Is working remotely for you? The only 4 factors that actually matter.

Did you know 94% of the remote workers said that they encourage others to work remotely?

And 90% of remote workers plan on working remotely for the rest of their careers.

Considering joining this group of high functioning remote workers?

Remote working has already become a global phenomenon. It’s more than just a passing trend, it’s a lifestyle. Thanks to rapidly evolving technological advances, it is possible to work from anywhere on the planet, as long as you have steady internet connectivity.

This has led to many working individuals opting to step out of the traditional work environment, ditch their standard 9 to 5 jobs, leave their cubicles and become Productive Nomads.

Based on a recent survey conducted by Outsite, here are the 4 factors that determine productivity, while working remotely:

  • Type of Employment
  • Job Role
  • Productivity
  • Personality Traits

Let’s dive right in, shall we?


The first and foremost consideration is the type of employment. It’s crucial to determine whether your current job can be accommodated into the remote work lifestyle or not. The alternative is to leave, and look for employers who are more flexible.

At present, more than half of the respondents are “Self-employed or Freelance” individuals. That isn’t surprising because these individuals have the least amount of restrictions, and hence are more likely to be successful working independently.

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(Source: Outsite)

The second most popular category are the “Full-time Employed” individuals. Yes, it’s possible to work full-time, remotely.


It’s a commonly believed notion that working remotely is only possible in certain job functions. While it’s true that certain industries like writing, marketing, social media, sales and tech-related functions support working remotely much more – they don’t always dominate the board.

Users surveyed revealed their job functions and here’s the breakup:

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(Source: Outsite)

As seen in the chart above, people across functions have found a way to make it work, so we don’t consider it a limitation, as such. In most cases, you can convert your job into a remote function.

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One of the most frequently asked questions is, if there is a correlation between hours spent in transit and productivity.?

Remote workers across the world were surveyed to understand if there was any impact on productivity after switching jobs. Here’s the result:

Remote Working

(Source: Outsite)

Over half of the respondents said that they felt a positive impact on their productivity. “It helps with creativity and my general mental wellness,” says one of the respondents.

Productivity as a remote worker largely depends on how an individual copes with change and dynamic environments. The general consensus can be summed up as follows:

  1. Greater independence and flexibility promotes free thinking and higher creativity.
  2. Being in charge of your own schedule and deliverables forces you to be more self-disciplined.
  3. The lack of a stable environment can be overwhelming if you’re not prepared for it.
  4. If you look at external factors for validation and need to be surrounded by team members, you may feel demotivated.

It’s certainly not for everyone. Irrespective of your job role, employer behavior or productivity, it was seen that an individual’s personality traits also played a huge role in deciding one’s adaptability to the lifestyle.


It is important to provide insight into what the exact question was to which these respondents gave their answers. Just above the image, pls provide the question.  As per the results of the survey, a huge number of successful remote workers can be classified into 7 personality types.

Are you one of them?


If you are one of those individuals who love what they do without “working” a day of your life, then you are most definitely the “Freelance Creative” type. Well, that was the idea anyway.

Turns out these passionate souls work pretty damn hard, but when it comes to life satisfaction (and having the freedom to work wherever they want in the world) they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Typical Jobs: Travel writer, food blogger, graphic designer, illustrator, artist, photographer, fashion designer.



These quiet, thoughtful types might not say much when you bump into them at breakfast— probably because they’re formulating a pivotal thesis on climate change or preparing for the first leg of their sell-out book tour. Don’t write them off though: if you catch them at the right time, you’ll probably have the most mind-elevating conversation of your life!

Typical Jobs: Lecturer, inspirational speaker, consultant, writer, meditation teacher, historian, journalist, poet.

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If you are one of those individuals  working for a big, famous tech company which is way ahead of the game, or a tech genius planning the world’s next major digital disruption, you’ll definitely fall under this category.

You might be tempted to sneak a look at what they’re working on—but it’ll all be in some secret lime green code, you have no hope of deciphering.

Typical Jobs: Entrepreneurs, engineers, developers of all kinds or something with mysterious acronyms.



Sort of in-between homes, these are the slightly lost-looking ones, either waiting to move into a new apartment or busy sussing out the pros and cons of cities they might want to live in. It’s a sensible plan. Co-living spaces are a blessing for people in the transition phase.

If you are currently in between leases or apartment hunting, you definitely fall into this category.

Typical Jobs: Embarking on a new career, preferably something involving more BBQs and bike rides in the sunshine.



This is a happily growing band of digital nomads, especially as employers take a more flexible approach to where work can be done and when. After all, there’s nothing like the welcome deadline of a killer Encinitas sunset to put an end to procrastination.

Typical Jobs: IT consultant, PR & Marketing, social media guru, digital editor, non-profit fundraiser, teacher, a bit of everything.



Well, this lot may have chosen to kick-start their exciting endeavors with an invigorating break from routine. Or they might be a lucky benefactor of their well-established employer dabbling in ‘creative breaks’ and other HR-inspired team building initiatives. Either way, as well as being a top way to bring everyone together and get things done, a temporary relocation works wonders for inspiring innovations.

Typical Jobs: Any role in a small company (which admittedly usually involves all the roles at once); any role in a big company—even CEO.



If you are one of those who refuse to be put in a box, unless it’s a glass box as part of a provocative press stunt, then you’d most definitely fall under this category. You probably won’t get a straight answer when you ask these guys what their job is—but you wouldn’t want one, that would spoil their mystery.

Typical Jobs: Life coach, activist, pet food taster, professional cuddler, vibration consultant, dog surf instructor … anything that sounds like it’s out of the movies or not a real job.


Does that sound like you?

Are you ready to leave that cubicle yet?

To help you make the transition – here’s a list of co-working and co-living spaces and the only apps to turn your mobile phone into a digital office!

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