What Are the Advantages & Disadvantages of Hiring a Digital Nomad?

June 14th, 2018

By Riel LaPointe, Toronto Financial & IT Recruiter

Flexibility is important for organizations, especially when it comes to staffing. Many companies struggle with the decision to hire or hold off altogether. One effective way to fill this void is to hire a digital nomad or freelancer on a per needs basis. As with many other recruiting options and strategies, there are advantages and disadvantages to working with remote workers. We’ll outline them here.

What Is a Digital Nomad?

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A digital nomad is a professional who uses telecommunications and the internet to earn a living. They generally work in marketing, sales, communications, or other industries where working remotely is common. They can work and live in the same city or live anywhere in the world.

Advantages of Hiring a Digital Nomad

Digital nomads offer organizations great flexibility. This is ideal for organizations that are changing quickly and need unique employee solutions. Here are some of the advantages of hiring digital nomads:

  • Self-reliance: Hiring a digital nomad is similar to hiring a consultant. They are self-reliant, they work on a project basis, and don’t need their hand held while completing work.
  • Per needs basis: You can hire digital nomads on a per project or per need basis. You have the flexibility to work out an arrangement that is in alignment with your production needs.
  • An outsider’s perspective: Digital nomads are typically well traveled and have worked for a variety of organizations in many industries. They bring a unique outsider’s perspective that can be very helpful.
  • Affordability: Hiring a worker on a freelance or contract basis is more cost effective than hiring an employee full time.
  • Diverse skill set: Broad experience helps digital nomads build a diverse skill set. While they may specialize in a particular area, they have many other secondary skills that you could tap into.

Disadvantages of Hiring a Digital Nomad

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Some of the potential disadvantages of working with a digital nomad include:

  • Technology issues could impact production and communication
  • Availability can change from week to week
  • You may not be their main priority – you will be in competition with other companies for their services

Read More About Flexible Hiring Strategies

Looking to expand your team? Learn more about your hiring options by reading these blog posts by our expert headhunters:

4 Ways the Freelance Gig Economy Is Redefining Candidate Career Expectations

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Riel LaPointe

Riel is a Director of Client Services with IQ PARTNERS where he recruits across the full scope of multiple lines of business, with a particular focus in Financial Services & Insurance, IT, Human Resources, and Real Estate Services.