I love to travel. Not just to see new places and try new foods, but to meet with new people and take part of their perspectives, thoughts and stories. By choice, I am a freelancer and have had a flexible work life for the past seven years. I can travel and combine leisure with remote work, and if I so choose be “on the road” 365 days a year. I am also lucky to have a partner who loves to travel as much as I do, with whom I can plan travel itineraries for months, spending evenings reading about a place or watching documentaries and YouTube clips.
At Internetdagarna 2017 in Stockholm, Svenska Nomader headed up the track ”Digital Nomad – The Future of Work”. We were joined by speakers from Telia, Arbetsförmedlingen and NOX Consulting as well as brilliant minds such as Tobias Degsell, Markus Christiansson, Anette Gustafsson, Emelie Ekblad, Kristian Borglund and Emma Lindgren. By 2035, there will be 1 billion digital nomads in the world – people that can work location independently with the world as their office. So how can companies attain top talent when they are competing with the world? Discussions during the day were about the gig economy, the networked society, the importance of working in teams – both inhouse and together with consultants, as well as what the workplace of tomorrow will look like – both physical and virtual.
More companies should be embracing remote work – to fuel their organizations with new perspectives and energy, and to attract new talent. Remote work can mean a lot of different things – working remotely all the time, a few days a week, or making occasional trips to work from another place for a period of time. It’s about the freedom to decide yourself where you want to work from at the moment and where you feel the most engaged; be it at home, a local café, a co-working space or a different country entirely. Studies claim that allowing employees to work from home increases productivity, creativity and happiness.
The other day I was interviewed by Steve Folland for his podcast “Being Freelance“, which is basically about being, well, freelance. During half an hour we spoke about how I started off my freelance career, what I’ve learned along the way, what it has been like living and working from different countries, and what I would tell my younger self about freelancing. Now when the podcast is live, I realize just how interesting it is listening to yourself talk about yourself. It’s kind of like a mini-media-training session.