How You Can Become a Digital Nomad
It’s seen as the embodiment of “living the dream”. Work from anywhere and see the world at the same time. Work from Bondi Beach one week, Angkor Wat the next, and The Empire State Building in week three. The life of a working on the road is desirable, and relatively simple, but it takes a lot of preparation and hard work. What is a digital nomad and how do you become one?
Develop Your Business Idea First
Most people phase from employment to self-employment, ensuring they have enough income to live on so they can give up their regular job. There are many ways to do this: passive income like eBooks and stock photography, or online training courses. Others have the type of job they can work from anywhere: VA, SMM, and lifestyle blogging. Build up enough of a client base to make the transition easier. Most important, make sure it’s a job you can do from anywhere.
Live Frugally in Advance
Digital nomads travel light and live even lighter. Sell those unnecessary possessions and cut back on equally unnecessary expenses such as the gym. The more you cut back on life’s little luxuries now, the more you will get used to having to go without luxuries while travelling. Many digital nomads find getting rid of clutter quite liberating, realising just how little in life they really need. Your major expenses will be travel, accommodation, and food. Most things beyond that are a luxury.
Where Are You Going?
While the digital nomad lifestyle seems carefree, but what it isn’t is careless. Get an idea for how much it is going to cost you to get to certain places and live there. Work out how much you could earn and how much you expect to pay out for basics like good and accommodation. Your plan should include pre-purchased tickets and ideally, accommodation too. You don’t want to run out of money thousands of miles away.
Have a Fallback Plan
What happens if something goes wrong such as a client falls through? Your air fares and accommodation may already be paid for but watch out for those other expenses. What happens if you get ill and can’t work? Your travel insurance will only cover so much. You need a Plan B and even a Plan C which should always include savings for those dry periods. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst should become your mantra.
Connect with Other Digital Nomads
The digital nomad community is large and vibrant, and those already making a success of it are willing to share their experiences to help others. Social media is the best place to connect to find the best hostel in Bratislava, the best street food in Singapore, and the best beach cafes with Wi-Fi on Bondi Beach. Not only will you get tips from people who have lived it, you will make new friends and connections – arguably, these are vital before and during your digital nomad life.