Getting into a digital nomad lifestyle is one of the best decisions I’ve made. Today, I’m here to share with you actual tips and tricks on what to do if you want to become a digital nomad, from the very beginning of it all.
First of all, it’s important to understand that “being a digital nomad” is NOT a profession. It’s a lifestyle. Digital nomads are location independent entrepreneurs, freelancers, artists, multi-passionate, whatever you prefer. (Digital) location independent work means that the most important asset of your work is your laptop.
Yes, artists, songwriters, fitness instructors, and many other professionals also CAN be location independent. But when we’re thinking about digital nomads, we have this thought of a laptop on our mind so let’s stick with that.
When the laptop becomes the most important asset of your work, it means that you can do your work from anywhere. Whether it’s your bed or local coffee shop. Maybe it’s your countryside or a place across the universe. Be it South America, Italy, Bali, Sweden… Whatever rocks your boat!
That’s when you can get into a digital nomad lifestyle.
But how to get to that point where you actually can?!
You’ve decided to become a digital nomad… now what?!
There are many scenarios that might lead you to a digital nomad lifestyle.
Maybe you’ve heard something about this lifestyle and it seems like dreams come true for you. Maybe there was someone suggesting that you should look into that. Or you’re just willing to change your life 360 degrees and this post was in your way!
Whatever is your case, you might be very confused on how to actually become a digital nomad – what exact steps to take?!
Step by step to digital nomad lifestyle
So the first step to becoming a digital nomad is actually understanding what kind of skills can be useful for your new potential lifestyle.
Let’s take a look at three possible scenarios.
Scenario #1: Starting from a scratch
You’re working in a job that is not any kind of laptop work related. You might be a nurse, cashier, babysitter or gardener. But you’ve started thinking about changing your path, traveling more and just chasing some new options.
What’s up next for you?!
- First of all, you have to understand what kind of technology-related job you’d prefer. Whether it’s design, writing, video editing or anything else. You should understand the path that interests you the most.
- My best suggestion – in your free time, try out various directions. You can find some free courses by sourcing Pinterest. Try Codecademy.com if you might be into website development. Read and explore! It’s the best way to understand what would work for you!
- Afterward, immerse into learning. If you’re getting into something from level zero, start with things like books and Youtube videos to wrap your mind around it. Make sure to practice, even if those are the most basic things ever. Don’t rush it and don’t plan to quit in the next few days. Use your free time to work on your passion.
Obviously, this might take the longest time to achieve. You not only have to learn new skills but also find time in your daily life to start implementing them. But very often the need for a radical change is what motivates people to get going.
I’ve shared more about how I started a completely new career online. It took me around one year to get full-time income doing something I never knew I could. But I did. And it all started step by step. First, as the mission impossible, later – as my reality!
Scenario #2: Building a side hustle, trying out the waters
You’re working in a 9 to 5 but you do have a passion you’d like to use for your digital nomad career. In this case, you already have some basic knowledge of WHAT and HOW you could do, maybe even some experience.
What’s up for you next?
- Based on your experience level, you can start bringing this passion of yours online. For example, start freelancing or create your own website!
- To be a successful digital nomad, you have to build a successful career online. It all starts step by step. First, do it as a side hustle after your full-time job. See how it goes and then make any more serious decisions.
- Write a blog to attract your perfect audience, let people know your skill set and your willingness to learn.
- Get into digital marketing, learn how to get yourself out there.
- While you still have your full-time job, this can be your side gig so you don’t have to worry about the money.
In this case, you could experience the easiest transition. First of all, with the backup of your existing job, you have the freedom to experiment. Besides that, you also have some decent income to invest in your new business venture!
Do keep in mind though that very often having 9 to 5 delays us. With this safety net, it’s hard to take the actual leap. Be objective when it comes to deciding whether or not you’re ready!
Scenario #3: Taking the leap
You’re all set. You have your freelancing career or online business but currently, you might be working for some local firms instead of going fully independent. Or maybe you’ve gone through Scenario #1 & #2 and now you’re here – with a good freelance income, ready to become a digital nomad!
What’s up next for you?
This is the time when you take the leap and make that digital nomad lifestyle happen for you.
- Ideally, you can purchase a one-way ticket, find a short or long-term apartment in your preferred location and get into digital nomadism head first.
- If you don’t feel as confident just yet, here are some ideas How to start traveling without consistent freelance income. With these ideas, you can get out there, live in a different country without full-time income as your background but with a chance to experience a digital nomad lifestyle!
Always keep in mind that taking step by step to your goal is a more successful path to reaching it than rushing all your decisions. Therefore, start with the consideration of where you are today and what smart tactics can you use to become a digital nomad.
Need more income ideas?!
I have gathered 10 digital nomad income ideas to show how many various paths there are.
You can also check out some profitable online income ideas that you can build while working from home!
Digital nomadism is not all about traveling and living on the road. It’s about being independent in your decisions and living life to the fullest, in a way that works the best for you!