Do you want to be a digital nomad? Would you like to see the world whilst forging a successful online career? Can you imagine living a life that, just a few decades ago, was only accessible to millionaires?
If so, why are you still sat at home? The digital nomad lifestyle is by no means easy, but if you’re willing to work hard it is totally achievable – even if you don’t possess a skill that initially lends itself to making money online.
If you’re one of the many aspiring digital nomads with skills, training or experience in one of the more obvious online careers – graphic design, writing, web design or programming to name just a few – you’ve got it easy.
If you want to give freelancing a go (which I highly, highly recommend – being your own boss is incredibly liberating.) save up enough to live on for six months (which will vary massively depending on where you want to go initially. Research it.) quit your job, and go for it. I’ll do a post at some point with awesome resources to build your freelance career, so bear with me.
If you’re working for someone else right now and you don’t want to jump straight into freelancing, ask them to consider a remote working agreement – maybe just a couple of days a week at first. Prove to your employer that working remotely increases your productivity. Suggest a trial of a week or so to work remotely full time. Do amazing work. If you’re a skilled worker and you can prove to your employer that remote working is really beneficial to both parties – well, why would they say no?
In all seriousness, if you have a marketable skill and you want to be a digital nomad, the only way to go is to jump in head first. You will make more progress in the first two weeks that you would in two months of trying to build a freelance career on the side whilst working a day job. Trust me. (But don’t sue me if you screw up. Get some savings behind you, research extensively, make sure there’s a market for what you do, and have a plan. In other words, don’t be a dim bulb.)
But what if you don’t have a skill that’s conducive to the digital nomad lifestyle? What if you’re a plumber, or you work in mcdonalds? Never fear! There is still hope. You have a couple of options:
If you like the idea of (very) slow travel, consider non-digital nomadism! There is plumbing and mcdonalds in Thailand too, you know. Whilst you’ll have more choice if you have experience and qualifications, there are opportunities for casual work worldwide – most often with accommodation thrown in! Check out woofing and helpx.
You’re never too old to learn a new skill! Stuff like ttp://digitalnomadjobs.com/digital-nomad-jobs-data-entry-clerk/” title=”Digital Nomad Jobs: Data Entry Clerk”>data entry and being a personal assistant doesn’t require qualifications – just a can-do attitude and basic computer literacy. If you have an interest in photography, writing, design, programming, drawing etc etc etc then take a course or teach yourself. If you can save up a years worth of living expenses (seems like a lot, I know, but check out the cost of living in Laos – not so expensive after all eh?) that gives you six months of dedicated time to master your new skill, and six months to launch your career.
People always tell me that I’m lucky to have the kind of lifestyle that I do. I don’t really believe in luck – I believe in hard work. If you’re willing to take a chance, give it your all, and book those plane tickets – there’s no reason why you can’t be a digital nomad too.