So you’ve decided to quit your suffocating 9-to-5 job and hit the road. Is your dream to work remotely while traveling the world or start your own company from a beach in Thailand? Do you even know, or are you unsure? Then you’ll want to take a look at this foolproof five-step guide on how to become a digital nomad.
Since you’re reading this article, you’ve probably had this one question on your mind for a while: How does one become a digital nomad? The truth is, the journey is different for everyone. For some, it happens accidentally.
They take on a remote position or start an online business and realize after a while that they might be better off spending their time in warmer weather. For others, it’s a planned process with loads of preparation. Some might be in love with the idea of traveling and eventually learn how to create an online income in order to make their dream come true.
Wherever you are on your journey, if you know you truly want to become a digital nomad, use this simple five-step guide to get one step closer to your goal!
5.) Decide How You’ll Earn Money
Do you want to be a freelancer?
A simple way to become a digital nomad is to take a skill you already have and offer it to people. It’s probably the quickest and easiest way to become location-independent, and it’s how I got started two years ago.
Offering your services as a freelancer or a virtual assistant, you can create a stable income that allows you to travel the world, living your #workanywhere dream.
Think you don’t have any skills to offer? No worries! Nowadays, there are plenty of courses on the internet that can help you to acquire the knowledge that you need for a location-independent freelance business.
Many of them are free or very affordable and teach you web development, graphic design, web design, copywriting or how to set up Facebook ads.
Do you want to work remotely for a company?
Should you want to become a digital nomad, then working remotely for a company can be a great option. You’ll have a secure job and all the perks of working remotely. If you’re the type that needs security,instead of relying on clients and living with the pressure of not having a set income every month, then finding a remote job could be the perfect way for you to become a digital nomad.
The first question to ask yourself should be whether your current employer would allow you to work remotely. You might be surprised how many companies are actually happy to keep existing employees on board, allowing them to choose where to work from and to create a more flexible work schedule.
If you’re not that lucky with your employer or would love a change, then check out the following digital nomad job boards:
Do you want to be an entrepreneur?
Another possibility is to become your own boss! As an entrepreneur, you get to create an online business in graphic design or social media marketing, just as I did, or sell a product on Shopify or Amazon. You could sell physical products like superfoods or T-shirts using existing platforms such as Amazon, or you could set up an online course and become a coach.
This option will give you the most freedom and feeling of purpose. Instead of trading time for money, you’ll be working toward your own goals. If you’re not sure how to get started, check out one of the following resources for rookie online entrepreneurs:
- Kate Bagoy’s three-month online course for ambitious creatives
- Podcasts are an amazing way to become a better entrepreneur. Check out the following podcasts to get started: Entrepreneur on Fire, Eventual Millionaire, Online Marketing Made Easy