Becoming a digital nomad and working while you travel is a fantastic goal and one that can help you to live a much richer and fuller life and to see more of the beautiful planet that we are fortunate enough to live on.
But it is also not as easy as a lot of people make out. What if you’re not accustomed to working online? What if you can’t find WiFi?
Make the Transition
A lot of people think they have to quit their job and start an online business to become a digital nomad and this can be very off-putting if you’re scared at the prospect of not making enough money.
Luckily, you don’t have to be so reckless.
Instead, consider making the transition more slowly: start running a business in your spare time and build it up to the point where it is making enough money that you can live off it and quit your ‘day job’.
Or instead, why not ask your current employer if you can continue working your job on the road? Or maybe working another job within the organization. You might be surprised at just how eager they are to help!
If that fails, you can consider looking for a regular job that will give you that freedom. In other words: there are plenty of options here.
Know Your Budget
The next step is to simply know your budget. This means you need to know precisely how much you need to earn to fund your travels. It might surprise you to learn that you can actually earn enough with a part-time job. Look at ways to make your travel cheaper too: for example, by staying in Air BnBs, or by using CouchSurfer to find accommodation.
Overcome the Practical Challenges
As for the practical challenges of working online, there are plenty of solutions again. For instance, you should always research where you’ll be visiting in order to make sure you can find WiFi easily and that you know good places to sit and work. Make sure that you use an app to keep up with local time zones and get a computer with a good long battery life.
If you are willing to work around the challenges, you’ll often find that this is actually quite rewarding and one of the enjoyable things about working abroad!
Top 10 Online Business Ideas for Digital Nomads
Running a business online is a lot easier these days than it used to be. In fact, you’ll likely be surprised at just how many options there are and at how many amazing business models can be run without necessarily needing any kind of ‘base of operations’.
Here are 10 examples to get you thinking…
Become a copywriter and provide websites with the copy they need. It’s a very straightforward job you can do with simple tools.
2 Web Design
Another good option is web design. Building a website is relatively easy these days thanks to the likes of WordPress, while tools such as the Surface Pro 4 provide everything you need for design work.
Coding will always be in demand and you can find all manner of coding jobs easily on freelancing sites like UpWork and Elance.
4 Service Arbitrage
Don’t want to spend your time travelling performing work for other clients? Then why not find someone who’ll do the job a little cheaper and just keep the difference? Yep, it’s that easy!
People love challenge and they love to live vicariously through others. So if you can share your travels on YouTube, then you can quickly get a big audience and start profiting from ads or even sponsors!
6 Sports Commentary
Many online sites need sports commentary so that fans of teams can follow games online. You just watch the games and write what’s happening!
Believe it or not, you can actually make a living from Instagram if you have enough viewers by getting sponsors!
Running a blog is a tricky business that takes a while to get right… but once you do manage it, you’ll be earning a lot of money writing about things you love!
9 Selling a Product
Sell a product online by using dropshipping. This means you can work with a manufacturer to personalize an existing product and then let them handle storage and fulfilment. All you need do is create an ecommerce store! Or how about selling a digital product instead?
10 Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing means selling an existing product for commission. You don’t have to do anything – just hype up the product and then point your visitors in the right direction with a custom link.
And these are just a smalls.