oDesk Survey

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.

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11 Comments on Is Living as a Digital Nomad the Future?

  1. Laura
    February 7, 2014 at 5:18 am (3 years ago)

    Love this! Vi snakkede faktisk om det herhjemme i går, fordi vi havde set nogle afsnit af DR’s program “Sådan er det bare”, og det sætter virkelig tingene i perspektiv. Jeg har SÅ meget lyst til selv at definere mit liv, mit arbejde og min tid, og det er virkelig fedt at der er plads til og mulighed for det efterhånden!
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    • Celia Schow
      February 8, 2014 at 3:59 pm (3 years ago)

      Fedt, Laura! Vi har faktisk også set en god portion af “Sådan er det bare” programmerne. Vildt fede, og de har virkelig også sat mange tanker i gang her. Også inden for emner, som jeg aldrig rigtig havde tænkt over før. Programmet om pasning af vores ældre var virkelig rørende, synes jeg, ved ikke, om I har set det, men det satte i hvert fald også en masse i gang hos mig.

      Jeg tror, at det er fremtiden, at vi selv får mere og mere frihed i vores arbejdsliv. Om det bliver gennem eget firma som freelancer, der er hyret til diverse projekter, eller om cheferne rundt omkring snart giver folk frihed til at arbejde, når og hvor de ønsker, ved jeg ikke. Forhåbentlig bliver det en blanding. Jeg tror, det kunne være helt ultimativt for mange mennesker selv at få lov til at definere sin hverdag.

  2. Casey @ A Cruising Couple
    February 7, 2014 at 9:43 am (3 years ago)

    Love this post!! It’s so interesting to see the statistics of a lifestyle we are trying to make work for us. I am such a morning worker- can’t get anything done after around 3pm haha. But of course we’re in it so we can travel and enjoy life and go at our own pace, not save up all year for a two week splurge that has you dreading monday morning again. More than anything though it’s great to see the mindset changing and how so many people are embracing the entrepreneurial mindset!
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    • Celia Schow
      February 8, 2014 at 4:04 pm (3 years ago)

      Glad you liked it, Casey! It’s really interesting, yes! I love how many people are having the exact same thoughts and wishes for their lives as we have – makes you feel less like a freak, haha! ;)
      Ohh, nice for you! I’m SUCH a night-worker. Can’t even call it evening. I hate to admit it, but I rarely get anything done before 3pm! Lol.
      I know exactly what you mean. We met a tourist from Sweden the other day, and he was like “you should go swimming with dolphins! I just went, it was awesome and really cheap!” And we were like: “Cheap? That sounds awesome!” And he was: “yeah, only $400 USD pr. person! Awesome deal!”. That’s more than we pay for our apartment pr. month! Insaaaane. We’re getting so super cheap from travelling like this. We’re constantly reminding ourselves that we’re not on holiday – this is our life!
      Anyway, you’re so right! It’s great that more people are embracing this lifestyle! I love it! :)

  3. Ida Johansen
    February 7, 2014 at 10:17 am (3 years ago)

    Hey Nomadic Danes! I don’t know if I should write in Danish or English? Well, let’s just do it in English. First of all, I find your blog and lifestyle very fascinating and inspirational! If I ever got the opportunity to do what you do – I wouldn’t hesitate one minute. But here is my question for you: what kind of job do you have where you can live like this? You talk about freelancing could be the future – but freelancing doing what? Do you have any ideas to what work a person could do while traveling around the World? I could use some inspiration :-)
    I love your blog!
    Kind regards
    Ida Johansen

    • Celia Schow
      February 8, 2014 at 4:56 pm (3 years ago)

      Haha! Hi Ida. You can write in both languages – we’ll answer you anyway :) But we try to keep this blog international and in English, so I really appreciate you writing in English! Nice. :)
      Well, I can tell you that this life it tough, but it’s really nice that we get to see the world.
      For me, it’s very important to state that the opportunity to do what we’re doing is not simply going to fall into your lap. It’s an opportunity you constantly have to work towards. And in the beginning, you need to do a normal job to keep yourself afloat, but in time you’ll be ready to take the leap and travel the world.
      We’re both doing different things. We try to have lots of streams of income, and while none of them are enough to finance our lives, they all add up and we’re able to keep on travelling.
      We both do some freelance writing. And this is when being Danish gets really awesome! If you’re writing in English, I think it’s harder to get freelance jobs. There are so many people in India who speak and write perfect English and they’re really competitive with their low prices. However, we have the Danish language to ourselves, and people are willing to pay you nice enough money for writing text material for them. We do that. It can be writing something for a webshop or translating or anything, really. I’m also doing more and more affiliate marketing and making a fair amount of money on that. I actually write about it in Danish on my personal blog, which you can check out here. And I guide people to start blogging (also in Danish) right here.
      To be honest, you can do a lot of different things freelance. Design, drawing, writing, programming, selling stuff on a webshop. What are you good at? What do you like doing? How can help people? Do that! Many things can be done online, you just have to think outside the box! :) I believe in you!
      Thank you so much for your kind words! And rock on! :)

  4. Eeyorenyk
    February 7, 2014 at 1:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Jeg ville give min højre arm for at kunne arbejde freelance, eller i hvert fald kunne flytte mit arbejde med mig rundt i perioder. Om det faktisk bliver en mulighed en dag, er endnu uvidst, men man har jo lov at drømme. :)

    • Celia Schow
      February 8, 2014 at 4:58 pm (3 years ago)

      Hvad arbejder du med lige nu? Rigtig, rigtig mange job kan laves fra en computer med internet. Med mindre du står i butik, of course. ;) Men hvis du vil flytte dit arbejde online, så skal du bare arbejde for det! Det skal nok lykkes i sidste ende. Vi har kæmpet en hård kamp for at stå der, hvor vi er nu. :)
      Hvis du arbejder imod din drøm bare 20 minutter hver dag, vil du komme nærmere. Så bare klø på! Jeg er sikker på, at du kan gøre det. :)

  5. Raphael Alexander Zoren
    February 7, 2014 at 2:03 pm (3 years ago)

    Excellent infograph and article! I believe that the growing trend is that big enterprises will start to get smaller in size and begin to hire freelancers only. It makes sense and brings great benefits to both the enterprise and the freelancer. I’m only sorry about the office drones whose jobs are gonna be replaced quite easily by someone working from an exotic beach.
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    • Celia Schow
      February 8, 2014 at 3:56 pm (3 years ago)

      Glad you like it, Raphael! Yes, that would make a lot of sense for them. It’s easier to fire people and they wouldn’t need to rent huge office buildings. If I were to build a business, I would build it around freelancers!
      Yes, it’s sad. But I also think there would be companies who would want to hire somebody, but then give them more freedom. I think, if done correctly, this could really be a great thing for everybody!

  6. Ryan
    August 4, 2014 at 6:19 am (2 years ago)

    Well, the infographic and survey was done by Odesk, so it’s not surprising that any respondents still working at a regular job would be interested in quitting. I wonder what the responses would be from a more random population sample.
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