The number one question that our team gets asked both by friends and subscribers is: “what do I need to do to become a digital nomad”. The answer is very simple, you just need to establish a way to effectively connect with employers or clients via the internet. That answer may sound vague but it will make sense by the end of this post. The truth is that even if you have a remote job that allows you to travel you need to have a persistent online presence to be able to attract new income opportunities.
This guide will tell you exactly how to start off your journey on the right foot with actionable steps that you can take today to ensure that in the future you can be successful and location-independent.
Start A Website No Matter What Your Skills Are
The number one thing that almost all successful digital nomads have in common is that they have a personal or professional website. You may be thinking that starting a website is only something that people interested in blogging or e-commerce need to do, but this cannot be further from the truth. The truth is that starting a website is absolutely essential in sustainably living the kind of location-independent lifestyle that you want. A website showcases your work to the world and allows for opportunities to connect with others both commercially and creatively. Think of it as a persistent marketing tool that allows others to connect with you and most importantly.
A website can be a blog that showcases your travels, an online portfolio of your work, or an online store. No matter what it is the key to establishing your credibility. For the sake of simplicity let’s focus on one of the former two types of websites. Let’s say you are someone who is a social media marketer who is already working remotely full-time for a company and all you have is a resume/CV to go off of to help you stand out from the thousands of other social media marketers that you are competing with. A resume is a good thing to maintain, but often does not contain links to actual projects and campaigns that you have worked on. A website with a portfolio of your work and a detailed “about” section allows clients and employers to effectively see who you are as a person and the quality of the work that you have done better than any resume ever can.
If you want to start off on the right foot, you need a website that is flexible enough to meet your changing needs. For this reason we recommend using WordPress which you can use for free to build beautiful, high quality websites (like Nomad Era 😉 ) in an incredibly simple and intuitive way, and completely for free. Before getting started with WordPress you will need quality website hosting to make sure that your site is running smoothly.
We’ve found that one of the most popular and highest quality hosting services is BlueHost which is currently offering an incredible discount here at just $3.95/month which is an over 50% discount from their normal price. Which is a bargain considering bloggers can many bloggers make enough money to live off , with many bloggers earning $1,000 – $5,000 per month and some earning over $100,000 per month (yes, per month). If you’re serious about becoming a digital nomad having a website and having a proper hosting plan is a fundamental first step.
Start Developing Skills While Reaching Out To Clients And Employers
Cez and Agnes of ‘Etramping.com’ have a great article about their journeys towards becoming digital nomads with the common thread being that they had to start developing their marketable skills and go through a somewhat lengthy process to developing these skills to a point where they were marketable and then continue to grow them even further and increase their rate. Even if you are already employed in a traditional full-time or part-time role you can start developing your freelance skills today by using Fiverr.
While many of you may be familiar with fiverr as a gig marketplace, it has developed quite significantly over the past few years. Not only do people use Fiverr to make money helping bloggers, you tubers and international brands outsource certain creative and operational tasks, but Fiverr now offers affordable online courses to teach you everything from digital marketing, copywriting, website optimization, SEO, and more. It is also completely free to sign up with Fiverr and start advertising your services and you may even land your first client today with he right offer and the right skill. After signing up with Fiverr and getting your first clients be sure to put all of your testimonials, and client results in your portfolio on your website.
Those were two actionable steps anyone can take right now to start on the path of becoming a digital nomad. For more tips on how to live a stable life as a nomad be sure to read our post here after you’ve started on your journey.