When I started working full-time back in 2013, I knew I didn’t want to work for someone else my whole career. The uphill climb involved in actually landing my first professional, office job was exhausting, and I’ve always felt like I could put my talents and hard work to better use by simply working for myself.
Becoming a digital nomad is all about finding ways to meet your income needs while having the freedom to travel anywhere you want, whenever you want. I currently live in a super affordable, Florida beach town, so I’m more of a remote worker than a straight up nomad. For me, working remotely means that I get to work on interesting projects while continuing to live in a low cost of living part of the country, and I’m free to travel whenever I want.
Whether it’s a big trip to Europe, or a fun week in New York City, I’m free to go wherever, as long as I’ve got my laptop and a good internet connection. Thinking about ditching your full time job to become a full time digital nomad? Here are a few things to consider before making the jump.
Make a Plan
You might be ready to completely transform your lifestyle and go all in. That’s great! But make sure you have a plan before quitting your day job. I know, that’s what they all say. But I’ve gone in without a plan before, and let me tell you. Building your safety net back up while also trying to pay for rent and groceries is unbelievably stressful. You’ll want to make the transition from full-time to remote or freelance as seamless as possible, and you won’t have time for that if you’re focused on meeting your basic needs like food and shelter.
Most people recommend working on your side hustle or applying for remote jobs while you’re still employed full-time, and I couldn’t agree more. If the remote jobs that you’re looking for are your current field, such as web development or writing, you’ll have a much easier time making the transition.
Assess Your Skills
Take an honest self-assessment of your current skills and experience. If you’re already working as a web developer, engineer, designer, or writer, you’ll have no trouble securing remote work. Applying for remote jobs is just as straightforward as applying and interviewing for a job in your current city. The only difference- and this is a big one- is that you’ll now be competing with far more applicants for the same job.
When I first started looking for remote work, this really caught me off-guard. I knew my skills, resume, and cover letter were up to par, but I wasn’t hearing back from most of the jobs to which I’d applied. I did a little research and finally learned that online jobs are super competitive. You have to keep in mind that remote jobs are advertised to literally the entire internet community, so you’ll really need to spruce up your resume.
Only apply for jobs you really want, and that align with your personal values and goals. This will make it so much easier for you to sell your skills and tailor your resume.
I firmly believe that the world of work is changing. New generations want flexibility and purposeful work, and the internet allows us to do just that.