Earn Like a Digital Nomad: Traveling the World and Making Money Online

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As the song says, “Everybody’s working for the weekend.” If you really think about that particular part of the song, you’ll see that it’s pretty sad. More than half of US workers are unhappy at their jobs… they’re just doing what they have to do to make it till the end of the day on Friday.

That week after week struggle is a lot of the motivation behind why so many people are adopting the digital nomad lifestyle. Not only are digital nomads able to work wherever they want but they’re actually earning more than $100,000 per year while average US workers are averaging $46,000 annually.

That’s a statistic that has made many people scratch their head and wonder what exactly does a digital nomad do to earn that kind of money. Well, to answer that question, it’s going to come in multiple answers because there are multiple things that digital nomads do to earn money.

Understanding the Digital Nomad and the Lifestyle

So, in order to start earning as a digital nomad, you must first have an understanding of what it means to earn as a digital nomad and what the lifestyle entails. When most people hear the term “digital nomad,” they’re immediately attracted to the aspect of globetrotting the world. But that’s only half of it. 

A digital nomad is a person who travels the world and earns an income through jobs over the internet. So basically, as a digital nomad, you have the ability to make money by working various internet-based jobs as long as you have access to the internet. That sounds simple enough, right? Sure, but again, there’s more to it than that.

What’s required from digital nomads

To be a digital nomad is to completely change your lifestyle, especially in the aspect of making money during your travels. If you thought you worked hard at your 9 to 5 job, you might actually work even harder as a digital nomad… And it won’t be because your boss is telling you to, but because your travels depend on it.

Discipline is one of the biggest requirements of a digital nomad simply because of all the freedom you have. Think about it… You don’t have to clock-in anywhere or have a boss hovering over your shoulders… you can do whatever you want. But despite the freedom you have to do whatever you want, you have to be disciplined enough to get work done. 

According to tryfailgrow.com, discipline is the one superpower all digital nomads need to be successful, and it truly is. How else do you think those digital nomads make $100,000 annually? It’s because they take time out to enjoy their travels but they also work extremely hard to earn income to fund their travels

Not only are they working hard but they’re also not just hopping from country to country every week either. They’re strategically planning their destinations according to what they can afford and what won’t eat their money earned. So frugality is also a requirement as well.

So now that you know what one of the biggest requirements is to be a digital nomad, you can determine if the lifestyle is for you. If you decide that it is, take a look at some of the most common and most profitable ways to earn income as a digital nomad.

Earning As a Digital Nomad

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Freelance Work

The beauty of freelance work is that it covers a range of practically everything! It’s the job type that’s not a steady form of income at the beginning because you have to build up your clientele. As a freelancer, you’re not just stuck working one type of job either… you can freelance any type of work you’re good at. Some types of freelance jobs include:

  • Video editor
  • Translator
  • Copy editor
  • Writer
  • Social media manager
  • Graphic designer

This is the job that allows you to work on your own time but it’s also the job that’s going to require the most discipline as well. So while you might want to go explore the beaches of Pangasinan or Samal, you might have to save that adventure for another day and focus on finishing up the work your clients need. 

This is something that may be hard to do but this is when you need to practice your disciplinary skills the most. That’s an occupational hazard anybody would take on any given day, so just finish up your work first and then enjoy the bliss of the beautiful beaches.

Start an Online Business

Starting an online business is not only a great way to earn income but it’s also a great way to earn semi-passive to passive income as well. In starting your online business, you’re going to put some work in on the front end. Meaning, you’re going to have to find suppliers for your products, search for a dropshipper, market your business, and, of course, follow the steps to build your website. 

In building your website, if you’re nervous about it, you can start a free 90-day trial just to see how much you like being an entrepreneur. Just keep in mind, this is something you put in the work upfront and once you establish a steady customer base, your business will practically run itself, allowing you to earn while you sleep.

Work Remotely For a Company

When most people make the decision to live the digital nomad lifestyle, it typically means they have to quit their full-time jobs. But because the world is becoming more of a digital world, more and more companies are offering work-from-home or remote opportunities to employees. 

Companies are finding that remote work is causing an increase in productivity as well as an increase in employee retention. With that type of flexibility in jobs, more people are taking their jobs across the country and earning their same steady income from wherever their travels call home for the moment. Even if your job isn’t offering those opportunities, there are several companies that are, that you can work for.

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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