Who doesn’t dream ofworking under palm trees and being location-independent? Who doesn’t dream of being able to flexibly decide which job to take? Who doesn’t dream of working for big companies from anywhere in the world? The idea of escaping the hamster wheel and starting a life as a digital nomad probably floats in the minds of many people, but very few don’t dare to make such an exit from the comfort zone.
There are often many questions and but also fears that one would like to clarify, of course, to understand the disadvantages and advantages of digital nomadism and, of course, to get some security. Of course, you can also ask your boss once, whether an employment abroad as a remote worker would be possible, however, most entrepreneurs will reject this request, because some tax issues are to organize, which of course can also negatively affect the balance sheet of a company.Another obstacle is often the data security and data protection. What happens if the company laptop is stolen abroad? What happens if wi-fi in the hotel was not secure? There are answers to this but most traditional employers wave off here to get around such problems early on.
This is why you should think carefully beforehand about what a business plan for a life as a digital nomad might look like. Should one start a business? Should one pursue one’s old profession? Self-determined work also requires a certain vocation or a focused goal. Often it’s not that easy to live acompletely self-determined life in a beautiful part of the world. The urge to sit on the beach and have a nice cold drink on the beach with some cool vacationers, for example, is just too tempting for many people.As a digital nomad and remote worker, you certainly have to stand firm here if you want to build a free life for yourself.
How can you attract clients as a digital nomad?
To secure you a regular income it is of course necessary to get customers. However, this is probably the biggest challenge in the life of a digital nomad. To get a job as a remote worker requires of course a decent leap of faith from the employer. Unfortunately, many people still can’t imagine thatyou can do high-quality work from abroad. Therefore, good contacts and a positive reputation are essential when considering traveling around the world as a digital nomad.
Corona has of course turned the situation once again very much in the favor of us Digital Nomads. Working from home has now become the norm; before Corona, this was unimaginable for many companies
In addition to the traditional services you sell as a remote worker, there is of course a market for digital products. But even if you sell courses, software, apps, e-books or similar, you should of course consider how to attract new customers for the product. Here, online marketing is probably the right step to get the products sold. So you should also bring good basic knowledge, so that you have no expenses for the management of online marketing channels.
What online platforms are there to find micro jobs and clients?
Meanwhile, there is an almost infinite number of micro job platforms and websites to find clients for small or medium projects. Of course, these smaller projects can turn into bigger projects if you do a good job. Therefore, you should not underestimate such micro job platforms. Besides the micro job platforms, there are also websites and one or the other platform that offer remote job opportunities directly. Many of the offers are in English, but as a digital nomad you should be able to speak and write good English anyway. On these job platforms you can find countless fields from different professions. From Virtual Assistants to Erotic Web Workers, there really is everything here.
In the following list you will find the most important platforms to earn money abroad as a remote worker.
Where to find jobs as a digital nomad?
Which jobs lend themselves to digital nomadism?
Basically you can say that it doesn’t really matter which job you had before or which studies you have completed. There are now a variety of different jobs that you can master with more or less experience. In our opinion, you just need to bring a certain passion and the will to educate yourself in specific topics. There are platforms like Udemy that offer a huge selection of good continuing education courses.
For Markeeters, entering the Digital Nomad world is probably the easiest. Social Media Marketing, PPC, SEO, Digital Strategy, Content Marketing, Digital Analytics & Data are areas that are always in demand at the moment. Those who have a good expertise and many years of professional experience in these areas will find it very easy to succeed as a Remote Worker.
Are you good at managing projects or project management? You have good and professional communication? You know how to use Word, Excel, Google Docs and Skype? Then you should take a closer look at the Virtual Assistance job. Here you do not need expertise in specific areas – here it is only important that communication, language and basic know-how is available.
Trainer / Coach
Admittedly, we are not a big friend of coaches and trainers, at the latest if you have ever been active in LinkedIn, you know how these coaches get on your nerves. However, it is still a good way to make money. Here, however, you should have a deep expertise in a particular area to be able to impart real knowledge. Many of the programs usually only scratch the surface – so a please to trainers and coaches, if coaching then already properly.
Who has good selling can work as a business development manager or also as a sales manager also from outside. Here it is only important that you are also in the same time zone as the customers.
One profession created for remote working, is arguably the developer. No matter if you are a software, cloud, app or webpage developer, good people are always wanted in this field. Due to the mostly decentralized structures at companies with development via ASANA; Slack, Gitlab & Co. Is a digital nomad in the team no problem.
It’s relatively easy for editors to work from the road to any location. One only needs a laptop with Microsoft Word or another program,which is suitable for writing texts. No matter if one works as a translator or as a ghost writer – good speech writers or good content are always in demand.
Another job that can happen super under the palm trees is the job of designer. A good laptop, the right software and an interline are enough for the designer to do his job to create great designs.
How do you market yourself as a digital nomad?
Marketing yourself is probably one of the most important tasks of a digital nomad. After all, the new customer pipeline wants to be well filled. There are several approaches here that lead to success. As already mentioned, the network and the reputation is an important factor to fill the new customer pipeline well but also a blog or an own business website can help to acquire new customers. However, you should make sure that the own business blog also has an added value for the target audience and that this can also sell your services. Therefore, your task as a blogger and remote worker is to write and create various articles that exactly this key message coupled with added value to your readers herantragen.
Whoever creates a website with important information about his own service should make sure that it is well maintained and also up to date because no one wants to read outdated topics that are already long outdated.
The website can then be used as a marketing tool and brought closer to the target audience on different portals or with online marketing.
Paying taxes as a digital nomad?
In fact, paying taxes as a digital nomad is a strange gray area. There are many ways to avoid taxes in Germany as a freelancer, but there are also a lot of pitfalls that you should take into account to avoid tax evasion.Unfortunately, it is also not particularly easy to find a tax advisor who can give good instructions here, because simply very many issues also have to do with international law.
It depends here strongly on which country you work in and which location-independent activities you pursue. Therefore, you should definitely consider beforehand what you need to be an international freelancer to have long-term success even with authorities.
We cover the topic of taxes and constructs as a digital nomad in the following article.