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Digital nomads are quite literally sailing into the sunset, as targeted cruises become more and more popular. But is it really cost effective and workable to live a life on the high seas?

Earlier this year, The Telegraph published an article with figures working out that living on a cruise ship is cheaper than living in London. Of course, digital nomads have known for many years now that living in most countries is cheaper than living in London, which is why we hang out in countries like Thailand and Bulgaria, rather than London and New York.

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I’ve worked for and with dozens of companies around the world, and I never cease to be baffled by the diversity in professional standards I witness. For the few years that I was a foreign English language teacher, no two schools were ever alike in their expectations of how I should teach or my role in their hierarchy. Yet, each acted as though the way they did things was the way everyone did them, and that I should have automatically known all this.

As a freelancer, things weren’t much better. A company in India once hired me remotely to handle some of their brand strategy and messaging before being impressed enough with my work to invite me out to Delhi so we could upgrade our working relationship.

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nomad-surfing-sarah

My name is Sarah, and I am a digital nomad.

The term “digital nomad” is becoming more and more popular amongst travellers, and not only does it describe a certain way of working, but it actually encompasses an entire lifestyle. Being a digital nomad does not simply mean to be able to work from anywhere you want. As a digital nomad you make the conscious choice of not only working online, but also living the life of a nomad and herewith being location-independent. Most digital nomads don’t just have one job; a lot of them work as a freelancer in their free time or host a blog or podcast.

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We’ve all experienced it before. The alarm clock goes off for the tenth time and you continue to hit the snooze button. You finally wake up, groggy and angry, filled with bitterness and resentment at the world, your job, and life in general.

And that’s before your first cup of coffee.

Studies have shown that, in order to win at life, you need to win your morning. And with a little help from technology, mindfulness, and good food, you can start to take back your morning and your life.

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Starting a career as a freelancer comes with few different skills that you have to develop. One of those skills is managing your time while working with more than just one client. I remember times when I had 8-10 clients I was working for. Sometimes it was hard to manage all the work I was doing for them. Also, I have to mention that I had to meet each one of my clients via Skype on a weekly basis.

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8 ways how remote workers and freelancers master productivity

Whenever someone says the word “freelancer”, people tend to imagine a person doing easy jobs from his computer, at home. That’s not quite right! Even without the additional challenges of productivity mastering, building a career in freelancing is hard work.

In freelancing, you don`t have a boss in the traditional sense. You are your own boss. No one but yourself is going to push you towards accomplishing your goals. Working as a freelancer and having a dream job can be quite nice, however, you need to keep in mind that there is a fine line between your dream job and a potential nightmare.

In order to develop your freelancing business and master your productivity you will need a set of strategies, to say the least (if not an actual war plan)

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How to improve your Job Success Score on Upwork

With Upwork’s recent move from 5-star rating to Job Success Score as a representation of a freelancer’s work quality, and client’s satisfaction with it, many of us were left surprised with JSS’s changes every two weeks.

What happened to me is that after a month or so, none of my contracts were finished nor closed. I only worked on already existing jobs, which my clients were very happy and satisfied with. And then my Job Success Score dropped from 95% to 88%.

After that, my JSS continued falling every two weeks, being only 79% at one point.

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