The life of a digital nomad isn’t always as glamorous as it seems. People seem to have this idea of what life is like as a remote worker. They think we fly around the world, raking in cash, sipping cocktails on white beaches as the money is deposited into our accounts for a few hours work a day. Well, for most of us, it doesn’t work that way. Securing a location fluid lifestyle is seriously hard work.
Take content writing, for example. Content writing is the creation of high-quality content for clients online, it’s how I started my journey as a digital nomad, and it is still one of my income streams today. Content writing can range from blog posts to sales funnels to e-books and everything in-between. Now to the untrained eye, it looks like all you need to become a content writer is a laptop and a brain. What you don’t see, is the cost of the different programs a good content writer needs, we have to pay for things like plagiarism checker software and accounts on freelancing websites.
In the beginning, we spend much longer looking for clients then we do writing. We spend hours upon hours crafting cold emails, applying for jobs, and giving away samples for free. It takes blood sweat and tears, and you have to craft your online image, build a reputation, look for more work while completing current work. You have your anxious weeks with no work and you have your weeks where you have too much work.
Sorry if I have burst a few bubbles, but this life isn’t easy…
That being said… I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
What we get in exchange for our blood sweat and tears, is a lifestyle where we can work from anywhere. We aren’t tied down to one location, and we are birds free to roam the skies, looking for the next patch of blue sky. Some of us do take to the beaches, sitting on a sunbed within Wi-Fi range, updating our blogs while the waves roll in.
Some of us don’t like the chilled lifestyle, so we take to the cities, matching the activity in our heads with the thrum of urban life. The rat race can be entertaining, especially when you are not part of it.
Digital nomads are everywhere; the majority of us do not lead lives like the influencers of Facebook and Instagram would like you to believe. We are just ordinary people, tired of working the 9-5, tired of doing what society expects of us. We don’t want to be comfortable, with a mortgage and two kids, settled down by the age of 30.
The idea horrifies us.
If it horrifies you too, join the club, quit your job, work for yourself, but be under no illusions, nothing in this world comes easy, and this life hasn’t been handed to us. For most of you, it will chew you up and spit you out, but I can guarantee that there will be some readers who really resonate with this article.
For those of you who do, this is the sign, and this is the signal. Whatever decision you have to make. Make it. Whatever you have to do. Do it. Life is too short.
I will see you on the other side…