While it is true that remote jobs have been around for quite a while now, COVID-19 provoked a rapid worldwide spread of this model across various industries. Businesses that had never considered the possibility of having their employees working from the comfort of their living rooms were pretty much pushed into it. It was not an easy transition, but now those businesses are starting to see the huge number of advantages of this working model. As the title indicates, this article will be discussing not only how work is changing, but also the way in which these new reality workers are getting paid.
The concept we had of flexibility at work before the pandemic implied something quite different from what it means now. Before 2020, things like managing or arranging your work schedule would come to mind when we heard the word ‘flexible’. Now, flexibility can also imply taking your work anywhere you go. Are people really doing this? Indeed. In fact, there is a name for them, they are called “digital nomads”.
Digital nomads can have one or several remote jobs and as the name indicates they do not necessarily stay long in one please only. Because all they require in their technology-mediated jobs is a laptop and a fast internet connection, they take this opportunity to travel the world while also getting work done. It is common to find places such as the Canary Islands in Spain full of digital nomads. There is a proverb that goes “where there is a will, there is way”. Now more than ever before, people seem to have found a way to combine their passion for traveling with ways of making a living. Amongst the most common jobs digital nomads look for are language teaching, coding, digital marketing, online customer service representatives, copywriting and more.
Remote work and digital nomads have undeniably influenced greatly the evolution of work in the last years. However, there is another concept that has also contributed with this and that is Gig Economy. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines it mentioning that it is related to all economic work that uses freelancers or temporary employees in the service sector. According to this economic model, people can hire services offered by individuals without any kind of commitment. Ridesharing drivers, pet sitters, massage therapists, virtual assistants, photographers, consultants, just to name a few are known as gig workers.
All of these changes in the way people work have resulted in changes in the way people get paid.
Due to the fact that gig workers, digital nomads and remote workers can be located anywhere in the world, online payment methods have also increased in popularity. E-wallets are amongst the most popular and best-known methods. How do they work? Easy! As an e-wallet user, you are able to receive payments in a digital account which can be later transferred to a bank account or a credit card. This method is cheap, safe and widely preferred by workers.
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