You don’t mind earning an honest dollar. But you also love to travel — a lot. You love traveling so much that you want your life to revolve around it. Well, it sounds like you may meet the requirements for becoming a digital nomad! In short, digital nomads blend remote work with travel. The concept is simple enough, but successfully leading this kind of lifestyle can come with its fair share of challenges.
Le 402 is all about helping clients work more productively and comfortably. That’s why we’ve listed some essential tips to consider if you’re thinking about diving into digital nomadism:
Make sure it’s for you.
OK, so the first step is to understand what you’re getting into if you become a digital nomad. It will allow you to work remotely, move around, and experience as many new places and cultures as you can fit into your life. Since you do all of your work digitally, you’re not tied down to any one location. However, it also requires you to practice a considerable amount of self-discipline and business savvy, and you need a knack for interacting with potential clients. If this sounds like you, then digital nomadism might just be for you!
Look into job opportunities.
If you decide to become a digital nomad, you will need to determine what kind of work you will do. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of remote work opportunities. Here are a few examples of the lines of work you can do from anywhere:
- Freelance writing
- Software development
- Web design
- Graphic design
- Voice acting
- Video editing
- Customer service
You can also provide virtual assistance, editing services, and proofreading services — the list goes on. To kickstart your career, create a profile on an online job platform. Prospective clients use these platforms to compare rates, delivery times, and reviews of freelancers. If you provide quality work on time, you can build your brand quickly.
Get your finances in order.
Finances can be challenging as a digital nomad, especially when you’re new to the lifestyle and trying to build your freelance career. Before diving in, try to eliminate as much debt as possible. Develop the habit of saving so that you can build a decent cushion for unexpected events and expenses. Learn how to handle your taxes. Moreover, it also may be worth your time to hire an accountant, form an LLC, and take other steps to move your career forward.
Take the leap.
When you feel like you have solid footing, it’s time to take the plunge into digital nomadism. Start canceling your subscriptions and get a virtual phone number. Start selling things you will no longer need, whether it’s selling your vehicle, selling household items online, or having a massive garage sale.
Another trick that can prove useful in your new lifestyle is to learn how to efficiently search for apartments and other short-term rentals. For example, you’ll want to narrow your options on websites to rentals with Wi-Fi access and other tech-friendly amenities. Also, whenever you travel, be on the lookout for collaboration workspaces. For instance, coworking establishments like Le 402 can provide you with a comfortable place to work if you’re ever in Montréal.
Digital nomadism is gaining in popularity because it allows you to travel freely and work on your own conditions. Just ensure it’s a lifestyle you can thrive in, come into it prepared, and make good decisions along the way. The tips above can help you get off to a strong start as a digital nomad, but keep researching so that you can learn as much as possible about your new lifestyle!
Are you looking for a top-notch collaborative workspace in the Montréal area? Contact Le 402 today to get to know your options (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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