I haven’t bought a one-way ticket to Bali. I don’t spend my days sipping fresh coconuts by the beach while snapping ‘Gram-worthy pics that get me messages from people asking me for my secrets. I don’t take a mid-day work break to get $5 massages or catch a few waves in the ocean.
But I would be lying if I told you that’s not my dream, because it is.
With our world switching over to virtual likes and Instagram friendships, it’s no surprise the vast majority of jobs are becoming digitally dependent, and the term “digital nomad” is a very real and tangible job title that thousands are using around the world. With more and more brands recognizing the power of social media and online branding, the opportunity to earn an income through digital marketing is endless. Many companies are also finding that typical “desk job” work can be done remotely, with an increased amount of productivity and employee happiness as well.
It seems like everyday there’s a new Facebook post about a couple quitting their 9-5 and living the dream in some faraway tropical paradise (or maybe I just see them all the time because I’m always clicking on them….Facebook really does know all).
My question though: is being a digital nomad too good to be true?
Honestly, I don’t think so. I am proud to say I am someone who makes one hundred percent of my income online. This is both from my own business and as an independent contractor under a virtually operated company. Honestly, it’s still surreal to me that I get to wake up everyday and work from my home. I have no commute, no co-workers and no boss breathing down my neck at all hours of the day. In a very real sense I feel like I have unlocked a whole level of freedom. This fall I am even moving overseas to take my digital nomad journey to a whole new level (looking at you, Thailand).
There are still plenty of struggles that go along with being a location independent worker. However, most in this position agree that the pros far outweigh the cons, and the number of people working remotely is only going to continue increasing in years to come. Some even predict there will be one billion nomads by 2035, and honestly I do not doubt that one bit.
Everyday hundreds of retail stores are shutting down all across the country. Amazon even surpassed Wal-Mart as the nation’s #1 retailer! My advice to anyone is do your research now and learn the necessary skills to adapt to the times ahead. Location independent jobs and remote work is the way of the future. Learn a specialized skill that you can leverage for future work. Beat the curve by latching onto this trend now instead of waiting to react later.
Who knows, maybe this way of life will lead you to working in paradise. After all, the laptop lifestyle truly is limitless.