In my 18 months of working remotely, I have discovered several tips and sites that I share with anyone who asks me about remote work and being a digital nomad. Traveling while working is not as easy as you think, but it’s not as difficult either. It’s pretty glamorous at times, but it also sucks. It’s like any other lifestyle; it has its unique struggles and advantages.
how did i do it?
I went to my boss and told him I wanted to travel and that I felt I could continue doing my job well while working remotely. I had prepared a list of issues I foresaw by becoming remote and then addressed those issues with possible solutions. Frankly, I approached the conversation thinking that I was going to lose my job and would have to live off my savings for a few months. Instead of scoffing or laughing at me as I thought he would, my boss said, “I wish I had thought of that!” and we proceeded to work on a plan of action that suited everyone.
Morals of the story: Be prepared to have the conversation. Ask for what you want. Give people the opportunity to surprise you.
Check out these websites when looking for freelance work or full-time, remote jobs.
- PowerToFly.com (possibly just for the ladies)
- 38 websites to find online work is a PDF full of tips and resources.
Actually figuring out how and where to work remotely can be a more daunting optic to figure out than finding the job that allows you work remotely.
- WorkFrom.co is a site that helps you find cafes that suit your needs as a remote worker. That also have a great blog about working remotely.
- Nomad List ranks places in the world based on several different metrics. There is also a paid, subscription side to Nomad List that I’m not member to, but I know exists.
- Remote Year there are others out there, and there are travel communities that travel for less time than a year. But Remote Year is the big one and will give you a good idea of how these program work.
I know, networking has a College 101 quality to it. However, actively curating your digital nomad network has so many benefits to it. Even if it’s just a network connection that lives online, having people in your life who understands how exciting it is to find a seat next to the power outlet at a cafe; who understand the difficulty you now have connecting with friends who don’t travel (and who think you are on a long vacation); and who know when you say, “Let’s meet at a cafe to co-work” that you really do intend to do some work; having these people in your life makes a world of difference.
How do you find this network: social media. Pick your poison and go for it. Look for digital nomads group on Facebook, specifically in location you plan to visit. Find the Twitter account to your favorite travel bloggers and reach out. Stalk Instagram accounts like it’s your side-job. I’m amazed by how many people I’ve met through Instagram simply because people I travel-envy start posting about a place I am currently visiting.
- How to become a digital nomad from WebWorkTravel.com
- Forbes’ How to become a digital nomad and travel the world
- How to quite your job and become a digital nomad: 35 expert tips from MoneyNomad.com
- 10 most popular digital nomad job hiring right now from GoAbroad.com
- How to find work overseas: 15 ways to earns money when you travel
- Tips on how to “Work to Wander” from Where in the world in Nina?
- How to become a digital nomad and work from anywhere in the world from WanderlustWorker.com
- Digital Nomad: What is it and how do I become one? from HaveCompassWillTravel.com