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How Do Digital Nomads Make Money?

How do digital nomads make money?

In numerous ways.


Digital Nomads

Digital nomads are remote workers. That means that they don’t necessarily work in an office, most often it’s that they can work wherever they like. Hence why you see so many nomads flooding Bali – because let’s face it, if you’ve got no location ties with work then why not in Bali.

We said it many times before, as long as there’s WiFi, remote workers can work anywhere.

So I suppose one way you can answer ‘how do digital nomads make money’ is ‘online’.

This can still be somewhat misleading. Because perhaps the key reason for needing WiFi is simply so that you can be in contact with employers, clients, employees, etc.

It doesn’t mean you have to have an online business.

When you say ‘digital nomads’ the words that instantly come to mind tend to be online businesses, Instagram ‘influencers’, ‘Youtubers’, etc.

But the more I get to know other digital nomads, the more I realise just how many ways digital nomads make money.

There are more ‘typical’ nomadic jobs like; graphic designers, programmers, social media managers, entrepreneurs, e-commerce, website builders, etc.

But I’ve met people that work remotely transcribing university lectures, wedding videographers, mentors/teachers, the list goes on.

Essentially the options are endless!


Working For Yourself

Working for yourself is also a valid option, because you set the standard. So, really you can do whatever you want. This always tends to be the first idea or goal for digital nomads. As most people align freedom and flexibility in a career with being the Boss.


Freelancing allows you to take on all the freedom and flexibility you’d like in your career, but eases the pressure in terms of running the entire business. Being able to outsource your skills to companies and organisations is another great way digital nomads make money.

You have the independence to build your days, and your lifestyle, as you wish whilst really honing in on your craft.

The only downside is maybe having to rely on clients, which are hard to build up in the beginning.

Favourable Employers

By this I mean those that are happy to let employees work remotely. I’ve met a number of nomads that work in this way. They have conventional employers and sometimes those employers have offices, sometimes they don’t.

As I’ve said, I think coronavirus will have an impact on this going forward now that employers, and indeed employees, know what’s possible.

But, if you’re looking for a job and you want to be able to work remotely then have it in the back of your mind. As you’re scouring through LinkedIn looking for jobs, see if there are remote positions.

These categories seem quite vague, I know, when it comes to explaining how digital nomads make money. Perhaps you were expecting more of a list of job roles. But, unfortunately that’s not how it works.


Changing Landscapes

Even though many businesses and corporations like to make you think otherwise, a lot of jobs are applicable to ‘remote working’.

With the likes of Zoom, Whereby, Skype, Workplace, Monday, I could go on and on, the majority of internal business running can be done online.

We can all thank COVID-19 for this realisation. Coronavirus isn’t great but if nothing else, it has proved that you don’t have to be sitting in an office to be able to work.

As a result, things are likely to change in the coming months.

But getting back to ‘how do digital nomads make money’. The options truly are endless, but some require you to shift your mindset slightly.

It’s not really a case of what job titles do digital nomads have but more so how are they employed. Self-employed (owning a business, freelancing) or traditionally-employed (with an obvious employer).


I hope that that has shed some light onto your ‘how do digital nomads make money’ query. If not, and if you have any questions, then please do get in touch.




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