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Want to Become a Digital Nomad – Here’s What You Should Know

Step One

Check your bank balance and start saving. Unfortunately, serious debts are one factor that can really rain on your digital nomad parade. If you do have debt, you may have to reconcile yourself to the fact that you’ll need to knuckle down at work and pay it off, or at least reduce it to a minimum monthly payment. If you’re fortunate enough to have some savings, lucky you! Ideally, you’ll need living costs for a year (or perhaps only six months, if you already have a freelance or online based business) – which may be less than you think, depending on your first destination.

Step Two

Sell or rent out your house! (Or give your notice to your landlord, if you’re a tenant.) How long this step will take is entirely dependent on your situation – but start your preparations early. If you own your own home, renting it out through a lettings management company could be a great option, which will also provide you with income each month. Don’t forget to let your service providers know that you’re leaving too.

Step Three

Quit your day job! Now’s the time to give your notice in at work. Plan to leave in two or three months, to give yourself time to make any necessary preparations – and of course, to choose your first destination and start getting excited! At this point, you should also decide what you’re going to do to fund your digital nomad lifestyle – whether through freelancing online, affiliate marketing and blogging, teaching English… the possibilities are endless!

Step Four

Book your departing flight and a few nights accommodation at your first destination. You’ll also need to make sure you have any necessary vaccinations, and make sure you’re registered for tax as you’re now self-employed – congratulations! Purchase a decent traveling bag – ideally cabin size for maximum flexibility – and a good lightweight laptop, if you don’t already have one. You’ll also need to either sell all your possessions, put them in storage, or donate them to charity.

Step Five

Plan your leaving party and bid farewell to your friends and family. You’re about to become a digital nomad and the world is your oyster! Get on that plane!

If you don’t currently have a location independent job, prepare to spend the first six months working hard to build an online business. But that’s half the fun!

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Become a Digital Nomad

Digital Nomads are individuals that leverage technology in order to work remotely and live an independent and nomadic lifestyle.

That means work wherever you want however you want. Sound too good to be true? Well, it definitely is not! Bloggers, artists, writers and entrepreneurs all over the world have found a way to embrace this unique lifestyle.

So what does that really mean?

  • People who refuse to work 9-5 jobs or be tied down to forced work routine, not of their own design
  • People who have a goal of being entirely self-sufficient based on successful internet based businesses
  • People who often prefer to be untethered to any particular location. Most nomads prefer to travel and expanding their worldly knowledge of adventure and culture.
  • Simply put, they are people who are extremely passionate and their passion exceeds a singular career archetype

I know we all say we’d love to do something like this, perhaps over cocktails at a party and murmur how it would be nice just to get up and leave and travel the world. Or how it would be nice to start a business and be your own boss. So why don’t we follow our passions?

Meet Jenny, a nomad in progress

Jenny has a Ph.D. in Science. She has dedicated over 10 years of her life buried in books and working in labs. Despite these many years of education and career, Jenny chose to abandon the science lab and embrace the path of becoming a nomad. If that isn’t a passion I don’t know what is.

So what did Jenny do differently? She took several steps that transitioned her away from her singular career path. These steps include:

  • Creating is a lifestyle blog dedicated to her passions for travel and being self-sufficient.
  • Creating The Digital Nomad Challenge – She created a challenge for herself that will help ensure her success to full freedom. She keeps track of all her goals and makes everything quantifiable. She evaluates different freelance jobs and tasks and evaluates if they are financially viable for her goal. If one process doesn’t pay well enough or pan out she doesn’t get discouraged. Based on her process of elimination she edges closer every day to becoming a true self-sufficient digital nomad. How cool is that? I encourage you all to visit her page and join her in her challenge.

As you can see it doesn’t matter what your background is, where you came from, what degree you have or how much money you have. Your passions should ultimately drive the life you lead.

Embracing the life of a digital nomad can absolutely be accomplished as you can see by Jenny’s story. Get out there and try the challenge!

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