You’ve heard the song “everybody’s working for the weekend,” right? It’s an older song from the early 80s but even then, it was very obvious that most people hated their jobs and only went to work so that they could get to the weekend. If everybody was only working for the weekend then, you would think that people would have learned to stop settling for jobs that don’t bring them happiness and find a position that they actually enjoy doing.
Well, the sad thing is that more than half of working Americans are unhappy at their 9 to 5 jobs. According to inc.com, 70% of people are unsatisfied with their jobs. They feel overworked, underpaid, and don’t have a good work-life balance. Because of that, most people look forward to the weekends. They enjoy the weekend from the moment they get off Friday evening and they enjoy all of Saturday but when Sunday rolls around, most people are able to fully enjoy it because they know that they only have a few hours until Monday comes back and they’re back to their normal routine.
Everybody’s worked a job like that where they can’t even enjoy their time off because they’re too busy worrying about what it’s going to be like coming back to work. Well, fortunately, if you’re someone who has a work experience similar to that, there is hope for you out there and plenty of opportunities to change your work situation… the question is that are you willing to jump on the opportunity?
There is a phenomenon out there called digital nomadism, where you can virtually work from anywhere as long as you have access to the internet. Most people will start their digital nomad journey by first building an e-commerce website and sell various products and then move on to selling various services.
As a digital nomad, you’re not confined to a desk, an office, or any of those office politics. You don’t have a boss and you don’t have to show a doctor’s note in case you get sick… there are just so many benefits and perks to being a digital nomad that you have to consider it, especially if you’re not happy with your current job.
You don’t have to make the decision right now to become a digital nomad but at least take a look at the top five reasons why so many people are ditching their 9 to 5s and adopting the lifestyle of a digital nomad.
The Freedom to Work Wherever, Whenever, and As Often As You Want
Without a doubt, the endless amount of freedom you have is the most appealing thing about becoming a digital nomad. With a typical 9 to 5, you have to clock-in and out at a certain time every day, you have to take your lunch breaks at a certain time, and you have a dress code to follow… as a digital nomad, you can throw all of that out the window.
The dress code you have to follow could be making sure to wear sunscreen with your swimsuit. Your office chair could be the sand on the beach and your desk is your lap… in a nutshell, the beach is your office. How many times have you had to reschedule a trip somewhere because you didn’t have enough vacation time left? If you were to adopt the digital nomad lifestyle, every day could feel like you’re on vacation!
It’s also important to understand that although you might be in some of the most beautiful places in the world that you still have to work if you want to make money. The only difference is that you have the freedom to work as little or as much as you want to.
The Fact That There’s No Cap On the Amount of Money You Can Make
You’ve probably heard horror stories about how people have worked certain jobs for so many years and once they hit a certain dollar amount, they can’t make any more than that… that my friend is insane!
When you earn your income as a digital nomad, all the money you earn, you get to keep. You’ll, of course, have expenses to pay for just like every other person living life… you’ll need to pay for lodging, food, and transportation but any money you have leftover, is completely yours.
Numerous Opportunities For Meeting New People and Trying New Things
When you take on the digital nomad lifestyle, whether you choose to do your travels nationally or internationally, you’re going to be presented with opportunities to meet new people and try new things… that applies to whether you happen to land in Minnesota or India! By being presented with these opportunities to meet new people and try new things, that’s how you’re going to get the most out of your travels.
Let’s say you travel to China… you land there and are immediately hit with a language barrier. This is a situation where most people would freak out because they don’t speak the language and they are just afraid they’re not going to get the help they need in case of an emergency. Little do they know that when you encounter a language barrier, that’s the best way to submerge yourself in that culture and it’s the quickest way to learn that language!
So things like language barriers and cultural differences aren’t a reason to panic… it’s just a new learning opportunity for you to experience!
You Get to Live Your Life to the Fullest
The fact that everybody’s working for the weekend means that there’s little time or room in your schedule to travel the world or gain new life experiences. There’s so much more to life than going to work… there’s a whole world out there for you to explore and you can’t take it all in, in just one weekend. If you give yourself the opportunity to experience the digital nomad life, you’re ultimately giving yourself the opportunity to live your life to the fullest.