How To Become A Digital Nomad
The digital nomad movement has hit the world by storm.
This is because most of us want to break free from the shackles of the 9 to 5. Most of us want to set out on an adventure and explore the world and it’s cultures.
However, it’s not just about having a simple vacation. It’s about having the fully blown freedom of a digital nomad. Having no boundaries and obligations holding us back from experiencing the world.
If you want to break free from your soul-sucking job and become a digital nomad, you’re not alone. But achieving the ability to be completely location independent is no easy feet.
There isn’t a guide or blueprint to follow. Everyone has a different set of skills and experiences and there is no one specific path that you can take. The good news? Whilst becoming a digital nomad might seem out of reach to most, it’s more straightforward than you might think.
But before we dive into the steps on how to become a digital nomad, let’s break down what a digital nomad is.
What Is A Digital Nomad?
The term digital nomad is used to describe location independent workers who don’t need to be tied to a location to earn a living. This includes website designers and consultants who work on projects as they move about, people who have solely passive income streams or those who work remotely.
Typically, digital nomads spend several months abroad per year, are constantly on the move and earn an income whilst working online. A digital nomad can earn anything from £12,000-£40,000+ a year and live in countries like Portugal, Spain, Bali and Thailand.
Many people tell us that they want to have the lifestyle that we live but they don’t know exactly how it works. Let us explain the different type of traveling professionals we meet during our own travels and the trips we organize.
Based on our experience we divide it into 3 categories:
Digital Nomads are mostly freelancers who remotely serve their clients with their digital skills. Think of jobs like digital marketing, copywriting, programming, website Developer, App Developer, SEO Specialist, Social Media Marketer, Affiliate Marketer and Customer Support Representative. Since the services they provide are digital they can do their work form anywhere and they choose to travel the world while doing this.
Remote workers are on the payroll of a company, still have a regular job and earn a monthly salary but don’t have to be in the office to do their job. What we mostly see are software engineers, marketing and customer support professionals. There will be many more jobs and professions that can be done remotely but these are the type of professionals we mostly meet during our travels.
Digital entrepreneurs are entrepreneurs focused exclusively on digital commerce, and digital commerce is “a subset of e-commerce used to delineate companies that create digital products and services that are marketed, delivered, and supported completely online.”
Examples of digital commerce products include ebooks, online education, membership sites, downloadable software, web hosting, and software as a service (“SaaS”).
Ready to learn the steps to become a digital nomad? Let’s get started!
1. Identify Your Focus
To kick-start your digital nomad journey, you need to figure out what your focus is before you start making money online. This will kick everything…and I mean everything…into motion.
You want to do some soul searching on your own skills and passions and think about what type of work that you’d like to do. Do you want to sell services such as social media or web design? Or maybe you want to sell products online? If so, what skills do you need to develop?
When you have more of a clear idea where you want to go, you can do online courses and speak to people who work in those areas. And if you’re working in a job, keep developing your skills whilst you’re bringing in an income.
Once you’re clear on your focus, you can start doing work in that area and explore whether you want to turn it into a sustainable business.
Usually, if you already have experience in one area, you can increase your chances of landing higher-paid remote work by building on skills and experiences you have in the past.
2. Set Goals and Create a Financial Plan
Now that you’re clear what you’re going to be selling, you want to create a financial plan, so that you know how many orders or clients you need to bring in a month to achieve your income goals.
You’ll need to figure out how you’re going to support yourself and what you’ll do as a plan b if you can’t make ends meet.
3. Get Your First Client
Now that you’re onboard with your focus, you want to think about who you’d like to work with. Most digital nomads start off by finding freelance gigs that allow them to earn an income.
You can find gigs on Peopleperhour, Upwork or Fivver . However, this isn’t considered “freelancing” because these companies will take a commission for every gig you get. Plus, you’ll need to write proposals to find work, which can take up more time than it’s worth. It’s also time consuming writing proposals and building up your profile on these platforms.
A more sustainable way of creating clients is joining Facebook groups, such as remote work jobs or local business groups and building relationships in those groups. The best way to build relationships is to answer people’s questions and be genuinely helpful. Then, you can contact them by offering your services and get them on a free consultation call.
Once you’ve secured your first client, you want to keep showing up in communities to consistently create clients or small gigs. You also want to build relationships with people, so that people refer your products or services.
4. Surround Yourself With People Who Are Already Doing It – Co-Travel With Us!
One of the biggest challenges that digital nomads face is loneliness and isolation. They want to travel the world to connect with like-minded people but they can feel lonely and disconnected, especially if they’re always on the move.
Co-travelling with other digital nomads means you’ll have a built-in support group and friends to hang out with. You can share accommodation together, which will split costs and you can plan day trips together, such as hiking, surfing and visiting cities.
But one of the biggest benefits of travelling with other digital nomads is that you’ll network, develop new skills and build long-lasting friendships.
We offer co-travel trips for digital nomads who want to travel with other aspiring and established digital nomads. It includes accommodation and activities, so you’ll never have to worry about being alone. Get in touch here.
5. Find an Accountability Partner & Do Masterminds
If you’re serious about becoming a digital nomad, one of the best ways is to get an accountability partner. What you can do is find someone who has similar goals as you, so you can set goals together and keep each other accountable.
For example, if you want to build a website design business find other website designers in online communities. Tell them what your goals are and what you’re looking from an accountability partner.
If you want to take that up a level, join masterminds that’ll help you map out the steps you need to take to reach your goal.
6. Keep Developing Your Skills and Research the Market
Lastly, keep developing your skills, so that you can continue to serve your clients or sell more products online. Let’s go with the website design example. As a web designer, your goals might be to get consistent clients and sell ebooks, so you can create passive income. Now, think about what you need to do to develop those skills.
Here’s how you might go about it:
- Get consistent clients – If you want to get clients, you need to share your expertise with people. And you can do this by blogging and answering people’s questions in Facebook groups to show your expertise. So, the skills you need to develop are blogging, SEO and answering people’s questions.
- Sell ebooks – If you want to sell ebooks online, you might want to research ebooks. And you can do this by typing “sell ebooks” on Pinterest.
And that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed these tips on how to become a digital nomad.
Over to you my friend. What steps do you want to learn on how to become a digital nomad? I can’t wait to hear!