Both feet in the water, the sound of the sea, slowly you see the sun going down. Does that sound like a life you want? Yes, but what about the job? Pack & work offers an answer to this. Simply take your work with you and become a temporary digital nomad. We’ll explain how to do it.
Combining travel and work – what can that look like?
Traveling and working with pack & work is not an internship or volunteer work. You continue to work in your profession and with the corresponding payment abroad. The pack & work programs are basically suitable for all professions, some of which can be carried out from home. Select a metropolis from the ever-increasing range or combine several destinations with one another. Whichever program you choose, the work from a coworking space enables you to continue working for your employer regardless of location. At the same time, you will visit a language school and perfect your language skills. The intensity of the course is of course subject to the workload and the time available. With all this you don’t have to give up your current life – no,
Sounds tempting? Yes, of course, but there are still a few details to consider. That is why we have put together a checklist for you.
Digital nomads are moving in an area that the previous visa regulations often do not specifically take into account. From a purely legal point of view, it would be possible in Canada, for example, to work as a digital nomad with a standard tourist visa, as long as one does not compete with the local job market. In Australia, however, it looks very different. At the border control, all officers usually become curious if you state the main reason for the trip as “work”. Even with good foreign language skills, this can quickly lead to an increased pulse. Pack & work takes care of these hurdles with in-depth clarifications and in cooperation with embassies, local authorities and immigration lawyers.
In Switzerland there is a so-called “mechanic clause”, which states that assignments of less than 183 days per year have no impact on tax liability. According to this, digital nomads from Switzerland only have to pay taxes in Switzerland as long as they work abroad for a maximum of 183 days.
The dear social security
Social security is a sensitive and neglected topic. In principle, employees are subject to social security contributions where they work. However, employees who are only abroad for a certain period of time have the option of remaining in the Swiss social security system. There are different regulations with Switzerland depending on the country. To do this, the employer usually has to submit an application for a so-called posting certificate to the Federal Social Insurance Office. If you don’t want to do additional work for your employer, you can get help from pack & work. As part of the programs, pack & work makes such applications on behalf of the employer via its own trustee account and monitors the entire process.
Health and accident insurance
These insurances must also be clarified individually. In most cases, additional insurance must be taken out, especially in countries with high treatment costs such as the USA. Before traveling, it is therefore essential to find out about the conditions in the desired work country. It should also be noted that not all countries have the same standard of health care. Medicines that are needed at home may not be available in the destination country. All of this must be thought of before the trip.
Anyone who wants to work as a digital nomad and is also employed by a Swiss company should regulate this case explicitly. The normal employment contract is in most cases insufficient. pack & work gives the participants a template for a suitable appendix to the existing employment contract, which was drawn up in cooperation with a specialist in labor law.
Collaboration in virtual space
If you continue to work in a team abroad, the collaboration in the virtual space must be well organized. But this also applies when two teams work together in different locations within Switzerland and is a topic that will become increasingly important in the future. You and your employer must ensure that the work equipment is used correctly and communication must be maintained extremely carefully. Research has shown that around two-thirds of experienced managers have difficulty leading a virtual team. The greatest challenge is communication, which requires simple and clear rules.
Are you ready to continue your work from home? An easy way to test this is to stay home for a while and work from there. What are the difficulties? Can you concentrate well? Does the agreement with the colleagues work? You can answer all of these questions in the comfort of your own home before you decide to go abroad.
Location-independent jobs – the modern dream of traveling
If you choose to work abroad, you will want to travel too. What is better than a location-independent job to see the world? Get to know our globe. Various types of travel are suitable for this – boat trips, train trips, private excursions by plane, exciting safaris or week-long treks – all of this and much more is possible!