We always see and hear the word “digital nomad” and it has risen in popularity over recent years. And although its rise to popularity has become apparent to many people wanting to fulfill their wanderlust, all too often people don’t know exactly what it means to be a digital nomad or have misconceptions about the lifestyle in itself.
To lots of people, a digital nomad is someone who sold all their possessions and travels the world full-time. In their minds, digital nomads are typically college graduates or people taking an extended amount of time off from work. The misconception about this idea of digital nomads is that they don’t work… and that’s the furthest thing from the truth.
So What is a Digital Nomad?
A digital nomad is someone who travels the world earning an income through jobs that can be done with internet access, to put it in simple terms. So pretty much, as a digital nomad, you’re still working and earning an income but your earning potential is based on your access to the internet, regardless of where you’re working from.
In finding work as a digital nomad, it’s important to know the types of digital nomads there are, and there are three types of digital nomads:
- The Freelance Digital Nomad
- The Entrepreneur Digital Nomad
- The Remote Digital Nomad
The awesome thing about the different types of digital nomads is that you don’t have to pick just one to be; you can be all three if you want! It just depends on the type of work you want to do.
How Can You Earn As a Digital Nomad?
Earning as a digital nomad is probably the part that scares people the most about the lifestyle in particular. It’s actually understandable why people are apprehensive about it at first but the reality is that earning is the least scary part, simply because your earning potential is limitless.
What people fail to realize is that there are more ways to earn as a digital nomad than it is to earn an income with a regular 9 to 5 job. Take a look at some of the biggest ways people earn an income as a digital nomad.
Open an Online Store
Remember, digital nomads earn from operating through internet access and as long as they’re connected to the internet or wifi, they can run an online business. In case you weren’t aware, this the entrepreneur digital nomad type.
Becoming an online store owner is the most common way to earn an income as a digital nomad. Some people will make and sell their own goods while others will sell items through a dropshipper. But regardless of the types of products you decide to sell, the most important aspect is actually how you set up your online store.
This is the most important part of the whole process. The way you set up your store is going to determine how long people stay on your site, and ultimately if they make a purchase. You want to go with a trusted e-commerce platform to build your store for maximum results. Once you have a great site built, you can just watch sales start to pour in.
Become a Freelance Writer
Whether you realize it or not, there are people who need creative minds to help in writing screenplays, movie scripts, and articles for blogs. They’re willing to pay you for your writing services and, get this, it can all be done over the internet.
To become a freelance writer, you don’t necessarily have to go into an office to get the job done. As long as you have a laptop and can get your creative juices flowing at any moment, you have all the workings to be a successful freelance writer.
Work as a Customer Service Representative
Maybe you have a knack for helping people and also enjoy talking on the phone… If this sounds like you, then working remotely as a customer service agent sounds like a great way for you to earn an income as a digital nomad.
Just think of it as working in a call center of leisure. A lot of the times, if you already work in a call center environment, they have work from home opportunities available to employees. If you currently work in that industry, you should check with your human resources department to see if there are indeed work from home opportunities there.
Even if there aren’t any opportunities with your current job, there are companies like Amazon. Hilton, and various other industries that offer remote opportunities. In fact, more companies are offering remote work opportunities because of the benefits it brings to the company.
According to Digital Knights, companies that offer remote work opportunities experience benefits like increased employee retention and engagement, access to a wider range of talent, and an increase in overall productivity.
Work As a Virtual Assistant
Maybe organization and correspondence are a few of your strong suits… if so, then you might find working as a virtual assistant to be a great earning opportunity for you. Working as a virtual assistant is practically an office job outside of an office.
Instead of office essentials like pens/pencils, sticky notes, and a desk calendar, your office essential will turn into summer essentials like a tinted moisturizer, sunscreen, and, of course, your laptop. You’ll need those because you might decide to work outside on the beach… who knows… Your “office” can be wherever you want it to be, as long as you have internet access!
What’s It Really Like to Live the Lifestyle of a Digital Nomad?
This is the part where conceptions about the lifestyle get misconstrued. People tend to think that the digital nomad lifestyle is one big year-round vacation. And to be fair, it really does feel like that most days but the reality is that living the digital nomad lifestyle is work, just like any other job… the only difference is in the location of where you work.
It gets lonely sometimes because most digital nomads travel solo but because you have the freedom to travel the world, you can easily travel home to visit family and loved ones whenever you feel lonely. You can also keep in touch with loved ones through social media and emails.
The lifestyle really is a beautiful thing but it’s a lifestyle that’s also not for everyone. It takes an extreme amount of discipline to be successful because ultimately, you are your own boss and it’s going to take you being reliant upon yourself to have the earning potential you want and feel you deserve.
This is just a snapshot of the digital nomad lifestyle but it’s enough information for you to have a good idea on whether or not it’s the lifestyle you want to live.