Saturday, June 16, 2012

DIGITAL NOMADISM

DEFINITION OF A DIGITAL NOMAD

Digital nomads are individuals that leverage digital technologies to perform their work duties, and more generally conduct their lifestyle in a nomadic manner. Such workers typically work remotely—from home, coffee shops and public libraries to collaborate with teams across the globe.
Nomadic entrepreneurs and professionals often work as freelance writers, photographers, affiliate marketers, web designers, software developers, graphic designers, and other types of knowledge workers who can perform work duties irrespective of physical location. They often use new technologies like a smartphone, wifi, and web-based applications to enable their lifestyle, and earn an income wherever they live or travel. Digital nomads also often use coworking spaces and shared offices in major cities around the world.
Also referred to as location independent professionals (LIP) or entrepreneurs.

WHAT THEY DO 

Live, work, and travel.
The motto of modern nomads – professionals who, carrying a laptop and a mobile, can do their work from almost any place in the world.
It is a constant search for the ‘undiscovered country’ or … the future.
Places the others only dream about are suddenly and practically within reach of mobile professionals. Most nomads use a computer for their work: graphic and web designers, developers, copywriters, translators, etc. So thanks to globalization, cheap flights, and the Internet they can move from one country to another and yet continue working for their clients at home. A traveling professional may not get rich, but sees quite a bit of the world and all kinds of people out there. They are enriched by experience and new friendships. Freelancing may become the unique accelerator of one’s own growth, like it did for my writer career.
Nomadic life is not about money, but you must be in credit.

WHY AM I TURNING NOMAD?

After my last experience in Thailand, I saw all to pros and cons of trying to get roots. Countries, especially highly protectionist ones like Thailand, tend to be unsupportive to foreigners. You are as good as your money is good. They don’t care what you can share or add to the local culture, they don’t need your advice or experience; they just want your money.
As a tourist, you are pampered with all kind of opportunities to get lose of some weight from your wallet; visas are made easier and easier to gain. But think to actually go living inside somebody else territory and you find all kind of obstacles.
Foreigners can’t work in Thailand. Should you get a work permit you are limited to non-manual jobs – no, you can’t be a waiter here.
Nobody will rent a house to a foreigner in Malaysia or Italy.
Limits, corrals, fences. Made of paperwork, permits, forms, and credit ratings.
But if you turn independent, you can find the break in the wall, the missing palisade in the pen.
As an ‘Indie’ writer, I found enough courage and enlightenment to chug out six books; enough serenity to focus on my stories and think about what I really wanted from my life.
It ain’t easy, this kind of life is full of pitfalls and unexpected twists.
But I like it.

Look at the lama. Should it feel being roped, it kicks and pulls to get free. Once you remove the binding, it goes placid and sits down, no longer willing to flee…





2 comments:

  1. So are you back in Thailand or moving elsewhere? Part of me envies your lifestyle...the other - the very thought scares me. :)

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  2. Yes, Kat, I'm back in Thailand, for now. But I'm planning to move to Malaysia or Italy in September, then ... who knows?.

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