What does it take to be a digital nomad?
As I have said before, I’m a part of the digital nomad movement. My business runs out of my laptop. My worldly possessions mostly fit inside a backpack. I change the place I’m staying every few months at most.
In order to make that work, you need to either be independently wealthy (I’m not) or be able to make money while you’re on the road (I do). This can be accomplished in a number of ways. You can have a career that allows you to do your work remotely (like a number of tech-forward companies are allowing now) or have a business that exists on the Internet and can be kept up from anywhere in the world.
My business runs out of my laptop. My worldly possessions mostly fit inside a backpack. I change the place I’m staying every few months at most.
Types of businesses for digital nomads
One way to achieve location-independence is through blogging. If you have a successful blog, this can be a source of income or a great way to advertise a business. I’ve enrolled in an online course/group called Blog Brilliantly.
It’s taught me a lot about making a better blog, finding a voice, writing great posts and more. This course is the big reason that I pivoted the subject of this blog into a legal resource, leveraging my particular knowledge rather than having “just another travel blog.”
The course is split up over 52 lessons, doled out weekly for the first year. There’s also a few different Facebook groups where you can post your work and get great feedback from a group of fellow BB students. There are blogging veterans and noobies in the group, so there’s a wide range of opinions from different levels.
Other types of businesses that work well with the digital nomad lifestyle are freelance software and web development, copywriting, running an ecommerce or affiliate marketing site, and teaching online. All of these make it possible to decouple yourself from your “worldly possessions” and live for the experience of seeing the world, meeting awesome people, and (my favorite) eating lots of delicious and different food.
Other types of businesses that work well with the digital nomad lifestyle are freelance software and web development, copywriting, running an ecommerce or affiliate marketing site, and teaching online.
Enter The Paradise Pack - the perfect starting point for aspiring nomads
Update: Time’s up on the Paradise Pack. I’ll definitely link to next year’s!
I’ve been given the opportunity to offer a pretty good deal for those looking to get into the nomadic lifestyle. The Paradise Pack is a bundle that includes over $2,000 worth of digital nomad-focused products. It’s only available for 7 days – the deal ends at 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, June 7th.
One of these products is the Blog Brilliantly course I mentioned, which goes for $250 on its own (if you just want that product, you can follow my link to join). There’s information in the Pack about starting an online business, traveling cheaply, staying rent-free in places around the world through housesitting gigs, and more.
I haven’t checked out any of the other info, but I can vouch for Blog Brilliantly as a great source of info and motivation for getting your blogging started!
For the charitable among you, you should know that 10 percent from each sale of The Paradise Pack will go to Pencils of Promise to help build a school for kids in Guatemala. Pencils of Promise is an incredible organization, and 100 percent of your donation will go directly to the school project (rather than towards admin, for example).
Check out the Paradise Pack and see for yourself!