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.
In this guide, we look at: Minimalist Travel, Packing Tips, Travel Baggage: Checked and Carry-on Baggage, Clothing and Gear.
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.
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 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 and 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.