Before you can compare a remote job with a digital nomad, you must first understand what is one is and what are the differences.
A remote job is one that is done from a location outside of the workplace. It can be done across town or on the other side of the world. There are different types of remote jobs with requirements that vary from employer to employer. So it is important to determine what type of remote job a company is offering.
Types of Remote Jobs
- Telecommuting This type of remote working is usually done from a home office but it can also require some onsite time as well. Workers who telecommute communicate with co-workers and employers via telephone and computer.
- Virtual Job This type of remote job is usually done entirely from a remote location such as a home office. Virtual jobs refer to positions such as virtual assistants, virtual sales, and even virtual teachers. The worker has the same duties as an onsite worker but accomplishes them from a remote location communicating by computer, telephone, or Skype.
- Home-Based Job As the name suggests this type of job is done entirely from a home office. Remote employees who have a home-based job are rarely if ever required to commute to the office for meetings or onsite work. Because employers often use remote job descriptions interchangeably, it is important to understand what the employer expects from the remote employee.
- Working Nomads A working nomad also called a digital nomad also works from remote locations but it is more than being a remote employee it is a lifestyle.
Working nomads live a nomadic lifestyle, frequently traveling from city to city and/or country to country. Digital nomads use technology to communicate with employers or clients. With wireless internet, cloud based apps, and co-working apps digital nomads are able to earn a living while enjoying the freedom a nomadic lifestyle provides.
Although there are similarities between remote jobs and working remotely as a working nomad the biggest difference is the home base of the worker. Remote workers are able to travel while working but they usually have a permanent home base while a digital nomad works from locations that can change many times in a year.