How to Overcome the Disadvantages of a Digital Nomad Lifestyle 240


This article was written by Michelle Custodio.

Today’s technology and the abundance of business being conducted online means working remotely is more feasible than ever.

Not only have digital nomads seen increases in income as recently as 2014, but most respondents to a recent survey were satisfied with their location-independent lifestyle.

If the alternative is sitting in an office every day of the week, who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity?

But it’s not all kicking back with your laptop on a sunny beach (an incredibly impractical way to work, it should be noted). Every aspect of your life is in constant flux.

And while that’s part of the point, it can also make the most mundane tasks very complicated.

Still, that you’re here means you understand the importance of doing your research. Read on to discover some of the most frustrating pitfalls to overcome.

1. Have an emergency fund before you start.

This might be the most straightforward and important piece of advice. If you take nothing else away from this piece, take this: Always plan for the worst.

Income can be spotty when you’re working remotely, especially when just starting out. And of course, there’s always a chance you’ll decide this isn’t the life for you.

Thus, you should always have enough to survive on for several months while you find work – and, of course, in case of an emergency.

Yes, this might mean working your current job or getting paid peanuts for a bit longer.

But at least you have an end goal to strive toward: a location-independent life.

2. Know how to stay connected at all times.

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When you’re at home or in the office, you almost certainly have a reliable internet connection.

But without that permanent space? Public internet can range from lightning fast to hair-pullingly frustrating, meaning something as simple as checking your email could become a lot trickier.

Not only that, but your connection is your lifeline for getting work done and maintaining contact with clients and customers.

There are ways to plan for this, of course.

If you’re looking to stay in an Airbnb or hotel, you can always ask those in charge to run an internet speed test to get a sense of the connection there before you book.

It might be worth just getting yourself a hotspot, though. Expensive? Sure, they can be.

But the cost probably doesn’t come close to that of being without a connection for multiple days.

3. Actually, you have to take it with you.

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “You can’t take it with you.”

While that’s true in a metaphorical sense, when you’re a digital nomad you have to.

I’m a big fan of lists (if you couldn’t tell), so planning out what your most essential items are – and aren’t – is key.

Try consulting lists online to see if there’s anything you might have missed. For instance, things like charging cables and a tablet are probably obvious – but have you considered business cards?

Bring your most versatile items. Clothes that you can layer and wash easily, a lighter tablet instead of a laptop.

It’s also important to recognize what you can do without. Remember: you’re carrying everything with you at all times, so that weight adds up fast.

4. Know what environment works for you.

Understanding where you’re most productive is important for doing any kind of work away from an office.

For instance, some people need a bright, sunny window or a nice view. Others might need something more isolated.

Do you work well in busy coffee shops? Or would that kind of noise and activity be too distracting?

Know your needs, and make sure productive work environments exist (several, if possible) before booking a ticket to your next destination.

5. Social connections matter.

I’ve covered internet connection issues above, but I wanted to touch on one last hurdle you’ll need to consider and address before making this change in your life: personal connections.

Staying in one place makes it a lot easier to form and maintain close friendships and be near family, and having coworkers can give you a sense of comradery in your work.

Obviously, these relationships are hard to form when you’re constantly moving around.

You might consider joining a coworking space at each of your destinations. While generally not free, this gives you a workspace and, importantly, contact with people who share your lifestyle.

Naturally, there are plenty of online resources to help you out, too. Nomad Stack is a great source of information in general, but, crucially, they also list groups and activities on their website that can help you stay connected.

As with everything else, it’s important to understand what you need socially and to find out what resources are at your disposal to prevent isolation from ruining your experience.


There are many more complications than what I’ve discussed in this list, of course. Becoming a digital nomad is difficult in almost every facet imaginable.

But the bottom line is that it’s possible, not least because of the endless resources that are readily available to help you get it all figured out.

So read up – books, interviews, and, yes, articles like this one. Soak in every detail you can find to fully determine if this is how you want to live your life, and plan ahead as much as possible.

Because becoming a digital nomad isn’t as simple as a job change – it is, in every sense, a complete overhaul of your life.

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How Co-Working Spaces Can Be a Great Benefit for Entrepreneurs 4

How Co-Working Spaces Can Be a Great Benefit for Entrepreneurs

It seems like co-working spaces are becoming a huge thing. More and more entrepreneurs out there decide to ditch their traditional office and take their business to a co-working space.

And if you’re running your own business, chances are you’re already aware of some of the benefits co-working spaces bring. However, here, you’ll find a few more reasons why joining a co-working space makes a lot of sense.

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1. Low startup cost

If you’re just starting out, you’re probably looking for premises that won’t drain your budget. By moving to a co-working space, you’ll eliminate the costs of fire insurance, office equipment and various similar expenses.

Not only that this will help you save money, but less time and energy will be needed for sourcing things like this.

2. Increased flexibility

Another great reason to opt for a co-working space is increased flexibility.

This means that the more your business keeps growing, the easier it will be for you to expand your office space. Most of the experts who are running co-working spaces will allow you to tailor your contract according to how well you’re doing.

3. Less risk

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When moving into a traditional office, there’s always a chance you’ll lose the money you’ve invested in it if your business fails. And selling all the office equipment and furniture isn’t always going to be easy. But if you take your business to a co-working space, you won’t have to worry about risks like this.

4. Short setup time

One of the biggest problems small businesses face when moving into a traditional office is the long setup time.

For small businesses, time is an important asset and the last thing you want is to lose money while moving. Luckily, with co-working spaces, not too much time is needed in order to get everything in the right place.

5. Fast internet

Modern-day businesses in just any industry need internet and they need it to be fast. This is probably the case with your business as well and fast internet is another reason to join a co-working space. And even if there’s something wrong with the connection, you won’t be the one having to deal with the issue.

6. Collaborative atmosphere

Some people would have you believe that having people from other companies around your team makes them less productive. But the truth is, it’s easier to perform when you know there are other teams doing the same right next to you.

Another important thing to mention is that too much familiarity traditional offices offer makes your employees less productive.

7. More opportunities for networking

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When running your own small business, you’ll have to put some extra effort into meeting as many businesspeople as possible. The more of them you meet, the better. If you decide to move into a co-working space, you’ll have all the networking opportunities you need.

8. Easier to get

Let’s face it, finding a perfect traditional office for your business is difficult. What’s even more difficult is actually obtaining that office.

With co-working spaces, you won’t have to worry about things like this. This is the case because there are plenty of these out there you’ll be able to choose from.

9. More flexible access

Most co-working spaces out there are run by its landlord and the building management. What this means is that your employees will be able to work whenever necessary, since the office will be open even during Sundays and public holidays.

Also, when working on a big project, your employees will be able to access the office 24/7.

10. Better design action guides

Another issue many entrepreneurs face is designing their office. Not only that this can take money, but it also requires a lot of effort.

However, with most co-working spaces out there, what you’re going to get is a beautiful office you can move into. This means your new office might be equipped with things like a green wall and comfy furniture.

11. Premium brand imagery

In the business world, it’s very important that you give your brand a boost by using premium facilities. In fact, this is something that’ll help your business obtain more loyal brand followers. When working in a co-working space, you’ll be provided with all the nice-looking facilities your brand needs.

12. Happy hours

No matter how many employees you have, they’ll want to be surrounded by people they consider friends. If you join a co-working space, there will be plenty of opportunities for your employees to hang out with other people from the building. This translates to more drinks after work and more motivated employees.

Co-working spaces really are the way to have it all without having to break the bank. So, no matter if you’re moving from your garage or a traditional office, you’ll definitely want to think about joining one of these. Luckily, more and more co-working spaces are popping up all over the world.


This is a guest post by Derek Lotts.

It seems like co-working spaces are becoming a huge thing. More and more entrepreneurs out there decide to ditch their traditional office and take their business to a co-working space.  And if you’re running your own business, chances are you’re already aware of some of the benefits co-working spaces bring. However, here, you’ll find a few more reasons why joining a co-working space makes a lot of sense.