Is the nomadic lifestyle calling you? Do you want to travel while you work, not only for a week or two of vacation? If you are looking to start a digital nomad lifestyle but don’t know how to get the right kind of work to let you do it, check out our tips on landing the perfect digital nomad job.
What to Do
You can construct your digital nomad life around any job if you try hard enough, but there are certainly a few jobs that stand out as perfectly suited to the wandering lifestyle. They are usually jobs that can be done without needing to speak to a team everyday in person, and that can be done from a computer. Some ideas include:
- Writing or editing
- Social media/social media managing
- Virtual assistance
- Graphic Design
You can find job postings for remote work on just about any online job search site, such as indeed.com, but you might have better luck on sites meant specifically for remote work searches. To conduct a more specialized search, try one of these websites:
Let people know you are looking for a job through your personal and business profiles. There are many ways to suss out new clients this way, though some will take time and effort. Search for Facebook groups where people interested in your services would be members. Engage regularly in discussions and posts there to show your expertise. If you mention later on that you are a freelancer, chances are people will be more inclined to hire you.
Also make sure to join groups for people in your field and for remote workers—they will often have connections to people looking for freelance workers.
You can also use your personal profile to tell friends and family about your work and ask for them to share your posts and page. Set up a business page as well specifically about your services so that you can follow people, join groups and post about your work.
Cold-Calling (or Emailing)
This is a tactic that few people enjoy doing, but that can really pay off with a little persistence. You can look up businesses that may need your services and try cold-calling right off the bat, or you can find ways of engaging with them through social media. Once you have built a relationship with them, send an email or call the business. It is more likely they will remember you.
Previous Employers, Teachers and Clients
Assuming you left on good terms, it is a good idea to call up some of your old employers or clients to recommend you to potential employers and to recommend new clients to you. If you are recently graduated or are still in touch with old teachers and professors in the subject you hope to be working in, this is also a great opportunity to reach out and ask if they have any colleagues who need someone to help with research, writing, or any other work.