We live at a turning point in human history. Future historians will likely look back at the current era as a crucial chapter in human history. Just as the agricultural revolution and industrial revolution changed human society for good. So too has the digital revolution. The digital revolution has changed our lives and our culture in countless ways. These ways include the way we work. In our service-based economy, more and more of us complete our work in front of a computer screen. And, increasingly, that work can be done outside of the traditional office building.
The Option To Work Remote
About 80% of employees now view the option to work remotely as a job perk. It’s easy to see why: no nine-to-five office grind, no frustrating commutes during early morning rush hour traffic, more freedom and flexibility… the list goes on. And many of the workers who have the ability to work remotely are taking full advantage of their situation. They are doing this by knocking travel-related items off of their bucket list. Some workers have even adopted the label “digital nomad” — a trendy term to describe traveling remote workers (and attractive Instagram influencers). If taking a prolonged excursion around the globe while making the cash you need sounds like a dream come true to you. You’ll be glad to know that it’s more doable than you think.
Here are just a few of the best cities and resources to get your remote traveling gig off to a running start.
Remote Gig Resources
As mentioned above, working remotely is a popular job perk due to the increased flexibility and opportunity it provides. That being said, you should expect a bit more competition when applying for a remote position. Because of this, it’s best to use multiple platforms in order to find the widest range of remote work employers. Consumers are exposed to 3,000 ads and promotional messages every day. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when your job search includes the entire Internet.
You may want to be a bit pickier with the sites and services you use if you’re looking for a particularly niche role. For example, Indeed is a top job site that can help you find a remote position. Just type in the industry or position you’re interested in with the word “remote” after it. If you’re looking in a particular city or state, you can filter your search. You can also simply leave your options open by selecting “United States.”
In addition to more traditional remote gigs, the Internet also makes it easier to find work in distant locations. There are a ton of apps that help travelers find work wherever they roam. If you consider yourself to be a “go-with-the-flow” type of person and you have a bit of money saved up, you may enjoy using an app like Workaway to find your next gig.
While it’s not exactly the same as working remotely. Workaway is a resource that connects you with people all over the world who will offer you a place to stay for certain types and hours of work. The opportunities are nearly endless. You can filter results based on the type of work you’re interested in. You can also filter by how long you’ll be able to stay, how many hours per week you can work, and more. Keep in mind that Workaway does charge a small fee. The fee entitles you to have full access to their site and apply for as many jobs as you want for a full year. According to a 2011 report, 86% of consumers will pay more for a better experience. If you’re looking for a platform that’s easy to use and has thousands of job opportunities, Workaway is worth checking out.
Remote gigs are becoming more widely available. Although, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t certain cities that are more concentrated in telework opportunities. Fortunately, Livability has compiled a list of some of the most up-and-coming cities offering more remote gigs. Cities that made the cut include Dallas, Texas; Portland, Oregon; Buffalo, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; and Richmond, Virginia. Aviation data company FlightAware estimates that there is an average of 9,728 planes carrying 1.27 million people in the air at any given moment, so if any of these cities sound like a good match for your personality, interests, and job goals, there’s no reason you shouldn’t at least consider finding the right remote opportunity in the city you love most and hopping on the first direct flight available.
Even though working remotely may not be the right option for everyone. There’s no denying its countless benefits for both business and workers alike. Take it from CreativeLive:
“You gain control over your life, so you can work when and where you want,” writes Randle Browning. “But you can still reap the benefits of working for a company — benefits like job security, a reliable monthly paycheck, and the excitement that comes from working with others.”