With 4.8 million remote workers calling themselves digital nomads, alongside another 17 million aspiring to live the digital nomad lifestyle, of travelling and working remotely.
The question from those aspiring to nomadic life is how do you become a digital nomad?
If you are one of those people, dreaming about a different life, one that has location independence and the freedom to explore and learn about new cultures. You can still do this while earning an online income.
This post will give you 4 different routes of how to become a digital nomad. So get your pen and paper ready if you want to work from anywhere in the world!
1. Convert an Existing Job
With more people than ever before working online from home since the pandemic. Many employees and business owners have learned the benefits of home working.
But this doesn’t mean you need to stick to working from the comfort of your home. If you want to travel and explore why not take your job and work from another country. If you have proved your efficiency working from home, why can’t you work from anywhere in the world too?
This would have to be discussed and agreed upon with your current employer. Some companies may have security issues with you working in another country, sometimes this is unavoidable. But your digital nomad dream doesn’t have to end there, as there are other routes to follow.
A great way to start this would be to work remotely from a different location in your home country and see how it goes. Report back to them how you can easily work in a different location or time zone without it affecting your work productivity.
If you feel your current job is not something you want to continue with, make sure you check out some of the other options below.
Although this route will not apply to everyone, as some peoples jobs require them to be in a certain location, such as a shop assistant, delivery driver or waiter. If you fall into this category of employees don’t worry! You can use skills from these jobs to find a digital nomad job. So let’s get onto the next route for you guys.
2. Find a Remote Digital Nomad Job
Possibly you don’t have an existing job that can be done remotely. In this case, if you want to work from anywhere in the world and become a digital nomad you would need to find a remote digital nomad job.
There are many options for online work, such as customer service, data entry and business managers. There are many types of jobs you can do remotely, so don’t panic!
Typically these jobs would be as a contracted employee so it would be very similar to payment, tax and hours for a normal 9-5. The difference is the work is all done remote.
Some great places to find a digital nomad job are LinkedIn (use the remote filter), Dynamite Jobs and Remote Work Hub. Pangian is also an excellent site that lists out companies working remotely so you know who to apply for.
If you are in need of some new skills for any potential work, check out International Open Academy who have many online career courses starting from £9, where you can learn new skills.
3. Find Freelance Work
Freelance work and contracted employee work can be very similar in terms of the job role. The difference is freelance work allows you to not be confined by the working hours or a contract of a remote employee job. Taking independent contracts, working with multiple clients and working with your relevant skills.
As a freelancer, you can pick up work as and when you need it or drop clients you don’t like working with. There is more flexibility around hours and income as you would typically set your own hourly rate.
Sites such as Fiverr or Upwork allow freelancers to apply for jobs that are posted. These vary from virtual assistants, photo editing, copywriting, web design and graphic design.
You do need existing skills but it’s not something you can’t learn online with some education investment. Starting off you will need to begin to build a portfolio and testimonial base that you can show to potential clients.
Online teaching is a great way to break into freelance remote working. If you are interested in online teaching check out my blog post on how to get an Online English Teacher job.
Another place freelancers usually start is as Virtual Assistants, they can cover a variety of different skills to help business owners. Many people may start in this field and niche into something more specific such as web development, digital marketing or social media management.
If you are curious about being a Virtual Assistant, Virtual Assistant Internship run an amazing 90 Day VA Couse. Which will teach you all the basic skills you need, including marketing, contracts, invoices and even tax.
4. Start an Online Business
The final route to becoming a digital nomad is a way to true freedom and working on your own terms. One of the best ways you can do this is by starting an online business.
There are many different businesses which will allow you to work from anywhere in the world. Ranging from businesses in E-commerce, marketing, advertising, travel planning and affiliate marketing.
The reason having an online business is the best way, is because you don’t have an hourly pay or income limit. You can build a company, create a team and get people to work for you while you bring in the profit.
Online businesses are a longer route to take as they take time to build and move into the profit section. But the rewards are priceless.
Are You Ready to Become a Digital Nomad?
Being able to travel and work online is not as unattainable as you may think. If you have been dreaming or aspiring to become a digital nomad, all you have to do is take the next step.
Work out what route you want to take to start with, and you can always mix some together. For example, you freelance but also are growing an online business on the side.
If you are ready to work from anywhere in the world, get a digital nomad job or learn how to start an online business. Then check out The Lifestyle Lab who teach about all kinds of online incomes, such as Dropshipping, E-commerce, Remote work jobs and freelancing, Crypto and Stocks. Along with the important skills which will get you there such as mindset and money management.
If you need any support on your new digital nomad lifestyle journey check out my digital nomad tips or reach out to me on Instagram @headforhorizons and let’s connect!