As digital nomading becomes more of a popular and lucrative career choice among youngsters in their 20s, it has also started turning heads among the older generation. More and more professionals who work office jobs are beginning to understand that they too can become digital nomads. Their kids are on their way to becoming independent, they have bought that house they always wanted and they have climbed the professional ladder to a high position in their company.
So what could be stopping them from beginning their life as a digital nomad?
Digital nomads at 40 vs Digital nomads at 20: While many youngsters and millennials take their time figuring out what profession they want while being digital nomads, people over 40 have the advantage of a practiced skill set and years of experience to offer. They are more likely to get freelance work and know what their work is worth.
How to pick a career: Many digital nomads work in the fields of writing, photography, social media management, digital marketing, web design, graphic design and IT. It is fairly simple to find freelance work in these areas as they are constantly in demand. However, there is an online market for nearly anything these days and once you find your niche, the work will begin to flow.
Money: For a nomad, experiences are far more important than material things. If you are willing to spend your savings on travelling, you definitely have the right idea about digital nomading. Your savings will also be a buffer till you begin earning a steady income from freelancing.
Motivation: Do smoothing you’re passionate about. It seems cliched but the only way you will be a successful digital nomad is by doing what you love. Being your own boss is a matter of discipline and self-control and your source of motivation is solely your work. So make sure you are completely invested in what you choose to make a living out of.
Planning: Your planning begins long before you actually begin working as a digital nomad. Extensive research is required in all spheres of you future life: your destination, the market you will cater to, your reach online, your major competitors. It is wise to begin planning as early as a year before you set out being a digital nomad.
Networking: Other digital nomads can be a great resource for information and tips. There is a major network of digital nomads online and they are always willing to help each other out. Talking to others who made a decision to become digital nomads will give you answers to many questions you might have before starting out.
Being a digital nomad at 40 is hardly any different than being one at 20. In fact, you have time and experience on your side. If fear is the only thing holding you back, it is something you need to approach practically. The foremost thing to remember is that it is not impossible. If you find that the lifestyle does not suit you, you can always come back to the old life. But if you do take the leap, it will only give you rewards, even if after a while.