What if I told you that I quit my job to devote myself to travel and today I make thousands of dollars a month, as a digital nomad.
Yes, just as you read it! Five years ago I left everything to live traveling, but not without first studying the different remote work (from home) opportunitiesI have been able to create a tailor-made “escape plan” and make sure I can multiply my old multinational salary.
Today I come to share with you my step by step, so that if you want, you can try it too.
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What is a digital nomad?
A digital nomad is a remote worker who often travels to different destinations while generating income online. They can be seen working in coffee shops, coworking spaces, libraries, and just about anywhere with an internet connection.
The great appeal of being a digital nomad is having the flexibility to do their work from wherever they want, so in recent years, this nomadic lifestyle has opened up an incredible possibility for those with a traveling soul, who want to get away from the 9 to 5.
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Below, I will share with you some of the benefits, job opportunities and other realities of this alternative lifestyle.
Types of digital nomads
The nomadic lifestyle is extremely striking, and is that unlike most professionals in today’s working world, digital nomads possess enormous flexibility. This flexibility allows us to choose between different modes of work and methods of travel, adapting to different tastes, needs and opportunities.
Here are some of the most common types of digital nomads, which I have encountered along the way.
1. Part-time Digital Nomad.
This type of digital nomad manages cycles that they split between their work and travel. Generally, these digital nomads look for seasonal jobs (diving instructor, cruise ship crew member, etc.) and spend the next six months traveling.
This type of digital nomad is especially popular in Australia, Europe and other developed areas, where high salaries, allow you to save a good percentage of your income, to afford the 6 months of travel.
2. Full-time Digital Nomad
This is the most classic type of nomadism within the digital nomad lifestyle. It occurs when a person travels from one place to another, performing a remote job independently, which sustains their lifestyle in that place.
We can divide this type into freelancer digital nomad, corporate digital nomad and entrepreneur digital nomad.
- Entrepreneurial Digital Nomad: This type of nomad is generally an entrepreneurial digital nomad. online entrepreneur who works to grow their business, offering their products and/or services to their customers, through online marketing, digital content creation and remote payments.
- Corporate Digital Nomad: This type of digital nomad is able to live on the road, while being employed by a large company or corporation. These nomads have what for many is the best of both worlds, as they can travel the world while keeping their “safe jobs”. The downside is that, depending on the flexibility of schedules given to you by the company, you are not really free to manage your schedule and explore the city you have chosen as your destination.
Earning money from home – A dream within everyone’s reach.
My plan in offering all the content on this website completely free of charge is that not only those with enough income to afford personalized consulting, or thousands of dollars in tuition, have the opportunity to become digital nomads and make money online.
The goal of this website, is that all those who read me, even without money, have the same opportunities to work remotely and / or entrepreneurship on the Internet, that have those who are in a better economic position and money to pay for 1-1 consulting.
So if you’re wondering how the fuck does a digital nomad make money and/or you’d like to know how you could do the same, you’ve come to the right place!
Read on to understand how I managed to quintuple my salary while working in my pajamas, how to thanks to my online jobs I generate my old salary of a year in 1 single month and how thanks to them today I am able to save more than half of my income.
The Instagram Nomads – Fact or fiction?
Not all that glitters is gold… and in social networks, this saying is multiplied by 10.
I say this because, after it’s been 5 years now, the publication of this story went viral on social networks and was read by more than 1 million people, in a matter of weeks; I began to notice how every day dozens of bloggers, youtubers and influencers appeared, with stories suspiciously similar to mine, promising to help you become a digital nomad through a course, guide or advice, in exchange for a certain amount of money.
It really caught my attention because before the viralization of my story, going out in print media and doing some interviews, remote work was something that was little talked about in Latin America.
At that time this lifestyle was not at all popular among Spanish speakers and even, digital nomadism was a term that very few knew about, if they did not consume content in English, plus, from my own experience, I knew how difficult it was (and I say “was”, because it no longer is) for a Latino, finding jobs online and have the possibility to earn money online.
I clarify that I do not pretend, under any circumstances, to say that their stories are not true (although some have copied more than 60% of my writing at that time) or that it is wrong to sell personalized support and charge for the knowledge they can share with you (in case they have proven experience), since it is precisely to sell your experience, that many of the remote work options that I promote on this website are about; however, after the thousands of plagiarisms that my content has suffered, I would like to recommend you to always confirm the experience of anyone who tries to sell you their products and/or services.
Would you like to be a Digital Nomad? – My first tip
Waking up one fine day, giving up everything and taking the first flight you found available, to wake up on the other side of the world without the remotest idea of what you will do with your life the next day, is NOT a very wise decision.
On the other hand, it’s not a matter of waiting for the ideal moment either, that will never comeyou create it.
The Digital Nomad way – My story
Just like you, I was taught by society that I had to go to college, then get a joband what was supposed to come after that was “live happily ever after”.
For a while
I tried to adapt and be like everyone else, but I could never manage to resign myself to the blessed eight hours in the office, one-hour lunch, and a couple of days a week.
the blessed eight-hour office hours, one-hour lunch, and a couple of vacation days a year, when life goes by so fast and I felt I was missing it all.
vacation a year, when life goes by so fast and I felt I was missing it all.
So, after graduating with honors, and for 6 years making a successful career in a prestigious multinational company (my dad’s dream), I decided to get ready to leave it all behind…and started my escape plan!
I started by defining a realistic date, which would allow me to achieve my goal of becoming the owner of 24 hours of my days.
Since my dream has always been to be able to live traveling (without being tied to geographical locations), I decided that I would make it come true by creating a website based on my passion (travel) and I gave myself 12 months to achieve it.
The idea was to do it while I was still in my traditional job, and quit when. my website would give me income of at least a figure equal to my salary at that time.
That was how in January 2016, with zero knowledge about websites, digital marketing, social media or online entrepreneurship, I created my first professional blog: La Maleta de Mano.
Six months later and after a lot of hard work, trial and error, I managed to equal my salary and a year after starting (just as I had intended), I resigned from my position in that multinational.
3 years and 5 projects later, I could already say that I was generating my old one-year salary. IN A SINGLE MONTH, while pursuing my goal of achieve financial freedom and retire before I turned 40.. All thanks to my multiple remote jobs and online businesses.
Making money while traveling – Luck or Utopia?
I know of hundreds of real examples and I can tell you with almost absolute certainty, that achieving make money onlinefrom home or while traveling the world, there is very little luck involved. It is the reward you get for giving yourself the opportunity to try, while others complain about “the life they had to live”. And opportunities are never lost, because the ones you let go, someone else takes them.
During the first months of my project, I learned that 80% of the content about online entrepreneurship that you find on the Internet, is mostly about cases valid only for the United States or Europe and not for Latin America, since are niche markets and opportunities very different.
On the other hand, most of the (verifiable) courses I saw on this type of entrepreneurship focused only on people who have thousands of dollars to invest in advertising, and that was something I didn’t have at the time.
That is why today, with all the content of this website, I am dedicated to help those who are in the same situation I was in (with desire, but no money). So simply, you have no excuse not to try.
My idea is to teach you how to do it the way it worked for me, validating your project with virtually no money out of your pocket.
How much money can I make as a digital nomad?
A lot, a lot of money. Although I clarify this will depend on you, your effort and ability to carry out your remote jobs as a freelancer, entrepreneur or freelance; and it is especially true if you are lucky enough to have one of today’s highest paying jobs.
In my particular case I did it as a Professional Blogger and by January 2017 (one year after creating my first website), I had achieved more than 1.5 million page views, more than 200,000 monthly users in 16 countries, more than 300K followers in social networks and since then it has not stopped growing.
After 3 years of having started in the world of online entrepreneurship, it already had more than 10 websites, generating thousands of dollars and millions of visits every month.
Thanks to my websites, I have been able to create several money inflows which allowed me the luxury of leaving my corporate career to dedicate myself to a life of travel, while I earn my old salary for a year in a single month!
11 Ideas to make money as a digital nomad.
- Virtual Assistant
- Digital Marketing Consultant
- Virtual Tutor
- Web Developer
- Community Manager
- Social Media Manager
- Graphic Designer
- Professional Blogger
- Travel YouTuber
5 Remote job boards for freelancers and digital nomads.
Nomadic cost of living
If you are wondering how much money do I need to live that kind of life? I can assure you that it is usually much less than you think, so I am going to tell you how my experience has been, after having planned the budgets to live for several months as a digital nomad, in different countries around the world.
Cheap Destinations – The Digital Nomad Paradise
The amount of money needed depends on where you go. That’s why I always recommend starting your life as a digital nomad in countries with a low cost of living.
In places like Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, etc., you can live on a very low budget. In fact, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, a city called “the digital nomad capital of the world”, for less than $1,000 a month, you can live a pretty comfortable life.
There, accommodation starts from $200 a month, and meals can be found anywhere for around $1 dollar. Plus, there are plenty of things to do, places to hang out with other nomads (many live there), and wonderful sites and scenery to explore.
If you want to move to Europe instead, and live in cities like Berlin, Prague, Paris or Barcelona, your cost of living will go up considerably.
In my experience, $2000 per month may be enough to get a furnished apartment, food, public transportation (remember you won’t need to commute to and from an office), entertainment, domestic tourism, cell phone, etc. (although you can live on less as well as more, if you want a more luxurious life).
The cost will depend on the lifestyle of each digital nomad.
As you may have seen, the budget varies depending on the country and city and is mostly based on the standard of living you aspire to. A lifestyle as a digital nomad can actually be achieved for much less than most people think.
I want you to keep in mind that becoming a digital nomad is much more achievable than many will tell you, especially if the one telling you, has never done it!
Working from beautiful beaches and exotic locations is not something reserved exclusively for the rich. If you’re a blogger, designer, web developer, consultant, or have any other type of online venture that earns you $500 to $2000 a month, you may already have everything it takes to start exploring the world.
Earn dollars working online
Another of the
great advantages of working online, is that generally your income will be paid to you in the most
paid in the strongest currencies (dollar, euro and pound sterling), which will make the money
which will make the money much more profitable in the countries that do not handle any of these 3 currencies (
3 currencies (Asia and most Latin American
Latin American countries).
Remember that while you are thinking about it, others are already doing it. Give it a try, you have nothing to lose, but much to gain.