Here’s how to start your life as a digital nomad in 2022

As a writer and content creator, the idea of ​​living as one digital nomad always pleased me. Having the freedom to work from anywhere in the world would be a dream come true.

Hey, I could totally do my work remotely”, you might think. It sounds enticing, but the multitude of factors to consider might deter most budding digital nomads. Where do you even start? Can you start as a digital nomad without leaving the country? So many questions, so few answers.

If you’re new to all of this, your work-from-anywhere journey can still be kickstarted. right here in Singapore. Here are four ways to get started.

1. Make the transition to remote work

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Let’s not deny that the pandemic has accelerated the transition to a decentralized workforce, giving rise to many remote work opportunities. From social media writers and managers to software developers and wealth bank executives, there are different areas where digital nomads excel.

If you’re currently in a position that doesn’t require you to work in a specific location, talk to your supervisors and inquire about the possibility of moving to remote work, indefinitely. If you are self-employed, you can work remotely for other companies, or even become an entrepreneur. The number of available options is increasing every year due to downsizing and cost reduction.

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Contrary to popular belief, the simple act of working from home is not remote work. Geographic independence is the key to a nomadic lifestyle. And despite any initial skepticism you may have, don’t quit your day job – it would be foolish of you to do so, unless you have a very strong backup plan. You should be able to find a compromise with senior management. If you are ready to take on a slightly different responsibility, or even a new official role, you will come one step closer to achieving your dream.

2. Establish multiple streams of income

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Have both a regular income and a secondary agitation propels you towards a fully nomadic lifestyle? Yes, but be prepared to put a lot of time, effort and energy into it. Having multiple sources of income will definitely increase your earning potential and longevity as a digital nomad. For example, you can freelance while managing an e-commerce site or a social media account. You could tutor and sell insurance at the same time.

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Passive Income Streams are also popular among digital nomads as they require little effort to maintain. This includes royalties from an e-book or piece of music, online courses that can be sold for a profit, and many more. In Singapore, many choose to earn passive income from investments such as stocks, ETFs, property, or even crypto.

Of course, thorough research and planning ahead are a must before making any major financial decisions. There’s no one way to do it right, but having multiple sources of income will prepare you for future travels and your eventual retirement.

3. Join a community

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Is it lonely to be a digital nomad?

Not when you put yourself in a position to meet and connect with like-minded people. There is a lot of digital nomad communities around the world, not to mention Singapore. Facebook and Telegram groups are also good resources worth turning to – you’re sure to find locals and foreigners looking to make friends. And of course, the opportunities for collaboration and networking offered by coworking spaces are incomparable.

4. Find the right coworking space(s)

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Working in cafes and libraries can be highly idealized on social media, but let’s face it, nothing beats the work environment, accessibility and convenience of dedicated staff. A common workspace. A good coworking space should not only offer plenty of amenities and shared office facilities, but also have room for the growth of a vibrant community.

An ideal coworking space for digital nomads

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If you are looking for a coworking space, JustCo is the place for you. As the leading provider of flexible workspace solutions in Asia, they offer different workspace options ranging from shared offices to private offices and corporate suites. For digital nomads, you might want to consider JustDesk Unlimited for a more flexible and relaxed workspace setup.

Benefits exclusive to JustCo

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JustCo members can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Use of business address and handling of mail
  • 24/7 access to the visitor center
  • Access to common areas of all local and international JustCo locations during opening hours
  • Use of food pantry with complimentary refreshments at select centers
  • Provision of instructors for members in selected centers
  • Front desk assistance, daily housekeeping and utilities
  • Member-exclusive rates and benefits
  • Access to social events and networking sessions
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Sounds too good to be true? We visited JustCo’s first smart coworking center in Singapore at The center point. Here’s what to expect.

Meeting rooms

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Need to organize a team meeting, a workshop or a client session? Meeting rooms with high-speed internet and state-of-the-art technology are available for paid rental and can be easily reserved using the JustCo mobile app.

Well stocked pantry

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No coworking space is complete without a well-stocked pantry. Be sure to help yourself to the complimentary refreshments (available only at select centers).

Relaxation areas

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Take a break in one of the many relaxation areas. With plush seating and artfully decorated light fixtures, you’ll feel right at home.

Shared office spaces

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JustDesk Unlimited members can park at any of the shared office space workstations, some of which are even equipped with monitors.

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Personal corners

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All JustCo centers are equipped with comfortable corners for small group meetings, individual discussions and solo work sessions.

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If you want to get lost in your own thoughts, head to this introverted seating area reminiscent of a ramen joint.

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Ability to work in a conducive and private space and picture-worthy – what’s not to love?

Phone booths

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Got an important call or a Zoom meeting? Keep things confidential in one of the Phone booths.

Recreational facilities

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As the saying goes, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Challenge your friend to a friendly game of basketball in one of the game roomsor take a nap in the nap room.

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JustCo has 17 centers in East, West and Central Singapore. However, if you are looking to work from another country, know that you can. By signing up with JustCo, you get access to their other 23+ centers across Asia Pacific. So technically you have over 40 centers to work with. Digital nomads, rejoice!

The hottest hot desk offer

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Digital nomads (wannabes) are in luck – get one 3 months free hot desk subscription when you register 6 months before June 30, 2022, subject to the general conditions in force. Hot desking for less than S$7 per day? Sounds like stealing to me.

Your exciting future as a digital nomad starts here.

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