How To Digital Nomad

The life of a digital nomad is something of an enigma.

We all hear about those people who somehow were able to build a career online and live in a different country every month.

Bullshit, right?

Well, not so much.

Unlike the real world, the internet world has endless opportunities.

If you are earning money for a blog or selling items it doesn’t take away from other people’s blogs or selling items. Unless of course, you have a competitive product but that relies more on quality than the competition.

Personally, I’ve used multiple avenues to earn a passive income online.

I don’t put as much effort into it as others, therefore, I’m not a millionaire backpacking to Bora Bora.

I study full time so while I could choose to be location independent, my career requires me to be in Oz for at least 9 months of the year.

The other three months I spend travelling.

This works for me personally as I want to spend time with my family and my cat.

How about you?

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Top 5 Digital Nomad Jobs

 

IT – programming and developing

This is a skill that you must have some passion for.

This is hard work and takes some time to get a grasp on.

There are multiple avenues with programming and developing that can get.

Working with programming languages like Javascript or Ruby on Rails is a skill that takes time and effort.

Jobs such as front end developing, software testing and website developing can sustain you very well as a digital nomad if these are skills you learn or have.

Writing

This one is a little more niche.

While it may seem like everyone who is literate can write, it’s not as easy as it seems.

Your content must be new, creative and actually helpful.

If you’re a blogger and you’re regurgitating content, the search engine’s crawlers will ignore you.

If you’re a content creator there are dozens of jobs per minute on jobs boards like the ones listed below.

The trick with this is you may have a particular style of writing and until you have some work behind you, new clients won’t be willing to jump in with your style.

If you have experience and natural style, writing will be very lucrative for you. Every site, every page, and every ad needs a writer.

Graphic Design

This one also requires training and passion.

These days sites like Fiverr sell off graphic designers and promise job after job when in reality they create a hostile space where competition stifles creativity.

You’ll end up underpaid per job if paid at all and no ongoing work.

Upwork and Airtasker are equally poor quality for digital nomads.

Building your own client base once you have the skills and a portfolio will leave you with endless work.

Set yourself up with a landing page and utilize social media.

The first few gigs you may get from cold calling, or you might plunge in and get a whole bunch of responses from Gumtree or Facebook ads.

Online store

This one is kind of an outlier.

There is always money to be made with e-commerce.

If you have something to sell, someone will buy it and it doesn’t have to be a commodity.

People sell macramé sticks and wool for over $300 AUD on Etsy.

Find a skill that allows you to create things and stuff, make sure it will make you a profit and won’t take up too much of your time.

You need to be prepared for a large amount of demand. If you are handcrafting items, make sure that if it’s a lot of work creating, it sells for enough to sustain you until you can create more.

Either way, try and make sure that what you’re selling is not going to create too much of an environmental impact.

The more sustainable your items are, the more likely you’ll be able to sell them for longer.

Language tutor

Teaching a language is a gift.

It can be hard work and you may need to be grounded enough o have regular sessions but all of this can be done online.

If you hold a teachers accreditation that’s even better.

There are dozens of companies that will take you for a ride and won’t actually help set up classes.

Most sites require you to pay to be listed.

The most successful gigs for language tutors are the ones that are self-advertised.

The only issue you will find with this gig is you may be less able to be location independent if you have set times.

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Top 5 Bullshit Jobs

 

Surveys

It will work, to begin with. The best sites are Pureprofile and Octopus group.

After the first $100 it eases off and you get kicked out of surveys before completion.

Not worth the amount of time you spend investing.

 

Customer support

This gig will not let you be location independent.

Even if you think you could do admin work anywhere, you will be tied to the phone, spread-sheets or your client.

Not worth the stress.

Tour guide

Unless you’re from the town and have good pay for it, you will get conned. In my town there’s a lot of tour guide jobs where they start you on commission with the promise of an hourly rate and that day never comes

People can be rude and combative and you’ll almost certainly not have any security or protection on the job.

It may be a nice way to see new places and meet new people but it’s not a sustainable job in the long run.

Affiliate marketing

This one’s pretty easy.

You start up and you advertise the brands you buy.

You get discounts and contacts.

You by more and more.

You get more discounts.

You buy more.

Now you have lots of stuff and not really an income.

Unlike most digital nomad jobs, this one is totally reliant on an entity paying you when they are satisfied and on your looks.

In this day and age, we know very well that being judged on your appearance for monetary survival is detrimental to your health.

Product Reviews

Like affiliate marketing, this one also guarantees you stuff, but not necessarily income.

Most blogs throw this one into their top ten lists to fill out space but this is not guaranteed income.

It can also be very stressful as well as very wasteful.

Save yourself the stress, invest in skills and stay away from get-rich-quick ideas. Like any job, money takes time to turn into savings.

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Digital Nomad Job Boards

I’ll make this easy and quick.

Below are the sites that I have scored successful work on.

Working nomads

Remotey

Jobspresso

Remoteok.io

Weworkremotely

Guru

Flexjobs

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Conclusion

If you’re looking for a way to be location independent as well as jumping out of the rat race without being a bum, try and find skills you could use.

There will always be work and there will always be different ways to do it.

Whether that’s being totally location independent 12 months of the year or only a few.

You can be totally online or just supplementing your income.

What’s worked for you?

Leave us a comment with any questions or your own success stories.

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My Journey

Why I do what I do.

Neuropsychology is the study of brain injuries and their rehabilitation.

The ultimate goal of my life is to become a credited Neuropsychologist and help people with location independence.

The dream to become fully location independent has always been something I’ve played with my whole life. I mean, why would we as a species confine ourselves to a chair and desk for 8+ hours a day.

Why would we focus the majority of our waking life to the labour of someone else’s wealth? All while receiving just enough currency to sustain our lives with expensive living arrangements and low-quality food.

Having grown up in a major western city, the rat race is very real. I cannot remember the time of my working life where I was satisfied with my job.

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I’ve worked in almost every sector, from support work to manual labour.

The hours, the pressure, the claustrophobia wore me down until burnout.

The expense of living is so high in my country that at this point I know far too many people who have multiple jobs just to stay off the street.

One missed paycheck could see them homeless.

That is not living.

I’ve lost friends who had dreams and hadn’t achieved even the first steps to achieve them. Spending their time trying to succeed in a system that was not built to succeed in.

This age we are in now is one of transition. We can either continue to live as we have, ignorant that the odds are in fact stacked against us, or we can escape.

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While I understand it’s impossible to do this in every circumstance there are minor steps that can be taken over time to free yourself.

At this point, I have travelled to 30 countries in my life not including repeat visits.

Without this part of my life, I feel incomplete.

There’s a need to expose my mind to other worlds, cultures and knowledge. In doing this I become more and more aware of my opportunities and the many ways I can create opportunities for others.

This is imperative for my future career.

The way I do this is by spending the majority of my time in my newly inhabited home by the sea on Queensland’s south coast and travelling in between uni holidays.

On my travels, my main objective is to learn about the indigenous people, and ways that they would like their system to work and how the world outside of my bubble really works.

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This part-time nomad life that allows me to earn money based on my own efforts rather than having others dictate my terms has built my confidence and my skills.

I’ve taken up work that has pushed me to learn new areas of technology, I juggle multiple avenues of work according to my schedule and I don’t make allowances for stressors that aren’t conducive.

Through my work with websites, virtual assistance, blogging and writing gigs, this life has been a manageable and creative path to travel.

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This is definitely one life decision I’ll never go back on.

So come along on my journey with me and let’s gain all the knowledge before it’s too late.

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