The digital nomad lifestyle has its pros and cons, and it’s important to get to
know them before you make the commitment to become self-employed full
time. As a company that specialises in helping remote companies and digital nomads to plan a remote retreat, we’re more familiar than most with
what it takes to become a successful remote worker.
What No One Told You About Remote Work
1. No serendipity
One of the biggest problems with remote work is that there’s no serendipity, by which we mean there’s none of that strange special magic that happens in communal workplaces where you bump into people and solve a problem by accident. That just doesn’t happen in coworking spaces or a remote
work home office.
2. Gadgets suck
One of the benefits when you organise a remote retreat is that it gives you an excuse to leave your gadgets at home. When you first get started as a remote worker, it’s easy to get carried away and to buy a bunch of flashy gadgets to help you to get your job done. In the end, though, they often end
up being expensive, impractical and infuriating.
3. You get started by getting started
When most people ask how to land a remote job, they don’t realise that it’s as simple as signing up to remote job posting sites and starting to submit your resume or portfolio. If you have the skills to land a remote job, there’s no point just sitting around and waiting for a job to come to you. You have to proactively go out and find it.
4. Work life balance is a lie
A lot of digital nomads talk about improved work life balance as one of the key reasons why they decided to adopt the lifestyle. The truth is that being a digital nomad is hard work, especially because you spend a lot of otherwise billable hours working on admin and planning out the next step of your
adventure. When you’re a digital nomad, the line between work and life becomes blurred, but it also means you can live every minute.
5. Work and travel programs rule
If you’re looking enough to go on a remote retreat or a work and travel program, you’ll be able to see more of the world while still getting some work done, giving you the best of both worlds. This can help with the last point, that of achieving a work life balance, but visiting the best cities for
digital nomads can also help to break some of the monotony of your
day-to-day work, helping you to think in new and exciting ways.
6. It gets lonely
When people first become digital nomads, the lack of immediate co-workers often feels freeing, at least at first. After a while though, it can start to become lonely, especially if you’re in a foreign city and away from friends and family. Taking care of mental health becomes particularly important
at these times, and it can help to get out and about and to socialise at a digital nomad meetup or a coworking space.
Of course, one of the big benefits of remote work is that you occasionally get to go on digital nomads meetups and remote retreats. For us, being able to work and travel around the world is one of the biggest perks of the job, and it’s more than makes up for any of the downsides.
With that being said, it’s important for both employers and their remote teams to have a realistic idea of the challenges of remote work if they’re to take steps to overcome them. For example, you can combat the lack of serendipity by planning a roadtrip for remote colleagues and bringing your team together in a single physical location.
Want to know more about remote retreats? Perhaps you want to meet other digital nomads in Greece or you’re looking to organise a sailing trip for your remote team. Get in touch with us to find out more about how we can help