Digital Nomad: Let’s Talk About Escaping the Restraints of Working in an Office

What do you want to be when you grow up?

You’ve probably been asked this question several times.

I turn 30 this year, and up until two years ago I still didn’t know the answer to this question. Well, I did. But whenever I’d tell anyone about it they wouldn’t know what I was talking about.

For as long as I can remember I’ve dreamed of being a digital nomad.

What Is a Digital Nomad?

Digital nomads are location-independent professionals. Our main tool for work is technology, working from our laptops, tablets, or phones. The whole purpose of being a digital nomad is the power of working remotely rather than being physically present in some office building.

A digital nomad’s dream is to have the freedom to work from wherever, whenever, and most importantly to not be restricted by daily commutes and permanent workspaces.

That’s what I want to be when I grow up.

I Hate Having My Life Disrupted by Routine

Dalai Lama once said: “Once a year, go somewhere you’ve never been before“.

That’s my goal for when I grow up.

A lot of people are depending on daily routines. Whether it’s to be able to finish your work before deadlines, the ability to work out regularly, or something else. I used to be the same.

I’ve grown into a persona that hates routines – which is why this COVID-19 pandemic has been really tough. Thankfully, I managed to visit Amsterdam in the summer but I’m in a state where I need some sort of change regularly to fully function.

Atlas Maiorbrug, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Despite this, I know I can’t escape some sort of routine in my everyday life. I’m currently scaling my own business and I need structure and planning to be able to do my job well.

For me, the dream is the flexibility towards the location and the dream of not being restricted to one office, one building, and one desk.

That’s why I’m trying to escape the restraints of working in an office.

I’ve Learned From My Past and Focused On My Future

If you’re new here or if we aren’t connected on LinkedIn – thanks for being here – but you probably don’t know what I’ve lived and worked abroad a couple of times.

Most recently in Dublin, Ireland where I stayed for a few years.

Some of the things I’ve learned from my past are that I love flexibility, meeting new people, and how new environments are a great way to inspire me. I’ve learned that I am quite simple and I don’t have a lot of requirements or expectations…

… a simple change of scenery is enough for me.

Wicklow Mountains, Leinster Country, Ireland

It’s not the “I-feel-stuck-at-some-office-building”, but the simple fact that I need to change more than the average person. Some will say it’s a negative but I see it as a positive.

That’s what I’ve learned from my past.

If we can’t learn from our past, we can’t focus and plan our future. I don’t know if it’s because I’m actually growing up but I’m very much focused on having a plan for the future.

Having a 5-year-plan is something I never thought I’d have, but here we are. I’m constantly trying to figure out how I can scale my business and grow as a professional.

Sometimes, somebody says something that just perfectly reflects your dream, and not too long ago I read this quote from Steve Jobs.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.“

Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple

That’s what I want for my future.

Building a Lifestyle Business

A few months ago I got the opportunity to chase this dream. I was offered a spot at a 10-week-project for entrepreneurs. The project is called Next Step, and it would allow me to work full-time on creating the business that would help me kickstart this dream of mine.

Therefore, I’m currently working on scaling my own business called Clickidy. It’s a freelance business where I work as a designer and content writer. I’m happy to say that business is going well, I have quite a lot of people reaching out asking to help them write content for their digital platforms.

That’s what motivates me.

I’m currently reading the book called “24 Assets”. In this book, Daniel Friestley describes two types of businesses: “Performance” and “Lifestyle”.

A performance business: “Focus on achieving high valuation, fast growth and acquiring market share. There’s plenty of stress and challenge as the team grows, but it all becomes worth it when life-changing amounts of money change hands via an exit or large dividends.”

A lifestyle business: “A lean, dynamic, portable and geared towards maximizing income for the owners. It keeps stress and overheads low. The focus is to enjoy life, build stability and have enough income to create wealth through diversified assets.

A lifestyle business. That’s what I want.

Reading “24 Assets” has changed my perspective on what I want in my business. I didn’t know the term “Lifestyle business” before reading the book but it’s exactly what I’ve needed my whole life.

It’s crazy to think how a few lines in a book can make such a difference.

Clickidy is my freelance lifestyle business that’ll help me become more flexible, more Rasmus-focused, and the ultimate attempt to escape the restraints of working in an office.

That’s my dream. That’s what I work for.

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