Forums & Communities for Digital Nomads & Remote Workers

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Its definitely true: networking can get you places.

If you’re a telecommuter living out in the countryside, staying connected with others in your industry can give you a heads-up when you need to find a new job.

For digital nomads basking in the sun of a distant tropical island, connecting with others is even more important.

Meeting new people, creating and maintaining connections isn’t just done for the sake of finding a new job or your next freelance gig. Being social is a basic human need that we all have to fulfil (whether or not we identify as introverts).

Since a lot of us do our jobs online nowadays, there are more opportunities to connect and make new friends than ever before. In fact, sometimes the amount of choice can be pretty overwhelming. That’s also not counting the immense amount of social media out there.

So take the time to look through these hand-picked forums and communities especially for digital nomads and remote workers.

I try to keep these lists up to date – so if I’m missing anything, don’t be afraid to contact me!

Forums & Communities for Digital Nomads & Remote Workers

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Work at home forums are probably one of the best places to get insights on finding remote jobs. Members of these particular forums often already work remotely and are more than willing to help others do the same. What’s more, they can even take the place of a virtual “water cooler”! Whether you’ve just started your telecommuting journey, are a seasoned remote worker or want to find out what all the fuss is about, joining a thriving online forum will help point you in the right direction.

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Digital nomad forums, Facebook groups, online communities etc. are quite abundant these days. In fact, they’re vital for maintaining contact with other nomads around the world. Plan on traveling to Bangkok in the near future? You can pose a question in the forums or chat and ask about local customs, best places for a night out, the nicest restaurants or any other paths off the beaten track. Furthermore, it can be a great place to make friends – before you even arrive in your new home!

The Key Differences: Remote Worker Communities vs Digital Nomad Communities

Some online communities tend to use terms like “digital nomad” and “remote worker” almost interchangeably. While all digital nomads are remote workers (how else could they be nomads?), the same is not true for those who simply have the ability to work anywhere. When starting out on this path, it is a good idea to get acquainted with these two very related but very distinct terms in the first place.

Digital nomads are individuals who can work from anywhere – and they take full advantage of that fact. Literally being able to set up shop wherever they please means that there’s a lot more traveling done. Digital nomad communities, likewise, are there to help and support those following the Nomad lifestyle.

On a digital nomad forum, you’re quite likely to find out a lot of information regarding the best coworking spaces in different cities around the world, information like the cost of living in different countries, the best places to explore nightlife etc. In other words, digital nomad communities aren’t all work and no play. In fact, quite a lot of the Nomad lifestyle involves play (albeit with a careful eye towards organization and budgeting).

A decent community website or group will have a supportive atmosphere with people willing and ready to answer any questions you may have. While there may be plenty of opportunities for networking (which you should always keep an eye out for), this isn’t the only thing.

For remote worker forums (which there tend to be fewer of), the subject of the day generally tends to be more about the work itself. There may very well be digital nomads on these forums, but you’re less likely to find posts about the best beach parties in Bali or cost of living in Tokyo. Rather, you’re more likely to find work at home mothers, those who decided to escape the city and live on a farm or those who simply prefer one work environment over another.

Whether you’re a remote worker, a digital nomad or even a subtle mixture of both, each type of community can be helpful.