Do you wonder how all of those people are travelling the world whilst making an income?
Let me show you how to become a digital nomad and join them!
We have huge goals of becoming digital nomads and travelling the world with our little ones. We’ve been speaking and dreaming about it for so long! Over the years though, it’s required us to really work on ourselves.
Our mindset, our beliefs and our ideas about the world and how we ‘should’ be living.
To decide that you want to do something that goes against the grain of society is huge. Not only did it takes us a ‘while’ to believe that we could do it but once you make the decision, there will be so many questions coming your way. Brace yourself.
‘But how are you going to be able to afford it?’
‘What about your retirement? You’ll be jeopardising everything you’ve worked for.’
‘How are you going to be able to make money?’
Seriously, they’re endless. You’ll really see how most people are so ingrained in our society. Something like this really freaks them out. I guess there’s also the element of jealousy.
At the end of the day though, it’s your life and you have to live it the way that you want. Don’t worry about what others are saying, if you want to be able to work and travel then you need to figure out a way to become a digital nomad.
So, how to become a digital nomad? That’s the million dollar question.
The good news is, there are so many ways to earn enough money online to make that dream a reality!
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Here are my top 5 business models that suit a digital nomad:
1. The Humble Blog
Ok, so I’ve spoken about blogging so much here but it’s just such a great way to start a business! It has low start-up costs, you can create your blog around your passion and there are a few ways you monetise it.
Blogs have been around for almost 20 years now but you might be wondering what a blog is. To keep it simple, a blog is a website that is updated regularly with content around one or more subjects. When they first started, they were seen a bit like a diary. Now they are websites that people go to for information and resources in specific niches.
I personally love blogs. I love reading them and love writing them. It’s amazing that you can really get to learn about someone, their ideas, their lifestyle and best of all, their knowledge.
The possibilities are endless and there are so many ways that you monetize it, including affiliate marketing (my personal favourite), creating digital products, sponsored posts, providing services and ad placement.
Whilst it can be overwhelming in the beginning, you don’t actually need to be technically savvy to get started.
Here are the steps you can take to make your blog dream a reality:
- Register your domain and sign up for hosting. With The Inspired Boss, I use Siteground and have been really happy with them. They aren’t the cheapest (hosting starts at $4.95/month so it’s still very affordable!) but I’ve had a better experience with them than other popular hosting companies.
- I always recommend using WordPress for websites and blogs. Install WordPress and get your site up.
- Set up your theme. There are free ones available but it’s worth spending a little money on getting a paid theme. You’re able to customise them easily and there won’t be as many out there! I’ve personally used Divi theme, I think this is by far the easiest to navigate for beginners.
- Create your brand. This doesn’t have to be overly complicated! Start small and grow as your business does. I think the easiest way to get started is to pick a font that you love and use it. It’s so simple and it looks great. I love Creative Market and my favourite font creator is Nicky Laatz. You could then pick a colour or two to carry through your blog.
- Start creating content! My biggest tip for newbies is to create quality content. Don’t worry too much about everything else in the beginning. Once you have 20 quality blog posts then start working on promotion. It is also worth investigating basic SEO practices at this stage.
- Create a Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and email marketing accounts. On The Inspired Boss, Pinterest in my largest driver of traffic, followed by Google and then Facebook. At the time of writing, I have decided to put a pause on Instagram. I’m committed to doing the things that drive traffic to my site well before starting something else.
- Master one and then move on. Don’t do everything at once! You’ll get overwhelmed and quit. Trust me, I’ve done it and looking back it was because I thought I had to be everywhere at once!
So, there you have it, my steps to getting your blog up! I am planning on creating a short course with videos on the topic. If you’re interested in that, jump on this list and I’ll keep you posted!
2. The Very Helpful Review Site
I’m sure you’ve seen a few review sites around the interwebs over the years. I know I have!
Going back a few years, I thought they were people who were sharing their reviews out of the goodness of their heart. I didn’t understand that they were earning money from them! Call me naive but I’m sure there are people out there that still think the same (maybe you’re one of them 😉 ).
They’re actually affiliate links. The owner of the website will give their review and if you click through and purchase, they’ll earn a commission. To get started with affiliate marketing, I recommend signing up to Shareasale, Commission Factory and Awin first. If you have products that you’d like to review but you can’t find them on their site, have a look at the footer of the website or search ‘business + affiliate program’. If all that fails, just email them and ask!
Related Post: Affiliate Marketing for Beginners
Once you have the products you’d like to review, get started with your reviews! Just remember the basics of affiliate marketing, be honest and helpful with your reviews and recommendations! Your audience will smell you a mile away if you’re not. If you are wanting to get your affiliate marketing on point, I can’t recommend this course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, highly enough.
3. The Well Crafted Directory
There are directories for everything! And I think they are an awesome way to not only earn money online but to create a website that really helps your readers find what they need.
If you weren’t already aware, you’re actually on a directory right now (yes, The Inspired Boss is a directory of ecourses for creative entrepreneurs. Check out the shop!).
You can create your directory around your passion, or your location or even a very specific niche. There are so many options out there so get creative!
Once you have your idea and business up, then it’s time to start finding businesses that are wanting to list with you. Initially, come up with a shortlist of businesses, create an email and start contacting them! The worst they can say is no and you move on to others.
There are a few ways that you monetise your business.
- Allow businesses to list for free and use ads.
- Use the business’ affiliate program to create their listing
- Charge a monthly or yearly fee to have each business list with you.
However you structure it, the main thing you want to be creating is an engaged audience that is wanting the products or services you have listed. You can provide value with your vendors by offering social media posts, sponsored posts, email marketing and promotion in your Facebook group. You can get creative with your offerings as well!
To learn more about starting a directory, I strongly recommend Nat’s course over at Business Jump Co. She’s so knowledgeable in the area of directories and is super generous. If you don’t have your site already up and running, Nat and her team will even build it for you!
4. The Promising Membership Site
Do you have a skill that you could sell to others? What’s something that comes easily to you that could really help others out?
I’ve seen membership sites around business, learning to play the guitar, surface pattern design, training a dog and sewing.
What exactly is a membership site? It’s a community that you charge others to be a part of and in exchange you teach them what you know. There is also usually an associated forum or Facebook group. Whilst it is a scalable business model (the best kind), it does require more time and effort on the business owners part – or it requires you to outsource it.
To set up your membership site, you’ll need a website (obvs) and then a plugin like Restrict Pro. I use Restrict Pro in another business and it’s relatively easy to set up and use. Once you have that setup, you can start adding your content and inviting people to join!
I love that membership sites give you the opportunity to create reoccurring revenue but keep in mind that they are usually more involved than the previous three business models.
5. The In Demand Service Provider
I’ve decided to include providing a service to others. To be honest, I wasn’t going to because they can be very time consuming and therefore potentially challenging to travel with. Having said that, there are plenty of people that are doing and doing it successfully.
There are so many services that you could sell online. Some of the common ones are social media management, becoming a virtual assistant, copywriting or web design. You could also think about what you do now for work and see if there’s a way to make is location independent, that’s the key to becoming a digital nomad.
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So, there you have it – 5 business models that lend themselves to becoming a digital nomad and living a life full of freedom and adventures!
Now it’s time to start brainstorming and get started!