Author: Rikki Ayers

The Internet Makes Ditching Your 9-5 Look Easy. Why Isn’t Everyone Doing it, Then?

Scrolling through Instagram, you might think the entrepreneurial or remote employee life looks like a real-world version of utopia. Exotic locations, sleeping in, freedom, wealth…but all is not as it seems. If ditching your 9-5 was as easy as it looks on social media, then more people would be doing it. Let’s look at why they’re not. Quitting a reliable full-time job is scary The one good thing about your full-time office gig is that you know what to expect every day. You have a routine, you know when you get paid, you know your team and understand its...

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How to be a digital nomad in Spain

There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction. — Salvador Dali Where in the world to go? That was my question a few months ago when I prepared to buy a plane ticket—somewhere old—to try out working while on the road (or train, or plane, or bus, or BlaBlaCar, in my case). Spain has been beckoning to me for years, and after three-and-a-half weeks here (with a short stint in the Portugese Azores Islands) I have zero regrets. As I wait out the last two-and-a-half hours before my plane leaves for...

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How to Travel and Work (and Still be Productive)

Saving $5,000 for a two-week vacation can be really hard—I tried and failed at that for many years. And traveling internationally from Canada or the US is expensive (unless you’re okay wasting three-four days doing milk-run flights). Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could go away for longer and continue making money while abroad? I’ve been traveling and working in Spain for two weeks now. I’m writing this post from Ronda, Spain. Ronda is what I dreamed Spain would be like when I started booking flights: beautiful architecture with multi-layered history, breathtaking scenery, tapas and cheap, but good, wine. This...

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Three Ways You Can Work Remotely

Flexibility, travel, more interesting employment opportunities—these are a few of the main reasons people decide to work remotely. Sixty-eight percent of workers in the US say they expect to work more remotely in the future. More companies are offering remote opportunities, which I’ve boiled down into three models. 1. Digital Nomad Digital nomads work from their computer while traveling. They may or may not have a home base, but typically they spend most of their time on the road. Some run their own web-based businesses, freelance or work for a company that provides flexible schedule and location options. In 2017,...

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Remote work opportunities: what’s out there

If you’re thinking of pursuing remote work because you want to be a stay-at-home parent or you can’t find opportunities in your community, you may think remote jobs are only open to web developers and writers. Researching for my upcoming guide on remote work, most of the blogs and other resources I found were for IT and creative services professionals. There is a lot more out there than that, though. I started dreaming about full-time remote work while in university. My goal was to be able to work in a small mountain town, but to have a flexible and intellectually...

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