In today’s digital world it is, at times, more common to have a job that allows you to work remotely without any physical ties to a specific location. If not, then you might be considering embarking on the lifestyle of a digital nomad as your next career choice so that you are afforded the freedom to work from anywhere around the world. Rather than being tethered to a desk in your company’s head office, explore a variety of cultures all while working, communicating and collaborating within your laptop. Below are a few ways you can kick off your digital nomad career path.
Recognize Your Skills
Before you begin your new business that you plan on taking on the road, it’s important to understand where your skills lie and build on them. Rather than forcing yourself into an industry that you think might work and expect to commit to it as you travel the world, focus on growing your abilities in industries you are genuinely interested in. Doing this will make the transition to a digitally nomadic life that much easier to stick to for a long period of time, or however long it takes to build your business and be able to support yourself without concern.
Freelance For A Bit
Once you do recognize your skills and create a plan that you would be willing to stick to for a few years on the road, begin slowly by freelancing in that industry while still in your country of residence. This will give you a taste of what it’s like to work for yourself without the added stress of booking hotel rooms, flights, and making enough to pay for your next meal. Once you get the hang of what it takes to live a freelance lifestyle, working on the go won’t be that much harder to handle.
Cut Physical And Locational Ties
When you’re ready to pack up and fly out with your laptop in hand and a travel itinerary planned you should first begin the transition by cutting out any physical ties to where you are currently living. This can include apartment leases, car payments, subscriptions, and any unnecessary things that you don’t plan on packing with you when you leave. You want to be sure that both your bank accounts and your suitcases don’t have any added burden on them before you leave and begin working remotely. The sooner you begin cutting these ties, the easier it will be to get comfortable in your new lifestyle.
Implement More Digital Tools In Your Daily Routine
From communicating via Skype to using a secure virtual data room to store and share confidential work data, implementing more useful digital tools in your every day life will make a world of difference when you are finally on the road. By synching your smartphone and your laptop, your clients will always be able to reach you, even if you are working from a long stretch of sand on a beach or from an airport before you are about to board another flight. You will have to rely on these tools at some point, so familiarizing yourself with them as soon as possible is vital.
Grow Your Presence Online
It’s not uncommon that many people who embark on a digital nomad lifestyle, building their own business in the process, also grow their online presence in order to gain more clients in their industry of choice. Considering the enormous shift to the digital space many individuals are making on a daily basis, it would be counterproductive to not create a personal platform online where you can promote your services and gain an audience that is willing to work with you, no matter where in the world you are.
This can be done through a website specific to your work, or on social media platforms that can be used to gain a following based on more than just your business, but rather combining your personal and professional life in order to maintain your digital nomad lifestyle for months or even years on end.