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Digital Nomad vs. Remote Worker

The year 2020 has brought on some untraditional work practices. Many people have become remote workers. Some are exploring being a digital nomad. But what’s the difference and which is right for you?

To start, a digital nomad is a remote worker, but a remote worker is not necessarily a digital nomad. However, both are digital – working through the internet – from a remote location.


Remote Worker

According to Global Workplace Analytics telecommuting statistics 2018, there were 4.3 million remote workers in the USA, which makes up 3.2% of the entire workforce.

The typical remote worker may be a freelancer, independent business owner, or work on a virtual distributed team. Remote workers tend to be stationary and mostly work from their home offices, co-working spaces, or coffee shops in the locale of their company.

Things people love about the remote working lifestyle:

  • More family time
  • Productivity increases due to less office-related distractions
  • Reduced transportation costs, vehicle depreciation, maintenance, and wear and tear on vehicle
  • Career opportunities open up to other areas of the world

Drawbacks of the remote working lifestyle:

  • Loneliness can be an issue for those used to having co-workers around
  • Communicating with virtual teams can be difficult to manage for some
  • Non-work distractions (cleaning house, watching TV, etc.)


Digital Nomad

A digital nomad is a type of remote worker who travels while doing their jobs remotely. They are not bound to a specific time or location to work. Think of the as a modern-day gypsy.

Things people love about being a Digital Nomad

  • Enjoy flexibility to work wherever they want in the world
  • Work when you want
  • Travel freely
  • No daily commutes or schedules

Drawbacks of the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

  • May miss the comforts of home that remote workers enjoy
  • At times, Wi-Fi can be difficult to obtain in some locations
  • Traveling to different time zones can present challenges for some clients
  • Acquiring new business and networking can also be challenging

Both workstyles have benefits and drawbacks. It really depends on what’s more important to the individual.

How Freelancers Leverage Virtual Offices

There is a rapid growth for freelancers in today’s gig-driven economy. Reports have predicted freelancers will comprise half of the U.S. workforce by 2030. Due to the high demand and level of professionalism expected from current freelance work, these self-employed are leaving their 9-5 jobs and looking for a way to work out-of-the-box.

It’s not enough to just work from home anymore. Skilled freelancers need to step up in order to stand out from the millions around the world that are competing for work that is being outsourced from small to large organizations. How do they do this?

Freelancers can maximize their potential and their profit with co-working spaces that allow them access to things like virtual addresses, high-speed internet, networking, presentation tools, meeting rooms, and administrative services – things they wouldn’t have access to working from home.

Administrative Services- Administrative work can create distractions and consumes valuable time and energy. Administrative services help seal these gaps, facilitating entrepreneurs and small businesses to focus on their businesses and clients. Faxing, confirming meetings, arranging catering services for meetings, ensuring logistical support for clients arriving on site, finding someone to notarize documents, can be handled through virtual office services staff.

Virtual Addresses- There are numerous reasons why freelancers should not use their home addresses, like privacy issues or there’s some regulation preventing you from using a home address. Virtual office services give freelancers the ability to secure professional addresses in highly sought-after locations.

Professional Networking – Virtual offices offer freelancers an opportunity to network with other professionals that may provide them with support and ideas or even new business opportunities.

Meeting Rooms- To have your own space with a staff that can greet a prospective client adds huge value to your proposition. Meeting rooms in virtual offices can also provide presentation tools such as whiteboards, flipcharts, overheads, and audio and video conferencing capabilities.

A virtual office is a cost effective business solution with a great return on investment. Memberships are customizable based on what you need.

4 Tips for Developing an Office Space that Inspires

Offices can be pretty boring – a chair, a desk, a filing cabinet – not very inspirational. But we can bring in a few things that will make our workspace feel more like a work haven.

Add color: You may not be able to paint the walls, but you can bring in furniture and knick-knacks to make your office more cheerful or relaxing. The psychology of color says red can get you excited for your job and produce quick work. Blue, green, or purple may add a calming effect if your work tends to be stressful. Add yellow to bring in a happy element and energize people. Orange is considered the color of focus, productivity, and organization, according to the principles of Feng Shui.

Add natural elements: Studies show workers experienced a higher quality of life when offices were enriched by plants. Plants improve workspace aesthetics and air quality. A Norwegian study found that desk plants and flowers improve attention rates and help keep people focused on their work. Add wood and stone elements to bring in the outdoors and you won’t feel like you’re stuck in an office all day.

Add scents: Running diffusers with essential oils can provide relaxation, motivation, or any other emotion you’d like to incorporate into your work space. Candles or flowers can also effectively add invigorating vibes and warming aesthetic qualities. Be careful not to use overwhelming aromas, they may disturb coworkers or displease clients.

Details: Artwork can provide visual cues for you to stay on track or motivate you. A fun wall clock or a few cool desk items can bring you joy throughout the day. Lamps and vases are a great way to add color and decorate your office to give a more comfortable feel. Having unique office furniture can also bring in an element that may help you express your work in a whole new way.

Integrating some of these tips will help you find motivation to get your work done and inspire you to work at your fullest potential.

How to Tailor Your Resume for Remote Work

Remote work is on the rise, especially these days. In 2020 (before the arrival of COVID-19) there were already 7 million people working remotely in the U.S.

Here’s what you need to design your resume for working remotely:


Emphasize Remote Work in Your Career Objective

In the section of your resume that you’d normally put your objective, highlight your accomplishments and briefly discuss why remote work helped you achieve them. If you want a remote role but don’t have that work experience, you should be explicit about your desire to work remotely. It’s important to make it clear in your application, cover letter, and resume that you’re seeking a remote opportunity.


Describe Your Home Office and Why It Works

Many employers may feel remote working has a downturn on productivity and effectiveness. To alleviate their potential concerns, it can be helpful to describe your home/remote office and explain why it boosts your productivity. Be clear about the details of how your process works.


Show It in the Skills Section

Tell your potential employer how you can communicate with your teammates while away from the office. List the tools you’ve used like Slack, Zoom, Asana, etc. If the company you’re interviewing with uses the same tools, it’ll likely put you in favor with them. Show how good you are at time management. Quantify how responsible you are and the size and scope of projects you’ve been in charge of. You’ll need to be comfortable with video conferencing, messaging, and using team and project management tools. Focus on your skills, stats, and achievements instead of duties. Ultimately your potential employer wants to see what you’re capable of and what impact you’ve had. Show these off with quantitative examples (numbers, percentages, and dollar amounts) within your work experience if you want to stand out.


Let Them Get to Know You Online

Include your social profiles (when appropriate) and personal website. Since you are not location bound, remove your address, it becomes irrelevant. If you feel the need to put something in its place, you can simply state “remote” or “location independent.” If you want to work online it’s critical that you have an online presence.


Use Relevant Keywords for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).

A lot of remote companies will use something called an applicant tracking system. The ATS will automatically filter applications on a set of criteria before it even gets in front of a human. Use keywords in your industry to get noticed.


Many employers and remote employees might consider remote work a skill in itself. It takes a lot of focus, discipline, and strong communication to be an efficient and effective remote worker. Employers want to know you’re equipped to work from home.

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Investment Panel

Looking for investors for your business?

NuvoDesk has something unique to offer you and your business.

We have a panel of investors who would love to hear about your business and big ideas.

There are many smart entrepreneurs out there who have life-changing ideas, but do not have the funds and proper support to get their big idea off the ground.

With our NuvoDesk Investment Panel we want to help make your dream a reality.

The NuvoDesk Investment Panel members range from silent investors to hands-on investors.

Anyone who uses our facility will have access to pipelines and potential funds that are needed to fund your big idea.

That big idea could be anything from a new product, improving an existing product, a new service, new software, or a software improvement idea, the opportunities are endless.

Whether you are working at our NuvoDesk location for an hour or for twelve hours, we want to help you with your big idea.

At NuvoDesk, we want to change the world and our entrepreneurs are the key in doing so.

Support will not just be financial.

It will range from the legal aspects in the starting phase with protecting your idea to finding the right manufacturing and marketing solutions for a quality product.

Additional support will include help with utilizing the right distribution channels needed to make your concept a success.

Let NuvoDesk assist you in the tools needed to make your big idea a successful one.

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Ideas to Bond with Fellow Coworkers in a Coworking Space

Entering a new workspace can seem a little intimidating, especially if you don’t know anyone there. Or maybe you’ve been at your new space for a few weeks now and you haven’t made any real connections with anyone. Studies show that positive relationships with coworkers create a good work environment, boost job satisfaction, and increase productivity. So why wouldn’t you want to click with your fellow coworkers? 

Here are a few ideas to create a bond with new coworkers: 

Remember people’s names. A person loves his or her own name. If you want to come across as a friendly person, try to remember people you meet and greet them by using their name to leave a positive impression. 

Socialize. Whether it’s for lunch, a drink after work, or a walk around the building for a fresh air break, invite coworkers to join you. This is a great way to get to know each other in a casual setting. What do they do for fun? What are their weekend plans? Have they read any good books recently? Discovering who they really are as a person creates an even stronger dynamic. Keep it light-hearted, don’t gossip about other coworkers and keep a positive spin on conversation topics, and you’ll be part of the gang in no time. 

Don’t be “that” guy. “That” guy that doesn’t take a hint. “That” guy that’s always gossiping. “That” guy that is in everyone’s personal space. “That” guy that only talks about himself. We all know one of “those guys.” 

Be a good listener. Listen first when you are having a conversation and be genuinely interested in the projects that your coworkers are doing. People are also impressed when you remember something they haphazardly told you months ago and you ask about their progress or mention that you thought of them when you encountered something similar. 

By following these tips, you’ll be a favorite around the office soon.

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The Top 3 Ways to Ask For Reviews

Customer reviews do miracles for your business. They bring a lot of credibility to your company, build your brand reputation, and provide the kind of social proof needed to influence consumer behavior. When asking for reviews or testimonials, there are three basic ways to obtain them.

At the Point of Sale – The most immediate, personal, and direct way to ask for reviews is to ask at the point of sale or care. Asking for reviews at the point of sale is a fantastic way to capture reviews and testimonials moments after their experience.

Email – You can also capture their information beforehand and ask for a review via email. Email should be at the top of your list of channels for requesting reviews if you’re just getting with review generation. According to research, approximately 70 percent of reviews come from post-transactional review request emails. Personalize your email by putting careful thought into your request in a way that individually acknowledges each recipient. Keep the message and survey short. Customers will be more likely to complete the request if it takes less than a couple of minutes.

Text Messages – Another way to capture reviews is through SMS messages. Fifty-six percent of all online reviews are posted from mobile devices, so if you send customers a survey or a review request via text message, they’re most likely to click on that link. Text messages have a 98 percent open rate and are typically read within three minutes, whereas email typically has a 40 to 50 percent open rate. 

At the end of the day, the best way to get reviews is to consistently provide outstanding customer experiences. Sometimes those five-star reviews and testimonials may come without the need for you to ask but it doesn’t hurt to try.

Resolutions are Out, Words of the Year are In

It’s the roaring 20s! In the past, we’ve all made resolutions. Some of us have actually resolved them, others were never accomplished. It’s disheartening to look at your year in review and realize that your goals haven’t been met. That’s why words of the year are so popular. They are not a specific resolution that you will beat yourself up over during the year if you try to accomplish and/or fail to do so.

Coming up with a word to define your new year will set intention. It’s a word that sets the precedence for how you want to direct your year. Also known as a “focus word,” it encapsulates what you need more of, what you want to focus on, or where you need to improve in the year to come; Your “theme,” so to speak. 

Everything you do with in the year will be centered on this one word to get you where you need to go. A word of the year provides an anchor and inspires you to consciously (and even subconsciously) consider it when making decisions. Your result will be based on your intention.  If the potential result doesn’t fit your theme, then is it worthy of your time and energy and how does it affect your overall goals?

When choosing your theme for the year, consider the previous year. What do you need to improve or work toward? What word can help motivate you to get there? What do you want more or less of? 

For example, if you are indecisive in your decisions maybe your focus word could be Action. If you need to focus on your revenue stream, Abundance would be ideal. Maybe you need to get your act together in general, Organize could be appropriate. 

Once you decide your word, look for the theme in everything you do. Put it on your vision board or somewhere you can see it to remind yourself the big idea you are working toward.

There are thousands of words that could motivate and inspire you to become a better person, a leader, an influencer, a business person, or whatever your heart is telling you to focus on for 2020.

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