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How to Earn Money While Traveling and Living Life as a Digital Nomad

People claim all the time that they want to travel more or wish that they could work and travel. You hear people say it all the time, right? Of course, but have you ever asked those people who want that, if they would seriously consider doing it? They more than likely wouldn’t.

The people who make those statements are what you would call wishful thinkers. They have these ideas in their heads that are pleasing to their imagination but either have no intention of making their ideas a reality or don’t have the means to make their dream a reality.

There is nothing wrong with being a wishful thinker but when your idea or desire is very attainable, there is really no reason as to why you shouldn’t be able to make that idea a reality, especially when it comes to earning while traveling.

Of course, there are certain situations like children, health, etc that can prevent your travel dreams from happening but most people who want to live this lifestyle typically don’t have any of those excusable circumstances. Can you guess what their reasoning is for not earning while traveling is? If you guessed job or money, then you’re absolutely correct.

There are so many people in the world crushing their own dreams and don’t even realize it. If you’re unhappy with your job and always stressed from it, why not quit? People don’t realize just how many jobs there are out there that allow you to travel the world and make money while doing it, all you have to do is search.

If you don’t necessarily want to leave your current job, speak to management to see if there are some remote opportunities, depending on what you do. The bottom line is that there is a solution to every problem and if your problem is wanting to earn while traveling, your solution is to live the digital nomad lifestyle.

What is a digital nomad and what does the lifestyle entail?

A digital nomad is someone who travels the world with the ability to work online as long as they have access to the internet. This is the most basic and generic description of the term but being a digital nomad is really just that simple. Regardless of how basic or simple the definition may be, it’s the sole reason why so many people are adopting this new way of living.

Just imagine, instead of walking into an office building, you can walk onto a sandy beach. Instead of putting on work clothes, you can put on swimwear; your version of clocking-in could be starting work when the sunrise touches the ocean… it’s a lifestyle where you have total and absolute freedom and control of how often you work, where you work, and when you work. If that isn’t the ultimate work-life balance, nothing is.

Exploring your options as a digital nomad

As mentioned earlier, there are all kinds of jobs that allow you to travel the world and make money, you just have to find the right one for you. Well, actually, as a digital nomad, you’re not constricted to just working one job so you can actually work multiple different types of jobs, depending on your skillset. If you’re ready to get your career and life started as a digital nomad, take a look at all the career options available to you.

Virtual assistant

Virtual assistants are one of the biggest positions that have brought lots of success to digital nomads everywhere. As a digital nomad, you will be assisting business owners with day-to-day tasks like responding to emails, data entry, and customer service. It is really dependent on your skillset as to what you will be doing as a virtual assistant.

Owner of an E-commerce store

As an e-commerce business owner, you are not only able to run your business and be your own boss but you’re able to be your own boss anywhere in the world! With an e-commerce business, you are selling various products online, everything is digital, so that means that you won’t have to tend to a physical store or anything like that.

Now, if you want to become an e-commerce store owner, there are a few things you’ll need to do first and they don’t necessarily have to be in this order.

  1. Come up with your business name
  2. Buy and register your domain name
  3. Find your niche
  4. Determine your target
  5. Build your store

Now, there is obviously more to it than that but those are some of the first things you need to do in order to get your business started. The great thing about owning an e-commerce store is that you can be anywhere to start it. Lots of people tend to think that you have to be in the US to get it started and then you can travel but no, as long as you have internet access, you can start your business anytime and from anywhere.

Remote worker

People oftentimes get freelance and remote work confused but there is indeed a big difference. With freelancers, they work for people or clients, with remote workers, you will actually be working for one company, with capabilities to do freelance work on the side. Remote work is something that was mentioned earlier in the aspect that you might be able to talk to management or human resources about possible remote opportunities that allow you to travel the world and still keep your same position.

In fact, the Harvard Business Review reported that employers who let their employees work from home or remotely, saw an increase in productivity. That reason alone is why more and more companies are allowing that. Now, the only thing with remote work is that you MUST maintain the same standard and quality of work. The moment your employer notices a negative change in your productivity and work ethic, that privilege could quickly be taken away from you.

Are you a wishful thinker?

So as you can see, there are opportunities to earn while traveling the world, and those are just a few out of the many that are available, again, you have to find the ones that are right for you. If the thought is in your head to travel the world and make money while doing it, are you going to just continue to wish on it or are you actually going to act on it? That’s the real question. 

If you do decide to live out your dreams and make money while traveling the world, an important thing to consider is how to keep your money safe while traveling. If you have a PayPal account or CashApp account, lots of people will have their funds deposited that way and then transfer it to their actual bank account. It is just a safety measure to make sure no one has access to your funds.

But after all is said and done, you have the ability to live the digital nomad lifestyle. The opportunity is right at your fingertips, you just have to make it your reality.

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