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Pandemic digital nomads jobs are rising in work from home era

pandemic digital nomads jobs are rising in work from home era

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The rise of “digital nomads,” knowledge workers able to do their jobs from a rotating assortment of exotic locales — the beaches of Phuket, the suburbs of Cape Town, the cafes of Paris— took a big hit earlier this year as borders closed and cafes did too. Some nomads hunkered down, others scurried home. Startup Remote Year, founded in 2014 to facilitate such work-adventures, laid off most of its staff and suspended services, leaving some customers in the lurch (it was acquired this month by a Panama-based hotel company).But while digital nomads have for the most part been stuck in their own countries since then, there appear to be far more of them than ever before. After a survey of 3,457 U.S. adults conducted this July and August, MBO Partners, which provides services to independent professionals, estimated there were 10.9 million digital nomads in the U.S. this year versus 7.3 million in 2019, a 49% increase. To qualify as such, one has to change location at least three times a year, not just shuttle back and forth between a country house and a city place, and not move at an employer’s behest, said Steve King of Emergent Research, who helped design the survey. …

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As a Remote Worker, I Don’t Travel Anywhere Without the Nomatic Backpack

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I’m a remote copywriter traveling the world, so finding a reliable backpack is vital for me. I need a backpack that’s versatile and durable enough to carry my laptop and other tech gear, whether I’m walking through London in the pouring rain or plodding through the sand on a hot baking day in a beach town in Mexico.While I used to make do with a classic backpack without any extra features, this year, I met another digital nomad who introduced me to the marvel that is the Nomatic Backpack.The Nomatic bag is high-end, made of strong and robust material to hold all your precious tech, keeping it safe from the prying hands of thieves as well as the unpredictable elements of the weather.The maximum capacity of the bag is 24 liters, which is more than enough for your day-to-day requirements while leaving plenty of room for clothes for an overnight stay. Plus, it’s super lightweight too, so it doesn’t weigh you down like many other travel backpacks tend to do.As a neat freak, my favorite feature of the bag is all the extra pockets and compartments that make it super easy to organize …

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Work from home era sees surge in digital nomad jobs

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The rise of “digital nomads,” knowledge workers able to do their jobs from a rotating assortment of exotic locales — the beaches of Phuket, the suburbs of Cape Town, the cafes of Paris — took a big hit earlier this year as borders closed and cafes did too. Some nomads hunkered down, others scurried home. Startup Remote Year Inc., founded in 2014 to facilitate such work-adventures, laid off most of its staff and suspended services, leaving some customers in the lurch (it was acquired this month by a Panama-based hotel company).
But while digital nomads have for the most part been stuck in their own countries since then, there appear to be far more of them than ever before. After a survey of 3,457 U.S. adults conducted this July and August, MBO Partners, which provides services to independent professionals, estimated there were 10.9 million digital nomads in the U.S. this year versus 7.3 million in 2019, a 49% increase. To qualify as such, one has to change location at least three times a year, not just shuttle back and forth between a country house and a city place, and not move at an employer’s behest, said Steve King …

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Countries with Digital Nomad Visas: The Complete List – Travel Off Path

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How to Be a Leader Who Brings Unity and Calm to Your Team

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“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

 

Life got messy in 2020.

It’s not just the virus. It’s the way the virus has changed everything we once took for granted—from the way we work to the way we get to work.

Or don’t get to work, as the case may be.

Although forecasts and timelines vary, one thing is clear: COVID-19 is here to stay.

The rest is largely unknown: particularly regarding decisions made by businesses and individuals.

Researchers predict that COVID-19 will continue to cause mayhem and distress for years to come. Intermittent lockdowns and panic-buying will simply become a part of daily life. And, if a vaccine is finally approved, international deal-making will probably get in the way.

More people will be affected, and even more people will stay at home.

Many of us are only just starting to realize that there may never actually be a …

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RVs are becoming portable offices

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RV, travel trailer and camper van manufacturers are refocusing their designs to cater to customers looking for mobile office space.

The rise in remote work prompted by the pandemic, combined with cabin fever caused by stay-at-home orders, has led many people to take up a “work from anywhere” lifestyle that they never had considered before.

Stanford research revealed that 42% of U.S. workers are now working full time from their homes, and that number might continue growing. Along with concerns about flying, the homebound workforce is part of the reason that the RV market has seen skyrocketing demand in recent months.

Just as internet connectivity and workspace availability have become expected of hotels and resorts, consumers now seek the same infrastructure in an RV. Makers such as Bowlus Road Chief and Leisure Travel Vans already are offering remote work-friendly floor plans, while others have changes in the works.

Dean Corrigal of Leisure Travel Vans said that between 30 and 40% of the e-mails his company is receiving come from customers inquiring specifically about the vans’ mobile office capabilities.

“I think it’s a huge growing segment,” he said.

Several other RV manufacturers whose products were not previously optimized for the so-called “digital nomad” …

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Startup founders set up hacker homes to recreate Silicon Valley synergy

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In Y Combinator’s early days, founders would move to Palo Alto, split a two-bedroom with five others to save money and trade notes around the clock with their new, like-minded roommates.
Now, as remote work continues and the pandemic persists, scores of entrepreneurs are working from home around the world. Y Combinator isn’t requiring its recent cohorts to relocate and collaboration is a screen-to-screen affair.
Now that they can work from literally anywhere, many entrepreneurs are forming homes with other founders. Hacker homes, the newest iteration of remote work adaption, feels like a nostalgic attempt to recreate some of the synergies COVID-19 wiped out. Generally speaking, it’s a nod to the digital nomad lifestyle, but in some cases, hacker homes feel closer to Hype House, a TikTok mansion laden with sponsored indulgence and wealth.
For Greg Isenberg, a growth advisor to TikTok and former head of strategy at WeWork, entrepreneur homes are a signal of what the foreseeable future of building could look like.
“The type of vibe you used to get from Y Combinator just doesn’t exist anymore,” Isenberg said, as these houses could recreate some of the scrappiness and like-mindedness that defined the incubator’ …

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Preparing for a Career as a Digital Nomad

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The traditional work environment has changed since
younger generations have entered the workforce. Few millennials want to spend
their lives sitting in a cubicle from nine to five, and fewer still want to
feel stuck working for the same company in the same position until retirement.

Fortunately, nine to five isn’t the only option for
the young workforce. Technology has given rise to flexible freelancing jobs
that enable you to set your own working hours and create your own office
wherever you want to.

So, if cubicles aren’t your cup of tea, you might enjoy working as a digital nomad. There are well over 4.8 million digital nomads just in the US alone. So, you’d be joining a career that’s truly booming. But if you want to be good at it, you need to prepare well. Take a look at a few tips that will help you succeed as a digital nomad.

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The most appealing aspect of being a digital nomad is getting the chance to travel to countries you’ve always dreamed of. From renowned cities to tropical islands and remote villages, you can visit them all while working …

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I’ve been a digital nomad for years. This is why the pandemic might be the best time for you to try it

i’ve been a digital nomad for years. this is why the pandemic might be the best time for you to try it

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Ironically, when the pandemic hit in March of this year, I wasn’t home. I happened to be in California at the time, though I suppose it’s hard for me to know where to call home these days.advertisementadvertisementAfter leaving my executive role as CTO for a major media company in 2013, I had become a veteran at life on the go, simultaneously living and working while traveling. What started as taking a year off from corporate life eventually turned into a new lifestyle and career I could never have imagined myself having.The threat of COVID-19 caused me, like many others, to rethink my next move. However, unlike most, I knew exactly what calls to make, travel reservations to book, and items to pack. While planning a long-term stay at my home in Sayulita, Mexico, I began to consider how life as a digital nomad these past seven years has prepared me to handle remote work-life balance during a pandemic.WorkAs a self-employed executive coach, I’ve been working remotely for the better part of a decade. I’m accustomed to constantly designing and redesigning my work schedule based on my clients, travel plans, and time zones. As a …

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The Perfect Bag For Any Digital Nomad, From a Former Remote-Working Globetrotter

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I took a deep breath, trying to disassociate before saying what I had been mustering up the courage to announce to my boss for weeks. “I want to buy a one-way ticket to Thailand that will depart this March. Is there any way I can work remotely?”It was 2018, and I was so unbelievably sick of Washington, D.C. I’d spent five years in D.C and every aspect of my life felt completely predictable, and I was desperate for a change. The job I had at the time was done mostly through a computer, and that’s when I had an epiphany: Couldn’t I just do this job anywhere in the world with an internet connection? My brazen courage paid off because my boss said yes.I started planning for my trip, booking vaccinations I’d need for the jungles of Laos, and researching travel insurances for any scuba diving incidences in Thailand (hey, you never know). Out of nowhere, my mom gifted me a 40L Nomatic Travel Bag. Unbeknownst to me at the time, this bag would become my most sacred possession as a digital nomad.Imagine trying to fit your entire closet for the foreseeable …

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