I came across this amazing infographic the other day and just had to show it with you. It was made by oDesk who has created an amazing platform for freelancers to find work that they can do from wherever in this world.
Take your time to read through the findings. The data is from a survey where they asked 3,193 freelancers some questions. Among the people asked, 1,958 were Millennials (people between the age 19 and 30).
I wouldn’t call the findings shocking, but it definitely sounds like we’ll see much more people embracing the digital nomade lifestyle in the years to come! How exciting is that!?
I can’t even explain how excited I am to be living right now in this amazing time! And being a Millennial, I can see I’m pretty basic when it comes to what I want in life, what I want to work with and how I want to spend my time.
For me, it’s all about freedom. I never felt free in any of jobs I’ve worked, and having to obey orders from a boss and wake up early has just never been my cup of tea.
Are Millennials spoiled? Well, you could say so. We’re now at a point where we begin to demand a lot from our work. It’s not just about putting food on the table anymore, it’s about feeling good about what you do and doing it on your own terms. 30 years ago, this would have been super strange, but people are warming up to the idea of freeing themselves from corporate lives and living thier lives on other people’s terms.
Almost everyday I discover a new travel blog and new digital nomads. If you look around, we’re everywhere! Doing it and showing others how to do the same. And we’re growing in numbers everyday.
I really fit in with the majority of Millennials in the survey. I love to work late. In fact, I’ve been wanting to write this post all day but I’ve been so tired all day because I stayed up late last night. Now it’s almost 1am, and I’ve suddenly gotten lots of energy and I found some time to write this!
Also, travelling while working is preferred over vacation for Millennials. YES! 2 weeks of vacation (erhm, 6 weeks in Denmark…) is simply not enough for us. We want to take our time. And frankly, when you’re doing something by your own terms it doesn’t really feel like work anymore. We’re simply existing in this amazing world, moving around freely as we feel like.
I’m so excited for this new movement! And I’m excited to see how we’ll revolutionise the way “things work” in the future. I think we’re going to see a lot of people who doesn’t want a 9-5 job and everything else you’re supposed to do when you grow up. It’s sooo last millennium. ;)
I don’t think everybody will become digital nomads or just employ themselves as freelancers, but I hope to see a more free work environment with project based work instead of minding your desk 9-5 everyday. Freeing your employees and trusting them to do their work when and how they want is the future!
Are you as excited as I am? :)
If you want to read more about the survey check this out.
Celia Schow is one of the founders of NomadicDanes.com. Her goal in life is to live a rich life full of experiences and great memories.