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Friday, Jul 14, 2017

How do you date as a Digital Nomad?

Curious how we single people can do it! Also, it occurred to me that it might be a good business idea to create a “dating for digital nomads” or something.. just an idea. So, single people, how do YOU date as a world traveling rock star?

Taming the Mammoth: Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think

We share a collective insanity that pervades human cultures throughout the world: An irrational and unproductive obsession with what other people think of us.

Thursday, Jul 13, 2017

A growing number of people think their job is useless. Time to rethink the meaning of work

Anybody who fears mass unemployment underestimates capitalism’s extraordinary ability to generate new bullshit jobs. If we want to really reap the rewards of the huge technological advances made in recent decades (and of the advancing robots), then we need to radically rethink our definition of “work.”

Do you feel fulfilled with your work?

Do you feel fulfilled with the work you do every day? If yes, please explain what it is you do and why it is so fulfilling. If no, please explain why not, and what type of work you think would be fulfilling?

Wednesday, Jul 12, 2017

Remote Work Is Not About Avoiding the Commute

There’s no single good answer to what works best for professionals, only tradeoffs.

Busy to Death

We all love being busy. In fact, we celebrate and subtly enjoying telling our colleagues, collaborators, and competitors how “busy” we are. The question we don’t consider is this: What is the cost of all this busy-ness?

Tuesday, Jul 11, 2017

What's the weirdest non-one-time gig/job you've heard a digital nomad doing while traveling?

We all know there are plenty of DN’s that are web developers and graphic designers, after all. Any goat milkers out there, or anything even crazier?

Working from home is a rich-people thing

But for all the talk and think pieces about the blessings/curses of remote work, there’s little acknowledgement that the debate refers to an option (some would say obligation) disproportionately given to wealthy, well-educated workers.

Monday, Jul 10, 2017

Feeling lost between home & the road

I just thought I’d write a bit about how I feel after 2 years of nomading full-time, mainly in SEA and Europe. Things that I am tired of and see no real way to “fix” it: 1. Meeting new people ALL THE TIME; 2. Lack of sustainability; and 3. Lack of connection.

What ways have worked for you to overcome 'imposter syndrome'?

I’m doing the best I can by improving each day, still feel like I have so much to learn every time I see the front page of HN.

Friday, Jul 7, 2017

A new era for location-independent entrepreneurs has begun

Estonia’s e-Residency programme has now partnered with the Finnish fintech company Holvi to provide borderless business banking to the borderless digital nation.

Digital Nomad Alone

A lot of people seem to do the digital nomad thing with their partners. Is anyone here going at it on their own? Can you speak a bit about your experience, challenges, pros, cons?

Thursday, Jul 6, 2017

The downside of limitless career options

Many are still figuring out how to deal with the exhausting amount of opportunities that go with navigating this less traditional, flatter career path.

Wednesday, Jul 5, 2017

What are some good practices on remote work?

I ask this question both from the perspective of company and the employee. I’ll be leading a newly built team that is going to partially remote, including my self. So I am just digging around to find some good practices in such work environment.

The Case Against Work-Life Balance: Owning Your Future

Creating the life and the work you want are by no means easy challenges, but they are absolutely attainable. What’s not realistic is thinking you can own your future and be comfortable at the same time. Grit, not virtuosity, will be the biggest determinant of your success, for reasons I’ll explore in a bit.

Tuesday, Jul 4, 2017

Remote Year Review (application process)

I applied for remote year (remoteyear.com) a few months ago and the whole experience has been a mess.

How to Pack a Suitcase

Here’s our shortcut to packing the right way: how to find the best suitcase, minimize your load, pack what you need on a beach trip or a business trip and cut down on wrinkles.

Monday, Jul 3, 2017

The future is emotional

Human jobs in the future will be the ones that require emotional labour: currently undervalued and underpaid but invaluable.

Why total bans on remote work don't remotely work

Two divergent trends force all employees into the office, or all employees to work remotely. It’s time to stop the insanity.

Friday, Jun 30, 2017

The Complete Guide to Working On A Remote Team

This is a guide for people on remote teams or those considering it. Why go remote? What are the benefits and how do you overcome the downsides? Learn how remote life can make employees happier and more productive if done right. Avoid the common mistakes and learn best practices.

Take Naps at Work. Apologize to No One.

Restfulness and recharging can take a back seat to the perception and appearance of productivity. It’s easier to stay on a virtual hamster wheel of activity by immediately responding to every email than it is to measure aggregate productivity over a greater period of time. But a growing field of occupational and psychological research is building the case for restfulness in pursuit of greater productivity.

A Digital Nomad, Remote Work and Travel Gear Guide & Packing List

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

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017

Do you work remotely? How did you get that job?

I’m doing everything I can each day to keep learning (UX, full stack web development), keep eliminating bad habits (health, thinking, relationships, financial), and applying to jobs everyday (on-site, remote, freelance, temp, intern).

Where we're going, we don't need headphones!

If there is one single complaint about work I hear most often from clients and friends, it’s that they have a hard time focusing in their office… Let me share with you how I try to have people happily leave their headphones in their backpack.

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017

Becoming a Digital Nomad: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

If you’re interested in launching a career as an entrepreneur on the road or want to find that remote job of your dreams, here are some tips to get you started.

What keeps you up at night? What do you worry about?

Just generally speaking, what do you worry about the most? Family’s safety & health, finances, work, etc?

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017

Air rage: why does flying make us so angry? Science says it's about class

Rise in acts of plane-related violence shed light on something bigger: modern air travel is a perfect example of a situation in which human status is highly visible

Working from home is really having a moment

Remote working has become more prevalent, specifically in the mortgage and real estate industry, human resources and recruiting, and accounting and finance. Each industry saw remote job listings grow more than 20% last year.

Monday, Jun 26, 2017

Seems like most digital nomads here are freelancers... does anyone work a salaried from home job whereby they need to be at their computer from the hours of X to X?

I want to give the digital nomad lifestyle a go, but it seems like most people who pull it off successfully are freelancers, whereas I’m merely working a salaried job from home, and therefore still bound by the 9-5 routine.

Why You Should Think Twice Before Ordering Coffee or Tea on a Plane

As NBC 5 noted, the water for tea and coffee comes from the tap, not from a bottle, while in flight. And that water could be downright disgusting. According to a 2004 EPA sample of 158 planes, 13 percent contained coliform. Two of the airplanes were found to have dangerous E.coli in the water.

Friday, Jun 23, 2017

Why the Modern Nomad is Breaking all the Rules

So if the world is evolving towards rootless living, what does this nomadic movement mean for the future? As the number of highly mobile nomads is on the rise, one potential result is a global network which can be leveraged for collaboration.

Thursday, Jun 22, 2017

Out of Office

A guide to establishing a successful remote culture.

How do you handle remote meetings?

One thing I noticed about my job, and most remote software development jobs, is that many seem to have weekly team video calls. How do you guys deal with these when you’re in different time zones? Do you just bite the bullet and take that 9pm video call if it’s only once per week?

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017

How to transition into this lifestyle?

I’m increasingly finding that I’m actually more productive when I can choose my own work environment, and coupled with a passion for travel that doesn’t mesh well with the 9-5 grind, I’m having trouble figuring out how to launch myself into a remote/nomad career.

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017

Are You a Self-Interrupter?

We act as though we are no longer interested in or able to stay idle and simply do nothing. We appear to care more about the people who are available through our devices than those who are right in front of our faces. And perhaps more critically, we appear to have lost the ability to simply be alone with our thoughts.

What are your sources of income and how much money are you earning?

A roundup from digital nomads on their sources of income and how much money they earn.

Monday, Jun 19, 2017

How does U.S. tax work for American digital nomads?

Americans are unique in the digital nomad community in that they still have to file US taxes. Today, Bright!Tax tells us more about tax issues.

How to not bring emotion from work back home?

Even after working so many years. I still get moment that I want to snap. Any way to not bring emotion from work back home?

Thursday, Jun 15, 2017

Here’s what happened when Iran introduced a basic income

The report found no evidence for the idea that people will work less under a universal income, and found that in some cases, like in the service industry, people worked more, expanding their businesses or pursuing more satisfying lines of work.

Working From Home is Never Worth It

Working from home hints at an to an increasingly blurred line between required and mandatory, one that snakes around the concept of work-life balance and threatens to strangle it.

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017

If you’re reading this, you probably don’t do hard work

Rule of thumb: If it’s hard you’ll have trouble finding people who want to do it. There’s no shortage of people who want to be programmers, designers, strategists, social media consultants, entrepreneurs, investors, etc… But try finding people to work the farm. Hard work is doing the work other people don’t want to do.

How Doist Makes Remote Work Happen

When I first started at Doist, we were 3 people working from 2 countries. Today, we’re 51 people working from 20 countries and counting. The idea of building a remote company wasn’t something we explicitly discussed at the start – it simply grew out of necessity.

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017

The meaning of life in a world without work

As technology renders jobs obsolete, what will keep us busy? Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari examines ‘the useless class’ and a new quest for purpose.

A guide to running a minimalist business

If you only keep what is useful or what makes you happy in your business then what you’re left with you should leave you better off—in terms of revenue AND quality of life. Removing what doesn’t serve your business or make you happy just seems like a good idea (even if you think minimalism is bonkers).

Monday, Jun 12, 2017

There's a strong link between anxiety and depression, and sleep problems, and it goes both ways

The majority of evidence suggests the relationship between sleep problems and anxiety and depression is strong and goes both ways. This means sleep problems can lead to anxiety and depression, and vice versa.

Why Remote Work Can’t Be Stopped

The proportion of Americans who only worked remotely rose to 20% in 2016 from 15% in 2012, Gallup surveys indicate.

Friday, Jun 9, 2017

Jobs For Digital Nomads – 10 sites for finding the best entry level remote jobs

Scour these sites to find something suited to your future job as a digital nomad! These resources are remote-specific. Some being entry-level, and some are more advanced. There’re all different so go through each one and find a remote gig that will unlock your freedom.

Thursday, Jun 8, 2017

Digital nomad lifestyle questions and concerns

The “digital nomad lifestyle” is a myth. The only things digital nomads have in common is that they work AND they travel. There are no set speeds. No packing lists. No “magical weight limit” qualifiers. No earnings requirements. No mandatory route list. There is nothing at all that you need to learn from another nomad about living a lifestyle.

Will Robots Take My Job?

In 2013 Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne published a report titled “The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation?”. The authors examine how susceptible jobs are to computerisation. We extracted the jobs and the probability of automation from the report and have made it easy to search for your job.

Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017

The Middle Class Mind

And although being a broke-ass entrepreneur certainly doesn’t guarantee that you’ll become a wealthy one, I believe those who are willing to be broke – on purpose – are more likely to become rich.

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