- October 26, 2017
Where am I off to this week?
Where is it?
So why did I choose CoWork-Lab?
This was one of the few spaces where I was sold by the website alone. I just liked the cleanness of their site and imagery. The site didn’t even show their space off much above the fold, however, I had a feeling I would like the space or at least the people that run it based off the feel I got from their site. By the way, above the fold means above where the bottom of your screen shows. Basically, what is seen when a website is launched before scrolling.
Although it was across town from where I was staying, I really wanted to see it. My walk there let me go by the Cologne Cathedral which is always beautiful.
Soon after I reached out to the space, Eric said they would be happy to have me for the day.
I was excited!
The day I arrived, it took me a moment to find the place, however, I just loved how it was off the beaten path but still close to many things.
Tucked away from the busyness of the Cologne Cathedral area.
Such a comfortable vibe even before I entered the space. Being from South Carolina in the United States, I do appreciate some front porch sitting!
Once you enter the space, you walk by the conference rooms and enter the main kitchen, coffee, and gathering area. They even made me a coffee from that impressive albeit intimidating espresso maker.
I chatted with the owners for a good while before I got to work. I knew I would get along with them! After catching up about all types of things, I was shown to the open coworking area and got to work.
I took my pictures a bit later in the day after many people were gone, however, it was quite busy all day and I was able to meet almost everyone. I was even invited to hang out later on that night and really had a wonderful time getting to know the coworkers.
This coworking space was on the smaller side but had such a great community of people and a really comfortable vibe. I will definitely be back and say hello again!
In the meantime, check out the rest of the spaces I worked out of on Cowork22’s European Journey of 2017 as a digital nomad building a business while traveling and working in coworking spaces.
Where should I go next? What questions do you want me to answer to help you on your journey?
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- October 19, 2017
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- October 15, 2017
— Robert Kropp (@robertcowork22) July 15, 2017
My name is Robert Kropp and I am a digital nomad who lives in Tampa, Florida. I am writing this post on the rooftop of the Zamora Hotel in St. Pete Beach. I could have hung out at home or gone to my coworking office, but who doesn’t like a view?
Personally, I like to be out of my element when I am writing. It helps free my mind of distractions, however, these places often come with their own distractions.
You might feel like becoming a digital nomad or remote worker is out of reach, but it probably isn’t.
Becoming a digital nomad or remote worker only requires the flexibility to make money from anywhere in the world.
That is pretty much it. Whether that means becoming a writer or web developer, starting a business, building an app, or working online from 8 o’clock to 6 o’clock every day for your employer, you can do it many ways. You can ask your boss if you can work somewhere else for awhile to test it out. I am a big proponent of short commutes and becoming a person who works on your laptop does that.
With this lifestyle, you really only need Wifi and money to live and eat. That’s it.
So why do it?
Why should you take the plunge into remote working or becoming a digital nomad and travel the world?
Those who don’t want to travel the world but would rather stay put as local remote workers should check out my next article. I will link to it here when it is done.
That is easy for me to say.
The freedom of the journey!
Our life is full of so many possibilities, and I see this journey as a solution for my original idea of becoming a CFO somewhere and retiring when I am 60. I don’t want to wait that long. I don’t see an end to my travels. I no longer really believe in retirement. I want to work hard, live my life today, and not wait for some arbitrary age to stop working.
What if I love what I do?
As a digital nomad, I work hard, go out late into the night, meet wonderful people, and explore and challenge what I know. It has always been the journey that matters to me as I am growing and striving to be better than I was the day before. Who will I meet? What will I learn? What languages will I speak? How will I become a more wise and better version of myself next year?
All of these questions should drive you to try it. You’ll have the freedom to answer questions about who you are. Find those experiences that fundamentally teach you more about yourself than anything has before. Find the people who challenge you and help you discover some of the greatest joys in life. When you travel and work, life is in front of you every day.
As a digital nomad, you get the rare gift of being in the moment. Take advantage of it.
However, not everyone should adopt this lifestyle. Many of you might not even like traveling, or you may have trouble balancing time. Managing time can be difficult because there is always more to be done. There are few routines and many times, people that you are living around, are on holiday. You have to work and they don’t and that’s tough.
For me, I believe I work more now that I am a digital nomad. Since I am running a business and writing while on the road, there are moments when I feel as though I can’t unplug. After all, the blessing of being able to work anywhere is also the curse of not being able to disconnect. I don’t really experience complete disconnect very often. Part of this is due to the type of work I do, but it can be a common problem.
Find moments that are yours. This lifestyle of traveling and working forces you to pay attention to your time. I work most of every day. However, the way I spend my free time has changed.
Instead of me watching a movie, a sports event, or binging the most recent show on Netflix after work, I find myself using free time to hang out with a group from a Hotelschool in the Netherlands (so much love to you all!), hiking Mont Royal in Montreal, or just exploring a city with new friends. These are the best moments and my favorite aspects of being a digital nomad.
When I travel, I want to focus on opportunities in front of me, and to meet and interact with incredible and beautiful new people.
The reasons to become a digital nomad or remote worker are quite extensive and no one reason is right for everyone. So why did you take the plunge? Why did you find interesting in this article? How can I help you? If you’re ready, get out there and start your journey.
New article coming soon. How to become a a Digital Nomad or Remote Worker?
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- October 11, 2017
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- October 4, 2017