Requirements for a Digital Nomad
Being a successful digital nomad isn’t as simple as grabbing a computer, moving to a trendy place, and sipping Old Fashioneds while you lay by the pool. Becoming a successful digital nomad is something that requires a lot of work and even more creativity.
Becoming a digital nomad, means assuming complete control of your own life. In most cases, there is no ‘employer’ or ‘manager’ to check in on you or to make sure you get stuff done, hit deadlines, or produce a good product. It’s all on you, which is both the best and worst part of being a digital nomad.
Things to think about before becoming a digital nomad and picking a location:
Is being a Digital Nomad really for you?
Let’s get this out of the way now, working remotely isn’t easy nor is it for everyone. You have to have a skill, product, or knowledge people are willing to pay for. You have to be willing to be the sales person, project manager, executer, accountant, and marketer of your skill. Which means you have to be pretty damn self-driven.
How are you going to make money?
Before you start dreaming of the amazing places you’ll work from, you have to figure out how you are going to make money. Will you sell a physical product? A digital one? How much will you charge? How will you get word out about your product. Questions like these are things you need to be able to answer and have a plan for before jet setting off across the world.
The location makes sense for your business model
Wherever you chose to live and work should make sense for who you are, your business model, and your goals. Sometimes these can really impact the location you chose. If your entire business relies on a strong internet connection so you can take Zoom meetings, then it doesn’t make sense to live in a remote place with unreliable or slow WiFi.
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If you need access too seashells it doesn’t make sense to live in the mountains. When you are first starting out, picking a location that you like, but is an actual asset to your business is more important than picking one you love.
An excellent internet connection.
99.9% of digital nomad jobs require access to the internet. It’s the most powerful tool you can leverage, and if it isn’t available, it’s going to be really hard impossible to make a living as a digital nomad.
That’s why, when we created this list of the best digital nomad destinations and best places to work remotely, we made Wifi one of the judging criteria.
You work to make money and you make money to live. So you can do the things you want to do. If you are living in an amazing place but have to work 24/7 to pay for your rent, that isn’t much fun.
Which is why, for each of the best digital nomad destinations, we took cost of living into account. After all, what’s the point of being a digital nomad in paradise if you can’t work hard and play harder?
One last disclaimer…
This isn’t a comprehensive list of everywhere in the world you could be a digital nomad and be happy. There are a vast number of places in the world that are each suitable for different kinds of digital nomads based on their goals and preferences.
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However, this list of the best digital nomad destinations should help point you in the right direction, give you a starting point, and will help you know what to look for so you can find the best place to work remotely for you.