist who gave up his passion for a stable job in an unrelated field.
Below are my reflections as a CEO on what we did, why we did it, and what actually happened. As a small development agency, we were able to implemented remote work after a quick discussion — basically an experiment after an implied hypothesis of how we thought people wanted to work. What we underestimated was the effort that the entire company would have to make remote work work.
Why are we so afraid of getting in an airplane when, statistically, flying is so safe? A mathematical explanation.
Tuesday Feb 21, 2017
The despair from comparing ourselves with others is the original fake news. We need to develop a new relationship with our thoughts.
Gut-wrenching. That is the best way to describe a voluntary decision to leave a perfectly good job to pursue something new. I’ve had to go through the painful process of changing jobs many times. It’s not easy, but getting to the point of conviction that it is the right thing to do isn’t impossible either.
I want to get into web dev because as far as I can tell nearly all remote jobs are web dev jobs and it seems pretty easy to learn.
Monday Feb 20, 2017
I’m a DN (freelancer web designer) for 6 months now. As always when I reach a big goal it didn’t take me long after becoming a DN to think “Ok, great. But what now? What’s next?”
America’s airports feel like bus stations because, broadly speaking, they are funded like bus stations.
Friday Feb 17, 2017
Two weeks ago I landed in Spain and I’ve set up shop here for the next month or so as I plan on which cities to live in next. Even though traveling and being financially independent has been a huge goal of mine, I can’t say I’m happy.
WIRED has assembled the following advice from legal and security experts to preserve your digital privacy while crossing American borders.
Thursday Feb 16, 2017
Lately, personality psychologists have taken a more moderate view: If personality traits do change, they change slowly, and the overall difference over time tends to be modest.
There is a brewing possibility that I might come across a remote position. I wanted to take this opportunity and travel a few places around the globe. I am planning to start for a few months in my home country and then make the move. But I am not sure how the taxes and other financials work if I am moving around different countries every 2-3 months(or whatever time is ideal).
Tuesday Feb 14, 2017
What are some of the things you ‘surround’ yourself to keep going even after repeated failures. Failing can be related to any task in life - startup/job/relationships. What are some of things which inspire you and help you pull yourself back to chug along the track again.
911 OPERATOR: 911—what’s your emergency?
ROBERT: Hi, I … uh … I work from home.
Monday Feb 13, 2017
Think of your week like your suitcase. You can cram it full, rolling up everything and stuffing underwear into socks and using all sorts of organizational gadgets to keep it under control.
Or you can bring less stuff.
Free advice. Paid advice. There’s so much advice out there on the internet that you’d be hard pushed to make a sensible decision on who is full of “incredible action points” and who is full of crap. So let’s bottom this out shall we?
Friday Feb 10, 2017
“The easiest way to increase happiness is to control your use of time. Can you find more time to do the things you enjoy doing?”
Guided by a lusty appetite for indigenous culture and cuisine, the swaggering chef has become a travelling statesman.
My overwhelming schedule left me exhausted and empty. Here’s how I fought back.
Thursday Feb 9, 2017
So this year, I decided to give up on making resolutions altogether. Instead, I devised my own system to help me lead a life that’s in keeping with my values. I call it my Intentionality Dashboard.
How to start a career as a generalist?
Wednesday Feb 8, 2017
To not to have entirely wasted one’s life seems to be a worthy accomplishment, if only for myself.
“If you want to love what you do, abandon the passion mindset (“what can the world offer me?“) and instead adopt the craftsman mindset (“what can I offer the world?“).”
What are good skills to have/careers for a digital nomad that doesn’t know code?
Tuesday Feb 7, 2017
I spent the majority of last year on the road. When I came home for the holidays I found myself with ZERO desire to travel again…it’s been about 2-3 months now and I still don’t even want to look @ airfare deals which is TOTALLY unlike me. I don’t feel like I’m done with the DN life, but maybe the DN life is done with me? What got you back out on the road after (apparent?) burn out?
Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork and co-chair of the Global Future Council on Education, Gender and Work, says entrepreneurs and freelancers represent the future of the workplace, as traditional office jobs become less and less relevant.
Monday Feb 6, 2017
If you are looking at your employees through the lens of “I can’t give these people freedom and autonomy to do work in the best way they see fit:” You should consider finding different people for your organization instead of pursuing an authoritarian regime.
I guess I’m interested to hear from those who were in the same boat that I am in right now, how did you escape your job? At what point in your career? And what are the risks and obstacles you have faced during your journey?
Friday Feb 3, 2017
With apps taking over our lives, there’s a movement afoot as people yearn for simpler, technology-free times.
Your ambitions to improve your life do not need to be confined by your personality.
I know that web developer is no.1 when it comes to living as a digital nomad, it is almost the only one I keep hearing about. So my question is, within the IT-professions what are the most lucrative digital nomad jobs?
Thursday Feb 2, 2017
Today I despise the term ‘digital nomad’ because it affirms a view that the world is closed, fragmented, divided by borders. It accepts conventional lines drawn by wars and politicians rather than pushing these boundaries to be more inclusive and open.
Jobs in which you don’t have to show up at an office have a large number of terms that are applied to them. The terms have shifted and will continue to change for a few reasons.
In a world where these labor cycles are accelerating, the question is: What skills do we teach the next generation so they can keep pace?
Wednesday Feb 1, 2017
What sort of side-projects are useful for getting jobs?
Living a ‘purer’ life isn’t about turning off your smartphone.
Assuming that as a digital nomad, you’re aware that you are not required to move into a tourist area and live next door to other digital nomads and that there is, in fact, a huge world of places where you can live and still access food and coffee — then there’s no reason at all that you can’t work in a coffee shop.
“I created this book, my ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools, for myself. It’s changed my life, and I hope the same for you.”
Tuesday Jan 31, 2017
What supertravelers want from the travel industry.
Some people—even those who are strong and healthy—are totally convinced that disease is just around the corner… Now, a new study published in the journal BMJ Open shows that this type of worry, ironically, is linked to a 70% higher risk of heart disease.
What should I learn to stay employable and help fulfill my dream of being able to work remotely?
Monday Jan 30, 2017
Giving money to everyone for doing nothing? That sounds both incredibly expensive and a great way to encourage people to do nothing. Well, it may sound counter-intuitive, but the exact opposite is true on both accounts.
But here’s the truth: Most of the time, travel isn’t Instagrammable. It’s messy, frustrating and, sometimes, downright hard. Those moments might not be pretty, but they do help us grow, and that’s what makes travel so valuable.
What is the best skill to learn to get a remote job?
Wednesday Jan 25, 2017
Paying everyone a small amount each month no matter what could make a big difference for freelancers and entrepreneurs.
People aren’t just searching more for remote work. They actually prefer it. Give folks an option, and I’m willing to bet that 9 out of 10 will choose to work from home or wherever else they want.
“People don’t quit bad jobs, they quit bad bosses,” according to an old saw. Our research suggests there’s truth behind this saying: bosses matter far more for employee job satisfaction than any other factor we measured.
Tuesday Jan 24, 2017
“Our study found cells age faster with a sedentary lifestyle. Chronological age doesn’t always match biological age,” said Aladdin Shadyab, PhD, lead author of the study with the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine.
You must reframe the situation as quick as possible. Don’t think, ‘shit, why me, what happened, am I not good enough?’ Such thoughts bring you a vicious cycle. You must treat this situation as the best thing ever happened, you must be happy about it.
Technology is commanding our attention in infinite, insurmountable loops. A country trip off-grid helped me escape.
Monday Jan 23, 2017
I’m a digital nomad who’s achieved the 4-Hour Workweek. I’ve lived across Thailand for the last two years. And in this post I’ll share: How to become a digital nomad, Advice on freelancing, How to excel as a freelancer, How to make websites without coding, and much, more more.
Luck has a lot to do with success. We just don’t want to admit it.
Studies show people who work less are more likely to get a raise or bonus than those who overwork.
“What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan.”
Friday Jan 20, 2017
Many financial advisers recommend that workers aim to save between 10 and 15 percent of their pay. But other experts say millennials should save much more, up to nearly a quarter of their income, to avoid running out of money in old age if stock market returns fall.
By using and developing your emotional intelligence, you can put a stop to burnout—for you, and for others.
“The travel book was a bore. A bore wrote it and bores read it. It annoyed me that a traveller hid his or her moments or desperation or fear or lust. Or the time he or she screamed at the taxi driver, or mocked the folk dancers. And what did they eat, what books did they read to kill time, and what were the toilets like? I had done enough traveling to know that half of travel was delay or nuisance – buses breaking down, hotel clerks being rude, market peddlers being rapacious. The truth of travel was interesting and off-key, and few people ever wrote about it.”
It can seem like our lives are filled with busyness, noise, distractions, and often meaningless activities. What if we could filter out all that noise, and focus on the meaningful?
Thursday Jan 19, 2017
Norwegian is hoping to break a decades-long pattern and make a success of cheap transcontinental flights.
Thanks to Wi-Fi and laptops, work is bleeding out across your entire home.
What are some things that I can do to make travelling easier, and perhaps save some money in the process?
Wednesday Jan 18, 2017
Two-thirds of Americans believe robots will soon perform most of the work done by humans but 80% also believe their jobs will be unaffected. Time to think again.
“I’ve been traveling since April. I have no deadline,” says FJ, a iOS Engineer and a member of the Mokriya team. Originally from France, FJ is now on the road permanently, bouncing from continent to continent, all while holding down a steady job.
Work asynchronously, keep a single source of truth, avoid management overhead and communicate.
Tuesday Jan 17, 2017
Here’s a New Year’s challenge for the mind: Make this the year that you quiet all those negative thoughts swirling around your brain.
After sending out hundreds of copies of my résumé to dozens of companies over the last year, I realized that I was getting nowhere because my approach was wrong.
So this is the post I wish I’d read myself back when I decided to work remotely. If you don’t want to read the whole thing, I can even summarize it for you, right here: different people like different kinds of work environments; “working remotely” doesn’t have to mean “working from home”; and if you’re going to work remotely, you should find the work environment that’s the right fit for you.
Monday Jan 16, 2017
Digital nomads, how do you handle health insurance?
Some companies strive to make the office fun, so we’ll work harder. But forced positivity has a negative side.
The Diderot Effect states that obtaining a new possession often creates a spiral of consumption which leads you to acquire more new things. As a result, we end up buying things that our previous selves never needed to feel happy or fulfilled.
Friday Jan 13, 2017
“Yes, keep on degrading yourself, soul. But soon your chance at dignity will be gone. Everyone gets one life. Yours is almost used up, and instead of treating yourself with respect, you have entrusted your own happiness to the souls of others.”
Edward Burtynsky photographs changing landscapes—each one an imprint of human ambition.
Think you’d hand in your notice if you suddenly struck it rich? You’d be surprised.
We jumped at the chance to interview the man who’s inspired us all, about what tactics, habits and routines pay off when you’re away from home and office.
Thursday Jan 12, 2017
Social isolation is a growing epidemic, one that’s increasingly recognized as having dire physical, mental and emotional consequences.
Digital nomad as a flight attendant?
Wednesday Jan 11, 2017
But at some level I feel like I haven’t actually been “living” anywhere and instead have just been on an extended workcation.
If you could pick one place or city in the world where you’d live and work (software dev) for the next 10 years. Where would it be? And why would you pick that place?
Tuesday Jan 10, 2017
Growing or shrinking? Changing the way we work? Experts weigh in on how freelance, gigging, and contract work will change this year.
How to learn new things better?
Monday Jan 9, 2017
Before I go out and buy myself a nice suitcase, are there any reasons why I might want to stick to a backpack?
The principle is simple: Don’t just plant a tree, plant an orchard.
Thursday Jan 5, 2017
Revenue from global roaming services is expected to reach $90 billion a year by 2018, according to a recent estimate by Juniper Research, a research and analytical services company based in Britain.
Finland will soon hand out cash to 2,000 jobless people, free of bureaucracy or limits on side earnings. The idea, universal basic income, is gaining traction worldwide.
Wednesday Jan 4, 2017
Do you feel/fear that you’re more disposable as a remote employee?
Tuesday Jan 3, 2017
Just wondering what nomad couples in this sub do to make their Bucks :)
All of our efforts to be more productive backfire – and only make us feel even busier and more stressed.
Monday Jan 2, 2017
Like finding a long term rental (1 month+) and sharing. It would definitely be a great way to split the costs and be a part of a social group. Yes, there are coliving spaces but I can’t find them everywhere. They are extremely limited and somewhat expensive as well. Something similar to colive.co (It is down now and usually not that active).
Losing your native tongue unmoors you not only from your own early life but from the entire culture that shaped you.
Friday Dec 30, 2016
Proof that life is getting better for humanity, in 5 charts.
The end of a year is the perfect time to review one’s life, goals, plans, and projects, as well as plan for the upcoming year. I’ve been fine-tuning my own review process for several years and thought others might be interested to know what I do and how.
Thursday Dec 29, 2016
Professional vehicle dwellers share their tips for making the most out of life on the road.
Wednesday Dec 28, 2016
To be a digital minimalist, in other words, means you accept the idea that new communication technologies have the potential to massively improve your life, but also recognize that realizing this potential is hard work.
Tuesday Dec 27, 2016
Estonia plans to store its citizen’s data in ‘data embassies’ on foreign soil to protect itself from cyberattacks – and this is only the beginning.
At night, early risers demonstrate a quicker reaction time when solving unusual attention-related tasks than night owls, but these early risers make more mistakes along the way.
Monday Dec 26, 2016
For everyone fearing to become a digital nomad.
If you are looking at your employees through the lens of “I can’t give these people freedom and autonomy to do work in the best way they see fit:” You should consider finding different people for your organization instead of pursuing an authoritarian regime.
Struggling with motivation? Then stop being so selfish.
Friday Dec 23, 2016
About two years back, I was active on this forum and there were tons of “How do you do it?” questions. I wasn’t secure enough in my career to share the not-so-honest way I’d gotten started then - but am now, and have a pretty ballsy shortcut that worked like a charm for me.
The good life is the simple life. Among philosophical ideas about how we should live, this one is a hardy perennial; from Socrates to Thoreau, from the Buddha to Wendell Berry, thinkers have been peddling it for more than two millennia.
Here are my best, most surprising new ideas about how to travel while protecting your money, property, health and life.
Thursday Dec 22, 2016
The concept of “ownership” as we know it is quickly changing. Traditionally, we’ve been tied to the idea of possession, paying for products and services outright or taking years (or decades) to pay off a home mortgage or car loan. Nowadays, everything seems to be available for rent or subscription.
Any side projects, Game, OSS, Hacks.
I’m looking for somewhere in the world to live to work on a web project for an extended time. Fast/reliable internet + cheap living + cold climate preferably :)
The American work environment is rapidly changing. For better or worse, the days of the conventional full-time job may be numbered.
Wednesday Dec 21, 2016
My question is how do you guys go about approaching potential clients on these sites? How long did it take you to get your first client on these sites? How much time did you put into finding work right out of the gate?
Hours are never the differentiator — it’s never about working more hours than someone else. It’s about the decisions you make. How you spend your time, what you do and don’t do. Especially what you don’t do.
Hear what American workers have to say about their jobs.
Tuesday Dec 20, 2016
4 skills needed when you work in solitude.
I’ve got no friends basically, so I’m considering to start living as DN and travel around the world, already got a list of cities I would love to visit.
Monday Dec 19, 2016
I’m sure a lot of us have had days like this, but it’s been especially frequent for me recently.
Should you drink more coffee? Should you take melatonin? Can you train yourself to need less sleep? A physician’s guide to sleep in a stressful age.
Friday Dec 16, 2016
Estonian e-Residency is great for digital nomads who need a location-independent business, but also want the credibility and benefits that come with having a limited company set up inside the European Union. It works because Estonia has an advanced digital infrastructure so everything needed to run a company there can be easily accessed online.
How we became more than 7 billion – humanity’s population explosion, visualised.
Thursday Dec 15, 2016
Remote work is forcing us to question the way our classic government institutions function. Who do we owe our taxes to? How do all parties ensure that appropriate tax codes and laws are being followed when workers may be employed by different countries or work in more than one region throughout the year? How can remote workers–whether they are self-employed or full-time–make sure they fulfill their tax obligations when working abroad or for companies in other countries?
Though it sometimes may seem like our things are threatening to take over our world, we can focus our energy and determination on choosing what makes us happy, and ultimately change our lives.
Wednesday Dec 14, 2016
We have a crisis of work. The secure, well-paid jobs of the past — many of them in manufacturing — are disappearing. What is replacing them is insecurity and uncertainty. Low-paid, part-time, temporary and seasonal work.
I am considering a future as digital nomad. We all know the benefits, but what are the worst sides to it I should be aware of?
I know this a stupid question but how do you manage to travel if you can’t see? Do you always have someone with you? Like, what are the mechanics of it?
Tuesday Dec 13, 2016
We all need fuel. Without the assistance, advice, and inspiration of others, the gears of our mind grind to a halt, and we’re stuck with nowhere to go. I have been blessed to find mentors and idols at every step of my life, and I’ve been lucky to meet many of them.
Anyone else in a similar situation? How do/did you deal with it?
Vacations have a much bigger impact on your daily life than you may realize, says the Travel Channel star.
Monday Dec 12, 2016
In every essence it appears that online freelancing is indeed the future of work. But where do Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies stand in all this? It turns out they are a solution to a problem online freelancing is facing.
Sitting at my desk all day is getting the best of me. I’d like to receive some information, ideas, or exercises I can do for 5-10 minutes at my desk to stay mobile and flexible. Seems that my posture and mobility is starting to decline quickly!
My son is now 1 year and 3 months old and since he was fit to fly at 6 months; myself, my wife and our son have been traveling while I grow my startup non-stop.
Friday Dec 9, 2016
Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?
Curious to hear if there are any current or former digital nomads here who have had to deal with getting frequent prescriptions filled overseas.
Living at home with your parents isn’t just for little kids anymore. Young adults are now more likely to live with their parents than in any other living arrangement, according to a recent report by the Pew Research Center.
Thursday Dec 8, 2016
Increasingly, both companies and workers prefer and choose the gig economy’s more flexible and independent work arrangements and, in the process, are transforming how, where, and when we work.
Eight months ago my girlfriend (now fiance) quit her corporate job, created a profile on a freelancing website and ran off to travel the world with me. Now she has more offers for contracts than she can handle, is able to work from anywhere in the world and earns over double her old per hour salary.
What are your favorite long term (1 month +) destinations?
Wednesday Dec 7, 2016
I see a lot of posts about people traveling the world, particularly Asia. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading those, but I’d love to hear some stories about nomads touring their own countries.
A December Gallup poll found that 61 percent of working Americans said they did not have enough time to do the things they wanted to do. Some of us feel this more acutely than others: A 2015 Pew Research Center survey found that 9 in 10 working mothers said they felt rushed all or some of the time. In an attempt to understand this frenzy, I spent the past 12 months studying my own time during what might turn out to be the busiest year of my life.
English is pretty simple. Learning to speak Ubykh or !Xóõ presents more of a challenge.
Tuesday Dec 6, 2016
If you really are committed to moving to a new city you simply won’t find the best or right job without feet on the street — no matter what anybody else may have told you. At a minimum you need to put yourself in that city for weeks in a row and appear to be local to maximize the quality of the job you get or the probability of getting one in the first place.
Remote Year program sends participants around the world as they continue to work.
I work as a freelance web developer and I’m good to go. My girlfriend on the other hand has no experience with working online.
Monday Dec 5, 2016
This guide offers you the best advice on how to change your lifestyle and become a digital nomad.
What was your first remot job? (in what field, programming, writing etc) How was it? Was it a good first job or do you wish you had done something differently?
In this episode, you’ll hear from Estonian E-Resident Joel Runyon. Joel is the man behind the fitness and mindset blog, The Blog of Impossible Things. You’ll also hear from Estonia’s Chief Information Officer, Taavi Kotka. The two share their insights on how E-Residency could pave the path for the future of how nations, citizens and those seeking location independence interact.
Friday Nov 18, 2016
In my head I’ve had this goal of being location independent for a long time, but now I want to explore the dating world as well as the real one. It seems like I’ve worked myself into a scenario where I cannot truly be happy.
The answer lies in how aeroplanes are designed.
I’m looking to upgrade by JanSport backpack. I am going to be doing a lot of traveling that will require something that is heavy duty and can withstand the elements.
What do you think about taking a sabbatical? What holds you back from taking one if you haven’t / won’t?
I think it’s time to look at this in a different way: Robots in the workforce present an opportunity to stimulate job growth and create new types of work. Robots will not merely take jobs, they’ll also create them.
Many of the jobs that young people are training for could vanish completely in 10 to 15 years.
As the US economy has improved—with six years of unbroken job growth and even an uptick in wages—a greater share of those gig participants are finding better jobs. So they’ve stopped or cut down on their Uber and related gig work.
This is a special article and the first collaborative one. 11 of our awesome members have put together their best tips to become a better remote worker.
I am a professional flight hacker, here to answer any questions and help you find cheap fares wherever you want to travel. I specialise on flight routes departing from UK and Ireland only, but I’ll do my best to assist all!
For those of you with income generating side projects, have you incorporated? Do you pay quarterly taxes? Do you list it as other, unreported income on your returns?
New research recently found that starting at age 25, we lose more friends than we make each year.
We misinterpret material renunciation, austere aesthetics and blank, emptied spaces as symbols of capitalist absolution, when these trends really just provide us with further ways to serve our impulse to consume more, not less.
“For me, I want to be free,” said Eric. “That’s what I’m working for.”
Thursday Nov 17, 2016
Comedian Jim Jefferies gives a hilarious breakdown of the etiquette protocol for air travel from his stand up comedy special Fully Functional.
Our devices are so deeply enmeshed in our lives that we anticipate them being there at all times with access to the full range of the internet’s offerings.
Being “needed” does not entail selfish pride or unhealthy attachment to the worldly esteem of others. Rather, it consists of a natural human hunger to serve our fellow men and women. As the 13th-century Buddhist sages taught, “If one lights a fire for others, it will also brighten one’s own way.”
Wednesday Nov 16, 2016
It’s easy to compare yourself against other people especially as they flood our screens with images. But when you compete against other people, you judge yourself based on their values and metrics. The problem with this is even if you win, you only do something that’s important to them, not you.
“The idea that people might be lazy or just lay around at home, that’s a relic of the industrial revolution,” Kanumury said. “For us it has increased productivity tremendously.”
Tuesday Nov 15, 2016
We may need to pay people just to live in an automated world, says space biz baron.
Starting something in the hopes of making an extra $1,000 a month is every bit as worthy as trying to colonize Mars. Start small and give your ambitions room to grow.
Monday Nov 14, 2016
Most people don’t have the luxury of working from home, but if you can get a job or start a business that allows you to work remotely 100% of the time, the impact on your savings and FI date can be huge.
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken.
Friday Nov 11, 2016
It feels like nearly every digital nomad job is about programming or something of the sorts…what else is there for those of us that aren’t techies?
If you actually are trying to become great at something, it’s probably on your mind all the time. It’s very hard to love something and not be working on it or talking about it.
Thursday Nov 10, 2016
Young man here, should I learn one thing really good (like back-end programming) or go all out and learn as many things(front-end, 3d, photoshop, back-end etc..) as possible and be okay in all of them.
How much rest do we think we need, who is getting the most, and what are the most restful activities? The results of the world’s largest survey on rest indicate that to feel truly rested, a lot of us want to be alone.
Wednesday Nov 9, 2016
From one freelancer to another — don’t use Upwork. Don’t hire people through Upwork.
Two new books assess the quality of our digital lives: How do we shake off the village when we carry the world in our pocket?
Tuesday Nov 8, 2016
Is anyone here using his Estonian e-Residency for anything?
I lived out of a backpack for the past 7 years. This is my story.
Chasing clients can be a pain, no matter if you’re a small agency or a solo consultant. Since I went on my own 10 years ago, this has been the most frequently asked question: How do you find clients & contract gigs? The trick is I mostly do not search for clients. Instead, I “plant little seeds” online.
Monday Nov 7, 2016
What do you regret in life?
Automation and globalisation are combining to generate a world with a surfeit of labour and too little work.
A large-scale survey of the freelance economy shows that the number of freelance workers is growing quickly, with the number of U.S. freelancers hitting 55 million this year, up from 53 million in 2014 and 53.7 million last year.
Friday Nov 4, 2016
This got me thinking about what I should pay attention to if I wanted to have a successful career working remotely. What kind of companies are more open to allow this form of work? How about freelancing? Are there any forums or groups online where I can find more information about working remotely? I have little idea about this as I have always been physically present at my place of work during the past 9 years of my professional life.
More than 6,000 US-based freelancers responded to a new in-depth survey. I dug through the data and pulled out the most interesting insights, which paint a picture of optimistic professionals who have taken control of their own destiny.
A series of studies carried out by psychologists at the UC Berkeley showed that paradoxically, the more intensely people value and pursue happiness as a distinct goal, the more likely they are to display symptoms of unhappiness, anxiety, loneliness and even depression.
Thursday Nov 3, 2016
Honestly, I can’t think of a more expensive – and more problematic – place to be a “digital nomad” than the USA.
Sounds, particularly those made by other humans, rank as the No. 1 distraction in the workplace. According to workplace design expert Alan Hedge at Cornell, 74 percent of workers say they face “many” instances of disturbances and distractions from noise.
I’m overwhelmed by all the options out there. Duolingo, pimsluer, classes, books, etc. What did you do to become fluent in another language? How long did it take you?
Wednesday Nov 2, 2016
As the jobs-based economy gives way to the gig economy, winners and losers are determined by the type of worker you are — or can become.
I do affiliate marketing. Just looking for few other options and would love to hear your experience/story of creating passive income sources!
I never wanted to write something like this, or expose the people involved. However, I feel that’s it necessary for something to get done for my own ends, and also for those thinking of foraying into the world of freelancing and in particular, using Upwork’s platform, to seriously reconsider.
Tuesday Nov 1, 2016
Over the years, it has become clearer to me that there is no more challenging and worthwhile task than good time management. This is what productivity boils down to. For many of us in creative disciplines, we can start by reigning in the chaos of our work calendars.
I’m 22 and am debating whether or not I should be buckling down and saving for more college/life savings or if I should use my extra money for travel. Advice from those of you older and wiser is appreciated
Once considered career suicide, sabbaticals are now not only accepted – but encouraged – by some employers. Here’s how to take one and still get ahead.
Monday Oct 31, 2016
I’m working remotely since last year. There’s a major productivity issue, some days I don’t feel like working. Acquiring new skills are hard, with so many distractions around how do you guys manage to work from home/remote?
For the traveler whose time is spent making snap-judgment impressions all day, every day, an expensive watch can be a shortcut to a kind of acceptance, however cheap it might be.
Let’s start treating our careers as a lifelong experiment instead of a preordained slog. Find experiences that allow you to quickly test assumptions about your career interests. Every job, every experience, every place you travel, is a chance to learn something new about yourself, what interests you (and just as importantly what doesn’t), what you’re good at, what types of people you want to surround yourself with, and what type of impact you want to have on the world.
Thursday Oct 27, 2016
I would learn to code, and network with other aspiring Digital Nomads. Everything else I tried had very marginal results.
I decide to do something over the weekend may be a small project or learn something new or prepare for interview, but Saturday and Sunday goes by and I do nothing but to browse internet, facebook, youtube and going through links. At the end of Sunday, I feel like, I wasted my weekend and get little bit depressed. If anyone has gone through process, can you please share how to got out of this loop on every week end?
Anyone who’s lost an evening researching flight deals knows that airfare pricing can seem pretty random – high one week, low the next and long-distance often cheaper than short-haul. There’s a method behind the madness, though.
Could working on the move make us more creative? Tiffanie Wen took her laptop on her travels to find out.
A list of jobs that no longer exist.
While a truly great journey will leave you feeling three years younger, and two years wiser, a difficult border crossing will reveal your true character.
Wednesday Oct 26, 2016
Unplugged tourism is like rehab for the traveler whose thumb flicks upward at the first sign of boredom. And digital breaks can have actual health benefits. Studies show that heavy users of technology suffer more mental illness and have trouble sleeping.
We’ve done a “what do you do first thing in the morning” thread, so what about when you arrive in a new location? Alternately, which things can’t you personally live without or too far from?
Much like how when a superhero makes their appearance, villains inevitably follow… being part of a small team that works remotely is a superpower draws in super-villainy.
Tuesday Oct 25, 2016
Our manifesto for the future of work is to use technology to build a way of working together that is superior in productivity, yet better matches our instincts; to free humanity from the mental shackles of wage slavery.
Hi, my name is Thomas Andersen. On the 2nd of October 2010 I left Denmark by bicycle. Six years and six days later I returned after more than 36000 miles (or 58000 km) through 58 countries on 6 continents.
Getting out of your comfort zone sounds awesome but the odds are that while this will expose you to new experiences, you’re unlikely to be above average at anything you try at first.
Monday Oct 24, 2016
Or maybe there’s another term for it? My wife and I both work from home and we’re about to move to a 21 acre farm in the mountains. There are a few small towns within 30 minutes so it’s not totally isolated, but it’s far from any large cities. We’re hoping that if we get a good internet connection we’ll be able to continue to feel connected (and make decent money) even in a quiet area. So we’re not nomads, but we are still “remote”, so I was just wondering if anyone here is in a similar situation.
Guest contributor Ansley Sawyer shares what she’s learned about productivity while on the road as a nomadic film producer.
Feeling guilty about being untidy? Don’t. A cluttered space can help you be more organised.
Friday Oct 21, 2016
“In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.”
For those who are DN’s at heart but can’t fully live the lifestyle currently for whatever reason, how do you integrate the DN concepts into your life? Whether it’s the independence, excitement, exploration, …., etc.
Google Flights will now tell you when fares will increase, help you find cheaper tickets.
Thursday Oct 20, 2016
In the future, as workers increasingly choose independence over employment, and more people look to start new projects of their own, distributed organisations will become increasingly prevalent.
I love when people don’t let their limitations hold them back. I love it when people say “I can” instead of “I can’t.” Cory embodies the ongoing theme on this blog that where there is a will, there is a way. Cory is a guy who wouldn’t let a disability define or confine him. His is an inspirational story and I was hooked on his blog, so I invited Cory to share his story and advice for others who might be in a similar situation and wondering how to make travel happen.
In the age of heavily restricted migration, passport control seems a natural prerogative of the state. The idea of abolishing passports is almost unthinkable. But in the 20th century, governments considered their “total abolition” as an important goal, and even discussed the issue at several international conferences.
Wednesday Oct 19, 2016
Job destruction caused by technology is not a futuristic concern. It is something we have been living with for two generations. A simple linear trend suggests that by mid-century about a quarter of men between 25 and 54 will not be working at any moment.
I’ve seen a number of posts about people’s experiences as participants of Remote Year, but I’m wondering if anyone can share their experience in any other remote coworking program. Terminal 3 and The Remote Experience both seem more attractive to me than Remote Year based on price, flexibility, and accommodations, but I haven’t been able to find any detailed personal accounts. Perhaps that’s just because these other programs are younger.
What kinds of non-technical jobs can your average person without a college degree get in the US to still make it into the middle class?
Tuesday Oct 18, 2016
Everybody loves a good deal, and air travel is expensive, which is why there are plenty of travel websites designed to help you do just that: finding the cheapest flights available.
A new study from McKinsey finds voluntary independent workers are happier than those in traditional jobs.
But I realized that one are that technology was having an unhealthy impact on my life and that was in the bedroom. Like many of you I dragged my mobile phone into my bedroom at night and would occasionally check email or Twitter or Facebook before bed. I used my iPhone as my alarm clock and I often did 20 minutes of email in bed in the morning before starting my day.
Monday Oct 17, 2016
The call for basic income in order to soften the effects of automation is hence not a call for greater economic justice. Our economy stays as it is; we simply extend the circle of those who are entitled to receive public benefits. If we want economic justice, then our starting point needs to be more radical: We need to reconsider our deeply ingrained belief that wages and proceeds today are (usually) deserved.
In this post, I’m going to give you my hacks for finding remote work. These are strategies I’ve used for almost a dozen years to make a full-time living in digital marketing.
I have tried silicone ear plugs and in-ear headphones with good plugs but can’t find anything that completely stops human voices. I have read that the noise-canceling headphones are good for some type of frequencies, human voices not being one of them. What methods do you use to cope with it? If ear plugs or headphones, can you specify?
Friday Oct 14, 2016
Fuck “entrepreneurs” nowadays, seriously- Everybody is a fucking entrepreneur now. Especially all those straight-out-of-college-entrepreneurs. Just so you know- it’s called “unemployed”. Fuck your bootstrapping, too. Fuck working out of garages and fuck your 2.5 square meters “workspace” at WeWork. “But hey! At least I can bring my dog to work!”. Fuck you, seriously.
I don’t know what to charge, how to invoice, or what kind of contract I need to write up. There is lots of info about this around the Internet, but it seems to be aimed at more established developers doing larger projects in higher cost of living areas. If I walk in with a 10 page contract asking for $300/hour they’ll probably politely decline. That in mind, does anyone have any advice on how to proceed?
We cannot predict with accuracy who will become élite in a given field, but we know that genes and environment matter and that we all have different natural peaks that we can reach through application and training. Saying that training is everything may be tempting, but it’s wrong.
Thursday Oct 13, 2016
To all the FI’ers out there that are making 6 figure incomes and higher, how’d you do it?
Did you invest years in school?
What was your debt load when you started your career?
Did you see a massive pay hike, and when?
What do you make now, and will you make more in years coming?
Did you marry wealthy?
Tell us your story.
The idea of mixing work and travel isn’t a bad one. But co-working with fellow “digital nomads” on a grown-up version of summer camp sounds like a nightmare.
By identifying the activities that give you joy and the ones that drain your spirit, you can take charge of your own happiness and set yourself on the path to a well-balanced life.
Tuesday Oct 11, 2016
Everyone always says they go traveling or on a trip to “find themselves,” yet most people I know (myself included) have found that you never find anything of the sort on a trip, and come back home with the same questions. What elements do you guys think are necessary to “find yourself” on a solo trip?
The craze for bullet journaling shows that sometimes pen and paper is best—as long as the results can be Instagrammed.
By 2020 more than a third of the core skillset of most occupations will be made up of skills that are not considered crucial to the job today, according to the Future of Jobs report.
Monday Oct 10, 2016
World travel doesn’t have to be a wealthy person’s sport. In this often hilarious conversation, Rolf and I dig deep into travel tactics, creating time wealth, “managing success,” and much more. It’s a fun romp through every imaginable topic, from business to poetry, and from Wall Street to psychedelics.
Three early retirees tell their story of living on 4 percent or less.
Under the initiative all EU citizens or legally residing individuals would receive a pass as soon as they turned 18, which they can use to travel the vast railway network connecting most major cities throughout the continent.
Friday Oct 7, 2016
I just want to share my most recent experience with UpWork, in which I was I was hired by a client to do a $5,000, two-month project. I’m hoping that sharing my process will help others understand how to use the platform more effectively and get the most value from it.
Idleness, as we know, has a bad rap in Western culture, but it can be a philosophical experience in its own right.
Thursday Oct 6, 2016
We are all fragile when we don’t know what our purpose is, when we haven’t thrown ourselves with abandon into a social role, when we haven’t committed ourselves to certain people, when we feel like a swimmer in an ocean with no edge.
When we talk about the economy, we spend a lot of time talking about jobs — how to create more of them and how to replace the ones being lost. But what if we’re entering an automated future where there won’t be enough jobs for the people who need them? If this happens, how will people pay for food and shelter?
Wednesday Oct 5, 2016
Robots will eventually do all our jobs, but we need to start planning to avert social collapse.
If you’ve been thinking about becoming a digital nomad, it’s time to get real. This isn’t a decision to make lightly or quickly – and the choice will last with you for a lifetime. I’ve tackled 15 of the most common questions I’ve heard.
Tuesday Oct 4, 2016
So how did I go from enjoying exploring the world to finding a job that let me live my nomadic lifestyle? I’ve narrowed it down to three key things I did to get here and would love to share them with you.
Babies born today have a good chance of surviving to be 105. If they are to exploit the great opportunities raised by longevity we must abandon outdated notions of a traditional life.
Monday Oct 3, 2016
Try not to get caught up with studying digital nomads and where we go and what the countries are like and where the cheapest place is to go scuba diving if you lack the skillset to be a digital nomad to begin with.
Communal living is hardly a departure from tradition—it’s a return to how humans have been making their homes for thousands of years.
Friday Sep 30, 2016
Being a DN is about freedom of lifestyle, NOT travel! Most DN’s I meet or follow don’t hop around very much. Heck, most people I know don’t really enjoy traveling that much.
Being able to travel, see the world, mix with technologists in different countries, expand my understanding of humanity — these are things I don’t want to wait to experience. I just felt like it was the right time where working from anywhere could be done easily, without destroying my productivity.
A new global industry has been booming in recent years, as countries offer people the chance to acquire citizenship or residency.
Thursday Sep 29, 2016
I’m looking for a new role, but would like to work with recruiters to reduce time consuming job searches and applications. Where can you go to basically announce to recruiters that it’s worth their time to find a good job match for you, rather than just spam by keywords?
If you think everyone around you is terrible, the joke may be on you.
Wednesday Sep 28, 2016
An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too.
The rich were meant to have the most leisure time. The working poor were meant to have the least. The opposite is happening. Why?
The US is now the fifth country I’ll feel comfortable calling home — after the UK, Germany, China and Japan, each time the process of relocating has become a little easier. Whilst each of the moves was under very different circumstances, life stages the following tips picked up on the way should help smooth your next relocation.
Tuesday Sep 27, 2016
For starters, you need to stop thinking about what you enjoy, and instead - start thinking about your strengths and the opportunities around you.
Three short essays from the anthology Airplane reading.
In recruiting and seeking remote jobs, we are often preoccupied by the jobs themselves, and fail to pay attention to the teams behind the jobs. Such disproportionate attention can not only lead to misinformed career decisions, but also degrade potential benefits of remote working.
Monday Sep 26, 2016
It’s become a status symbol to be busy, which is absurd when you consider its effects on well-being.
What mode of communication (LinkedIn InMail, Facebook Messages, email, phone or something else) do you use when trying to build your network? What general advice do you have for someone who is starting to grow their professional network?
Cottage game industries are swiftly popping up in locations like Israel, Shanghai, and Argentina, but a small subset of creators have begun to take up their own unique residences, free from borders and any sense of restraint.
Friday Sep 23, 2016
What are you thinking, eating sushi at an airport? What are you thinking, eating a caprese salad at an airport? You’re about to fly for several hours in a dirty sky bus, but you need a crepe first?
What was once a dream is now a very tangible reality — and these groundbreaking startups are making it easier than ever to climb the career ladder while trotting the globe.
Instead of having a linear succession of jobs, many people now have a portfolio of activities.
Thursday Sep 22, 2016
I’ve always wondered growing up - what makes adults so busy? Sure, you’re working a 40 hour a week job but the rest should just be fun and games, right?
Is STEM our future?
Americans travel to Machu Picchu, Petra, Troy, and Angkor Wat. So why do so few visit America’s own ruins?
Wednesday Sep 21, 2016
There are still a few kinks to work out, but it makes sense to create a way to rent excess luggage space, particularly when it has become such a valuable commodity.
The idea of giving people free money is so radical, even some recipients think it’s too good to be true.
I love to travel, but I also value my relationships at home. I try to come home every year or so and keep in contact with email and skype. Lately, though, I’ve been noticing that a lot of my friends and family seem to want less and less to do with me. I understand that life moves on when I’m away, but many people seem to mention being jealous as they fade out of my life.
Tuesday Sep 20, 2016
I’m not saying that you should never buy a house. Just don’t make it your life ambition, much less try to fit your entire life inside it.
The Federal Aviation Administration, citing fire hazards, has warned against using Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on aircraft. Three Australian airlines and the German carrier Lufthansa have outright banned their use onboard. But the threat of airliner fires is not limited to Samsung devices, which the company has offered to replace. And the hazard is far more than theoretical.
Life as a digital nomad is much more complicated than those beautiful Instagram tableaus might imply.
Monday Sep 19, 2016
We asked 16 people how the future is changing their work. Here’s what they said.
Just was having a thought on what people tend to find important enough for their digital work to put in their backpack, what kind of laptops people are using, How important a laptop stand is and all those other things. What is so important to you on a day to day basis that you just can’t leave out that bag?
I’m looking for advice here. I’ve been applying for tons of positions on weworkremotely that I’m more than qualified for (have remote experience as well) and I’m hearing back on exceedingly few of them.
Friday Sep 16, 2016
In this living document, I will maintain a compendium of ideas, techniques, actions, and data which will hopefully ease the trials of a new, or experienced freelancer/nomad. I aim to create a discussion with and help build the global community of freelance and remote workers.
Don’t worry about finding your ‘passion.’ Think like a designer: Try out quick prototypes of multiple ideas to learn what actually makes you happy.
We took a look at some of the best online transfer services and got recommendations and insights from the experts.
Thursday Sep 15, 2016
Although Stats Canada reports that self-employed workers consistently earn more than “standard” workers, freelancing is widely dismissed as being one step away from unemployment and destitution.
To-do lists get a lot of flack, but the simple act of planning has some psychological and productivity benefits all by itself.
Wednesday Sep 14, 2016
Today I’m going to let you know about what went right, and what didn’t, so that anyone else embarking on this journey has better luck than I did. I know articles like this are plentiful, but I’m guessing that maybe I could provide a better insight on the process of learning since 2 years is quite a lot of more time to have found things I could have improved in my learning process.
If you look at all the data, it’s clear there’s never been a better time to be alive.
Tuesday Sep 13, 2016
Reshaping the gig economy cannot only come from on high – there has to be some innovativion from within business and broader society. There are some welcome stirrings, but without a reshaped system, along with more energy and leadership to capitalise on the change of mood, expect little to change.
Q&A with digital nomad, Pieter Levels.
Monday Sep 12, 2016
Today’s workplace design asks us to be permanently on call—and demands that we vanish at a moment’s notice.
Companies with cultures that value remote workers the same as in-office employees are hard to find, but they soon realize benefits that in-office cultures don’t have, or work much harder at attaining. Remote work should not only exist as an opportunity at startups, but it should change the future of how we define startup culture.
The traditional 9–5 workday is poorly structured for high productivity. Perhaps when most work was physical labor, but not in the knowledge working world we now live in.
Friday Sep 9, 2016
How did you escape your 9 to 5 job to start your own business? I am curious about how you effectively spent your time while having a full time job and a side business and at what time did you decide to take the full plunge.
What’s an item on your bucket list that’s off the wall unique, but still realistically achievable?
Thursday Sep 8, 2016
Should I give up my dreams about a remote work with flexible hours? Is there any better way to find an offer than using the mostly known sites like weworkremotely (with no more than 2 new positions per day) etc.?
Wednesday Sep 7, 2016
You Can Save on Airfare (If You Know the Tricks).
Tuesday Sep 6, 2016
Business cases can be made on both sides of the issue about how working remotely affects employee retention and engagement and the bottom line. But what do the people who actually do the working from home think?
The aim of this study is to explore the drivers and effects of becoming a digital nomad focusing on: contingency structure, lifestyle preference and social and psychological attitude.
Monday Sep 5, 2016
The best ways to keep your bag from being destroyed are surprisingly simple.
How can you keep fit while being “nomadic” and traveling?
Thursday Aug 25, 2016
What was your “why didn’t I start doing this sooner” moment?
I’m wondering if this feeling will go away once I’ve actually moved, but every few days I suddenly feel extremely anxious, asking myself questions like, “Is freelancing really a long-term solution? What if I can’t hit my monthly income goals while I’m abroad? Should I switch gears and try to find a full-time remote job instead? Will everything fall apart?”
Technology was meant to herald a new way of working anytime, anywhere – but that’s not the case, writes Georgina Kenyon.
Did some of you try the digital nomad lifestyle and not like it?
The biggest contributor to the difference in cost of living between San Francisco and pretty much any other city is housing. By adjusting salaries based on cost of living you are essentially telling people that they should be punished for finding a cheaper place to live, and rewarded for spending more.
The airline world has its own shoptalk and jargon, and listening passengers can discover an entirely new language. We’ll let you in on some of the obscure terminology heard before and during a flight.
The developments and innovations produced by passion, and aided by technology, have stretched the imagination. From the realization of many concepts formerly considered science fiction, to the creation of new forms of art, we already stand in awe of what passion and innovation can achieve. Just imagine a world where that output is expanded exponentially.
“Loneliness is a warning system,” says Louise Hawkley, a psychologist at the University of Chicago. It is our body telling us we’re breaking from the social bonds that nourished us as a species.
In the novel Catch-22, the author Joseph Heller famously wrote: “Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.”
Some companies seem to highly adjust for location, for example, Buffer is paying $93k for a developer in Hong Kong, $77k in Buenos Aires, and $144k in San Francisco, for the same job. This raises questions about determining ‘fair’ salary outside the major cities, where the cost of living is well known and understood, and sources such as Numbeo and similar sometimes miss essential issues. So, dear reader, what’s your job, where are you based, on what’s your salary?
This post is a framework to quickly get you into the top 5–10 percent of your field so you can begin the real quest of becoming the best at what you do.
What did you learn too late in life?
Hiring managers - what constitutes too much job hopping for you to pass on a resume?
Everyone else - do you have a lower or an upper limit on how long you tend to stay with companies?
Wednesday Aug 24, 2016
I’m wondering what it will be like for an over 40 woman like myself doing slow travel and working… So, anyone start this lifestyle after 40? Tell me about your experience, please!
Thoughts on building a remote culture, from a remote CEO.
Young people should be a boon to the economy. Instead, many of the young people today can’t find work—and don’t have much hope of doing so.
I know this is a niche question, but have you reached a point where you have enough passive income to not to have to work for a living? If so how did you accomplish it?
Tuesday Aug 23, 2016
When and how did you decide to be a digital nomad? How did you start your journey?
Modern culture is in the throes of a real love affair with travel. It’s become a central element of our zeitgeist, a main tenet in living a fulfilled, non-pedestrian life. Everywhere you turn, and no matter the dilemma, travel is offered as the cure… But is our faith in travel justified? Or have we forced it to bear the weight of far heavier expectations than it should be made to carry?
If you work in a remote team, one of the aspects you quickly notice is the importance of communication. Finding the best ways to communicate with your team is imperative when you’re not working face-to-face, because you’re missing most—if not all—of the context of each person’s situation.
Monday Aug 22, 2016
We’ve put together a Q&A of everything to do with frequent flyer miles – how to collect them, why to collect them, and what to do with them.
I lived with a group of 70 digital nomads for one year. Here’s what it looked like.
Thursday Aug 18, 2016
This is a story of how I managed to sell my simple project to a guy from the internet and earned an amount of cash equivalent to my yearly supply of beer, and trust me, I REALLY like beer. All I did was put together a trivial web app to scratch my own itch, and it keeps scratching it, while I drink my free beer.
If your thoughts while uncluttering often include the phrase, “I might need it some day,” it might be time to defeat this nefarious excuse, and finally let go of things you don’t need.
Wednesday Aug 17, 2016
I’m fascinated with DM and it’s just a matter of time before I do it myself! I wanted to know when was the moment you decided you had to do it yourself?
With the right strategies and commitment, you can reduce your hours and still get your work done — without the stress.
Tuesday Aug 16, 2016
What’s your average cost of living (per month)?
‘Karoshi’ – either from a fatal heart attack or stroke, or a suicide triggered by overwork – is now a recognised cause of death.
These are some of the things we’ve learned while working remotely:
- Schedule and time management
- Decision making
- Leadership and group dynamics
- Health, family and the real world
Monday Aug 15, 2016
One of the best perks of remote work is the ability to travel and work at the same time. However, this freedom is sometimes curbed by the need for visas to travel. Here are a few basics and visa tips for other remote workers who love to travel (but don’t necessarily have the best passport to do so).
How many of us currently run a single-person company? By company, I mean something that generates (or is intending to generate) revenues. Side projects count.
Friday Aug 12, 2016
Today, I want to share one of the biggest secrets I’ve discovered. It’s the secret to some of the most productive people I know and it’s non-intuitive. SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE DON’T MAKE TO-DO LISTS.
I’ve seen a myriad of get rich quick schemes and online money making scams. Obviously this is not how you are all making money. So how are you making money? How much money are you making? And what strategy creates the most amount of cashflow?
How do you find friends after moving to a new city?
Thursday Aug 11, 2016
Rachel, Content and Social Media Manager at Hubstaff, followed her dream to work with freedom straight out of college. Her advice for aspiring remote workers is simple, yet powerful - sometimes all you have to do is to just reach out and ask.
I am having a lot of free time during this period but I don’t seem to get any good ideas into my head like it used to be when I was busy. What do you guys do when you don’t have any good idea? How do you look for inspiration? Have you guys faced similar situations?
Here’s the thing though: your career, like your life, moves forward whether you think about it or not. If you don’t think about it, then you’re putting faith in the winds. Maybe you’ll end up somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. Maybe not. Why take that chance when you can captain your own sails?
Wednesday Aug 10, 2016
To celebrate five years since I stumbled my way out of the U.K., I’ve compiled an enormous list of my biggest and best travel tips. These are all things that I wish someone had told me before I started traveling, so I hope you’ll find them useful/inspiring/educational.
No matter how exciting remote work can seem, there can still be challenges in balancing the individual’s needs and values. The often recurring issues are somewhat paradoxical to the whole idea of remote work. For many, the lifestyle can be isolating, and for those who often move, there can be a distant sense of belonging to any place or community.
Tuesday Aug 9, 2016
So here’s my guide to negotiation. It’s going to be split into two parts: this first part will be about conceptualizing the negotiating process, about how to begin the process and set yourself up for maximal success. The second part will be advice on the actual back-and-forth portion of negotiating and how to ask for what you want.
If you don’t have a residence, where do you pay taxes as a European citizen?
Monday Aug 8, 2016
Working location-independent is pretty awesome, but let’s face it, wrangling timezones is a giant pain in the ass. From years of being on the road and working with teammates and clients from around the world, I’ve (through many mistakes) mastered timezones both personally and within a remote working team.
My curent backpack weight is around 10.5 pounds, and as you probably know, this is everything I take with me to 20+ countries per year.
Friday Aug 5, 2016
I still highly doubt I’ll ever work a traditional job but I’m beginning to see that schedules aren’t taking away my freedom, but instead they are giving me a very reasonable way to manage my time.
Excessively long working hours can cause fatigue and physical and/or psychological stress, which potentially damage cognitive functioning.
Thursday Aug 4, 2016
But what people aren’t talking about, and what’s getting my attention, is a forthcoming rapid demonetization of the cost of living.
What was your “why didn’t I start doing this sooner” moment?
The bottom line: Resist the soul-crushing job’s promise of extra money and savor the more satisfying conditions you’ll find in one that pays a little less.
Wednesday Aug 3, 2016
Several startups are offering off-hours restaurant spaces as an affordable alternative to traditional coworking offices.
I do things, I try things, I build things, I want to make progress, I want to make things better for me, my company, my family, my neighborhood, etc. But I’ve never set a goal. It’s just not how I approach things.
A math model developed by a group of researchers at the University of Maryland explains why it takes you days to establish a new sleep-wake cycle when you travel east, but you may barely feel anything when going west.
Tuesday Aug 2, 2016
From performance to engagement, all studies point out remote workers are indeed more productive than their office counterparts. Let us take you through the top data that proves your employees are truly on top of their game.
Living and working overseas come with their own sets of challenges. Below we’ve got a few experts to help you navigate the international job market, particularly by acclimating to remote work.
You have the drive and motivation to get to your destination but once you are there – you’re left wondering – “what else could I have done? What else is there to life? Because if this is all there is then I’m not happy.” And, truth be told, I am not happy. I’d like to be something – more than just an office person. More than just someone who works that 8-5 shift.
Monday Aug 1, 2016
I’ve lived out of a carry on bag for 4 or 5 years out of the last 8 years.
This survey is designed to examine employees’ attitudes towards their job and workplace. In particular, you are asked to share the perceptions of your job, your organization and involvement you experience while working in a particular environment. It takes around 15 minutes to complete the survey and it is completely anonymous, so no information regarding your personal data will be obtained. Thank you for taking the time to participate in this study, the information you provide is greatly appreciated by the researchers.
Psychology Professor Thomas Gilovich from Cornell University has made four studies on the subject over decades and came to the conclusion that happiness is derived from experiences, not things.
The counterintuitive insight from all of this research is that the best way to change your entire life is by not changing your entire life. Instead, it is best to focus on one specific habit, work on it until you master it, and make it an automatic part of your daily life. Then, repeat the process for the next habit.
Thursday Jul 28, 2016
A new study examines earnings data to link declining job mobility to lower overall demand for workers.
What should I be doing with my life? That’s when I (finally) started to recognize the pattern. If I always asked myself the question assuming I had to make a life altering career choice that very day, I would always be stumped, scared and frustrated.
Wednesday Jul 27, 2016
What often goes unnoticed, though, is that anxieties about exhaustion are not peculiar to our age. Those who imagine that life in the past was simpler, slower and better are wrong.
They call it the travel bug, but really it’s the effort to return to a place where you are surrounded by people who speak the same language as you. Not English or Spanish or Mandarin or Portuguese, but that language where others know what it’s like to leave, change, grow, experience, learn, then go home again and feel more lost in your hometown then you did in the most foreign place you visited.
Tuesday Jul 26, 2016
What skills did you build and what other things did you do in order to be able to live this lifestyle? Were any of you able to do this right out of college?
Here’s a primer on the tax and financial aspects of the digital nomad lifestyle. Note, this is mainly for US folks.
For me the concept of work/life balance is bullshit. The fact that we call it work/life balance automatically implies that one of the two is negative and we need to balance it with the other.
Monday Jul 25, 2016
A team of researchers explore why “flash teams” of professionals coming together for projects can have profound implications for the way organizations work.
Sure, the coworking movement may be a fad, but these researchers say it has a surprisingly strong psychological basis.
Here are the 10 best low-cost airlines in the world, according to the results of the Skytrax survey.
Friday Jul 22, 2016
I’m really interested in the digital nomad lifestyle but am worried about finding a job that makes it possible in my field - ie not a dev or graphics person. Anyone have any experience doing this while staying in middle management or higher?
Successful people know it’s not about how much you make, it’s about how you spend it.
A multi-stage life will have profound changes not just in how you manage your career, but also in your approach to life. An increasingly important skill will be your ability to deal with change and even welcome it. A three-stage life has few transitions, while a multi-stage life has many. That is why being self-aware, investing in broader networks of friends, and being open to new ideas will become even more crucial skills.
Thursday Jul 21, 2016
Thought it’d be fun to see how far some of us have gone for that sweet sweet wifi.
In the last five weeks I’ve travelled 7,000km overland through Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan’s GBAO region and China’s western provinces. After a year of working flat out the journey was part vacation, a desire to fill in few gaps of my knowledge of the region and a Studio D assignment.
How much do you really need to say to put a sentence together?
Wednesday Jul 20, 2016
There are a lot of articles out there with top 5/10/100 reasons to become a DN, but none or almost none of them say anything about the downsides. Please tell me: What are your top 10 problems related to your DN lifestyle?
There are two types of travelers in the world, which one are you?
So for all the remote workers who want to take a trip, but don’t want to have to worry about ergonomic chairs, high-speed WiFi, a designated work space, fun activities, and traveling companions, I’ve put together a list of great coliving spaces and remote work retreats. All you need to do is show up, and they’ll take care of the rest.
Tuesday Jul 19, 2016
Working on side projects is awesome, and it’s totally doable even if you have a full time job and a family. Read on for how I did it.
We decided to take a deep look at co-living: the past, present, and future of this industry we are proud to be a part of.
These are dry notes I took in the process of setting up a burner iPhone SE as a secure travel device. They are roughly in setup order.
Monday Jul 18, 2016
Most digital nomad videos I’ve been watching are based in Thailand. Is Thailand the cheapest out of all other destinations in south east Asia?
I’m curious to hear what you people do to create productive habits? Any apps or other methods you suggest for habit creation?
For the first time in your career, you have options. And where you land and the work you do next will have a huge impact on your career trajectory. Jump on the right train by using this checklist to help make your next move.
Friday Jul 15, 2016
Well, I would say, reading is some kind of essential prerequisite to everything you do. Whether you are a scientist or a filmmaker, or just a normal human being working in a more “normal” profession. I cannot argue much about it. Read, read, read, read, read. The other side, traveling on foot, nobody does it and what I said will disappear into thin air any moment from now. Traveling on foot has actually given me insight into the world itself. The world reveals itself to one who travel on foot. I can give you one example, you start to understand the heart of men. I was, for a film, at the Johnson Space Center and had to take to five astronauts who had done a space mission in a space shuttle. I wanted to persuade them to be extras in the film in a very strange way. They were sitting in a semi circle when I was taken in and my heart sank that I didn’t know “what should I say? what should I do?” I looked around and looked into their faces and all of a sudden I had the feeling, I understand these people. I understand the heart of these men and these women. I said “since I was a child, when I learned how to milk a cow with my own hands, I can tell that since I’ve traveled on foot and in the meadow first you milk a cow to have something to drink. I know by looking at faces, who is able to milk a cow.” I looked at the pilot and said “you sir!” and he burst out in smiles and says “yes, I can milk a cow.” Somehow when you make films, you understand the heart of men. In a way you cannot learn it, the world has to teach you. The world does it in it’s most intense and deepest way when you when you encounter it by traveling on foot.
I’d like to add that when I travel by foot, I don’t do it as a backpacker where you take all your household items with you, your tent, your sleeping bag, your cooking utensils. I travel without any luggage and I do not travel, let’s say, the specific trail 2000 miles which is marked. I do traveling for very intense quests in my life. I do that on foot.
While the traditional benefits of vigorous exercise — like prevention and treatment of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and osteoporosis — are well known and often reported, the most powerful benefit might be the lesson that my coach imparted to me: In a world where comfort is king, arduous physical activity provides a rare opportunity to practice suffering.
I’m wondering if those that have made this switch back to being an employee of a larger organization after a period of self-employment have any advice. I’m finding it difficult to even compare self employment to an employee role when it comes to basics like salary requirements considering most jobs include a benefits package that don’t always have direct corollaries in a self-employment scenario. What’s your best advice for how to approach this transition and evaluate whether it might be the right time to change?
Thursday Jul 14, 2016
When I hear the realism that comes from founders with setback it elicits an understanding of what it takes to be successful at a startup that frankly can’t exist unless you’ve walked in those shoes before.
No one dares to mention that travel is essentially a consumable good under capitalism and, as such, simply isn’t available to many of us.
I’m interested to hear how people manage their personal finances, and any advice on that score. Do you do it through your bank, do you have a personal broker, online services? I am especially interested in hearing from people outside the US, more so if they have assets in the US that they manage as well.
Wednesday Jul 13, 2016
Our workweek is getting longer, and it’s likely because we are doing more from home.
I’d love to share the full list of productivity tips with you, hoping this list sparks some thoughts and ideas for next time you’re looking to get productive working remotely.
I believe in the side hustle 100%. It’s unrealistic to think that you could ever reach a moment where you can just cut off all financial security and start the career of your dreams. Unless you have years of savings or planning a couchsurfing trip.
Tuesday Jul 12, 2016
Indeed, the compulsive urge to immediately, electronically exhibit one’s self is a phenomenon made uniquely possible by our digital age. Yes, there are benefits to being able to share more images with a greater audience. But the impulse to incessantly document and post has taken precedent over simple focus and direct human connection.
Hey, I’m Jess McGlothlin, and this is my packing list.
Happiness is not the same as a sense of meaning. How do we go about finding a meaningful life, not just a happy one?
Monday Jul 11, 2016
Fears of civilization-wide idleness are based too much on the downsides of being unemployed in a society premised on the concept of employment.
I’ve read some suggestions about Hong Kong here, due to no taxes, reputable banking system, but seem that it can be difficult to arrange and can take months to get a bank account even after going there. Where did you set up your company and bank account with paypal, credit cards and all? Looking for recommendations on companies that help with the setup also!
But what if you just stopped wanting things? You might find yourself living a life that’s much richer in experiences and closer to happiness. How to get there? Try minimalism.
Thursday Jul 7, 2016
The idea of “grit” speaks to our deepest wishes: we all want to believe in our own limitless potential, and that of our children.
Have you ever just said F@#%k it? ..Wiped the slate clean? Just dropped the mic…and walked away into a whole new uncharted life? Career-wise that is. Would love to hear your story/musings/wisdom.
For many who wish to get away from the daily commute, working online offers them a chance to fulfil their dream, and safe, cheap and friendly Asia is the perfect place to do it.
There are four simple steps to the Feynman Technique, which I’ll explain below:
- Choose a Concept
- Teach it to a Toddler
- Identify Gaps and Go Back to The Source Material
- Review and Simplify
Patrick Smith, the author of Cockpit Confidential, answers every question we can throw at him about what really happens up in the air.
Wednesday Jul 6, 2016
Have you ever wondered how remote businesses develop? Today, we’ve got Tyler Tringas, founder of Storemapper and SolarList, to tell us about his experiences building a remote business and traveling.
Packing is one of the scariest things about relocating. The idea of moving all of your belongings from point A to point B might tempt you to set everything on fire and start from scratch rather than dealing with having to pack everything up.
Tuesday Jul 5, 2016
The seashore used to be a scary place, then it became a place of respite and vacation. What happened?
Do you make “a lot”? Do you work “very long” hours? Are these two basically connected most of the time regardless of career path?
I’ll be here for a couple hours to answer your questions about U.S. immigration.
Monday Jul 4, 2016
Curious to have a discussion surrounding whether people have successfully maintained a four hour work week. Also included can be those that have completely automated businesses too. On a personal note, I find freedom in being able to not work the 9-5 job. If I were to work 9=5 this would be certainly side income with the hope to then quit the 9-5.
The side hustle offers something worth much more than money: A hedge against feeling stuck and dull and cheated by life. This psychological benefit is the real reason for the Millennial obsession, I’d argue, and why you might want to consider finding your own side hustle, no matter how old you are.
I’d be interested to know what you guys think. I’d love to be a digital nomad but it also seems like a slightly stressful lifestyle.
Friday Jul 1, 2016
Essentially, we are forced to choose. Would you rather live a life that is unbalanced, but high-performing in a certain area? Or would you rather live a life that is balanced, but never maximizes your potential in a given quadrant?
For many of us, working simply feels good. But just because it feeds your ego or makes you feel important, that doesn’t mean it’s actually good for you. How do you break the cycle of working long hours at the office and constantly checking email at home?
Thursday Jun 30, 2016
American society increasingly mistakes intelligence for human worth.
A 21st-century education should prepare people not only for joining the workforce, but also (and more importantly) for life.
Wednesday Jun 29, 2016
Do you organise a month/week ahead? Do you wait till you’re at your destination then find a place?
To beat procrastination, a simple trick is to imagine starting the task as opposed to finishing it, and actually performing a tiny fraction of it, this over time rewires your limbic system.
Tuesday Jun 28, 2016
Are there any resources for figuring out if it’s legal to work remotely for a company based out of X country in Y other country?
If you read the above post, please read the following post as well.
Team Teleport lives and breathes remote work. With employees in different locations around the world, we know the challenges this arrangement can involve. Luckily, it can be made a lot easier with the right tools.
Learning to programming is NOT easy but it’s totally possible. You can do it.
Monday Jun 27, 2016
In today’s workplace environment, does it matter what you know or how you know it? It turns out how we value workers is changing, and the emphasis now is on learning and adapting instead of coming into a job with the skills required to do everything.
On today’s show, Andrew talks about the transformative power of travel, a life-changing trip to Madagascar, and the decision he made to be himself, rather than a character of himself, on Bizarre Foods.
It’s one thing to read all of the anecdotal evidence and science-backed facts about the benefits of a work-life balance. It’s another thing entirely to actually unlearn our deeply ingrained, workaholic habits and give ourselves permission to take a real break.
Friday Jun 24, 2016
We all want to find a dream job that’s enjoyable and meaningful, but what does that actually mean? Often we imagine we can work out what we’re passionate about in a flash of insight, while others think of their dream job as easy and highly paid. We reviewed two decades of research into the causes of a satisfying life and career, drawing on over 60 studies, and we didn’t find much evidence for these views. Instead, we found six key ingredients of a dream job.
Do you have a profitable side project? How long did it take to achieve?
Like me, you might be a liberal who loves Uber and Airbnb. But the darker side of the new economy isn’t something we can simply ignore.
Thursday Jun 23, 2016
If something that seems like work to other people doesn’t seem like work to you, that’s something you’re well suited for.
Hey everyone, life took an interesting turn of events and I found myself in a situation where I will have approximately 7 full months to create my dream of being a digital nomad. 7 full months of free-time, food, shelter, internet, etc.
Wednesday Jun 22, 2016
There are two ways to take your cellphone abroad and get data — the frugal way and the pay-full-price way. The inexpensive method involves some tinkering and planning ahead, while the full-price way is easy but requires paying even more money to your carrier.
A new study shows that people with more money tend to be less lonely. We shouldn’t be surprised – the link between happiness and wealth is clear.
Tuesday Jun 21, 2016
Here, we’ve created a takeoff-to-landing guide to spoiling yourself with the smartest, scientifically-proven, packable, multi-tasking, globally-sourced products you’ll need to land feeling, smelling, and looking fresh—or at least, not like you’ve been drinking red wine at altitude. Get ready to spritz your face while wearing compression socks and a padded turban from the future.
Most of us lose time to negative thoughts; reframe your thinking and feel more positive.
These stats tell the story of the freelance market.
Monday Jun 20, 2016
Can some of you that live or have lived in a country where you don’t speak the language tell me about your experiences. I mean essentially you have to figure out some way to communicate. How do you communicate with people who are providing you accommodations. Or how do you figure out what you want and communicate that to a waiter at a restaurant. Just really curious how you make it day to day.
Hardly anybody goes to Sri Lanka’s Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI) because they have a flight. No, the air transport hub is currently a daily flight or two away from being completely defunct, and the people who do go there tend to be tourists making a side trip from the nearby wildlife parks to see the stunning, fully modern airport in the middle of the jungle for themselves.
This is controversial, but here goes: I think if you’re remarkable, amazing or just plain spectacular, you probably shouldn’t have a resume at all.
Friday Jun 17, 2016
We traveled more than 3,000 miles from the Arctic Circle to the Atlantic Ocean in nine days, visiting six countries. We saw nine museums, sang on a live television show, went on three walking tours and lingered over glasses of red wine while hurtling past grassy hills in the moonlight.
Early on, one thing became clear: Companies are wasting a ton of money by not using the cheapest services to pay their team (we estimate we save over $32,400 a year by not using Upwork to pay our team and that was even before Upwork upped their pricing), primarily because the services make it very difficult to figure out exactly what you are being charged.
Thursday Jun 16, 2016
The Japanese don’t sleep. They don’t nap. They do ‘inemuri’. Dr Brigitte Steger explains.
Many people cheat on taxes—no mystery there. But many people don’t, even if they wouldn’t be caught—now, that’s weird. Or is it? Psychologists are deeply perplexed by human moral behavior, because it often doesn’t seem to make any logical sense. You might think that we should just be grateful for it. But if we could understand these seemingly irrational acts, perhaps we could encourage more of them.
It’s possible to switch hats, to have side projects, to have two ‘jobs’. But we can’t wear both hats at the same time, can’t freelance our way to entrepreneurial success.
Wednesday Jun 15, 2016
The key idea is that getting a job is about convincing someone that you have something valuable to offer. Ultimately, it’s a sales process. So you should focus on doing whatever employers will find most convincing. That means instead of sending out lots of CVs, focus on getting recommendations and proving you can do the work.
Next time people say, “just be yourself,” stop them in their tracks. No one wants to hear everything that’s in your head. They just want you to live up to what comes out of your mouth.
Swiss voters have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to introduce a guaranteed basic income for all. Final results from Sunday’s referendum showed that nearly 77% opposed the plan, with only 23% backing it.
Tuesday Jun 14, 2016
Where are you living? What’s it like for a family there? How old is/are your child/ren? What are the pros and cons?
Science-informed suggestions to help you have greater health, growth, and happiness.
Are remote workers more satisfied with their situations, or more isolated and discontented? Do they feel more valued — or less? Are they more productive — or not?
Monday Jun 13, 2016
Should I give up on this idea of digital nomad life until I can deep dive into one skillset (e.g. Android dev)? I feel entrepreneurial but unless I build a startup myself I don’t think there are ‘entrepreneur’ jobs out there.
We don’t often question the typical world map that hangs on the walls of classrooms — a patchwork of yellow, pink and green that separates the world into more than 200 nations. But Parag Khanna, a global strategist, says that this map is, essentially, obsolete.
Moving beyond the obvious idea that more practise is better, it is likely that practise is most effective when combined with sufficient deep sleep.
Friday Jun 10, 2016
I’m posting mostly to say, it’s possible to be a DN even if you have a disability. It’s harder, but it’s possible. (At least for many/most people with disability; I don’t claim to speak for everyone.)
Trying to find your passion is a recipe for disaster – or at best, a recipe for horrible disappointment (note: the recipe includes pickles). What if you can’t find it? What if you find it and then a few days later you realize that wasn’t it at all?
On paper, my life seemed great. I had a dream job, a swanky apartment, and a loving girlfriend. But something was off. I couldn’t bear being chained to my desk in a stuffy office any longer. So I decided to quit and travel the world, bringing only my passport, a small backpack, and my enormous trust fund.
Thursday Jun 9, 2016
What’s the biggest risk you took in your career that paid off?
Our minds want to run from whatever discomfort, pain, difficulty we’re facing… and this is a good strategy for temporarily not having to deal with difficulty and pain. So in the present moment, we might feel some temporary relief. But what it does is relegate us to a life of running.
Wednesday Jun 8, 2016
Quitting your job to pursue your passion is bullshit. This messaging is only beneficial for privileged people and very dangerous for working class people.
In places like Detroit and Cleveland a grassroots coworking movement is welcoming minority and low-income entrepreneurs and artists.
Tuesday Jun 7, 2016
There tons of articles about remote working and digital nomads but are most about American or Canadian developer working for an American or Canadian company, living and traveling in 3rd world countries, and they all talk about how great traveling is and how cheap is the cost of living is compared to their home country. So I want to know if Is there any 3rd world digital Nomads, If you do exist, please tell me how you do it?
Fundamentally, the problem isn’t about politics. It’s economics.
Monday Jun 6, 2016
A laptop and an internet connection are all that’s required for some jobs these days – and many globetrotters are making the most of it, living and working in cities across the world.
As you point your phone at everything from Notre Dame to a slice of chocolate cake, remember these images will take on significance only after you have gone.
Friday Jun 3, 2016
What do you guys do for a living?
“’Lean In’ might be a good philosophy for getting you good things in your career,” she added, “but it might not be the best strategy for getting good things in your life.”
Thursday Jun 2, 2016
If you’re a footloose creative soul searching for a more affordable and friendly space than a typical rented or home office, coworking could work for you.
A cross-country road trip is a quintessentially American experience. From Jack Kerouac to the Griswold family, millions have loaded up the car and hit the open road. It’s always an adventure, but in modern times it’s a relatively tame one: The roads are paved, signs point the way, and Siri always has your back.
Tuesday May 31, 2016
A US ruling says that that companies aren’t allowed to pressure staff to be relentlessly positive. That’s good news, because haters can help.
For the first time since the 1880s, more young Americans are living with their parents than with a romantic partner.
Monday May 30, 2016
Wouldn’t it be great to ditch the micro-managing boss, take on exciting new projects whenever you want, and work the hours that suit you? Well, thanks to the rise of on-demand talent marketplaces, the so-called “gig economy” is fast becoming a reality.
Friday May 27, 2016
Remember, working remotely isn’t a get out of jail free card. It means that you need to be more vigilant and proactive. Just like in your long distance relationship, sometimes a simple message will make you a much better team.
Instead of sharing quotes like “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”, why don’t we start celebrating those who are doing the best they can, with what they currently have?
Thursday May 26, 2016
What’s the procedure for getting a new job without going through external recruiters?
Expect workers and regulators to demand continued improvements in workplace safety. Expect more comfortable workspaces, more flexibility about hours and teleworking, more generous family leave, more and better snacks. Expect higher standards in the equipment we use — and a continued blurring of the line between office collaboration and mere socializing.
Wednesday May 25, 2016
A specific set of neurons deep in the brain may motivate us to seek company, holding social species together.
This ability to earn an income through a variety of sources and arrangements has become a popular option over the past decade or so. But given that freelancing has been around in one form or another since the beginning of time, why has it become so prevalent in recent years? Let’s take a look.
Tuesday May 24, 2016
Working from 9 to 5 — what a way to make a livin’. The song is awesome, but the actual practice is pretty outdated. Yet, these hours are still firmly enforced by a lot of workplaces. Let’s talk about why it might be better for you to abandon that ship (if you can).
Two years ago I graduated college. One year ago I left for a backpacking trip. I came back and started working to build a business. I tried a bunch of things, but it ended up being a small side project that turned into my full time gig. Today I’m living in Southeast Asia (currently in Vietnam) and we’re on track to 10X the cheap flights business this year.
Monday May 23, 2016
The overlap between co-living and co-working is no coincidence. Co-living startups are hoping that they can do to residential accommodation what co-working did to office space: attract young people to shared spaces, subverting the economics of real estate by offering access over ownership.
With technology no longer a limiting factor and companies increasingly considering the idea of hiring remote workers, it’s likely that today’s job seekers are wondering whether this new way of working makes sense for them. To answer that question, we’re sharing the top advantages and disadvantages of working remotely.
Thanks to globalization, it’s very likely that at some point you’ve found yourself faced with a line of text written in a language you couldn’t quite identify. Maybe in the international section of a grocery store, or on Facebook, for example. “What the heck is this language?” you ask yourself.
Friday May 20, 2016
Here’s why programming — unlike plumbing — is an important skill that everyone should learn: programming is how humans talk to machines.
Quitting your 9 to 5 job, being your own boss and rolling out of the bed to work in your PJ’s is the dream for many people, but it doesn’t come easy. A lot of sites out there talk about how to become a Freelancer, so I figured I’d share what my Life as a Freelancer looks like.
Thursday May 19, 2016
I often have career discussions with entrepreneurs — both young and more mature — whether they should join company “X” or not. I usually pull the old trick of answering a question with a question. My reply is usually, “is it time for you to earn or to learn?”
If you could restart your career from day 1, what would you do differently (or the same)? Please also leave years experience/current position.
Wednesday May 18, 2016
What this may mean is that the growth of the gig economy, at least the growth measured by Katz and Krueger, is being driven not so much by struggling millennials lining up gigs online as by 60-year-olds working as independent contractors.
Thousands applied for the inaugural class of travel start-up Remote Year. Here’s what happened to the 68 people who went.
Tuesday May 17, 2016
The problem I have is with the recurring narrative that quitting your job to travel the world is inherently a noble act, when sometimes it just means that you are very, very fortunate. Fortunate to have a strong support system of people who will let you crash with them. Fortunate enough to have a substantial amount of savings to draw from, or parents who will let you use their home as your forwarding address, or fortunate enough to be able to leave for months at a time without worrying about treating chronic illness or paying down your debt.
So this Tuesday around 12:30 pm, my friend Andrew and I decided to ask everyone at the Deus Ex Machina coffee shop what they were doing at that exact moment.
Monday May 16, 2016
Any huge blunders you’d like to do over?
But in today’s world, networking is a necessity. A mountain of research shows that professional networks lead to more job and business opportunities, broader and deeper knowledge, improved capacity to innovate, faster advancement, and greater status and authority.
Friday May 13, 2016
Distributed teams are getting more and more common, but too many businesses still cling to outdated assumptions.
Basically, I can’t make me to focus on my work until it’s really close to the deadline of my task or even later. I keep procrastinating or code other things, but the one task that I know is my highest priority and the one that should be done, always gets ignored until last minute… Anyone else had this?
Thursday May 12, 2016
What would you say if I told you that reading one book can be more valuable than reading fifty? That re-reading something familiar is more valuable than reading something new? What would you say if I told you that you could learn more by reading less?
What can those who want to create more innovative and collaborative workplaces today — whether that’s a better office in a traditional organization, a coworking space, a startup incubator, or a fab lab — learn from the workshops of the Renaissance? The bottegas’ three major selling points were turning ideas into action, fostering dialogue, and facilitating the convergence of art and science.
Wednesday May 11, 2016
What is something someone said that forever changed your way of thinking?
How exactly does procrastination work, and how do you stop it? Psychological research, comics and “The Simpsons” will explain.
Tuesday May 10, 2016
So for those of you that work as nomads and have anxiety…how do you do it? How do you deal with working outside the office? Does being on the phone invoke similar anxiety as being in the office for you? Do you find it’s incredibly hard to make friends since now there may be a language barrier?
It’s a paradox: Shouldn’t the most accomplished be well equipped to make choices that maximize life satisfaction?
Monday May 9, 2016
This article is only touching on the complexities, challenges and perks of remote work, but hopefully it sparks positive change in you or your organisation.
Independent contractors and temp-agency workers see things very differently.
Friday May 6, 2016
Security lines at airports are getting longer — much longer — and wait times could reach epidemic levels when air travel peaks this summer, according to airlines, airports and federal officials.
They say you stay up too late and got nothing in your brain? It’s normal to care what important people in your life think of you. But if caring too much makes you stressed or you live your life by others’ expectations, it may be time to push back. Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen offers nine ways to stop caring what other people think.
Thursday May 5, 2016
Most of what I try fails, but these failures are often invisible, while the successes are visible. I have noticed that this sometimes gives others the impression that most things work out for me. As a result, they are more likely to attribute their own failures to themselves, rather than the fact that the world is stochastic, applications are crapshoots, and selection committees and referees have bad days. This CV of Failures is an attempt to balance the record and provide some perspective.
View your life as a business. A business has many product lines and shifts many times during the course of its life.
Wednesday May 4, 2016
Awareness of celiac disease is on the rise, but many places have never heard of it, so patience is required – both in explaining the issue and handling mistakes.
Most people don’t know what to do with their lives. And that’s okay.
To me, the biggest shock of coming home wasn’t cultural — it was simply the shock of being home. After my first trip, I found it hard to adjust to driving everywhere, the cost of things, the quick pace of life, and not having people to interact with 24⁄7.
We discovered that Bangladesh is easily the country where you are least likely to be surrounded by fellow travelers, with over 1,000 people in the population per every tourist visit. In contrast, for many of the island nations in the Caribbean and small European countries, more tourists visit annually than those countries have people.
Tuesday May 3, 2016
Becoming a DN is nothing like “winning the lottery”. For most people, it’s finding work that you can do using a laptop. Unlike becoming president or winning a Nobel prize… “Work using laptop” is a realistic, highly-achievable goal for most people.
I don’t mean to piss all over anyone’s plans – by all means follow your dreams and live the life you want. And don’t take my word for how to do it. But please be realistic about it. Don’t imagine that selling your car, buying an $800 backpack, and heading to a magic co-working place in Bali is going to solve your problems and make your dreams come true.
And while the presence of digital nomads in a city tends to correlate with a reasonable local startup scene, any wealth generated often fails to trickle down to the people who need it the most.
Monday May 2, 2016
My goal is to be a programmer that works remotely. Can anyone, who does this for a living, please give me a step by step guide regarding how I can realize this ambition.
To give you guidance, we have bypassed the thicket of greenwashing prevalent in travel marketing, and instead asked experts at leading environmental groups how they approach travel. Based on their advice, we’ve put together a guide to traveling while keeping your footprint light.
We asked three economists for their answer to the question: why do we work so hard?
Friday Apr 29, 2016
The lifestyle has had a dramatic influence on the way I live and work. To celebrate these past two years, I wanted to share how digital nomadism has impacted my life, and to offer some lessons that I’ve learned along the way.
Moving from naive to purposeful practice can dramatically increase performance.
And indeed, as we race from the office to the gym to a dinner, proudly showing off our jam-packed schedules, it’s worth remembering Kierkegaard’s warnings about busyness from centuries ago. He wrote:
Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy—to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work… What, I wonder, do these busy folks get done?
Thursday Apr 28, 2016
When people see themselves as self-made, they tend to be less generous and public-spirited.
Kids are still unplugging and trying out The Hobo Life—but what happens when you add Wi-Fi and Indiegogo campaigns and iPhone apps to the experience?
The transformation of our work environments is only just beginning, but it could have a major impact on architects, developers, corporations, and society at large in the years to come. Far from making offices obsolete, as the digital pioneers of the 1990s confidently predicted, technology will transform and revitalize workspaces.
Wednesday Apr 27, 2016
There are lots of free courses online but some offer the option of paying and receiving a certificate on completion. Does anyone here have one of those certs? Do they hold any value? Is it worth paying for the cert when you can still do the full course for free?
Rising office rents make co-working spaces an attractive, and practical, alternative. Could they also foster a ‘magic spark’ among entrepreneurs?
It was in March 2016 when I thought it would be a good idea to see how working remotely in Nepal would be for a founder of a tech startup.
So what, then, is success? Because it is not money. That I know. And it is not some physical achievement. That I know. It is not a book written or a reward received or a job completed or a promotion anointed. Here are the stages of success that I think exist. I can easily be wrong. This is what works for me now.
Tuesday Apr 26, 2016
Breaking all your tasks into quadrants can help you become more strategic about how you work.
New pricing rules from American, Delta and United make multicity itineraries more complicated.
We analyzed hundreds of online resources and spoke to a wide swath of experts so we could gather everything there is to know about freelancing.
Here are the bite-sized nuggets of wisdom our LIVE Chat guests—from singers to pro basketball players to venture capitalists—want to share with the world.
Monday Apr 25, 2016
Surviving is succeeding, no doubt about it. Doing the work is better than not doing the work. Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress. But, and it’s a huge but, you define yourself by the work you do, and perhaps you need to redefine what you’re willing to take and where you’re looking for it.
Fear is what causes us to buy things we don’t really need. Fear keeps us holding onto stuff we don’t need.
Some qualities, no matter how much you work at changing them, will lessen but they won’t go away. And in the spirit of disclosure and admission, here are the limitations of long-term travel, the things that many months of wandering didn’t fix.
Friday Apr 22, 2016
The gist: a lot of full-time jobs in the modern economy simply don’t pay a living wage. And even those jobs may be obliterated by new technologies. What’s to be done so that financially vulnerable people aren’t just crushed? It may finally be time for an idea that economists have promoted for decades: a guaranteed basic income.
Eating, praying and loving may be a stated goal of travel. In reality, we seem more obsessed with nabbing the perfect photo.
I’ve been at this digital nomad thing for close to a year now, and have not reached any form of substantial success where I can achieve the freedom and location independence I was hoping for. Its just one of those days where the prospects of freedom seem to be fading and the frustrations are definitely taking its toll. I’ve tried all kinds of strategies but still have not had any definitive success as of yet. I just wanna know, to those successful digital nomads out there, how’d you do it?
Thursday Apr 21, 2016
Next time you’re feeling apprehensive about your work, because others in your field seem more talented or confident, remember this: they only seem that way because you can’t see what they’re thinking.
Looking for a few general parameters here, feel free to answer any or all:
- Music (Y/N? if so, what? links?)
- Hours (standard 9a-5p? or 10p-5a vampire hours?)
A lot of people get minimalism confused. It’s not necessarily a good way to live. Or a free way to live for many people. It’s just the way I like to live. I like to be a wanderer. Without knowing where I am going to end up. To explore with no goal. To love without expectation.
In conclusion: it’s not really dangerous to forget to put your phone into airplane mode and you’re not going to get fined by the FAA as long as you don’t argue about it. But it can be quite annoying to the pilots and it’s going to drain your batteries. So please turn your airplane mode on, sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight.
Wednesday Apr 20, 2016
There’s an endless glut of people writing about how solo travel is amazing and inspiring and will be the best experience of your life. Solo travel, like anything else, can go both ways. I’m not going to say much on that. Couples travel also has its own set of problems. I’m writing this post because I want to share with you the solutions that we have found to make our travels satisfying and meaningful and although they may not apply to you, they might give you some ideas on getting creative with your own situation!
The tendency amongst smart, ambitious people is to anticipate every contingency, especially when it comes to career planning. The challenge is that the best opportunities confront you serendipitously. Life makes your long-term roadmap 90% worthless.
These days, every element of flying feels like a financial calculation. Is shelling out $80 for an extra six inches of legroom in premium economy good value? Is it worth paying $50 to check a bag into the hold? How about $12 for a mediocre sandwich? Or $4 for a bottle of water? Many frugal travellers would answer “no” to all of the above. But there is one perk that might be worth paying a considerable sum for: wiping out jet lag.
A growing number of young professionals are exchanging cubicles for “exotic” locales. But the cheap living comes with uncomfortable questions about privilege.
Tuesday Apr 19, 2016
Busy, distracted, inattentive? Everybody has been since at least 1710 and here are the philosophers to prove it.
Burning out early helps no one. WHY are we running? What are we running towards? Are you trying to get promoted, a better title, more money for your family, an early retirement, good healthcare? Ask yourself these questions so you at least know and you’re conscious about your motivations. Sometimes we forget WHY we work.
Which airlines should you travel with – and which should you avoid? We sift through the data so you don’t have to.
Monday Apr 18, 2016
Being rich isn’t about money. It’s about abundance. Here’s why.
An office in the Adriatic, a hut in the Tanzanian bush and the back of a minivan on the beach – we asked you to share photos of where in the world you work.
Working remotely (location independence) allows you to work on your own terms and your own schedule — from anywhere in the world. Here’s how to get there.
Friday Apr 15, 2016
I don’t know if we maybe overemphasize the loneliness factor for a nomadic/traveling lifestyle as though it doesn’t exist in the “normal” stay-in-one-place lifestyle. As though it’s an either/or situation. Personally, I could see how loneliness might create a vicious loop of people who experience loneliness at home, seek to travel to combat their loneliness, experience loneliness on the road and return, only to become lonely again.
I am a Canadian freelance writer and travel blogger. I carry almost everything I own with me in my backpack. My English boyfriend of almost 7 years and I have travelled extensively through Europe, North America, South America and Asia.
Thursday Apr 14, 2016
On the surface, it’s easy to sketch what a “good job” means: having a job in the first place, along with good pay and access to benefits like health insurance. But that quick description is far from adequate, for several interrelated reasons. When most of us think about a “good job,” we have more than the paycheck in mind.
The following is a short list of principles, that if applied, will empower you to make the most of every moment of your life. To be sure, developing these habits is not easy in our heavily distracted and externally-driven world.
Wednesday Apr 13, 2016
There are so many options. Any companies specialising on digital nomads?
I think this message is one of the most harmful in all of business. Sustained exhaustion is not a rite of passage. It’s a mark of stupidity.
Tuesday Apr 12, 2016
My no.1 conclusion? This thing is not easy, at least not for me. However, it’s also incredibly rewarding, and, in the long run, I think that those rewards make it worth the effort. So, here are 8 good, bad, and ugly things that I have learned along the way.
What field are you in? How much experience did you have before you made the transition? How would you advise others looking to do the same as yourself? Etc.
Unfortunately, many have already learned the hard way that even the best coding chops have their limits. More and more, “learn to code” is looking like bad advice.
Monday Apr 11, 2016
I am currently working in a position that felt like a great startup to work at during my interview. However, a few months into the job I realized my boss was a complete and utter asshole. Given this is my first job out of college, I’ve stuck with it and I am looking for a new role. How can I detect during the interview / research phase to avoid such situations?
Ever wonder why your seats have to be in the “upright and locked position”? Why your windows have to be open during take-off and landing? What the flight attendants real job is?
Friday Apr 8, 2016
But anyone who cares about the future of work in the United States shouldn’t focus too narrowly on the novelty of people making extra money using their mobile phones. There’s a bigger shift underway. That’s a key implication of new research that indicates the proportion of American workers who don’t have traditional jobs — who instead work as independent contractors, through temporary services or on-call — has soared in the last decade.
A midlife career shift can be good for cognition, well-being, and even longevity.
As technology continues to shrink the effective distance between every human on the planet, it’s melting away geographic barriers between co-workers and ushering in a new type of globally distributed workforce. For startups and larger companies alike, embracing and innovating around this new model of work will be critical to competing in a dynamic global market.
Telling young people to discover their true selves causes confusion and anxiety. Better to follow Confucius, who knew that our identities are in constant flux.
Thursday Apr 7, 2016
So what is indeed the healthiest way? And what can you change about your style today to get the biggest benefit?
A couple of weeks ago, I reported on the science of chronobiology, which finds we all have an internal clock that keeps us on a consistent sleep and wake cycle. But the key finding is that everyone’s clock is not the same. Most people fall in the middle, preferring to sleep around 11 pm to 7 am. But many — perhaps 40 percent of the population — don’t naturally fit in this schedule.
I’m a nomad. I have been for more than two years now. I’ve hiked atop a glacier in New Zealand, enjoyed an opera beneath the Acropolis, spoken with teenage zinc miners in Bolivia, played with tiger cubs in Thailand, and done some very shady currency deals in Argentina. And I’m not living the dream.
Monday Apr 4, 2016
One of the reasons flying can be so terrible is that airlines are cramming passengers into ever smaller spaces to wring the most profit out of each flight. And given the airlines’ current research into unorthodox seating arrangements, the trend is likely to continue.
If you’re interested in becoming a digital nomad, here are some jobs outside of the technology world that might fit your skills, passions, or desire to live a flexible lifestyle.
As unicorn startups send customer service gigs to the hinterland, is Silicon Valley exporting its prosperity, or just dead-end jobs?
Friday Apr 1, 2016
How we approach hiring, benefits, and growth.
Having done a lot of different jobs while travelling I would like to share some things I’ve learned with the rest of you. While there are already a couple of good discussions here and there, I will try to introduce some less known tips for easy socializing abroad in this short guide (both offline and online).
Thursday Mar 31, 2016
When we travel, we think we don’t want to get sick, but maybe, less consciously, we’re not so sure. If nothing of note happens on a journey, was it one?
Passion is great, it is motivating force, a driver to learn and practice and hopefully eventually to excel at something. But at the same time it is an Achilles heel. It allows the unscrupulous to take advantage of you, it means you will work for compensation well below its actual value and it means that you will do so to your own detriment, up to and including your health.
Here’s what I did to get my freelancing business going again. Instead of sending cold emails, which are effective in bulk but have a terrible response rate, I snail-mailed handwritten letters to all of the companies I wanted to work with. The letters were mailed to design and digital marketing agencies throughout the U.S.
Wednesday Mar 30, 2016
Fellow Hackers, I am bored and want to learn something new. Have you watched any interesting/useful online courses recently on Coursera/Udemy/edX/OpenUniversity/others? It can be free/paid and I am open to any discipline.
I am an indie iPhone developer, and I’ve been working for 3 hours everyday for almost 2 years now. It may not work for everybody, but I started this habit in early 2014, and I have continued to do it since have I found that this is the most productive way to work for me.
For the future economy to work, we need to get rid of our unhealthy fixation on what work and jobs mean to our self-worth.
Tuesday Mar 29, 2016
How to spend your miles is a hard question. I’ve gone back and forth on whether to spend as quickly as possible or save them. But I’ve settled that the best strategy is to use my miles strategically so I get the best, most comfortable mile for the buck: I pay out of pocket when I fly domestic, and I use miles to pay for expensive overseas flights in business class, and for upgrades.
New research suggests being in charge is appealing because it offers freedom—not because it allows people to control others.
When traveling to unfamiliar areas, whether it be a new city within the United States or traveling abroad, it’s important to travel smart in order to not present yourself as an easy target. The main topic to keep in mind when traveling: Blend in.
Monday Mar 28, 2016
Can short coffee breaks spell the difference between loving and hating work? In Sweden, where workers are among the least stressed worldwide, the secret to happiness is a four letter word: fika.
Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.
Friday Mar 25, 2016
I want you to join me. But before I make that pitch, first let me clarify what living nomadically is really all about.
A star political blogger for Grist.org, David Roberts spent so much time posting and Tweeting and staring at screens that he almost went nuts. So he pulled the plug for a year, restarting his relationship with technology and actively seeking health, balance, and adventure in the real world. What he learned just might save you from meltdown.
The attacks in Brussels, Ankara, Istanbul, Paris, and other places in the last year were horrific. Each of these attacks and the many more that barely make the North American media are tragedies. My heart goes out to those who are affected by the blast and their families. But I do not think that we ought to stop traveling because of them.
Thursday Mar 24, 2016
It’s a cliche that “you can’t buy happiness”, but at the same time, financial security is among most people’s top career priorities. Moreover, when people are asked what would most improve the quality of their lives, the most common answer is more money. What’s going on here? Who is right?
But the reason you’re not productive isn’t because you don’t know what to do with all of your extra time, it’s because the hours of your day have been wasted. If you’ve already spent 8 hours doing something unrelated to what you should be doing, no tip or trick will help you gain back that time. It’s gone.
Working from home, being what’s called a remote worker, is a really fascinating frontier of Work. It’s fascinating both because as a paradigm, it creates new challenges, and it also makes visible ways in which more traditional work spaces overcome old challenges.
Wednesday Mar 23, 2016
To get us humans moving forward again into what Winston Churchill called “the broad sunlit uplands” of a bright and upright future, I’ve spent the last few months researching the benefits and mechanics of good posture, and how to achieve it in an age of schlumpliness. Today I’m going to share everything I learned.
Our jobs have become prisons from which we don’t want to escape.
Travelers who have been scammed abroad, what’s the worst story of yours?
Tuesday Mar 22, 2016
I’ve been itching to get a standing desk. After all, America’s sitting itself into an early grave. Sitting is the new smoking. Clearly, a standing desk would stop me from sitting, and standing is just so much better for you than sitting, right? Contrary to popular belief, science does not say so.
Many people fantasize about traveling the world and working on their book, starting a business, or doing freelance work… but there’s no good way to figure out how financially feasible it is. Well, there wasn’t. Until I built one.
What kind of digital nomad are you?
Monday Mar 21, 2016
We’ve all been there: bored in class, bored at work, bored in stand still traffic. But why do we find boredom so unbearable? And, if we hate boredom so much, why do we still take boring jobs? This week on Hidden Brain, we try to answer these questions and more – hopefully, without boring you.
The last 5 weeks I stayed at roam.co in Bali, a new and aspiring coliving startup from New York. I was so blown away by the experience and fascinated by the whole concept that I decided to write a quick post about my time there to share the experience with everybody. My stay there also brought up many thoughts about the future of living.
One common belief by travellers is that an Airbnb rental is usually cheaper than staying at a hotel… In 26 of the 88 cities I analysed hotels were cheaper, compared to 60 cities where Airbnb’s were cheaper. 2 cities had no price difference, Riga and Warsaw.
Friday Mar 18, 2016
We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.
Studies have shown that tipping is not an effective incentive for performance in servers. It also creates an environment in which people of color, young people, old people, women, and foreigners tend to get worse service than white males. In a tip-based system, nonwhite servers make less than their white peers for equal work. Consider also the power imbalance between tippers, who are typically male, and servers, 70 percent of whom are female, and consider that the restaurant industry generates five times the average number of sexual harassment claims per worker. And that in many instances employers have allegedly misused tip credits, which let owners pay servers less than minimum wage if tipping makes up the difference.
Has anyone moved out of SF/SV to work in a different tech city? If so, where?
Thursday Mar 17, 2016
Anyone who wants to master a skill must run through the cycle of practice, critical feedback, modification, and incremental improvement again, again, and again. Some people seem able to concentrate on practicing an activity like this for years and take pleasure in their gradual improvement. Yet others find this kind of focused, time-intensive work to be frustrating or boring. Why?
What was your thought process that made you want to live a nomadic lifestyle?
It can be a SaaS app, a mobile app, or any side project that is netting you recurring revenue.
Wednesday Mar 16, 2016
Let me tell you about the largest business opportunity the world has ever seen. It’s larger than the entire world economy today and it is about to happen right now.
What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to choosing what “expertise” you should build your online business around? What frustrates you the most? What have you tried in the past?
A step-by-step guide to paying freelancers with respect instead of money.
Tuesday Mar 15, 2016
The pros and cons of carrying your home on your back and creating a living out of travel.
I’m very curious how US citizens who are traveling inside the US for extended periods of time (say, 6+ mo) handle things like taxes, health insurance, vehicle registration, voter registration, banking, etc. Many of our legal and business systems seem to require that you have an official residence in a particular state.
Because tipping rules vary by country, region, and place of business, it’s important to research your destination’s customs prior to any trip. Start by consulting this guide, which outlines tipping customs in 20 countries around the world, for restaurants, hotels, and beyond!
Sunday Mar 13, 2016
This is not the moment where I spam you and offer an e-book on lifestyle design and entrepreneurship, but rather just a collection of sites and services you may find intriguing and useful.
In the utopian (dystopian?) future projected by technological visionaries, few people would have to work. Wealth would be generated by millions upon millions of sophisticated machines. But how would people earn a living?
I traveled around the country telling strangers how to balance their workloads and better their lives—until I learned the hard way that the people offering to solve your problems are often the ones who need help the most.
Friday Mar 11, 2016
Frequent fliers sometimes go to great lengths to keep their airline élite status, and those efforts are often completely out of proportion to the perks.
Now we live in a new world. A world where you don’t have to get a job. Where there are opportunities with their hands out, waiting to be touched and loved, if you just reach out as far as you can and touch them back. Here are ten reasons you shouldn’t have a job. Included in these ten reasons are reasons to be hopeful.
Psychology experiments show why even the financially savvy have a hard time following sensible strategies.
Thursday Mar 10, 2016
Telling kids that they can do anything—whether fueled by imagination or hard work—obscures the critical role of chance in success. Not every child who wants to be a surgeon or sports star can become one, even if they work hard at it. At the same time, in every success story there is the grace of good fortune. As Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman puts it: “Success = Talent + Luck. Great success = A little more talent + A Lot of Luck.”
Which is to say: remember, you do not need an MBA. Only do it if you want to. Food and water are needs; an MBA is an expensive want. Like a Rolex. And that didn’t impress my mother either.
Wednesday Mar 9, 2016
Like many of you, I have a flexible, work-from-home job, so I can work anywhere there’s an Internet connection. I’d like to see more of the U.S. and maybe live somewhere for 2-4 weeks and experience it in more depth than a regular vacation, and actually work while I’m there. Does anyone have any experience with this? Tips for low-cost cities? Ways to stay in some place for approximately the cost of rent?
Co-working has been a popular option for many start-ups over the last few years. The new trend on the scene, however, is co-living, but will it take off in the same way?
Most people have “okay” jobs. We go to work, do what we have to do from 9 to 5, come back home, maybe hang out with friends, and do it all over again the next day. There’s nothing wrong with this. But some people perform at a totally different level.
Tuesday Mar 8, 2016
Relationships are hard work. That’s the honest truth. Two people come together based on mutual interests and admiration, and they forge a partnership that can carry on for a lifetime. When you choose to build your relationship on the road in a constantly changing and uncertain environment, each day comes with an added layer of volatility. One moment you’re experiencing euphoric happiness, and the next could be stinging frustration.
The factors that most affect our life chances are revealed as the first group of British babies followed in a remarkable cradle-to-grave study turns 70.
Even a cursory look at the social, environmental, and economic impacts of working from home indicates that even more people could and should be.
Sunday Mar 6, 2016
Those Millennial-filled compounds aren’t all that different from 19th-century boarding houses.
About three months ago, my company made the switch from a cozy office in the heart of Silicon Valley to going completely distributed. Now I usually work from home, as do my colleagues. I’m excited to share some of the benefits of distributed companies, a few of the tools we’re using, and some of the initial lessons learned.
New research reveals surprising truths about why some work groups thrive and others falter.
Saturday Mar 5, 2016
So you are at a cafe, working hard, and suddenly you need to go to the toilet. What you do with your stuff?
But working from home has its downsides as well, from the potential whiff of body odour to the whiff of madness that comes from spending too much time on your own. Sure, you can shower regularly, go for walks, or meet up with friends to satisfy your social needs. But working as a solo show leaves out one vital aspect that isn’t remedied by nipping out for a coffee — and that’s a sense of community.
The notion that there is a “normal” height or a “normal” salary is a relatively new one, and it’s had a profound effect on how people think about each other and themselves.
Friday Mar 4, 2016
With Stripe Atlas, entrepreneurs can easily incorporate a U.S. company, set up a U.S. bank account, and start accepting payments with Stripe. Starting today, it’s available to developers and entrepreneurs globally. The promise of the internet is that location matters less. However, geographic barriers and associated complexity make it difficult to start a global business in many parts of the world. Developers around the world should have equal access to the tools and services that are available to those in Berlin and Boston.
Today, we’re taking a look at a research project on digital nomads launched by Harvard professor Beth Altringer and Harvard undergraduate Daria Evdokimova. I learned about the study from Daria some months ago and have been curious ever since to know more about the reasons this study was launched and why digital nomadism as a phenomenon could be a topic of interest in the academic world.
About once a month, someone asks for my mailing address because they want to send me something. They liked something I wrote, and want to send me a gift in return. I’m very thankful, but have to say no. Here’s why.
Tuesday Mar 1, 2016
I worked remotely doing software and traveled across Europe for most of the year, then Asia for a good chunk, and finally South America for a month in 2015. I think this sub focuses quite a lot on the work + logistics aspects of digital nomadism, but I don’t see nearly as much focus on knowing how much time you should spend in a place, or some of the social aspects. Once you’re remote, the decisions you make next shape your experience. There’s definitely good ways and bad ways to be a nomad depending on your needs and circumstances. Just wanted to share my experiences.
When people repeatedly move from place to place, they may be more willing to let go of relationships.
It’s clear that co-working is far more than a passing trend, it’s now a huge global industry providing essential services to communities of start-ups, entrepreneurs and freelancers in cities around the world. In fact, these spaces are becoming so popular, some experts believe they could be the predominant way in which we work in the future, taking over from more traditional office environments.
Friday Feb 26, 2016
What are your biggest career regrets?
We’re conditioned early on, especially as women, to value security above all else and cling on to it at all costs and it takes an exceptional sort of fearlessness to tune out the expectations of the people in your life and risk your own security, in pursuit of genuine happiness.
Looking over this chaotic landscape, it’s reasonable to ask: Are time zones inherently flawed? That’s what Steve Hanke and Dick Henry think.
The media critic on the malfunctioning tech economy, digital detoxes and why Facebook is unhygenic.
Thursday Feb 25, 2016
The other day someone sent me an IM and thanked me for my open source contributions. They then said something about wishing they had my gem/code creation talents. I didn’t miss a beat and informed them that I have no talent.
In this quick post, I’m going to explore four things you can do to make a connection with customers and get them to trust you, even if you can’t show them social proof. I’ll also show you real examples of each one that I’ve helped clients implement.
Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel.
Wednesday Feb 24, 2016
If anyone has advice on this it would be fantastic because it is something I have struggled with a lot. Everything about the DN lifestyle appeals to me, yet I can’t seem to give myself permission to live it.
Some countries let you sleep. Others wake you up.
Unfortunately, the less time we invest in people, the easier it is to make do without them, until one day it becomes too awkward to reconnect. “Since we haven’t spoken for so long,” we think, “where would we even begin? If we were still close friends wouldn’t we have spoken more by now?” This is how friendships die — they starve to death.
Tuesday Feb 23, 2016
I want to see how much nomads are comfortable making a year before I begin my journey!
A conversation between freelancers Eva Holland, Josh Dean, Jason Fagone, and May Jeong about pitching stories, negotiating contracts, and breaking into a tough industry.
“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself.”
Monday Feb 22, 2016
It’s a bit of a cliche to suggest that all travellers are running from something, and that’s not what I want to get at. But after some honest reflection, I did begin to see the darker side of my travel motivations. Or at least, I lost the innocent sense of being some sort of modern freedom fighter and began to see myself as indulging in what is often just another form of conspicuous consumption.
If you really want to be at a company you can do so much better than a resume.
We’re often told to walk 10,000 steps per day, but what is the science behind that? Why not 20,000? 5,000? Why step count, and not the type of exercise, intensity, or total minutes?
Friday Feb 19, 2016
Universal Basic Income (UBI) proposals are gaining in popularity across the political spectrum. The measures would see governments hand a set monthly income to every single citizen within a country, either in addition to existing benefits or in place of them (depending on the details of the particular UBI proposal).
We act as if we can read enough articles and enough little Pinterest quotes and suddenly the little switch in our brain will put us into action. But, honestly, here’s the thing that nobody really talks about when it comes to success and motivation and willpower and goals and productivity and all those little buzzwords that have come into popularity: you are as you are until you’re not. You change when you want to change. You put your ideas into action in the timing that is best. That’s just how it happens.
Technology has upended where we work. The line between work and play has been blurred, and the difference between the office and home has all but disappeared. As a result, there’s a new class of white-collar workers (or no collar, to be precise) who roam the earth looking for places to get their jobs done.
I wanted to provide a resource page for those who want to know what’s out there. Not just for travel bloggers or food writers, but for anyone seeking to build a flexible life in their own way. This includes not just digital nomads — the term du jour – but also work and travel visas, volunteer work, and much more.
Thursday Feb 18, 2016
Common wisdom suggests that having holidays is important for restoring well-being and re-engagement in your work. After all, you’re spending time with your friends or family, doing the things that you enjoy. Best of all, you’re not at work. However, research has shown that the benefits of a holiday tend to last only two to four weeks. After that, you’re left just as burned out as you were before your holiday. So instead of having large breaks every few months or once a year, it’s better to incorporate simple recovery practices into your everyday routine.
Realistically, I don’t want to learn how to code. I want the social cachet of being able to build stuff using computers, and I want the high salary a programmer can command in today’s labor market. But there are much easier ways to garner social cachet, ways that exploit my comparative advantage. Maybe I won’t make as much money as the wizards who design APIs and put together apps, but that’s just a function of supply and demand. In other words, it’s a reflection of my skills’ economic value, not a reflection of my value as a human being.
Recruiters increasingly ask about pay history early in the hiring process, putting high earners in a quandary.
Wednesday Feb 17, 2016
I’m in UK at the moment. I just want to quit and go somewhere to nature, seeing mountains and stuff, and work on a few projects. What are the best places? Thinking Switzerland, but it’s really expensive, any other options?
Most organizations say they are more open-minded than ever about virtual teams, and yet they still have old-school systems in place for hiring people across the country or around the world. From where I sit, the overlapping barriers come down to structure, culture, and mindset.
In English, for example, the word “happy” can refer to different things. It might mean a fleeting mood you feel when someone surprises you with a gift or you think of friends and family. Or it could refer to a deeper and less malleable state of satisfaction with your life. But not all languages refer to happiness the same way.
Tuesday Feb 16, 2016
Freelancing Nomads, which category do you fall into?
- I Build Stuff
- I Design Stuff
- I Blog About Stuff
- I Consult about Stuff
- Other (let me know!)
Not enough freelancers know that projects are a two-way street. Meaning: you’ve got just as much say in what you do or don’t get hired to do as the people and businesses that offer you projects.
I work long hours, in a chair, writing code (and of course this article applies to anyone who sits a lot). The sole reason I am writing this is to warn you of the danger you might be in if you are anything like me.
Monday Feb 15, 2016
Getting stuff done in the morning is important because it makes our brains sing. When we accomplish something big in the morning—a good workout, writing, decent progress on a project—we set ourselves up for success throughout the rest of the day. That’s why having a morning routine is so crucial.
According to the US Treasury, a record 4,279 individuals renounced their US citizenship or long-term residency in 2015 - an increase of 20% on the previous year, which was itself a record-breaking year. In 2010, just 1,006 gave up being US citizens, but since then the numbers have risen every year.
I want to share with you the biggest mistake I think I made starting out as a freelance designer. I didn’t correctly position myself in the market. Based on the inquiries that I get every week, I’m going to bet that you too are making the same mistake. It’s okay, there are mistakes freelancers make. I’m excited to help. Here’s my story.
Friday Feb 12, 2016
Here’s a great loadout from Thomas Martinek that he used for 2 weeks in Vietnam.
Idea Debt is when you spend too much time picturing what a project is going to be like, too much time thinking about how awesome it will be to have this thing done and in the world, too much time imagining how cool you will look, how in demand you’ll be, how much money you’ll make. And way too little time actually making the thing.
More than any other single innovation, the shipping container—there are millions out there, all just like the ones stacked on the Hong Kong Express but for a coat of paint and a serial number—epitomizes the enormity, sophistication, and importance of our modern transportation system. Invisible to most people, they’re fundamental to how practically everything in our consumer-driven lives works.
Thursday Feb 11, 2016
“But what do you actually do?” people ask. I’ve written comprehensively about what I don’t do. This article is my best answer to what I do do. At 8,000 words, it’s a tenth of an average novel, and the longest blog post I’ve ever published. I’ll describe how, over the years during and since my big bike trip, I’ve honed a purposeful location independent lifestyle with room for both deep creative work and open-hearted adventure. I’ll do so in enough detail that someone sufficiently interested could borrow or adapt elements of it for themselves.
Happiness and meaning are strongly correlated with each other, and often feed off each other. The more meaning we find in life, the more happy we typically feel, and the more happy we feel, the more we often feel encouraged to pursue even greater meaning and purpose. But not always.
Wednesday Feb 10, 2016
Please share suggestions of whats worked for you and what hasn’t.
Humanity has conquered the world. It’s hard to appreciate what that means, but the video above, by WorldPopulationHistory.org, shows just how incredible the growth and expansion of humanity has been over the past 2,000 years.
More families than ever are taking ‘edventures’ – long-term trips where children learn on the road. We talk to nomadic parents about the pros and cons of dropping out to travel the world.
Tuesday Feb 9, 2016
Many people believe themselves to be multitasking masters, but could it all be in their heads?
Most companies invest in building the skills of their employees. Few of them systematically invest in building people’s capacity to perform at their best.
Monday Feb 8, 2016
How many posts about booking cheap flights have you seen? If you’ve been wandering around the web in the past few years, chances are you stumbled into quite a few. You know what the problem is? If you read one, you read them all. Most of the posts out there are basically copy/pasted, paraphrased versions of the same basic, non-practical stuff. That’s why I finally decided enough is enough, and decided to compile a real, comprehensive & practical go-to-guide for booking the cheapest flights out there. Instead of desperately searching for ways to get cheap flights, all you’ll ever need is this guide right here.
That company or project you started isn’t working out. You were excited, early customers were excited, but once you launched nothing really happened. Even worse, it’s not a total failure. You made some money. Not enough to grow, but at least a few people paid for it. When do you pull the plug and move on?
Friday Feb 5, 2016
Nobody ever shows up at your door and says “Welcome to the Illuminati. You can now charge $20,000 a week. Here’s a list of clients.” Assuming you have some valuable skill, like being able to program, turning it into a successful consultancy just requires exercising a bit of business accumen. Let’s peek behind the curtain at some things which have worked for my business and those of my friends.
I want to quit the job I hate so much. I have been way too long on the same job (more than 10 years). I have savings enough for 1+ year. But I am fucking afraid. What is the best strategy? Just jump out of the ship?
Thursday Feb 4, 2016
Maybe you’ve had a soul-sucking commute for years. Or maybe you just log way too many long days away from your family and faithful hound. So no wonder you’d love to find a comparable job with benefits that lets you work from home. The good news: That’s now a real possibility at many companies, large and small.
Having worked location independently for more than 18 months Stuart Gardner doesn’t come across as your typical nomad. In his role as Operations Director at Magento ecommerce agency GPMD his hands are on day-to-day operations from dealing with clients to finances and hiring but you could only rarely find him present in the office. During his travels Stuart stayed a couple of days in Surf Office and we couldn’t miss the chance to ask him for some advice to help you follow his route.
How using the Five Minute journal method made Tim Ferriss and thousands of others 100% happier.
Wednesday Feb 3, 2016
Nowhere will the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution be felt more than in the world of work. It was a hot topic for discussion at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos. Here’s our line-up of what the experts are saying about it.
Think about it: You can call, email, and even watch your counterparty on FaceTime, Skype, or GoToMeeting. So why do companies fork out more than $1.2 trillion a year – a full 1.5% of the world’s GDP – for international business travel?
Not everyone is Mark Zuckerberg or Larry Page. Not everyone is going to drop out of college and create an iphone or a time machine or a toilet that resizes itself automatically depending on who is sitting on it (although that would be pretty cool). Some people would simply like to quit their jobs and make a good living. Some people would simply like to quit their jobs and make a million dollars.
Tuesday Feb 2, 2016
Many marketers work overtime to confuse us about money. They take advantage of our misunderstanding of the time value of money, of our aversion to reading the fine print, of our childish need for instant gratification and most of all, our conflicted emotional connection to money. Confusing customers about money can be quite profitable if that’s the sort of work you’re willing to do. A few things to keep in mind.
If you’re fortunate to have the freedom to work remotely, great! Rejoice in your freedom to get things done when, where, and how you work best! Jump up and down because you don’t have to get in a car for your twice-daily dose of soul-sucking traffic! Inhale deeply safe from the “hero” in the next cubicle who’s sick but came to the office anyway! Enjoy lunch with your spouse instead of in the break room with Connie from accounts payable! These are all tremendous benefits that make you healthier, happier and a better worker.
Monday Feb 1, 2016
It turns out being a digital nomad isn’t that easy. Have you ever returned from a holiday feeling more tired than when you left home, due to the constant movement, the endless newness and a bout of gastro thrown into the mix? Well, on top of that, add professional pressures.
While a lot of articles on remote work tend to focus on the negatives of not being in an office, I want to focus on the positives—and how damn lucky most of us are that we have the opportunity to do so.
Friday Jan 29, 2016
My name’s Jan Chipchase, I’m the founder of Studio D, a research, design and strategy consultancy based out of San Francisco and also of SDR Traveller, an ultra-light luggage company. The following packing list is from a month on the road/skies/trails on a trip that spanned Asia, North America and Africa.
The utopian workplace is here, complete with roof gardens, therapists and time to nap. Can the employee ever escape?
What is the secret to find balance between work and personal freedom? We put the call out to our network of digital nomad, location independent, remote working gurus and asked them a simple question: What is your personal mantra?
spend a lot of time “cold-emailing” local businesses and messaging other companies who are actually looking for applicants. The result is always the same: “we are not looking for freelancers/contractors right now”. I have also used freelance sites before (unsuccessfully) like ODesk and Elance, and I have really hated how they work… So ultimately, my question for HN is how do YOU find or establish new freelance/sub-contracting/contracting gigs?
Thursday Jan 28, 2016
Amid an accelerating war for tech talent, big companies and startups alike are paying top dollar—as much as $1,000 a hour, according to a person who gets coders gigs—for freelancers with the right combination of skills. While companies still recruit many of the best minds, they’re turning to independent software developers to get a stalled project moving or to gain a competitive edge. In some cases, the right person can be the difference between a failed and successful product.
I used to get paid for looking out the window at my old job. For at least forty minutes a day at every former job I ever held, I got paid for merely existing on the clock. Add in walking down hallways and zoning out in meetings, and that’s four hours a day of getting paid for nothing. There is no clock now, only production. Not only do I work from home, but I am also self-employed.
What sites do you use to find contract work.
Wednesday Jan 27, 2016
I’m 27 and female. Since I was 21, I’ve been away at least once a year, for anything from 3 nights to 9 months, alone. I also go on trips with friends, but I make a point of regularly going solo.
If you’re a little anxious about your first year of freelancing, don’t be. Aside from the obvious advice of ensuring you have plenty of savings before you take the plunge, follow my tips and you should be well on your way to establishing yourself as a successful business owner…
At the start of 2015 I stumbled across the concept of a digital nomad, the idea being that if you have an internet connection you can work from anywhere. The mixing of travel and work made a lot of sense to me, as it allowed me to keep doing what I love (developing web apps) with a dash of adventure.
In an age when the line between childhood and adulthood is blurrier than ever, what is it that makes people grown up?
Tuesday Jan 26, 2016
Just spent a few months in Chiang Mai. Loved it! Now going to be in Europe for a few months. What city is the equivalent in Europe, Balkans, Baltics, etc.
The expression “coliving” may bring up memories of bad roommates, cramped quarters, and college dorms. In reality, coliving is still focused on coworking—it just allows those using the space to sleep, eat, and play.
But fuck all these end of year bullshit get-your-life-together-with-these-five-steps articles. Medium and Twitter and fucking Facebook have been completely saturated with them for two weeks now. The only life hack you need is the one about cleaning your oven overnight with, like, a box of baking soda or some shit.
Monday Jan 25, 2016
A shorter working week could improve our mental and physical health and even mitigate climate change, research shows.
Who better to answer questions about the purpose of life than someone who has been living theirs for a long time?
After 14 months of living as a digital nomad, running my business completely remotely, and traveling the world, I’m moving to my hometown of Oklahoma City indefinitely. If I wanted to, I could live in Hong Kong, Bali, New York City, or Jamaica. So why am I choosing Oklahoma City? Allow me to explain.
I was a freelance developer for 7 years before taking my first full-time position with a company and never once had a dry pipeline. Here are a few bits of wisdom I collected over that time I thought I’d pass on to whomever it might help.
Friday Jan 22, 2016
After making enormous mistakes myself, and learning from other people’s mistakes, I’ve learned 4 lessons that might help you next time you screw up.
If “gig” suggests the independence you get when you’re not tied down to a steady lifetime job, then just think of the freedom we’ll all enjoy when the traditional job is consigned to the scrap heap of history, and the economy is just gigs all the way down. But the idea of a gig is only alluring if you know you can hit the road when it gets joyless. Otherwise it’s just an old word for a job you need that you can’t count on having tomorrow.
Similar to how we share our salaries openly, we’re now happy to share the financial setup of a 6 Buffer teammates around the world, including how they’re set up as remote workers, how much they pay in taxes and where that money goes.
The economist John Maynard Keynes predicted a society so prosperous that people would hardly have to work. But that isn’t exactly how things have played out.
Thursday Jan 21, 2016
I’m an independent freelance consultant who often works remotely. A friend asked for some tips, I wrote the below based on a few years of growing my biz and keeping clients happy. Since many folks here, especially the freelancer crowd, are likely working remotely, I thought I’d share.
Americans work some of the longest hours in the Western world, and many struggle to achieve a healthy balance between work and life. As a result, there is an understandable tendency to assume that the problem we face is one of quantity: We simply do not have enough free time. “If I could just get a few more hours off work each week,” you might think, “I would be happier.” This may be true. But the situation, I believe, is more complicated than that.
Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, expected his students to pay attention to his lectures. But he would never expect that the rest of the world would listen to it too. As of today, more than 17 million people have tuned in Randy Pausch’s last lecture.
Wednesday Jan 20, 2016
Whether the frequent flyer miles game seems to be historically rewarding, or in dire straits, depends on your perspective and time horizon. The game is different than it was 2 years ago, very different than it was 5 years ago, and orders of magnitude different than it was fifteen years ago.
It has been over half a year now since I went remote, and with the new year I feel it’s time for a little retrospective.
Increasingly, companies are demanding cult-like devotion. Do whatever it takes; sacrifice whatever you’ve got. It’s no longer enough to punch in, put in a solid day’s work, and go home. Now, you’re expected to be on Slack 24⁄7, use your social network to promote the company, recruit friends to the team, go to events in the evening, and use your personal equipment.
All of this would be fine if employees benefited from their sacrifice in the same way their bosses do. But they don’t.
And even though it’s just a simple (almost banal) three step technique, it has been critical in helping me to go from amateur to professional web developer in 5 months. So I’ve decided to write a little bit about it, in case other people will find it useful.
Tuesday Jan 19, 2016
I was wondering how you guys deal with time zones when working remotely, specially software developers? Do you work 8-4 no matter where you are in the world or do you adjust to your employer’s time?
Human beings have been procrastinating for centuries. Even prolific artists like Victor Hugo are not immune to the distractions of daily life. The problem is so timeless, in fact, that ancient Greek philosophers like Socrates and Aristotle developed a word to describe this type of behavior: Akrasia.
Managing your money should be pretty straightforward, but that doesn’t make the task all that easy.
Living as a digital nomad has equipped Jon - aka the Van Man - with a host of useful skills and experience, not least of which is impressive packing skills. So we asked him to share his packing list for life on the road…
Monday Jan 18, 2016
Yet instead of empowering them to thrive, this drive for success is eroding children’s health and undermining their potential. Modern education is actually making them sick.
I read a lot about remote work - either sourcing from Hacker News and other media. However, what I see in practice, at least in Benelux Area, is that companies are far more interest in on-site positions than remote positions. Why is it so? If the advantages of remote working are so clear - why companies still hire only on-site positions?
Choosing a slightly different route, such as becoming a location independent entrepreneur or digital nomad, will lead to far greater exposure to uncertainty as opposed to let’s say… that comfortable office job you just left.
I know in my life, going from being overwhelmed with clutter to minimalism was a slow but rewarding journey, and now I feel happy every time I look around and see the lovely space around me. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, I’m here to testify that it’s not impossible, and it just takes some small steps that add up over time. Here are the rules I suggest — though I don’t suggest adopting them all, and especially not all at once. Try a few out, see how they work for you, then try a few others.
Friday Jan 15, 2016
Just as effective as adding something to our lives, if not more so, is subtracting the things that might be holding us back. In truth, oftentimes the path to becoming a better man is found in following the via negativa — the negative way.
What do you want from your career? Do you want to learn, grow, and advance? Do you want to make a huge impact to your company? After working for over 20 years in Silicon Valley, in everything from entry level to vice president roles, I learned a key to success is the concept of Work Yourself Out of Your Job.
In many ways we are a culture exceptionally filled with stress, distraction, anxiety, struggle and despair. But we don’t have to let the scale and severity of the challenges dictate how we live and feel about our lives. Because we all have a superpower.
How come more people are retiring in their early 20s? Why are middle-age men becoming stay-at-home dads? What’s keeping women out of the workforce other than illness, kids or school?
Practices such as working from home could do more harm than good, research finds, as many employees never ‘switch off’.
Thursday Jan 14, 2016
Doing what you love is going to be hard. That’s the bad news. Here’s the good news. There’s always a break, just around the corner. It always gets better. No matter how badly you’ve started to hate what you do, you can recover your passion for it. Sometimes it takes a sabbatical, or a lifestyle change or just a weekend off. Sometimes you have to really ask yourself what aspects of your project or career or business are contributing negatively to your life and find a way to shut ‘em down.
For all the changes that we observed over the past decade, much has also stayed the same. Twentysomethings are spending similar amounts of time on exercise, household maintenance, and education. And even in areas like sleep, where there has been a change, it’s not an amount that fundamentally changed this group’s life. For the areas that have seen large movement in time use, like travel, shopping and playing games, it seems like the main catalyst for that change has been the Internet.
Poor workplace design takes a physical toll: Sitting is making us miserable. Canadians, on average, spend 37 hours a week at work, and the more one sits, the higher his or her risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and death. Sitting has been branded the new smoking, but the average workplace facilitates sedentariness with long hours in front of a screen, and provides few reasons to get up and stretch one’s legs. The beige, grey or, worse, beige-grey boxed-in desks don’t do much to inspire. On top of this, working under fluorescent light lowers cortisol levels, which leads to increased stress and tiredness.
As children, we have vivid imaginations. We stay up late waiting for Santa Claus, dream of becoming President, and have ideas that defy physics. Then something happens. As we grow older, we start editing our imagination.
In choosing remote, you commit to a culture of autonomy and independence. You commit to a culture of problem solving and problem solvers. If you’re a high-growth company that needs to scale, my experience has been that this culture of problem solving can be quite an advantage.
Wednesday Jan 13, 2016
There’s nothing wrong with loving what you do, of course — I just don’t think it’s a prerequisite for starting a business or building a fulfilling career, let alone doing great work. In fact, I think it’s disingenuous for really successful people to put so much of the focus on love, just as it’s disingenuous for really rich people to say money doesn’t matter.
When it comes to landing a good job, many people focus on the role. Although finding the right title, position and salary is important, there’s another consideration that matters just as much: culture. The culture of a workplace — an organization’s values, norms and practices — has a huge impact on our happiness and success.
I am trying to learn web development starting with a simple framework to become full stack developer. My intent is also to finish a side project and start a side income. However, every single idea I am coming up is already tried by someone else.
We’re now operating in a participation economy, where people are measured and paid for what they produce. Yet, when it comes to time off, we’re still clinging to the vestiges of the industrial economy, where people were paid for the time they spent on the job. This is a huge demotivator.
When I left my previous company in 2014, I started out as an independent developer building mobile and web sites and apps. I needed to find work. UpWork (formerly oDesk) was one of my first places to look.
Tuesday Jan 12, 2016
If I ask you, “What do you want out of life?” and you say something like, “I want to be happy and have a great family and a job I like,” it’s so ubiquitous that it doesn’t even mean anything. A more interesting question, a question that perhaps you’ve never considered before, is what pain do you want in your life? What are you willing to struggle for? Because that seems to be a greater determinant of how our lives turn out.
I’ll admit that working in a cube farm can feel a little soul-crushing at times. The daily commute eats into my free time and the break room keeps running out of hot chocolate packets. But every time I have to work remotely for one reason or another, it’s not long before I get the itch to go back to the office. Why would I prefer my cubicle over the carefree, location-independent lifestyle, you ask? Let’s look at three common gripes about cubicle work and see how they compare to the supposed advantages of working from home.
When it comes to gaining control over bad habits, like eating food we know isn’t good for us, I shared with her the only thing that has worked for me. I call it “progressive extremism,” and it works particularly well in situations in which substituting one habit for another just won’t do.
Chose your travel wardrobe wisely, with versatile pieces and footwear based on weather and activities.
Kavi Guppta is a 27-year-old “nomadic journalist.” He writes for Forbes and other publications while traveling around the globe with his 27-year-old partner and fellow writer, Kristen Marano. Kavi and Kristen have been on the road for about nine months.
Monday Jan 11, 2016
If you want an average successful life, it doesn’t take much planning. Just stay out of trouble, go to school, and apply for jobs you might like. But if you want something extraordinary, you have two paths:
- Become the best at one specific thing.
- Become very good (top 25%) at two or more things.
Or consider the ups and downs of everyday life. I said something inappropriate at a party last week, and I’m still a bit mortified. Yesterday, I gave a great talk; today is a real bad hair day. This year I worked hard on my introductory psychology class; last year, I phoned it in. Because such contrasts are so salient in our minds, we think others are sensitive to them as well; we think they notice. But research finds that they don’t, at least not to the extent we think they do.
I’ll risk it, though, and tell you again that there really aren’t shortcuts to health. Here’s what you need to do:
- Get enough sleep.
- Move your body throughout the day.
- Eat well — a healthy assortment of foods. Mostly plants, and not too much.
- Interact socially. Isolation is not good for the body, soul or mind.
- Take some time to reflect on what you are grateful for.
On the surface, Freelancer.com and Upwork look like they’re great places for quality contractors to make money. They also seem like they’re great places for businesses to save money and get the services that they need. Yet there are a lot of horror stories out there about these sites. In many cases, each party is having to accept “good enough” because of business necessity. While there are quality contractors on Freelancer and Upwork, a lot of that is attributed to the fact that they are the biggest players in the freelance market. While comparisons of Upwork vs Elance vs Freelancer vs Guru continue to grow as the online job market has skyrocketed, we’ll delve into a couple of problems of the current freelance model and potential solutions.
I’ve been working home for more than a year and a half now, and with this time I was able to learn and find ways to be as much productive as possible and avoid distractions.
Friday Jan 8, 2016
During this time I went through different phases: from being excited about starting up my own business, to learning how to deal with clients, how to charge the right price, how to find new projects, etc. I also went through different levels of happiness. Generally I stayed on the happy side—but it wasn’t before many years of doing this that I realized about the perils of freelance web development/consulting, and that this job slowly made me more frustrated than happy, and most importantly that it had little by little been eating away my passion…
I said in my last post, “You will never figure out what’s right until you fix what you already know is inherently wrong.” So I’ve been doing that and simplifying the hell out of my life. That includes everything from relationships that weren’t good for me to bad habits like biting my nails. Recently I’ve even removed things like alcohol and sugar to help me keep this focus while I figure out what’s “right”. The key has just been to S L O W it all down. It’s so hard at first, but it’s gotten easier every day.
Not only are we going back to our roots as freelancers and entrepreneurs, but we are now a global race rather than merely local. Further, we are in an age of exponential change where innovation is exploding.
I’m interested as to how other nomads/perpetual travellers manage their financial lives on the road. How do you keep on top of your financial assets/situation whilst travelling and using multiple currencies? How frequently do you change your primary currency and how do you cope with that mentally (on the fly conversion etc)? Do you budget, or just roll with the punches?
Thursday Jan 7, 2016
“Everyone’s job becomes obsolete. Nothing lasts forever. You always have to learn new skills.”
In early 2015, we began asking nomads (confidentially) whether they were earning and saving enough compared with responsible financial planning norms back home. I wanted to figure out if this was a viable career lifestyle, a subsidized holiday, or a relatively high-risk financial and career gamble. The study attracted hundreds of responses, and it provides a rare glimpse at different types of nomads and their respective income levels.
In 2007, Steve Martin was on the Charlie Rose show to talk about his memoir Born Standing Up. He talked about his rise in comedy, and Rose asked him for his advice to aspiring performers. His response? “Nobody ever takes note of [my advice], because it’s not the answer they wanted to hear. What they want to hear is ‘Here’s how you get an agent, here’s how you write a script,’… but I always say, ‘Be so good they can’t ignore you.’
Let’s face it, hiring is tough. When you ask startup founders what their biggest challenge is, hiring is one of the most common answers you’ll hear. It’s hard enough when you have an office and can interview an applicant in-person. Automattic is 100% distributed. We hire people from all around the world. We can’t meet people in-person to interview them. You may be wondering… how do you consistently hire great people at a distributed company?
Wednesday Jan 6, 2016
Only if you believed (in) it, it can become a lie (that affects you). If you don’t mind and let things pass (like you do with a lot of things in life because you can’t save everything and everyone from the sickness of this world) then the discussion / trend / hype of being a Digital Nomad will only be a side-topic or not a topic at all (like bad commercials).
Freelancing is becoming the accepted norm of the startup world. As more startups are starting to use the millions of freelancers, it’s driving more and more people to join the freelancer generation. Regardless if you’re a startup or enterprise, it’s in your best interest to pay attention to the freelance movement if you want to succeed in this new economy.
People underestimate timelines all the time. Studies have shown that students deliberately and systematically underestimate how long it will take them to complete assignments and academic projects, and that people regularly mail in their tax forms a week later than they expect to.
Tuesday Jan 5, 2016
The daily habits and thought processes of your idols are certainly a contributing factor to the quality of their lives, but only because they have realised that those things work for them. Those things add something of value to their lives on an individual level. Those things are deeply personal, and they’re not something that can be copy-pasted into your own life with any guarantee of impact or effectiveness.
I am planning to go explore the earth after a finish my business school, and wanted to know what are some skills that i can learn that can help me support this life style? i was thinking about learning wordpress design and css3 to freelance on the go.
There’s a meme that’s been going around for a while now: you should join a startup because the money is better and the work is more technically interesting.
How you and the world have changed since you were born.
Monday Jan 4, 2016
With just a laptop, a phone, and maybe a tablet, we work together to build a real culture, a thriving community, and, of course, great software.
The 2008 financial crisis taught me about the illusion of control, and how to give it up.
And all of this stuff you’re reading online on how awesome it is to be a digital nomad is basically a lie. It’s a lie to sell you a product. Or a lifestyle. Or a service. Or a coaching session. Or whatever. People are trying to sell you the dream. Or the lifestyle package. Or the freedom package. Or the whatever package. For just $99 a month.
The theory claims the secret to a creatively fulfilling career lies in understanding the operations of Helsinki’s main bus station.
It’s really easy to get off-course in life. Like airplanes, we constantly need to make course-corrections. But we can ensure we get where we want in life by organizing ourselves, planning for our future, tracking our progress, heightening our mindset, and hustling.
Sunday Dec 20, 2015
A year has now passed since I learned to code.
My goal was never to transition into a developer, but to acquire a skill-set that would enable me to understand code and actualise my ideas. It has been as much a process of demystifying technology — “How does that work? Is it difficult to build something like this? What technology do I need to do that?” — as learning how to learn.
Lately I’ve been getting a bunch of e-mails from people, asking about how to write and self-publish a best-selling book. I’ve now published several books over the last 10 months, all of which have reached #1 spot during their launches, and so I wanted to share what I’ve learnt as a result.
Years ago a guy decided he had some talent making cakes and wanted to start a business. But he had no clue how to start. So he went to his dad who is already a successful entrepreneur and PhD in Economics and asked him how to get started. His Dad’s reply? “If you want to have a cake business, you need to sell cake.”
Recently, I wrote an email to our team that posed a simple challenge in time management. The response was unexpected, and I was urged to share it with more people, so here we are.
I’ve been reading a lot of posts here but a topic I can’t seem to find a lot of information on is maintaining a home base in your country of origin. For example: rent an apartment, rent it out while you’re away to a fellow nomad/student/Airbnb/… so you always have a place to go back to when you feel weary of travelling. What’s your take on this? Do you have such a place or not? Is it emotionally or practically necessary? Isn’t it too much of a hassle and financial burden?
Years ago, my colleagues and I conducted a fairly large-scale research project. We interviewed a bunch of high-income professionals who provided professional services. This group included doctors, dentists and lawyers, and like most of us, they earned money only when they were working. In essence, they traded their time for dollars.
Our finding was this: Homes and retirements accounts aside, the most valuable asset they owned was the person staring back at them in the mirror each morning. Chances are, the most valuable investment you own is the investment called you.
Everyone’s been rejected - these are our stories.
There is no point in waiting for the perfect moment. There is no such thing as a perfect moment.
“The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today… The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”
The data show that independent contractors won’t become a major share of workers anytime soon. And while the number of contractors may have increased in recent years, sharing economy companies aren’t the likely cause. If we want to understand this trend, perhaps we should change the focus of our investigations.
The sheer willingness to hand over so much of a 24 hour day, almost all the waking hours of your life, to your profession, and to pour your existence down the compassionless siphon of professional development, is a remarkable thing.
My mother taught me never to give unsolicited advice, nor try to help anyone unless they ask you for it. I always thought that maybe she was just cold. As I get older, I have started to realize that she was right. My mother is one of the kindest people in my life.
Meanwhile, for workers of all generations, working is now more than ever considered an “experience,” rather than merely the source of a paycheck.
Readers frequently ask what strolling across continents is really like — as if they’re secretly hoping to hear that plodding from horizon to horizon (I’ve clocked about 5,000 miles so far) is mind-numbingly dull. As if commuting by car or subway to a desk job wasn’t boring. As if gorging on the ersatz stimuli gushing from our hand-held devices wasn’t ultimately, at the end of each digitally bloated day, somehow tedious. From the global walking trail, my answer is an astonished, “No.”
Nearly 100 years after our modern idea of home was invented, we started a company that aims to create something better. Because seemingly exotic lifestyle choices available to a few should be accessible to many. It should be easy for you to live a life that’s more communal. Global. And interesting. While we’ll address reliable housing for nomads first, the bigger story is outlined below.
For champions of this lifestyle, near-constant traveling is a way to stay fresh in an industry that often requires workers to spend 12 hours a day parked in front of a laptop.
Setting aside my secret hope that technological advances will let me live to 700, I see three takeaways here:
Living in the same place as the people you love matters. I probably have 10X the time left with the people who live in my city as I do with the people who live somewhere else.
Priorities matter. Your remaining face time with any person depends largely on where that person falls on your list of life priorities. Make sure this list is set by you—not by unconscious inertia.
Quality time matters. If you’re in your last 10% of time with someone you love, keep that fact in the front of your mind when you’re with them and treat that time as what it actually is: precious.
This reminds me that one of the under-rated skills in life is the ability to know one’s skill.
I traded a typical night-owl schedule—up ’til midnight or later, staring at a screen, writing, doing design work, coding—for an uncommon routine where I go to sleep early, wake up early, and get a lot of work done in those quiet morning hours. Here are the lessons I’d share with anyone who wants to wake up early.
Housing can be a lot more difficult than just choosing a place and moving in. Sometimes, when the situation calls for it, creativity and innovation come in handy. Here are five stories of people that have disregarded the “traditional” way of living and found their place on their own terms.
A new breed of cash-rich, entrepreneurial mavericks is taking the dream and traveling with it. But they also pay a price
Imagine travelling the world while keeping your salary – that’s the premise behind the Remote Year project.
“We live in a society which sees high self-esteem as a proof of well-being, but we do not want to be intimate with this admirable and desirable person.”
Friday Dec 18, 2015
The truth about freelancing is that getting hired as a freelancer has exactly nothing to do with your abilities as a freelancer.
“Don’t commit to one idea of the future but instead, commit to a problem that you want to solve. Then you can stay committed to the problem and continually try to find the ongoing and ever-changing answer to that problem.”
When people think of work-from-home jobs, they often think back to the countless sketchy get-rich-quick (no real effort necessary!) scams out there on the internet. While there are still plenty of questionable job listings floating around, full-time remote work has become a legitimate, very real option.
Next time you encounter something truly breath-taking, stop yourself from grabbing the closest image-capturing-machine. Instead go through all of your senses — one by one.
If you are not there yet (at a beach, that is), this article is for you. It explains how you can also achieve the luxury of working while traveling the world in four easy steps, as a freelancer or as a part of a team, maintaining the same level of communication and productivity.
Thursday Dec 17, 2015
Without Bound, a documentary featuring perspectives on mobile living from a group of fascinating folks who live fulfilling, sustainable, off-grid lives in vans, travel trailers and motorhomes… Find out more about the people and how they do it.
With the proliferation of digital job platforms, the social safety net for workers in the US – threadbare to begin with – is at risk of unraveling for a growing share of the workforce. This is because most individuals who find work through digital job platforms operate as independent contractors, leaving them without the benefits and protections provided in standard employment contracts for full-time and part-time workers.
A vision of remote work from before the personal computer.
But what I am questioning—for all remote employees—is what comes beyond the physical act of remote working. In other words, understanding and grappling with why we’re remote working in the first place, and how employees will remain satisfied in the long run.
On a two-week assignment to the up-and-coming Vietnamese town of Da Nang, amid sunshine, sand, waves, and the Vietnamese people, I’ll be working from my laptop alongside a ragtag group of roaming geeks that calls itself Hacker Paradise. They’re hopping around Southeast Asia, changing the way remote workers live, and Toptal wants a man on the ground to see what they’re up to.
Wednesday Dec 16, 2015
For 5000 years or longer, humanity has driven forward with story-telling. Too many people forget that but the only way to really communicate effectively is through story… Too often we apply for grants. Or we apply to a company. Or we apply to the government. And then we wait. And we wait. And we want that one special person to choose us.
The problem is that I wasn’t surrounded by the right sort of people. To be able to keep my location independent lifestyle – without going nuts – I have to find like-minded individuals. I need people to work with while I’m in a new city, that understand my lifestyle and can help me evolve in my career; with the added bonus of grabbing a drink after work hours.
The most common* job in each state 1978-2014.
Stories are one of the most powerful forces of persuasion available to us, especially stories that fit in with our view of what the world should be like. Facts can be contested. Stories are far trickier. I can dismiss someone’s logic, but dismissing how I feel is harder.
Too many companies bet on having a cut-throat, high-pressure, take-no-prisoners culture to drive their financial success. But a large and growing body of research on positive organizational psychology demonstrates that not only is a cut-throat environment harmful to productivity over time, but that a positive environment will lead to dramatic benefits for employers, employees, and the bottom line.
Tuesday Dec 15, 2015
I ask this at 37 years old, because I wish I would have asked myself this when I was in my 20’s. I can see now that I didn’t have any real plan and it has led me to a pretty bad place.
Digital nomadness — life as a cartoonist at sea.
Whether he’s climbing in the Himalayas or blogging in LA, Chris Brinlee Jr. is an adventurer and storyteller who can’t stay put for more than a few weeks at a time.
I entered the industry in the way many do: with a sense of complete personal abandon and lack of direction. No one enters out of high school, because they can’t, so everyone goes in because something else didn’t work out. Layoffs, breakups, and prison stints are popular notes of inspiration. I graduated journalism school tens of thousands in debt, and I needed fast cash with minimum expenditures. Craigslist, I noticed, was overrun with trucking companies making desperate pleas. So I spent three grand, earned a commercial driver’s license at a community college, and applied to nine trucking jobs.
Monday Dec 14, 2015
I’ve been living in Chiang Mai a while now, so thought I would use this post to log my experiences, what I’ve learned about the area and reflect on the decisions that I’ve made whilst living here. I hope it is useful to you and many others when planning your trip or making a decision about coming to Chiang Mai.
A new study of hundreds of thousands of women finds no difference in mortality between the happy and the unhappy.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Yesterday, as a kind of cybersecurity practicum, and in a perhaps-shocking failure of digital patriotism, I applied to become an Estonian e-Resident. I plan to blog the process as a way of exploring the values and pitfalls of Estonia’s program.
Friday Dec 11, 2015
From rock art in the outback to the perfect beach in Portugal.
Like a blank page, the sight of an empty suitcase can fill a person with dread. No matter how many times we face the task of packing for a trip, it can still be angst-producing, time-consuming, and inefficient. But done correctly, it makes all the difference.
So, digital nomads, where are you living at the moment?
Our increasing reliance on digital solutions has reduced much need for human interaction. We say (or write) stuff like, “we don’t need to meet, just email me,” “just click here to submit this form,” etc. We do this so much, that we can go through a whole work day without really interacting with anyone. This can be great if we’re pursuing heightened focus and productivity. But over time, we begin to feel lonely, we long to connect with people.
For me my time at McDonalds was invaluable. Yeah, I never want to scoop fries or make burgers again, but I learnt something more important. I started to chip away at my arrogance. I challenged the ways I dehumanized people for their job. I stopped equating dislike for big shitty companies with dislike for their foot soldiers. I developed more empathy.
Thursday Dec 10, 2015
Amy works as Quality Engineer for GitHub (you may have heard of them!). This year she’s worked remotely from San Francisco, Thailand, Hawaii, The Netherlands, UAE, and Morocco as well as taking in quick stops at Ecuador, Taiwan & Denmark. She has a tonne of great advice and I really love her honesty and openness.
Robert Young Pelton has journeyed to more dangerous places than any man on the planet. A former marketing exec, turned adventurer, inventor, journalist and author of the New York Times best selling books, The World’s Most Dangerous Places; Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror and Come Back Alive, he’s covered 14 wars and visited 130 countries, by last count. An intrepid traveler and gnarly human being by anyone’s measure, RYP’s wealth of experience in life, travel and survival is unmatched. So, we asked the great man to be our next subject in this month’s Specialist Carry…
In the ‘gig’ or ‘sharing’ economy, say the experts, we will do lots of different jobs as technology releases us from the nine to five. But it may also bring anxiety, insecurity and low wages.
A cool thing about moving to another country is that your life gets longer. Last year I calculated, that I should move to Colombia, and since then I’ve lived about two months more than I would have otherwise. I know you think I’m bullshitting you, but hear me out!
Never mind the headlines. We’ve never lived in such peaceful times.
Wednesday Dec 9, 2015
To have a long-lasting freelance career that you’re happy with, you’ve got to pay attention – not just to the work you’re doing, but also to how you’re doing business.
After plenty of field testing and 40 countries later, I’ve managed to refine and squeeze my gear to a point where I don’t even need a backpack anymore. I call this No Bags Travel. If I do carry a laptop for work, I only use a tiny bag. But regardless, I am always as mobile as a bird.
We’ve gathered the most powerful productivity methods and frameworks all in one convenient place. This post will give you a brief overview of the most popular and useful productivity methods, how each works, and what kind of person will find each useful. It’s designed to help you get set up with your ideal workflow as quickly as possible so you can start reaping the productivity benefits right away.
What do you do during your commute by public transport to keep yourself busy or the commute pleasant? Do you use any specific mobile phone apps? Preparing reading material for later reading?
For anyone looking to take a job at a startup, or anyone working on salaries at a startup, we hope this new formula and calculator might cut down the time you spend on thinking about salaries by many hours.
Tuesday Dec 8, 2015
Remote jobs can be good for you, but depending on your character, they can also have some unpleasant side-effects. This is what I intend to discuss today: stress, burnout, anxiety, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and more: the dark side of remote working.
I asked some of my digital nomad friends to share their packing tips below. Dig into these great insights on packing light and hopefully it’ll take some of the stress out of your next trip.
Here’s an alternative: instead of thinking about your day as one long to-do list or trying on different time-management exercises for size, take a closer look at the science of how your brain functions throughout the day and try to match the right tasks to the right mindset to help maximize productivity.
This is what he told me.
I am a developer and I have a 40 hr/week job. It is a very good job and I put a lot of effort in it. But I have also my own ideas that I would love to develop, but I am struggling to organize time and material to develop something for me. I read a lot and have a lot of ideas, about little porjects to test new technologies or new patterns, but never find the time. I would love to learn the experience and techniques used by someone who have been able do to something like this.
Monday Dec 7, 2015
Know your rights and you can actually make money from holiday travel chaos.
This is a really powerful thread, I hope more people contribute. Number one is lonliness/permanent love/long-distance relationships. Would be lovely to have somebody to travel/live/love with. Getting into the ‘zone’. I need a place where I can binge-hack, rather than doing 1-hr stints at random coffeeshops with shitty wifi. Fitness. This is probably easy if you’re a runner, harder if you want to do weight training. Contact lenses. Creeping alcoholism.
Exasperated Americans have dedicated entire blogs to a whole array of airport gripes, cataloguing everything from crowded terminals and immigration halls to inefficient transport links and endless security checks.
Freelancing full-time can be a scary concept to think about. It’s a risk to leave your stable job with benefits to become responsible for your own time, invoices, deadlines and paychecks. We get it, just the sheer thought can be overwhelming.
We depart cubicle nation to become our own boss… but what we don’t realize is that we’re now our own employee, too. And wow, does our boss suck sometimes.
Friday Dec 4, 2015
Research suggests saying thanks regularly can benefit your health.
If the earth is spinning to the east at 1000 miles per hour… why can’t we fly west more easily?
We all see “success stories” featured on internet blogs (basically every website with the “tech” prefix) and some trends tend to distort how we perceive how people arrived at where they are. I want to know — How did you get your current job or startup? Did you go to college? Dropout? If your did go to college, have you ever failed a course? Did you have to move to a different country? How did you manage that and what was (in general) the biggest obstacle/low-point of your journey so far?
Imagine a life where we could enjoy simple, free pleasures like going for a walk in nature, meditating, reading a book, writing. By buying less we’d have less debt, less clutter, less to take care of. We’d need smaller houses, less storage. Perhaps we could even work less to support all this buying, unless the work were something we loved to do.
Thursday Dec 3, 2015
You’re almost always getting the better end of the deal when you pay $25 for baggage on a domestic flight. When it comes to international flights, your free checked bag is an absolute steal. We’ll take you through their economics in this post.
Working from home can be an amazingly fulfilling career experience. Likewise, a trip to your local Chinese food buffet can be a culinary delight. But both can also be abjectly horrible. Here is my breakdown on how to succeed at working remotely without the debilitating pains of post-dumpling bloat.
So this may sound obvious but what I’ve learned is that what I was considering concrete wasn’t really anything. “We’ll check on our end”, “We’ll get back to you”, “I believe we can make this work” are all just manners. Concrete is knowing what are the following steps on the other end before we can consider this deal closed.
What is your job? Do you like it? What was your favorite job?
Tomorrow morning, I’ll board a flight from LAX to JFK with a wardrobe woefully ill-equipped, in both style and thermal insulation, for New York City, and this will mark the end of 2 years working with, and later leading, a startup engineering team from the comfort of my home. I want to share my thoughts on this experience. As always, your mileage may vary.
Wednesday Dec 2, 2015
It costs $300 to move a 40-foot container from Rotterdam to Shanghai, which is barely enough to cover the cost of fuel, handling, and Suez Canal fees. Here’s some more context. Let’s say that you want to travel for a year; it’s cheaper to put your personal belongings in a shipping container as it sails around the world than to keep it at a local mini-storage facility.
Safety Concerns, Visas, and Getting Connected in the Land of Aztecs, Coca-Cola, and Mezcal.
Traveling long-term for the last three years has changed me in many ways. When I take a minute and reflect on who I was before I started traveling, I can only see faint glimmers of that person. As I have wandered the world, experienced other cultures, and tested my limits I have become an independent, free, and well-rounded person.
Here’s a look at some of these innovative structures, and how they solve some of the biggest problems home-based businesses face.
Being a digital nomad is exciting, and in my case it all started with the itch of wanderlust. Unlike so many 20-somethings (see: Quarterlife crisis), I had not hit the panic-induced state where I question everything I’m doing. However, I was worried that if I ever did I wouldn’t be able to escape it.
Tuesday Dec 1, 2015
Always have savings. It really, really sucks to run out of money… A smile goes a loooooooong way, friend.
Once you’ve taken care of the basics, there’s very little in this world for which your life is worth deferring. You’ve likely already found or at least seen the very best things (whether you know it or not). Make them count.
Like a carefully placed billboard aimed at covering the slums behind it, my online presence had become a shiny advertisement for a life that looked like a dream, but in reality was speckled with stress and anxiety.
Our vision is to make moving so easy and information about life quality so transparent that we would end up with a world where countries and cities compete for each citizen (not vice versa).
When it comes to packing light and efficiently, flight attendants know best—here are 11 of their best tips and tricks.
Monday Nov 30, 2015
If you can work 40 hours per week at home and still go to bars, movies, and go out on day trips on weekends, then you can do the same in another country.
Work-life balance doesn’t exist in a world where sippy cups, Algebra lessons, Swedish massage class, yoga, conference calls, editorial deadlines and living in a third language all co-habitate in the same mental space. It just doesn’t. And, it’s asinine to pretend that it does.
Nikolas Langes thought he knew every trick in the book for saving money on airline tickets. After all, he’s the founder of an online start-up called Tripdelta, which specializes in finding inexpensive fares. Turns out he didn’t. One day, he noticed a discrepancy between fares based on the currency used to pay. And then another.
In many ways, remote work is an ongoing experiment in business, as it has only been fully embraced by some companies in the past decade or so, showing healthy growth with an 80% increase in “telecommunicating” employees from 2005 to 2012. But what does it take to manage a successful remote team?
Friday Nov 27, 2015
This was posted in Slack a few days ago: “Any of the remote folks here have any resources on [building an ideal desk/office // stepping up the communication & collaboration game // building life structure] around remote work?” I’m coming up on 2 years at Chargify (and therefore 2 years of full-time remote work), which puts me in a good position to share my experiences as they relate to the above questions.
Tomorrow’s most successful companies will emerge from co-working spaces like Moorgate’s WeWork, where people can collaborate, brainstorm and scale quickly, says Monty Munford.
The problem in the world today is that we only see the final product - the amazing movie, the super-efficient vacuum cleaner, the vogue theory. What we don’t see is the deeper story of how these innovations emerge. The tales we tell about creativity overlook this, too. We think of Archimedes shouting “eureka” or Newton being hit on the head by the apple and instantaneously inventing the theory of gravity. But these stories are pure fiction. They get the direction of creativity the wrong way around.
Most of the world’s goods travel around the world on the same routes traced by ships for centuries. Harvard historian Maya Jasanoff is making this journey aboard the 1,100-foot cargo ship “Christophe Colomb.” Follow her trip in photos and dispatches as she sails from Hong Kong to Southampton, England.
Thursday Nov 26, 2015
I have a friend who is unhappy with his life — being in debt, lonely, with a job he doesn’t like, in a town he doesn’t like.
To find out what people actually consider rude, we ran a SurveyMonkey Audience poll Aug. 29 and 30, and asked air passengers what’s cool and what isn’t. We had 1,040 respondents, 874 of whom had flown.
There are obvious reasons for feeling isolated as a remote: missing out on hallway conversations, not being able to get lunch with your co-workers or go for a walk with a trusted confidante to talk out a hard problem, not being able to grab a whiteboard to brainstorm an idea, not eating the delicious pastries in the kitchen, and on and on. But I wonder if part of the isolation, too, comes from the sense of being isolated not only from your co-workers but from the world at large.
Tip: The Hacker News thread on this article has a good discussion on working remotely.
There are two things in this world that take no skill: 1. Spending other people’s money and 2. Dismissing an idea. Dismissing an idea is so easy because it doesn’t involve any work. You can scoff at it. You can ignore it. You can puff some smoke at it. That’s easy. The hard thing to do is protect it, think about it, let it marinate, explore it, riff on it, and try it. The right idea could start out life as the wrong idea.
Wednesday Nov 25, 2015
So I always ask the question: What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life? Well it’s so amazing as the result of our kind of educational system, crowds of students say ‘Well, we’d like to be painters, we’d like to be poets, we’d like to be writers’ But as everybody knows you can’t earn any money that way! Another person says ‘Well I’d like to live an out-of-door’s life and ride horses.’ I said ‘You wanna teach in a riding school?’
Prior to the integration of in-flight Wi-Fi, most airline passengers passed their time at 30,000 feet completely disconnected from the world below them — but these days, that’s a highly uncommon occurrence. For instance, while writing this article on a short-haul United flight with broken Wi-Fi, I realized that I couldn’t remember the last time I’d been rendered email-less for even a couple of hours. Since this service has become so important in our lives — everywhere we go — I’d like to offer a closer look at in-flight Wi-Fi and how it actually works.
Picture this: Working full-time with benefits from your home or local park or favorite mountaintop. Sounds like nirvana to anyone who slogs through grinding daily commutes, finds getting work done at the office difficult, or just needs more flexibility to take care of family needs. So-called remote working, however, has become a reality for many people.
My partner and I sold almost everything we owned and left the UK in March 2010 to travel permanently. We fund our travels through web design, iOS app development and our travel blog Never Ending Voyage. So far we’ve travelled to South and North America, Asia, Europe and we’re currently in Mexico. We have no plans to stop. We’ll be around for the next hour to answer any questions you might have about our travels or being a digital nomad.
Tuesday Nov 24, 2015
What do you all do to prevent loneliness if you are a digital nomad on your own? Do you go to meet-ups and such? I would really like to hear what others do.
I’ve been on a handful of long trips this year and in recent years, and on all those trips, I lived out of a small bag. I loved living so lightly, but every time I came home, it felt weird: all of a sudden I had about 10x more stuff. It didn’t feel in alignment with the light, minimal lifestyle. So after a 25-day trip to Asia last month, I came home with a mission: to live only out of the same bag I traveled with.
How did the greatest entrepreneurs start out? What were their biggest successes? What failures did they have to overcome along the way? We’ve charted the careers of 33 inspirational company founders, from the man behind Heinz beans to the woman behind Ultimo bras, to show that there’s more than one path to success.
People complain about checking their inboxes when they’re out of the office, but some of them kind of enjoy it too.
Monday Nov 23, 2015
I wrote the above list because I genuinely wanted to see if the experiences I’ve been through have been sufficiently fulfilling, if the decisions I’ve made over the years have been worth it overall. Travel itself does not equal automatic happiness. It’s what those experiences mean to each of us, how they match with what we hoped to gain from life.
Do the work first. Create the following and the audience first. Prove your value first. Demonstrate your understanding of an industry first. Do all that then and only then maybe will a company have the confidence in you to provide the freedom and creative latitude for you to do what you want that will ultimately benefit them and their bottom line. It took me 14 years to understand this.
If you feel like more people these days work for themselves than ever than you are right. More and more people are becoming freelancers or going down the bootstrapped startup founder route, but what are their options for a space to work from? Many people are either working from home, heading to their nearest laptop friendly cafe or going to coworking spaces. The seemingly endless options are looking good for those going it alone.
For those who follow this sub [Digital Nomads], but haven’t actually made the leap yet, I’m curious – what is the obstacle stopping you from becoming a digital nomad?
You see, I turned 40 this week and am determined to create location independent income streams and time freedom, rather than living a half asleep existence in a bubble of false security… I’m not running away, I’m running towards what I want. It’s not escapism, it’s deliberate actions towards a set of predefined goals with a solid plan.
Friday Nov 20, 2015