Coworking Communities and Digital Nomads

Marjo Mordenmarjo

Welcome to the world of Digital Nomads

Several members of the City Office community consider themselves Digital Nomads

From Wikipedia, “Digital nomads are a type of people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner.  Such workers often work remotely from foreign countries, coffee shops, public libraries, coworking spaces, or recreational vehicles.  This is often accomplished through the use of devices that have wireless Internet capabilities such as smartphones or mobile hotspots.

The term Digital Nomad was coined by Dr. Tsugio Makimoto and David Manner in 1997 in their co-authored book, which predicted that in 10 years time, inevitable changes in attitudes, technology, and communication would lead to a change in the way people work.  Dr. Makimoto said, 

“The 21st century will be the millennium which resurrects for humans a dilemma which has been dormant for 10,000 years- humans will be able to ask themselves: “Am I a Nomand or a Settler?”

As Makimoto and Manners predicted, as technology has become more affordable, the human’s natural urge to move has led to more and more people working remotely and joining the digital nomad community.  

The rise in coworking communities have also contributed to the lifestyle’s rise in popularity. 

4.8 Million and Rising

Coming in from all ages and backgrounds, 4.8 million american workers describe themselves today as digital nomads. They include web developers, virtual assistants, writers, marketers, online teachers, web and graphic designers. Digital Nomad communities exist online to find jobs, connect with like-minded individuals, and lend support to each other.

Why? Freedom.  The flexibility to shape their work/life schedules, the natural urge to travel, valuing experiences over things.  

One member said, “I chose to become digital nomad because it allowed me to structure my own day and to gain experience and acquire the skills required to run your own business as opposed to plug-in for somebody else.”

Meet Marjo!

Meet Marjo Morden.   “A Thumb Kid” from Ubly, after graduating from Michigan Tech (Go Huskies!) she worked as recruiter and in the admissions department of Michigan Tech. After moving to the East Bay outside of San Francisco, Marjo started her first business, Oh for Pet Sakes where she grew her business as a behavioral dog trainer and dog walker. (The dream!) She returned back to her home state in 2017 to be closer to family and friends, and hit the ground running in the Bay County business community. She has helped paint murals, created a directory of LGBT-friendly organizations across Mid-Michigan, and has developed and maintained several small business websites and social media business accounts.

In addition to being a marketing guru and all around good kid, Marjo writes for an online publication called “Route Bay City”. One of her articles in January featured a brand new modern coworking community opening in Downtown Bay City called City Office…. 

As the heart of our community, Marjo will make sure our ship sails smoothly. She is here to assist our members, grow our coworking community, and develop and deliver impactful networking events. 

Marjo is smart as a whip and delightfully easy to talk to, but we can’t get enough of her unbelievably positive attitude and contagious smile! If you haven’t met her yet, come in to say hello! We can’t wait for you to meet her!

6 Easy Ways to Understand and Explain Coworking!

1. Coworking memberships are like gym memberships for business professionals, except they are for your business rather than your body. 
Coworking memberships provide all of the tools a member needs to be successful. And, just like a gym membership, your business will get stronger the more you go!

2. Coworking offices are your office. 
You have “coworkers”. There is a person making sure your clients are greeted at the door, and there is coffee on demand. 

3. Coworking offices offer a social atmosphere and sense of community. (with a printer!)
Coworkers have all the freedoms of working from home plus a social atmosphere and sense of community. Like a coffee shop with no guilt about holding a table all day!

4. Coworking provides a space to connect with other business professionals. (Usually in other industries!) 
Coworkers work on their own thing, but around other trusted individuals. This works beautifully for sharing ideas and brainstorming.

5. Coworking spaces are a GREAT place to host meetings. 
Coworking spaces often have conference rooms available to rent to the public or members of the coworking community. (No more meet in loud/public coffee shops!)

6. Coworking spaces are an office space inside an office space!
Many coworking communities offer private office spaces. Lockable/private office space! With all utilities included! With a built-in network of professionals! With free coffee and a person welcoming your guests! With people to talk to when you need a break!