In the age of the millennial, office jobs are quickly becoming a thing of the past. It seems more and more people are switching to the career of a digital nomad. But what is a digital nomad exactly?
We’re glad you asked! Digital nomads work on their laptops from anywhere in the world, with jobs ranging from language, to coding, social media and graphic design. You name it, if it can be done via a computer, it can be done remotely. Instagram is flooded with accounts of professionals who work in exotic places around the world, with a view of the beach as they sit hacking away at their Macbooks, while sipping a pina colada.
If you are sitting in an office space, daydreaming about a way out, then the following points will help you get in alignment in order to reach that exact dream:
1) Don’t quit your day job – just yet
Sure, it is tempting. But preemptively quitting won’t solve anything for you – it often takes time to jumpstart a fully remote digital career. You will need to acquire a steady influx of clients and in the meantime, your current job will give you the financial security, until you can live off being a freelancer 100%.
2) Become aware of what jobs you can qualify for
What are you good at? Do you speak a second language, and if so, do you speak it well enough to translate it? Are you a super-skilled photographer, or do you possess godly editing skills? Knowing what jobs you can deliver is key to starting a digital nomad career.
3) Brush up on your technical skills, always
The ever-evolving world online is changing all the time. Stay on top of things by subscribing to the right websites and taking online courses, so you can make sure your skills don’t become old news – there is always something new in the digital world. Be aware of it.
4) Be very organized
As a full-time freelancer, you are likely to be able to set your own schedule. Amazing, but do you know how to stay organized and be productive? Develop the right habits in terms of scheduling and delivering your deadlines, don’t waste time scrolling through your Facebook feed. If you do this right, you can get your work done in half the time, leaving you lots of time to…scroll through your facebook feed (afterwards)
5) Master the art of a Skype-interview
Learn how to be impressive by being energetic and knowing what the client wants. Be ready with your answers and express interest in the project. Most clients just want to know that you care. If you can do a video Skype call, then this will make it even more personable and help to build the relationship you need to secure the job.
6) Compile a kick-ass CV and cover letter
This is essential – compile what you have to offer and what you have accomplished and turn it into a profile that will be hard to say no to. You have lots of competition, so make an effort! If you can have a visual portfolio or a website with your work on, this will make even more of an impact.
7) Make sure you always have high speed internet
This one is a no-brainer. Digital nomads can’t live without high speed internet.
8) Don’t overcharge, or undercharge
Be aware of what your work is worth. Charge accordingly. You can work this out by seeing what you need to live on every month. Making a life budget will allow you to see what you need, then charge upwards of that.
9) Stay updated about your job types
The digital freelance world is highly competitive. Learn new skills that might be needed in your expertise. If you are a writer for example, learn about SEO – most clients prefer to hire those with much knowledge, so they can give you more tasks rather than hiring a different person for each skill.
10) Have an impressive portfolio ready
The clients like to see what you have done; nobody wants to hire a newbie. Create a site or a PDF that you can send to them will examples of your work. The more visually impressive your portfolio, the higher your chances of getting hired.