Your New Year’s goal should be to finally start designing your life

What I love most about the con­cept of Work­styling is the idea of styling your work to suit your lifestyle. We’re not talk­ing about styling your work out­fits, in case you’re won­der­ing. But styling your actu­al work.

We are used to think­ing about a job as some­thing we need to find. What if we could cre­ate it and design it instead? What if we could have the free­dom and inde­pen­dence to design our own life?

Because even if you are not a worka­holic, it’s very like­ly that your job influ­ences many oth­er deci­sions you make in your life.

Think about it:

  • Have you ever moved because of a job?
  • Have you ever cho­sen a fit­ness course because of its con­ve­nient time after work?
  • Have you ever shopped your out­fits think­ing about what your col­leagues and boss would think?
  • Have you ever adapt­ed your hair or make-up style to your job?
  • Have you ever giv­en up on a hob­by because you could­n’t fit it into your work sched­ule?
  • Have you ever been forced to orga­nize a trip dur­ing peak sea­son because you could­n’t choose your days off?
  • Have you ever tak­en per­son­al and fam­i­ly deci­sions that were not opti­mal for you depend­ing on your work?
  • Have you ever had to take days off work and use up your hol­i­days to care for a sick child or anoth­er fam­i­ly mem­ber?
  • Have you ever wished you could sleep longer and work in the evening when you are more pro­duc­tive?

I could go on and on, these are just a few exam­ples of how work influ­ences our life and how often peo­ple orga­nize their life around their jobs.

Does it have to be this way? For many jobs yes, it does. But thanks to tech­nol­o­gy, many of the so-called knowl­edge econ­o­my jobs are now mov­ing away from this old par­a­digm. Many com­pa­nies are real­iz­ing the impor­tance of flex­i­bil­i­ty and remote work and see this as a way to attract the best tal­ents on the mar­ket. Many peo­ple are now real­iz­ing how we should start design­ing our lives and then find (or cre­ate) a job that fits into our opti­mal lifestyle.

There are obvi­ous­ly dif­fer­ent lev­els of free­dom even when talk­ing about online careers. The rev­o­lu­tion­ary aspect is that you can choose. You have the pos­si­bil­i­ty to style your work in a way that makes you feel good, with the lev­el of risk and free­dom you are will­ing to accept. As we’ve already talked about in anoth­er post, loca­tion inde­pen­dence is not only for back­pack­ers.

Here at Work­styling we iden­ti­fy four main types of online work­styles, that you can mix and match to find your ide­al one. You are also free to move from one to the oth­er depend­ing on your cur­rent sit­u­a­tion.

digital nomad

Dig­i­tal Nomads are peo­ple who are will­ing to take on very high risks and they are reward­ed with a great amount of free­dom. Their main pri­or­i­ty is trav­el­ing, they are will­ing to boot­strap and take on short-term, unsta­ble gigs. They val­ue time over mon­ey or career and they very much pre­fer going out, adven­tur­ing and explor­ing, instead of build­ing a long-term sus­tain­able income. For now.

online entrepreneur

Online Entre­pre­neurs, per def­i­n­i­tion, are will­ing to risk even more. They invest all of their time and mon­ey into build­ing a busi­ness (or many busi­ness­es). They want to be their own boss­es, don’t take orders from any­one, work hard and hus­tle to cre­ate some­thing they can be proud of. What dif­fer­en­ti­ates them from “stan­dard” entre­pre­neurs is that they use tech­nol­o­gy to build a busi­ness that runs com­plete­ly online, so that they can be loca­tion inde­pen­dent and live wher­ev­er they please, with­out being tied down to a place.


Free­lancers have the free­dom even in their name. They have the free­dom to choose their own work­ing times, areas of work, clients and spe­cial­iza­tion. On the oth­er hand, they risk not hav­ing finan­cial sta­bil­i­ty if they can’t find enough clients and they depend on the deci­sions of their clients to keep work­ing with them. They work from any­where, just with their lap­top and decide at any time how much they want to work, depend­ing both on their finan­cial sit­u­a­tion and the pri­or­i­ties they have at the moment.

remote worker

Remote work­ers are the ones who have the high­est secu­ri­ty, they work for a com­pa­ny and have a fixed salary and job role. They obvi­ous­ly still enjoy the loca­tion inde­pen­dence of an online job, but they often have work­ing hours. The perks of stay­ing at home, maybe to care for their kids, and avoid­ing the com­mute are the biggest rea­sons why they choose a remote job against a tra­di­tion­al one.

If you are not sure which pro­file is yours (or if you already know and want to see if we agree with you) take our free test “What is your Work­style?” and let us know the results in the com­ments!

What­ev­er pro­file you choose (or com­bi­na­tion of pro­files), you have the free­dom to choose it. Start from here, and choose all the oth­er aspects of your work to fit your pref­er­ences, pri­or­i­ties, pas­sions, and lifestyle. Sign up below for our free course to help you do exact­ly this!

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