It’s a Monday morning. You’re sitting at your desk, dreary eyed, in front of your computer in your little office cubicle. In the background, you hear work colleagues musing about their weekends escapades, and begin to wonder why it only lasts for two days. The smell of quick mix coffee is in the air, as well as a mixture of perfume and cologne. You didn’t eat breakfast. You didn’t have time as you were running late as usual. The inbox is full with client requests, and your boss is badgering you about something of little importance. In a reflective instance, you again realise how much you hate this. Sound like you?
This is not the way that some want to live. It’s important to enjoy you work and be naturally motivated. Sure they pay you a decent wage, but ask yourself, “Are you really living?”
The good news is, technology has come a long way. It is now possible for many jobs in the digital industry to be performed from a remote location, so long as you have the right hardware and a decent internet connection.
A growing trend in the past five years has seen a lot of these digital professionals turn their backs on being a slave in the corporate world and pursue the more flexible work and life balance of a freelancer or contract worker. For many, this was the ultimate goal from day one.
However, this has gone to yet another level. With the generally global upgrades in communication infrastructure, many are now turning their attention to the Holy Grail: Earning an income whilst travelling.
This emerging trend general sees professionals leveraging geographic arbitrage and moving to the areas where their home currency is strong. And not just strong, but mighty strong. So much so, that they can live a very, very wealthy lifestyle. Of course, these groups of people in this trend have been coined as Digital Nomads.
So how do you quit your job to begin your journey of travel? At the time, you feel quite engulfed in the bubble your life is in terms of work, work, work. This can make leaving your job seem quite daunting as doubts begin to poison your mind. What will I do for money? How can I pay the rent? What about the car? What if I can’t find a better job? What if I regret this next month? What if everyone hates me?
To be brutally honest, these thoughts are the exact reason you should be quitting. If this is the way you are thinking, then it’s a worried life and you are living in fear.
It’s simple. But you do need a plan of attack. You shouldn’t just finish reading this article and then walk into your bosses office and flip them the bird. Not a solid strategy. The fact is, you need to do some planning.
You will need to work out what your earning strengths are. You will need to work out where exactly you plan to go. And you will also need to plan your exit strategy.
There is a perception that quitting your job to travel is one of the more ‘reasonable‘ reasons to quit a job, and that your employer can rarely argue with your burning desire to see the world. However, don’t think that it will be all fun and games. Most likely, if you are a valuable asset to the business, your employer is going to be pissed.
All of a sudden, the meeting with the boss to resign, has become an interrogation. More questions are asked about your reasons to leave, scenarios are thrown at you to try to renew your enthusiasm to continue on, and more money is inevitably thrown at you.
If you are not a valuable asset to the company, then you should be asking yourself why in hell you are there anyway!
So you need to stand firm, stick to your resignation strategy, and politely defend all angles of penetration. As a general rule, it’s never a good idea to slag your employer off in this meeting or whine about all your grievances. It’s too late for that, it won’t matter. Best to keep the good relationship as you may need a glowing reference one day. You never know when you will run into someone in the future.
After the obligatory 2-3 weeks extra weeks of work, as you did give notice… didn’t you… you are now free to leave the boring work bubble of the corporate slave world and begin creating, designing and living your life the way you want to and achieving you goals as a digital nomad.
Prepared by Work Play Nomad