If you've ever spent time at your desk thinking about what it would be like to travel the world, waking up in a new, exotic location every few months, then the You Economy could be your ticket out.
A recent study by Intuit Inc. a financial and business software company estimates that by the year 2020, an average of 40% of Americans will be making their living independently. A handful of those entrepreneurs will be digital nomads.
Digital nomads are experts who are location independent and rely on the use of technology to perform their job. Most digital nomads work remotely by telecommuting rather than being located in a stuffy office.
Advances in things like cheap internet access, smartphones and voice/ video over internet protocols have made it easier than ever to jump in and get started.
So how do you become as a Digital Nomad? Here are a few tips to get you started.
#1 Creative Work
If you can write, design, paint, compose music, edit digital media, or do other creative work online, you can operate anywhere with a good wifi signal. Gig sites such as Fiverr, Upwork, and Freelancer.com are a great place to start. These sites can pay rather low, but it's a great way to get your foot in the door and get that side hustle going. Once you build a reputation and a clientele, you can jump off an move on to bigger fish.
Your expertise in any given subject doesn't have to be delivered in person. A video consultation and a remote project management system can always keep you connected to your clients. Platforms like Google Hangouts, Zoom, and Trello are great for getting started. These platforms handle everything from detailed projects to video conferencing with the ability to record the consultation so that you can archive it and send it to your client. A recent study conducted by Civic shows that top experts in their fields can make as much as $1,000 an hour with their consultation advice.
From helping new creators, entrepreneurs and small businesses grow their brands to advising new parents, coaches make up the largest portion of digital nomads.
Fields like, personal development, health and wellness, business and real estate are some of the biggest markets in the YouEconomy space.
These are just some of the areas in which thousands of Digital Nomads are thriving.
The biggest obstacle you will face in the YouEconomy is the belief that you are an expert and that you have value. You can do it! Your life experience matters and you can leverage it to your advantage. There has never been a better time to jump in than right now!