The Digital Nomad Tribe is Growing
Since 2012 the term “Digital Nomad” has become more widely used & is now approaching mass status – but what does this mean? Simply this: When the term “Mass status” is used we mean that, most of the time, you don’t have to explain the term when you use it.
It is unclear as to who might have coined the term – the earliest reference I have been able to find is a book titled, “Digital Nomad” by Tsugio Makimoto and David Manners & published by Wiley in 1997 – definitely way ahead of its time!
What is clear is that more and more people are joining the “Tribe” – and why not? Given the choice of working the usual 8, 10 or 12 hour grind in an office, factory, warehouse or shop (with the associated hassles of getting to & from) or working form a place of your choosing (usually home) without those hassles, most people would shout “No contest!”
Digital Nomads are to be found pretty much anywhere there is a reliable (& fast) internet connection & the profession (yes it can now be classed as such!) has been getting mainstream media coverage since 2013.
According to SIA (Staffing Industry Analysts – a global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions – http:// www.staffingindustry.com) the “Online staffing industry” (read: freelancers working online) is estimated to increase from $1 Billion in 2012 to $5 Billion in 2018.
This is a profession with a bright future – according to Euromonitor, by 2020 43.7% of the world’s population will be users of the Internet – growth in telecommunications & data technologies is, in fact, accelerating, so there will be no shortage of opportunities to explore.
So, if you are looking for an industry with an exponential growth curve that isn’t going to tie you down or suck the very life out of you – becoming a Nomad could be just what you need!