So, who is a telecommuter or a remote worker? It’s a person who can work from anywhere as long as they have a stable internet connection and a laptop with them. Our generation is sick and tired. Tired of the current horrible job market, working under supervision over all the years, a thousand-and-one job regulations to adhere to, rising super early to go to work yet get pea-nut payment by the end of the month. Thanks to the digital nomadism lifestytle which has come to the rescue of many fed up employees. Digital nomads in India make money through various ways including blogging, social media marketing, affiliate marketing, e-books, online coaching and other ingenious ways.
If you are serious and passionate about traveling while working online, I will share with you easy real-life steps on how to get started in the digital nomadism career:
- Join Digital Nomad Communities
Before I joined any digital nomad community, I hardly thought it was necessary at all. I always relied on advice from a few friends who have been remote workers in India and reading blogs of successful digital nomads online which was quite limiting. Interacting with other nomads in digital nomad communities gave me a great exposure on how to find new clients, the best software to use for time tracking, ways of finding talented graphic designers and many other business tips that have contributed to my success story today.
- Find a way to generate steady income
Being a digital nomad does not exempt you from expenses; if anything you only pocket the profit after catering for all expenses including accommodation, flight charges, food, co-sharing space fee and so on. Before you can even make your trip arrangements, ensure that you are earning regular income that is capable of sustain you in any foreign country without experiencing financial set-backs. This means you have to increase your money-making avenues like say Upwork, Fiverr, Freelancer, Homework market and any other platforms that will help you generate income.
- Rent your Home/ sell your home
Becoming a digital nomad sometimes means staying without a permanent place you can call home. If you’re serious about being a digital nomad, you need to be a person who can comfortably embrace this state. Incase you can get tenants to live in your house while you are away, hire a person they can count on in case any issues arise. Property management agencies are a good option if you want to go the professional way. Alternatively, you can consider selling off your home. But this is a difficult decision to make especially because of the uncertainty of digital nomadism.
- Get a storage unit to put all your belongings
I was done living a life crowded in all corners especially during weekends and all I wanted was to become a digital nomad in a far away country. But how exactly was I supposed to detangle myself from the script and be a telecommuter? Am I supposed to sell off everything I own including Precious, my pet? These are some of the questions that kept lingering in my mind and they can certainly bother anyone. After you are certain about starting the digital nomadism lifestyle, get a garage sale for all belongings you may not need. There is always that one thing you find really find difficult to part with; yet you cannot travel with everything you own to foreign lands. For such, you may need to get a storage unit and start paying for it a year prior so that you avoid any anxiety while you start your journey.
- Get someone to take care of your pets while you are away
At first, I had thought I would carry Precious with me throughout my travels. This was definitely not a good idea considering climate change factors and a whole slew of laws and regulations in different states. Hence, do not even consider carrying your pets along as you embark on your trips. You may also have to add extra responsibilities like dealing with immunizations, quarantines. Let your pets remain at home with a person whom you can trust for their long-term care while you’re away.
- Get a credit Card without International fees
Most of the credit cards have an extra cost for any ATM withdrawals and purchases. You need to avoid any unnecessary charges when you can. Hence, consider a card such as an American Express Card that lacks those extra costs. It is important for you to access your cash at low or no cost at all.
- Find good Travel Insurance In case of emergencies
Problems are unpredictable and may arise anytime while you’re traveling, so getting good travel insurance is a must-have. Ensure your insurance is valid throughout the time you’ll be away so as to cater for any emergencies or other health-related incidents that may arise. Always bear in mind that healthcare is a prerequisite need and different states have different healthcare systems.
- Join a credit monitoring site
It’s crucial that you get a service provider to monitor your credit anytime while you’re away. They should be able to send you message alerts whenever an unusual activity is detected. Issues with credit can arise at anytime and you may only realize 6 Months later that your identity was stolen when you do not have much to do then. The other option would be to get a security freeze for your credit throughout your time away.
- Book your Housing Prior to arriving
It is always advisable that you find your accommodation before arriving to the actual destination. Whether you will book some cottages or decide to reside in a hostel, do intense research on how to make booking arrangements before arrival. Through my personal experience, I’d advice anyone to look for a temporary accommodation first. On arriving to the desired destination; look for a long-term accommodation.
It took me about 3 Months to get my feet in digital nomad life in India, full-time travel lifestyle. It would take around the same time for any digital nomad in India to find out what’s working best for them. But throughout your lifestyle as a digital nomad, you will have totally different encounters in almost every new place.