Digital Nomad Jobs: Supporting the Lifestyle

The remote working lifestyle is a digital nomad dream, involving location independence fueled by earning money online. However, in reality, the competition for jobs is intense and rates are low. Clients will often assume you’re desperate and squeeze as much out of you for cheap as they can. On top of that, you can expect heavy competition from third world hustlers willing to work for a tenth of what you are.

Fortunately, in Southeast Asia, there are several digital nomad communities where business and communities are thriving. For example, Ardor SEO was a fixture at the very first Chiang Mai SEO Conference in 2017. This year we’ll be there in larger force – it’s gonna be a banger!

conference room in the SEO event

Digital Nomad Jobs

We’re passionate about the digital nomad lifestyle, and want to show as many people as possible that they can thrive financially, professionally, and personally by living the digital nomad’s life. That’s why we directly hire people who want to live that dream. We post all of our latest hiring opportunities on our remote digital marketing jobs page, so be sure to check it out to keep up to date with our insane growth!

While we love to hire directly, we wouldn’t be where we were without some of the amazing digital nomad communities out there. Escape Artist has helped us find some incredibly savvy talent for our team, and if you’re wondering what the remote working lifestyle is like, or are dying to get out of the daily commute and 9-5 routine, Escape Artist offers a wealth of useful information.

At Ardor SEO, we’re all too familiar with the typical work routine. You wake up, get ready, go to work, work, come back home, and after all that? You’re exhausted! There’s no time for you to indulge in your hobbies, or simply take off and see the world whenever you want. That’s why we want to turn that traditional notion on its head. We work hard, but we also play hard — so if our staff want to work from Chiang Mai, China, Australia, or all three over the course of the year, we fully support it. We don’t want our team to feel stuck in one place for the rest of their lives (who wants that?!), so we actively encourage our team to work whenever and wherever they like, as long as the work gets done (we think that’s pretty fair).

The Pros and Cons of the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

If you’re reading this, you’re probably curious about exactly what the digital nomad lifestyle is all about. You’re also probably wondering how you can feasibly live such a lifestyle without constantly struggling for money. Let’s bust a few of those myths for you, and tell you what it’s really like.

The Good

Cheap beach holidays: You’ve probably seen the pictures a thousand times. A laptop set up outdoors with a gorgeous beach view. That can’t be true, right? Wrong! The benefit of going nomad is the ability to travel wherever you like, and there are some great deals to be had. If you’re living somewhere like the UK or USA, you’re probably familiar with how expensive everything is, from good food to good accommodation. But in places like Chiang Mai and Cambodia, the average cost of living is much lower. At Ardor SEO, we reward our employees with great salaries (none of that haggling low rates like you’re probably used to as a freelancer!), meaning that you’ll get amazing value for money. Not only will you get the tranquil sights and be able to enjoy your free time exploring a new country, but you’ll be earning money as you do it.

working on a beach - advantages of being a digital nomad

Friendly expats: The cost of living plays a major role as to why there are so many expats who have decided to pack their bags and move abroad. Southeast Asia is a melting pot of cultures, but don’t be surprised to head to your local co-working space and bump into someone a little closer to home!

Experience new cultures: Having the chance to explore a new culture is one of the major plus points of travel, and with a digital nomad job, you have the opportunity to do that. Whether you like to spend your time learning about the history of the place you’re in, sampling the array of delicious, local food, or even learning a new language, the digital nomad lifestyle allows you to do all of that, and more.

The Bad

Struggle for money: It’s a common misconception that when working as a digital nomad, you’ll constantly struggle for money. Fortunately, it’s not true. That’s based on the idea that all digital nomads are freelancers working to the bone for a measly paycheck, but times — and businesses — have changed, meaning you can experience all the benefits of a monthly wage, without the slog to your cubicle. And, if you work remotely in somewhere like Southeast Asia, you’ll actually be a lot better off than if you were living in London, for example.

Self-motivation: It goes without saying that if you can work wherever you like, whenever you like, it can be difficult to motivate yourself to get work done. In the modern world where it’s so easy to get distracted, whether it’s the lure of your Facebook feed, the tantalizing sight of the nearby rainforest, or the smell of your coffee pot, it’s easy to understand why. Discipline is a key skill that digital nomads must possess, or at least be willing to learn. At the end of the day, your job is still your job, and you’ll have clients who need you. When it comes to remote work, there are two types of people: those who thrive, and those who crumble. If you’re the sort of person that can’t work without having someone constantly looking over your shoulder, then realistically, it’ll be harder for you to motivate yourself to get work done. However, if you thrive on organization, to-do lists, and schedules, you may be a perfect fit!

Communication: We have to admit, this one’s entirely true. As a digital nomad, life can get pretty lonely. You don’t see your colleagues face-to-face every day, and your best friend won’t be Sarah from Accounts, but your trusty laptop.

Fortunately, at Ardor, we’re completely supportive of the nomad lifestyle, which is why we have tools and processes in place to ensure communication doesn’t fall by the wayside.

We use Skype every day to keep in touch with our team, whether our conversations are work-based, friendly watercooler chat, or about planning our next killer party. We also have weekly calls, because it’s always nice to see a friendly face.

Our team are based all over the world, so we’re always on hand to recommend amazing co-working spaces to get you out of your home office and into the world (you know, to actually talk to people), and if any of us are ever in Cambodia or the Philippines, we’re always welcome to stop by at the office.

The Ugly

Seeing team members every week: At Ardor SEO, we love talking to each other all the time. We find it helps with the sense of loneliness that can sometimes come with the digital nomad lifestyle, or remote working in general. Plus, there’s no better way to get to know your colleagues than seeing them face-to-face every week! So, expect bed hair and comfortable clothes. Be warned, it can get a little ugly. Of course, we’re joking —  everyone on our team is gorgeous!

Sold on the Digital Nomad Lifestyle? Who We’re Looking For

Do you think the digital nomad lifestyle might be for you? We’re looking for the best to join our team, so if you tick the following boxes, we’d love to hear from you:

Creativity

When you work in digital marketing, whether you’re an SEO guru or a content writer, you need to be creative. We work on client campaigns in every industry imaginable, so it’s crucial you have an open mind, and the ability to think outside the box to come up with creative solutions to make our campaigns deliver even more of a punch!

Tech-savvy

As a digital nomad, you might be working from Sri Lanka one month and San Francisco the next, and being able to find good wifi is key. Thankfully, wherever you go, there’s accommodation and amazing co-working spaces that will give you everything you need. WordPress knowledge is a prerequisite, whether you’ve uploaded content and installed plugins on a client’s site, or even on your own. Familiarity with SEO tools, such as SEMRush, Ahrefs, and Screaming Frog, is a big bonus!

Published work

If you’re applying for a remote writing job at Ardor, we’d love to see some published work! Whether it’s a byline in a small publication, content you’ve written on behalf of clients, or blog posts you’ve written for your own website, we’d love to see what you have to offer. As a writer, it goes without saying that you’ll need to be able to write some killer content!

Looking for the nomad lifestyle

This one’s a given, right? We’re huge fans of the digital nomad lifestyle, so if you enjoy travel, or even fancy someday settling down in an exotic location, then you could be a perfect fit.

Motivated and ambitious

We don’t do things by halves, so if you want to succeed at Ardor, you’ll need to be motivated and ambitious. If you have the drive to really make an impact, then your career can go far. We reward hard work, but you’ll need to be able to work autonomously and as a member of a growing, strong, and dedicated team.

Convinced that the nomadic lifestyle is for you? We want you on our team! Don’t miss out on the latest job openings at Ardor SEO.