Wondering if you may one day be able to travel the world and work from anywhere? If this is your dream, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t take the leap and become a digital nomad yourself.
If you’re thinking about becoming a digital nomad, here are some top tips to help you make it happen:
Cultivate your talent
Before you quit your job and pack your bags, you’re going to need a plan. That means thinking carefully about exactly which skills you’ll use to keep the money coming in the door. If you currently write for your company blog, you’re a copywriter, or you got your degree in marketing, you could definitely pick up work as a freelance writer. The same is true for design, website development, and more.
Save in advance
Even if you’re planning to live in a country with a much lower cost of living than your current country, you’ll still need to have some savings. This will ensure that you can still pay your bills while you’re building your business and will give you peace of mind. If you get sick or suddenly need to fly home for whatever reason, you’ll easily be able to afford it.
Take travel insurance
If there’s one tip I can give anyone who’s thinking about becoming a digital nomad, it’s definitely to take travel insurance. You simply never know when you’ll lose your passport, dump water on your laptop, or wake up with appendicitis, and a great travel insurance company will have your back during all of these situations.
Set up your office
Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you can’t set up your own virtual office. I have a laptop stand and mouse that I use to keep my laptop at a good height and I can easily take these with me no matter where I’m working. I also have a bunch of great online tools that I use, including Asana, Trello, Google Docs, Hootsuite, and many more.
Create a community
There are many different digital nomad hubs around the world, including in Bali, Chiang Mai, Budapest, Guatemala, and more. But even if you choose a location that’s not particularly popular with digital nomads, you can still find an online community. Look for some of the many Facebook groups for digital nomads, and reach out to others in your industry.