Guest Post: Marjorie McMillan at Come On Get Well
The rise of mobile work has created a whole new class of employees. Even if you don’t have an entrepreneurial spirit, you can work wherever you want, enabling you to travel or stay home as much as you like.
If you’ve been thinking about making the switch, here are some tips from Allen Batista Travel to live like a local and work as a digital nomad.
Embrace the Lifestyle
When you nail down your new job, you can start living your dreams. Decide if you want a home base or if you want to throw your stuff in storage and travel for a while. Many van-lifers travel and work full-time stateside, while other nomads hop between Airbnbs around the world. There are even companies targeted at those looking to live and work in different cities, with luxury apartments you can book on your smartphone.
If you’re not looking to travel as much, you might want to seek a permanent house with a good workspace. Having a dedicated desk is very helpful when working from home. In addition, you could keep a lap desk handy, so you can switch up the scenery when you get tired of sitting at your desk. Searching for the right place is easy with sites like Zillow and Redfin that allow you to narrow your search by price range, neighborhood, number of bedrooms, and specific keywords.
Once you have settled on your destination, Allen Batista Travel has inspirations for staycations, weekend getaways and local trips nearby.
Find a Job
Statistics show that working from home has increased 140 percent since 2005. This means job opportunities are out there; you just have to narrow down your options. Many smaller companies favor remote positions because it saves them a tremendous amount of money on office space.
Job sites like FlexJobs focus on listings with high flexibility, which often means fully remote. Some industries with highly mobile employment opportunities include sales, market research, software development, lawyers, and computer programmers. However, these are by no means the only options. You can also use your skills to work directly for clients on websites like Fiverr and win complete control of your schedule.
Get Necessary Training
If you are thinking about changing careers, especially to one that requires heavy technical skills, you will need to get some training under your belt. Even non-tech companies that require business-savvy workers will be happy to see that you’ve obtained the right degree. A great option is getting a degree online, which will allow you to make money and earn your degree simultaneously, as well as study at your own pace. There are tons of options to choose from, like business management, leadership, or marketing. Many programs are affordable and flexible for working adults.
Update Your Resume
Once you’ve got an idea of the job you want and received the proper training, it’s time to cater your resume toward your new career. Focus on your remote skills, and note whether you’ve ever traveled or worked remotely for your current job. Listing previous positions in different time zones shows that you can efficiently handle mismatched schedules. Technical skills like using project management systems, video conferencing, and virtual collaboration platforms will all be of interest to potential employers.
By trying some of the tips above, you will be on your way to starting a new life as a digital nomad. With so many remote positions available, you can be sure that you’ll find a job in no time. Once you have found your remote work location, Allen Batista Travel, Inc. can provide inspiration for uncovering the local culture.
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