How Do You Become a Digital Nomad?

Do you want to become a digital nomad just so you can run your office from the beach? You must have seen those super awesome people posting photos on social media platforms, simultaneously working and tanning from exotic islands. Like you see in most of the articles and posts you read about this lifestyle (including this one)…

In that case I recommend that you stop reading now. We only take those pictures to show off anyway. The sand will destroy your laptop and sometimes it’s a way too hot to keep productive.

The reality is a bit different. Sometime we need to escape to empty beach bars just to find a good WI-FI connection and when we really need to get work done we try our best to stay as far away from tourists as possible so that we can focus. In fact, productivity as a digital nomad can be quite a challenge.

However, the digital nomad lifestyle could be an exciting possibility if you’ve caught the travel bug and want to break free from the shackles of 9-5 life. Working online allows us to travel the world and see many amazing places in the world.

This is a special blog written for those of you who are just starting out and beginning to learn online. I hope it will give you a few new ideas and help you to decide on the next steps. Also it should give you a better idea of whether this lifestyle is right for you.

Digital Nomad works on beach
happy business man with laptop working on the beach

How to become a digital nomad:

Find a job that teach you the skills you need to know

If you’re in no real hurry to become a digital nomad immediately, a good way to get started would be to get a job at a company that will teach you the skills to work online. This is a great way of getting paid to learn. For example, If you apply for a job at an online marketing agency, you’ll learn many skills that are perfect to become a digital nomad one day.

Go freelance in your spare time

You can apply for freelance work either through networking and reaching out to businesses directly, or setting yourself up on a freelance website like Upwork, Remote.co and Freelancer.com.

There are so many professions being catered to on these sites such as writers, marketing directors, video editors, designers and human resources managers. If you can do the work remotely, they will be included in these sites.

Set yourself up with the necessary skills

The job market will be more open to you if you obtain more skills. You’ll need to take action to build your credibility. Thus, you first need to get an office job that ties you down to one place for a few months to a year while you gain the skills to be qualified to do it on your own. Another option is to take courses that teach you these skills. You can study online from Lynda, Udemy, Codecademy and more, or study at specific universities and colleges.

Use smart tools to collaborate and communicate

As a digital nomad, your budget should be your bible. To create a successful budget, calculate your living expenditures, the cost of traveling, staying there, the activities you’ll do there and the costs of remote working. AweSun offer free remote access solution for personal user. You don’t have to worry about the cost of purchasing expensive tools, in order to ensure seamless communication and collaborate.

You can use AweSun to conduct online meetings with screen-sharing and screen controlling capabilities even if you are working all over the world. Easy instant text messaging and files sharing can be achieved.

Connect with other digital nomads

Digital Nomad communities like Couchsurfing and Nomadlist will help you learn the digital nomad lifestyle. You can connect with other traveling professionals, which can lead to new business opportunities, partnerships, and friendships.

Simultaneously working and traveling can be exciting, but also often lonely. Connecting with others in the same situation as you can not only provide companionship, but also assist you with your job from collaboration to sharing skills and advice.

I hope this blog has helped you gain a clearer picture of the possibilities of becoming a digital nomad. If you really want to work and travel the most important thing right now is to TAKE ACTION and start to work for the goal.

If you take the leap, I hope to meet you on your adventures…

About AweSun

AweSun is a tool that enables global and secure connectivity, whenever and wherever you need it to work or support remotely. It empowers millions of people around the world to work without constraints or friction.

Learn how you can work productively with the help of AweSun at https://www.aweray.com/

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