So, you have decided to give up the 9 to 5 grind, get away from the stress of being tied down, and become a digital nomad. Digital nomads live a life that many just dream of. After all, it takes courage to step out with little safety net and depend solely on yourself. You trade security for adventure, but for most, the freedom that is gained is worth all of the risks. But Entrepreneur shares, “For those serious about becoming a digital nomad, it takes more than just a laptop, wi-fi, country-specific SIM cards, and power adapters to make it work.” How can you make money as a digital nomad? Here are a few ideas.
First, Remember That You’re Not on Vacation
Sure, you’ve chosen to become a digital nomad to gain the freedom to travel, to “live your best life.” But if you wish to be successful as a digital nomad, it is important to understand that you are not on vacation. No matter where you are planning to go, you need to always make sure that you will have access to Wi-Fi and be able to answer messages and calls from potential clients, current clients, and others at a moment’s notice. It takes a great deal of self-discipline to pull off this lifestyle. If you cannot differentiate between work time and playtime, then the distractions of being in an exciting location may keep you from being a success.
Can you sit in your hotel room working while the sounds and smells of the ocean drift through the window? Will you be able to stick to deadlines and skip that party that you were invited to? Can you stick to a budget and not allow yourself to spend money that is meant for business on pleasure? Are you willing to get up at 3 am because your clients are in a different time zone and that’s when they can hold a virtual meeting? The lifestyle can be a very fun and exciting one, but it is also important to be responsible and focused.
Get a Job with a Company That Works Remotely
There are a lot of jobs now that work on an entirely remote basis. Others may operate as a brick and mortar business but allow employees to work from home or from anywhere in the world. One of the fastest and easiest ways to get into the digital nomad lifestyle is to land a job with one of these companies. Companies such as Toptal, Zapier, Buffer, and Automattic all work on a strictly remote basis and hire qualified people from all over, according to The Remote Nomad.
The article goes on to share that Flexjobs is a great place to look for remote work. Most of these employers hire the same way that any brick and mortar business would. You will send them a resume and cover letter and may be asked for an interview. While some of these interviews may be done in person, most are now conducted over the phone or by via video messaging app. Take these interviews just as seriously as you would a real-life one. Don’t show up on webcam in a t-shirt and shorts, but dress for the part. Just because you plan to live a nomadic lifestyle doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t look professional.
Freelance, or Build Your Own Brand and Work for Yourself
You might also choose to build your own brand and work for yourself. There are many occupations to choose from if you want to go this route. You might choose to do this as a freelancer, or you may decide you’d rather build a brand and start your own company. Either is fine, as long as you keep in mind that you will be responsible for your own insurance, taxes, etc. It is also important to note that there is no pay for sick days or vacation days if you are your own boss. All equipment is also your responsibility.
You can create anything from freelance writing work to your very own online store. There are people who make money writing travel blogs, and others who profit from YouTube videos. You might choose to sell a product that you created or give some other service. Web designers, editors, customer service representatives, and many more workers have chosen to take their business on the road, so to speak.
If you decide to work remotely, it is easy to move into a digital lifestyle. Shared office spaces such as the ones that are offered at Offix in Wellington can make this decision much easier. These commercial office spaces offer you the choice to rent your very own office by the day, week, month, or even year. You can rent a shared office space almost anywhere, making it easy to plan client meetings and private time for working. These coworking spaces will allow you the freedom of a digital nomad while giving the convenience of a dedicated office space for your chosen field.