Digital nomads are individuals who leverage telecommunications technologies to perform their work duties, and more generally conduct their lifestyle in a nomadic manner. Such workers typically work remotely—from home, coffee shops, public libraries and even from recreational vehicles to accomplish tasks and goals that used to traditionally take place in a single stationary workplace.
Nomadic entrepreneurs and professionals often work as freelance writers, photographers, video makers, affiliate marketers, web designers, software developers, graphic designers, and other types of knowledge workers who can perform work duties irrespective of physical location. They use new technologies like wireless internet, smartphones, Voice over IP, and cloud-based applications to conduct business, work remotely, and earn an income wherever they live or travel. Digital nomads also often utilize coworking spaces, house sitting agreements and shared offices in major cities around the world.
More and more digital nomads are traveling internationally and moving abroad, while they continue to work with clients or employers. This sort of nomadic expatriation does present challenges such as maintaining international health insurance with coverage globally, abiding by different local laws and sometimes obtaining work visas, and maintaining long-distance relationships with friends and family back home.
Also referred to as location independent professionals (LIP) or entrepreneurs. Many Location Independent Entrepreneurs consider themselves to be Perpetual travelers (PTs). Digital nomads often practice Flag Theory by planting strategic flags around the world to arbitrage cost of living, or benefits of a given jurisdiction.
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