From thatcher to digital nomad…
In 2014, I told myself that I had to create a job that would allow me to travel, I didn’t know exactly where to go but I was willing to take the risk so I wouldn’t regret my life.
At the time, I was into the westcoast rap scene, I was following every move of the new rappers from Los Angeles, among them Nipsey Hussle and YG who I discovered on the mixtape site datpiff.com
I’ve always been a big fan of hip-hop videos, so I loved California videos, I came across the “Hussle in the house” video and Nipsey had jumped out at me! I had also invested in turntables, that’s what had also pushed me in my search for good California sounds.
On a trip down south with my mom, and in Barcelona, I got to thinking, just before that trip, I remember coming across a video on yotuube of Marc Ostrofsky who was one of the first people to make millions on the internet, he said he had written everything you need to know in his book “Get Rich Click!”
The guy had completely inspired me, The book was only 20€ so I ordered it and took the opportunity to read it during my trip to the south and Barcelona.
While I was thinking about it during this trip, I thought that the thing I could see myself doing the most was starting a hip-hop clothing brand website.
I was already passionate about the community and I couldn’t find the clothes I needed in France, plus the clothes were expensive. So I said to myself that I had to propose a streetwear brand and that’s how I started my adventure.
A few months later, I had well started my project which was transformed into a streetwear brand. I had to promote it. Then the idea came to me to go and promote the brand in Los Angeles.
So I went to the USA and the adventure began.
How to become a digital nomad?
There are 2 types of digital nomads:
- those who work for themselves
- those who work for a company remotely
Working remotely for a company will be remote work, a subject I will only cover briefly in this article, as I want to talk more specifically about the case of a digital nomad working for himself.
The advantages and disadvantages
One of the main advantages of the digital nomad is his schedule. You work when you want. We also take our vacations when we want.
The second one is the free location. We work from where we want.
We can arrange our schedules in order to be more productive and therefore save time, while enjoying more.
To conclude, it gives us a huge autonomy and on paper it seems to be the ideal solution but the reality is unfortunately very different…
As a freelancer, it is not easy to find contracts, especially if you do not have an existing network. Moreover, companies do not trust a person who is far away and not close.
For a company, this represents constraints because the freelancer is not necessarily going to share the company culture and risks being disconnected from the company’s reality.
You are under pressure because you have to constantly make sure you get contracts or else you won’t have any money coming in.
As much as being able to travel is really cool, it also impacts the stability of your life. You don’t have a fixed group of friends. You don’t have time to develop real relationships in the place where you are, you don’t build anything.
Not being in a regular environment can impact your organization. On the one hand you have to be extremely well organized, on the other hand you have to plan a lot of things that may impact your tranquility.
When you are in a dream destination, you don’t necessarily want to work too hard, you want to enjoy where you are, and this can become a problem if you don’t do a great job and spend more time tanning than anything else.
You have to be disciplined and work on time, finish your work even when you want to enjoy yourself.
Sometimes you can feel lonely, traveling regularly has its advantages, but when you find yourself on the other side of the world alone in a culture that is not your own, you can tend to feel lonely.
One idea to overcome this problem is to join a community of digital nomads…
Join a community of digital nomads
There are several communities of digital nomads, and it may be relevant to surround yourself with similar people to not feel too isolated in this path.
The digital nomad communities will also allow you to find freelance contracts, here are some of them:
- Digital Nomad around the world
- Barcelona Digital Nomads
- Digital Nomads Bali
- Digital Nomads Spain
Co-working spaces are also very interesting to meet other digital nomads.
However, as mentioned before, to be successful in your transition to digital nomadism, you’ll need to master some skills…
Skills to have to become an efficient digital nomad
- Mastery of written and verbal communication
- Know how to sell
- Knowledge of marketing
- Have a good command of finances
- Know digital
If you have mastered these skills or if their mastery seems possible, you can move on to the next step which is to identify which type of freelance best suits you…
Types of freelancers or companies
- Writer or copywriter
- Web or application developer
- Graphic designer
- Community manager
- Social Media Marketing
- Content creator
These are the ones I’m thinking about right now, but there are many more possible ones…
If you are a freelancer you can also offer your services on platforms such as :
In which countries can I get a digital nomad visa?
Recently many countries have started to offer digital nomad visas, and the list is growing every year, here is a list of countries that offer it: (non exhaustive list)
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Northern Macedonia
- Saint Lucia
- Cayman Islands
- Cape Verde
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- Czech Republic
For more info you can read this article from nomadgirl
Some interesting websites on the subject:
List from the blog Crossing the border:
- Travelplugin.com : A reference site about digital nomadism, blogging and business creation
- Carohardy.com : Tips to become a nomadic freelancer
- No-mad-life.com : Sonia and Lucas, nomads on a sailing boat
To conclude, becoming a digital nomad has its advantages and disadvantages, like everything else, for my part, the best choice is to have a hybrid version, that is to say to have a foot on the ground (ideally to buy an apartment or a house) and to travel several months in the year, to come back home when you feel the need.