“Digital nomads are a type of people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner. Such workers often work remotely from foreign countries, coffee shops, public libraries, co-working spaces, or recreational vehicles.”
Tim Ferris’s, a world renowned writer, released his book titled, The Four Hour Work Week. In his book he argues that real wealth actually comes from time and mobility, as well as money.
Tim calls the these people who have financial and freedom in time: “The New Rich.”
Imagine if you could work from anywhere in the world with accessible internet… Waking up whenever you want to work and setting your own deadlines. Being your own boss.
Well, you can.
Here is the simple guide to become a digital nomad.
- Blogger: If you want to start a blog, go to WordPress, make an account, start writing and build an audience. Whether it be about your own life, self-improvement, travel or whatever hobby you have, start writing about it. You can even write reviews for restaurants or places you visit. If your blog starts to get a lot of traffic, restaurants will start to pay YOU to come dine and write a blog post on your experience.
- Content Writer: “Content is king”. There are tons of companies looking to produce and post quality content. You can write articles for companies’ blogs or content on websites. Companies are willing to pay top dollars for actionable and high quality content if you are a strong writer. Reach out to companies, or go to local marketing events and pitch companies your services.
- Become an Author: With the advent of the internet, it is not so implausible that you can be an author of a book. It is easier than ever to write an eBook and start to sell it online. You can write a biography or teach a skill and sell the eBook the online. A lot of entrepreneurs often write books, turn them into eBooks and sell them on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing Program. Get paid to tell your stories.
- Sales Copywriter: if you want to become a sales copywriter, we recommend that you start off by picking up The Boron Letters and start learning from one of the greatest sales copywriters to have ever lived. Gary Halbert teaches you how to learn and write powerful sales copy that you can use to help companies sell their products. After reading the book and building your copywriting skills, you can start to find freelance work on Upwork, a freelancing platform.
- English teacher: There is a lot of demand for English teachers in a lot of foreign countries. English is an in-demand language to learn and you can easily find work to teach English. One solid resource is VipKid. VipKid is a Chinese online education firm that offers an American elementary education experience to young Chinese students. You can get paid to teach English to children in China.
- Become an instructor: Do you know something valuable to teach the world? Monetize it by teaching a class on Udemy is more focused towards at professional adults. After recording the videos, editing it and posting it, you can reap some smart passive income as long as the course stays up.
- Videographer or Photographer: There are tons of options available for you if you are good at videography or photography. Be creative and search for people or businesses that can use your videographer experience. For videography, you can help businesses with their video marketing or you can start a vlog on YouTube. Start by posting videos consistently every day to build an audience. For photography, you can help local entrepreneurs take quality photos and sell their products online or even take quality pictures for restaurants to help them upgrade their menus. Get creative. Use your skills to help people achieve whatever they want to achieve.
- Graphic designer or an illustrator: A great skill to have is the ability to be creative and design. There are a ton of opportunities for freelance design on Freelancer. Also, you can help entrepreneurs or corporate companies design and illustrate high quality images to help with their branding.
- Programmers: If you know how to code, you can work from anywhere in the world developing code for mobile applications, WordPress websites, computer software, etc. The Odin Project is a free resource to get you started on learning web development and code. You do not even need to go to school. All the resources are available for free online.
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Start doing some freelance SEO to help businesses capture more leads. Don’t know how to do SEO? Don’t worry. There are tons of free resources like Moz’s free online SEO guide for you to learn from. Start learning and picking up the phone or visiting businesses in person to pitch your services. After racking up a few clients, you will be able to work from anywhere in the world with accessible internet.
- Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Advertising: Go take Google’s free Google AdWords course to learn how to run PPC campaigns and help companies with their online advertising. Knowing how to optimize and run effective campaigns is a valuable skill a lot of companies, big or small, could use.
- Social Media Marketing: marketing on social media has exploded over the last couple of years. It is a way to quickly and easily engage with a businesses’ customers. Customer reviews and feedback needs to be monitored and taken care of because with the power of social media, word can spread quickly! Go pitch to companies to monitor and help run their social media marketing campaigns. Cornell University even offers a free social media marketing course.
- E-commerce: If you go to Chiang Mai, Thailand or Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, there are a ton of digital nomads selling online products, drop shipping and through Amazon FBA. Start learning how to dropship or buy a ton of products and private label them to sell. Creating an e-commerce website is easier than ever now with the advent of Shopify.
There is your simple guide to becoming a digital nomad. Be warned, that just because you are out of the country, you still have to pay taxes. Do not miss your taxes or you can get in big trouble for money laundering. We recommend that before you commence your journey as a digital nomad, you hire an accountant in your home country.
In short, pick one skill, get really good at it, and who knows, in a few months you could be traveling the world–working from your laptop!