Gone are the days where following a traditional career path is the only option you have. Years before, you would have had to follow the career that your parents did (or would have been expected to, at least). Or you would have had to join a company near to you, or get a ‘respectable’ job.
While these options are still viable, and they may be what you want to do with your life, they definitely aren’t the only options that are available to you. And that’s incredibly exciting. In fact, if you want to be your own boss and travel the world, you can definitely do that too. Right now, that’s a hugely appealing lifestyle for a lot of people. When you want to make the most of your life, see the world, and work when you want to work, the life of a digital nomad is hugely appealing. But is this really something that you can sustain? And how do you do it? Well, that’s what we’re going to find out.
First of all, you can definitely set up a legitimate business for yourself. But don’t be fooled into thinking that it will be easy. Instead, you need to be aware that this is something that is likely to take you a lot of work. But when you’re all set up, you will be able to keep things running well. And secondly, you can definitely sustain it. As long as you’re willing to work hard, you can make this work. So let’s take a look at exactly how you can set up your digital nomad lifestyle.
Step #1: Figure Out What You Want To Do
To begin with, you need to really know what it is that you want to do. And you should spend some time thinking about this to get it right. If you want to make sure that this is going to be not only sustainable, but also profitable, you need to choose a business to start that will work for you. Think about your strengths and your interests to start. Because it has to be something that you will want to work on, enjoy growing, and actually be able to do too.
Step #2: Research
When you’ve worked out exactly what you want to do, you then need to think about doing some research. Why? Well, because if you’re going to get this off of the ground to begin with, you need to know how to do it. So spend some time researching the industry, how others have done it, consider your competitors, and make sure that you have some ideas of how you’re going to be different.
Step #3: Set Up Your Website
From here, you will then need to set up a professional presence for yourself online. When you want to be a digital nomad, then your business idea is going to be done largely online. As long as you have an internet connection, you can operate. So, of course, a website is going to be something that is crucially important to you. Work with a professional to get something built that represents your blog, consultancy, business or service, perfectly.
Step #5: Create Social Channels
At the same time, you are also going to need to make sure that you set up your social channels properly. Choose which platforms you want to be on and secure the handles. It’s often a good idea to start creating content on one channel first, to master it, then move on to others slowly so that you can get the best results on each platform.
Step #5: Register The Business
You should then aim to register your business. This is something that you can usually do within the first few months of operating, so check with your local authorities to see what the process is. Then, you can get a physical address and virtual address service to register against. You should find that as you travel, you can still check in with your mail too.
Step #6: Put The Work In First
Next, you’re going to want to work really hard to get everything ready. You will often find that pre-launch can take a lot of effort, because you want to be set up and ready professionally. So know that getting your content, products, and ideas ready before you launch will take the time.
Step #7: Give It Time
At the same time, you do also have to make sure that you’re patient. You may want that digital nomad lifestyle today, but you will have to work for it. Don’t underestimate the power of patience here. So give it time, get it right, and you will find that it pays off.
Step #8: Be Real
One of the cool things about the career path you’re choosing right now, is that it’s your own. You don’t have to pretend anything. In fact, if you’re really real and raw about your business, you should find that it’s going to help your marketing and your growth prospects overall.
Step #9: Document Your Journey
One of the reasons that the last point is so effective, is that you can choose to document your journey. Documenting to build your personal brand instead of creating can be really influential and engaging. As you travel, definitely think about doing this as a way of putting content out and marketing your business.
Step #10: Get into a Routine
And last but not least, something that you will find really helps you here, is to make sure that you have some kind of routine in place. If you really want to make sure that you’re going to be able to make traction with what you’re doing, you should have a routine. Even when you travel, you need to know times that you can work, days that you can do set things on, and when you’re going to communicate with your customers or clients. When you have a routine, you will find it easier to stay on top of your business and still enjoy your travels, wherever you are.