How many people dream of a job that will take them around the world? A job that will let them live what most would call luxurious. A job that they love and at the same time offers them stability as well as adventure. Well, recently more and more people are turning to digital nomad or location independent lifestyles to fill their wanderlust desires. Yes, it may seem very exciting, but when you really comb through the details it’s not for everyone. Not everyone is cut out for the detachment, the moving around and the lack of rules or oversight from a boss. Managing your own time is not for many people that are used to the traditional work structure. So how do you know if this is the life for you? And if it is, is it forever or maybe even just for a gap year?
So, first let’s analyze what a location independent lifestyle is. It’s basically someone who transitions from a steady office “dream” job to a completely new career path that allows them to be creative and entrepreneurs that think outside of the box. This type of lifestyle can be lead in many different jobs like ghostwriting, sales, music composers, website design, blogger (which has become a popular one), pro poker player, project manager, consulting services, teaching, PR, trading and to be quite honest the list goes on. It is as varied as the people who decide to make this decision in their lives. Some may think it’s crazy to throw everything away and work from home, to eventually work from anywhere in the world, but the reality is that it is becoming a reality to many people nowadays.
Regardless the case and the career path you take, it is important you realize the truth behind location independent lifestyles and then finally asses if that’s really what you want.
It’s a lot of work. Many people walk into this thinking it’s going to be a permanent vacation, when in fact in some cases it’s even considered more work than a 9-5 traditional office job. Obviously with a few major differences. First of all, by juggling not one, but a few part-times or projects, you are able to generate as much income as you can get. Every minute of your time is working towards something and can generate money for you. By putting in the work, you’ll most definitely be able to see results later on, but you also have to be patient. That’s why you have to pace yourself. Be aware of how much you can take on and when you should take it on. By setting realistic goals you will most likely succeed at accomplishing them. For this kind of lifestyle, it’s important to always keep an open mind and be a lifelong learner. Especially online, everything is constantly changing, revamping and changing the rules, so keep up by learning more about your trade and innovating how you communicate or trade your knowhow or product. Be ready to spend money (if you need to). Be it a theme for your blog, a course you want to take or a domain for your site. Analyze what your business needs and go for it. Work on your brand from day one. Your brand and anything that associates to it become your assets and can help you reach your goal a lot faster. If you’re invested in making a lifestyle change, take it seriously. Some may think it’s all about the traveling part of the lifestyle, but you do have to work and put in the effort. That means being your own boss and living up to the expectations.
If you really are interested in making this lifestyle work for you, then here are a few tips to keep in mind on your way to location independence.
Set hours. You make not have a 9-5, but you should have a schedule where you get things done and never fall behind in your goals and tasks.
Get up early. These hours will most likely be your most productive, especially if you have a family and kids. You’ll work hard from 5:00 am to around 8:00 am and then be able to get to your family until everyone heads off to their activities.
Hire someone. It may get to the point where your one-person company may need to expand, and this will in turn double your business. Hire an assistant (you can find one online or in real life) and see how they can help in all of the activities that don’t necessarily need your personal touch.
Set goals. Make sure you always have aspirations and make them big and set limits to accomplish those goals. You can make a yearly or quarterly cut-off to assess and to organize your ideas to assure your accomplishing the goals.