How to Become a Digital Nomad
Do You Have a Passion for Traveling and Meeting New People?
If you do, you could become a Digital Nomad. Digital Nomads make use of technology to earn income from anywhere in the world. Technology includes a laptop, smartphone, Wifi and various applications that make the work process smoother for us.
Traveling around the globe to different places, you can see, feel, play, taste, explore, reflect and experience life on a whole new level. You may have a passion for the food, the people, the culture, the adventure, and the beauty of a new destination. You don't even have to leave the United States. You can travel to states in the U.S. that you have never been to and recognize the beauty in those places as well.
I consider myself a food connoisseur and I love trying different cuisine from all over the world. I also love meeting new people.
When you travel, relationships with the people you meet can develop into friendships that last a lifetime.Remember, life is a journey, not a destination and as long as you're breathing there will always be opportunities to learn and grow no matter what your age.
Strengthen Your Current Skills
In order to become a digital nomad, you must have some experience in the type of work you are going to do. If you're like me, with 20-plus years of working experience, then it should be fairly easy for you to utilize the skills acquired over the years to generate income for yourself while traveling abroad. Skills such as customer service, data entry, sales, marketing, graphic design, or even drafting correspondence can assist you in landing the right opportunity to start generating income. By freelancing your skills in the capacity of a Virtual Assistant, Transcriber, or Language tutor, you can make very good money working abroad. If you already have some skills, there are companies that will give you training materials and a pre-test to see if you would be a great fit for them. Companies like Appen Global or Scribbie hire transcriptionists. T hey offer guidelines and pre-test to see if you will require further training.
On the other hand, a lot of work being done online these days may require extra training or you may even have to start from the beginning learning a new career that can be done fully online. You may want to look into taking some courses on copywriting, blogging, digital marketing, affiliate marketing or social media management to assist you in landing the perfect gig. You can learn so much from certain courses and the information can also assist you in other ways. I took a digital marketing course online and it has been beneficial in other areas, not just for digital marketing. You can learn the skills you need to work remotely from anywhere in the world. You won't need any degree or diploma to become a digital nomad. All it takes is an open mind and the willingness to learn a new skill. A few of my favorite online course providers are Skillshare, Udemy, Lynda, and Coursera.
- Skillshare offers a fleet of courses designed to get you remote-work-ready. They offer subjects such as design, writing, entrepreneurialism and more. They are designed to help you develop your professional skills. They offer some courses for free and some for 0.99 cents.
- Udemy, one of the most popular online course providers, has more than 22,000 courses covering a variety of skills and they are one of the most popular course providers. From digital marketing to coding you're bound to find a course to fit your needs.
- Lynda offers courses in the form of short videos which are very user-friendly and engaging. The site is perfect for anyone wanting to learn the fundamentals of running a business. Some of their courses include creative skills, education, and photography just to name a few.
- Coursera, affiliated with universities and organizations around the world, might be your best option for an online course provider. You can take as many courses as you would like. Their course offerings are endless and range from accounting to digital marketing.
I can't express enough how important it is for you to do your research prior to purchasing an online course. Don't jump at the first choice to take a course. Purchase your course from a reputable online provider to ensure you receive the best training for your money.
Are you aware that the skills you already have can be combined into a successful online business? You can create a business doing those things for others completely online! Any task that you can perform that will benefit someone else is a marketable service.
Once you have acquired some of the skills to work online remotely, the next thing you need to do is sell or market those skills to potential clients. A few ways to do that are identifying your niche, sharing your wisdom (which is what I'm doing now), being of service to others (offering your services for free), and being a social butterfly ( utilizing Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, etc) to advertise your business to your friends online.
If these options for finding clients don't appeal to you then you also have the option of working online remotely. Here are a few options for finding remote work online:
- Remotive Jobs
- We work remotely
- Remote Ok
- Remote workers club
- Skip the drive
- Working nomads
Just Do It!
When I first decided to ditch my 9-5 to become a digital nomad, a lot of people told me that it would be hard or that it couldn't be done. They said that there was no way it could work. I was even told that I should calculate my living expenses prior to planning my first trip. Well, I did try that, and in trying that I've learned that when you have a passion for something you should just do it. If you spend time worrying about if you have enough money to succeed, you'll never do anything or go anywhere. Life is a game of chances and opportunities and you can't afford to let it pass you by worrying about whether or not something is going to work. You have to try.
My advice to you is not to plan to do anything. More often than not, things don't go as planned, so don't plan. Rely on and have faith in yourself and your ability to succeed. You have everything within you to create a life that is satisfying to you.
My Quest for the Nomadic Experience
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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