In case you need any more motivation to figure out how to work remotely, here’s one more: 50 photos to inspire life as a digital nomad.
Of course, having the dream is the easy part. Wishing for something isn’t the same as working to get it. If only we had a road map, so at least we would know if we’re going in the right direction.
The good news is that somebody created a road map. Writer and vagabonder Christine Gilbert has a detailed guide up at her blog, AlmostFearless.com:
It’s one of the most extensive write-ups I’ve read of all the practical steps necessary to become a digital nomad. She even covers life challenges, such as convincing a significant other to come along, dealing with pre-trip anxiety, etc.
Entrepreneur magazine had a handy list of web-based services to help you run your virtual office: Start a business for nothing. Often these services can replace the need to buy expensive equipment.
Digital nomads like to emphasize that work is still work, no matter where you operate. It takes time and sweat to test a market, establish a business, and build up a steady stream of income. In fact, one danger is that you can end up working harder. You’ll face tight deadlines or try to prove that you’re working just as hard as your cubicle-bound friends back home. What looks like an easy life on the surface is actually the result of hard work, thoughtful planning, and laser-like focus on a goal.
Are you a digital nomad? Have advice for others looking to become one? Got a favorite tool that we forgot to mention? Share your advice and experience in the comments.