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+ - The Rise of the Digital Nomad

Submitted by krou
krou (1027572) writes "The WaPo has an interesting look at the rise of the digital nomad, workers who have shunned the idea of working in an office, or working from home. Instead, they've taken the next logical step in the evolution of teleworking, and work wherever there is a Wi-Fi connection, using tools such as Facebook, Skype, and Twitter, to gain both primitive ("If I'm working at home by myself, I am really hating life. I need people.") and practical ("there is no hope for the road system around here") benefits from this "nomadic" lifestyle. The need for contact with other people has driven some nomads to start working with others in public places and at strangers' homes. Other benefits from nomadic working include changing the scenery, and starting the work day long "after many of their colleagues out at the cubicle farm have spent hours preparing for and getting to their workstations". Coffee shop owners love the trend, and so do some employers, one of whom (an AOL manager), says: "It's a win-win" because the employee in question "is happy doing what he loves and from a business perspective, we gain valuable industry knowledge, contacts and insights." There's even a website for the digital nomad in you."
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The Rise of the Digital Nomad

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