The World is Your Office: Breaking Out of the 9-to-5 Work Week
Working remotely has become the norm in recent years. Rather than being a perk offered solely to high achievers, many companies are offering remote work arrangements outright. With a high-speed Internet connection and a computer, anyone can send in work from wherever they are.
You can video chat with a remote employee in a Las Vegas hotel, interview an applicant at a café in New York, or set up a presentation at a conference room in a Fort Lauderdale co-working space. The remote work movement has even helped spark the popularity of alternative workspaces like coffee shops and co-working offices.
The Age of Millennials and Digital Nomads
Regardless of how or where people work, one thing is sure: the nine-to-five, 40-hour work week system is slowly eroding — and it’s thanks mostly to Millennials.
Millennials, or those born from 1981 to 1996, greatly value work schedule flexibility. In fact, it’s a significant factor in their career decisions. More than a quarter of college students also consider working remotely as a right, rather than a privilege.
Additionally, Millennials account for the largest number of digital nomads or remote workers who travel and work at different places. They can work anywhere as near as their local coffee shop or as far-flung as another country. As long as they have their laptop or tablet and an Internet connection, they’ll have no problem being productive and continuing to submit quality work.
Becoming a digital nomad and working remotely is a popular lifestyle option among Millennials due to their lower spending power. It’s unlikely for Millennials (especially the younger ones) to afford their own homes which can tie them down to a single location. Many are choosing to become digital nomads to move to places with lower standards of living, a more comfortable lifestyle, and better job opportunities.
An Increase in Profitable Revenue Streams
Advocates note that remote work increases your productivity and helps you become more adaptable, which, in turn, frees up more of your time for other sources of revenue. Working at home and becoming a digital nomad opens opportunities for profitable side jobs and passion projects.
Industries that welcome working remotely include:
- Computer and information technology
- Arts, design, and media
- Finance and insurance
While many industries now embrace remote work, many digital nomads are still self-employed. Freelancing is a common source of income for digital nomads. Technology is creating new opportunities for you to earn a living doing something you love to do.
Many also capitalize on their skills and hobbies to enter the gig economy and sell their creations online or take on commissioned work. Social media platforms (such as YouTube and Instagram) and online product or service marketplaces like Etsy and Upwork make it easier for talented people to earn money online.
A Case of Wanderlust and Networking
Working at cafés and other untraditional office spaces makes it easier for Millennials and other digital nomads to meet new people and build their network however they see fit. Co-working spaces, in particular, offers unique experiences and can help remote workers feel part of a community while not requiring them to socialize constantly with other people.
Indulging your wanderlust can help reduce stress and keep burnout at bay. If you need a quiet, high-quality, and welcoming workspace to escape the monotony of traditional offices and recharge your mind, Quest Workspaces is here for you. We offer tailored workspaces solutions and full amenities in New York and Florida. Contact us today.