Life as a Digital Nomad in 2022
Being a digital nomad is often associated with traveling the world, working from your sofa, the pool, or by the beach, and staying in comfy clothes all day. It’s almost true, but that’s not necessarily just that. There is much more to the digital nomad life. Currently, I am truly embracing digital nomad life and share insights from my own experience.
What is a Digital Nomad?
By definition “a digital nomad is someone who leverages technology and the internet to work remotely and more generally, conducts their lifestyle in a nomadic manner.” In other words, being a digital nomad means that you work to earn money, but instead of going to an office, you do it from the comfort of your home or from wherever you want to be. You are location independent and can work from anywhere in the world. Ideally with good Wi-Fi.
The great thing is that anybody can become a digital nomad and there are so many job opportunities out there that you can choose from. Technically, there are three ways to work online: you can work remotely for a company, work as a freelancer like a writer or designer for example, or as a digital business owner / entrepreneur.
There are several benefits of being a digital nomad. Now, living as a digital nomad myself or remote worker has a lot of advantages, but let’s look at the TOP 5.
Have several income streams:
The first and probably most important benefit of working online is that it allows you to build several income streams. You could have several clients and maybe even offer different services, or you may choose to build something else while offering your services and making a little side income. For example, let’s say you have a full-time job but you want to make some extra money - why not work as a freelancer on your time off? It can be as little as 1-2 hours a day, or maybe during the weekends - that’s the great thing about working online.
The second benefit and my favourite is that 99% of the time you’ll have flexible working hours. Since you have the chance to choose the projects and clients that you want to work on, you can decide when you want to work and on what project.
You’re not only flexible in terms of time, but also in terms of where you work from, which brings us to our next benefit - location independence. Even though the past two years have made it hard for people to travel, you can still choose where you want to work from and what country you want to be based in. Do you want to work from a beautiful beach in Bali, or maybe poolside in Portugal, or how about the mountains in Switzerland?
Meet amazing people:
Benefit number four is that working online allows you to meet so many amazing and like-minded people. I personally have met a lot of people traveling and working in different cafes, as well as met people through Instagram. Many think that working remotely means being alone all the time and isolating yourself, but that’s actually just one of many myths. Since you will be able to work from anywhere you want, be it a cafe, co-working space, or a beach club, you will be able to meet people from all over the world!
Inspiration and self-development:
The last benefit of working online is that it actually increases your inspiration and your self-development. Think about it - if you always go to the same office and see the same people, it can be kind of hard to leave your comfort zone. However, if you work remotely and change your scenery every now and then, your perspective will grow, and you will get fresh inspirations for your work, allowing you to be more creative.
Alright guys, that’s all for today! If you want to see more how I am embracing digital nomad life and want me to inspire you too then follow me on Instagram @ilonakors. I am sharing a lot of my adventures there. So, what do you say? Will 2022 be your year to join the digital nomad community?