25 Skills to Master in Order to Work from Anywhere as a Digital Nomad

 

The increase of people working remotely instead of at an office has risen quickly in recent years which makes good sense. If you have a skill that you’re willing to offer without taking up office space, you’re a greater asset than a full time paid employee. Not to mention you can live wherever you want in the world usually. This may mean your expenses are drastically reduced while still bringing in your countries currency.

Technology has created a new way for us to work and live. It has the potential to be a more balanced life because it is of your own making. The digital nomad lifestyle is taking the world by storm. You can do co-working on a yacht in Thailand, sit by a pool in Bali, or get your work done while sipping on a coffee in Costa Rica. The world is your oyster and the time to get into this bustling digital nomad world is now.

No matter what your profession or expertise is, it’s likely that someone online needs what you have to offer in some way, shape, or form. Sure, you may need to amalgamate your skills. For example, you know all about addiction because you worked as a counselor. You might not have the writing skills to create content. Take a course online. There are plenty. Some are free but if you pay, they are reasonable and fast. A small price to pay for living a life of freedom and adventure.

So what do you want to do for a living as you roam the world? Here are 25 digital nomad skills that are giving people their income for this exciting lifestyle.

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1. Copywriting

Do you know what a copywriter is referred to? A salesman in print. If you can write words that inspire people to take the actions you want them to, you can make a pretty good living. This is a high demand gig online because let’s face it, every online business needs to have a lot of content to rank well on google and sell their products/services.

If you happen to have a knack for writing, take some low paying gigs to start. Get something in your portfolio. Eventually, it will build into better contracts and you’ll be able to leave your job. The entry-level jobs for copywriting have fairly low expectations so it gives you an opportunity to feel the lay of the land without disappointing clients.

You can slowly begin to learn how to do extra value tasks too. SEO and backlinking are a few examples of that.

To start, put a profile of yourself on Upwork or freelancer. These sites don’t always have clients that want to pay a lot but it’s good experience and you can show off your work history online.

If you want to take a little education to hone your writing skills, there are courses on Udemy and Skillshare.

 

 

 

 

 

The Digital Nomad Life: Combining Work and Travel

The name Unsettled “is about turning something perceived as a negative into a positive,” Mr. Kalan said. “Everybody feels unsettled at some point. If you’re unsettled by a 9-to-5 job, then why not embrace the uncertainty?”

The concept resonated with Stacey Chassoulas, a digital marketer from Johannesburg. She joined Unsettled’s program in Buenos Aires last fall “to change the rhythms of daily life” and test the waters of remote work with her partner, Tyrone Niland. Both are 36 and love to travel, but wanted to keep their jobs and home.

“I wanted to see if it was a lifestyle that would mesh with the corporate world,” said Mr. Niland, a partner at Bramel Business Solutions, a small private equity advisory firm.

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Participants at the Unsettled workshop in Colombia were asked to write what they would like to accomplish and what they would like to give the community on their 30-day visit.Credit Juan Arredondo for The New York Times

“Concepts like Unsettled are very new to South Africa’s professional environment,” but his company was supportive “as long as I could take phone calls and respond to emails,” he said.

Steve King, a partner at Emergent Research, an independent research and consulting firm, said combining work and travel was not new, but interest has been increasing. “We still don’t know how many digital nomads there are,” he said. “It’s hard to measure, but it’s pretty clearly growing at a strong rate.”

He attributed the increase in the number of remote workers to improved technology, a changing job market and inexpensive flights. The two main groups fueling it, he said, are millennials interested in taking time off from traditional work and aging baby boomers who have financial resources and flexibility.

“Humans are social beings,” Mr. King said. “It’s not easy to penetrate foreign cultures, so help in that process is hugely important.”

Resources are plentiful. They include Nomad List, a website that ranks destinations that are accommodating to digital nomads, based on factors like cost of living, internet speed and weather; and groups like Remote Year and Hacker Paradise.

“They can help make living and working wherever we want possible,” said Johannes Voelkner, founder of Nomad Cruise, who organizes two-week networking cruises for digital nomads twice a year. “A lot of people think, ‘I wish I could do this.’ But they make it too complicated — they try to change their complete lives instead of starting with a short test.”

Mr. Voelkner said he started the cruises about one and a half years ago to combat the loneliness he felt as a digital nomad. The next voyage, from Colombia to Portugal, is scheduled for May. A typical group is “very international,” he said — about 150 people from some 30 countries, their average age in the mid- to late 20s and 30s. But people in their 60s and couples with babies have sailed.

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Michael Youngblood in Medellín. He is a founder of Unsettled, a start-up that organizes 30-day co-working experiences around the world.Credit Juan Arredondo for The New York Times

Roam, a network of co-living properties in Miami, Bali, Madrid, London and eight additional places by the end of the year, is geared to remote workers “who need a reliable base in different cities,” said Bruno Haid, the company’s chief executive. Each location has communal living areas, with meeting rooms, a co-working space and fast Wi-Fi, and offers social activities, often unique to the locale.

“It offers a much deeper sense of the local experience and is more affordable than most traditional hotels and apartments,” Mr. Haid said. (Costs start at $1,800 a month and $500 a week.) He compared Roam to extended-stay hotels popular with business travelers, but with a stronger focus on community and design.

Most guests are “freelancers, authors and creative industry types,” he said, but “we do increasingly see employees” from companies like Google or the Boston Consulting Group.

Jim Lockard, 65, and his wife, Dorianne Cotter-Lockard, 61, empty nesters, sold their California home, cars and most of their furniture just over two years ago and have been traveling — and working — ever since. They recently spent 16 weeks at Roam’s Miami location.

“We really like the co-working, co-living concept,” said Ms. Cotter-Lockard, who runs a leadership and organizational development consulting firm. Until recently, she said, they often booked accommodations through Airbnb, but internet connectivity “was hit or miss.”

Both said they enjoyed the weekly “family nights” and daily informal dinners, where people cook in a communal kitchen and dine together. “It gives us a home base and the opportunity to meet people from all over the world,” said Mr. Lockard, a former police officer and minister who now writes and coaches.

Studies show that when employees have the choice to work remotely, “business is a whole lot better” for “people, the planet and profit,” said Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, a consulting firm that focuses on emerging workplace trends.

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Nomad Cruise organizes two-week networking cruises for digital nomads twice a year. A typical group is “very international,” the founder said — about 150 people from some 30 countries, their average age in the mid- to late 20s and 30s. But people in their 60s and couples with babies have sailed.Credit Michelle Kutzner

Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report, released in February, showed that more American employees were working remotely and for longer periods. The “sweet spot” was employees who spend three to four days a week off site; they reported feeling most engaged at work.

Mohammed Chahdi, global human resources services director for Dell, said a large percentage of its 140,000 employees already worked remotely and the goal was to have 50 percent do so by 2020. The strategy has helped the company “grow smart,” he said, by reducing its real estate and environmental footprints and retaining talented employees.

“We have data that show employees are more engaged when they enjoy flexibility,” said Mr. Chahdi, who works remotely from Toronto. “Why insist that they be in an office when it simply doesn’t matter?”

A new study, Future Workforce, released in February by Upwork, a marketplace for online work, surveyed more than 1,000 hiring managers in the United States. It found that only one in 10 believed location was important to a new hire’s success; nearly two-thirds said they had at least some workers who did a significant portion of their work from a remote location, and about half agreed that they had trouble finding the talent they needed locally.

“Remote work has gone mainstream,” said Stephane Kasriel, Upwork’s chief executive.” On-site work between the hours of 9 and 5 “is a remnant of the industrial era.”

But there are drawbacks. “Technology is just not there yet,” said Ms. Lister of Global Workplace Analytics. Many companies do not have programs to train staff members to work effectively with remote workers, and labor and tax laws can be challenging.

“But the genie is out of the bottle,” she said, “and it’s not going back in.”

Low-cost locations like Bali and Chiang Mai, Thailand, have long attracted digital nomads, but now other destinations are reaching out. “It’s one of the trends we really need to understand if we want to be relevant,” said Signe Jungersted, director for development at Wonderful Copenhagen, the region’s official tourism organization. When highly skilled people stay for extended periods, it not only promotes tourism, but also attracts business and touches off innovation, she said.

“Travel has changed,” Ms. Jungersted said. “Everyone wants to be a temporary local.”

But Mr. Niland, from South Africa, said the benefits were global.

“The opportunity to go live in a foreign city for a month and interact with the local people and experience their culture — that’s priceless to me. But culturally, we need to understand each other for the world to work,” he said. “And this is a way to achieve that.”

A version of this article appears in print on April 4, 2017, on Page B5 of the New York edition with the headline: Digital Nomads Wander the World Without Missing a Paycheck.

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What Does It Really Take to Become a Digital Nomad?

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The ‘Digital Nomad‘ lifestyle sounds enticing right? Travel the world while working online with any number of skills in the digital workplace. To become a digital nomad is certainly possible.  While it’s totally possible to live a life of travel while working online, it’s best to not plunge into the Digital Nomad lifestyle without a good degree of preparation.

First of all, you need some digital skills you can offer. Anything from web design to copy writing to article writing to customer service. Second, you should already be making money from clients and hopefully repeat clients. You need to be making enough income to support the additional expense of traveling, add to that some buffer cash for any emergencies you may encounter on your travels.

Plunging starry-eyed into the nomadic digital lifestyle is a recipe for disaster.  A hard question you must ask yourself is do you really have the proper mindset, maturity and dedication to hard work to make this lifestyle work.

Working and traveling while providing any type of digital marketing requires a strong desire to learn, the willingness to edure loneliness, and be willing to be a marketer of yourself. You need to have a strong desire to be a Digital Nomad, – that means having a ‘fire in your soul’ and an incredible amount of motivation, discipline and drive.

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5 Smart Home office design tips for the remote worker

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s not difficult to imagine the appeal of working from home in a remote office. But certain issues arise from that dream, such as where in your home to locate the office, how to minimize distractions, and the ever so difficult task of staying motivated.

In this article, we’ll explore various options to maximize efficiency. You may be looking for a new job because your current employer frowns on working from home: Check job websites to see if home-working is mentioned before applying, it is not really a question you can ask if it is not mentioned.

Location, Location, Location

Your employer permits working from home, and you’ve obtained permission to do so. You are lucky because not every employer allows this; some tasks just cannot be done away from your colleagues. If you work in the construction industry you are unlikely to be allowed to work from home. The next step is to decide where to locate your home office. The obvious location would be in the basement, away from the rest of the house, right? Wrong. The best location would be one with windows that open, allowing some fresh outdoor air to come indoors.

Fifty shades of colors other than grey

Believe it or not, color plays a major role in productivity. According to Angela Wright, color expert, what type of work you’ll be doing should influence your palette choices. Blue is good for the mind, Red stimulates the body, Green promotes balance, and Yellow is good for emotional health. For example, if you do mind-work all day, Angela would probably recommend blue to keep you focused, with red accents to keep your energy level from dropping through the day. If you are a designer and you want to be creative, blue will not be the color for you. Yellow would be a better color since it stimulates your ego and spirits, making you more optimistic.

I can have exercise?

Just as important as the physical properties of the office itself, is how you comport yourself in it. The biggest killer of effectiveness is to allow your office to become more than an office. In a world where work is boring, and funny cat videos are only a few clicks away, it is exceptionally important to stay focused on work. Gloria M. Miele, Ph.D. suggests the biggest distraction in a home office is a television. Avoiding your favorite programs may seem an arduous task, but is the easiest way to avoid distractions. Regular breaks to walk around and exercise are also vital.

Socially antisocial?

The biggest drawback to working from home is one you wouldn’t expect: Lonliness. That’s right; as much as you may enjoy working from home, the social part of your brain still longs to be part of the team in the office, so the way around this is to get the best of both worlds into your office. A simple application called iDoneThis allows just that. IDoneThis tracks your progress and achievements, and sends that report to the office, so you can share with your team.

Balance is Key

Lastly, finding balance to your home/home office is essential. Letting other members of your household know your office is off limits is a good first step. You need to always remember that working from home is a bit of a misnomer. You’re not working from home, you’re working from your office, which just so happens to be inside your home. As long as you keep this in mind, you’re on the path to success. But there is a flip side to this as well; remember that you are at home. It is recommended that you allow yourself a short break every couple hours to relax, and keep your mind sharp.

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How to Create an Awesome Resume If You Are a Remote Worker


 

 

Recent studies show that the ‘Remote Worker’ lifestyle is trending. If you are looking for more flexible work, now may be the time to refresh that resume…

Writing a good resume can be a tough and time-consuming process for most people. This statement is especially true when it comes to creating an effective resume for a remote work opportunity.

Most remote workers find it hard to develop an outstanding resume due to various reasons. It could be fear of failure, lack of effective writing skills, or the poor research they’ve done on the company they’re looking to join.

To land the perfect job position as a remote worker, you’ll need to bring complexity to the table. In today’s post, we’re approaching several strategies and tips that’ll help you create an amazing resume as a remote worker.


1. Chose an Outstanding Format

Before you actually get to the practical part and start writing your resume, you’ll have to choose the format that will suit you best. There are three types of formatting:

  • Chronological- listing the information in a chronological order
  • Functional- listing the information in accordance with your skills, abilities, and achievements
  • Hybrid- it’s a combination of chronological and functional formats

Moreover, you must also acknowledge and understand that recruiters won’t spent much time reading your resume. Therefore, you’d better keep it short, concise, and truly relevant. Also, choose a professional and readable font type and size. The recommended ones are Arial and Calibri at 10.5 or 12 size value.

2. List Your Contact Information

No matter what format you have chosen, your contact information must be at the top. Here’s what the list should contain and the order of the elements:

  • Full name
  • Phone number
  • Professional email address
  • Social media handles (like LinkedIn)
  • URLs to personal blogs or websites

Some would say that you should add you address too, but since you’re a remote worker it would have no relevance. The URLs you provide are similar to your extra-work portfolio. Putting them in the contact information section is the best way to direct the recruiter to your best work.

3. Write a Catchy Introduction of Yourself

Janice Fardel, the HR manager at one of the top rated resume writing services , notes that “Most remote workers find it hard to decide which information they should present at the beginning of their resumes. If you’re in that position, you should strive to capture your recruiter’s attention by telling a meaningful story, by stating interesting things, or by simply displaying your unique traits.

Therefore, to develop an inspirational resume, you should first ensure that you’re being truly relevant and interesting to the interviewer while introducing your personality, knowledge, and skills.

The recruiter will spend approximately 6 seconds to scan your resume and he will start from the top. So, if you don’t catch his attention, your chances are gone.

4. Add Both Your Professional and Academic Experience

The body of your resume should begin with the experience section, where you should list, in a chronological way, all your job history, starting with the beginning and ending with your actual position, and all your relevant professional achievements. For each job you had, you should provide further information. See here how.

Furthermore, the educational section should also follow a reverse chronological order. In this section, you should include the following:

  • The type of your degree
  • The minors and majors you’ve chosen to study
  • The university you attended
  • All the awards and honors you received in the past
  • All the remarkable achievements you’ve had during your academic years

5. Write a Skills Section

If you want to increase your chances of getting called for an interview, you should dedicate an entire section to your personal and professional skills. You should only include the skills that are truly relevant to the job position you’re applying for.

Besides skills, let the employer know what makes you a unique and valuable employee. Display your most powerful traits and tell why they should choose you instead of other candidates.

6. Tailor Your Resume Well

Tailoring your resume about researching the company you’re applying to, understanding their requirements and expectations, and tailoring your resume according to your specific job role in that company.

Why is this necessary? Well, imagine that a job offer may attract hundreds of candidates and with so many resumes to read, recruiters use Applicant Tracking System software.

This software takes your resume and compares it according to the job description and specific keywords. So, if you want your resume to pass the ATS software, you’d better tailor it well.

7. Finishing Touches

Sending a resume full of misspelled words and grammar issues will only prove your lack of professionalism.

Therefore, you’d better check it twice, use proofreading tools like Grammarly and Language Tool , or simply ask someone else to check it over.

Conclusion

Keep in mind that a truly good resume requires your full attention, focus, and time. Take our tips into consideration, contemplate on them, and most importantly, apply them whenever you write your next resume.

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https://blog.powertofly.com/remote-resume-help-2550454378.html

New Study Shows Remote Worker Trend on the Rise

Trends towards remote work are rising, with no end in sight. That’s according to a recent survey by Upwork. Today we will look at highlights of the survey, as well as get some answers about the topic from Upwork’s Zoe Harte, Senior Vice President of HR and Talent Innovation.

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You can check out the survey here.

Survey Highlights:

  • Ninety-one percent of hiring managers had open positions on their team at some point in 2017.
  • Positions are typically open for 36 days. Engineering positions were open for 45 days on average, and accounting and finance positions were open for 39 days on average.
  • More than three times as many hiring managers said that hiring was more difficult in 2017 than those who said it was easier.
  • The top hiring challenges in 2017 were access to skills (53%), cost and budgets (45%), and internal hiring processes (33%).
  • Fifty-two percent of hiring managers say that talent shortages are driving the adoption of more flexible models in the workplace.
  • Sixty-three percent of companies have remote workers, but 57% lack work-from-home policies.
  • Forty-eight percent of companies use freelancers, which is up 5% since last year.
  • Thirty-eight percent of survey-takers said that full-time/permanent employees will work largely from home.

Daily Advisor: According to your research, there has been a steady rise in remote workers. What has your research shown to be the major factor in the steady rise in remote workers?

Harte: Technology is fundamentally changing the way we work. Thanks to remote collaboration tools like Slack, Google Hangouts, and Atlassian, to name a few, it’s now possible to work without time and place restrictions. We’re no longer constrained by the walls of the office. While technology is the main enabler, another major force that must be recognized is that people recognize the ability to have more freedom and flexibility today, and they want to be able to work anytime, anywhere. In fact, the most talented professionals are increasingly used to being able to call the shots and shape their lives as they want to live them rather than as traditional 9-to-5 work required. This means that companies that want access to these talented pros need to allow remote work.

Daily Advisor: If the need to be flexible is being driven by the need for talent, what happens to the remote workforce if there are no longer talent shortages? In other words, are remote workforces only valuable because they help people fill their skill gaps?

Harte: The skills gap is not something that’s likely to go away anytime soon. Innovation is progressing faster than ever before. The underlying challenge for companies will be making sure there are enough people with the skills needed to support innovation. Technological and sociodemographic changes are shortening the shelf life of today’s skills. The World Economy Forum predicts that by 2020, more than 30% of the workforce’s essential skills will be new. Outside of access to skills, the other major benefit of having a remote workforce is the ability to scale teams up and down quickly to meet the demands of the business.

Daily Advisor: It was big news when IBM ended its work-from-home policies. What does it know that other companies don’t? What problem did it think it was solving by rolling back work-from-home policies?

Harte: IBM made the decision to colocate teams in what it claimed is an effort to inspire creativity and foster greater collaboration. While collaboration is a critical factor for success, location is not. Only 9% of hiring managers believe having a physical presence in the office is important to a new hire’s success. IBM’s decision to revoke its remote work policies was shortsighted, as its best talent will easily find new jobs with companies that are more open to remote work.

Daily Advisor: My understanding is that STEM workers, like those who would work at IBM, are in short supply. In your opinion, has IBM made a mistake by taking away the flexibility offered by allowing remote workers?

Harte: IBM’s reversal of its remote work policy was alarming and a big misstep. Remote work is not just the future but also the present. Forcing workers back into offices is archaic and a surefire way to lose your best talent. People today expect the freedom that technology provides. Not only do flexible work arrangements top job seekers’ lists of priorities but also making successful hires depends much more on relevant skills than on physical location. Companies that refuse to support a remote workforce risk losing their best people and turning away tomorrow’s top talent.

Daily Advisor: Working from home seems to go hand in hand with freelancers, contractors, and temporary staff. Your research shows a shift toward full-time and permanent employees being likely to work largely from home. Why is that?

Harte: The nature of work is changing. Employees are pushing companies to break down traditional time and place barriers that are relics of the Industrial Era and no longer make sense now that work can be done online. Flexible scheduling and work-from-home opportunities can be a major factor in an employee’s decision to take or leave a job. Innovative companies are realizing the value of nontraditional work models and are opting for more hybrid, flexible teams. In fact, 63% of companies today have remote team members. This will only continue to increase as companies see the benefits of remote work, including increased productivity and engagement.

In tomorrow’s Advisor, we’ll look at the rest of Harte’s answers, especially concerning workplaces without work-from-home policies. Additionally, we’ll look at their survey results infographic.

Telecommuting Tips: 5 things you may need to fix before telecommuting

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If you’re willing to work for it, you can absolutely telecommute!

5 telecommuting tips. It’s a good idea to take a good look at your life before you dive into deep telecommuting waters. Some people may just not be cut out to do remote work. More often however, a few adjustments to your home office and lifestyle can unblock  hurdles to working from home.

Is your home office more of a party palace than a quite place to work? Do you have friends and family over at all times of the day and night? If so you may need to set some boundaries. Are you extroverted? Do you work better in a social environment? If so you should ask yourself if you can work alone in your home office. Do you need a boss leaning over your shoulder to keep you motivated? If so you may require some motivational training and have a serious talk with yourself about setting priorities.

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If you are serious about telecommuting, and willing to make a commitment to a few lifestyle changes, then any personal roadblocks you may have can be turned into opportunities for personal growth. Make a plan, sit down with your spouse, close friends and family to realistically discuss what may need to change. Ask yourself if you are willing to do what needs to be done over the long haul. Most people will need to make a few physical and personal accomidations before entering the telecommuting lifestyle. All you really need however is a firm commitment and sincere drive to make it work.

If you do decide to take the telecommuting plunge, you can draw considerable encouragement in the fact that distance worker job opportunities are on the rise. It may be easier than you thought to find a remote position that matches your skill sets. Also, your current boss may be willing to let you work at home, at least part time, if you can explain why all sides can benefit.

Real Telecommuting Jobs

This video from five years ago about telecommuting derides Yahoo’s decision to limit telecommuting. The aruguments against Yahoo’s decision are as relevent, or more relevent today as they were then…

Telecommuting jobs are on the rise and are becoming mainstream. Besides real telecommuting jobs there are many scams that promise “work-from-home” gold mines, but these destract from legitimate opportunities that are available. Never use the term ‘work from home’ when searching for legitimate online positions as you will mostly find a website or article that will eventually lead you to click on a link that requires some sort of payment. Real telecommuting jobs will never ask you to pay anything upfront to do actual work.

Although there are real businesses that you can manage at home. most require a business license and real work including prospecting for clients, offering a real service or product, and managing all the ins and outs of a real business. If you are willing to do what it takes, then yes, you can have a business that you can operate anywhere.

Believe it or not there are a good number of ‘stay-at-home-moms’ who are looking to telecommute because their devotion to raising their children outweigh their drive for fullfillent as some corporate bot. To those ladies, here is a basic video on terms that are good to know when asking the boss for permission to telecommute…

Tellecommuting provides real benefits for both workers and employees. It decreases the costs and negative effects of normal commuting. It is environmentally friendly and has an indirect but positive effect on housing costs. It can also lessen the need for transportation  infrastructure costs and lessen the need for state and city taxes collected for repair and development of transportation systems.

Search legitimate telecommuting jobs HERE

 

How to Build a Wall Mounted Stand Up Desk

Stand up desks are trending as more people learn about the health risks of sitting for long hours – check out this DIY stand up desk…

Easily, one of the best projects I’ve built for myself in the last couple of years is this simple wall mounted, stand up desk. I used to always just sit hunched over at my work station editing all my videos, pictures, blog posts, etc. It always felt “comfy” at first, but sooner or later, my lower back would be screaming at me. It hurt.

I finally couldn’t take it anymore, so I decided to try building myself one of those fancy, smancy stand up desks I had been reading about.

And… I’ll never go back. It’s incredible.

I will say that it takes a little bit to get used to standing while working on your computer if you’ve never done it before. You might have to start using it in shorts bursts at first. I used to stand all day long when I worked at a sign shop several years back, so I was somewhat used to it.

Your feet will probably be sore for a little bit, and you might tire out sooner than you used to. But within a few days, you’ll probably feel so much better. Energized, really.

My posture was so much better, and it took the pressure off my back once I figured out how to shift around every so often to stay comfortable. Being able to walk directly up to the desk and keep moving around while working seemed to give me a feeling of freedom and productivity.

Anyway, enough of that. I feel much better using it, plus I designed plenty of storage cubby holes and work surface on top that comes in really handy. Not only that, but it also tucks in tight to the corner of my office, so it takes advantage of an area that normally goes wasted in many rooms.

If you’d like to build a similar one for yourself, I created a video that shows you how I built mine.

My Corner, Wall Mounted, Stand Up Desk Dimensions:

Since making that video, I’ve had a few people ask for the dimensions of my desk, so here they are:

All pieces listed are 3/4″ thick plywood.
(I used solid 3/4″ thick wood for the 2 silver trim pieces on top though.)

Longer Top Panel: 16″ x 47-1/2″

Shorter Top Panel: 16″ x 31-1/2″

(2) Bottom Panels: 16″ x 31-1/2″

(2) Outer Upright Supports: 16″ x 6-1/2″

(6) Inner Upright Supports: 15-1/4″ x 6-1/2″

Longer Wall Mount: 46-5/8″ x 6-3/8″ (allows for wiggle room while mounting)

Shorter Wall Mount: 45-7/8″ x 6-3/8″ (ditto)

Hidden Bracket Underneath to Attach Top Panels: 1-1/2″ x 12″

Longer Top Trim: 1-1/2″ x 47-1/2″

Shorter Top Trim: 1-1/2″ x 46-3/4″

Also, I decided to snap a few pictures and label the part sizes to make it a little easier to understand. Here you go:

And here’s a few pictures from other angles just to give you a better idea of what it looks like:

Notice that I made one side longer than the other instead of doing an angled miter joint right down the middle. I mostly built it this way for simplicity, but I also figured that it would give me a little bit more room for writing or drawing if needed without the seam getting in the way.

Also, if you like the paint detail I did to the work surface, I made a video that shows you how I created it here.

I wanted to throw in this shot of how the wall brackets continue past the cubby holes and meet at the wall corner. They help support the wall edge of the top panels and are a simple way to mount the desk on the wall without any legs or extra supports of any kind.

If you want to know how I found the wall studs to mount the wall brackets, I have two videos here that shows you a couple of different ways to easily do it without a stud finder.

If you look closely, you can see the big holes I drilled on both bottom panels for power cords to drop through to plug into the wall.

The desk works great and and has held up just fine from constant use. The only thing I would probably change if I did it over again would be to protect it with a clear lacquer or water based polyurethane instead of the finishing paste wax.

The wax works ok to keep spills from soaking through (as long as I clean it up quickly)…. but I’ve noticed that it does still soak up oils from my skin where my arms & hands lean up against it. (Remember, it’s mounted at elbow height, so you tend to rest your arms against it all the time.)

So there you go. Hopefully that gives you a better idea of how I built my wall mounted, stand up desk. It was a fairly simple project and has helped my back feel much better & made me feel more productive.

If you like it, feel free to let me know what you think below!

Later!
– Kevin

Peter Thiel: Telecommuting a Solution to Rising Transportation and Housing Costs

American entrepreneur and venture capitalist Peter Thiel discusses the advantages of telecommuting in cities. Transportation and housing costs in large cities are growing and unsustainable. Thiel sees telecommuting as one viable solution to rising costs, traffic jams, commuter delays, and environmental pollution from vehicles. 

Thiel believes that telecommuting has suffered from the largely  incorrect assuption that telecommuters don’t work as hard. He suggests that new modes of telecommuting are developing than can be more efficient in the near future.