[REMOTE WORK GENERATION] AN OVERVIEW ON THE REMOTE WORK WORLD
Remote Work an unstoppable trend
According to the Global Coworking Forecast published by Small Business Lab, there will be 30,000 coworking spaces and 5.1 Million Members by 2022. And, as the World Economic Forum shows in “The Future of Jobs” report, flexible work is the most impactful factor on business models.
These figures put into numbers a growing trend that we, at Nomad City, live every day. Many people get in contact with us asking for guidelines on “how to go remote”. This is why the goal of Nomad City 2018 is helping people and companies to better understand the remote work scene and gain practical tools to start their remote work journey.
What is a Remote Worker?
We decided in this post to clarify some ideas about remote work. Let’s start with the basics!
Many people approaching remote work for the first time think that the solution to go remote is becoming a freelancer. Although this is true in many cases, there are actually many other options too. Last year we ran a survey among Nomad City “alumni” and coworkers of CoworkingC, a coworking space in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
What we discovered is that only 33% of the respondents were freelancers, whereas the rest were entrepreneurs (40.8%) and 26% were employees.
This tells us that almost a third of remote workers interviewed have a regular work contract with a company that allows them to work remotely. Another myth to dispel is that all remote workers work remotely 100% of their time. In the same survey we discovered that, although the big majority of the respondents do actually work 100% remotely, almost 30% of them are remote only partially.
For example, Patricia, a Project Manager that stayed at CoworkingC last year, works for a company that allows her to work remotely 3 months per year. She dedicates those 3 months to traveling and experiencing other countries and cultures.
She started after convincing her manager that telework would have made her more motivated and productive. The company was so satisfied with the result that they decided to extend this practice to more employees and adopt it as a fixed perk. Now more employees enjoy working from home.
Another point we feel the necessity to clarify is about definitions: Remote Worker, Digital Nomad, and Location Independent. Many people often ask about the difference between remote workers and digital nomads.
Remote workers are all those people that can telework and don’t have to be in a specific office or place. Digital nomads, on the other hand, are remote workers that decide to adopt a nomadic lifestyle by traveling to different countries to enjoy the pleasure of traveling while still working.
What about Location Independent?
We are not sure that there is a real difference between a remote worker and location independent worker. Let’s put it this way – a location independent worker is a 100% remote worker that has the choice of being in the location they like the most. Traveling or not, it’s their choice, after all, the most attractive part of remote work is having the freedom to choose.
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