So let's start off by defining what a digital nomad is. It is a person who chooses to flow freely, throughout the world as they work via the internet. Yes, I know this seems like a simple explanation and it is. Now when I say flow freely, it can also mean that you have chosen to work from home instead of going to work in an office building. Or you might choose to work from your local coffee shop or eatery that has access to the internet. Whichever way you choose to work, it's up to you.
FAQs about being a digital nomad on a remote team
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Q1: How do you manage your work/life balance when creating your schedule?
It all centers around making boundaries that you stick to. Whether you are working from home or in a coffee shop, create parameters around your working time and off time is important. Especially if you work from home and you live with others. Making sure that they understand that when you are in work mode that you are not to be disturbed is critical to you balancing your work and life.
Q2: How do you find work as a digital nomad?
Since I own my business, I'm responsible for bringing in new clients and keeping the current client happy. So the best advice I have is to network online and in some cases offline too. If you are working with a client, make sure that you encourage them to share about you with others. In my case, I have corporate clients and they share about my business with their fellow employees and those who are dealers for their company. This has helped to keep my business growing.
If you are looking to become part of a remote team or to just find work online, some of the options that you have available are:
Q3: Once you find a job, how do you keep in touch with your team?
Keeping in touch with your team can be simple as creating a regularly scheduled time of when you will check in with your fellow team members. For my team, we use Basecamp and we do daily and weekly check-ins. Our check-ins include updates about our projects and even include opportunities to share encouraging content with each other.
Q4: How do you handle distractions?
Distractions can be controlled. Choosing to have background noise or not is up to you. However, when it comes to your work time, the best way to keep down the distractions is to set parameters and boundaries. Make sure that those around you are aware of these boundaries and ensure that they agree to respect them.
Q5: What's the easiest thing about working remotely and the hardest?
In thinking about the easiest thing about working remotely, I would say it's my love for what I do and finding projects that fit what I love to do. What you have to do is find projects that fit into what you love to do as you work remotely.
When it comes to thinking about what the hardest things may be about working remotely, I would say it is controlling distractions. Case in point, take a look at this video that shows how distractions weren't controlled while a man was doing an on-air interview from his home.
Q6: What apps do you use the most so that you can stay organized?
Q7: How do you travel and stay on top of projects?
Whether I work from home or from a different location, I make sure that I have certain things available. I always have a computer, my mobile phone, and sometimes my tablet. Because I have my business set up to run via the internet, I can work from anywhere in the world. I stay on top of my projects using Basecamp and it also helps me stay in touch with my clients and team.
Q8: How do you handle working from different places all the time?
With careful planning, I've been able to work from anywhere in the world where I have access to the internet. It's essential that you ensure wherever you travel to has a reliable internet and a place where you can work alone, just in case you need quiet time. It's also a good idea to research the location that you are visiting to see if you can connect with local business owners. It's a great way for you to build your network of connections.
When I travel, I always make sure that I have my necessary tools with me:
- Mobile phone (can also be used as a hotspot)
- Cords to charge everything
- External batteries
- USB multiport (with at least 4 ports)
Having all of these things on hand have always helped me to be prepared to work from anywhere.