The digital nomad community is growing and here to stay. As some workers are free to move from city to city, with wi-fi and a laptop being their only needed tools, the digital nomad community is redefining conventional working models. Here are some of the reasons why.
The digital nomad, defined:
As cloud-based computing, voice over IP apps like Skype, and online service marketplaces like Fiverr.com prolifirate, workers who are able to do their jobs remotley are in the increase and here to stay. Some “nomads” make the best of this situation and travel frequently while they continue to work remotely.
Digital nomads might work for an individual company, a collection of companies, or entirely for themselves; however, they are not confined by conventional working hours and traditional office politics. Being a nomad can work as temporary gig for some; while for others, it can be a long-term commitment that enables them to tailor their schedule based on their circumstances.
Still a new concept
While coworking spaces provide digital nomads with a plethora of benefits, relatively few employers are adopting this model.
According to the Harvard Business Review, today's technology allows for instant communication; however, most workers still commute to a traditional office. Telecommuting hasn't taken off as some experts had predicted. However, it is highly expected that this will change over the coming years as both workers and employers are becoming more aware of the benefits of this flexible working model. Research suggests that there will be 60 million independent workers in the United States by 2020, with corporate downsizing and employee dissatisfaction being the two driving factors for this adjustment in the labor force.
Digital nomads and coworking
Coworking spaces prove to be extraordinarily useful for mobile nomads, they provide them with all the amenities that a traditional office offer, all while being a little bit more flexible. Some of the perks that workers get to enjoy in a coworking space include ergonomic couches, spaces specifically designed for leisure and socialization, a kitchen, and many other amenities that aim to increase work satisfaction and productivity.
The downside of being a digital nomad
While being a digital nomad can be a positive experience for some, for others it brings feelings of alienation and social withdrawl. As nomads move from place to place, it can be difficult to establish business relationships, and even personal relationships.
Coworking spaces can offer a practical social solution for remote workers, the social dynamic can provide them with a platform where they can consult with other workers in their niche, and on shared or individual projects.
Coworking brings about a feeling of community where peers can brainstorm and work together on different projects. This, in turn, provides nomads with exciting business opportunities where they can establish new projects and absorb ideas from industry professionals and influencers in the same workspace.
Some of the people behind the biggest digital brands today like Airbnb, and Etsy started their business from a coworking space. And some of the larger conglomerates in multiple industries, like Google and Deloitte, are jumping in the bandwagon by letting some of their employees take advantage of these spaces when they travel.
While the digital nomad community is relatively new, and still a relatively alien concept to many, they redefine the traditional business model and get to leverage an array of multiple benefits.
Digital nomads do better in coworking spaces, as they get to leverage not just from multiple social benefits, but from practical one's too, being able to access a robust wi-fi connection, a private office, a meeting room, and an ample supply of gourmet coffee can help a nomad increase his or her productivity and work satisfaction.