Everyone dreams of being their own boss, making their own schedule, and traveling the world at their own discretion. Although I just described a typical millennial, the University of Phoenix Business School confirmed 3-years ago that close to 40% of Americans hope to own their own business and make their own hours one day.
Fortunately, with the arrival of the “gig economy,” a term that refers to the expanding freelancing and independent contracting industry today, the options are endless for establishing your own working schedule. Adventure-happy entrepreneurs capitalizing from the gig economy have created a new kind of freelancer: the digital nomad.
Digital nomads are people who move from location to location, benefitting from the gig economy whilst utilizing Airbnb and free WiFi at cafes for completing projects on-the-go. It’s a self-sufficient lifestyle that presents enchanting opportunities.
Though I’ll be blogging about this topic frequently, here are my first 3 tips for securing the digital nomad lifestyle:
1. It’s not all fun-and-games
The problem with social media today is that we only ever see the good and the glamorous, touched-up with free photo editing apps and enhanced with Instagram filters. People tend to glamorize what it means to be a digital nomad. They think it’s the luxurious care-free lifestyle that only requires working a few days out of the month. They couldn’t be more wrong.
To be a successful digital nomad, you have to be willing to put in more time than is required at a 9 to 5 job. As someone who spent 2-years in an office job and a few months at PR firm, I can confirm that being a digital nomad requires twice the amount of effort and persistence. You have to be a committed and organized individual if you’re going to make it work.
2. Secure your go-to freelancing platform
Once you’ve accepted that this isn’t a walk through the park, your next step is securing the freelancing platform that is right for you. I am a PRO-level provider on Fiverr.com today, and it is undoubtedly my favorite freelancing platform out there. I love Fiverr because they send me instantly booked orders all day long, removing my need to chase down clients and beg them to pay for my services.
Check out the latest Fiverr PRO video I was featured in: http://blog.fiverr.com/the-start-of-something-brand-new-introducing-fiverr-pro/.
Of course, there are a dozen other platforms out there. Upwork.com is a great one if you’re looking for higher paying clients, and Clarity.fm is a solid place to get started with consultancy work. If you’re looking to collaborate with local businesses in a given area, Alignable.com has some interactive activity between community entities.
3. Give yourself time
I’m going to be honest: it took me close to a year to start witnessing revenue that could be entirely self-sufficient for my lifestyle. I began exploring freelancing at my first office job and took it with me when I moved to NYC. Around the 1-year mark, after earning a significant amount of 5-star reviews on Fiverr, clients began to trust me and order from me without hesitation.
If you can’t go another day without being a digital nomad, I suggest you launch your freelancing gigs immediately so they have time to grow and mature. Just diving into it with out any other revenue streams is a very bad idea.
If you’re wanting to learn more about the mechanics of freelancing and leveraging Fiverr, I will definitely be covering details in upcoming blog posts.
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