Now you can! I got a chance to interview Damian who runs the app called NomadTracker which allows you to find jobs for nomads. Read below to find out more about this amazing app!

Could you briefly tell us about yourself?

My name is Damian and I absolutely love what I do! I enjoy being a part of innovative projects and I’m really passionate about new technologies. Computers, mobile apps, it’s all a huge part of my life. Hearing about people who decide to build their own startups makes me really excited and I’m proud if I can help them in any possible way.

How did you become a nomad and what interested you in this lifestyle?

I got my first serious job over 10 years ago. It was a full-time job and that’s what I did for the next 6 years. After working for several different companies, I thought it’d be nice to do something on my own. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed working for these companies, but I felt I had to do something else that would give me more satisfaction. Once I quit, I established my own company and realized I could finally start exploring the world. That’s how I ended up in the US!

What has been the best part of living a nomad lifestyle?

The fact that you’re FREE to go wherever you want, whenever you want. As long as you have the Wi-Fi, you’re all set! If I want to go to Argentina, I will. I’ll check the Airbnb options, book a flight that won’t eat all of my savings and I’m there! Can it get any better?

How did you get into remote work? Do you think anyone can do it?

I guess I’m pretty ambitious and like to take matters into my own hands. That includes the way I live. I don’t like being dependent on anyone (well, except my wife) and it motivates me to push things forward. I don’t think everyone is cut out to be a remote worker, some people prefer to work fixed hours and forget about work the very minute they get home. And let’s face it, once you decide to be a freelancer or a remote worker and want to stay competitive, you need to continue improving your skills and learning new things all the time. I love doing that, but I guess not all people do.

So you have created an app called NomadTracker. Why did you decide to create it?

Last year my wife and I rented a car in New York and drove to San Francisco. During our little trip we met hundreds of remote workers and that inspired us to act!

After spending many hours in different coffee shops, observing other people, I thought it’d be nice to talk to them and discover what they were doing. Is she a programmer? Is he a developer? Maybe they want to share their knowledge? Maybe I can help them? Maybe they can help me? Sometimes you’re stuck on something and all you really need is a new idea or perspective to help get things moving again. Simple as that!  

What is the purpose of this app?

The aim is to connect people, and by working together you can get to know their lifestyle, learn something new, etc. You can tell me how to manage this JavaScript issue and I’ll buy you a drink. Let’s meet somewhere this afternoon and chat, or maybe we can build a project together. Sometimes remote work can make you feel lonely and disconnected. Many of us are introverts, and it’d be nice to talk to someone, especially if he or she understands your current situation. This way, work can also be a great reason to meet someone nice! The possibilities are endless! And if I’m planning to visit Hong Kong next month, I’ll know which places to go to meet other digital nomads.

 What do you hope to achieve from this app?

It would be awesome to see a big group of nomads signing up! But truthfully, it would still be great if even a handful of people decide to use it. Our dream is to see a huge community of happy remote workers taking advantage of the possibilities that this type of work has to offer. 

Do you have any tips for someone who wants to start off doing remote work?

Keep your life organized! Managing your life-work balance can be really hard. It’s easy to forget about the rest of the world once you have your computer, especially if you like your job. On one hand it’s great because you enjoy working and you know why you’re doing it. It’s such a pleasure that it doesn’t even feel like working anymore. On the other hand, however, you can easily let time slip through your fingers. It makes no difference if it’s Monday or Saturday, because all of your days look the same. That’s the most challenging part for me – finding time that is completely separate from my job. Just be sure to maintain a regular schedule, remember to take breaks and you’ll be great!  

This wraps up my interview with Damian. To find out more about him and his app check out his site to find jobs for nomads: http://www.nomadtracker.com/

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