Have you dreamt about sitting on a beach while making an income? Remote work requires dedication and finding the right kind of income stream that works for you. Staying focused and disciplined can be a challenge when all you want to do is go frolic in the warm ocean. You may also be in a remote part of the world without a robust infrastructure, so you will need to think about what you will require. Though the reality of working remotely is not as glamorous as you see in pictures, it does have its rewards. Not everyone has the same set of skills or experience, so finding work may come easier for some; for others, it may take a bit more hustle at first. The following content is some guidance on how to achieve a digital nomadic lifestyle.
What Does Being a Digital Nomad Mean?
A digital nomad describes a person who works in an independent location, such as a vacation rental in another country while earning income passively or freelancing. A nomad can typically earn 12K a year and live in some pretty lovely digs in Thailand, the Philippines, or Bali. However, living in places like London, New York, or San Francisco may not be entirely sustainable on that same income stream. Working remotely means nomads have the ultimate freedom, thanks to an income that suits their lifestyle so they can run their business from any city in the world. With the income you make from remote work, your goal is to become a nomad, work, and travel across the globe. Perhaps, you can finally buy and live on a boat, sail across oceans, and dock at marinas in the Caribbean when you need a stable internet connection. So let’s get into the nitty-gritty on becoming a digital nomad.
Guidance On How To Begin Your Digital Nomad Journey
There are no specific rules or one particular path that you need to follow to be a digital nomad. It is different for everyone based on their skill set and lifestyle. You can do what makes sense to you, or you might have to start all over again until something sticks. But with some patience and determination, you will get there.
You will need to think about minimizing any ties you have to your current residence and reduce your expenses with things that are not necessary, such as cable tv subscriptions or car ownership. You will want to think about selling your vehicle if you have one since renting a car will be a more viable option once you start moving around the country. Check to see when your lease is up if you rent a home to plan when to move. Purge material items that you can do without since traveling light is vital to being a nomad. Freeing up debt and extra expenses will help with additional money for that short-term rental in the South of France.
Joining an online community and networking with fellow digital nomads is an excellent way to gain new contacts and get feedback for your new journey. They can also give you access to resources and advice for getting started and are a good source of support when you hit a roadblock. Making sure you have the right skills is essential to any job. Writing, Digital Marketing, Virtual Assisting, Graphics Design are some of the careers you can do remotely. Think of the skills you already have and research if there is a demand for them and how you can monetize online. Hone up on the skills you have and learn some new ones in the industry that interests you. Most of the work that digital nomads find is freelancing and contract gigs that may not pay much at first, but you can take on a few gigs at once to get the income you need.
Finding freelance work can be challenging and competitive in this digital age. The best place to look for these types of jobs are on websites that cater to remote work, such as UpWork, We Work Remotely, Dice, and The Mom Project. Glassdoor, Indeed, and LinkedIn can be great resources as well. You can find various jobs, from virtual assistants to programmers, on these sites. If the idea of working abroad sounds intimidating, then you can also try getting a working holiday visa while you get used to living in another country to see if it’s right for you. However, it may take you a bit longer to become a digital nomad since that will be temporary. Your current job could have job offers in another country, or you may have the option of taking your career on the road, so talking to your employer can also be a good start. Once you have established yourself in the industry or niche, you can start building your business by creating a website and business cards to better market yourself. Marketing will help to increase more clients and therefore more income. If you are a writer, start a blog to market your talents on social media. Alternatively, if you already have a business and receive a passive income, you can hit the road and start traveling.
Deciding on a destination can be exciting but overwhelming. Make a list of your wants and needs, what kind of lifestyle you desire, how much you can afford, and list the top places you would like to live. From there, you can research the cost of living in those areas and see if it matches your needs and budget. But keeping in mind that you can pack up and try the next if you don’t like the first place. Check out a website called NomadList; it’s a community that offers information and tips on destinations across the globe. Once you choose where to go, decide on how you want to live. There are various options for housing with short-term rentals like Airbnb, hotels, or homestays.
Setting plans and goals is critical to obtaining the digital nomad lifestyle. Making a to-do list can help you stay organized and not miss a beat when you want to go to an hour-long lunch with a new contact you made in Barcelona. It’s easy to get distracted when you are in a new place when all you want to do is explore. That’s why staying organized will help you to stay on task. Always have a backup plan; if one path doesn’t work, you will have the other plan while deciding what to do next. You will also need to consider how you are going to take care of your health. Researching health plans and local laws and guidelines is essential in case you get sick or injured.
If you are serious about becoming a digital nomad, work towards becoming independent of your location first. It sounds more challenging than it is, but it can happen with perseverance, planning, determination, and a little luck. There is more to gain from this career move and lifestyle change than to lose from it. Do the things you want to do now while you are physically and mentally able, for life is too short, and there will always be excuses. So get out there and take your freedom you so richly deserve.