There are different kinds of remote workers. Some people have a hybrid arrangement where they work from home some of the time and in the office the rest of the time. Then, there are fully remote teams where everyone works from home all of the time. These people tend to work “at home,” taking regular vacations, but always have a permanent home address.
Then there are digital nomads. In 2018, nearly 4.8 million workers identified themselves as someone who travels while working remotely. It’s the freedom and flexibility of their jobs that allow digital nomads to travel and earn a living. One week a digital nomad may be in Borneo, then the next week in Prague, but they have the same job no matter where they go.
It’s not easy to find a job that lets you cross time zones and borders with regularity. But that’s exactly what Jessica O. was looking for when she joined FlexJobs. Now she lives and works whenever and wherever she wants.
Finding a Job to Take on the Road
Jessica O. lives overseas and needed a job that suits her nomadic lifestyle. And though she could find local jobs while she’s in whatever country she travels to, Jessica has learned that’s not the right choice for her. “When you come from a different culture,” she says, “it’s difficult to deal with some of the habits of another country’s work culture. So, if I can work based out of my home country, it just makes my life a lot easier.”
Using FlexJobs, Jessica learned that tailoring her resume and cover letters to fit with the jobs she was applying for was the best search strategy. This tailored approach helped her find work as a freelance English teacher. While she’s currently in New Taipei City, her freelancer status makes it easier for her to see the world. “Having this flexible job makes my life better because now I can truly travel from one country to another, and I don’t have to worry about getting another job.”
Finding Freedom with a Freelance Job
For Jessica, her new job isn’t just a job. Freelancing gives her the freedom she needs to travel the world on her terms. “Finding flexible work has…helped me find a way to fund my life better.” And, most importantly, she’s in control of her life. “I make my own schedule. I can work as long as I want or as short as I want.”
She recommends that anyone looking for a flexible or remote job try FlexJobs for a year. “You have nothing to lose and something to gain,” she says. “It will change your life.”
Jessica gained freedom, flexibility, and a lifestyle she wants, thanks to FlexJobs. While the digital nomad life might not be for you, a remote or flexible job just might. Take a tour of FlexJobs and learn more about how FlexJobs can help you find a job that supports the lifestyle you want.
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