Running a Business as a Nomad: Where and How To Start

Are you intrigued by the prospect of running a business while traveling around the world? Do the terms: location independence, making money online, entrepreneurship, and remote work sound appealing? You are not alone as more and more people seem to be choosing the digital nomad way of life.

To clarify, a digital nomad is someone who uses technology and the internet to work, while they travel. If you have a job that you can do remotely, you could become a digital nomad.

if you are looking to get started, you’re probably wondering how to do it and what you need to do. In this post, I will give you some useful tips.

Don’t Rush to Quit Your Current Day Job

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Unless you have a plentiful supply of money and resources, it might not be the best decision in the world to quit your current job straight away. It will take some time to convert fully to the digital nomad way of life. In the meantime, the work you get from your current employer can help to finance your dream.

Another point worth keeping in mind is if you can, look to see if your employer could keep you as a remote employee. If they can, that would be a help with sorting things like payroll and taxes. On the other hand, if that doesn’t work out for either party, you could still find help with payroll and other things while on the road through a PEO – see here for what a PEO is and how it can help you.

Determine the Roles You Can Qualify For

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Think about what you are good at and what qualifications, if any, you have at your disposal.

For example, If you can speak another language, do you know it well enough to work in translation? Perhaps you are a keen and highly skilled photographer or have amazing skills as an editor or graphic designer.

Always Look to Fine-tune your Existing Skill Set

Our modern world is one of constant change and technology is rapidly improving. Which means if you want to continue having success with your skill you need to stay up to date. Subscribe to appropriate websites and start taking online courses, so that you can keep your skills as sharp as a samurai’s sword.

Get Organized

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When you eventually work embark as a digital nomad or freelancer, you will be able to set your own work schedule and choose when and where you want to work. This is definitely one of the perks of working remotely. But, you need to develop good habits with scheduling and meeting deadlines. And you’ll have to work on self-discipline to get work done.

Don’t waste time on social media and other distractions when it’s time for work. If you get all your work done first, then you have plenty of time to do other stuff. Learn what type of work environment fits you and what time of day you’re the most productive.

Perfect Your Skype Interview Game

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You need to understand what a particular client wants and show that you are energetic and passionate about the same things. Make sure you have questions and answers ready and express your interest in working on their project. The thing most clients want to know more than anything is that you actually care about them. Try to convey that you do so through the inevitable Skype video interview.

Put Together an Attractive and Impressive Portfolio

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Clients always like to see the work you have done in the past because no one really wants to hire a complete newbie. Either use a section on your website or create one. You can also use word processing or editing software like Adobe to create a PDF file with examples of previous work. The more professional-looking and aesthetically pleasing you can make your portfolio, the better a chance you will have of getting work.

So running a business as a digital nomad is not rocket science, but you still need to keep in mind these tips and remember – this is completely possible for anyone with hard work! But also remember, that the hard work will pay off in many ways!

1 thought on “Running a Business as a Nomad: Where and How To Start

  1. Very interesting article. I am thinking of running an online business as a part time. Going to see how it works before thinking of going big.


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