Is the Digital Nomadic Lifestyle Right for You?

As rental rates and average home prices continue to rise, many companies are moving away from the brick-and-mortar style of conducting business and navigating their way through the work revolution that is shaking up industry after industry.

Companies are increasingly looking for workers that are capable of working remotely, that are self-starters, and that can be trusted to work in an unconventional setting. For a large number of corporations, millennials are the ideal candidates for these jobs and lifestyle.

Many millennials are finding remote work lifestyle very appealing because it enables them to live out their dreams of travel while still pursuing their career goals.

Remote Company Culture

An important factor to attracting millennials is a high-functioning and welcoming company culture. With the use of apps like Slack, Google Drive, and Skype for Business, there are a large number of ways for out-of-office employees to communicate with their mother office like never before.

Most people do not feel a disconnect from company culture by working from home thanks to these tools. Apps, like Skype, allow for face time with their colleagues and clients. Slack serves an text message service that eliminates the need for short and formal emails. The company gets to continue to operate in real time, as if everyone was in the office.

Is Working From Home Right for You?

There are a number of things to consider about your own personality, lifestyle, and work habits that may help you to better understand if the digital, nomadic lifestyle is for you:

  • Are you able to keep yourself on task without the presence of management?
  • How organized are you?
  • Do you have the ability to create your own systems without the involvement of present colleagues?
  • Do you consider communicating with colleagues in different time zones a challenge of working virtually?
  • Are you comfortable communicating solely by email and with the use of technology (i.e. Slack, Skype, GoToMeeting)?
  • How much time do you need to physically spend with your co-workers? Do you need to fly to the home office once a month to achieve that? Is your company willing to accommodate your needs?
  • Are you confident enough in your position or feel that you have enough support to feel successful working from home?

The Benefits to Travelers

The millennial generation is driven to live a life unique. They grew up in a time prevailed by social media and selfies. Every photograph is an opportunity for one to prove his or her traveler’s merit on Instagram. Imagine starting a work day in a camper van. The backdoors swing wide open, overlooking the next great beach on your bucket list. This is the office of choice for the #VanLife movement, which is taking social media streams by storm.

There are hundreds, potentially even thousands, of bloggers that are are making a lucrative side hustle from their travel photography that they are capturing between conference calls and shooting off emails. New Zealand is stunningly beautiful, and most would jump on the chance to explore what it has to offer if  the opportunity arose. Wellington has been named one of the best cities to call home base when working as a digital nomad due to the low cost of living. It is in close proximity to many desirable sites to visit when on your “lunch break” at work.

More and more companies are utilizing a remote and contract-based work force in touch with mobile device technology and seemingly connected to the Internet 24/7.  While virtual teams may not constitute the news of the day, what is notable is how many resources modern nomads have at their disposal.  If you play your proverbial cards right, you can use resources like spectacular landscapes, digital meeting tools, and interactive project collaboration apps to your advantage.

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