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Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017

We are e-Residency and Holvi. Ask us anything about starting an EU company online and accessing business banking

We are e-Residency and Holvi. Ask us anything about starting an EU company online and accessing business banking.

Is this Japanese concept the secret to a long, happy, meaningful life?

What’s your reason for getting up in the morning? Just trying to answer such a big question might make you want to crawl back into bed. If it does, the Japanese concept of ikigai could help.

Monday, Aug 21, 2017

Freelance Achievement Stickers

Freelance achievement stickers.

Remote working trends in 2017

With proper internet and attention to timezones, you literally can work from anywhere. I did it last year on an around the world trip where I worked from Prague, Vienna, Budapest, the Moscow airport, and Japan. With all this going on, what are some of the recent trends that have popped up to help remote workers and nomads stay sane and productive?

Friday, Aug 18, 2017

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A pilot explains what it really means when there's turbulence during a flight

Conditions might be annoying and uncomfortable, but the plane is not going to crash. Turbulence is an aggravating nuisance for everybody, including the crew, but it’s also, for lack of a better term, normal. From a pilot’s perspective, it is ordinarily seen as a convenience issue, not a safety issue.

Is Having a "Home Base" a Good Idea as a Digital Nomad?

The reason would be so that there’s always something stable to fall back upon. For example, right now my habits are out of whack, my health needs fixing, etc. The travel lifestyle is a crazy, free one- which is great, but sometimes I just want consistency.

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017

How to Determine if Candidates Will Thrive in a Remote Work Environment

Through trial and error, we’ve developed some core strategies for determining whether candidates will thrive in our remote work environment.

Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017

Is Anyone Living The 4-Hour Work Week?

A book popular in our industry is now a decade old. Has anyone put the advice from the author Tim Ferriss into practice? If so, how did you manage to do it and what have you learned from the experience?

2016-17 Worldwide Personal Tax and Immigration Guide

This guide summarizes personal tax systems and immigration rules in 164 jurisdictions.

Monday, Aug 14, 2017

Want to Be Happy? Buy More Takeout and Hire a Maid, Study Suggests

It’s a question central to daily life: Do you spend money to save time or spend time to save money? Well, if happiness is the goal, you might consider opening that wallet.

Remote workers would rather be watched than ignored and forgotten

Remote workers want the option of being visible online, but they want control over how they are presented. For office workers, visibility might involve arriving early or staying late, but for remote workers it’s digital spaces that give them the opportunity to be seen.

Friday, Aug 11, 2017

Digital Nomads of Reddit: What do you do, how much do you work, and how much do you make?

Digital Nomads of Reddit: What do you do, how much do you work, and how much do you make?

How to Travel Like a Millionaire? Ask the Points Guy

The credit-card-rewards guru Brian Kelly insists that we’re in a “golden age” of travel. You just have to know how to game the system.

Thursday, Aug 10, 2017

The quitting economy

When employees are treated as short-term assets, they reinvent themselves as marketable goods, always ready to quit.

I engineered my career to give me the adventurous life I always wanted

I began to realize I had been asking myself the wrong questions for most of my life. Like many people I know, I always focused on the next steps: getting into college, landing internships, taking the LSATs, getting into law school, finding a job. The problem was that I was always working so hard to reach the next milestone that I never paused to consider whether I would be happy when I got there.

Wednesday, Aug 9, 2017

Thinking like an economist can make your next trip abroad cheaper

When faced with an ATM or credit card machine that asks if you want to convert to your home currency, I recommend you decline… An exception to this rule, of course, is if your bank or credit card charges a very high fixed foreign exchange fee and you need only a little bit of money. If this is your case, then saying yes might save you money even if you get a poor exchange rate.

Why you should work remotely

Prior to starting the position I was worried about whether I could be happy and productive on a remote team. I wondered how project planning would work, whether it would be terribly lonely, and how communication would function when things got hectic.

Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017

Officially completed one year as a DN, here are my thoughts

On the surface, it was incredible… There were many times I came across something truly remarkable, be it an abandoned church, or a virgin beach, and I’d look to my left as if to say “hey check this out!” only to be reminded, I’m alone here.

How I've Lived the 4-Hour Work Week for a Decade

Tim Ferris’ classic book about an elusive 4-hour work week has sold over a million copies since its publication. While not all aspects of his book apply to me, I’ve supported myself for the past decade with my side project, which peaked at $100,000/month in revenue and has only ever required limited maintenance.

Monday, Aug 7, 2017

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.

Friday, Aug 4, 2017

The Unsettled

It’s easier than ever to live with no fixed address, but that doesn’t come without a cost.

Where machines could replace humans—and where they can’t (yet)

In fact, as our research has begun to show, the story is more nuanced. While automation will eliminate very few occupations entirely in the next decade, it will affect portions of almost all jobs to a greater or lesser degree, depending on the type of work they entail.

Thursday, Aug 3, 2017

The gig economy of the 18th Century

While it might seem that long-established ways of working are being disrupted, history shows us that the one person, one career model is a relatively recent phenomenon. Prior to industrialisation in the 19th Century, most people worked multiple jobs to piece together a living.

This Is The Current State Of The American Workplace

A glimpse of workplace trends on the rise.

Wednesday, Aug 2, 2017

How do you find clients when you have no network and can only do remote?

I have no network, no ability to relocate, can’t get a full time job right now, and urgently need to make some bucks real quick. But several articles and comments here suggested that and similar freelance websites do some really shady things and that it’s not good to use them for any kind of work, even temporary… I can’t for the life of me figure out how to get a job using these skills but without a network.

The Rise and Fall of Working From Home

While telecommuting, the umbrella term for any work occurring outside the traditional office, has ballooned over the last 20 years, some offices are rethinking overly broad policies. Flexible work remains popular at many organizations, but most companies want workers at work at least some—if not most—of the time.

Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017

Favorite place to be a digital nomad?

I’d love to know your favorite places to be a digital nomad.

Extreme Commuting

The number of people who commute two hours or more to work is expected to grow, especially now that it is easier to work occasionally from home.

Monday, Jul 31, 2017

I want to be a digital nomad

I don’t think the office life is for me and I feel like I’m missing out on just living and experiencing new things. I’m here to ask for any advice from people that have made this type of transition. How do I get started? How do you come across work?

The Remote Work Survival Guide

This Survival Guide to Remote Work will walk you through the major challenges you will face in your remote job—and how to conquer them.

Friday, Jul 28, 2017

Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity

Results from two experiments indicate that even when people are successful at maintaining sustained attention—as when avoiding the temptation to check their phones—the mere presence of these devices reduces available cognitive capacity.

Former DNs, how long did you lead this lifestyle and what made you stop? What are you doing nowadays? Any plans to hit the road again?

No intentions to stop anytime soon myself, just wondering.

Thursday, Jul 27, 2017

You’re More Badass Than You Think – How to Conquer Freelancing Fears

You know the voice of doubt that whispers little unproductive nothings into our ears all across our waking hours? For a good number of new freelancers and aspiring self-employed professionals, this anxiety has a specific name — impostor syndrome.

Is Guaranteed Income for All the Answer to Joblessness and Poverty?

Whereas UBI is traditionally seen as an antidote to widespread job loss, some of today’s proponents view it in a different, somewhat counterintuitive light as well: as a way to encourage self-sufficiency and innovation.

Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017

Coping with Loneliness

I’ve, over the past few years, grown more and more lonely with very little outside contact. My job does not interact with others much, topping out at the same few co-workers day in and day out. I’ve only ever had a small group of friends, which has grown even more thread-bare with age. Besides “go meet people” (how?), how do the fine people of HN deal with loneliness?

Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017

Going for the 5 hour workday

8 hours and 5 days a week is killing me. Every workday I put all my effort into the project. Then I put more effort in to fill the remaining hours and burnout becomes a weekly experience. I even grow do dislike going to work on monday.

How to make a friend fast - the scientific method

The study I’m about to present to you is something you have probably already seen floating around the internet, said to hold the key to forming close personal relationships in a few dozen carefully designed discussion questions.

Monday, Jul 24, 2017

Employees Who Stay In Companies Longer Than Two Years Get Paid 50% Less

The worst kept secret is that employees are making less on average every year. There are millions of reasons for this, but we’re going to focus on one that we can control. Staying employed at the same company for over two years on average is going to make you earn less over your lifetime by about 50% or more.

Why Working From Home Is a Future-looking Technology

A Stanford GSB expert shows how companies and employees benefit from workplace flexibility.

Friday, Jul 21, 2017

Why do human beings speak so many languages?

Why is it that humans speak so many languages? And why are they so unevenly spread across the planet? As it turns out, we have few clear answers to these fundamental questions about how humanity communicates.

How do you explain your DN life to your family?

My family thinks I’m a new kind of hippie, lazy and enjoying life earning money in a suspicious way… (most of them have never traveled).

Thursday, Jul 20, 2017

Technology Will Erase Jobs—But Also Make Everything Cheap or Free

The counterbalance to technological unemployment, Diamandis said, is the demonetization of living—in other words, pretty much everything we need and do in our day-to-day lives is becoming radically cheaper, if not free, and technology’s making it happen.

Digital nomad with kids?

Are there any parents who’ve successfully become nomads while simultaneously raising kids / giving kids reasonable opportunities (friends, school etc)? What are your stories? What was hardest?

Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017

The World’s Workers Have Bigger Problems Than a Robot Apocalypse

Work may eventually be automated out of existence, but first, deal with labor shortages and “skills mismatch.”

Chat at work is killing my productivity

Humans aren’t wired for any sort of global, always-reachable communication. This is a a problem that applies to both synchronous and asynchronous communication, but I miss not having an expectation of replying — or even being present — for more than 24 hours at a time. In other words…I miss email.

Tuesday, Jul 18, 2017

Dear Coworking Space Owners...

I’ve been remote working for 12 years and I love the explosion of coworking spaces that have opened over the past few years. But so many coworking spaces get the basics wrong… So what follows is a simple (and I’d argue to say obvious) checklist for creating a great coworking space that entrepreneurs like myself enjoy working from.

How I failed landing a remote position

I started looking for a remote position, telecommuting in other words, as a software engineer last November. It took me 3 months to apply to ~150 job descriptions and none of them was a successful hire. Nevertheless, I now have a great job and I would like to share that experience with you. I have prepared a spreadsheet listing anonymous applications… I will also share my cover letter and how I approached the remote job hunting.

Monday, Jul 17, 2017

Why I Chose to Build a Fully Remote Company Before it Was Cool

But by the time we had enough money to get an office, I was pretty sure I didn’t want one. Turns out, the benefits of being remote outweighed the legitimacy of having an office.

How long will it take for your job to be automated?

We’re often told that machines one day will be able to do our jobs – but when, exactly, is that likely to happen?