The novel notion of working remotely is etched in the minds of many people thanks to the internet. Especially those who feel stuck in a soul-sucking 9-5 job.
After all, isn’t it the ultimate dream to be able to work in your pajamas while sitting on your comfy couch at 10:00 AM and sipping a blueberry smoothie?
What about doing the same thing from a mountaintop or a beautiful beach in another country? Without the blueberry smoothie, perhaps, but rather a glass of wine or a tropical drink in your hand.
If you’ve ever thought of ditching your traditional 9-5 to pursue working remotely while you travel the world, here’s what you need to know about being a digital nomad.
The Digital Nomad Debriefed
It’s likely you’ve already wrapped your mind around the concept of working remotely. Thanks to WiFi and other modern technology you may already get to work from home.
But you might be wondering, what exactly does it mean to be a digital nomad?
A digital nomad is a person who fuels their travel passions with the money made from working remotely. They’re not typically sitting on their couch at home as in the aforementioned blueberry smoothie sipper.
Digital nomads take working remotely to another level. These are the people who literally plop down on the top of a mountain while executing a transaction. You might even find a digital nomad sitting in a coffee shop in Paris writing for the blog of an American company.
What You Actually Need to Make it Happen
You might be tempted to jump right into this epic endeavor. Though before you do, it’s important for you to take stock of the actual skill set you will need to be a successful digital nomad.
For example, most of us humans thrive within a routine. When you are uprooting and replanting yourself every few weeks or months, possibly in a different time zone, you won’t have such a solid routine on which to depend.
You’ve got to have the inner fortitude to be able to work around these minor inconveniences.
Also, you have to be smart in handling your income. Having incoming money is not only a want, it’s a need for you to make this dream a reality. Most digital nomads recommend establishing a passive form of income. Even if it’s not your main financial source, it’s a really smart move.
The Best Jobs for Working Remotely
Ideally, the type of job you’re looking for is anything that can be done on your computer or another device when connected to wifi.
Small Online Business Owner – E-commerce is one of the fastest and easiest ways to master your entrepreneurship endeavors. The basics are to have a product (physical or digital), a way to fulfill orders, and a solid marketing strategy to attract steady business.
Word-Slinger – Freelance writers are traveling the world in abundance. And I’m not just talking about travel bloggers. Translators, editors, copywriters, etc. are taking to the skies, highways, and seas.
Graphic Designer – If you have designing skills and your computer is equipped with a dynamite program, all you need is a passport. More than graphic designers even, developers are in high demand, too. Many traveling developers are putting that seemingly boring HTML knowledge to good use.
Assistant – Being an assistant nowadays means a lot more than manning a front desk. A virtual assistant handles most affairs via email, skype, phone, or chat. The job of customer service representative falls under this assistant category, too, as most customer inquiries are handled in the same virtual manner.
Some other popular jobs for working remotely as a digital nomad include: marketing consultant, life coach, fitness instructor, mental health expert, and so on.