Do you want to get to know all the advantages of working from anywhere? Then you've come to the right place! For several years now, I have enjoyed the privilege of being able to work from anywhere. Whether from home, my favorite café or the beach. The reasons for being a so-called There are many ways to become a "digital nomad". You protect the environment as there is no commute to work. You will become more flexible, learn many new things and expand both your skills and your personal network.
In this article, I would like to give you all of my 24 reasons why you should also try to work more independently of location. Let's go!
Notice: This article originates from another, discontinued project and has been adapted accordingly. Even if it is not 100% in line with the topic of sustainability, you can still use the content to get a little closer to climate-friendly, location-independent working.
The wonderful advantages of working from anywhere
As a "young entrepreneur", you gain an incredible number of new experiences in a very short space of time. Now that I can live from anywhere and express my passion with my project, it's all the easier for me to reflect on the biggest advantages of working from anywhere.
Advantage #1 - You work where you want
Isn't it a dream to be able to work from anywhere in the world? If you want to work from anywhere, all you need is a laptop and WLAN! And if your favorite place doesn't have Wi-Fi, you can set up a hotspot yourself with the right mobile phone contract. For example, I love working in co-working spaces, cafés and beach bars, but I also often work in my now well-equipped home office. Either way - as a digital nomad, you can go wherever you like best. Freely and indefinitely. Of course, the most sustainable way to do this is at home in familiar surroundings.
Advantage #2 - You save the environment
After all, you don't have to drive to and from work. You don't clog up the roads, you don't use any gas and you reduce the air pollution. The latter at least if you take your laptop and other necessary devices with you. Green electricity load. For me personally, the fact that I no longer have to travel to work is one of the top advantages of working from home. The independence of location and the flexibility I have gained make many journeys superfluous.
I used to get so upset when I had to get up even earlier than necessary because of the long commute to work. If I then got stuck in a traffic jam, my day was already ruined before I even got to work. The basis for effective work is already gone. Working from home gives you the advantage of using this wasted time for nicer and more important things.
Tip: In the article about the sustainable lifestyle you'll get even more tips on how to make your everyday life more environmentally friendly.
Advantage #3 - You can plan your day freely
In everyday office life, you are "trapped" in the system from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and have to get up early. At 5 pm, the pencil drops and that's it. Some people might like that, but flexibility looks different. As a digital nomad, you have the advantage that you can usually sleep as long as you want. You simply work a little later when you can really concentrate. Another advantage of location-independent working is that you can cancel annoying appointments if you don't think they are actually of any use to you. Every day can be freely scheduled, not just from 9 am to 5 pm.
Advantage #4 - You escape from the "hamster wheel
As an employee with a fixed office, the same commute and always the same colleagues, you quickly feel like you're on a hamster wheel. I'm not a fan of demonizing the 9to5 job - everything has its advantages and disadvantages. However, a routine often creeps in with such regular jobs that you can't really feel comfortable with. You work for someone you don't know and maybe even on a topic that you don't really identify with. When you work remotely, you benefit from the great advantage that such a disruptive routine cannot creep in because you are simply far too flexible. If something bothers you, you can simply change it quite easily.
Advantage #5 - You can discover the world
For me, this is one of the key advantages of being a digital nomad. You can travel the world and think outside the box. Working from anywhere and traveling in combination. As a digital nomad, you can basically travel to any country where you can find a working internet connection. This is now almost everywhere. Settle down in the countries you've always wanted to get to know. Indonesia, India, South Africa or Brazil. As a digital nomad, it's up to you! To avoid constantly flying and polluting the environment, I simply spend several months in one place.
Notice: I used to travel abroad more than I do today - now I'm a bit "satiated" and enjoy the benefits of working from home, regardless of location.
Advantage #6 - You get to know new cultures
When you move to foreign countries as a digital nomad, you automatically get to know new cultures and religions. In Bali, for example, you get unique impressions of Hinduism. You go to prayer every morning. The family relationships are unique. Other cultures can also help you clarify your thoughts on the meaning of life. Because here it becomes clear that consumption and money, as we are taught in Germany, are not everything. If you work from any location, you can use the moments in foreign cultures to develop yourself personally.
Advantage #7 - You learn new languages
Of course, language is also part of the culture in foreign countries. As a digital nomad, you not only train your English skills, but also learn parts of the language from your respective location. The longer you stay in one place, the better your command of the local language. It's fun to watch yourself develop step by step. I personally learn Indonesian with an app in Bali, for example. It opens up very good conversations, even if it then logically drifts back into English at some point. It also has something to do with respect to get involved in foreign languages. It's also nice to see other people smile because you're making so much effort to speak the local language.
Advantage #8 - You're not in a monotonous office
Every day in the same office, in the same chair, next to the same colleagues. I was bursting with creativity, but I could never let it out. Because this rut and this boring consistency limited me. That doesn't have to be the case for everyone, but it was for me. As a digital nomad, I work from anywhere and don't have to go to the same office every day. I'm sometimes here and sometimes there and meet new people every day. And you know that stupid feeling when the sun is shining outside and you have to work in the office? As a digital nomad, you can also react super flexibly to the weather, enjoy the sun and work a few more hours into the night, for example.
Advantage #9 - you have no annoying colleagues
Everyone knows that. And of course, even as a digital nomad, you're bound to meet stressful people. But if you don't like someone, you don't have to see them again. As an employee with a fixed desk in the office, however, you may see people for your entire working life. And if you don't get along on a personal level, it can be psychologically stressful over such a long period of time. The only solution is often to resign. An important advantage of being a digital nomad is therefore that you can choose the people you work with.
Advantage #10 - You increase your productivity
I wasn't really productive in the past. That was because I never really identified with the things I had to do at work as an employee. As a digital nomad, I work on an exciting project for myself and every minute I invest in it has added value. I also have a daily routine that allows me to make effective use of my self-allocated daily working time. If you work remotely, you should do the things that absolutely have to be ticked off first! This is also a good rule for productive working.
Advantage #11 - you have more money
One of the things that doesn't really drive me as a digital nomad, but is nevertheless necessary. After all, you have to finance your location-independent life somehow. And why do you have more money if you work remotely? Because you can work in regions where the cost of living is much cheaper for us, for example. For example, in India or Indonesia. This is called geo-arbitrage. In addition to the unique nature and great people, you can not only earn money online as a digital nomad in these countries, but also really save money. Because you earn your money in Germany, but spend it in Indonesia, for example, where the cost of living is much cheaper.
Tip: Be sure to check out the linked article to learn how you can save money through a sustainable lifestyle simply by following your heart.
Advantage #12 - You have all the options
Admittedly, this advantage of being a digital nomad goes a long way, but I don't want to let it go unnoticed. Because whether it's about the project idea, the strategy, future employees or simply the color of a button on your website. The possibilities as a digital nomad are endless. You learn something new every day and every conversation opens your eyes to new ideas. I find that working from anywhere gives you the opportunity to approach each day individually and make changes spontaneously if necessary.
Advantage #13 - you have less material things
Doesn't it also make you happier when you have everything neat and tidy? As a digital nomad, you are independent of location and can travel around a lot, so you automatically have fewer things in your possession. Because every extra thing makes you a little more dependent. As a digital nomad, you therefore save money in any case and work much more efficiently. Basically, all you need as a digital nomad is a laptop, internet and a clear head. Everything else is a bonus. You decide for yourself what increases your quality of life and what may be superfluous. You learn, live more minimalist.
Advantage #14 - You work on your passion
As a digital nomad, you have a big advantage. You can choose the topic yourself. In the best-case scenario, it's your personal passion that you can work with. I'm a real environmental freak and can protect the environment and make the world a better place with my project. I just love getting up in the morning and that means I work too much rather than too little. As long as you set yourself limits and stick to them, working on your passion from any location is the perfect job.
Tip: Be sure to check out the sustainable job portal if you are still looking for a job with real added value for you, our environment and our society.
Advantage #15 - You are happier
Many advantages of location-independent working complement each other. One cog fits into the other. Because when you work on your passion, are more flexible, can choose the people you work with and have less stress, you are also simply happier. You start the day much more positively and minor setbacks are effectively ticked off as learnings and tackled differently next time. You also automatically notice how you develop personally day by day during this long process.
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Advantage #16 - You are more independent
As a digital nomad, you usually start a project alone. Collaborators and supporters only develop over time. So you're on your own at first. And what sounds like a disadvantage at first is actually a great advantage. Because you are responsible for your own happiness. If you don't work, nothing happens. You will automatically become much more independent and develop incredibly quickly in all areas of your business. You see problems as challenges and tackle them.
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Advantage #17 - You take responsibility
As you naturally become more independent and self-confident, you automatically take on more responsibility. Every day you gain new experiences, you become more confident and ready to take on responsibility. For example, I fully support my brand, because as a blogger or digital nomad, I am the face of the brand. Everything that happens on the blog and in the name of the brand is my responsibility. If you identify with your employer or your 100% project, working from anywhere is all the easier.
Advantage #18 - You expand your skills
You will automatically improve your skills from day to day. Here, too, many of the advantages of working independently, regardless of location, come together. Because the more independently you work, the faster you increase your skills. Both in the social sphere and in all other fields that are crucial for working as a digital nomad. For example, when I started out as a freelancer, I had no idea how to use Photoshop and I also found it difficult to write texts that were worth reading. I can now do both and still learn something new every day.
Advantage #19 - You are braver
Come what may. Because once you have experienced the ups and downs of digital nomadism, you will be able to assess the dangers and opportunities much better. Your experience will make you much braver, even when making important decisions. Because you know: "It can't go more than wrong." - Past mistakes train you for the future. With my first product, it was very difficult for me, especially as a student, to invest a four-figure sum. Now I try out so many things and simply take the risk of landing a flop. Because that's part of it.
Advantage #20 - You are more patient
If you work more independently and from any location, you will also find yourself in situations where you are dependent on the performance of others. But not everyone is as reliable as you might wish. When I started working on my projects, this unreliability bothered me, but now I just expect it. That way, you won't be disappointed and you already have a plan B up your sleeve. Every day your project grows and the day will come when you have to hand in a bit of work. From that moment on, you no longer have everything in your own hands, but you will learn to deal with it.
Advantage #21 - You are more diligent
This advantage of being able to work from any location is particularly important for a self-employed job. At the beginning of your project, you have to really step on the gas. You won't be successful on your own. But it's only after you realize that your idea works and you can now work from anywhere as a digital nomad that you feel the urge. Because then you realize that every text you write and every cent you spend on advertising has a positive effect on your business. So you keep working and are prepared to invest more energy in your work on your own project. Success will show you that it's worth it!
Advantage #22 - You are an inspiration to others
Everyone has a desire for freedom and independence somewhere - and to make the world a little better every day. It's in us. However, not everyone has the willingness and the iron will to invest time and money in this right from the start. As soon as you can afford to work from anywhere, these people look up to you all the more. Because you are what they want to be: free and happy. As a digital nomad, you naturally inspire many people to try it too. This advantage of being able to work from anywhere is particularly good if these same people didn't think you were capable of anything two years earlier.
Advantage #23 - You are more confident
Every single day as a digital nomad makes you stronger and more self-confident. Another advantage of working from anywhere. Your self-confidence knows no bounds. Because every experience strengthens your skills, which you personally gain more and more confidence in. This makes you more self-confident and makes it easier for you to make decisions in the future. If your decision was a good one, you strengthen your self-confidence. If the decision was the wrong one, you learn for the future and also become more self-confident.
Advantage #24 - You expand your network
Of course, you can also network as an office employee, but you don't usually meet new people every day. A big advantage of working remotely is that you get around a lot and are constantly working in different places. You expand your network there, both professionally and privately. You know an expert in every field and can ask questions at any time. You forge new partnerships with people who are similar to you. As a self-employed digital nomad, this is one of the most valuable benefits for me.
Can you think of any other advantages and reasons for working remotely? Then write me, as always, happy to comment under this post.
Take advantage of the benefits of working from home from any location
As you can see, the world is open to you as a digital nomad. You learn new things, you develop at breakneck speed and still have a good overview. You see the world and expand your network. You are more self-confident and patient. For me, the decision to take a risk for once in my life and follow my dreams was the best decision I could have made. I can therefore only recommend everyone to give it a try - whether step by step as an employee - or by working as a self-employed person. Even if you realize that you won't be successful with the latter, you can never blame yourself for not trying. Feel free to write me your experiences, questions and suggestions in the comments below. I'm looking forward to it!
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