5 Lessons from Part-Time Digital Nomad Life
What I wish someone told me...
1. Start Now
If you're serious about digital nomad life, you need to start working hard now and grow your client base. To set myself up, I was often working 15 hours a day! My 9-5, plus work from freelance clients in the US and Europe. At any free moment, I would stalk Upwork and look for projects to apply for. My main goal was to find additional and consistent online work (aka. income to fund my sabbatical). It was a bitch, but sacrifices pay off. Months later, I was sitting by the infinity pool in perfect weather with a mojito and new life long friends nearby! So I guess you can say it was all bloody worth it.
2. Everyone's 2 Cents
What are you going to do about your job? What about your career? Will you be safe? Are you sure this is the right time to go?
Jealousy, criticism and admiration... these are some opinions people will have. From your boss, friends, parents, family, everyone will have their 2 cents. Take it with a grain of salt and focus on what you want to get of this trip.
3. Work vs Holiday Mentality Shift
If you are transitioning to digital nomad life, you’ll probably start with a confused mentality. Yes it might look and feel like you’re on holidays, but you're also semi-living a working life. You can't just wake up whenever you want and lie around the beach all day. Some days you actually have to wake up early and work! So make sure you incorporate some sort of routine to keep you focused.
4. Expat/ locals & Tourist Friends
Try and meet both. Expats are great because they'll give you the 'locals' guide around the city you're in. You can find the best cafes to work from (with the fastest wifi), best local restaurants and bars, cultural innuendos you don't read on trip advisor and meet a network of fellow digital nomads/ expats. Tourists friends are awesome because they will have the same effervescent desire to explore the city you're in. A balance with both will give you the BEST experience.
5. Join the Online Community
Sign up to a community like Nomad List, Internations or Nomad Forum. Whether you're a blogger, software developer, teacher or social media manager, it's great to meet and keep in touch with people of this similar lifestyle. At times you'll miss the office Friday bevies, but you'll be able to substitute them for drinks, brunch, dinners or marathon runs with you're fellow co-digital nomads.