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Everything you need to know to become a digital nomad

Digital nomadism has become a global trend in the last few years with people travelling and working from beautiful places like Indonesia, Thailand, Colombia or European cities, such as: Lisbon, Budapest and Barcelona. Nowadays, with the growth of remote workers, the trend will spread faster than ever before, but what do you need to become a digital nomad?

 

First things first, money!

The first thing you need to do in order to become a digital nomad is to earn an income online. No money, no fun. There are 3 main ways to earn an online income: becoming a freelancer, working remotely for a company and managing an online business.

 

  • Freelancing is seen as one of the easiest ways to start working remotely, you need to have a skill that you can sell (Digital marketing, design, coding) and sell that skill as a service. You can start with marketplaces like Upwork and Fiverr and grow your client base with time outside those platforms.
  • Working remotely for a company is a little more difficult due to the high competition, but as more companies are adapting to remote work this will be the new normal. Gitlab, Buffer and Doist have been hiring remotely for a long time and there are more and more companies like Twitter and Quora who are now starting to hire remote workers.
  • Starting an online business is the hardest of all three, as most businesses don’t have an immediate return and need time to grow. However, we see more and more entrepreneurs adapting to the online world with e-commerce stores, Dropshipping, online agencies, online education and several other business models. The beginning is hard, but the return over time can be significantly higher than trading your time for money.

 

So now you have an income, what’s next?

It is important that you start by understanding what you are looking for in each place you visit and how fast/slow you want to travel.

Most digital nomads are looking for a community of like-minded people, beautiful places to visit, exciting local culture and lifestyle, coworking spaces, outdoor activities and an affordable life standard. So always question yourself about the things that you want to find before looking for your next destination.

I strongly advise you to stay at least one month in each destination. Travelling slow is an art and digital nomads love to experience different places like a local and not like a tourist. Plus, everything tends to be cheaper if you buy 1-month packages, from stays to coworking places, monthly payments are the most cost-effective everywhere in the world. The longer you stay, the cheaper it gets.

 

Where to go?

If you are looking for a community of digital nomads and places that check all the boxes mentioned before, the best places in the world are Bali, Chiang Mai, Lisbon, Budapest, Playa del Carmen and Medellin. There are many more, but all of these have become big digital nomad hubs across the world, and you will easily find all the information you need to travel, live, work and connect with others, at the distance of a click.

One website you should always check before choosing the next place to go is Nomadlist. Here you will find prices, reviews and useful information about a huge range of different spots worldwide.

 

With these tools mastered, now it’s time to prepare and start embracing the digital nomad journey, connect with like-minded people in the most beautiful places in the world and enjoy your ride in this new lifestyle.

If Lisbon is in your short-list, take a look at Piece of Work. A coworking space in Campolide, a central neighborhood filled with local vibes and where community is a real thing.

 

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(article written in collaboration with Gonçalo Hall, founder of Remote Work Movement)


 

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    Remote Work and Flexible Hours: Advantages and Opportunities

    New working paradigms are currently popular on the job market. Remote work and flexible hours are two of these contemporary trends. Every day, more professionals and companies acknowledge the benefits of a better balanced and customized working model for their employees.

    Remote work, already a common weekly presence in several companies, allows the employees to do their jobs from pretty much anywhere. Connecting with the company and their clients through the internet and, in some cases, performing their tasks in a more convenient schedule. (Farewell, good old 9 to 5!)

    When well planned and executed, remote work and flexible hours contribute to improvements at several levels. Let’s take a look at some of them and explain you how some companies are adjusting to this reality.

     

    6 Advantages of remote work and flexible hours

     

    1. Stop worrying about commuting

    Working remote enables you to comfortably execute your job from home. You can forget about the chaotic traffic jams, the long commute, bad weather conditions and your forever lost precious time. However, if working from home is not your cup of tea, you can still avoid the traveling and choose to work from a coworking space closer to your residence.

     

    2. Increase your productivity

    When you choose working remote, you become fully accountable for your tasks and routines. Despite having access to a flexible schedule, you will have to deliver your work with quality and on the defined deadlines. Therefore, you will naturally become more self-disciplined and there will be plenty of reasons to motivate your high-level performance. You will have more time and energy for your hobbies, to take care of your family and home affairs and run all those belated errands. Ideally, the cycle will start with an improved quality of life, towards the highest levels of motivation, and consequently, higher productivity. Other factors that may boost your productivity include working in quieter environments and in periods of the day, which you consider more efficient.

     

    3. Reduce your expenses

    Remote work and expenses reduction are directly corelated, either if you are the employee, or the employer.

    As an employee, you will save on your commuting fuel – mainly if the company is based miles away from your residence – or public transportation passes. You will also save on your food expenses, especially if you don’t usually take your homemade meal to work and tend to choose eating out at a restaurant close to the office.

    As an employer with a remote working operation, you will save on electricity, internet and furniture and equipment acquisition. You may even save considerably on your monthly office rent, since you won’t need such a big space to accommodate your team.

     

    4. Become a more versatile professional

    Back at the company’s HQ, you have colleagues available to help when you have questions, or you need some assistance. This is where remote work will demand more from you! Despite being in contact with your colleagues and clients, there will be plenty of situations when you will have to learn and make decisions independently.

    You are not sure about what to do in a certain situation or how to perform a specific task assigned? Roll up your sleeves and be proactive! You will be automatically developing new skills, such as problem solving.

     

    5. Enhance diversity

    Remote work is based on communicating through the internet. That will open your door to a lot more people and experiences. If you are a freelancer, your clients’ and partners’ network won’t be limited to the geographic borders. In case you are an employee or the leader of a determined company, you can interact with colleagues from different cities and countries. The valuable diversity of ideas, perspectives and skills will be evident.

     

    6. Work near those you feel good with

    We have seen that working alongside other people can be quite beneficial. Flexible work allows you to be near your friends or family, even if you all have different occupations. You can also become a member of a coworking space where you will meet people from all industries and strengthen your network, creating more opportunities.

     

    Piece of Work is an authentic coworking community, with membership plans adapted to various professionals and companies and always keeping in mind those who love flexible schedules.

    You can subscribe our standard fixed and hot desk plans or select the daily pass access. We have also created a virtual desk plan, that allows you to work from wherever best suits you and have access to our partners’ network and events. You will be welcome to use our meeting rooms and we will also handle your mail.

    Find out more info about Piece of Work and ally the advantages of remote work to those of being part of our coworking community!

     

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      Working remotely: How to maintain productivity

      Being productive when working remotely can be challenging for most of us. However, more and more people are looking into this new way of working. This might mean simply working from home or going for the popular option of choosing a coworking space.

      It is quite common for young entrepreneurs and startup founders to prefer these options or even part-time work.

      People are attracted to these solutions due to the flexibility of being able to balance between personal and professional life as well as reducing the costs of having a traditional office operation in place. Having said that, mismanaging this new freedom can bring additional challenges.

      If you are currently working remotely or managing a team that does, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

       

      1. Create routines and set deadlines

      With working remotely come the flexible working hours. If your team works this way, your colleagues might all be working at different times, hence why it is important to create routines with them and having clear deadlines. You might want to set a deadline for a fixed time rather than a specific day, to guarantee everyone is on the same page.

      Establishing clear deadlines is very important to create a good team routine, but you must avoid being too controlling. At the end of the day, the important thing is to create empathy and trust in your team, everything else will flow naturally.

       

      2. Use the right tools to make it easier

      Technology is your best bet. Look into tools such as Asana or Slack, these will help build those team routines and support remote teamwork.

      These apps are perfect to improve your internal communication allowing you to easily share files, manage responsibilities, schedule meetings or calls.

       

      3. Set weekly meeting and build relationships

      Having part of your team working remotely is great, but it is still important for you know all your team well. Ideally, try to set an in-person weekly meeting for everyone to get together.

      Physical contact will help you build relationship and create a better sense of community in your team, which is proven to improve productivity. For those meetings, look into a professional set up, perhaps by booking a meeting room in a coworking space. It is essential that all your team feels welcome and treated equally whether they work remotely or not.

       

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      4. Give feedback

      In order to maintain your remote team motivated, you must have regular feedback conversations, so these members don’t feel unnoticed and devalued. For a motivated and productive team, set some time to share ideas and discuss the projects you are working on. It is important to have open communication in your team.

       

      5. Invest in your team career goals

      It is important to set a growth mindset to your remote team. Give them an idea of the different opportunities within the company to motivate your team and increase their productivity. For those working remotely, this will make them feel integrated and give them the sense of belonging.

       

      Productiveness is essential for any successful business. If you are managing an established business or even a startup, subscribe to our blog to keep up with the best tips to improve your team’s performance.

       


       

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