Guidelines for Digital Nomads to Travel and Make Money in 2020
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Traveling the world, living a life adventure, and earning an income while doing it was once a far-fetched dream to so many people… The idea sounded good but nobody was actually living that dream. Well, in today’s digital era, that dream is more real than it has ever been. With more and more companies gravitating towards remote work and extending work-from-home opportunities, it has made traveling the world and experiencing new ways of life, while making money online, more of a reality. Not only that but there’s also the opportunity for starting your very own online business and venturing into freelance work opportunities as well.
So now that you know it’s possible to make money as a digital nomad, the question that needs to be answered is how exactly do digital nomads make money?
The question of do you need a particular set of skills, how many jobs can you do, and how much can you actually make, are the typical questions that float around in people’s minds. The answer to those particular questions is that yes, for certain jobs you will need a particular skill set, you can work as many jobs as you want, and your earning potential is limitless.
But with all the freedom and flexibility the digital nomad lifestyle provides, there is one skill set that every single digital nomad must have in order to be successful… that skill set is discipline.
Role of Discipline in the Digital Nomad Lifestyle
Before getting into the actual ways to earn as a digital nomad in 2020, it’s important to have a thorough understanding of the role that discipline plays in the digital nomad lifestyle.
In becoming a digital nomad and living the lifestyle, you’ll quickly find out that you have the freedom and ability to travel wherever you want and work as little or as much as you want. But with all that freedom and flexibility, you have to be self-disciplined enough to work and earn money despite having the freedom of not having to.
Self-discipline is the very thing that destroys a digital nomad’s career. People will see digital nomads posting these
pictures hiking up mountains with beautiful views and think the lifestyle is one big vacation. But little do people know that those photos tend to be a little misleading. Pictures like that are typically representative of the freedom that the lifestyle gives.
The reality is that you have to discipline yourself to do the amount of work necessary to make the money you need to further fund your travels. According to breeze.pm, time management is the key to success. It recommends giving yourself a schedule of times and days to work, that way you’ll not only be able to productively work but to also enjoy your destination as well.
It might be a little difficult to get into a set schedule at first but in order to have a successful career as a digital nomad, it’s absolutely necessary.
If you’re indeed interested in traveling the world and embarking on new adventures, all while making an income, here are some of the jobs that bring you the most earning potential. Just be sure to carve out time to work and enjoy your destination.
Ways to Earn As a Digital Nomad in 2020
Start Your Own E-Commerce Site
Starting your own e-commerce site is pretty much you becoming an online business owner. The best part about this particular business venture is that you can do it without having to tote your products all over the world with you if you’re reselling retail products. This is possible through dropshipping, and it’s also the most popular method for fulfillment.
You would just simply find your niche in which you want to sell, purchase your business domain name, and then go through the process to build your virtual store on an e-commerce platform like shopify.com. It really is as simple as that. And the good news is that you don’t have to be a professional web developer to build your e-commerce store… there are website builders out there that allow you to build a beautiful storefront with minimal expertise.
House sitting is also a lucrative way to earn as a digital nomad but not in the sense of earning, per se, but more so in the sense of saving. House sitting is a way for digital nomads to save on accommodations by having a place to temporarily live for free in exchange for walking/feeding pets, watering plants, and just taking care of the home while the homeowners are away.
This is a great way to earn by saving simply because paying for accommodations is the most expensive part of traveling. You need to look up house sitting opportunities for every destination you visit.
If during your travels you’ve had the opportunity to learn different languages, you have the opportunity to earn substantial income by becoming a translator. As a translator, you have the opportunity to translate everything from audio and video to books and various documents. The awesome thing is that you can do this remotely or freelance. If you find a company to do this remotely for, it will be a great source of steady income to fund your future adventures.
The fact that you plan your own trips and adventures means that you might be able to help others plan their trips and adventures as well. By traveling the world and experiencing new things, you’re more than likely to have some expert advice and tips not only on which destinations to go to but also helpful advice on how to find the best deals on London hotels or the best restaurants to visit in Japan. Because you’ll have traveled to lots of places, your expert advice will be very valuable to travelers.
Social Media Influencer
Social media has now become one of the best marketing tools brands use to grow their businesses today. If you have a large social media following, you have the ability to offer your services to various brands to share their content with your audience and make money from that, all while soaking up the sun in Hawaii or striking it big in Vegas… Your influence on your audience can pay big time with the right approach.