You hear this phrase being thrown around a lot in the travel community. In fact, the number of people that are quitting their corporate jobs and moving towards a travel-based lifestyle is growing in extraordinary proportions. So, why can’t you do this too? Well there’s absolutely no reason that you can’t! And part of transitioning from a matrix-like lifestyle to something more meaningful, be it nomadic or just relocating elsewhere, is knowing the realities you’re going to have to grapple with.
So here are 10 points you need to think over if you want to indeed, quit your job and travel the world. I’ll be releasing a full course on becoming a digital nomad as well – until then, articles like this will be uploaded regularly on my website so make sure you subscribe here for updates here and also follow my Instagram page @wanderingkamya where I also share information and real-life experience.
1. Do you have a marketable skill-set?
The number 1 thing you have to ask yourself if you want to work remotely, or even just in another country, is – what are your marketable skills. By this we mean anything that is of VALUE for another person and can be offered at a PRICE.
Generally, everyone has some sort of marketable skill. Be it something basic like being able to write someone’s emails for them, or more specialized like developing complex financial models for an investment activity. And the more specialized your skill-set the easier it is going to be to find clients and charge higher prices.
So once you assess what your skills are, you need to decide what skills you want to develop if you want to use them to sustain yourself online. After all, not everyone is comfortable doing adult sex chat for an online living (I’m not, though personal connections tell me it’s highly lucrative). All it takes is a bit of exploring to find out what you can do.
Write a list of all the skills you have that can be charged at a price to another person. For example, you may be good at designing websites or you may be good with numbes. Then make a list of marketable skills that you think you’d be good at and want to explore, for example you might be technically-minded and learning coding might suit you. This is just the beginning. After you develop your marketable skills, you need to actually market them and get clients. So after you’ve made a list of the skills you want to develop or use, make another list on the channels through which you can find clients. This should get you to think about what is feasible or not – of course I’ll be releasing a whole course on this but it’s a good start anyway.
2. Do you have a niche?
Having a marketable skill is not enough to sustain yourself online because you need to have a NICHE. By this we mean dominating some particular aspect of the thing that you’re doing – for example, maybe you’ve learnt photography and are good at it, but you’ve decided to niche yourself into food photography for health-food restaurants. Having a niche is everything because it allows you to build a portfolio that specifically relates to the needs of THOSE similar clients who will immediately hire you over someone with a more general skill-set. If you choose your niche from the start and build yourself in that area, you’re going to save a lot of time faffing around in the long-term. Take my Instagram as an example – my niche is mostly solo female travel. And even then I’m quite general! I have Instagrammer friends who ONLY post luxury resort pictures and they’re killing it – and they get more resort collaborations than me, because they’ve clearly identified and built themselves as a person who delivers in that niche.