Become a Digital Nomad and Work from Your Dream Destinations

You are here:

Becoming a digital nomad is not as hard as most people think! Depending on your skill-set or current job, you might be able to start tomorrow.

If you’re anything like me, you’re a wanderlust. You seek greener pastures in far-off destinations. You live to travel and your laptop or phone is your office. Thoughts of sugary-white-sanded beaches and shimmering turquoise waters beckon to you. Sure, it sounds alluring to become a digital nomad, doesn’t it? But, what does it take, and is it for everyone?

Well, if you’re looking to break your shackles and roam free, you’re not alone. A recent study by the New York Times found that most industries are embracing remote work. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to be self-employed. Far from it, in fact, you can become a digital nomad while working for another company.

However, most digital nomads do work for themselves. They get to call the shots. Often, they’re savvy internet marketers. They build sales funnels and run Facebook ads. They live and breathe to make money online. They’re constantly growing and expanding their skillset to bolster their nomadic lifestyles.

Digital nomad become
The Digital Nomad Life
The Digital Nomad Life

To many, it sounds like an attractive but also frightening endeavor that requires they put far too much on the line. What if you can’t afford to pay your expenses? What if you run out of money while in some foreign country? What if your wallet or computer or phone is stolen? How do you avoid all the potential pitfalls associated with being a digital nomad?

The truth is that there will always be some risk associated with being a digital nomad. You can’t expect to get off risk-free. But, if you’re one of that fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of guys or girls, then there’s nothing more exhilarating or more rewarding than traveling the world as a digital nomad.

You get to live among a diverse set of cultures around the world. To experience life in a new and exciting way. It’s for those who value adventure over certainty. There’s little boredom when traveling as a digital nomad. There truly is nothing better than this nomadic lifestyle.

What Skills do you need to become a Digital Nomad?

Skills to become a digital nomad really depend on the remote job that allows you to work from anywhere! The most common jobs are programming, virtual assistant, or teaching languages online. For each of these, you need a different set of skills.

The steps to becoming a Digital Nomad

There are plenty of digital nomads out there who never quit or changed their jobs, they just switched to a remote office. 

nomadic work

SWITCH YOUR CURRENT JOB FROM A PHYSICAL OFFICE TO A “REMOTE OFFICE”

If you can take your work from a physical office to a home office, then that means you can be a digital nomad! If you can do your work, communicate with clients or your team via online tools, and still achieve results from home, you can do the same while abroad!

What might stop you is your employer simply not trusting that you can deliver the work. If you can earn that trust, get your work done, and be productive from HOME (or anywhere in the world), then your Digital Nomad life can begin!

UPDATE:  If there is one positive thing about the current world-wide pandemic situation, it’s that many people started working remotely. Most of the employees and employers were forced to realize it’s a better way in many aspects.

Usually, this is possible with professions such as:

  • programming, 
  • graphic design, 
  • online marketing, 
  • SEO, 
  • consulting,
  • writing, 
  • accounting 
  • and so many more….

SWITCH YOUR FULL-TIME JOB TO A FREELANCE CAREER

Another way is to become an independent freelancer using your skills and knowledge from your full-time job.

What might stop you is your employer simply not trusting that you can deliver the work. If you can earn that trust, get your work done, and be productive from HOME (or anywhere in the world), then your Digital Nomad life can begin!

UPDATE: If there is one positive thing about the current world-wide pandemic situation, it’s that many people started working remotely. Most of the employees and employers were forced to realize it’s a better way in many aspects.

 

START A FREELANCE CAREER FROM THE SCRATCH

The idea behind this is the same as above, but in this case, you start from scratch!

That means before you become a freelancer, you need to learn some skills, do some sample work / free projects and build up your skillset and portfolio.

The best way to learn skills would be taking an online course or enrolling in an online university that will help you to start gaining those skills.

Here are a few common examples of freelance careers:

  • Becoming a Freelance VA aka Virtual Assistant (Best Way to Start) – If you are ready to learn and you have basic tech knowledge, you can start working as a Virtual Assistant. You will gain basic knowledge of website content management, business processes, online tools, etc. We will talk about this more in the Virtual Assistant job section below.
  • Becoming a Freelance Programmer (Best Paid) – You can find plenty of websites offering various “LEARN TO CODE” courses. This is a long term investment of your time and not easy to learn but one of the best-paid skills!
  • Become FB Ads manager – If you are familiar with FB marketing, you can try to become a FB Ad Manager and manage big paid campaigns. You’ll need to learn about A/B testing, conversion tracking, budgeting, and creative processes.
  • Become Social Media Manager (Easy to Learn) – Social media is something we are all familiar with! Therefore, you might already have some basic knowledge on how to run a FB page or campaign. Boost it with some great online courses or a bunch of amazing books and you might be ready to take on your first client soon!

TEACHING LANGUAGES ONLINE

If you know a language people are interested in, it could very well be the best remote job for you. Teaching languages online is very profitable at its core. Tutoring already generates a lot of revenue, and foreign language tutoring is even better.

Few websites where you can become an ONLINE language teacher:

People around the world are looking to learn languages for work or as a hobby. This is one of the best parts of teaching languages. You never know which client you will be matched with. You could end up teaching someone on the other side of the globe, and language is something you have in common.

For this job, you’ll want a camera on your laptop in order to provide the best lessons possible. You’ll be asked to help people with speaking and how to perfect their intonation. Others will ask for writing practice and possibly to read through a newspaper together. This job is very popular among real-life teachers. In the evening, they can go home to a couple of international students who share their love for teaching and learning.

Teach online
Teach online
Teach online
Teach online

CREATE OR MANAGE A REMOTE AGENCY

Did you just quit your project manager or team leader job? Well, you can also use those skills to become a digital nomad and start working remotely.

You can run your own agency and manage a bunch of freelancers that do the work for you, and you just consult with the client and manage your team. 

For example, you could run a web design studio, graphic design studio, or a marketing agency with a few freelancers that are really skilled! Your role would be finding new clients, communicating with those clients, delegating tasks, and managing your team. 

You will need great management skills and a strong network of professional freelancers.

Also, if you have those managing skills, you don’t necessarily need to start something NEW, you can look for an existing remote work company and apply as a remote project manager there.

VIRTUAL ASSISTANT

Virtual assistants are so useful in this day and age. A virtual assistant does a variety of small tasks for a larger company or entity. This is an excellent job for recent high school graduates.

It doesn’t require any formal training, and all of it can be conducted remotely. These tasks can range from taking a survey to jotting down some numbers that pop up on a screen

Best places to find a virtual assistant job:

Because you’re working as an assistant, it’s important to be very responsive to your computer. While you might have some downtime, you need to be present at the moment there is a request.

In particular, this is why virtual assistants are desired from around the world. Companies actually want people from different timezones on their staff. This ensures that someone will be online at all times of the day. As long as you have an open mind and a strong internet connection, you’ll make a terrific virtual assistant.

Virtual Assistant
Virtual Assistant
Virtual Assistant
Virtual Assistant

SEARCHING FOR FULL-TIME / PART-TIME REMOTE JOBS

If starting a new business or working for clients is not your thing, you can simply go on JOB LIST pages and look for remote positions.

Put your CV together, upgrade it with some online courses and skills if needed and you are ready to start applying.

Here are the most popular FULL-TIME / PART-TIME job listing sites:

START TRADING

There are plenty of people trading on a daily basis and living as digital nomads. They do daily research, daily trades, and earning money while working remotely. 

Trading requires capital and a certain level of knowledge but if you have time and you are ready to start something new, then go for it!

In comparison with investing, you will need to spend more time trading daily but it lowers the risk.

The most popular trading options are:

  • stocks
  • crypto-currency
  • commodities
  • vaults

PROGRAMMING

Although programming takes a little bit of experience, it’s really not hard to get into. Take a moment to learn some basic coding languages and interfaces. Then, you’ll be ready to tackle any programming task that comes your way.

Even the biggest tech companies are turning to online programmers who can get the job done from a different time zone. Tech has progressed so much in recent years that there is simply no need to collaborate in person.

Coding is naturally done online, so it makes sense that programming is one of the hottest remote jobs on the market today.

One of the best places to score high paid coding jobs is Toptal.com

BUILDING WEBSITES

Similar to programming, building websites is the job of the future. More and more businesses are moving their resources online to benefit both themselves and their clients.

Each of these companies needs a reliable site, so they turn to website builders to get the job done. In particular, you don’t need to be located in the same city as the business.

As long as you are competent in HTML and Javascript, you have a very good chance of landing the job. Once the website is finished, the job isn’t done quite yet. Someone still needs to maintain the website on a daily basis, and you could be the very same person for that task as well.

Because many sites use a similar structure, page builders, CMS (content management system), and pre-designed templates it makes this job easier than you would think!

Thanks to CMSs and templates, you can build and manage websites without any coding skills! In fact, you can build a FULL ON web designer freelance career just by knowing one of the CMSs very well.

The best website builders and CMS for building website are:

  • WordPress – for standard websites
  • Magento, Prestashop, WordPress (woocommerce) – for e-commerce (online stores)
  • Shopify, Bigcommerce – website builders for e-commerce
  • WIX, Squarespace – popular website builders

I tried WIX for 6 months and ended returning to WordPress. WIX was far too limited and restrictive for my liking. But, I list it here because many swear but the site.

My Advice

Start with virtual assistant jobs because that’s when you can learn a lot of skills. If you are proactive, you will learn a lot more. You will learn basic skills of WordPress (or other web management systems such as CMS), content editing, SEO, account management, email marketing, etc., whatever new task they give you, will be great for your skillset “puzzle.”

Also, you get to learn how businesses work, what processes look like, and how the money is actually made. For example, you will get to see e-commerce businesses from the inside, affiliate businesses, and how blogs generate money. These are great skills when starting from scratch or if you’re planning to run your own business in the future.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post. We would like to encourage you to contact us with any questions on how to start working remotely and begin your digital nomad lifestyle. Feel free to submit a comment below or reach out via contact form.

Become a Digital Nomad and Work from Your Dream Destinations

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on mix
Share on linkedin
Share on tumblr