Hint: it is not easy.
For MOST of my friends, I would say this type of lifestyle is not for you. It requires an incredible amount of discipline, positivity, and energy. But if you are the 5% that is intrigued by this lifestyle, and you are tired of living a mundane 9-5 life THIS MAY BE PERFECT FOR YOU! Let’s look at some ways to turn this dream into reality:
Find a remote job
There are two ways to do this.
Already apply for a job intended to be remote. I have heard a lot of people have had success doing this using these sites:
Ask your boss if there is potential for you current position to go remote. I know it may seem like a terrifying thought, but if you don’t ask you will never know. And if you are planning on becoming a digital nomad it will either be with your current job or you will have to quit and find one. So you can’t really lose in asking.
2. Start a remote business
This is a work in progress for me that I have not quite succeeded in, since I am anticipating for this to happen by the end of the year. But I know a lot of people that run their own online stores, run their own drop-shipping business, or do online consulting in whatever their niche is. This one is incredibly difficult, because developing a business takes a lot of time and energy. But if it is something you are passionate about, then maybe this should be your end goal.
3. Become an ‘influencer’
Having a large social media presence and audience can make you some money, honey! By having a following, companies and businesses will reach out to for sponsorship opportunities in exchange for their product, service, or money. So if you are interested in having a face on social media, then this may be a good option for you. But just like building a business, this can take years and requires intensive studying on how algorithms work on certain platforms.
4. Do remote freelancing
I am currently dabbling in this. I do freelance writing, but like starting your own business it can be very difficult to find clients. Be ready to cold pitch and be rejected a million times before you find a client. Or you can always try job board websites like Upwork. Figure out what type of freelancing work you are skilled in, and figure out how to reach out to potential clients, and boom-bang you got it baby!
5. If all else fails, go to Thailand!
Chang Mai, Thailand has one of the largest growing digital nomad communities. And I have heard is filled with TONS of co-working spaces. So if you are not exactly sure which route to take, maybe saving up some money and meeting digital nomads can give you some inspiration.
Becoming a digital nomad is a hair-pulling process— it requires that you completely change your current routine and lifestyle. Not to mention insecure relationships, constantly finding a new place to live, and acclimating to a new culture can all be, well, very draining. But for some weirdo-s (myself included)— having the ability to live wherever and whenever you want is the ideal way to live. And there is not one specific way to get there. For me, it looked like a combination of these things. I have tried four out of five of these things— and I am just now starting to figure out the best way for me to do this shin-dig.
If you are a FEMALE, interested in joining a FREE digital nomad community then this facebook group I created might be perfect for you
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