Technology these days likes to be called mobile. But it is way more interesting how that technology is making us people more free to move around. We live in a mobile society.
A modern urban professional can walk off an airplane in any country in the world and be immediately operational. She can continue her work where she left off a few time zones away, stay in touch with her friends and ensure a roof over her head for the same evening and wheels to meet her in front of the airport.
The historic link between wealth and physical possessions has been broken. You don’t have to own a fancy car or a big house in the world of Uber and Lyft; HomeAway and Airbnb. Instead of owning stuff you can increasingly acquire everything on demand and pay for your fair share of the usage by your smartphone. As people increasingly choose to do.
Jobs do not equal places any more. Millions of more people every year can live anywhere and work remotely. This started first in tech-heavy professional circles but the wave continues: already one fifth of all working people around the world telecommute.
In the coming years remote jobs will spill over to much wider set of industries. People working with commercial drones don’t sit in them by definition. Specialized doctors don’t fly to Buenos Aires or Beijing for complex surgeries they can do remotely from Berlin. Australian mining giant Rio Tinto is rolling out their first fully autonomous, remotely managed mine.
Things also keep changing for people in the jobs that are attached to a physical location. You could move and likely have a better job somewhere else today if you just knew where you should go and if it was easy to do so. Even the plague of the recession days, unemployment can be viewed just as a dislocation.
While your income sources have gone mobile your costs remain strongly tied to your physical location. Housing, transportation, child care, education, health care — the cost or even just availability of these services depends on where you are. More costs emerge from being too far from the people and places you want to spend time with. And don’t even get us started on taxes.
Life in a mobile society is liberating but this abundance of choices can also be daunting. This is why we are building Teleport, a company that helps modern digital nomads figure it all out.
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And remember: Free people move.
Co-founder & CEO of Teleport