The New Digital Nomads—Run Your Business From Anywhere in the World
As summer vacations come to an end, many travelers long for ways to retain some of that magic when they return to the office. A new e-Book aims to help.
On Tuesday, “Digital Nomad Playbook: Launch Your Business From Anywhere in 30 Short Days,”will be released by Elance-oDesk, a marketplace for online work headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. The free, online guide offers advice from how to get finances in order to determining where the cost of living is lowest.
You can be a digital nomad wherever your heart desires. Berlin looks good right now. (Photo: Thinkstock)
Digital nomads are professionals with a location-independent lifestyle that allows them to work anywhere in the world there is a good Internet connection — from beach towns and cafés to co-working spaces in major hubs from Berlin to Bangkok.
“Happiness for me is hot coffee and a clear schedule,” said Dan Andrews, 32, the e-Book’s co-author, co-founder of two location-independent businesses, and a digital nomad. “It’s such simple pleasure to be able to define how my days look.”
“I didn’t want life in a corner office, but didn’t have the financial means to travel as much as I wanted,” said Andrews, who spoke to Yahoo Travel from Bali. His journey began in 2007, when he read what he and many other digital nomads call “the bible” — “The 4-Hour Workweek" by Timothy Ferriss. “It was a turning point for me. I started my business the next day,” said Andrews, who grew up in rural Pennsylvania and was working in small business manufacturing in San Diego. By mid-2008, he was traveling and embracing the digital nomad lifestyle as a chance for more freedom. “I’ve been on the road ever since,” he said.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tomothy Ferriss, an inspiration for Digital Nomads everywhere. (Photo: Crown Publishing Group)
“I hope this book helps more people take the leap,” Ally Basak Russell, director of international marketing at Elance-oDesk, wrote in an email from Oslo, Norway, where she was working for the week.
“After we launched our Digital Nomads video, we received countless notes from viewers saying how they were so inspired, but wanted a concrete plan on how to make the transition from a 9-to-5 desk job or work-from-home situation,” said Russell, who edited the e-Book. “We’d found blogs and resources full of great tips on either travel or online marketing, but none that realistically laid out a timeline and steps for how to travel while running a business via the Internet.”