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Ways to Earn a Steady Income By Traveling the World As a Digital Nomad

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People often say that they wish they could travel the world and make money too… There’s always been a way to make money and travel but it was primarily if you worked in a travel-related industry like being a flight attendant or working on a cruise ship. But those days are long gone… Your potential to travel the world and earn an income has drastically changed since those days.

Today, you can travel the world and earn a living simply by having access to the internet! People will hear this and immediately say sign me up without even knowing what it entails! To earn a living from telecommunications all while traveling the world is a lifestyle called the digital nomad lifestyle.

Living the Digital Nomad Lifestyle
What’s it like to live the digital nomad lifestyle? Well, there really isn’t a true or definite answer to that question. It really just depends on the person wanting to adopt the lifestyle, in all honesty. If you’re someone who is very independent, self-sufficient, and enjoys time to yourself, then this lifestyle is ideal for you. If you’re someone who loves being around your friends and family on a regular basis, this lifestyle might be fun for you for a little while but after so long, it’s not going to be a sustainable lifestyle for you to maintain.

Again, there’s no definite answer to the question but that’s typically how it goes. The reality of this lifestyle is that you get to see some of the most beautiful places in the world that you may have thought you’d never be able to see but in traveling to some of these destinations, it does get lonely from time to time, there are some travel risks you’ll be up against, and depending on where you’re visiting, there might be some questionable environments you’ll be staying in.

The lifestyle is one of those things where you can’t just list only the good things… you have to list the good with the “potentially” bad (depending on the person). This is something you want to be fully aware of because it is indeed a lifestyle change for you. With it being such a drastic change to your current lifestyle, there are important things you need to know before becoming a digital nomad.

Biggest Concern of Becoming a Digital Nomad
Some of the important things you need to know about before becoming a digital nomad include getting travel and health insurance, making sure you have proper immunizations and shots, and the safety of the destination you’re traveling to. 

According to the Huffington Post, some of the best ways to stay safe during your travels abroad include registering with S.T.E.P., avoiding non-tourist areas at night, and to keep your money in more than one location. You would think that safety is the biggest concern among people considering becoming a digital nomad, but it’s actually not. 

The biggest concern about becoming a digital nomad is actually how to make money. It’s actually quite funny that income is the biggest concern more than safety but it’s completely understandable because no one wants to be stuck in a foreign country with no money. What people don’t realize is that earning as a digital nomad should be the least of their concerns.

You can actually make more money as a digital nomad than you can working a full-time job. Nonetheless, if earning as a digital nomad still concerns you, take a look at all the different ways you can make money as a digital nomad, to give you a little more peace of mind.

Earning As a Digital Nomad
Earn As a Remote Worker
As common as remote work is, people oftentimes overlook it as a potential earning option for some reason. Remote work is often called “work from home” jobs and the awesome thing about work from home jobs is that “home” can be anywhere you want it to be, especially as a digital nomad.

“Home” can be your hotel room in Hawaii, a coffee shop in Paris, or a resort hammock in Vegas! The point is that home is no longer a designated location that has a kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom, and because of the flexibility it offers workers, more and more companies are reaping the benefits that remote workers bring.

Everything from increased productivity to increased retention rates, companies that hire remote workers are increasing their overall bottom line… If remote workers are bringing those kinds of benefits to businesses, there’s definitely an opportunity for you to join the many other remote workers in working from “home,” where it may be.

Earn As an E-Commerce Entrepreneur
Earning as an e-commerce business owner is a great way to earn a steady monthly income. A lot of people tend to get intimidated at starting an online business because they feel that they don’t have the technical skills needed to build a successful and fully functioning website… that’s where most people go wrong.

The great news here is that whether you’re a tech expert or not, there are tons of website builders out there but you need to find a website builder that’s great for beginners and experts alike. Once you find a website builder that’s great for any level of technical understanding, you’ll see that’s it’s not as intimidating as you thought. 

Pretty soon you’ll be able to add all kinds of fun applications to your online store to enhance customers’ shopping experience… and it can be from anywhere in the world! That’s the best part! 

Earn As a Freelancer
Things like writing, photography, web development, and proofreading are all freelance jobs that you can do while traveling the world. You set your own hours and price and clients will hire you for your services based on that.

Typically, you’ll want to use cloud-based software like Google Docs or Adobe Creative Cloud to stay connected with your clients and to collaborate with them on the work you do. This type of software allows them access to see what you’re working on, even as your working on it.

Just make sure you’re providing your clients with great, quality work… doing so will allow you to do continuous work for your clients and save you the hassle of hunting for new ones.

Earn As a House Sitter
Earning as a house sitter doesn’t necessarily earn you an income in the form of money but more so in the form of not having to pay for accommodations. If you didn’t know, paying for accommodations is the most expensive part of traveling. By taking on some house sitting jobs, you’ll not only be able to have a fully furnished place to stay for free, but you’ll also have internet access at your house sitting destination, allowing you to work on some of your freelance work as well!

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