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Is it Remote Worker or Digital Nomad?  The only truth to either concept is that your boss probably hates it either way.  But what exactly does each title mean?  And should you even care?

TL;DR – Don’t hold me to this because I’m not Miriam-Webster, but remote work is basically working from home.  Or the coffee shop.  Maybe in a hotel.  In either case, you’re basically in the same city and state as the office and you’re just avoiding the commute.  And having to put on clean pants.  Or at the very extreme, you’re only a few hours distant from the mother ship.  I’ve been doing this very thing for the past fourteen … yes, 14! … years.  Me in Miami and the client/employer in New York.  And it’s been great being a Remote Worker.

But what is a Digital Nomad then?  Basically it’s time and location.  You’re doing work in a very different time zone.  Work which is almost 100% virtual.  Your 9am isn’t the same as the client’s 9am, probably not even close.  The nature of your work is project and deliverable based, and meetings are rare.  For with remote work your manager can still “manage” you, but as a nomad … you’re managing yourself.

So if you find yourself outside of the country, digitally nomading, there are a few gotchas you need to avoid:

  • Ensuring you can communicate easily,
  • Having what you need … even if it breaks,
  • Being able to replace that which you cannot fix, and
  • Understanding and owning your time.

If you can master these areas, then you can proudly wear the title of DIGITAL NOMAD with pride and honor!  🙂

Story/Script

5 Incredible MINIMALIST TRAVEL TIPS and TRICKS (Semi-International Version)

SCENE ZERO (desk)

(hook/intro)

Is it Remote Worker or Digital Nomad?  The only truth to either concept is that your boss probably hates it either way.  But what exactly does each title mean?  And should you even care?

(open)

Hi, I’m Rick Higgins and I’ll spoil the video for you right now.  There is a difference in the two.  Between Digital Nomad and Remote Worker.  A pretty big difference, actually.  But either way, your micromanaging boss still hates the fact that they can’t drop into your cubicle and validate his or her job by “managing”.

(create some actual b-roll of me with my laptop in various places.  on the phone.  etc.  v.o. the beginning part.)

Riff on how this isn’t Miriam-Webster, but I’ve got a lot of years doing one, and I’m about to do the other.  And the biggest difference?  It’s time.  Deeper riff on time zones and meetings/contact.

OK, so if time and location are the biggest hurdles … then I’ve got four … count em FOUR … things you either need to know, or that you need to deal with.  Ready?  Let’s hit it!

SCENE ONE (CAM-ONE)

(the lead up advices)

(each of these starts with V.O. b-roll, corresponding to what’s being said.

RIFF: Use a US-based phone service like Voice or Skype if you’re out of the country.  I did a video called 5 Incredible MINIMALIST TRAVEL TIPS and TRICKS (Semi-International Version) which describes why.  

RIFF: You need double and triple redundancy.  WeWork, alt. internet connections, etc.  Redundant phones.

RIFF: Be aware that replacement parts are not easy to get, nor is the laptop you can find going to be what you expect.  Often it’s language-based, which includes keyboards and power

SCENE TWO (desk)

(final and biggest advice #4 – outro)

FINAL RIFF: Time differences becomes the biggest issue, learn to adapt (both you and the client’s expectations)  Be very clear when you are available and not.

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