How Becoming A Digital Nomad Can Change Your Life
How Becoming A Digital Nomad Can Transform Your Life
Have you ever thought about breaking free from the rat race and becoming a digital nomad? If so, you are not alone. Each year hundreds of people quit their day jobs and hit the road in search of freedom, excitement and live an independent location lifestyle.
Becoming a digital nomad can change your life in ways you may have never thought of before. Just imagine having the ability to work from anywhere in the world and never having to worry about answering to a boss ever again in your life. If this sounds like the life for you, then I am glad you found my blog.
The best way to learn is from people who have done it and living a lifestyle by design. They can move to any location at any time and work from any place using a laptop and smartphone. These days you don’t even need wifi, you can design an entire website using your mobile hotspot. I built this blog while I was sitting on the beaches of the Fiji Islands. I didn’t mind paying the extra cost of the mobile data since it gave me the freedom to work from any location on the island as long as my mobile had at least 3 signal bars. When I am not on wifi, I am working on action items that don’t require too much data or downloads. For example, I will upload images or videos when I am on a wifi network, so I plan my work when I am off the grid or on a road trip driving thousands of miles across the country.
Freedom to Work from Anywhere
As we have already mentioned above, being a digital nomad will give you the freedom to work from anywhere in the world. Since 2015, I have had the opportunity to live the digital nomad lifestyle full-time. My hometown is Sacramento, CA and I have traveled to several states and internationally during that time and have lived in Dallas, Kansas, New Zealand, and Fiji. Being able to work remotely has given me more freedom than I ever thought possible.
Having this freedom to work from any location, as long as you have internet access, will improve your life. As I am writing this article, I will be 49 years old this year and I can outrun my three younger brothers up a mountain any day and all four brothers are entrepreneurs, living in different countries. Two of my brothers own construction companies with employees so they don’t have the freedom to travel much or for too long. As a digital nomad, you will no longer be location-bound or have to deal with the stress of commuting to the office.
My brothers and I have created a cloud-based system that allows me to help them with tasks like creating quotes, invoicing, hiring, advertising, and other tasks that I can do remotely. Also, I am helping them with online sales and marketing. Anytime I am visiting my brothers, I visit job sites with them too which cuts into my vacation time….I love my little bros and I want them to WIN! The location you work from will be totally up to you. So if you want to work from the beaches of Maui or the Black Forest in South Australia, or spend more time with your family, the choice is yours!
You Get to See the World
Dreamed of traveling the world but can’t take that much time off work? If you embrace the digital nomad lifestyle, the limitation of work can be lifted from your shoulders. Working completely online will allow you to bring the office with you anywhere there is a secure internet connection.
Do you get bored staying in one location for a long time? Many people struggle to carry on with daily life because they have the traveling bug…I know I do. Since I was a kid, growing up on an island, I have always thought about how can I get off this island with less than a million people? Instead of giving up your dreams of traveling the world, why not become a digital nomad? Your life will be filled with great places and amazing people and live a life full of adventure and without limits set by others. Now when I go back to the islands, I have a way to generate income online which allows me to have the best time.
Knowing that I can live anywhere, I am always looking for the next place to visit and create a cash budget for the trip. As a digital nomad who doesn’t have a remote job but runs his own business, you have to pay attention to how you invest your money and your monthly operations expenses. Most remote employees call themselves digital nomads since they have the freedom to travel which is a great start towards the digital nomad lifestyle. Experienced digital nomads have their own online business while working as an independent contractor for other companies or owns a digital marketing agency. We don’t work as a W2 employee.
Better Health Due to Less Stress
Working in the corporate world, which I did for 14 yrs, and in other industries can be very stressful. Workplace stress normally starts at the top of the ladder and is passed down. This can cause a toxic situation to unfold and everyone involved will be negatively affected. When you are working for a company, you don’t have a choice who you work with or is assigned as your boss. As a digital nomad, who owns his own business, you can choose your customers you want to work with and according to the kind of projects you love to work on. Also, you can choose your A team to work on the projects if needed. This is when you start creating jobs for others as well while helping your clients reach their goals and as they grow they create more jobs as well.
On the other hand, most digital nomads can avoid stressful work environments because they have the ability to work outside of the traditional workplace and work hours. Having less stress in your life will improve your productivity and you will have better health. By the time most people get to the office at 9 am, I already worked 4 hrs since I am most productive early morning or late evenings. I plan my adventures during the day and I live a life taking zero medications. As you already know, stress is one of the leading causes of diseases. The less stress in your life, the better!
An Expanded Circle of Friends
Wouldn’t it be nice to have friends around the world that you can enjoy spending time with? The digital nomad community is a very welcoming circle of people. Most digital nomads are always looking to make new friends. As you travel the world, you will meet new people and connect with like minds. If you are like me and have brothers or families living on four different continents, then this is just one of the ways that taking on a life as a nomad can benefit you.
Having a large circle of like-minded friends will bring you lots of opportunities. You will have the chance to collaborate with others and find new work opportunities that normally would be out of your reach. A large network of friends and families living around the world will improve your life in many different ways.
Spend More Time with Your Loved Ones
Working a traditional job doesn’t allow for much time with your family. Having to spend most of your waking hours at the office leaves little time for personal things. This is one of the biggest turnoffs of working a normal job.
Digital nomads on average get to spend more time with their loved ones because they can take a break whenever they want. Having this freedom is one reason so many people are breaking free from traditional jobs and working completely online. You can schedule your day according to your life and not according to your boss’s schedule.
You’re Always Learning New Things
As a digital nomad, you will always be learning and experiencing new things. Working in the digital nomad community, you will have the opportunity to learn from others and add to your skillset.
Being stuck in a traditional job may not allow you to expand your mind. Many employees are stuck in their job roles and do the same tasks over and over again. When I had a job, I was investing my income into my side hustles to make more money, and eventually, I was making enough to quit my job and become a full-time entrepreneur in 2012. So if you would like to travel and constantly learn new things, you should consider becoming a digital nomad.
In the past, people used to work for the same company for 30 plus years and retire with a nice pension. That doesn’t normally happen in today’s world. Most jobs do not come with job security. Most employees never know when their position may be reduced or eliminated leaving them without a source of income. I remember in 2008, the company I worked for made me do the dirty work of laying people off. We laid off hundreds of employees and I had to look them in the eyes and tell them that they don’t have a job from tomorrow. These workers had worked so hard for the company for years. I will never forget those days.
As a digital nomad, you have a better chance at job security. Often when one project you are working on is complete, there are others waiting for you to begin. As a remote worker, you have the ability to take on as much work as you can handle. By working with clients around the world, your list of job opportunities is endless.
Now that you know how becoming a digital nomad can change your life, why not start your own journey today? As a community of digital nomads, we simply love helping others break free from the rat race so they can live the life they deserve. If you are interested in learning how to become a digital nomad, create a side hustle, or are a startup entrepreneur, you can schedule a one-on-one free 30-minute consultation. As digital marketing nomads, we have helped many people just like you find freedom and we would like to do the same for you!