The digital nomad lifestyle is awesome, but it is also challenging and stressful. It requires a sharp mind, an adventurous mindset and a clear plan to be successful. In this blog we’ll give you our 6 step guide to become a successful digital nomad.
Our 6 step guide can help you to become a successful digital nomad. But before we dive into it, let’s first look at what a digital nomad actually is. Because a digital nomad isn’t someone who is just sitting at a beach with a MacBook on his or her lap (we only do that for the photo).
One thing all digital nomads have in common is that they are free and location independent. They have a passive income stream or earn an income while working online. Because of this, a digital nomad doesn’t have to be in one particular location to make money.
Most digital nomads use the fact that they are location independent to travel and live abroad. By carefully choosing where they live a digital nomad is able to optimize what they can do with their income. For example, earning € 15.000,- a year as a freelancer in London is not enough to live. But with the same € 15.000,- you can have a pretty good life on Bali.
The goal of becoming a digital nomad should be to experience true freedom by have a healthy, location independent income that allows you to run your business from any place on the world you choose (which can be your hometown as well). It requires hard work to get a solid location independent income stream going. It’s easy to skip work and go on an exciting adventure instead, but doing that is not the way to build a solid business. You’ll need to be focused and disciplined to hit your deadlines and stay on track.
So, know you know what you are getting into. Let’s dive into our 6 step guide. There isn’t exactly one blueprint digital nomad lifestyle for everyone to follow. Because we all have a different set of skills and experience to begin with some of you might be able to skip a few steps, while others may need to do a little extra work at the beginning. This 6 step guide is written for people who are at the beginning of their digital nomad journey. Are you an experienced digital nomad? Help us and our community with your feedback on this guide.
The first step to become a digital nomad and experience true freedom is to recognize and get rid of long term, location dependent commitments. A mortgage on a house, a long-term leases on an apartment or car, long term and gym memberships. Not having these commitments is a good start to experience true freedom. And as a bonus, getting rid of some of these commitments is going to save you money you can use to travel.
On top of this, try to get rid of all the stuff in your life you don’t need. It’s almost unbelievable how much stuff we have that we don’t actually need. One of the best things you can do is get rid of your car. Selling the sh*t you don’t need is a quick way to make some extra cash and it weighs you down so it’s far more easy to pack your bags and go on your next adventure.
Figure out what superpowers you have that are going to help you in your new life as a digital nomad.
When you know your superpowers and skills you can figure out where you can add the most value. Adding value to people or businesses is a great way to earn money, especially if you have skills few people possess but a lot of people or businesses are looking for.
Typical skills for remote work are writing, marketing, design, development and coaching. But when you think about it, for most business services it’s not necessary to be physically present. Of course you do need some digital skills to be able to work remotely. But we can’t imagine you don’t have those.
When you know your superpowers and skills it’s time to create a plan that allows you to generate location independent income.
Of course there are different ways to generate a location independent income. But the most logical option is to build an online business. This could be a business with people working for or with you, or you can start for yourself and become a freelancer.
When you become a freelancer we recommend you to join Passionfruit. In the first place because our matching algorithm is going to automatically match you to remote freelance jobs & gigs from entrepreneurs and business all around the globe. On top of that we are going to give you all the tools you need to successfully run your online freelance business. Giving you the time to focus on your work and doing what you love most.
Joining a community is not only going to help you on your journey, it’s also an awesome experience to have a group of like-minded people around you. Joining a community is a great way to learn from others and their journeys, and to help them by sharing your own experiences and knowledge.
At Passionfruit we are building a community of digital nomads, freelancers and entrepreneurs who want to make an impact in the world. You are more than welcome to join us!
Another community we recommend to join is meetingsinthesun. Here you can find a lot of knowledge about the digital nomad lifestyle, location independent work. They are also organizing super inspiring workshops and workations. Meetingsinthesun is a Passionfruit partner, so make sure to follow our social channels, because we have an exclusive offer coming your way very soon.
Now that you have a location independent income set up, it’s time to jump, grow your wings and explore the world.
The possibilities are endless. Be honest with yourself about the things you need from a location to be happy and be realistic about your income and needs. Make sure you always have a good internet connection, because without it making your online income becomes pretty much impossible.
Ask yourself if you are someone who loves to be surrounded by like minded-people or do you prefer being alone? Your answer to those questions is going to help you to decide where you need to go to find happiness. Whatever you decide to do, remember that you now have true freedom. Mix it up and change your accommodations whenever you need a change.
When you want the digital nomad lifestyle to work you need to have clear for yourself; what you want to do, where you want to go, what you want your days to be like and what you need to do, to make it happen.
We recommend you to start by determining your long term goals. After you have done this, schedule a strategy session in your (online) calendar. During these session you break down your long term goals into short term goals for a specific period. We recommend you to do this at least every year and every quarter.
At the beginning of each week you look at your quarterly goals and decide what your most important to do’s are for the upcoming week. Schedule those, and make sure that these are always on top of your priority list.
Keep in mind that plans shouldn’t only revolve around your income as a remote worker. You also want to address everyday aspects of healthy living and make sure you have time to go out on adventures, make new friends and explore the world.
We hope this 6 step guide helps you to become a digital nomad yourself. It’s a challenging journey, but if you are looking for freedom, adventure and excitement you are going to absofuckinglutely love this! We have one last tip for you to become a successful digital nomad. This is the most important one we can give you: Just f*cking do it! Don’t let fear get in your way to pursue happiness and realize your dreams.
We’d love to hear what you think about our 6 step guide. Please feel free to ask us anything or give us your feedback.