So, you want to be a digital nomad?
How many times have you heard that term lately?
Doesn’t it seem like everywhere you look on instagram people are doing it, and then you get to thinking ‘how the hell do they do it?!’ while you’re still working your 9-5.
So how do they really make money online and travel the world? The truth is, there are many ways to leave the world of 9-5 and generate an online income AND there are plenty of options YOU might just be perfect for.
So let’s look at the options shall we?!
Social Media Manager/Marketer.
Any business wanting growth in 2019 is on social media, and if they’re not its a major mistake and living way back in the 90’s. There are over 2 billion users on facebook alone, so it goes without saying that a business can attract lot’s of new clientele by running their social media in the right way.
One of the biggest benefits of working as a Social Media Manager is all you need is a laptop, a stable internet connection and a phone, then you can be flying in no time - providing you have the skills to manage the accounts.
Don’t despair, if you enjoy being on social media then you can absolutely learn the skills you need through various courses online!
I’m pretty fussy with this one! As a coach myself, I work with a lot of coaches to help them grow their brand and create their online businesses so I mean it when I say the coaching world isn’t for just anyone. Coaching requires you to care just as much about the benefits your client receives as well as your own. Sure it’s an incredible way to make money, but if you’re not in this for the long run then you won’t be able to offer the kind of amazing results for your clients that they need from you, and that would be unethical to say the least.
So the GOOD news is if you REALLY DO care about helping people improve their lives - in whichever area you choose to specialise or ‘niche’ into - then you can create an unbelievable career that can help you to travel the world faster than other online professions.
So how can you become a coach?
Hire one yourself! That’s right, becoming a coach takes knowledge and skills that is best learned from someone who has walked the walk. My advice for hiring a coach is to find one that has already achieved what you want to achieve but isn’t too many steps ahead of you! And also make sure you have a great connection, this person is going to be responsible for some of the biggest transformations you’re going to go through, so you definitely want this to be someone you connect with and can open up to.
Find your niche! Figuring out who you want to help is the key to becoming a great coach.
Get qualified. We’re currently in the midst of a fast growing community, and as a fairly unregulated industry it seems more and more people are becoming coaches without the skills or credentials to back it up. When I say ‘get qualified’ this doesn’t mean hop on the next £3000 life coaching course and go from there, I mean check your credentials and make sure you’re qualified to do the job you’re wanting to do! You want to be an online fitness coach, great! Are you a PT/Yoga teacher etc? No? Go get qualified to advice you potential audience correctly. Want to be a business coach? Have you ever actually owned a business? You definitely need the knowledge and skills to be advising other people on theirs! Want to be a love/romance coach? Just because you’re a self confessed modern day Carrie Bradshaw and absolutely rock a writing about love, sex and magic, it doesn’t necessarily qualify you to be interfering with people when it comes to matters of the heart. Whatever the industry you want to get into, there will be some way of this happening, but make sure you do the right thing for YOUR clients and make sure you’re either adequately qualified or experienced to be supporting their transformations.
Very similar to a Social Media Manager but offering a wider range of services. This could include website design, PA work (flight bookings, admin work etc), digital marketing, graphic design and so much more. Virtual assistants are a great way of becoming a digital nomad as it can mean you market your existing skills to potential clients, or even can take a course or two to learn exactly what you need to know in order to offer your services. You can sell packages or charge by the hour, so it’s definitely a great way to make a stable income as a digital nomad.
Possibly one of the most appealing career options for those of us who want to be a digital nomad, but it’s also one of the most saturated and difficult to break into making good enough money. The reality is that you may be able to support your trips with free food and accommodation through being a travel influencer/blogging (with the odd awesome bikini/fitness wear thrown in) but it’s tough to generate financial benefits here - unless you have a crazy huge social media following!
This way of life generates what we call ‘passive income’ and is something you’ll hear A LOT in the digital nomad world. With affiliate marketing it can be super simple to start our own online store using Shopify for example, but this makes things difficult if you don’t have a product to sell which is where you make affiliate commissions through selling other people’s products without the hassle of shipment - but again this would require a huge social following to generate a decent income to support you in travelling the world!
If you’re not great at SEO skills and have a small SM following, I’d advise you give this option a miss - unless you’re ready to put in the time to building that skills, knowledge and audience.
Like we just talked about, you can set up your own online store easily, but you have shipping, product design or creation and a lot of background work to do in order to run this successfully. Plus if you want to travel the world as a digital nomad, you’ll certainly need to be paying someone behind the scenes to do a lot of this for you when you can’t physically be there in person to do it. Not to mention the huge start up fees you’d need to invest in order to get your products out there into the world and market them to become a highly sought after product.
The thing I love most about becoming a digital nomad is how you can start all of these businesses as a ‘side hustle’ while you grow your skills, following and client base! And they all have the potential to become a full time income if you put in the effort! And with the world of social media growing everyday, you can find and reach your potential clients/audience in no time!