Breaking free from the typical 9-to-5 job routine has gained serious popularity and living life as a digital nomad is beginning to look like a dream scenario. Not having to be an early bird every day and working on your own schedule can be an amazing way to earn money while being able to satisfy all of your hedonistic urges. And if with all that you want to start traversing the world and flying from one continent to another, well, that can easily come true as well.
Cut your expenses
While digital nomadism may sound like an ideal lifestyle, it still requires you to know where your money is going every month and whether you’re spending it reasonably. If you own a home, you’ll want to cut the expenses on its maintenance, because you won’t be spending much time there, and you’ll need all the money you earn for your actual needs. So, selling a house or just renting it out, for the time being, can be a great way to save on the maintenance expenses and even earn some cash. Moving your belongings to a storage unit can be a good solution if you decide to sell your property and you still want to keep some of your stuff. Cancel your previous gym memberships or magazine subscriptions, to avoid unnecessary costs.
You’ll need an income strategy
Not having a steady job means that your income will vary from month to month as well. That’s why you should try your best to find several freelance jobs, that will guarantee you some income during the month. Traveling the world will mean that you’ll no longer need your car because you can rent another one at your next location. When I started living like a digital nomad, for example, I decided to sell my car online through Carbiz so I don’t have to pay for listing the vehicle on websites or deal with various strangers who’d otherwise come to my home, negotiate prices and even take the car for a drive. Work on developing online skills so you can work from your laptop no matter the part of the world you’re in. Building a blog, answering professional questions, or even renting your home on Airbnb can guarantee you a steady income if you’ve built a business skillfully.
Connect with other digital nomads online
Visiting different parts of the world can often cause cultural shock, and even make you more than uncomfortable unless you find people with whom you can connect. You’re a part of a very special and selected group of people who’re also living the life of a digital nomad, and as such will gladly help you share all your experiences, worries and doubts with them. Socializing is essential for one’s emotional and mental development, so make sure you look up other digital nomads online so you can meet up with all of them at every country you visit. Not only will you get the ever-needed emotional support, but you’ll have connections for maybe developing some business in the future or maybe even make friends for life.
Build your business around your interests
Not being tied up to your office desk gives you the opportunity to look deep into your soul and decide what it is that you’d like to invest all of your energy, money and time into, to build something extraordinary. Traveling gives you the chance to capture all of the world’s wonders and share it with the rest of the population. This means that you can combine your photography skills and the love for traveling so you can become a world-renowned travel photographer/blogger. If you’re a gastronomy aficionado, and you like to make videos of your culinary expeditions, filming vlogs of your travels can make you some serious money.
Living like a digital nomad will make you sacrifice a lot, but it will also allow you to learn plenty. If you ever decide to go down that road, remember to find a steady income and always have someone who can offer you support on your road to the next adventure.