Should you hide your digital nomad lifestyle?

Digital nomad lifestyleDigital nomad by the sea

Digital nomads have difficulties when it comes to sharing their lifestyles to others, especially the people that they are working for.

The question is should you hide your digital nomad lifestyle or embrace it and tell them.

Being a digital nomad might not have the desired reputation in the field of work. Some digital nomads tend not to mention this information to their clients when they have the opportunity.

They might be frightened of the implications that might result such as losing a contract or work opportunities if they divulge this information.

It may be that even potential customers may jump to conclusions and think that living the nomad lifestyle would make their work less efficient or the quality of work not up to scratch.

 

Digital nomads and time zones business-time-clock-clocks-48770

Being a digital nomad brings with its own difficulties such as working in different time zones, this on its own can be challenging when trying to obtain work or trying to reply to requests for work.

when you are sleeping and could possibly miss out on the work. Or maybe you are doing some online work and an urgent email has been sent to you, but unable to receive it several hours later.

If your employers were aware that you could only be contacted at certain times, then, of course, this would not be a problem. Whilst working remotely you may still have to depend on your colleagues, business partners or you employer.

It can get frustrating for you if you can’t even call them impulsively due to the time zone you are in.

 

Digital nomads and passive incomeincome

Obviously, in some cases, this does not apply if you set up your work style to incorporate passive income so that you do not have these issues, or your work schedule is such that you have only minor issues in regards to different time zone or you can stay up late to make contact.

If you can manage these difficulties and still eager to living the digital nomad lifestyle, the question is should I tell my clients or employer that you are a digital nomad and that you travel frequently?

My answer is maybe, not the answer you were expecting right. On some work platforms, the client can tell your location anyway. With my own experience, I have had issues with people from certain countries as their English were poor and the work was not up to scratch.

You have others that pretend that they are from the USA when in fact this is not the case, and even put a picture of a female white person as their profile but find out that they are male and not white.

 

woman-hand-smartphone-laptopDigital nomads and quality of work

But this is a different kind of lie, as it is totally dishonest in their approach to getting work online. In most cases the quality of work is substandard, but they have to lie to get a foot on the ladder.

Unfortunately for them when they produce substandard work they are unlikely to get continued work from clients that know what good work is.

I don’t believe that it makes a great deal of difference if you tell them or not, but it may do, they may think that you spend all your day on the beach and out drinking all night.

After some time your work will speak for itself so if you do some great work then it will not matter, however, if your lifestyle impacts on your work then it will matter.

 

Digital nomads only working a few hours a daypexels-photo-104750

I know many digital nomads that only have to work a few hours a day and have the weekend off, they have systems in place so they can work only a few hours and can live the nomadic lifestyle and truly work a location independent lifestyle.

If you can put systems in place then you too can lead this lifestyle, the importance being having different income streams so that you do not have to rely on contact with clients or business partners in opposite time zone.

Those people who don’t hire you because of your chosen lifestyle then you don’t want to their business anyway as it does not fit in with your travelling lifestyle.

There are some jobs that you have to be physically there, we are not going to be focusing on too much as they do not normally fit into your chosen lifestyle.

 

leave-board-hand-learn-54597Digital nomads teaching English in Thailand

For example teaching English in a classroom in Thailand, although there is nothing wrong in it, it does, however, limit your freedom to live the lifestyle that you have chosen and keeps you in one location.

Is it wise to disclose your lifestyle on your LinkedIn profile, the answer is yes, I believe you should disclose the information. It is better to be open and honest. 

Once you have achieved the status of a digital nomad and truly living the lifestyle, it may even benefit you as clients may invite you to their country to work for them for a while.

People may assume it is hard to regularly keep in touch with someone who works online and travels a lot, but even this is wrong.

 

Digital nomads live for their work

The digital nomads that I have met live for their work and one of the first things that they will in their new location is to scout out the best cafes or co-working spaces so that they can keep online and keep working.

Many digital nomads I know are very hard working and put in so many hours until passive income kicks in or they are able to put systems in place.

Being a digital nomad can be a positive thing for someone who works in an office as others could get disheartened over the 9-5 job and don’t put their full heart into it due to the stress and the constant travelling in jam-packed trains or being stuck in traffic for long period of time and getting nowhere.

Hopefully, as a digital nomad, you have a great work life balance with some enjoyment thrown in, with the beautiful mountains or beautiful islands and so many things to do and see, this will only help but to make you more creative and make your work even better.

 

apple-iphone-smartphone-deskDigital nomads and advanced technologies 

The digital nomad is able to use advanced technologies and has a big network of people all around the world. 

Success isn’t just determined by your style of working. But rather by your own talents and professional outcomes. The digital nomad and their lifestyle can be an asset rather than a disadvantage.