‘Nomad’ in a modern century is a definition often referring to people who travel from one place to another on a regular basis and often change their surroundings. Digital nomads can be found all over the world, they are mainly independent remote workers as well as freelancers who mostly rely on modern technology like smart phones and laptops to have access on a wireless internet from anywhere in the world to perform their job.
Digital nomad lifestyle is becoming more and more popular nowadays among young people who prefer to be location-independent while doing their business from any part of the world. Freelance is also something that nomads do while travelling around the globe.
Though, being a digital nomad may sound pretty exciting, it doesn’t mean that anyone can become one you need to have special skills to adapt to new living conditions all the time.
Pros and cons of being a digital nomad
The first thing that attracts your attention about being a digital nomad is that you get to experience full freedom while visiting amazing places, meeting people with different cultures and languages and enjoying your life at its fullest while working from anywhere you want.
If you are a kind of person who likes to experience and be introduced to all sorts of culture, food, lifestyles and to the new community then the role of a digital nomad is something to consider.
It is believed that remote work helps digital nomads to be more productive and less stressful while being far from everyday regular schedule. You can either work from a hotel with a Mountain View or even from a sandy beach as long as you are doing your own business.
But there is another side as well. While travelling and experiencing new places and getting along with new people may sound fun and exciting, digital nomadic remote workers sometimes find themselves alone and in an isolation. Also, moving and travelling constantly from one place to another may be too exhausting no matter how much you love travelling and it can affect your productivity. If you are completely ready to be saying goodbye to your family members and friends every time you are leaving for a new destination then it might not be a big deal for you.
Also, adjusting to different time zones all the time is really difficult and bad for your health and schedule. If this all still sounds exciting for you then get ready, set and go!
More about this topic you can find in this article: Pros & Cons of being a digital nomad entrepreneur
Digital nomad jobs
The job you choose can be full-time, part-time or contract-based but fully digital. Becoming a digital nomad doesn’t mean being stuck in a specific occupation but still a lot of people think that working remotely and being workspace-independent means creating a blog on Instagram or Facebook and posting a photo or video, but that’s not all. There are a lot of businesses that can be done remotely and main and common jobs are listed below which are popular among digital nomads who choose to live a fully remote lifestyle: social media manager, online sales, customer service support, marketing, project management, advertising, graphic design, etc. If you don’t know yet what job you’d like to do, you can visit skillshare.com and take some courses to try yourself and your skills to find out which jobs suits you well.
Which skills do you need to be a real digital nomad?
Before completely making up your mind about becoming a digital nomad and getting started, it’s better to figure it out what it’s really like to be one.
You might feel very attached to everyday life, people around you and all the things you regularly do, what can become a barrier. You need to start sorting out which things in your life can be left behind to start living like a real digital nomad. You need to get rid off the material things that make you attached to the specific location.
The first step is to identify your skills which will help you find out whether you are ready or not for becoming a digital nomad. Everything starts from organizing your own self. You need to schedule your day to be productive enough and meet your deadlines. You must have self-discipline to get your work done. Personal skills, such good communication skills, also is something everyone needs – even though working million miles away, you still need to communicate with your colleges, staff members or even customers and clients. As for the technical side, computer skills is the first any remote worker needs as well as internet. Fortunately, almost everyone in modern century knows how to manage those two – anything else comes with practice.
The next thing before choosing a destination, you need to make sure that you have enough money with yourself to afford living in a foreign place. In other words you need to be organized and careful about spending your budget. Before moving from one spot to another you need to check it carefully and calculate in advance your living costs.
Though it may all sound fun and easy, the advice is to think twice before starting this journey. We can agree that office-based job isn’t cool all the time but some people still prefer to work with their colleagues and with their business companies while being in touch with them regularly rather than work online.
Once you have read as much information as possible, you may think again if being a digital nomad is really for you or not. But if you have already decided to get started and you have no experience, you can learn a lot of tips and tricks from the digital nomads’ stories and videos on websites like fluentu.com for free. Learning basics will help you a lot in making first steps in your digital nomad life and become an expert Digital Nomad Entrepreneur.
My experience as a digital nomad entrepreneur doing business in Georgia can be found in this article: Living in Tbilisi Georgia as a digital nomad entrepreneur
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