Well, Millenials have spoken, and it looks as though just like Lenny Kravitz wanted to “get away” all those years ago, so do they. The new “in” is actually to be out- out of the country, that is. Working outside of the traditional office space is the trend for some creative minds looking to broaden their horizons. The coined phrase is “working remotely.” The freedom and accessibility of being able to live and work from anywhere in the world while being employed by a specific field or trade is not just reserved for entertainers any longer. Earning a living is much different from earning a life, and more aspiring creators and proprietors are starting to branch into the remote frame of mind.
As people have moved up the corporate ladder, they have begun to see that it’s not exactly more benefits that are desired; it’s the freedom to live a lifestyle of a quality that people most want. A person within the remote working realm desires independence to live anywhere and still be creative and productive. Timothy Ferriss, author of “The 4-Hour Workweek,” praises working remotely as the serum that saved his life; the beauty of being able to function and thrive anywhere on the globe, all while living the new dream of “success,” is far more attainable than one could imagine.
Does the freedom to work while living a full and balanced life call to your spirit? The issue among workers is not necessarily that there are too many demands in a day, but that there is very little time remaining in a day or week to live a personal life outside of work. There have been generations of people who “work for the weekend,” only to find that the two-day hiatus actually masquerades as more of the same old routine. Also, one has to avoid the pitfall of trying to become a weekend warrior; a person who tries to cram a life’s worth of existence into a short time frame, and he or she ends up more tired on Monday morning than on Friday afternoon! It has been proven by researchers that most employees don’t even take their full allotted time of vacation days. The work grind is a relentless beast! That is if you work the corporate schedule. If you are an entrepreneur, then hopefully you are able to carve out the balanced time of work and life while building your business. Remote work allows the exploration of life and self along with working on the next best thing. New sights, sounds, tastes, and experiences are really springboards to creating amazing results… if freedom is what gets you motivated.
Honestly, work independence and interdependence can be attained anywhere. Suppose you like the idea of working with a team; new platforms like Slack and Skype afford teammates the opportunity of real-time collaboration from anywhere in the world. The idea of having your time to work at your leisure (and in your chosen location) can boost your willingness to work well with others, even though you are working apart from them. Remote work is no different than working from home, especially if your home base can be in the tropics of Bali one day or in the snowy Alps the next.
Virtual companies without brick-and-mortar headquarters themselves are encouraging their employees to scatter abroad. They view the whole concept as enriching and beneficial. Zim Ugochukwu, founder & CEO of Travel Noire and member of Oprah’s 2016 Super Soul 100, constantly touts the assets of working remotely. Not only did she build her exceptionally groundbreaking business off of this enthusiasm, but her teammates and employees are remotely located around the globe. They come together occasionally throughout the year for planning and fellowship, but other than that, she promotes their personal desires to travel, live, learn, and grow independently. She knows that this practice helps them to think outside of the box in all aspects of work and play.
Although working remotely may sound like a huge fluctuating hassle to some, sacrificing one thing for another is truly worth the risk for people who want the autonomy of being able to work from anywhere in the world. Perhaps there are married couples with families or traditionally-minded young travelers who want the best of travel and conventional “grounding”–they can have it. The sacrifice of placing roots in one place for encountering life around the globe can actually pay out better long-term dividends because the invested time in travel lends to more diversified, richer life experiences.
Brandy Burgans, a skilled artist and tattoo specialist based out of Chattanooga, TN, is a working “travelista,” and she’s married. She has a thriving business (Brandy Burgans Art/Fine Bespoke Electric Tattooing), a clientele base that spans a few continents, a diversified knowledge of people, and an outstanding husband. She has been able to be a determined entrepreneur at her own pace anywhere around the globe because she knows that she has the love and support of her husband, and they experience the world together. This mindset has allowed her to live and espouse all of her passions, which certainly include nurturing her marriage. She feels that the combination of all factors has expanded her personal and professional spheres.
According to Brandy, and several fellow remote consultants just like her, the crucial skills that one definitely needs in the workplace–strong work ethic, the ability to work and build within a team, the talent of being able to think critically under pressure, and (don’t forget) the habit of working with efficiency–are all gained while working and living globally. What better way is there to perfect those much-needed attributes than by exercising them within different cultures, time zones, and real-life scenarios?
Ultimately, A person doesn’t have to stay chained to one place in order to prove work commitment and excellence, but here are a few things to consider before working and living the remote life:
• Flexibility and budgeting are musts because there are currency value differences throughout the world. The jigsaw of figuring out how to make the most of your money can be frustrating!
• Having an open mind about people makes working remotely enjoyable and profitable.
Freedom of surrounding does not discount the relevance of effective time management.
Be safe, and enjoy your working travels!