Digital Nomads Invent New Sport: Extreme Telecommuting

Mike Elgan, writing in ComputerWorld, paints a pretty third world picture set against the foreboding first world sky.

When your company changes its policy and allows you to telecommute, and when meetings are conducted online instead of in-person, you might be freed to live in another country for a few months, or even a year or two. The financial advantage of this can be enormous. You can take advantage of the digital nomad dream combination of a first-world income and third-world costs. The extreme telecommuting sweet spot is when you earn a big-city salary, but live in, say, Bolivia, where a mansion with servants costs $500 per month.

I can’t quite see myself tapped in to the culture and coming up with concepts in a Bolivian castle, but I can imagine working from a straw bale home in the mountains or a yurt at the beach.
What’s the nuttiest place you’ve ever written copy, solved a design problem or talked a client off the edge?



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.