3 Steps to Making a Digital Nomad Lifestyle Work For You
February 10, 2021
If you are thinking about making your freelance work alongside your love of travel, then the digital nomad lifestyle could be for you. If you have been working from home for a while now, then what is stopping you from working remotely in a different country for a year or moving around to visit a number of places, all while paying your way and not having to quit your job to do so?
It can all sound pretty idyllic, right? But of course, like anything, it will be a lot of hard work, take time to get things in place, and need a lot of your dedication to be able to meet the needs of your clients but still enjoy your surroundings. So with that in mind, here are some tips and nuggets of advice to help you if you like the sound of a digital nomad lifestyle.
It is important to make sure that you have a client base for work before you up sticks and move somewhere new. You need to be realistic about where you are going and the kind of money that you will need to survive. Some countries that you visit will have rent that is going to be much cheaper than it is back home, but you still need to have a list of clients ready so that you can pay your way and live in the way that you want to, at your chosen destination.
Put plans in place to help keep you organized
Having some plans in place before you’re ready to go will help you to just get on with working when you’re at your destination. If you’re renting an Airbnb type of home, then make sure that there is somewhere for you to work from when you arrive, as well as a reliable internet connection. As well as that, it could be worth thinking about getting access to postal mail online, because you won’t have an address in your home country any longer. If you have a website or to use when invoicing and so on, then you could use a virtual mailbox to have the address. Not only can you use the address, but you can see what has been sent to you, without having to wait days or weeks for the mail to be forwarded on.
Get timezones right
If you will be using a lot of the clients that you have already been using, then it is important to make sure that you check the timezone that people are working in. if you’re behind their timezone but they need work submitted by a certain date, it isn’t going to be a very successful relationship if you submit it late to them, just because your timezone is different. You might have to have some late nights or early mornings to meet deadlines, so that is just something to be aware of.
If this kind of lifestyle sounds like it is for you, then it is a good idea to start living off as little as possible at the moment. Get used to working with very little around you, and then you’ll be much better suited to packing up your suitcase and moving from place to place as your heart desires.