People ask me all the time how – 'How do I become a digital nomad?' Well, it starts with making an income online. This page will be my breakdown of the top ways that, in my experience, digital nomads are making money online. E.g. these types of businesses / careers / hustles can be done from a laptop from anywhere in the world. They don't require you to be at any specific place.
DAY TRADING (guide coming soon)
Work from Thailand, or work from home – these are some of the most popular ways that digital nomads are making money online. I've personally met people who do all these things.
Just 4 years ago, I was literally sleeping on the couch for a year in a small apartment that I shared with Parker, just watching all these YouTube videos, DREAMING of being a digital nomad. At the very lease, just to be able to get up when I want, go to a Starbucks, and get my work done on my own time. Now, I'm literally writing this from a Starbucks in Thailand. My YouTube channel started just as a way to save my 'vacation videos', but as it's grown into a community, my goal now is to help as many people as possible 'break free' – to get to where they want to be.
Because if there's anything that my journey shows, it's that a regular guy can figure something out and make money online – transition into a 'remote career'. You don't have to be a computer genius! And with an 'online career', not just is it a great career option if you love to travel and have freedom of schedule, but there's also big opporunity to make MILLIONS on the internet. In the big picture, the internet is still BRAND NEW!
So whether it's with Freelancing, Amazon FBA (what I do), Drop shipping, Affiliate marketing, Kindle publishing, Personal coaching, or fucking teaching english online – I wanna provide my tips, thoughts, experiences & advice to help you break free from your J.O.B. (just over broke)
Because we all have the same goal – to start living life on our own terms, and start making some passive income, so we can have more time to spend on our passions. And once we have lots of time to work on our passion projects, we can eventually can figure out a way to make money doing what we love – then we never have to 'work' again.
My vision is to create a questionnaire that will pick your brain and spit out my best suggestions for what kind of online business might be viable for you. That's coming soon, so in the meantime feel free to join the email list, and/or post any questions in the LivinThatLife Community Facebook Group.
Category 1 of Remote Work – Freelance
This can be a great starting point - is essentially take what you're already doing or already good at, and do it online. The big picture goal as an entrepreneur is to create passive income streams – but working remotely by 'trading your time for money' can allow you to leave your day job quicker, and start living abroad or traveling. While on the side, you can work on building a passive income business.
If you start Freelancing, you should have the mindset of turning it into an Agency, sooner than later.
Category 2 – Build an Online Businesses
This is what everyone should strive for. Owning your very own internet-based business. A system that makes you money 24/7, whether you are at the laptop or not. But it's not easy, and it takes lots of time and work. Like any business, it's a full-time grind to start & build, but it can become relatively passive over time if you set it up smart.
Popular Online Business Models:
Category 3 – Be a Remote Employee
This is the brief idea, with links to a full breakdown on how-to.
Create, source & sell physical products on Amazon.com This happens to be my main income.
Instead of freelancing and trading your time for money, outsource the process by hiring other freelancers to do the tasks, while you step back and become the agency owner.
What is creating a Digital Marketing Agency?
This is building a small company to perform digital tasks for clients and companies around the world. Unlike solo-freelancing, you hire other freelancers to do all the work, and you keep a piece of the project fee. I know several digital nomad entrepreneurs who do this. Build a team of freelancers to get leads via Upwork, apply for & secure the jobs, communicate with the client, and finally, deliver the work. You become the business owner.
This is eventually more passive than actually doing the work yourself (obviously), and it's scalable. But at first, of course it's a full-time project to build the team, hire people, manage the team, iron out the kinks, and then scale from there to your heart's desire by duplicating the process. IMO this is a very solid option to make good $$ online. I know a handful of guys who profit over $5,000 a month from running this type of business.
Get paid to do digital projects for clients around the world, who find you through freelancing sites like Upwork and Freelancer.
There are different methods of drop shipping, but the core of it is, getting your own traffic to sell other people's physical products.
Publish a bunch of niche books to Amazon Kindle by outsourcing the writing process.
What is Kindle Pub?
Slowly (or quickly) build your portfolio of e-books sold on online platforms like Amazon's Kindle, CreateSpace & Audible. Millions of people go these places to buy books. They will find you by small niche keywords, and buy based off your intriguing book cover, title, book preview, and of course, reviews.
You outsource the writing process for at little as a couple hundred bucks per book, and outsource the ebook formatting & cover design as well. If your books do well, they will continue getting sales for hopefully multiple years – with little to zero maintenance required. But of course it takes deep keyword research & sales demand research to find these little profitable niches!
This should be a Long-Term thing you build on the side. A 'Passion Business'. Personal brand, blog or channel: In my opinion, it takes a long time to build up a personal brand, blog, or YouTube channel to the point of making real money, e.g. over $1000/mo. Like 2-3 years or more, from my experience, and I think this is typical. But I think its something you should be constantly growing on the side.
Some may just call this 'Affiliate Marketing' - but I'm calling this model a 'Passion Business' that can be monetized by affiliate marketing - by building a Personal brand, blog or channel. Because ideally, you are becoming a voice in a niche that you are interested in. What do you naturally like talking about? Simply put, start a blog about it and grow it.
Essentially, it's becoming a voice in your niche. Thus getting targeted eyeballs, to which products & services can be presented.
In my opinion, it takes a long time to build up a personal brand, blog, or YouTube channel to the point of making real money, e.g. over $1000/mo. Like 2-3 years or more, from my experience, and I think this is typical. But I think its something you should be constantly growing on the side.
A personal brand, blog or channel can be monetized by creating your own digital products/services, and offering other products/services via affiliate links – aka affiliate marketing. Down the road, ideally it will become a passive income stream around something you're interested in. For me, its my YouTube channel and this blog. It started out just for fun, and slowly, after 2-3 years, it has turned into a side-income. And in the future, it will grow into one of my main sources of passive income.
Another name people may call this is "Content Marketing" – aka being a VOICE or INFLUENCER out there in a small niche, by creating good content. And you present your audience certain products & services thru affiliate links. Simple as that!
This is a great thing to be constantly be building on the side – your personal brand. Ideally it's in a niche you're interested in, so it turns into a long-term passion project that you make money online from.
BUT – it takes time to build a brand and get steady traffic from content, like through blogging, YouTube or podcasting. So it's recommended to first have a source or more immediate income, and be building a brand on the side.
It's kind of like freelancing - still trading your time for money. But I've known a few people who actually do this a couple or a few hours a day and are able to live in Thailand or Vietnam or Bali just off that!.
I've met many digital nomads who work for a small or medium or large company, just remotely. And they choose to live in other countries and nomad around! Hence making them digital nomads. There's a chapter in The 4 Hour Workweek on negotiating remote-work agreements with your employer. I recommend you check it out.
WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO GET STARTED?
I'm looking for someone who's done this and interested in writing a how-to guide. In the meantime, listen to the chapter on this in The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss.
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