How to become a digital nomad

The values pursued by digital nomadism are freedom and flexibility. Outsite, this network of inspiring spaces for flexible workers offers several places in Europe: Lisbon, Ericeira, Biarritz, Bidart.

When you arrive at Outsite, you are greeted by a community manager who adds you to the WhatsApp group with the hosts of the moment. You are part of a community and are invited to experiences offered by other members. Nomadism allows us to meet other cultures. The meetings enrich the experience.

What problem does it solve?

Being a digital nomad is not a value proposition in itself. Nomadism raises the question of the meaning of face-to-face work. As the philosopher, Julia de Funès, aptly describes it, working for the sake of work doesn’t make sense. Working for a living makes sense. Telework and nomadism are changing our relationship to work, giving it back its rightful place. Work is domesticated and life takes precedence over work. It becomes a means at the service of life.

There is a certain theatricality of face-to-face work in open-plan offices. It always feels good to walk around the office with a filing cabinet under your arm. Which takes up some mental fuel. There’s also the question of the meaning of daily commute, especially for an activity that doesn’t require to be present on site. Does nomadism make you happier? In the sense that it allows you to broaden your horizon, to go out, it certainly contributes to happiness. As long as the need to belong to a community is satisfied.

How to become a digital nomad?

Nomadism comes from the United States, which has a growing number of freelancers, of which a minority of nomads. In Belgium, not everyone generates enough self-employed income from a blank page. An opinion shared with Emmanuel Guisset, founder and CEO of Outsite, a Belgian living in Santa Cruz when he’s not travelling. The easiest way to become a nomad is to have some sort of hybridization of your existing job, provided your activity allows it, whereby you would work remotely for four days a week, one week a month, one month a year. Companies may follow the example of Salesforce, Facebook and Twitter: all are in the process of establishing remote work, partial or full time, for the profiles that allow it.

Practical advice on how to become a digital nomad

Try to identify the activities of your business that can be digitized. Start by using tools that make it easier to work remotely such as Google Docs or iCloud, on desktop and mobile. I don’t understand that in 2021 we are still working with Powerpoint presentations. A Google Slides can be shared via a link and it’s entirely collaborative. It joins the principle according to which digital is an iterative process: a project can be improved upstream, in increments, in particular by taking into account user experiences.

If you are travelling, consider having travel insurance. There are insurances for nomads. Once on location, make sure you have maximum comfort. Co-living spaces are made for nomads, have high-speed Wi-Fi connections and all the calm you need to concentrate.

Don’t hesitate to continue to train yourself, to expand your skills. Take risks but don’t put yourself in danger, test and learn. Digital transition is gradual. Inevitably, your digital transformation will have an impact on that of your clients.