These days, many people are choosing to leave the traditional nine to five lifestyle and live the digital nomad lifestyle instead. Because of changes in attitude toward remote work in many industries, as well as technology that makes it easier to run remote companies, it’s a lifestyle choice that many entrepreneurs are making. If you’ve recently been thinking about making the switch, it’s something worth considering. Some people are suited for running their own digital nomad business. And with so many options out there, such as having your own photography business or running a service that helps online sellers find local wholesale dropshippers, you’re bound to find the right fit for you.
If you think you might want to start a digital nomad business, here are some signs that you’re the kind of person who should be doing it.
1 You’re motivated and disciplined
Are you one of those people who’s always on top of things at work, who always knows when a deadline falls (maybe even before your boss does) and plans ahead so that projects are completed ahead of time? Do you often find yourself explaining things to people? And staying at work late or coming in early if it’s necessary? This is the kind of motivational behavior and discipline required to work remotely. After all, when you work remotely, your boss won’t be around to remind you that you should be working. If you’re already doing that without encouragement, then you can do it on your own, too.
55 percent of remote workers now telecommute full time, so if you’ve got these skills, it’s time to start living your dream lifestyle!
2 You work best alone
In the same vein, some work habits are best for digital nomads–and working alone is one of them. Even though it may be seen as a shortcoming in an ordinary office job, working best alone instead of on a team is a useful skill when you’re working remotely. Of course, you still need some teamwork skills, especially if you’re going to be running a team of your own using Google Drive and Slack. But the ability to sit down at a coffee shop or coworking space for five hours, and planning an entire marketing strategy on your own to send off to your partner at the end of the day, is something you have to be capable of doing alone. Without getting lonely. Which is also key to living the digital nomad lifestyle right, so make sure you can emotionally handle being in an office where it’s only you.
In 2017, 67 percent of employees wished they were offered flexible working, so you’re not alone in wanting to work alone.
3 You can stay focused
One of the biggest distractions for any digital nomad is social media and browsing the Internet. Whether your weakness is Instagram or catching up on your favorite NPR podcasts, you need to be able to stay offline when you’re working remotely. And if you work online constantly (if you’re a social media manager, for example), it’s even harder to stay off of these websites because you need the Internet to work. So if you want to start a digital nomad business, come up with strategies for staying focused, whether that’s going for a run before you sit down at your desk or keeping track of how much time you spend online.
By 2020, 50 percent of the US workforce will be working remotely, so there will no doubt be many focusing strategies you can find online if you aren’t sure where to start.
4 You love to travel–and can combine it with work
A huge perk to being a digital nomad is that you can live anywhere. And if you love to travel, or if you’re one of those people who save all their money for plane tickets or keep a journal for writing down all the places you’ve visited, then it’s a no-brainer. The digital nomad life is for you. But additionally, you need to be able to travel and work at the same time. Come up with a strategy that works, so that you have time for both enjoying the new places you go and scheduling in work hours at a local coworking space.
In 2017, over 50 percent of developers surveyed said that being able to work remotely was a priority. Whether you’re a developer or your skills are in another area, there are plenty of people who need to work from home so they can live the life they want.
These are some of the signs that you should start a digital nomad business. Do you think you’re meant to become a digital nomad? What work would you do, and where would you go?