Rapid digital innovation and a millennial mindset have reshaped the workplace dynamic and environment forever: work is no longer somewhere we go, but something we do. And we can do it (aka remote working or telecommuting) anywhere we like.
Mobile technology is the driving force behind all of this. Smartphones are now the on-the-move, all-hours business communicators of choice, with almost 3 billion users predicted worldwide by 2020. The death of the desktop computer continues unabated - global shipments now in their eight consecutive quarter decline in the face of lightweight, ultra-slim, super-connected laptops and tablets that turn any conceivable location into a place for productivity.
Bold startups lead the charge in this new flexible working dynamic. In October 2015, social media startup Buffer abandoned its central office in San Francisco. The company's entire staff CEO included now work remotely supported by instant messaging, video chat and cloud-based collaborative document tools, cross multiple time zones stretching from the West Coast to Shanghai. Amazon, Adobe, LEGO and General Electric are just some of the more familiar names also embracing such a flexible and remote working culture.
Digital nomads, meanwhile, skip the entire country and travel the world, funding their adventures through skilled, remote work projects off sites like WorkingNomads, WeWorkRemotely and FlexJobs. The latter currently offers more than 30,000 telecommuting listings from more than 4,800 companies. The gig economy is alive, well and globetrotting right alongside you.