Many millennials identify on one common level-- we like to live life on our own terms.
When I moved to Los Angeles, I started my career as a digital nomad by finding remote work. This allowed me to travel as I wished and worked from wherever I wanted. This is a major dream for many and I was thrilled to have finally created I lifestyle around it.
Still, quitting your day job to be your own boss on a beach takes a lot of work. Becoming a nomad entrepreneur means the world is your oyster, but you should figure out how to utilize your skills before diving right in.
Here are six tips to live life on your own terms-- even if you're not a millennial-- since we all have dreams of getting work done from a beach cabana or from a cabin in the mountains.
1. Figure out how you are going to actually make money with nothing but a laptop and a WiFi connection.
If you're going to work for yourself or by yourself, you are going to need to have a skill set that can be done remotely. Whether you're building a remote writing company, or you're a social media branding expert and consultant, you will need to have tangible evidence that you can do that job remotely before going remote.
Absolutely don't jump ship into an industry you know nothing about. Instead, focus on figuring out how to leverage the skills you already have.
2. Utilize digital nomad communities to network and find support.
Working for yourself is hard. It can also be extremely lonely.
To avoid stagnating or losing motivation, tap into the most available tool available to you--communities full of other digital nomads, just like you. There are workspaces and co-working communities in almost every major city at this point, which can help you find other people working on their own projects (and, at a minimum, can help keep you company).
3. Keep up with every little thing.
Once you experience what it feels like to work for yourself, it can be easy to fall into bad habits--like forgetting to complete tasks or overlooking details.
Despite what you may think, working remote can actually be more taxing than an office job. You can't merely clock in and out each day. You need to be both strategic, and organized. Since you will be in charge of everything, it's your responsibility to make sure each and every little thing gets done.
Don't get messed up on timezones. Don't forget to invoice all your clients. And if you're like me and have an awful memory, you should have a very detailed calendar filled with detailed reminders.
4. Have a platform people can reach you at.
In order to succeed as a remote worker, you need to be easily accessible to your clients and potential clients.
Marketing is half the battle. Whichever platform you use, whether it's your personal website, or a preferred social media profile, it should be well put together and expose your services in a tasteful manner.
It should be so well done that people who come to the page want to work for you. Your clients can't meet with you in person, so this page has to represent you. And of course, make sure it has contact info for anyone trying to reach you.
5. Find accommodations and flights that won't break your bank.
The worst thing you can do as a digital nomad is over-spend on travel.
Choose your accommodations carefully, and find flight deals that help make traveling easier for you. Apps such as Hopper and Skyscanner are great tools for finding cheap flights. When going to a new place, try to travel when it isn't the busy season. This way, your accommodations will be much more affordable and you won't be overwhelmed by tourists.
6. Work hard, play hard.
The life of a digital nomad is amazing. When done right, you get to work for yourself from anywhere in the world.
Even so, as quickly as you gain freedom for yourself, you can just as easily lose it. Unless you take it upon yourself to build a sound foundation for the work you do, have a viable means for getting new clients, and can continue to operate profitably, don't expect your newfound lifestyle to last long.
The rewards that come with nomad entrepreneurship take work. But if others can. do it, then so can you.