Technology is increasingly allowing digital nomads-location independent workers-to leverage the
internet and devices like smartphones, making any spot on the globe a
workplace. Whether your office is at the local coffeehouse, or in a far-flung
locale, digital nomads require certain tools in their backpacks for success.
Here are some tips for the nomadic life:
Make technology your
When your laptop is your office, you need more than yellow post-it notes
to make it work seamlessly. Leading social media marketer and proponent of the
"I-can-work-anywhere-movement" Chris Brogan says every nomad should pack five-must have tools.
According to DigitalNomad.com other essential services include a USPS box for snail mail, Gmail, an online storage service to
access documents remotely and Kayak.com
Learn from the experts. Journalist and work-lifestyle visionary Daniel Pink first coined the
phrase Free Agent Nation in a 1997 Fast
Since then, seismic shifts in the global
economy and technology have created legions of digital nomads and online
resources such as LocationIndependent.com which offers a collection of
road-tested resources and articles. For best practices for location independent
practitioners, follow the pioneers in Ten Digital
Nomads to Learn From.
Manage your mindset. Recognize that many of the old rules do not apply. In some offices
face time is expected. For location independent workers, time in an office
chair does not equal work. Work equals work. You can manage your time
efficiently with online tools such as calendars,
to-do lists and contact management software.
Police productivity and periodically
review goals. There is no corporate year-end performance review. You
define your success. Just be sure to take time to measure it!
Ready to say good-bye to the
corner office or cubicle? While the promise of
increased flexibility and greater productivity (good-bye commute time and
office politics!) is a tremendous lure, for some, the loss of office
camaraderie, lack of benefits and the stress of managing invoices is too great
Be sure to examine the pros and cons of being
location independent before making the leap.
Do you have tips or tales of life as
digital nomad? If so, we invite you to share them here and on the Beyond
Folders Community's Facebook and Twitter pages.
by Carly Fadako
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jdpLbD Very informative article.Thanks Again. Keep writing.
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