When the economic climate changes, you have to adapt – and pretty quickly. If you are currently thinking about being ever freer in your freelancing, then it might just be time to make that digital nomad plan. Planning for the future is something that can fill up a lot of time between contracts, or when regular routines are disrupted.
So how do you do it?
It is essential to know that everyone’s route to being a digital nomad will look different, because everyone wants something different from their freelancing, and will enjoy different things too.
Some people will be working on the day, and realise that there is nothing stopping them booking a flight and working on the go, others will take the time to convert a van and use that as a mobile travelling home-office. Think about your lifestyle and which situation would suit you better.
The money you make is going to be what fuels you to manage to travel. That goes for your own country or to others. That all starts with skills. The more skills you have, the more you can offer as a service. Start making a note of everything that you can offer now, and skills that will compliment that more.
You can take a range of free online courses to help you get new skills, or you can just keep practicing on personal projects. A combination is probably wisest.
Ideally, you want to make sure that you are doing something you love, something people need and something you’re good at. That sweet spot is going to serve you well.
One of the biggest things that you are going to want to do is plan your trip. Where do you want to go and what is going to be a more cost-effective way to go there? Planes, trains, coaches and vans. There are plenty of options. But if you like your creature comforts, then vans are probably going to be your best.
You will need to still drive carefully, and there are certain times of the day where there is an increase in truck-related accidents, so you’ll have to plan accordingly.
There isn’t a skill that can’t be sold or useful. If it is something that might be more practical, then you can spend some time filming educational videos. Shorter ones for youtube, and longer ones for a paid-for course. Remember, the aim of the game is making money. Udemy, Teachable, and Skillshare are great places to host your class.
Or you can create a funnel delivery course using something like Convertkit. Consider quick buying and booking options on your website too. And some off the shelf options are always worthwhile.
Create profiles on some of the more prominent freelance marketplaces too. Fivver and Upwork are great for picking up gigs, Amazon is ideal for selling self-published guides and books. Combine these with your courses.
And finally one of the most significant considerations will be will you keep a home base property or is it time to say goodbye?