How to become a digital nomad?

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To become a digital nomad what you need is either a job or a business that you can do or manage with a laptop and an internet connection.

In this post, I am listing several tactics and strategies you could work on to work online while travelling the world.

How did I become a digital nomad?

Long story short, I have been doing digital marketing for over 10 years. And at some point in my career, a company, that was happy with my work, offered me a remote job. It is that simple.

I could have decided to settle somewhere. Instead, I preferred living on the road.

This leads me to my first piece of advice.

1. Be the best at what you do

Whatever it is that you are doing, as long as the only thing you need is a laptop and an internet connection, be good at it.

Do not just do the minimum. Involve yourself in the company you are working for. Get great performances. Bring results. Become highly valuable.

Finding qualified and engaged employees can be a huge challenge for companies. Be the best at what you do, and negotiate with your boss or your manager for a remote position. You might be surprised.

2. Tell everyone how good you are

If being the best is not enough for your boss to allow you to work remotely, you may need to promote yourself a little bit more.

  • Build a personal website
  • Apply to job offers
  • Open an account on Upwork and become a freelancer

There are lots of opportunities for people working in digital marketing, design, and development. And there are more and more companies that are working with remote teams only.

3. Connect with other digital nomads

Our latest digital nomad statistics research has estimated that there are 11 million digital nomads, in the world at the moment.

With the rise of remote working, or work from home, we can easily say that this number has increased drastically.

It should not be difficult for you if you wish to become a digital nomad, to connect with people that are working remotely.

You could start by subscribing to Facebook groups such as Digital Nomad Around The World. You will find thousands of people there sharing tips, job offers, and other useful information.

4. Start a business online

Easy to say, harder to execute. But building your own business that you manage online is probably the best way to become a digital nomad. You could:

  • Start a website like this one, covering a topic that you know well.
  • Get yourself involved in the dropshipping business.
  • Become an influencer
  • Teach English or anything else online

5. Buy an online business

This won’t be for everyone, but if you have savings, you could eventually buy yourself an online business.

There are online businesses for sale listed on many websites, or in dedicated Facebook groups.

Depending on the level of income you need to travel the world, and the amount of money you saved, there might be opportunities for you on the market.

6. Learn new skills

For those who don’t have any skills in digital marketing, nor design, nor anything that can be done online, there are opportunities. 

For instance, more and more companies need Virtual Assistants and Copywriters.

If you feel like this is something you could do, then just go for it!





I am a digital nomad. Not the kind of nomad that keeps travelling all the time though.

I tend to live for 6 months at home in France and 6 months abroad. In the last seven years, I have been living in 13 countries.

I created this blog so I can share some insights about the places I have been and how did I manage to work and travel at the same time. I hope you will enjoy it :)

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