Nowadays the term “digital nomad” you can find almost everywhere, in media, as a coffee place name, in books, travel offers and so on. But what does it mean?
A nomad is a person or a group of people who migrate all the time, without fixed habitation or just people who travel around without settled place where they live. Actually, before most of the tribes where nomadic because they moved if they couldn’t find any food in their area and followed the animals. Today, we have an additional word to nomadic lifestyle is “digital”.
It means that a person moves when he wants without any limitation and he earns money having a digital job. Also, you can read my blog post: what is the difference between digital nomad, freelancer, entrepreneur and being location independent.
What do digital nomads work?
The possibilities are limitless what people can work as digital nomads. If you have a profession you can probably do some tasks online. I work with web administration, writing, and digital marketing. Here are the main popular fields in which digital nomads work:
- IT, programmer;
- Web development;
- Digital marketing, social media;
- Customer support;
- Virtual assistant job;
- Teaching a language;
- Writing, copywriting;
And many more like a consultation, lawyer and truly a lot of jobs you can do online, just be more creative. If you worked as a any type of specialist for the past 5 years or so, maybe you could do some consultations online, write about it or offer online teaching. Just open new possibilities in your life.
Why you should try being a digital nomad?
I personally love living a digital nomad lifestyle. It opened my eyes that it is way more in life than just working. If I planned my time correctly, I could spend way more time with my family and pets and just do the things I enjoy. Also, I love that I can choose what work I want to do and with whom I don’t want to work. I have a choice and I choose things which make me happy.
To be completely honest I feel a little bit tired of constantly traveling because for the past two years I traveled full time and changed my living place every 1 to 3 months. But traveling was the thing I always dreamt as a girl and while solo traveling I proved myself that I can literally do anything and I am in control of my happiness. This is a lesson which I had to learn to improve more.
What skills do you need to become a digital nomad?
- The most important skills I believe are time management and planning because you are your own boss and you control the situation. If your plan is bad then you will not get paid, easy right?
- Also, it is important to know how to have awkward difficult conversations. For example, negotiating for your payment or reminding a company that they forgot to pay you. For me, it helps when I think it’s just business and nothing personal and it doesn’t affect me emotionally.
- Another skill you should have is Googling or searching for information which you don’t know and trust me at the beginning you will not know so many things.
Do you have any advice for new digital nomads? Share it in the comment section!