Becoming a digital nomad sounds so romantic, doesn’t it? Working from wherever you are, whenever you are. We are Anna&Matt, the girl and guy behind hostelgeeks.com, an independent travel brand putting together the world’s most stunning Hostels: the 5 Star Hostels.
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We work location independent. With every day passing by, it gets harder and harder to imagine going back to a 9-5 job. We escaped the European winter, living on an island next to Africa. We can work and live at the most beautiful places in the world, schedule our own time.
We are time- and location-independent, and personally, we enjoy it.
However: We do not claim being location independent aka. a digital nomad is the best thing in the world, and everybody should go for it. In fact, it is a lot of work and certainly not the best choice for everybody.
It takes a lot of discipline, a thick skin, and most of all the right mindset. Running an own business, whether it is location-independent or located-based, is a different way to earn a living.
In this article, we share with you 7 things that we think are important to know beforehand when planning to become a digital nomad. We do not hold back and share with you insights and our knowledge.
We hope, our experience and insight helps you.
1. Self Awareness
This may be the toughest, most personal thing you have to overcome: You need to know you! We mean, you really need to know you, your skills, what you want, and what you do not want.
And most of all: You need to know your weakness and what you are NOT capable of!
Make a list and write it down. If you cannot think of anything to put on the list, start nevertheless. Write down the smallest things that pop in your mind. Continue this list the next day, and so on.
It may take a few days to get the list done. Once you have it, it will be easier for you to actually narrow down your possibilities – and we think this is what you need if you want to become a digital nomad.
2. Self Confidence (NOT arrogance)
If you do not believe in yourself, you cannot expect anybody else to do so!
Now, there is a big difference between being arrogant and self-confidence, and sometimes it can get mixed up.
When you mastered #1 of the self-awareness, it will be easier for you to be self-confident.
Simple as that: Because you actually now what you are good at and what you are not good at. This is a crucial step.
3. A clear vision
A clear vision is key for pitching possible investors and clients. Be clear, be consistent – then your counterpart will also be able to understand you in an easy way.
This will save you lots of time, and boost your „conversion rate“.
It might be a good idea to pitch your ideas first to friends. They can ask you valuable questions from an outsiders perspective you maybe haven’t even considered.
4. A boxer’s nose
Get ready for punches…in your face…a lot! Especially when going for a competitive market (and even the non-competitive ones), get ready for people who want to take you down, and undercut your confidence.
Let us give you an example of things we had to listen to:
- oh, cool…so you live wherever you want and never work!
- We don’t want to work with you…because you seem to enjoy too much your life!
- Enjoy this as long as you can, until reality comes for you…
- And how do you ACTUALLY make money?
There are many ways of handling this negative energy, this rejection. There is a simple rule to remember always: don’t take it personally!
If you are good at what you do, there will be most likely people who appreciate your work!
And those are the people you should care about. Remember #1 and #2!
5. Acceptance to make mistakes
This one may also hurt for some people: You are not perfect. And even worse: You will never be perfect. And yes, we are also not perfect, and will never be – we know that!
Now, this sounds brutal, but it is the bloody truth. Personally, we think, perfection does not exist in the first place, and if you want to put yourself out there, stop waiting for the perfect moment „until you don’t make beginner mistakes“ anymore.
Because, guess what, you will make mistakes anyway and you HAVE to do them. As soon as possible, as many as possible! The most important thing is:
To. Learn. From. Your. Mistakes!
6. A strong network and friends
Now, here is good news, for a change: There is way of reducing your mistakes. One thing that helped us to get started were close friends running their own businesses.
You can learn so much from their success and their own mistakes.
Ask them for their expertise, share your ideas, and evaluate. You will get access to the knowledge you won’t find anywhere else.
7. Patience (Yoga might help!)
Whatever you do, whatever your plan may be in business, patience will be your biggest enemy. Well, at least my one is. Building up a (location independent) business takes (usually) a lot of patience.
You will hit bumps along the road, and remember the bloody nose from above. This is where you can apply all the points mentioned above.
Summary How to become a digital nomad
This is just a generic article about how to become a digital nomad. Quite brutal, right?!
Is is actually worth it to become location independent? If you really know what you are getting into, then yes.
Is it hard: Oh yes!
But it wouldn’t be fun if it would be too easy, would it?! At the end of the day, the key is your mindset. We hope these 7 small tips for becoming a digital nomad are helpful for you. Those are only our own experience and our own point of view.
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