Making the Digital Nomad Dream a Reality
7 steps to get you started on your way to earning online and living a location-independent life.
Imagine this: you’re writing about your trip to the tropical paradise that is Bali while sitting by the beach having a cold one. You hit submit on that article and you’re set. This isn’t just a vacation. This isn’t just a dream. It’s your life.
Being a digital nomad and working from anywhere is possible but it does require some good groundwork to establish stable income streams. Unless you’ve got a pretty hefty trust fund, you can’t exactly quit your job to travel the world and be able to support the lifestyle right away.
So, first things first, let’s define what it means to be a digital nomad. There are two terms here that we need to understand — the digital part and the nomad part. For digital, it basically means you generate income using online sources. This then leads you to a lifestyle that allows you to be a nomad — or simply said, location independent.
Being able to achieve the digital nomad lifestyle means you can get paid on-the-go, you get to travel the world, work remotely, and enjoy a variety of tropical or exotic places. The good news is, it’s now easier to get closer to this dream than ever. In the later part of this decade, employers have started to realize the benefit of letting employees work remotely. Cutting the cost of office rental can massively decrease their overhead and capital expense cost. Then came the advent of virtual offices and co-working spaces. Startups and small to medium-sized businesses have been moving towards this setup over the last few years to give them a competitive edge over bigger companies in the same industry.
When the global pandemic started, most of the working world shifted to remote work. While we don’t know how long all this will last — more companies and more employees are realizing the benefits (and the downside) of working outside the strictly corporate setup. So, at this point, you may already have an idea of whether or not the digital nomad lifestyle is for you.
Deciphering Digital Nomads Numbers
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