Who wouldn’t want to be a digital nomad? Do you want to dial into a conference call from Spain? Working on a brand management strategy from a Tokyo sushi bar sound like paradise to you? So how do you get started and succeed? Try out these tried and true tips for starting your journey as a digital nomad, ensuring your success, and most of all, living your dreams while doing it.
Prepare and start your transition plan. Search sites like Workingnotworking, FlexJobs, and Upwork to explore your freelance options. Examine your skillset and determine what you could monetize. Then make your plan to transition. Avid yogi? Becoming a yoga teacher could be a workable avenue. Every successful nomad will tell you: “Test it out and then grow a bit more.” Those same nomads will also say, “Don’t wait forever, make a plan and do it.”
Perform an expense analysis. Start cutting the “fat” in your budget as early as possible and bank your new-found cash. This will do two things. First, it will give you flexibility later if you say, want to take a month off from work to head to an ashram in India. Second, it will give you a good idea of what you need and what extras you are happy to discard for a life of working while traveling.
Get organized. Working outside of the traditional “9-to-5” structure is not for everyone. The only way to be successful as a digital nomad is to be organized and hold yourself accountable. You must have the discipline to meet deadlines and build relationships.
Keep your calendar. Schedule meetings across multiple time zones with the Google World Calendar Widget. Keep your settings on your “home” country time, and then add your current city to your World Clock list.
Stay reachable. If you plan to long-term your nomadic lifestyle, an unlocked phone, and a SIM card can be a cost-effective way to communicate. Find a convenient conferencing tool. Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, and Zoom are free options that are easy to use.
Charge it! To prevent a dead battery, get a juice pack to keep all your tech gadgets powered up. This is particularly useful when you are abroad and may not carry your adapter with you everywhere you go.
Don’t forget about having stable Internet. Wi-Fi isn’t always reliable abroad. Do yourself a favor and purchase a USB Ethernet Adaptor. It will allow you to use a hardline connection and is ideal for situations when you are competing for bandwidth in a co-working space.
Take care of the kiddos. Research worldschool, local school, and international school options. They vary widely from country to country. Develop an education plan that works for your family’s goals. Talk to your children to get them excited about their adventure.
Schedule work and travel appropriately. Don’t start a new project when you know you will be traveling and getting settled in a new country for at least a few days.
Practice balance. Be sure to give yourself adequate time to enjoy your lifestyle choice! Why travel all the way to Bali to spend a 60-hour workweek indoors? Sure, some weeks will be hectic, but remember your non-work time is just as valuable as your work time!
Becoming a digital nomad is not only possible, but it’s easier than you may think. The most important thing you need to do is make the decision. Reach out to us at email@example.com. We’ll be happy to help talk you through your journey.
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