7 Benefits of Becoming a Digital Nomad As A Founder.
Ever thought of becoming a digital nomad when you are starting to build your new business as a founder or co-founder of a startup or as CEO of a ‘Lean Startup’ or scale-up?
A digital nomad is someone who works online, which thereby gives them the freedom to travel across their own country and the world and work from anywhere they choose – whether that’s a coffee shop or a bar on the beach. I myself have been a digital nomad since 2001, first as a part-time online entrepreneur and since 2012 as a full-time business owner.
Being a digital nomad has some great advantages when you start to build your own startup but also later on in the life-cycle of your company. If you’re still undecided though, then hopefully these 7 benefits will help you to make your mind up and take the plunge! Just do it.
1 You get to see the world
This is the biggest and most obvious benefit of being a digital nomad – you get to travel inside your own country and perhaps even to other countries. There’s so much out there that’s incredible to see, so why would you confine yourself to one town or one country?
2 You become more worldly
When you travel, you become a better person. Travel opens your mind to the world outside your door and that helps you to know your place that much better. People will also be impressed by your cultural knowledge and your general experience!
3 You become emboldened
You also learn a lot when traveling – and specifically, you learn to be more courageous and more independent; to be more ‘Bold’ (check out the book!). This will improve every aspect of your personal and professional life when you return!
4 You get to sample true freedom
We were born to be free and yet many of us feel trapped by our responsibilities. Imagine what it feels like to genuinely be able to go anywhere you choose… Isn’t this something that you should at least experience?
5 People will be impressed
Look, we shouldn’t do things just to impress other people. But the reaction you’ll get as a digital nomad is incredible. People love hearing that you have taken the initiative to not only start your own business but also to take it on the road and see the world at the same time. It’s inspiring and the sense of pride that comes from that is well-deserved and a great feeling!
6 You meet incredible people
When you travel and work at different locations, there is an incredible sense of camaraderie and you’ll find that you meet some amazing people and make life-long friends and meet trustworthy business partners. It’s an amazing feeling and definitely worth the trip!
7 You will be very productive and will keep costs down at the same time.
One of the big advantages of being a digital nomad is that you save yourself the costs of renting office space for yourself, your co-founder and your first founders-team for instance. And even in the later stages of the development of your business idea during the Lean Startup-phase and the Scale-up phase, you can continue to do so to some extend. So that saves you time and money! If you do not spend the money, you don’t have to finance it!
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