The world of opportunity
We live in a world where it is not possible to run a business, study, and build a diverse and happy life with new experiences each day – and all you need is your laptop.
The rise of the digital economy and online marketplace has brought some challenges in our world certainly, but it also offers opportunity. This is what I am so delighted to write a little about with you here today.
It can be done
The first thing to know about nomad living is it can indeed be done. I repeat: it can be done. I know this because, well, we in the Ambytion team have done it! People may struggle to believe working a job where you don’t need to commute everyday into a place where you work for 8 hours or more is really possible.
This is understandable in a way, as there are some people on the internet who promote the idea of remote roles with the promise of millions of dollars, hanging out with celebrities – and all of it is possible if you just buy their exclusive course ‘how to be a jerk and tell lie…I mean ‘how to work remotely’ (but you know what I mean!). The story of most remote workers is different, and more straightforward.
It takes work to start and build your career
People seem to think building a remote business is a lot like a light switch you can just switch on and off. Instead it is one of those forms of business that is like any other, as it takes planning, time, and precision to transition from working a ‘regular’ job where you have to go into the office everyday, and then turn that into a job where you can work from wherever you want.
The exact path and steps you need to take to transition to a remote role are personal to you.
While our team at Ambytion all share a common purpose here today, each of us have taken different paths to this destination. Depending on the sort of work you do, it may be easy to find a remote job in your field, or quite difficult.
You might be able to easily find a job that has a clearly defined role, or you might need to be creative, apply for a non-remote job, and then talk to your new employer about why it’d be a good idea for you to work remote (it can save the employer costs of computer power and lightning, improve your efficiency, and so on).
You might even find this moment represents the perfect chance for you to create a remote role for yourself, starting a business that specialises in online consulting, sales,or content production that gives you the freedom to control your work, and the sort of work you do.
It is not perfect
It is a reality that many people may think the hardest thing about working remotely is the idea of choosing what coffee to drink each day, or what beach to swim at. While you do enjoy a certain flexibility around your day most of the time, there are also real and unique challenges.
If you work a remote job for one company you may find you need to be by your computer at a set time everyday. Sure you don’t have to go into the office, but you do need to be sitting at your desk and available for communication when your boss and team needs it. In this respect, such a job is really not all that different from working in the office, you just get to wear pyjamas if you want.
Then, there are the freelance roles. Once again, at first, freelancing sounds exciting, fun – even glamorous. It can be all those things – and with a recent survey finding 35% of the US economy is now comprised of freelance workers it is an appealing career path for many as you’ll get to work with a variety of people from around the world, and often on helping building and grow exciting new businesses, products, and campaigns.
It is just also true that freelancing can have its quiet periods; so when work is available you are likely to be very busy trying to ensure every client is happy. Rather than being able to go swim 3 times a day like you may wish too, when freelancing gets busy you may find yourself needing to now and then pull an all-nighter to ensure a project is delivered on time.
Whether working a remote job for a company, or freelancing, these are just examples of many roles that can also have their drawbacks alongside the positives.
But it is worth it
While it is important to be aware of these realities it is also important you know: working in this way is my reality. And I love it, and wouldn’t change it for anything. Sure, there are moments when this career path can feel too challenging, extra frustrating – and leave one of us at Ambytion tempted for a moment to think a ‘regular’ 9-5 may better – but the ‘grass is always greener on the other side’, and this path alone is the one that offers me the greatest chance to see the most of sunshine, blue skies, and basic happiness.
Even the little things that can be challenging become fun after a while. Though using your laptop or tablet while your feet at in the pool soon becomes impractical (nobody likes a wet keyboard!), but discovering your apartment’s rooftop has a sun garden is wonderful. Having your wi-fi drop out suddenly can be annoying, but you can make a friend-for-life with the nice IT manager who runs the hotel tech, and ensure there is always a buddy to have a coffee with each time you return to town.
And, best of all, like having the chance to grow friendships and your career, these experiences only increase over time. Getting to play in the park with your kids at 1pm on a beautiful springtime afternoon in Lima, Peru, one day is an experience you would not trade for $10 million dollars. The fact there is no reason you can’t come back next year and holiday here again makes it even more special.
This idea of ‘great today, better tomorrow’ is something that applies to your career and life when working remotely.
Because life lived traveling is simply unforgettable you have to try it too
For all the questionable purchases in our world – should I really have bought those cooking classes when I actually can cook already, and don’t care what the hell activated almonds are? – nobody ever returns from a happy trip and says they regret it. Sure, they may have a little less money, but their life is now enriched and full of a huge new range of experiences.
The great thing about nomad living it is allows you to travel and acquire those experiences, while also earning money. No, maybe not the millions and billions that some odd people in other parts of the internet promise, but the hundreds and the thousands that each week allow you to live life each day, save some money, and crucially: grow your list of unforgettable memories.
So, sure, nomad living has its challenges – among my team we might not finish our jobs regularly every day at 5pm like some others can – but we do finish each day knowing I’ve traveled and lived in places all around the world. And, if one of us wants to move and go try somewhere new once again? Then there is nothing stopping us!. You can do it too! After all, all you need is your laptop.