The idea of becoming a successful digital nomad is attractive to many, but knowing exactly how to become a digital nomad can be a challenge. Many of us see people who can work remotely from Starbucks or travel the country, even the world, and work from any location. There are people who travel the country while living in their vans and literally work out of the back of their vehicles. As long as they have an Internet connection and a connectable device, they can work and get paid from anywhere.
If you want to know how to become a digital nomad, my first piece of advice is not to follow the self-styled “gurus” who always publish pictures and videos on a beach in Thailand and say, “This is what being a digital nomad is all about.” They paint a false image of luxury and relaxation, and this is hardly what being a digital nomad is about! Successful digital nomads spend so much time working that they usually don’t have time to go to the beach! Besides, you don’t want to take your tech to the beach. Sand will get in it!
Unlike the glamorous depictions online, being a digital nomad is a constant grind. It’s not a way of life for lazy people. You have to work hard, and you have to work often! Seeing new places and meeting new faces is only a side effect, if you will, that comes with the territory. The main reason that most people want to transition from being an employee to being a digital nomad is because of the freedom that comes with being a nomad. You don’t have to report for duty, put on a silly hat or uniform anymore, and make someone else rich while you’re given crumbs to scrape by! That’s the true beauty of being a digital nomad.
If you have a marketable skill set, you can start working right now. If you don’t have a skill, you can buy an online course and develop one within 3 to 6 months. There are plenty of online freelance platforms for people who want to work from where their heart’s desire. If you can type, write fiction or non-fiction, teach math, perform data entry, make sales calls, or do any number of other secretarial and customer care tasks, you can do them online on any of many freelance platforms.
Have reasonable expectations and goals. It takes time for most people to transition from being employed to being a digital nomad. It’s not going to happen overnight, nor should you try to make it happen overnight. Instead, keep your job in the meantime. When you are not at work, start learning new skills and putting them to practice on these freelance platforms. Get a few jobs online and make a few dollars. Establish some confidence, and prove to yourself that you can do this! Then, make the leap. Give your two-weeks’ notice and start your career as a digital nomad.
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