Becoming A Remote Worker

I realized this week that, without really thinking about it, I joined a growing society of people who travel around the world, working from unique “offices” (read: the beach, a surf hut, the desk you poorly constructed to watch your children swim in the pool while writing a policy document…) while experiencing and engaging in new cultures. I’ve always envied the people who do this; mostly singles and seldom family people. But here we are in Portugal — I’m working from a surfing lounge — with six kids, a wife, and a dream of doing this for at least a year or two. Perhaps we’ll find a new home while we travel and we’ll settle in, but in all likelihood, we’ll travel to half a dozen countries over the next two years before settling into something more normal.

I’ve been a “laptop hobo” for many years, preferring the white noise of a hipster coffee shop to the potential monotony of an office, but I’ve always had a home study or office desk to be based out of. I don’t yet know what this adventure will entail, but as we get started, I thought I’d share five tips on becoming a remote worker.

  1. Get the Right Tools (and keep them minimal) — Seriously, keep it light! There is an allure in having a lot of technology, and it’s easy to go a little crazy (check out Woz’s bag!). Make sure you’ve a good roaming plan on your phone (or go unlocked and get a local SIM). Get a light laptop (seriously, do you need all that power?!). I prefer the overpriced yet incredibly simple and elegant MacBook. Be sure you can jump into conference calls whenever you’re needed, or others will quickly become frustrated with your workation; you really don’t want that!

Originally published at nathansawatzky.com.

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Social Designer | Policy Nerd | World Traveller | Student of Business, Culture, Sociology, and Criminology| Head of Europe for the kidSAFE Seal Program

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