How to Become a DIGITAL NOMAD in 2019

I get emails asking me how to get began with the digital nomad way of life on a regular basis. So I assumed I’d write a more detailed blog submit with private advice on the perfect methods to get started.

The primary question you need to answer is: Would you like to develop into a digital nomad just so you possibly can run your workplace from the seashore? Such as you see in a lot of the articles you examine this way of life (together with this one)…

In that case I like to recommend that you simply cease reading now. We solely take those footage to exhibit anyway. The sand will destroy your laptop and typically it’s method too scorching to stay productive.

The truth is a bit totally different. Sometime we’d like to escape to dark lodge rooms and empty seashore bars simply to find a good WI-FI connection and once we actually need to get work carried out we do our greatest to stay as distant from vacationers as attainable in order that we will focus. Actually, productivitiy as a digital nomad could be quite a problem.

Nevertheless, working on-line permits us to journey the world and see many superb places in the world. We will stay and work anyplace we would like and there are lots of extra advantages why it is best to contemplate going that route. Not too dangerous right? And the great thing is, turning into a digital nomad can truly be a lot easier than you assume (even in case you don’t have a lot of expertise to work online… yet).

So let me explain:

The very first thing that we’d like to get out of the best way is that everyone studying this submit shall be in a barely totally different position. Lots of you will in all probability have already got the appropriate expertise however just want to do a better job of selling them, others won’t even have an internet talent at all. So there really isn’t only one answer that may work for everyone.

Nevertheless, this is a particular publish written for those of you who are simply beginning out and beginning to study on-line. I hope it offers you a few new ideas and make it easier to to determine on the subsequent steps you’re going to want to take. Plus it should offer you a higher concept of whether or not this way of life is best for you.

What’s a digital nomad and why it’s straightforward to grow to be one!

There are so many forms of digital nomads that it’s truly onerous to provide you with only one description. Nevertheless, what they all have in widespread is that they spend a minimum of a few months of the yr overseas, change their destinations steadily (often every few weeks but can stay up to 6 months), and earn a dwelling whereas working online.

One thing you want to keep in mind though is that the phrases ‘digital nomad’ and ‘location independent’ typically get combined up, however there’s a large distinction. In reality not each digital nomad makes enough cash to give you the option to reside and work anyplace in the world.

When you’ll be high quality operating what you are promoting and having fun with a good high quality of life as a digital nomad for lower than a $1000 a month. You’ll be restricted to low value of dwelling nations in South East Asia and lots of other destinations which you’ll discover in the destination guide. You’ll need a lot more than that to develop into utterly location unbiased and give you the chance to run your small business from places like London, Munich, or San Francisco.

That’s why it’s a lot easier to develop into a digital nomad than location unbiased, which should all the time your ultimate aim.

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The talents you need

You may assume that you haven’t any expertise to work online however you’re in all probability improper. Already figuring out how to sort and work with a PC might be sufficient to get you began and land you a simple distant job that would permit you to work from anyplace within a few weeks. It’s even higher for those who use a few of your information in other fields and combine them.

The reality is that you simply typically won’t give you the option to use your current information when beginning out as a digital nomad and really feel that you simply’ve wasted your time learning the improper expertise. That may be the most important trade off when opting into this way of life and you may only determine for yourself if it’s well worth the effort.

get off the track

Earlier than outlining some  methods to turn into a digital nomad I’d also like to offer you a few more ideas concerning the good and dangerous issues about this way of life.

The great…

I’ve written about the advantages of working online and travelling in detail here, however to sum it up there are three main explanation why individuals determine to develop into a digital nomad.

  • Take pleasure in a good quality of life for less cash

Probably the greatest things about being a digital nomad is that you simply don’t want to generate a lot of money to get started. When you select to spend your time in South East Asia, or a lot of the destinations in the workation guide, you’ll find a way to take pleasure in a great high quality of life for round $1000 a month. You’ll have to work a lot more durable and make a load extra money to achieve the identical high quality of life in most western nations.

  • Essential step towards turning into location unbiased

As defined above there’s a huge distinction between location independence and being a digital nomad. Nevertheless turning into a digital nomad might be a nice step in the direction of constructing a location unbiased enterprise. That’s one purpose why many individuals move to digital nomad hubs with a low value of dwelling like Bali or Chiang Mai. These are great places meet other digital nomads, collaborate, and study from each other. Being in an surroundings like it will mean that you simply’ll have a a lot better probability of building a location unbiased enterprise or start-up than making an attempt to do it alone from house.

If I had tried to build a location unbiased business again house in Germany as an alternative of South Africa the salaries would have been approach too tempting and I might in all probability have a 9-5 job in the tourism business right now. In Cape Town, the place I lived at that time, I wanted less money to take pleasure in a good high quality of life. That’s why it may give you additional motivation to build a location unbiased enterprise overseas where you’ll be able to take pleasure in a better high quality of life on a decrease wage than in your house country.

  • Journey the world whereas working on-line

Lastly, turning into a digital nomad allows you to travel the world. When you’ve found out how to stay productive you’ll be able to reward your self and go on workations to many superb nations around the globe. Need to escape the winter in Berlin and study to surf in Bali, or work from Rio de Janeiro for a few months? You are able to do no matter your price range and workload allows you to do.

And the dangerous…

Nearly as good as it sounds to travel the world and stay in superb places, you additionally need to hold in mind that this way of life just isn’t going to last endlessly! I’m beginning to see a development of digital nomads returning to their residence nations. Even people who have lived and liked the life-style for a few years now. Some individuals work and journey for six months, others for 10 years but none of us will do it eternally. Hold this in thoughts before you spend your whole time and power taking this path.

If the one purpose you need to turn into a digital nomad is to journey, a one yr world journey as a backpacker can typically be a higher choice. It’s a lot less aggravating and actually doesn’t have to be that costly.

At one stage in our life we all want to have some sort of homebase/constant comfort zone we will ultimately return to, which I’ve defined in more element in the lessons I discovered in four years as a digital nomad weblog submit.

That’s why it’s so necessary that you simply truly take the time to build a business that provides you true freedom and enough revenue to stay anyplace you need. As a result of in the perfect of the both worlds you have to be in a position to have both: An actual homebase in considered one of your favorite places and the power to go together with your location unbiased business on workation everytime you really feel like it.

Nonetheless ? Okay, let’s speak concerning the great methods to obtain this way of life shortly, because you possibly can in all probability get began quicker with it than you assume!


10 ways to turn out to be a digital nomad with out the talents to work on-line

You may assume that one of the best route to turning into a digital nomad is by taking the entrepreneurial street and beginning your personal on-line business. It will undoubtedly provide the most freedom however it’s very troublesome to succeed – particularly if in case you have don’t have a lot of expertise. And in reality most digital nomads don’t start out like this, as an alternative they get began with remote work or freelancing. This means they’re getting paid to achieve more expertise and expertise. Plus it’s often quite fast and straightforward.

General there are lots of alternative ways to get started as a Digital Nomad. I consider that anybody who actually, really needs a lifetime of more freedom and fewer 9-5 can do this. Hold in mind that you may get began inside a matter of weeks or you may require extra time and effort.

Your greatest path not solely will depend on your current expertise, experience, and finances – but in addition on your willingness to fail. So let’s get began with the 10 methods of how to grow to be a digital nomad with out expertise to work online (yet)…

1 Get a job that teaches you the talents you need to know

Should you’re young and in no real hurry to turn into a digital nomad instantly, a good way to get began can be to get a job at a firm that may train you the talents to work online. That is a smart way of getting paid to study. In the event you apply for a job at an Online Advertising agency, for instance, you’ll study many expertise which might be good to turn into a digital nomad at some point.

It’s in all probability the least exciting method of getting began nevertheless it’s probably the most safe approach as properly. You may also have the opportunity to tackle a few freelance shoppers when you work which can make it simpler for you to cope with shoppers in the longer term.

2 Become a freelancer in your spare time

In case your present expertise can’t be used to work online (yet), and also you want the money from your present job, you might begin a freelance enterprise in your free time. Keep in mind that you don’t want a lot of cash to get began so decide a simple talent from this record to get going ASAP and study extra expertise so that you simply develop into even higher.

three Get Paid for On-line Gigs

online gigs for digital nomads

All you want to do is sort your required career and job sort into your web machine’s search bar and BAM – a whole lot of search results pop up for you to choose from. This is largely thanks to the web sites of gig financial system heavyweights like Upwork, and These web sites are places where companies looking for part-time, ad hoc work submit adverts for freelancers to apply. It’s like a Craigslist for work.

Here’s the way it works:

A enterprise finds itself in need of a part-time job/freelancer. They submit the job description, time allocation and price range on to the job board. From there, freelancers from around the globe who have a profile with these websites, will see the ad on their job board and select whether or not to apply for the work. If the applicants apply they may then get in contact with the business by means of the actual website with their portfolio and a cowl letter motivating why they’re a good match for the job. After reviewing the freelancer’s cowl letter and portfolio, the business will determine in the event that they agree they are the suitable match and then they transfer on to complete the temporary and work as any freelancer and shopper would. Often, these websites take a slight proportion fee of the agreed upon price for the work, and everyone is pleased. It’s that straightforward.

There are such a lot of professions being catered to on these sites, from writers, advertising directors, video editors to human assets managers and even legal whizzes. If you can do the work remotely, they are going to be included in these websites. When you don’t have any professional experience or qualification that is positive too. You’ll be able to apply for jobs which require beginner, intermediate or advanced levels of competency.

Be a VA

There’s a rising want for digital assistants and it’s a excellent spot to get started. Primarily you’ll be able to perform the position of a personal assistant or secretary for individuals around the globe who require assistance with common admin who doesn’t require you face-to-face. This commonly includes scheduling, itinerary organizing and day-to-day appointment reservations and bookings. The pay is respectable and differs from shopper to shopper but individuals typically assist a few shoppers as it’s usually not thought-about a full-time gig.


In case you’re wanting to get a bit more palms on then it’s your decision to contemplate transcription work. This includes viewing video footage and writing down each word that is stated, often in an interview setting. It’s a bit tedious however tremendous simple and straightforward to get via. You’ll find so many websites on-line who require transcription providers and the pay isn’t half dangerous too.


Another good way to get your foot in the door of the freelance world is proofreading. There’s a lot written content material being produced and released every day which suggests the pool for work is just growing, which is great. You’ll be primarily searching for spelling and grammar issues and typically content material. It’s not for everyone however when you take pleasure in studying up on loads of totally different and fascinating belongings you may as properly get paid for it.

four Research at an On-line University

You will get a flavour of the digital nomad way of life while learning on-line. Just enroll with a web-based college and you possibly can primarily travel the world whereas learning the talents to work on-line, and you’ll spend a lot lower than you’d learning in Paris. It’s a good way to get a diploma and maintain open the choice of starting out in the corporate world at some point (or to merely hold your mother and father sane). Thus far I’ve solely met one Swedish scholar who’s doing this, however I’m positive there are numerous students on the market who research and travel.

5 Buy an present On-line Enterprise

An excellent quick, but in addition risky, approach to turn out to be a digital nomad is to simply purchase an present Online Enterprise that already generates money or, even better, a passive revenue. You should purchase companies on sites like You’re in a position to see how a lot money the location already generates and its monetization methods. This is able to generate sufficient revenue to get began as a digital nomad.

Buying a enterprise this manner may be much simpler than constructing a enterprise from scratch. Nevertheless, ensure that you get some advice from experienced Online Entrepreneurs before you purchase anything to scale back the prospect of taking over a enterprise that is doomed to fail.

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6 Get monetary savings and study in a digital nomad hub

If where you live is so expensive that the majority of your salary goes in the direction of maintaining your fastened prices, you may contemplate decreasing them and saving up some money so you possibly can transfer to a digital nomad hub like Chiang Mai in Thailand the place your money goes a lot further. Here it is going to be a lot simpler to study all the talents that you simply’re going to want to work online because you’ll be surrounded by different digital nomads. You would even lease out your condominium at residence and make some passive revenue that method.

It’s a enjoyable means to get started and could possibly be very inspiring to be around different digital nomads as an alternative of making an attempt to train your self alone at house. However you may get distracted shortly and the probabilities that you simply’ll find yourself wanting to travel as an alternative of putting in the hours to make it happen are excessive as nicely!

7 Start with a job abroad

Another extra thrilling choice is to merely move abroad and find a job that permits you expertise working online. A good way to do that is by taking a Working Holiday visa in nations like Canada or Australia for instance. Why not get more experience in On-line Advertising whereas working and dwelling in Sydney or Vancouver?

Aside from that there are so many other prospects to get started working overseas like educating english, working as a dive teacher, or on cruise ships the place you might still enhance your expertise to turn out to be a digital nomad in your free time.

I started my weblog while working in a net improvement agency in Taiwan on my working vacation visa. I discovered all the talents in a new location whereas building my blog which has ultimately turned probably the most well-liked journey blogs in France. – Ryan, a digital nomad from France.

eight Move your corporation online

Do you already own a brick and mortar enterprise? This shouldn’t hold you from working and travelling. Just think about it. There are such a lot of solutions out there that may enable you to to monitor your enterprise from anyplace in the world with out your physical presence. Webcams, On-line Accounting, and of course some employees you belief to manage your every day business while being away. It’s attainable!

9 Convince your boss to permit remote work

Do you’re keen on your job however spend most of your time on the laptop so your presence in the workplace is rarely required? Who knows, when you have an understanding boss you may find a way to persuade her or him to offer you extra freedom and permit you to do most of your work remotely. Don’t tell them that you really want to work from abroad at first, as an alternative show that you can do your job remotely from residence earlier than taking the subsequent step. Sure it’s true you may have the ability to develop into digital nomad without quitting your job. You don’t know for those who don’t ask!

10 Discover a distant job on-line

We all know that at the moment there are a lot of office jobs which might be achieved from anyplace in the world. It’s great to see that right now there are increasingly corporations permitting their employees to work remotely, simply as long as the job gets carried out.

If it’s unattainable to work remotely in your present job you may find a better choice on-line. Examine local job portals, or worldwide websites like Odesk.

11 Begin your personal online business

You may assume that one of the simplest ways of being a digital nomad is to develop into an entrepreneur,  construct your personal on-line enterprise, after which perhaps create some type of passive revenue e-commerce business. While it is true that a few of most successful digital nomads I do know do that, it’s additionally the toughest route to take in case you are just getting started.

It takes a long time to build up the required expertise to execute this successfully. I consider it’s higher to study fewer expertise nicely and get extra expertise before turning into a real entrepreneur.

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Last phrases

I hope this text has helped you achieve a clearer picture of the chances of turning into a digital nomad. Dwelling this way of life could be a really life altering expertise, and you will get started approach quicker than you may need thought.

When you actually need to work and travel crucial thing right now’s to TAKE ACTION and begin to work for that objective. In case you take one step at a time and all the time hold in thoughts that your final aim ought to be to not just develop into a digital nomad however create a 100% location unbiased business so you’ll be able to return house everytime you need, your going to have the time of your life.

The infrastructure is there and with the various distant work and freelance alternatives around it’s simpler to start than ever earlier than!

So what are you waiting for? Decide the appropriate talent to work on-line and start to work whereas travelling the world.

Be a part of the online•work•journey group to connect and study from digital nomads all over the world.

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