How to Lead the Lifestyle of a Digital Nomad
Getting a week or two of vacation twice a year simply doesn’t cut it for everyone. For some, an entire year of travelling freedom isn’t nearly enough. And there are those who want to dedicate their lives to traveling around the world and work when they want and where they want. This may be wishful thinking for most, however, there are individuals who can use their knowledge and work-related skills to engineer a lifestyle that allows them to do just that.
They are called digital nomads. If this sounds like you, check out today’s post written by Guest Blogger Oscar for more.
Who are Digital Nomads?
A digital nomad is a term used to describe entrepreneurs and professional who leverage the internet and technology in order to lead a location-independent lifestyle in the current on-demand economy. These are people who have abandoned their 9 to 5 jobs in favor of work and travel around the world. The only real prerequisite is having a good internet connection and a charging dock for phones and laptops. This type of lifestyle isn’t suitable for everyone, especially those who are attending college, own a brick-and-mortar business or family and kids.
How can I Become a Digital Nomad?
You need a lot of self-motivation in order to become a digital nomad. You also have to put the wheels in motion before you abandon your current job. Try to find a job which allows you to work remotely and doesn’t require fixed working hours.
It’s hard work and you have to prepare yourself for a minimalistic lifestyle, and actively seek out location-independent work or create a passive income that would allow you to support traveling across the globe.
What Types of Location-independent Jobs are There?
Basically, any freelance work that only requires you having a laptop. Most people choose to become a freelance writer, photographer, and video maker, as it allows them to incorporate traveling into their work and tell the world it. This goes well with the concept of content creation, as most websites are required to post content regularly in order to stay above the competition rank-wise.
Even large brands use content to support their message and extend online reach. There’s a large demand for relevant, unique content, but this means that there’s a lot of competition to satisfy that demand. Make sure to choose the work you do carefully and always have a backup plan.
How can I Work Without an Office?
From my personal experience, accelerators and coworking spaces are an ideal place to get some work done, but also meet some new and interesting people. Spaces like these provide the necessities such as desks, meeting rooms, office amenities, Wi-Fi, and offer a type of camaraderie you rarely see in a traditional office building.
In places like these, you can work with peers instead of being mistreated by the corporate chain of authority.
With the on-demand economy being on the rise, we’re seeing more and more people abandoning their traditional jobs in order to focus on freelance services. Service marketplaces such as Airbnb and Uber are the best examples, but they are hardly the only ones. There are thousands of different service and location-independent marketplaces sprouting around the world in order to accommodate for the flexible workforce and jobs that need to be finished in a single day.
Once when I was traveling to a coworking space in Sydney, my rental broke down. And the company simply called an on-demand mobile mechanic who came quickly, resolved the issue, and basically saved my career. This is the best example of flexible workforce required by the industry of today.
Again, this lifestyle isn’t suitable for everyone. It requires a lot of hard work and sacrifice but ultimately provides the kind of fulfillment rarely seen in traditional office work. If you are still interested, then, by all means, go for it. Find a good freelance job, pack the bare necessities in your backpack and head out into the world.
It might difficult at times, but the rewards are definitely worth the trouble.
Hopefully today’s post has given you food for thought about becoming a digital nomad. Drop us a comment below and let us know what you think.
This post was written, and all photos provided by Oscar Waterworth, who is a writer and one of the editors at Bizzmarkblog. He frequently writes about the latest in the tech, marketing, and business industries. To stay updated with Oscar’s latest posts, you can follow him on Twitter.
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