Freelancing is challenging our perceptions of work and getting things done.
Over the years, the number of digital nomads and remote workers has increased. In fact, freelancing is one of the fastest growing industries in the US and all over the world.
Independent work has made it possible for companies to hire people from different locations. It also gave way to the success of small businesses, budding entrepreneurs and start-ups.
Through freelancing platforms like Upwork and Guru, it is much easier for professionals to meet and collaborate with others from any point of the globe.
One of the best things about being a digital nomad is the freedom from the ties that bind us to the nine to five. We get to choose what projects to work on and the flexibility to do work whenever, wherever. All you need is a laptop, an internet connection and you’re good to go. We get to maximize our time on the tasks that matter the most. . Most of all, we learn new skills on our own pace, becoming more results oriented and self- dependent.
As liberating as it sounds, freelancing is not as easy as it seems. Greg Prudhommeaux sets it straight. Going from corporate to being a digital nomad is a journey that requires starting fresh.
When one is supposed to work mostly from Mondays to Fridays, and from 9 am to 7 or 8 pm, while being off the grid during holidays, a freelancer or what we call now a “digital nomad” has to be organized very differently.
When I was corporate, due to my responsibilities and my autonomy, nobody really told me where I should be nor what I should be doing for that matter but the society, the education, the peers, … made me part of the “Office Hours” way of life where Saturdays are for fun and sport, Sundays for rest and family, and Mondays to Fridays are for work.
Now, I answer emails when I have the time to do it, and it means it can be before my coffee in the morning, after dinner, on Sunday mornings, or from the pool in Thailand for that matter, I meet people when they are available, and squeeze holidays between 2 hectics weeks.
I realized that being attached to a location was making me miserable in some ways. I always have been working a lot but I also knew that I could get things done without being sitting at a desk either and I had to unlearn a lot of things and now the game is different.
Switching from the traditional workforce to freelancing may require you to learn, unlearn and relearn some habits that have been ingrained in you. But the beauty of it all is the chance for you to rediscover things and reinvent yourself, to know and understand your boundaries and surpass them. If you are thinking of leaving your current position to follow your passion, start a new project or pursue freelancing as a career, take this opportunity to learn from Greg’s experiences. Check out his blog post, travels and more here.