Sanjay and Natasha here 👋🏾, spring has sprung; and your entrepreneur bug starts itching more and more. You have to had considered creating your own online thing at some point, especially since COVID-19 struck with the rise of E-commerce. With access to the internet, phones, and an abundance of worker-friendly coffee shops and co-working spaces, you can really WFA (Working From Anywhere). No matter where you are in the world, the tools for remote work, that was once only available to fund start-ups, are becoming available to anyone who wants them.
While it’s true that some locations lend themselves well to that kind of nomadic lifestyle (semi-deserted beaches, mountains, or deserts beyond the reach of urban development), digital nomadism is about work culture. Working with new people, on new projects – and doing it from wherever you happen to find yourself.
Connect with a digital nomad agency
Digital nomads are on the rise, whether it’s by choice or circumstance, there is no doubt that embarking on an exciting journey alone is a difficult task. It becomes even more challenging when you have to stay connected. This is why specialist companies will act as digital nomad agents.
Do your COVID-19 research
Whenever you're traveling to a foreign country, it is important to research and understand the entry requirements before entering; especially if the country’s alert level is higher than you normally undergo. Don't forget to look up what clearance is required to return home.
Beware of time-zones
Time zones can make managing distributed teams even more difficult. But not only work, your family, friends, and contacts may be in different zones! You could be in Canada, while your support team could be in Asia.
Make sure all paperwork is updated such as travel insurance. Basic travel insurance won't cover what you'll need for your nomad experience. It's best to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance to cover any health concerns that may arise because if you're thinking about being a nomad, adventure is not far so, safety first.
You're probably wondering what is ISOS? This will be a well-needed layer of protection. ISOS is a remote assistance hotline for nomads.
Do you need a visa?
Depending on how long you’re planning on working in a foreign country, there are different visa options, from tourist visas to more complicated work visas. And each of these options has its complications and considerations that the would-be digital nomad needs to be aware of.
Be aware of non-residency laws
If you spend more than six months of the year outside your home country (for example Canada), then you are classified as a non-resident for tax purposes. This is not an uncommon position for digital nomads, or those who live mobile lifestyles, as they travel from place to place without settling down in one place.
If COVID has taught the world anything, is how essential the internet is in 2021. You may want to find an Airbnb or a hotel with good internet connection reviews.
Join a Facebook group
Most of the digital nomads I know use Facebook groups to keep up with their tribe. The trick is to find one with the most community engagement (likes). Most Facebook groups are in English, however try joining a group in the country you travel to – it's good practice if you want to get out of your comfort zone and make new friends.
Get a local SIM CARD
What's the best way to save money while traveling? Get a local sim card! Do it! As soon as you arrive in a new country, get your phone set up with a local pay-as-you-go sim card so that you won’t blow your budget on expensive roaming charges. This is something we've done for YEARS (like on a Greece trip a few years ago) and it helps reduce anxiety of coming back home to a hefty phone bill.
Travel safe, when ever we can again that is. Let's get sh*t get done, together!
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