With over 40 percent of Americans working remotely in at least some capacity, competition for jobs and finding healthy, continuous income streams has become burdensome. To exacerbate matters, your ability to network in your respective industry is strained, simply because you don’t work closely or in-person with clients and colleagues. Fortunately, remote work conferences allow you to enjoy the freedom of telecommuting or becoming a digital nomad without relinquishing the power of networking.
10 Remote Work Conferences for Telecommuters and Digital Nomads
Throughout the United States and abroad, organizations and individuals host work conferences and conventions aimed at remote workers. The intention of these programs is to allow remote workers to engage other like-minded individuals while learning the latest trends about the industry. From Montana to Miami and Bangkok to Berlin, you’re sure to find the right convention to help you maximize profits, form long-term business relationships, and invest in yourself.
1. Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX)
If you’re trying to make a living as a travel blogger, finding your niche is essential. Does the world need another yoga-loving free spirit who writes about the spiritual beauty of Southeast Asia and knows little about videography, photography, or content writing? There are plenty of those to go around.
However, formulating a business plan, income streams, and website/content design isn’t as easy as it seems. Even the most compelling articles and photos aren’t guaranteed to help you increase reach, website traffic, or affiliate marketing partners.
Thanks to the Travel Blog Exchange Convention, you can gain a foothold in this competitive industry. Since 2009, TBEX has grown from six attendees to over 800 to become the largest travel-blogging conference in the world.
During this three-day conference, you’ll get to meet some of the biggest and most innovative influencers in travel blogging, destination marketing organizations, PR firms, travel brands, and other people just like you.
The 2019 event takes place from Sept. 11 to Sept. 13 in Billings, Montana at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. Travel bloggers pay $244 to attend all sessions, hear keynote speakers, obtain a list of company profiles with contact information, and hit the after-parties. If you’re a travel industry professional, the price jumps to $557, but it puts you on a first-name basis with some of the industry’s top influencers and up-and-comers. For the travel guru who’s turned their passion into a business, this is an excellent option for networking and learning.
2. The Remote Work Summit
If you love wearing pajamas until noon and working from the comfort of your favorite desk chair, the Remote Work Summit is the conference you’ve been dreaming about. This fully remote summit features the musings, advice, anecdotes, and experience from 14 industry leaders with experience in Fortune 500 companies.
From April 16 to April 18, 2019, these individuals will discuss the future of remote work, how to build a solid remote team through remote interviews and hiring, and the challenges that face remote workers and HR representatives. Whether you’re new to the telecommuting industry or a seasoned vet, this information can help propel your career upwards. The best part is that it’s free!
7in7 is a truly ambitious project with the aim of hosting seven conferences over the next seven years on seven different continents. Started in 2016 by a group of remote workers, 7in7 brings together 100 hand-picked applicants to join each year.
The main idea is to build a remote community that helps people combine their skills and ideas to create something bigger or more successful than it would be with a sole person.
One of the most interesting aspects of this conference is that its composed of 75 percent women, giving a voice to those who might feel unheard in the industry. 7in7 is also LGBTQ friendly, so everyone feels comfortable throughout the weeklong event. The conference also allows only digital nomads with one year of experience to attend.
If you wanted to attend in Asia, Europe, or South America, the ship has already sailed, but don’t worry. The 2019 event is scheduled for October in scenic, cosmopolitan Wellington, New Zealand. For seven days, you’ll hear from some of the most knowledgeable speakers across an array of industries, as well as workshops, networking parties, and more. Tickets haven’t gone on sale yet, but expect them to be similar to 2018’s $479 price tag. Oh, and if you’re wondering, yes, 7in7 will be in Antarctica in 2022.
4. Running Remote Conference
One of the most difficult aspects of starting any remote business is figuring out how to build, manage, and scale a team online. That’s just what the Running Remote Conference aims to accomplish. By providing actionable tactics and strategies from some of the biggest names and thought leaders in the remote industry, you can create a team that’s reliable and grows your business.
Geared toward content marketing, digital marketing, software developers, recruitment companies, accountants, real estate agents, and tech companies, Running Remote invites up to 150 individuals and representatives from small-to-medium-sized businesses to hear speeches from over 20 successful remote businesspeople. This includes speakers from Evernote, Shopify, Help Scout, and more.
In 2019, the conference will head to beautiful Bali, Indonesia on June 29 and June 30 for their annual event. Tickets are $649 per person, but discounts are available for larger parties. Even if you’re just starting your business, there’s no better way to learn about the industry than in a tropical paradise.
5. The Nomad Cruise
Now in its eighth year, the Nomad Cruise is the world’s first floating digital nomad conference, inviting over 400 entrepreneurs and remote workers from around the world to attend each year. Billed as a “workation,” the conference allows you to connect with a global community for projects, friendships, or just to pick each other’s brains.
In total, over 1,100 people from 65 countries have taken the voyage to exotic destinations while gaining insight and perspective into the remote world.
The Nomad Cruise sails from Gran Canaria, Spain, to Lisbon, Portugal, in April 2019. For just 1,000 euros (US$1,134), you’ll enjoy an all-inclusive trip while soaking in the knowledge of those around you. Outside of 70,000 Tons of Metal or the Backstreet Boys Cruise, you probably won’t find a better time on a boat.
6. Unsettled: Morocco
If you’re searching for full immersion in another culture while honing your skills as a telecommuter or digital nomad, it’s hard to beat Unsettled: Morocco. Designed to help you break from routine, build business relationships, learn from professionals, and grow your creativity all while living in a riad in Marrakech, Morocco, Unsettled is an experience you won’t find elsewhere.
During this month-long retreat, you’ll enjoy one-of-a-kind accommodation, a devoted workspace, and a calendar of events. None of these events are mandatory, but with organized trips, workshops, dinner parties, happy hours, and community sessions, you can get the most out of your trip.
Dates for Unsettled: Morocco have yet to be announced for 2019. However, it’s a pricy excursion between $2,600 and $3,000 for the month. When you’re not learning more about remote work, explore the famed markets of Marrakech, sunbathe on the roof of your building, or hunt for photo-ops in the Atlas Mountains. There are definitely worse ways to spend a month.
7. Virtual Working Summit
For a remote work conference with the utmost flexibility, check out Virtual Working Summit. Like the Remote Work Summit, Virtual Working Summit is 100 percent remote. What makes it unique is that nearly all of the speakers have pre-recorded audio or video interviews, allowing you to explore which ones interest you at your leisure.
Remote managers, online retailers, freelancers, and digital nomads are the most common attendees, but all online workers are welcome.
The theme for the 2019 conference is “Innovation and Virtual Working,” with most of the subject matter tailored toward the future of online work and emerging technologies in the industry. Specific dates have yet to be announced, but the summit will take place in October 2019. It’s free, but don’t forget to register beforehand.
8. Digital Nomad Conference
With nine keynote speakers, 20 workshops, live music, and over 800 attendees, the Digital Nomad Conference is one of the largest remote work conferences in the world. Past speakers have been featured in publications and networks such as the BBC, National Geographic, Forbes, the New York Times, and more, giving you first-hand accounts and insight into what it takes to be successful in the digital world.
People of all ages, professions, backgrounds, and nationalities have made the trip to this event over the past several years, giving it a unique vibe and networking opportunity. With over 10,000 alumni—many whom attend each year—you’ll discover a huge pool of talent to inspire you and spark your creativity. Last year’s event took place in Lisbon, Portugal, in September, and prices range from $225 to $1,100 depending on the package you select. If you’re searching for a way to meet the best of the best in the digital nomad marketplace, this is your opportunity.
9. TravelCon 2019
Put on by Nomadic Matt—one of the world’s oldest, most profitable, and trusted travel blogs, TravelCon 2019 is a three-day conference that connects bloggers, photographers, videographers, and influencers with today’s travel industry leaders. TravelCon’s lineup of keynote speakers includes recognizable names like the following:
- Tony Wheeler, Founder of Lonely Planet
- Cheryl Strayed, Author of Wild
- Kiersten Rich, Founder and Content Creator of The Blonde Abroad
With keynote speakers like these, as well as over 60 influencers and bloggers, you can learn the do’s and don’ts of the industry, discover what’s trending, and network with people both inside and outside the travel industry. TravelCon 2019 takes place in Boston, Massachusetts, from June 27 to June 29. Tickets start at $399 for arguably the best remote travel industry convention in the country.
10. Nomad Summit 2019
If you’re looking for an affordable getaway/conference, do consider Nomad Summit 2019. Tickets start at just $97, so you won’t have to break the bank as you spend Oct. 11 through Oct. 14 in stunning Cancun, Mexico. During this four-day conference, you’ll mingle with hundreds of remote workers and digital nomads from around the globe.
Although the VIP speaker has yet to be revealed, past editions of the summit have showcased top players in the remote work business as their keynotes. Each day will also feature workshops, networking events, organized trips, happy hours, and co-working opportunities—or you can just hang out on the beach. Either way, you’re sure to get something out of your adventure south of the border.
Regardless of your background, age, nationality, or experience, becoming a telecommuter, remote worker, or digital nomad is never out of reach. Thanks to these conferences, you can get inspired, believe in yourself, and pave your way to success you’d never thought you’d achieve.
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