If the past two years have confirmed that your adventurous spirit simply wasn’t built for working within the confines of the same four walls every day, then this blog is the perfect starting point for you to change the way you live and work – by becoming a digital nomad!
Below are just some of the things to consider, to get you started on your new journey.
Choose your career path
First off, look to quit your 9 to 5 job and transfer your current work online. This process often works best for consultancy-based roles. If you don’t want to leave your office job, consider striking a deal with your current employer to let you work online instead. If you’re already a business owner, consider ways to move the business online or to manage it remotely. The modern market is now saturated with a wealth of both online and offline tools to help you maintain maximum business continuity.
Other options include becoming an online entrepreneur which is one of the fastest ways to create a new income. That said, it’s also the riskiest of options, particularly if you lack prior experience or the right connections.
Hone your skills
You could be forgiven for thinking think that you don’t necessarily need new skills to work online but that is not the case. Whilst knowing how to use a laptop might be enough to get you started, you are far more likely to achieve real success when combining tech knowledge with other areas of expertise. Ultimately, when committing to this lifestyle, only you can decide where you want your new path to lead you.
Become a leader in your field
Leadership skills often play a large role in success. The technical skills you have and a degree may not always be enough to get you ahead of the game. To be an effective leader and help move your career forward, the ability to listen, communicate and empathise are also critical. There are lots of different types of leaders, but very few are natural, born leaders. Most of us need to learn, develop, and improve on how to be a good leader.
Leadership development involves identifying and mastering the key skills and characteristics that are required to ensure you achieve your goals.
Get the right insurance protection
So, you’ve chosen your digital nomad career path and you feel like you are on top of your game skillset wise. Now it’s time to book that flight.
Just don’t forget your health cover!
It may sound simple but you’d be surprised how many people don’t take out insurance at all, or rush into buying the wrong policy – only to discover later on, down the line, that they aren’t covered at all.
Most importantly, make sure your policy lets you travel on your own terms and can tailor itself to your plans.
The urge to be location agnostic is often associated with lifestyle choices – freedom, adventure, and an escape from the traditional work environment. But while nomadic workers typically travel by their work, as a digital nomad, you will be travelling while working and, therefore, instead of moving merely between spaces and locations for work, it is important to stay flexible around the spaces you find in the locations you choose to travel.
Build your client base
One of the main concerns that many digital nomads have is keeping and expanding their client base. Ultimately, a happy customer will always be loyal no matter where you are. So, if you can’t be around physically to reassure them, it’s important to be proactive in communicating by showing clients what you are working on, or offering up new ideas.
Another useful trick is to showcase your travels as an advantage for your clients by explaining how they might benefit from the locations you are visiting. This might involve the prospect of entering new markets or having better access to a potentially new demographic.
In the same vein, these are the very same aspects that will help you grow your own business, through the making of new connections in uncharted waters.
Have long term goals
As a digital nomad, it’s important to establish goals and hold yourself accountable to them regularly. Working remotely brings tremendous benefits but it’s easy to be distracted by your surroundings or feel that you aren’t hitting your goals. Setting key performance indicators and then monitoring closely to see that you’ve met them is fundamental to a digital nomad’s success.
Create your nomad empire
Remember, the benefits of the digital nomad lifestyle can only be unlocked through hard work and commitment. There are plenty of unique challenges that nomads face, not least dealing with different time zones and, at times, sketchy Wi-Fi. But there are also plenty of solutions to these challenges with more enhanced technology and better connectivity than ever before.
Today, it has never been easier to become a digital nomad. And, with a little planning and determination, you really can make the world your oyster.