Working and travelling at the same time: many people dream about it, but sounds too incredible to be real. The modern world is not standing still: there are more and more opportunities on market for distant work, so idea of travelling and earnings together is not so unrealistic. Today more and more people become so-called digital nomads – people use telecommunication technologies for working and lead mobile lifestyle.
Digital nomads are almost nothing limited. The one thing they need is laptop and Internet for work, so it doesn’t really matter where you are – on the seaside in Thailand or in Mountains in Nepal. The best thing is that you can change the view from your window when it starts to be annoying.
So who digital nomads usually work for?
Not every work can be done on distance. It would even better to say that most of them can’t be done like that, especially because of employers who don’t believe in quality and honest of employees if they don’t meet with them. Fortunately, there are some jobs where people already used to work not in office. The most-spread specialties among digital nomads are (but of course, it’s also cool to think up own idea for earning money):
– Web development and web design are the most spread profession among digital nomads. Nowadays, it’s quite easy to learn by yourself: there are hundreds videos on YouTube about site building and its promotion, app development, coding. You just need desire, tenacity and some time for that.
– Blogging is also one of the most popular ways to earn money when you are mobile. Of course, it needs time for its promotion, writing useful and topical content, but it makes possible to earn by sponsorship articles, advertisement, partner programs from companies.
– Text writing and copywriting are for people who can easily paraphrase texts, communicate with people and preferably knows several languages for translating. But it’s not so simple as it can looks like: sometimes it’s needed to create description or campaign on topic you never deal with before.
– Online education allows teaching people around the world. It’s not just language courses but can be guitar classes, coaching, preparation to exams for students, etc.
– Entrepreneurship is for people who already have own business and don’t need to be at office for making it works.
Where to work?
Staying at one place can be both short term and long term. For short term staying are mostly preferable hotels and guesthouses, for long terms – properties for rent (because of money – they are cheaper in two or even three times). It’s nice to seat at home and look at the sea, but whenever and how long you live, it not always convenient: somebody needs people around, another one – to differ living and working space. In that case is good to work in cafes like Starbucks or in co-workings. In big cities it’s possible to find places where other digital nomads are working so you can combine work and new friendships.
How to start?
Firstly, find out in what sphere you can and want to work distantly. If you already have needed skills for that – it’s cool. If not – you have to learn it? There are two ways for that: get formal (if you have a loooooot of time and enough money) or non-formal education. Non-formal education can be online courses or learning knowledge by Skype from other person. For online education there are a lot of sites, just choose the good one. Some examples: Lynda.com, Udemy.com; specially for coding: freecodecamp.com, codeacademy.com, codeschool.com, teantreehouse.com.
Secondly, choose the type of your job:
– Remote job: constant one; if you already have a job, you can negotiate with employer to turn office work in work at home. Not easy way to deal but definitely the most reliable.
– Freelancing: work from project to project. Flexible and convenient, possible to choose projects you want and do not want to do. But you need to find new projects all time.
– Online business: the most risky one: on the way to success there can happen fails also. But you work for yourself, no bosses over you.
Sure it’s not enough just to define the work but also needed to start doing that, make it stable, make it works!
Other sides of the Medal
Living and working in conditions and places which are chosen by only you is pretty nice idea. But as most ideas this one also has points that can upset:
– Communications. Usual circle of friends will definitely change. It’s not easy to keep relationships, especially when you even don’t know when you see them next time.
-I nternet-dependence. Even if your travelling don’t influence on communication with friends and relatives, you all time spend near laptop: for work, for communications, for entertainment. Some people even don’t go out of home during the whole week.
– Money. Unfortunately, not a lot of companies now estimate online and offline job equally. So be ready to get paid less that your colleagues in office in big city.
– You must be well-organized. It’s not easy to work without boss who can come in any moment and check what are you doing. And palms and sea don’t encourage for work at all. If you will not be able to discipline yourself, it won’t be difficult to lose the job.
Digital Nomad communities
You are not the first person who wants to live on the edge of the world while working. There are a lot of communities where people share knowledge and opportunities for developing Digital Nomad culture. Here are some of them (but nothing can stop you to google more?):
– Digital Nomad Academy offers the most extensive, interactive virtual university for people who want to build a location-independent lifestyle business that can take them anywhere.
– Nomad List finds the best places in the world to live and work remotely. For 75 euro per year you can join nomad community and learn from them best ways for travelling, places to go and live, how to connect internet, etc.
– Digital Nomad Jobs suggests job-related topics.
– Numbers of groups in social networks like this for fast communication.
– Nomad Farm project that was created just in 2016!
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