The difference between being location independent and being a digital nomad can be measured in the floppiness of your sun hat. No, not really. It’s not your bathing suit type or how blue the ocean is in your Instagram photos, either.
Location independent and nomadic digital lifestyles are similar ideas though neither are as exclusive as their connotations suggest.
Hallmarks of location independence include:
- Having a home base while still being able to work from anywhere you can plug your computer in, including home, coffee shops or even the park on a sunny afternoon.
- Being able to work from your preferred location at the time that works best for you, such as working half the week in the office and half at home.
- Setting a goal to be able to work where and when it suits you and your business best.
Digital nomads conduct their life and business in an uber-flexible manner:
- Wherever your computer is, is home.
- You work to travel.
- Setting a goal to be able to work anywhere in the world.
Location independence may be the focus for parents to maximize time with children or corporate employees who are tied to a head office or location. Digital nomads focus on the journey, with no ties to a home base.
There are crossovers to each of these, and both are able to attract an audience from everywhere if your business is not tied to providing service in a geographic manner. Digital nomads aren’t all beach dwellers in Bali, either, with many families teaching their children on the road as they travel the world.
And of course, there are pitfalls to both:
- Is there any point to being a digital nomad if you spend all your time inside at the computer?
- Do you try to prove you’re pulling your weight while working remotely by over-delivering to your clients?
- Do you find yourself so distracted by your new environs that you’re under delivering to your clients?
Then there are entrepreneurs like me, who borrow a bit from both nomadic and location independent lifestyles to define their own version of success.
For example, I’ll be spending two and a half weeks in Europe in October 2018, but both Jarrett and I have committed to working every Tuesday no matter where we are. And we spent a recent week living and working from my mother’s place when we rented our house out on AirBnB.
When you’re determining what life driven entrepreneurship means to you, perhaps you’re considering being a part-time nomad, occasionally providing your services while living abroad. Or maybe it means you work from the office until 2:00 and finish your day at home, just so you can meet the kids off the school bus.
The important thing is to set goals that suit you best. Don’t let the labels ‘digital nomad’ or ‘location independent’ hold you back from determining a life-work harmony that reflects what you want out of life. And remember, hashtags are just social media search terms. You can be a digital nomad and not own a sun hat.
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