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January 07, 2019

3 Things You Need to Know About Being a Digital Nomad

The two key elements of being a digital nomad are (1) they do not have a permanent address, and (2) they work online. Every person has their reasons for choosing this kind of lifestyle. A common denominator is that they want to escape the constraints of a desk job.

Their skill set traditionally is that seen in freelancers, like programming, graphic design, writing, and consulting. However, in this day and age where everything can be found online—there has been a new demand for other skills. It has become that flexible. Here are the basics you must have to become a digital nomad efficiently:

Always keep an eye out for jobs and opportunities

You can use social media, along with other freelancing websites, to find jobs. Social media is a common way people network and branch out, possible employers and employees could be another like or follow.

When you have committed to the nomadic lifestyle, you can’t be too picky about the jobs you take. Do not look down on projects that are too simple or shy away from projects that are too hard. Take simple jobs while they are still available. Your workload may vary so you better stock up on cash while you still can. For challenging situations, sometimes it is best to take the risk and hassle. It pushes you to develop your skills and pad your resume.

Have the tools needed for online work when off the grid

Working online allows those who live alternative lifestyles, like those who go off the grid, a way to make a living. Being off the grid while being a digital nomad may seem like a contradiction, but it is a symbiotic relationship. You need to have the tech to survive out there on your own. Being a digital nomad means you need to have a smartphone, a laptop, and maybe a camera to do the most basic online work.

If you are always on the go, you should also consider an alternative to using the internet. Try a mobile membership app that gives you access to everything you need to run a business or do your job from contacting clients to finding resources and research. Besides the tools required for you to do your work off the grid, you need a way to receive payments. Set up a bank account that allows you to make fund transfers online like Paypal.

Budget your money well and have savings set aside

Since freelance work is not stable, you need to have contingency plans in place. Have savings set aside in locations that will not be compromised. Split it between cash on hand and cash in the bank; this can help you in a pinch when you are hacked or mugged.

If your work is dependent on the quality of your equipment, set up a strict budget that allows you to deliver satisfying work without going overboard on the budget. For example, those who earn from Ad revenues on YouTube or Instagram should invest in cameras and microphones that make the watching experience enjoyable.

Many challenges come with being a digital nomad, but the tradeoff in terms of their lifestyle cannot be beaten.

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