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In everyone else's experience, do others rate working remotely as highly as we do?


by @munly_leong | 5yr  | 7 comments

I got inspired when someone else mentioned that nomads/100% remoters are kind of niche and even hard to find vs the norm. Is this really the case in other peopleโ€™s experience?

I know most would jump at the chance if it was offered, at the same time for most people I know it would be a first for them and many I know would struggle with the self mgmt/productivity aspect but given time most would probably be onboarded successfully.

What I described as my ideal, speaking to another startupper a few months ago she described it as her hell. She would not want to be isolated and wants to see her team every day and hang out with them.

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@stratigos | 5yr

Id say its really dependent on what you value. Some people value security and consistency more than freedom and the more-difficult-to-predict frontier.

Personally I think 100% of all corporate offices in this world suck, and vastly impede on productivity (and I do believe this applies to those who love such an environment). That is my opinion, and it comes from 10 years of experience in about 9 different offices (companies in NYC scale and move a lot). I know plenty of people who claim that they simply canโ€™t concentrate at home, would rather eat takeout than cook their own food, need a sort of schedule provided by management, need the cognitive transition provided by a commute, etc. All of these things impede upon my productivity, personally (and I could list many others). All or some of these things are comforts to others.

But yes, certainly, I can see many people finding being-your-own-business to be discomforting, difficult, and unenjoyable.

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@munly_leong | 5yr

Ive heard of some families too but that seems like it would be a major outlier espec as far as schooling for the kids goes. Granted, couples are more doable and common.

Yeah itโ€™s really more about how rare this whole thing actually is. For me commuting to a job is actually whatโ€™s foreign to me :slight_smile: Itโ€™s never ever really felt right even when I first started working and I think itโ€™s been the main reason why I never really stayed with any employer longer than a year or two for the most part. Iโ€™ve worked far more of my life from home than at a workplace.

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

I think the vast majority would never jump at the chance if it was offered. They might say they are jealous of this life but when it comes down to actually doing it, they wouldnโ€™t take the leap. Most people either actually need or think they need more stability and a linear path than nomading usually provides. outside from the people on this community, no one I know would be a nomad so in my experience, this:

is definitely not true. For them the perk would be to be able to work from their apartment, not to be able to work from the other side of the planet.

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@munly_leong | 5yr

Good pts wanderingdev, Iโ€™m glad I asked :slight_smile:

Its also something that for the most part you can only do while unattached. I think because it only essentially works at a certain phase in peopleโ€™s lives, as much as weโ€™re all saying โ€œthis is the futureโ€ it probably will remain more of an exception. Working from home is probably as far as people are going to go.

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

I disagree with both of those statements. I know plenty of nomad couples and nomad families. It has less to do with the phase of your life and more to do with what youโ€™re willing to sacrifice and what you really want. People who want it will figure out how to make it work, no matter where they are in their life. People who donโ€™t, wonโ€™t. Itโ€™s really that simple.

But for the majority, yes, working at home will be enough. And there is nothing wrong with that. This lifestyle is unique and uniquely challenging. It isnโ€™t for everyone.

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@munly_leong | 5yr

I actually donโ€™t mean it as a skill (although thatโ€™s an interesting point too), I mean if others see it as a must-have or as big of a perk as people here would.

Or do others you know think you a bit mad? lol. I was surprised at that reaction as well as some others Iโ€™ve gotten.

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@gdpelican | 5yr

How I see it, at least: Itโ€™s as much a skill as โ€˜Nodeโ€™ or โ€˜Javaโ€™ or โ€˜social networkingโ€™. From the companyโ€™s point of view, you could hire someone to write your Node app whoโ€™s never done Node before (even if theyโ€™re excellent in other areas), but your results may vary widely - s/he could pick it up instantly, s/he could never figure it out. Tough to say at time of hire, and hiringโ€™s too important and expensive for that level of uncertainty.

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I am new to working out of coworking spaces. My business entails a lot of video conferences. I haven't chosen a specific coworking space yet but generally, what are the potential solutions for this? I have a microphone and headphones but still fell like it may be inconsiderate to take the calls anywhere in the coworking space. For a solo person, what are some general solutions? Are there usually options to rent a private room by the hour with just enough room to set up my microphone and laptop? Sidenote: any coworking space recommendations in Florianapolis, Brazil would also be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Best place for solo UK traveller for surf, sun & working between Oct and Dec??


in Tenerife, Spain by @leojb | 1mo 1 month ago | 0 comments

Hey Nomads, would love to know any thoughts here.

Top of the list are currently Tenerife, Lagos/Ericeira (Portugal) & Malta??

Would love to know if anyone can vouch for these at this time of year.

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by @coffeeshopceo | 4mo 4 months ago | 672 comments

tl;dr: introduce yourself in this thread.

We must all get sick of the same backpacker travel questions when we meet new friends, I know I do.

You know the ones - where are you from, whereโ€™ve you been, where are you going, what do you do, how long have you been doing it - etc.

The novelty of answering these questions wears off after maybe a week, but theyโ€™re nonetheless insightful and no matter how much we hate them, we find ourselves asking others.

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We are hoping to travel later this year and we will be working remotely - how do you ensure you get good WiFi in places such as in India where the signal isn't always great? Do you have any tips on where to go/ what equipment you have to get?

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Transactional Attorney with a focus on US Immigration. Burnt out doing the law firm thing. Trying to leverage skill to get on this digital nomad tip. Love the traveling experience, hostels, seeing new places, new cocktails etc etc.

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by @artofwarbiz | 7mo 7 months ago | 6 comments

What do you use to work together remotely with your team?

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Which ones do you guys use and why?

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by @wanderer | 7mo 7 months ago | 2 comments

My interest in DN lifestyle started when half of our company have been taking 1 month for remote work @ Ko Samui. It was truly cool but we observed quite some communication challenges. Communication seemed just โ€œriskierโ€ when online.

What were your worst situations caused by misunderstanding while communicating online with your teammates? What do you do to avoid misunderstandings?

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Hi everyone and nice to e-meet you!
finally, after so long I found a job that allows me to work remotely.
But now? Do you have any practical advice that I can use to approach this new world?
In particular, I have to put my tax situation in order, do you know a good tax advisor from whom I can ask for advice? (Iโ€™m Italian but I live in Franceโ€ฆI donโ€™t know how long it will beโ€ฆ) )
Beyond that, any advice is welcome.
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Im not allowed to majority own a Thai business and small foreign entrepreneurs are not really welcome. So i need an offshore company.

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Does PayPal need me to be a resident to the country i register my account to? Are there complications being a non resident to get other payment solutions?

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What are the most comfortable and affordable coworking places in Amsterdam?
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Everything is in the title.

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Heyo folks! The idea to open up an own coworking space in Malaysia has been on my mind for quite a while and I would like to reach out on foreigners being a business owner/co working space owner in Malaysia, there are a lot of questions that would follow up but most importantly is to reach out to someone with experience.

Ideally would be someone who runs a coworking space in Malaysia, second best would be to just come in touch with a foreign business owner in Malaysia.
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Every accountant is going to tell you that you really should be keeping separate accounts for all your businesses and even projects that may one day become businesses. But in my experience setting up a new account associated with an actual business entity is a pretty annoying process involving an in-person visit to a bank branch, proof of residence in that branchโ€™s region, etc. Has anybody seen a bank that letโ€™s you easily create a simple business checking account online and more importantly that would let you add additional accounts and transfer funds between them?

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by @clusk | 2yr 2 years ago | 12 comments

For those constrained by their businessโ€™ time zone, how do you manage this?

My home office is in Los Angeles โ€“ though I could swing anything in Central/South America, Iโ€™m looking at going to Lisbon or Chiang Mai for a bit. Both of them are >=8hrs difference potentially wreaking havoc on the work + social life + sleep split. This is a common question for nomads but there doesnโ€™t seem to be a lot of posting on the site about it.

What do you guys think? Any Americans working in Asia or Europe that does it well? I could likely negotiate with my supervisor to work in Eastern standard if I was in Lisbon/Europe, which wouldnโ€™t be too much of a stretch. Noon 'til 8pm. A bit more manageable than Chiang Mai or Bali.

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Best cafes in Budapest for working?


in Budapest, Hungary by @dobredecatalin | 2yr 2 years ago | 3 comments

Hi there, I am planning to work remote from Budapest for about 3 weeks. I typically like to work from Starbucks so I wanted to find out which ones are the largest and better for working.

The ones that I found so far that seem a bit bigger are this ones:
goo.gl/maps/y9kFXwAc2NA2
goo.gl/maps/hUUg9ghtr8K2

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Where can I go for remote working while surrounded by nature (ocean waves, mountain, etc)


by @nish | 2yr 2 years ago | 7 comments

I have this dream scenario in my head, and Iโ€™ve searched for a while without figuring out how I might best achieve it. I donโ€™t need many places, just one or two that I can go back to over and over again. I want to be working on my laptop while being surrounded by nature; for example a place right on the ocean where I can hear the waves crashing and look up and see them, then look back down and go back to work (but it would have to be very close by to achieve this feeling, not a distant sea view).

In itself this might not be so hard but my total list of requirements makes it difficult:

  • Fast internet: at least 20Mbps down with ethernet connection possible.
  • Very close to emergency medical services: so not in the middle of nowhere, and ideally in/very close to a decent size town (I have some medical issues)
  • Not more than ยฃ70/night to stay
  • It doesnโ€™t have to be a residence: it can also be a coworking space that meets all these requirements, and I can stay somewhere else and work at this space

So far I thought of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: there seem to be some flats with a nice ocean view, although Iโ€™m not sure how close to the ocean they can get. And maybe also Valencia?

Anyway, Iโ€™m not sure if anybody else has had this kind of dream as well. But I would very much appreciate any tips for places I can check out :slight_smile:

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