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Working from anywhere is today’s version of livin’ la vida loca. You can make money while you sleep, turn your beach towel into an office, and stay in your yoga pants all day long. Sounds like the ultimate dream life, right?

So, what’s the catch? There’s gotta be a catch in here somewhere. Believe me, I’ve been working from the comfort of my couch for almost 5 years and I’ve yet to find one. I have, however, found out some secrets they don’t tell you in digital nomad school, like how…

1. You will miss the comforts of home.

If you choose to work from anywhere, you also choose to give up the comforts you’d have if you worked from home or a permanent office space. Instead of having your own private desk or quiet cubicle, you may find yourself working out of coffee shops, libraries, co-working spaces, planes, trains, or automobiles. This all sounds well and good, but sometimes you may actually start to miss your annoying co-worker, especially when you get tired of talking to yourself & fighting with a weak wifi connection. Been there.

2. You’ll need to adapt to a digital way of life.

Working from anywhere often means that you’re nowhere near your clients or the rest of your team. While you’re drinking mai tais on the beach, they’re watching the Northern Lights in the snow. But distance doesn’t have to be a hindrance! You’ll get creative with the ways you learn to work, but my top picks are as follows: Acuity* for scheduling, Zoom for conferencing, Dubsado* for tracking clients, and Asana for managing projects.

 

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3. You may struggle with motivation.

What happens when the weather is perfect, your friends are heading out, and you have to stay behind and work all day? Two words: womp womp. Let’s be honest, it’s EASY to ditch work, reschedule meetings and push back deadlines. Distraction and procrastination are the silent killers of digital nomads – you heard it here first. To stay motivated, you may need to establish a routine, put on your big kid pants, and rely on caffeine to get you through.

Working from anywhere is a gift and a luxury, but it doesn’t come without a few challenges. But here’s the silver lining: if you’re a self-starter who knows how to manage time, stay focused, and keep your eye on the bigger picture, you’re in the right place… wherever that may be.

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