The idea of being a digital nomad has become increasingly popular in recent years. People are intrigued by the idea of being able to work and travel at the same time. But what does it take to become a digital nomad? Today, Zettabytes shares this guide to becoming a successful digital nomad!
Research Potential Work Opportunities
The first step in becoming a digital nomad is researching potential work opportunities. This can involve looking into freelance work such as web development, copywriting, design, or virtual assistant jobs. You’ll want to make sure the job you choose has good pay and opportunities for growth. Determine what skills you have that could be useful in an online job and research companies that look for those skills. Having your resume ready to go will be an important part of this process.
Plan Ahead for Where You’ll Stay
As mentioned above, accommodations can often be expensive when traveling abroad so it’s important to plan ahead where possible when deciding where you’ll stay during your travels as a digital nomad. Research local Airbnb listings or contact friends or family who live abroad if they might have spare rooms available during certain times of the year, since this might save some money.
Look for Houses or Apartments for Rent
One of the biggest challenges when it comes to being a digital nomad is finding housing that is both affordable and comfortable. While vacation rentals can often be expensive, there may be other options out there such as houses or apartments for rent that may be less costly than vacation rentals. Do some research online to see what options are available in the areas you would like to stay.
Put Together a Portfolio
A portfolio is essential when applying for any type of job, including for a digital nomad. Put together examples of your best work and descriptions of past projects so employers can get an idea of what kind of person you are and what type of experience you bring with you. Your portfolio should include references from previous employers if possible as well as links to any websites or apps you created or contributed to.
Starting a Business
Another step you should consider is starting your own limited liability company (LLC) in order to protect yourself legally, as well as take advantage of certain tax benefits. An online formation service that’s already familiar with the regulations for starting an LLC in Oregon can get you started in minutes!
Personalize Your Services to Employers
When looking for potential employers, make sure you package your services in such a way that makes them attractive to employers. This means clearly outlining your qualifications, listing your skills, and providing details about how your services will benefit the company or organization you are applying to. This could include cost savings, improved efficiency, or other solutions you can offer. Make sure all information is accurate and up-to-date.
Consider Costs for Travel and Living Expenses
Living as a digital nomad can be exciting but also expensive, so it’s important to consider costs for travel, living expenses, and other related costs before committing yourself full-time as one. Consider how much money you need each month just for living expenses alone (e.g., rent, utilities, food), plus any additional costs associated with traveling (e.g., plane tickets, hotel stays, transportation). Create a budget beforehand so that you know how much money will be needed each month just for these necessities.
Becoming a digital nomad requires lots of preparation, but it can also lead to amazing experiences while traveling abroad! Take some time now before committing yourself full-time by researching potential work opportunities, looking into houses or apartments for rent, putting together a portfolio, and budgeting for travel and living expenses.