Anywhere is Possible: Remote working from Sydney (Part 2)

By Rob Griffiths,

Working at a progressive agency

Continuing on from my previous post on life as a digital nomad in Sydney (read it here) I’m now around halfway through my time working remotely in Australia. I’m very fortunate to be employed by a progressive media agency that place a great deal of value on their employees wellbeing. Along with a flexible work environment, we enjoy other great benefits such as unlimited holiday and a self-improvement budget for life. This value and trust placed in me has allowed me the opportunity to fulfil a long-term ambition of travelling to Australia.

This arrangement doesn’t solely benefit me however, the agency also benefits. Firstly a worker who is allowed the freedom to pursue their goals as a part of their working life is likely to be far more motivated and put more back into the business. There’s also a great deal to be said for diversity, and allowing members of staff to explore different areas and cultures will only help with their creativity. This will only benefit the agency and its clients with exciting new ideas.

Having their workforce spread across the globe could also be a great benefit for an agency. Being able to benefit from a global team, without traditional overheads can help attract new clients and if you had enough remote workers in enough timezones you may even end up with someone online every hour of the day.

Digital nomad life in Sydney

If you read part 1 of my time in Sydney you’ll know that I’m a big fan of the city, and my second week here did nothing to change that. I’ve spent most of my time working at the apartment I’m staying in as it’s comfortable and the internet speed is good, however there are plenty of other places around the city that you could work remotely from. There are ample cafes and bars with free WiFi, and the library near Hyde Park is free to enter.

Bondi Beach
Bondi is one of many beaches just a short bus ride away

A huge plus in Sydney is the availability and low cost of the transport. They use a prepaid card called Opal which can be used on all the buses, trains, trams and ferries within the city, much like an Oyster card in London. The general cost of trips seems low compared to UK prices, and on Sundays you can get unlimited travel for just $2.50. This makes getting around the city a breeze. The lush beaches of Bondi and Manly are easy to get to, and I’d recommend the ferry for a day out at Taronga Zoo which only takes about 15 minutes from Circular Quay.

There’s also plenty do within the city centre – the wildlife zoo and aquarium at Darling Harbour being popular tourist attractions. I combined these with a trip up the Westfield Tower for just $60 which was very good value in my view. Darling Harbour also hosts a fireworks display every Saturday night which is worth stopping by for if you’re in the area.

View of Sydney from Taronga Zoo
Views of the city from Taronga Zoo

Sydney Digital Nomad Score: 9/10

It will come as no surprise to learn that I’m a very big fan of Sydney. I refrained from giving it the top score as I haven’t worked abroad from any other locations to compare, so I may need to come back and adjust this based on future experiences. It is also quite an expensive place to live compared other locations with high accommodation costs. However there are plenty of places with free WiFi where you can remote work, and it’s a beautiful city to live with plenty to do. If you’re ever given the opportunity to go, do it.