Want A Digital Nomad Lifestyle? This Is What You Need To Do..
So you’ve had enough of the daily grind, nine-to-five on the treadmill and just enough money to pay the mortgage and the odd take-away. You’re yearning for independence, leaving the day job and maybe even working from the beach. Have you had an idea, dream or flash of inspiration about a product or service that you could improve on, or even better, something unique and not yet available?
Nowadays, things are surprisingly simple if you are contemplating going freelance and becoming a digital nomad. Instant communication has totally changed the way we can work, if we are brave enough to take the plunge and embrace the digital age. Once you have decided on your new, unique or low competitive niche and have done your homework, you are off. There’s nothing that can stop you!
Your new life as an entrepreneur can begin with two very simple things; a laptop and mobile phone. Next you’ll need a website, preferably with a memorable name (URL). If you’re not particularly web savvy, consider using the services of PeoplePerHour, oDesk or Elance. They are excellent at plugging the gaps in your knowledge, while leaving you with more time to work on your lifestyle design and business branding. In fact, outsourcing is very cost effective, if done correctly and can leave you to maintain focus on marketing your product or service to keep those bills paid.
Your website can be fairly simple, but should stand out, have a USP (unique selling point), a sales page and contact details. Again, one of the previously mentioned services can help with this. You can opt to use WordPress or similar template platforms, which can be set up by a third party and maintained by you further down the line. The most important thing for any small business is to ensure your new website is mobile responsive. Did you know that 85% of Internet users research products and services on their mobile devices before purchasing? This is a pretty hefty statistic to get familiar with, especially if you are a freelance digital nomad who wants to work from anywhere.
Next you’ll need to spread the word about your budding business. Make sure you have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and business forums in your field. These can all be automated, so you can gain exposure without burning out. Your lifestyle business is about spreading the word effectively with as little effort as possible; don’t forget about the time you want to spend on that beach!
Once you have this in place, your business can be run from anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. If your product or service is good enough (presumably you’ve already thought that one though), the tools available to us all online can run your business for you. From social media to spread the word, eBay or Amazon as a shop front, PayPal for easy online banking and of course your own online bank, running a small business has changed from being a local entity to being a worldwide one… and for me that’s really exciting!
So make life a beach… not a bi*ch… and get out there and online. If you want a digital nomad lifestyle then don’t put it off any more. The time to get involved has arrived.
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