How to Become the Next Digital Nomad

January 11th, 2016

There’s a growing breed of millennials who can’t quite give up the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants travel lifestyle they became accustomed to during a gap year. These young people (and even, not go so young people) are also earning a decent living working abroad. 

Uh, what is a Digital Nomad?

Great question. Digital nomads are people who are packing up their belongings, adopting a nomadic lifestyle and freelancing from wherever their heart desires. From social media experts to graphic designers, through to PR agencies, these people are living simply (but happily) travelling overseas. 

Of course, you don’t need to be a millennial to jump on the digital nomad train. Nor do you need to have done a gap year.

The necessities? An open mind, a good work ethic, a desire to see the world and, of course, a great internet connection.

As technology gets more advanced, we find ourselves able to communicate effectively with people on the other side of the world through a computer or mobile phone screen and many online freelancers are cashing in on the freedom.

There’s even a nomadic community springing up all over the world, with shared coworking spaces in major cities like Sydney, Berlin, Amsterdam and London (there’s even one up the road from the Nimble office on the Gold Coast).

How can I become a Digital Nomad?

    • Define your skills and find your niche in an online world. Are you a creative writer with loads of content ideas but have no outlet?

      There are heaps of companies who outsource writing to small companies (just like you) for a pretty penny. You might think you don’t have what it takes but the number of different ways to make money online could surprise you.

    • Get an ABN and register yourself in all the proper ways if you’re not working for a company full time (yes, some companies still employ you on a full-time basis even if you’re not based in one location).
    • Get Skype! Video calls are a much better way to communicate than texts, instant messages and emails (even though they have their part to play, too). Skype feels a bit more official than a WhatsApp call or a Facetime when it comes to a potential employer. 
  • Start a blog and document your travels. Even if you aren’t a writer, keeping an online journal of your experiences will a.) encourage others to join you on your travels and b.) keep those left at home in the loop of all your wild adventures. Make sure you include photos too! WordPress or Squarespace are probably your best bets for a platform – they’re both super easy to use and they look the goods (did we mention you can set them up for free?).

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The information contained in this blog is correct at the date of publication and is provided solely for informative purposes and not advice.