It's safe to say that by now, we already know how much of an enabler the digital sphere is. The connectivity the internet provides literally crosses boundaries and borders, allowing us to have more flexibility when it comes to our definition of work inputs, outputs, and general career choices. It also promises a more comfortable work-life setup, often evidenced by photos of sending emails by the beach. Plus, due to the growing population of online content creators, choosing a path in becoming a digital nomad seems almost too easy and viable as having a steady nine-to-five. But the question is: is it really as it seems?
If you're thinking about making the switch and committing to a digital nomad lifestyle, read on as we weigh in the odds and recount actual experiences from remote workers to see if this setup is really the lifestyle for you.
It's more than just jet-setting
Everyone thinks that being a digital nomad is all about hitting the beach every week or hopping on a plane every other day, with your laptop on the sidelines as a prop. But in reality, it's not the case. Because of its very volatile nature and depending on how many projects you're taking on, it needs as much commitment — and sometimes even more — as a regular job would require. #TeamClozette's Zweeden Obias attests to this, saying, "What I like about this style of work is I can do both work and passion. For me, it is really important that you love what you are doing. It wouldn’t be easy juggling two jobs at a time if you have no passion for both. It was hard at first, but I think what made it work was time management. I learned how to prioritise."
Zweeden balancing both work and travel
Content creators would often post on their socials, which means lugging around filming and editing equipment. Sometimes, there's also the factor of finishing projects and getting on countless online meetings regardless of whether you're in a café in Paris or soaking in the sun in Maldives. Plus, unlike the common notion, it's not just about freelancing. There are full-time remote jobs out there as well! It just so happens that most digital nomads know how to make the hustle look good.
Kaycee with her son, Jop
In the case of Clozette Ambassador Kaycee Enerva of themachomom.com, it's not just about living and choosing a carefree path. She shared, "I didn't choose to become a full-time content creator. I was 'forced' to do so and hustle because I'm a single mum with no helper. I have to do everything and take care of my son while working." She elaborated by saying that remote work was perfect for the lifestyle she needed — not wanted — and now she owns two websites, works as a part-time freelance SEO consultant, and is working full-time as a Marketing Executive for Akolade Australia.