We’re living in the age of possibility. Everything is available to us; we just need to reach out and grab it. Not only can we start our own online company and begin making money, but we can also do it from wherever we want to be. There are thousands of travelling entrepreneurs, known as digital nomads, who set up camp all across the globe, connect to wifi, and get down to the business of growing their company. But what do you need in order to take your business on the road? Here’s some essentials I think you need:
A Good Income
If your business still isn’t generating much profit, you’ll want to stay where you are for the time being. For one thing, you’ll need to be 100% focused on the task at hand, and that’s not always easy when you’re in a new and exciting destination. Second, it costs money to travel. While it’s true that there are many cheap digital nomad countries that allow you to live off effectively half the amount you spend in the UK, you also need to get there. And long-haul flights aren’t cheap. Wait until you’ve got a consistent, decent income for diving into the world of digital nomad life.
It’s easy to put in long hours growing your business when you’re in the same old place, and it’s raining outside. It’s much more difficult when you’re in a destination that seems to have excitement lying around every corner, where the weather is beautiful, and there are plenty of people to meet. As such, if you’re going to get moving, you’ll want to develop your discipline beforehand. Your business is going to suffer if you’re constantly calling it a day at midday and hitting the beach.
The Right Set Up
Many blogs that talk about location independent entrepreneurship say that all you need is an internet connection. But that’s not really true. If you’re going to be successful while working on the road, then you need to have the right set up. For example, software on your computer that allows you to work at your best, such as Skype, project management tools, productivity software, and so on. Also, keep in mind that you’ll need to retain your links with home. You’ll receive business letters that need to be read, so set up an online postal mailing address before you go. Your mail will be forwarded to you online, and you can read it as if you were back home.
A Sense of Adventure
Finally, you’ll need to have a sense of adventure! There’s much to love about this type of lifestyle, but it’s not perfect. There’ll be low points and frustrations. You’ll find it much easier to handle these issues if you know that they’re just part and parcel of what you signed up for. Treat your travelling like the adventure that it is. There’ll be plenty of time for a more settled, mundane existence later on down the line! Check out Cora and Helen from Inside our Suitcase on how to get it right!