8 Ingredients of a Winning Website for Digital Nomad Girls

8 Ingredients of a Winning Website for Digital Nomad Girls

Melissa Love is a web design specialist for photographers and she is also the founder of The Design Space, a one-stop design shop which sells beautiful, affordable website templates and courses teaching web design to complete beginners. She is also our featured expert in the DNG Inner Circle this month where she shared her knowledge on WordPress & Divi.

Still unsure of whether you should set up a website or not? Check out our blog post on why every digital nomad girl needs a website!

8 Ingredients of Winning Websites for Digital Nomad Girls

Or alternatively, do you have a website but feel like it’s never ‘done’? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Everyone feels like that and it’s not a bad thing. Your website is an ever-evolving project that needs keeping an eye on, even when you’ve launched the latest and greatest version.

But what to tweak and when? Here are my must-have ingredients for the coming year.

1. A Home Page with a Message

Standing out from the crowd means sending a strong message to your potential ideal client about what you can for them and how you can do it differently.

Many creatives fall into the trap of thinking that it’s ok to just let your work speak for itself. I’m going to break it to you gently. It’s just not enough any more.

In fact, your home page has only one job to do. It serves just one purpose.

And that is to make your visitors click further into your site further, to raise their hand and to think, I’m in.

Famously, there is this quote which says that you have 7 seconds to really grab someone’s attention and keep them on your site.

So your home page is not about the portfolio preview (though it goes without saying that your homepage images and copy need to be killer) and it’s not about giving them as much information as you possibly can. It’s to create resonance.

Check out this example from Nadia Meli of a website which directly speaks to her ideal client and has clearly signposted call to action.

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Nadia isn’t afraid to reach out to attract her ideal client and also repel those clients who aren’t a good fit, and this is a good thing. Above all, her home pages is designed to create real resonance.

How you do that is up to you. My top tip is to ask yourself:

“What one thing would my ideal client want the most?”

2. A Responsive Website that Looks Great on All Devices

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that a website that works well on mobile is crucial now. But in case you aren’t convinced, here are a few stats.

  • We passed the mobile tipping point in 2014, which means that more internet browsing takes place on mobile devices than on desktop devices
  • Views on vertical screens are now exceeding views on horizontal screens, which means people are used to scrolling
  • First time visits are now more likely to happen on a handheld device

So, what does responsive design mean?

Pinching and zooming to view content isn’t good enough any more. Truly responsive content adjusts to fit all browsers and you’ll find that column layouts change and stack according to browser size.

If you are thinking about buying a theme or template for your website, resize the browser to make sure that the page content and menu rearranges itself to be viewable on mobile without needing to pinch and zoom to easily view the content.

Check out how this website behaves on mobile or by resizing your browser.

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Think, ‘mobile first’.

Do streamline your visitor’s mobile experience: you might want to hide or show some elements on mobile but don’t hide key blocks of text or pages.

Try to reduce clicks and repetition. If you have landing pages where people need to make a decision, eliminate them.

Don’t build an alternative mobile version. Google doesn’t like duplicate content and is starting to downrank mobile versions (eg. where you are redirected to an alternative url on mobile) in favour of websites where this doesn’t happen.

Designing your site to be mobile friendly, doesn’t mean that you can neglect your desktop site. Think of it as ‘mobile also’.

A note on Google’s new mobile-first index.

With more searches taking place now on mobile rather than desktop, Google recently announced that the Googlebots that crawl and index sites will be switching to mobile-first. This means that it’s now more important than ever to make sure your visitors are getting a great mobile experience.

3. Get Google Friendly

Although you might feel that getting to the top of the Google mountain is an impossible task, the good news is that Google just wants to do a good job, serving up the best and most accurate results it can to people who are searching.

This means you need to be more aware than ever before of what your current audience are searching for to get to your site and looking at once on it, so that you can serve up more of the same super-relevant content, in just the right format.

To do this, you need to be using Google Analytics & Search Console together, to get the full picture. Here’s what each of them can do for you…

Google Search Console

  • Tells Google which version of your site to serve up (ie. with or without the www)
  • Tells Google to index your sitemap and crawl your pages
  • Lets you know about any security issues and missing content
  • Tells you which terms people searched to get to your site

Google Analytics

  • Tells you which links people used to get to your site
  • Tells you where visitor are from and which devices they used to browse
  • Tells you where they went and what they looked at

Don’t forget to associate your Google Analytics property with your Google Search Console account.

You can find out more about Getting Started with Google here.

4. Speed Up Your Website

Image-heavy photography websites always struggle with balancing image quality with speed.

I see many photographers uploading high resolution images to their website, mistakenly assume that their website platform is going to reduce the size of their images automatically. There might be some platforms that do this but it’s not common and having images that aren’t optimized for web will make it very difficult for your site to load well on mobile and Google do take site speed into consideration.

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Here are a few must-have tools.

Check your site speed on Pingdom, using the servers nearest to your location: https://tools.pingdom.com/

Use a compression tool like JpegMini reduce file size without reducing quality: http://www.jpegmini.com/

Make sure you’re happy with the quality of your web hosting in the first place. Some larger companies offering shared hosting have thousands of websites on the same server, which can dramatically slow down your site. A quick conversation with your hosting company will give you all the options.

Find more tips about speeding up your website here: https://thedesignspace.co/how-to-speed-up-your-website/

5. Install an SSL Certificate

If you’ve been hearing rumblings about all websites needing an SSL (security) certificate, then you’re right and now is the time to act because Google have announced that their Chrome browser will begin displaying a notice in the browser address bar marking sites without an SSL certificate insecure.

If you’re wondering why you need to do this, when you don’t sell anything on your website, Google are stepping up the good fight against data theft and want all websites that exchange data (cookies, contact forms) to be more secure.

Luckily most hosting companies have stepped up and are now offering free/cheap SSL options which are easy to install.

Find out just how easy it is here: https://thedesignspace.co/adding-an-ssl-certificate-to-your-website/

6. Backup, Backup, Backup!

Hand on heart, is your website properly backed up? No? Then don’t get sucked into the circle of updating doom.

You know what I’m talking about:

  • You’re not 100% sure that your site is backed up.
  • So you don’t update your theme and plugins in case something goes wrong.
  • Which makes your site less secure and more likely to get hacked.
  • And if you don’t have a recent backup and your site is hacked, you’ll be really, really sad.

So it’s actually more of a black hole than a circle. Don’t fall into the hole.

Firstly, not all backup plans are equal.

Most free backup plugins are what I call ‘zip and ship’. They zip up a copy of your website and send it off to the remote location you specify. Eg. Dropbox.

The problem is that as your site gets larger (photography sites get large quickly), errors start to occur with both the zipping and the shipping.

Instead, the safest way to back up is by using an incremental backup system. This means that after a first backup, the system only has to back up and changes, meaning your backup is way less likely to fail and can be set to run continuously every few hours.

There are some brilliant options (my favourite is Blogvault) and you generally have to pay for brilliance. But it’s a very small price to pay for peace of mind and a good night’s sleep.

Here’s a detailed walkthrough if you don’t have a solid backup plan: https://thedesignspace.co/how-to-backup-wordpress-website/

7. Contact Form Success

The moment a potential client presses send is probably the most excited and receptive that they are ever going to be about hearing from your business.

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And what usually happens? I look at a lot of websites and test a lot of contact forms, and I can tell you that mostly I see a boring default message starting right back at me, along the lines of “Your Form Has Been Successfully Submitted”. Sure, it’s reassuring but it’s hardly going to be the start of a beautiful relationship.

Secondly, the contact page often receives very little visual love. We might spend hours on building elaborate and enticing home pages, but not really give a second thought to how we present a contact page. ‘As long as it gets the job done’, seems to be the general approach.

In short, here’s what I think every Contact page should have:

  • Images and attention to detail when it comes to styling
  • A friendly, personal introduction
  • An email link as well as a contact form
  • Information about what will happen once they have contacted you (ie. timeframe, next steps)
  • Your social links
  • Redirection to a success page with a friendly message and links to your best work or bonus / fun content.

Find out how to implement your personality-packed contact success page, check out this blog post: https://thedesignspace.co/beyond-the-contact-page/

8. BONUS tip for creatives & artists amongst you: A Portfolio Designed to Sell

Although there has been a trend in recent years, of moving away from the traditional gallery, to showing only blog posts to showcase recent work, I think the ‘best of the best gallery’ is one of your key selling tools.

By showing only blog posts, you are forcing your website visitors to dig further to find what they are really looking for, when really, you really be making it easier for them. Your site won’t be the only site they visit. Why make them work harder?

A ‘killer images’ gallery is a great way of giving them a snapshot of your best work (and I mean your best – be ruthless. Keep it to 20-30 images, max).

When they return for a second look, that gallery will be an easily accessible reference tool, which will remind them what they liked about your work in the first place. They may even be wanting to ‘show you off’ to a friend or relative for a second opinion. In this situation, your ‘best of the best’ gallery comes into its own.

But don’t just leave it there. Below your main gallery, make sure you signpost your visitors to other ‘whole event’ galleries or blog posts that are specifically designed to appeal to the ideal clients you want to target.  

Check out the portfolio page I recently designed for Andrea Ellison. It includes a beautiful main gallery, but below the gallery, you’ll see three blog posts which describe exactly the kind of weddings that Andrea loves to book.

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Note the language she uses – ‘laid back, ‘relaxed’, ‘chilled out’. The message comes across loud and clear.

None of the steps above are difficult to implement but they do take a bit of time to get right. Getting familiar with some of the underlying principles of maintaining and improving your website, is worth every minute of your time.

Take care of these website basics and your website will take care of itself.

 

Melissa has an incredible course where she teaches every single step from buying a domain & hosting, to building a beautiful & functional website from scratch using the Divi theme. DNG readers get 10% off the (already very reasonable) course price with the code ‘nomad10’. Melissa’s course won’t only teach you all the skills needed to build your own website, but you’ll have skills to get started working as a WordPress web designer yourself! Check out her course here!

 

 

 

Top 30 Freelancing Platforms for Digital Nomad Girls

Top 30 Freelancing Platforms for Digital Nomad Girls

Looking for some freelance work to become location independent? here are our top 30+ freelancing platforms for Digital Nomad Girls!

Some of the questions I get asked most is ‘where do I find my first freelance job?’ or should I bother with freelancing platforms?. This is a surprisingly controversial topic amongst digital nomads as some swear by freelancing platforms while others wouldn’t touch them with a stick. 

And it is true, it can be hard to get started on a freelancing platform. There’s a ton of competition out there, many jobs are low-paying, and it’s hard to stand out from the crowd. But if you have patience, value your worth and write great proposals, there can be gems amongst the sea of jobs on freelancing platforms.

I personally don’t discourage beginners from using them as I got started on Upwork myself. It took a while, and I took a few terrible jobs (super annoying ones) before I figured out how to price myself and find great gigs. But once I got some ongoing clients and well-paying one-off projects, I started actually making money online!

So, if you’re looking for freelance gigs, here are our top 30 platforms for Digital Nomad Girls!

General Platforms:

Upwork

Upwork is the best-known freelance platform and was born when Elance and oDesk merged a few years back. It’s also one of the most controversial platforms due to the sheer number of jobs and the often low prices clients are willing to pay.

However, if you set your profile up well (go niche rather than broad) and take some time to pitch the really good jobs, there are some really awesome and well-paid projects to be found.

One of our members said “I have used Upwork for a while. I found it was great way to get clients without having to put myself ‘out there’ too much, which then gave me a bit more confidence.”

Another DNG added that “It took a while to build up a rating but once you get a rating you can get regular work from Upwork without having to do much. Clients invite you to apply or Upwork matches you as a recommendation”

People Per Hour

People Per Hour is a popular alternative to Upwork and one many DNG members recommended. One nomad girl wrote “on people per hour I was able to get like 4-6 weekly freelance jobs and it worked great! Definitely recommend it!”

Freeup

Freeup helps thousands of businesses hire freelancers from all types of skill sets. From sales and marketing to translation, Freeup has a job for you.

Freelancer.com

If you are looking for a site that has a variety of jobs, freelancer.com might be a good fit. Just complete your profile and Freelancer will match you to the right jobs.

LocalSolo

LocalSolo allows startups, agencies and companies to hire freelancers in their local community.

Outsourcely

Companies post jobs on Outsourcely daily. They also have the ability to search through profiles for freelancers with the exact skill set needed for a specific job.

Guru

Guru is a platform where both companies and freelancers can browse one another’s profile, collaborate and form a working agreement.

Truelancer

Truelancer is a freelancing platform specialised in startups, you can even hire a whole team.

WeGrowth

WeGrowth is a platform specific for top-notch marketers. Their mission is to help present and promote marketer services to the best startups.

Expert 360

This one’s a secret tip by one of our members.

“One you might not have seen is Expert 360 – it’s like Upwork for management consultants. You have to apply to use it, they want to see top education and loads of relevant work experience. Most of the gigs are things like large organisational change management, financial analysis, branding, etc, but there’s also a few random things in there too, and pay tends to be high, average about $700-$1000 day rate up to $3000 per day or more for highly experienced ex top tier management consultants. I’ve only found one job there so far but it was a really good one and has led to repeat work. Oh and it’s free for freelancers – the clients pay to list, we don’t pay to work!!”

Fiverr

Fiverr is an on demand marketplace for freelancers to sell their services. The freelancer sets up their gig, gets orders from the client, discusses the details of the order, delivers the work and then gets paid. A simple and easy way of working.

Freelancermap

This is a freelance website for independent contractors and companies worldwide, both locally and remotely. You can either set up alerts to receive matching jobs as soon as they become available or create a profile that will attract companies to you.

LinkedIn Profinder

This is also very popular and is for any kind of freelance work in any industry (currently only for US Based accounts) https://www.linkedin.com/profinder

This is a tool that can be used with your Linkedin account to help you get good job leads. Once your application is accepted, you are able to then submit proposals for jobs that fit your skillset.

Amgigs

The world’s first blockchain based freelance platform!

virtualassistants.com

This virtual job board has helped many people find work from home jobs since 1999. There are a variety of virtual assistant and other virtual jobs listed.

Read about the 7 most common freelancing mistakes to avoid when getting started

 

Platforms for Designers:

99 Designs

99 Designs is a graphic design marketplace that connects freelancers with entrepreneurs looking for talented designers to hire.

CrowdSPRING

CrowdSPRING is a platform where designers have a variety of designs to choose from and designers have an opportunity to showcase their skills and find work.

DesignCrowd

DesignCrowd is another platform that allows designers to custom design jobs for clients and showcase their talent and skills.

Dribble

Dribble is an excellent community that allows companies and freelancers to connect and collaborate.

 

Platforms for Writers:

Writer Access

This is a great resource for writers!

Freelance Writing Gigs

Once Splashpress Media, this site is a great resource for expert to beginner writers to be successful.

ProBlogger Jobs Board

While not technically a freelance platform, there are many freelance writing jobs posted on here, often well paid and I wanted to include it for the writer DNGs among us.

Contently

Contently helps marketers to transform their content and build a loyal audience by hiring talented writers to help scale their business.

Skyword

Skyword understands the importance of high quality content and offers freelance writers an opportunity to create for businesses looking for something different.

Ebyline

Ebyline is a network for freelance writers, journalists and content creators to get quality work published and out to the world where it belongs.

Clearvoice

WIth Clearvoice you can pitch your content, find quality assignments and get paid. It’s that easy.

 

Platforms for Developers:

Toptal

Top companies such as Airbnb, Thumbtack, Hewlett Packard, hire from Toptal for their most important projects. Created by engineers, they are passionate about growing a network of freelance developers, designers, finance experts and project managers.

EngineerBabu

Engineer Babu offers IT services to entrepreneurs to help transform their ideas to reality.

Truelancer

Truelancer offers a simple platform for developers and designers to post their rates and skills and get hired onto projects.

Devcenter

Devcenter allows expert developers to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into a reality.

Gun.io

Gun.io connects developers with quality-focused software companies. If you consider yourself a member of the technology community, then Gun.io has a client for you.

 

There you go, here are over 30 freelancing platforms to get you started on your freelance and digital nomad career!

Remember it’s all about quality and quantity. Make sure you take the time to pick a few platforms, set up a great profile and customise each application. And be consistent, try to apply for at least one job every single day as it’s a bit of a numbers game too!

I hope this helps you get some freelance gigs you love and enjoy! If you know any other platforms you love, please comment below and we’ll add them to the list.

What is a digital nomad anyway?

What is a digital nomad anyway?

This is the first part of our new “Digital Nomad Girls Basics” blog series where we talk about all the basics of the digital nomad lifestyle. Let’s start at the beginning: What is a digital nomad anyway?

 

So, you found our little corner on the internet and something tells me you’re intrigued by the digital nomad lifestyle. Maybe you’ve read some blogs and found out that there are a whole bunch of people travelling the world while getting paid. Or you’ve seen a few sexy pics on Instagram of happy-looking, tanned people working on their laptops by the pool.

 

Whatever it is, I’m so happy you’re here!

 

I know that the digital nomad lifestyle is intriguing, fascinating and might even look too good to be true. Trust me, when I first found out about this way of life, my mind was blown. I was confused by all the options, different names (digital nomad, location independent, remote worker…) and more than anything, how to get started as a digital nomad myself.

Now I get asked a lot of the same questions that I used to ask myself and others when I first started out. It makes sense. The digital nomad movement is still pretty young and there’s a lot of confusion out there as to who “qualifies” as a digital nomad.

That’s why I thought we better start right at the beginning: what is a digital nomad anyway?

 

Let’s get a bit nerdy and find out what Wikipedia has to say about digital nomads:

“Digital nomads are people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner.”

That sounds about right. A digital nomad is anyone who can work on their laptop or other electronic device and wifi and who chose to travel while they do it.

What’s important here is to note that it doesn’t matter what kind of job you’re doing online. Sure, you can be a software developer or web designer, but you don’t have to have a very techy job at all to become a digital nomad.

Over the last years I have met girls who are social media managers, writers, marketers, psychologists, fashion and travel bloggers, videographers, translators, virtual assistants, event organisers, graphic designers, yoga teachers, English teachers, violin teachers (true story!), business owners, health coaches, PR and HR experts, professors, and many more, who are all working while travelling around the world. (in fact, I interviewed over 50 girls from our community with different online jobs)

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Some of them are freelancers, some are remote employees and others run their own online businesses. Many of them do a combination of all three of these things (that’s right, digital nomads tend to have a bunch of interests and talents they love to pursue).

You see, there’s no one answer as to who or what a digital nomad is. But one thing that is really, really important and that is often forgotten when we talk about digital nomads is this:

 

‘Digital Nomad’ is a lifestyle, not a job title.

That’s why it’s so confusing as to how to get started as a digital nomad. There simply isn’t one right answer. And the same is true for how much digital nomads earn. It’s impossible to tell because there are a million and one different ways to become a digital nomad.

But don’t worry, that’s a good thing!

It means that there’s almost certainly a way for you to become a digital nomad too! (and we’ll cover lots of those ways in other posts like here and here)

But let’s finish our research first: the second part of the Wikipedia definition says:

“Such workers typically work remotely—generally from foreign countries, coffee shops, public libraries, co-working spaces and even recreational vehicles—to accomplish tasks and goals that traditionally took place in a single, stationary workplace.”

You see?

There are so many different options how to live this lifestyle. You can choose in which country you work. Whether you like to work from home, or a coffee shop, in a beach town or a mountain village. Some nomads even live in their vans, others house sit around the world.

 

Build your own nomad life

Almost every single digital nomad I’ve ever met had a slightly different approach to how they liked to travel, where they liked to work and how they balanced their time between travel and work (a huge topic for any digital nomad). Which is super exciting. It means you can piece together all the puzzle pieces of your own digital nomad style to create the perfect location independent life YOU love.

 

Oh yes, that’s another term for being a digital nomad: location independent. Some people like it better because they feel it more accurately reflects the freedom of this lifestyle and that you don’t have to be nomadic all the time (I’ll be using both terms nearly interchangeably because it’s nice to mix it up).

So you see, the definition of a digital nomad is actually pretty vague, yet it’s still a dream of thousands of people to join this movement one day. But, there are still a ton of stereotypes out there and a lot of promises surrounding this lifestyle which give me the heebie-jeebies.

 

We work hard and play hard

Often, digital nomadism is presented as a cure for everything and a quick and easy way to get rich (a la ‘quit your job, move to Thailand and make 50k a month while working 4 hours a week’).

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What Google thinks Digital Nomad life looks like 😉

 

Sure, there are some really successful digital nomads who only have to work a few hours a week and make a ton of passive income.

But trust me, each and every one of them has put in years of incredibly hard work until they got to this point. Just like successful owners of brick-and-mortar businesses have done before them.

That’s why I want to be super clear. If you’ve already got a remote job, or successful business you can run from anywhere, then all you have to do is book a flight in order to become a digital nomad. Otherwise, you’re going to have to put some work into your dream.

But the good news is, if I can do it (a chemistry PhD who used to work in a lab) then virtually (pun intended) anyone can do it.

And in the next few blog posts in this series, we’ll talk about how and why (yes why) to become a digital nomad.

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50 Digital Nomad Girls Share their Online Jobs – Part 3

50 Digital Nomad Girls Share their Online Jobs – Part 3

50+ Digital Nomad Girls Share Their Online Jobs - Part 3

Because not every digital nomad is a techie or blogger...

To celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the Digital Nomad Girls Community, we asked 50 Digital Nomad Girls to share their online jobs. We put together a series of mini interviews to show you that there are many different ways to become a digital nomad, you don’t have to be a web developer or blogger to live location independently.

This is PART 3 and last part of this series!

We sorted the jobs into categories that you can jump to by using the pink menu bar below!

p.s This post contains some affiliate links.

50+ Digital Nomad Girls Share Their Online Jobs – Part 3

Events

Kyrie – Remote Event Organizer & Online Business Manager

I’m originally from BC, Canada, but have been travelling/living in different countries for the past 10 years. I’ve been “officially” location independent for 2 years and think I have done every type of location independent work possible. From convincing my company to let me go remote when no one else was, to working in a fully remote team of 80+ people, and now freelancing as an Online Business Manager (OBM). I’m currently in Thailand, but will be hopping over to Europe next month!

What is your location independent job?

I am a founder of 7in7, a conference for experienced digital nomads, which takes up most of my time. We’re organizing 7 conferences, on 7 continents in 7 years (including Antarctica!). I have a degree in Commerce/International Business and a background in Event Management. However, my main source of income comes from being an Online Business Manager. This includes, but is not limited to, landing & sales page creation, scheduling, social media management, team management, hiring etc. The list goes on!

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I kind of just fell into it! I’ve always been good at organization and have an eye for detail from previous experience in events, so Online Business Management came quite naturally. Words of wisdom I have from trying out multiple digital nomad job paths, would be to continue learning about processes and new platforms online. Find something you can get nerdy about, whether it’s FB ads, social media, writing, colour-coordinating Dropbox files, etc. Test things out, play around with them, and then own it! Also, it doesn’t have to be permanent – the most exciting thing about working online is being able to switch directions and try new things.
Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to your current network. I get all my jobs through word of mouth.
Lastly, if you want to test the waters of remote event planning, try connecting with coworking spaces to co-host or run events with them, or reach out to solopreneurs and communities that might be on the verge of creating retreats or live workshops. You can also message me – I love talking about ALL the event things!

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Phnom Penh, Cambodia or Barcelona, Spain

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Slack – hands down.

The one item I always pack is… Portable Espresso Machine

If you want to find out more about Kyrie you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Mia – Event Planner and Plant-based Chef

Native to Berlin, I started cooking with my Vietnamese mom when I was old enough to hold a knife. After high school I moved to San Diego and fell in love with the slow-pace and active lifestyle. When my visa expired in 2015, I sold everything and floated around the world to find inspiration. Two years later, I’m still traveling, promoting sustainability and cooking up plant-based goodness for locals and travelers with my pop up kitchen – COMO COMER.

What is your location independent job?

I started freelancing 2 years ago and was lucky to find a consistent client for event management pretty quickly. Traveling slowly and consciously allows me to work less than 25 hours a week and focus on my passion: cooking. I love connecting with local farmers and restaurants to share and exchange ideas to promote awareness and sustainability locally and globally. Sharing with others that healthy, organic food can be delicious, while also supporting local farmers and ultimately saving our environment, makes my heart happy.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

It started out of necessity when I moved to Buenos Aires with one of my best friends and my savings were depleting. I found a short-term project in event management on Upwork that has since turned into a great long-term client relationship. 
Cash flow is important and gives you the freedom and time to find your true passion and pursue it. Meeting other location-independent entrepreneurs/travelers and becoming part of the local expat community helps so much in finding and exchanging job opportunities. Online networks share more and more remote work opportunities, and meet ups and Facebook groups have been such a great and important asset for networking.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Colombia

The one item I always pack is a zoodle-maker 😉

If you want to find out more about Mia you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Jenny – Founder of Digital Nomad Girls

Hi, I’m Jenny! Originally from Munich in Bavaria, I used to be a chemist in my old life. After my PhD I went travelling for a year, which has since turned into a full-time lifestyle. I became a digital nomad just over 2 years ago.

What is your location independent job?

I run the Digital Nomad Girls community. What started as just a little Facebook group has turned into a movement, and I now organise coworking retreats for the girls to connect and learn from. I am also a freelance writer on the side.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

When I first started, I had no idea how to make money online and I saw the same 5-10 jobs over and over: web designer, writer, etc. I then decided to set myself a challenge and try all the jobs I could get my hands on to see what I liked doing, to learn as much as possible, get experience and to start making money right away. My first gig was writing SEO articles for $7 a piece. I also did translation, social media management, WordPress design, and more. It was so much fun to try everything out and documented it all on my old blog. I also started DNG at the same time and now focus most of my attention on turning DNG into a sustainable business that can help other girls become location independent.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Divi theme for WordPress, as it allowed me to design my own websites without coding experience

The one item I always pack is… my Roost laptop stand

If you want to find out more about Jennifer you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

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Teaching

Carolin – Online German Teacher & Travel Blogger

I was born and raised in Germany, but started travelling when I was 16. After teaching a semester in Paris, I started my business in 2016. Next year, I start a world trip with my husband, it’s an incredible feeling to be able to work wherever you want! For now, it’s one of the best decisions I ever made – I can’t imagine going back to teach in university or school.

What is your location independent job?

Still figuring out the perfect balance of teaching (= passion + money) and blogging (= only passion so far, haha). I always loved teaching, so I now teach “DaF” (German as a foreign language) through Skype. I’m also more or less fluent in 4 languages, so it’s wonderful to share my knowledge of German language and culture, see the efforts of my students and start conversations step by step.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I had always wanted to be a teacher and did a Bachelor of Education in foreign languages (French and Spanish). I don’t actually think that a degree in teaching is that important. Of course, you learn didactics, etc., but you can learn the basics on your own and have fun doing it! I did internships in several schools, was an assistant teacher in France for half a year, gave free classes to refugees, etc. In Paris, I found out about teaching online and started my own business from there.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Paris, because I totally fell in love with the city.

If you want to find out more about Carolin you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Esther – eCourse & Curriculum Creator (CEO)

I am originally from San Diego, CA. I ventured into being a digital nomad over the winter and started in gorgeous Portland, Maine for 5 months. I’ve been in Bali ever since and LOVE IT!

What is your location independent job?

I run an eCourse & workshop curriculum agency. We create courses from start to finish for some top notch names in Digital Marketing & Business Coaching! We make the scripts, slides, handouts, video production, and technical setup. I started it alone 4 years ago, but now have a team that does everything together! We also offer curriculum development for in-person workshops or intensives, and staff education services. I also get to teach digital marketing a few times a year with the Institute of Code in Bali!

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I am a credentialed teacher. Besides teaching and traditional curriculum development, I also worked in software product management and training. So creating online courses was a natural mix of everything I’m skilled in. This is a really unique niche. Unless you have former curriculum development experience as a teacher or trainer you wouldn’t be able to do it. BUT the elements, such as writing, making slides, video production, and technical setup on various platforms, have plenty of room for talented individuals. Polish those skills and go for it!

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Bali. I have zero plans to leave yet.

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Freshbooks. Invoice professionally and accept payments seamlessly!

The one item I always pack is… My journal! I do morning pages every day and to-do lists!

If you want to find out more about Esther you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Julia – Violin Teacher

I’m from the Netherlands, but live in Berlin. I’ve lived and worked in several countries for years, only to find out that I LOVE staying in one place for a longer amount of time. I need a close community of friends to be happy. My business allows me to move away during the colder months, which gives me a sense of choice and freedom.

What is your location independent job?

On the outside, I write books, create videos and make online courses about learning the violin. On the inside, I feel I’m a people helper. Each day I ask myself the question: how can I help as many people as possible today? Then I go do that, which has resulted in creating the things above.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

When I read an article about having an online business, I got super enthusiastic. This was what I had always been looking for, but just didn’t know it existed before! I started working on my own online business straight away, which is is the best decision I’ve made so far.
 Becoming successful with your online business is a combination of gaining skills & knowledge (about both your subject field & online marketing/business) and helping as many people as you can with those skills. 
If you want to start a business one day, take action now! You don’t need to have the whole path outlined yet; you will figure things out as you go. Don’t look for the perfect idea. Start with one idea, something you know you could do right now, and if you don’t like it you can always change later.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Berlin

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… a book – “Ask” by Ryan Levesque

The one item I always pack is… my Violin

If you want to find out more about Julia you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Karin – Photographer and photography educator

I am from the Netherlands and now live in Lisbon. My digital nomad adventure started over a year ago when I went on Nomad Cruise and traveled the Atlantic Ocean. I loved all the passion, support and inspiration among digital nomads on the ship, which gave me the last push I needed to make my dream of working while traveling a reality.

What is your location independent job?

I am a photographer and photography educator. I recently started an online photography platform called the Photography Playground where I help people tell their stories or develop their brand by teaching them to create amazing, authentic and inspiring photography.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I have been a photographer for a long time now, so it felt natural to start teaching what I know to people with a passion or a need for great photography. I launched the platform in mid-April 2017, so it is still very much in the starting phase.
I started by creating a big vision of the platform I wanted to create, and then broke it down into digestible chunks. Every day I work towards realizing that big vision by working on the small steps I can take today. This is not always easy, especially when I get overwhelmed by everything I did not achieve today. Why I do what I do can get a little lost in my day-to-day work, so it helps me to reconnect with that big vision on a regular basis.
Developing a big vision is one of the most important things you can do when starting a business because it will be your beacon when things get tough.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Lisbon

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Meetup.com

If you want to find out more about Karin you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Lisa G. – Online ESL Teacher

I’m originally from Vancouver, Canada and have been working remotely for 8 months, I’m currently in Sibiu, Romania.

What is your location independent job?

I teach English to Chinese students online for a company in Beijing. I primarily work from 5-9 Beijing time, which can be tricky when I am in other times zones, but I choose which days I want to work and if I want to work 1 day or 7 days each week – it’s great!

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I have a TESOL certificate and taught ESL in Taiwan for three years before choosing to teach online. I started teaching as a way to travel and live in other countries without taking jobs from the local people and doing something to help. I didn’t think I would like it much, but I actually love it! Chinese kids are so cute! Teaching in classrooms for three years really made me a better teacher and living in another country has helped prepare me for the culture shock and difficulties we sometimes face travelling. Teaching online is a bit different, but there is one huge benefit – no germs, no nose-picking, no sneezing on me, no bad smells – none of the gross things that can happen in an actual classroom. I really enjoy learning about their culture and watching their English get better and better.

If you want to find out more about Lisa you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

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Tech

Alexanne – Freelance Front-End Web Developer

I’ve been living in Montreal for 3 years, and have been location independent since March 2017. Since then, I’ve worked from Colombia, Texas, California, Nevada and New York.

What is your location independent job?

I run a small web development business. I’m working as a front-end Web developer and a project manager. I’m doing freelance contracts for agencies too.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

Create your dreams or someone will hire you to create theirs! I had a bachelor degree in communication and did another class in web development to gain more knowledge. I started to find some clients here in Canada before leaving my job and going 100% remote. It’s not easy, but I don’t regret my move!

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Medellin, Colombia.

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Workfrom

If you want to find out more about Alexanne you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Kristine – SEO Consultant

I’m from a small town in America’s midwest (population 5,000). I’d always loved travel and adventure and, upon graduating college, found that the 9-5 office routine really did not fit me. A year into my first office job, determined that there was a lifestyle that better suited the flexibility, autonomy, and adventure I craved, I moved to China to teach English. Eight months ago, I transitioned to working remotely using SEO skills that I’d picked up over the year. I’m currently home for the summer and will move to Medellin, Colombia next month!

What is your location independent job?

I provide freelance SEO & link building services for online businesses. SEO work is very process-driven, so once you get into the rhythm of the work, each project will get A LOT easier. When I begin working with a client, I will perform an audit of their website, make recommendations based on keyword research, and help strategize new content ideas. Once all on-page optimization is done, I launch link building campaigns to increase the website domain authority and help drive organic search traffic to target pages (generally where their money is made).

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I was first introduced to SEO when writing blog content for a website over a year ago. At first, the content manager would just give me the topics to write about and the keyword for the article. However, when he began transitioning out of the role, he taught me how to perform keyword research, the importance of meta tags, and how to use WordPress. Everything was super foreign to me, and, honestly, overwhelming. Having a mentor to explain these concepts to me and do some quality control on my initial work was CRUCIAL for my confidence in taking on larger SEO jobs. It took about 3 months of learning about SEO and link building until I felt I had a decent grasp of the fundamentals. After that, I spent a great deal of free time reading blogs, listening to podcasts, and catching webinars to broaden my knowledge. With all this new information, I put together pitches for potential clients and won their work. After a couple successful projects, it’s easy to persuade more companies to buy your services.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Hong Kong

If you want to find out more about Kristine you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Melinda – SSRS Report Developer

I hail from sunny South Florida. To keep cool, I began my journey to location independence with a new employer in August 2016. By February 2017, I had hit the road in my RV ready to adventure. Currently, I’m spending the summer in Bar Harbor, ME, but work and home is wherever I park it!

What is your location independent job?

I’m an SSRS Report Developer for a large US-based company. I take important data and present it as useful information for our clients so that they can make sound business decisions.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I have a degree in IT Management and Cyber Security. I love data and analytics, so reporting was a natural fit for me. While having a degree is useful, most of what I’ve learned came from webinars and online self-teaching. And a lot of crash and burn efforts! Technology is a broad field, and I find it helps to find your niche and do what you love.

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Cellular coverage map! No data, no work!

The one item I always pack is… My sense of humor. It’s a requirement for travel!

If you want to find out more about Melinda you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

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Travel Industry

Donna – Curator of fashionable adventures around the world

I’m from the UK, but have been living in Hanoi, Vietnam on and off for the last 4 years. I have been working for companies and traveling alternately for years, but this year I go full-time self-employed and location independent.

What is your location independent job?

Two years ago I started blogging about my travels researching cultural textiles, traditional dress, fashion trends and tribes around the world. I started out freelance writing about these subjects for travel magazines, but I soon realised I didn’t want to spend all my time writing my stories for other people for such little money and what felt like a huge amount of time and energy. So I started to focus on creating better content for my blog and learning things like photography and video. After 2 years have have built a very engaged audience over facebook, instagram and email subscribers who kept reaching out asking if I would do my own textile tours. So, this year I launched two hill tribe textile tours, one in Vietnam and the other in Thailand, and both sold out in two weeks. Next year I will travel and work with different tour operators in Central and South America, whilst coming back to SEA to organise and run tours when necessary. I’m not earning enough to retire any time soon, but it feels great to make such a good start because I know that, as my following grows, so will the opportunities for me to create more awesome fashion and textile tours.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I’m regularly called “the girl with the super niche”. You really need a strong and distinctive focus and passion to advertise and run successful tours, so you can create the right content to help you locate, build and engage with your dream target audience. I have studied and worked in fashion and textiles all my working life, and would not rather do anything else. So, whatever you love, you should find out how many other people love doing it too, and take it from there.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Koh Phangan, Thailand. I loved living by the beach in a wooden bungalow, away from fashion and distractions, to get some work done.

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Todoist is my new favorite Chrome extension that helps me keep on track with the crappy boring stuff.

The one item I always pack is… Hula hoop, it’s how I keep fit on the road.

If you want to find out more about Donna you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Holly – Founder of Ilex Luxury Travel

This month is my 5-year anniversary of location independence! Originally from the US, where I lived in New York for many years. I’ve also been a student, expat and/or digital nomad in London, Bangkok, Berlin, Dublin, and Barcelona. At the moment, I’m in Singapore, a fantastic base for exploring Southeast Asia. While traveling, I enjoy scouting vegan street food (Kanom Krok!), cycling through new cities, intentionally getting lost, and befriending street cats.

What is your location independent job?

Ilex Luxury Travel is my new business, specializing in highly-personalized private tours to my favorite places in Asia. I work with couples, families, small groups, and individuals, to design travel experiences based on their unique tastes and interests. My recommendations are informed by my own extensive travels, experience living in Asia, and the great connections I’ve made over years in the travel industry.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

An undergraduate program studying abroad in London left me enamored with travel. With a Eurail pass and Hostelling International card in hand, I spent long weekends and semester breaks backpacking around Europe. Knowing that my career path had to have a global aspect, I went on to get a master’s degree in International Relations, writing my thesis on sustainable tourism development.

I fulfilled my teenage dream of moving to New York City, where, for several years, I worked for international non-profits and event companies, organizing conferences in the US and abroad. Wanting to focus more specifically on tourism, I joined a top luxury tour operator. For nearly a decade, I created customized tour itineraries for my clients. Of course, I dedicated myself to industry research, traveling frequently, visiting dozens of UNESCO World Heritage sites, and staying in some of the world’s best hotels. My travels took me around the world, but primarily to Asia. During this time, I also became location independent, relocating to Thailand for a year to immerse myself in the region.

In 2017, the time was right to take what I’ve learned and launch my own travel company.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Bangkok

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Happy Cow, the vegan food finder.

The one item I always pack is… An Oanda currency FXCheatSheet for my wallet.

If you want to find out more about Holly you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

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Writing, Editing & Translation

Elizabeth – Copywriter + Content Maven

I’m a fan of the Oxford comma, a lover of lattes, and a creator of compelling content. Oh, and I have an affinity for alliteration. Can you tell?

I call Canada ‘home’ and will forever have space in my heart for Toronto, but I’ll always be drawn somewhere else. I’m currently housesitting in the scenic English countryside after a whirlwind tour of Australia (my spirit home). I’ve been location independent for over a year now, and had some high highs and low lows, but loved every minute of it.

What is your location independent job?

As the Bosslady of Crisp Copy, I find the perfect words to communicate my fellow lady entrepreneurs’ visions with intention. Nothing makes my heart beat like meeting someone fired up about their passion and helping them to communicate it with the world.

Some days I’m writing email funnels for coaches, other days I’m working with a translator to spice up her web copy. Add a dash of social media and a sprinkle of strategy (as well as a few emails), and you’ve made copy Crisp again.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

Once upon a time my life imploded. And within two weeks I had packed a suitcase (which is now definitely worse for wear), moved my stuff into storage “for a year, tops”, and hopped on a plane with a one-way ticket to Bangkok. I was going to teach English for a year!

Turns out that wasn’t my calling. After a month of dreading work every day, I packed my suitcase and hopped on an overnight bus to Chiang Mai. I didn’t have a plan, didn’t feel like I had any marketable skills, and no savings. I learned everything I could about anything digital, and through a TON of trial and error, I picked up one client. Then another. Then let go of the first one. And slowly figured out that I like words and making things sound interesting.

All of a sudden.. Hot damn! I’m a copywriter! With a website!

It doesn’t need to take years of planning to be a digital nomad. It just takes a f*ck ton of courage. My advice? Take a deep breath. Then jump!

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Sydney, Australia.

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… WorkHardAnywhere – cafe hunting at it’s finest..

If you want to find out more about Elizabeth you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Jean – Editor and proofreader

I’m an Irish woman who retrained as an editor and proofreader to improve my own writing skills. I discovered that I loved this work and how portable it is – all I need is occasional WiFi and my laptop, meaning I can travel wherever and whenever I want! This revelation came about after spending years as a stay-at-home mother of two. This is my third year of freedom and I love my life!

What is your location independent job?

Writers, authors, students, business people and businesses write their documents. These same people search online for editorial services, contact me and engage the services of Red Pen Edits.

I receive the document in my inbox. Red Pen Edits operates a five step process.

1. Read the document in full, questions and queries are noted for discussion with the author.

2. Structural and content edits are decided on through consultation with the author.

3. Copy-editing is completed.

4. Read edited document with structural, content and copy-edits complete.

5. Proofread document and return to author.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

As a writer, I always strive to be the best I can be. In 2012 I got the guts, gumption and cash needed to get my book professionally edited – and it got trashed. I was devastated. For ten minutes. Okay! Okay! Maybe ten days…

Never one to roll over, I stood up, walked to my kitchen table, and got to work. I googled everything about editing, worked every night while my children slept, and crawled out of bed at the crack of dawn, bleary-eyed and resolute. After a few weeks of crazy hours editing I refined my work to a twenty-step process.

I then took an online proofreading course, which I enjoyed immensely, followed by a course in editing. My next step was to find a mentor and ally, and the internet gods smiled on me, leading me to SfEP, which is my go-to site for everything from support to reference books to courses.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Budapest

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Microsoft Office 365

The one item I always pack is… Kindle tablet

If you want to find out more about Jean you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Kimmoy – Content Strategist and Technical Writer

I’m from the island of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and just relocated to Washington DC after working and living in California for a year. I have been location independent on and off for 2 years. I find short-term contracts (3-12 months) that pay well so I can save enough money to travel for months at a time. It’s a great way to incorporate more travel into your work life, especially if you enjoy working for corporate clients.

What is your location independent job?

I write help center articles, user-interface text, product specifications, user manuals, procedures, and other forms of instructional content for software products.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I worked as a Business Analyst and Consultant in Washington DC for many years. After a contract ended, I knew I wanted to do something different, and started looking for ways to brush up on my creative writing skills. I saw a 4-hour course on technical writing that intrigued me, so I signed up and realized that I had been doing the work all along, but just never had the title. So I revamped my resume and portfolio and applied for tech writing jobs. I really enjoy being able to make complex products easier to understand, and was shocked that I could write help center articles and manuals and make good money with it!
This field has a high demand. Even after 10 months of travel, I got hired by Google in California as a Content Strategist to work on the AdWords platform.
My tips to get started would be to create a portfolio with instructional content, streamline your resume, and use social media effectively.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Buenos Aires! The culture, lifestyle, and people made me feel at home, I didn’t want to leave.

The one item I always pack is… I have locs, so I pack my own hair products.

If you want to find out more about Kimmoy you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Lisa W. – Children’s Book Author

I’m originally from Canada, but am currently living in the Republic of Congo. Over the past eight years I’ve lived in France, Indonesia, and I’ve been in West Africa for a year.

What is your location independent job?

I started writing a children’s book series, ‘The Kids who Travel the World’, where each book takes place in a different country or city. I work online with an illustrator in the Philippines and a graphic designer in France to complete the books. I then publish them, market them through my travel/expat blog, and all books are available for purchase through Amazon.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I studied English Literature in university, and was a teacher before moving overseas, so writing kid’s books ended up being quite a natural fit for me. If someone was thinking about starting their own books, there are lots of resources online to walk them through it.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… I am finally functionally bilingual in French, so that makes France an ideal spot for me…and the wine helps.

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… I couldn’t get by without WhatsApp. It keeps me connected to my friends and family no matter what country I’m in.

If you want to find out more about Lisa you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Martina – Freelance Translator & E-Commerce Shop Owner

I’m Italian-born, currently in Italy, but have been all around the globe for the past 6 years.
I first moved to Germany at 19, working in restaurants to pay for my studies, and eventually ditched any location-dependent commitments as my translation business took shape and I discovered freedom.

What is your location independent job?

I run a translation business within the marketing, advertising, entertainment, tech and outdoors industries, helping businesses communicate and connect with their audience in the local language, drive growth and profit. I also own an e-commerce store that makes laptop decals to help freelancers and entrepreneurs market their services everywhere they go, connect with the people around them and bring more business their way: Freelancer At Work.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I ended up running both businesses completely accidentally, as both opportunities just arose as life events unfolded, and my eyes were wide open to take them. From the start to having sustainable work boils down to a few simple and actionable concepts:
You need to sweat, put in the work, hours, energy, and always believe in your potential. Get up when you fail and constantly improve yourself. If you work a day job, accept that you’ll need to give up some sleep and do everything it takes to get the project off the ground.
Research and read as much as you can, and don’t be afraid to reach out and ask (unless it’s something you could have found online). Learn and perfect by doing – don’t wait for things to be perfect because they never will.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… The Galapagos Islands!

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… iPhone’s mail app, todoist, dictionaries, Shopify app

If you want to find out more about Martina you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

A HUGE Thank you to all the girls who shared their stories with us here! You see? There are TONS of ways to become location independent, you don’t have to be a web designer or blogger (but you can if you want 👩‍💻 !) With a little bit of inspiration, a lot of hard work and a pinch of Wanderlust, everyone can become a digital nomad!

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50 Digital Nomad Girls Share their Online Jobs – Part 2

50 Digital Nomad Girls Share their Online Jobs – Part 2

50+ Digital Nomad Girls Share Their Online Jobs - Part 2

Because not every digital nomad is a techie or blogger...

To celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the Digital Nomad Girls Community, we asked 50 Digital Nomad Girls to share their online jobs. We put together a series of mini interviews to show you that there are many different ways to become a digital nomad, you don’t have to be a web developer or blogger to live location independently. Due to technical issues (and sadly I’m not a techie myself 😉  ) I split this post into 3 parts to make it faster!

We sorted the jobs into categories that you can jump to by using the pink menu bar above!

p.s This post contains some affiliate links.

50+ Digital Nomad Girls Share Their Online Jobs – Part 2

Consulting

Angelique – People and Culture Consultant

Although I have been travelling the world for over 25 years, I always had a home base in a small town in The Netherlands, while working as an HR manager for corporate companies. Four years ago, I decided to become more location independent and started building an online consultancy business. Two years ago I rented out my house and have since lived in Brazil, Lisbon and Amsterdam.

What is your location independent job?

I’m an organizational consultant, specializing in The Future of Work and startups. I support CEO’s with organizational strategy, structure, culture and leadership and have over 15 years of experience. My biggest challenges in becoming location independent have been that I am now aiming at a new market with different needs, and that most people expect an organizational consultant to work “on site” and not remotely. Therefore, I had to come up with innovative solutions that fit the needs of remote startups. As well as offering remote consultancy, I am also developing online programs to offer specific modular solutions for startups.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

This business started as a site project: a blog about how to manage and organize innovative professionals in the 21st century, which then turned into a blog about The Future of Work, remote work and startups cultures. I wanted to turn this into some kind of remote business, but did not know how.
I started to meet location independent entrepreneurs and remote founders, and learned loads about building and running online businesses, which is very different then being in the board of a corporate company. I also focused on what impact I wanted to make, what clients I wanted to work with and what kind of business would fit my ideal life style.
When I decided to work for startups, I had to find out what they needed and expected and developed my business and services accordingly.
My main advice would be to take your time and make sure it all “fits”, and don’t get discouraged if it takes a bit longer to figure it all out. It is YOUR business, and YOUR life.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Lisbon

If you want to find out more about Angelique you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Sarah W. – Hiring Consultant

Born in Northern California, I grew up in the great state of Kansas. The travel bug bit when I first went abroad at age 19, and I vowed to live and work abroad. After teaching English in South Korea, I returned to the US and got into real estate, but knew location independence was key to my happiness. Through luck and hard work, I found my current job in August 2015, and have been remote ever since. I’m currently traveling in south Spain, where my boss lives.

What is your location independent job?

I am a remote employee for Pro R.E.A. Staffing, a female-owned and operated company with a team of five living in Hawaii, Colorado, and Spain. We hire consultants for real estate professionals. Our clients are real estate agents and brokerages all over the US and Canada. When our clients want to add to their teams, they hire us to recruit, source, screen, and interview candidates, and we consult them on their hiring needs. We love helping our clients add leverage to their business by adding talent to their teams.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I joke that my boss hired me because I love to travel, but she swears it was because of my journalism degree. I also have real estate experience, which is needed for this role, as we consult real estate agents on their new hires. My best advice to those wanting to work remotely is to be purposeful. I wrote in my journal: “I want to be location independent,” and eight days later found this job on Craigslist. I now know that you don’t have to work for yourself if you find the right company and boss.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… a toss up between Granada, Spain and Medellin, Colombia.

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Grammarly. We all make mistakes; now I make less.

The one item I always pack is… Earplugs and my journal.

If you want to find out more about Sarah you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Tatiana – Corporate Social Responsibility Consultant

I’m European who’s passionate about travel and the environment, and can’t imagine working in a field other than climate change action. I’d been working for my current company in Paris for over 2 years as a corporate social responsibility (CSR) consultant when my boyfriend got a job offer in Australia. My boss and I found a way to change my responsibilities so that I could work entirely remotely.

What is your location independent job?

CSR is the way companies apply the principles of sustainable development in their policies and everyday actions. I work with companies to elaborate and implement sustainable development policies. We take into account their values and translate them into applicable policies for their employees. My work mostly consists of project managing sustainable development policies within companies.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I have a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy. Right after university, I started working for a French start-up, which ended up becoming an entirely remote job. My boss said she only agreed this arrangement because I had already worked for her for over 2 years and she knew she could trust me.

Some advice for talking your boss into going remote :
Start by going remote a few days a week. Always be super productive when you work remotely.
Build up trust! Your boss needs to know that you are working for him/her even if you are literally on the other side of the world.
Think about everything you do in your daily work routine: what can be done remotely? Try to adapt the things that cannot; e.g., can your colleague take over some of your responsibilities? Can something become remote with a few adjustments ?
Stay in touch with your boss and coworkers at the office. Every day, at 9am Paris time, I have a 5-minute Skype meeting with my whole team to keep in touch, talk about work issues, etc.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Mexico !

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Skype and any instant communication tool.

The one item I always pack is… my boyfriend 😉

If you want to find out more about Tatiana you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

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Design & Creative

Alyssa – Home Design and Decor Consultant

I’m a coffee and wine loving wife and mama of 2, who loves big city living, craft brewery-hopping, and helping people create their dream homes. After living in Chicago for 7 years, and Grand Rapids, MI for 2 years, my family is selling everything and moving to a tiny house in the Florida Keys for a year.

I started a business to stay home with my kiddos and chase my dream of being financially and location-independent. (Someday, my husband and I plan to flip houses and invest in real estate together!)

What is your location independent job?

I am an online home designer. I can work with my design clients from anywhere that has internet and a phone! I help my clients decide on furniture placement and paint colors, help them shop for home furnishings and accessories, and consult on light fixtures and bathroom design.

I also run a membership community (the Mamas’ Design Mastermind) where I work with a group of women daily to give them support, guidance, and inspiration so they can confidently design and decorate their family homes (for WAY less $$ than hiring a designer!).

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I started this business after designing and managing the renovation on two of my own homes. I always loved decorating, and found myself increasingly offering free advice to friends and family. It took almost 2 years for me to work out my services, my niche, and how I was going to market my business in a way that worked for me (and offered what my clients really wanted!). I did a LOT of research, connected online with other online businesses, and simply never quit.

Some of the things that worked the best for me in the beginning are:

– offer your services for free to a few clients in return for testimonials/exposure. You’ll learn so much about working with clients, and clarify your products/offerings in the process.

– tell EVERYONE what you do. It will feel strange at first, but eventually it becomes part of your narrative.

– always look for places to get visibility. Pick online platforms and commit to being an expert at 1-2 of them.

– avoid “shiny object syndrome”. It’s tempting to want to do everything, but it will slow you down. FOCUS!

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Acuity scheduling- my clients can always find me!

The one item I always pack is… My bujo (bullet journal) planner notebook.

If you want to find out more about Alyssa you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Erin M. – Print and Web Designer

Hi! I’m Erin and I run Evergreen Design Studio from the jungles of Costa Rica. I tried “normal life” in my hometown in South Carolina, but a 9-5 office job just wasn’t for me. I broke free from the cubicle about 7 years ago and have been working while traveling around Costa Rica ever since. It’s not any easier, but it sure is a lot more liberating!

What is your location independent job?

I founded, and run, a graphic design studio online. We design websites, brands, logos, books, and printed marketing materials for small to medium sized businesses. We also help people with SEO, sales funnels, and other aspects important to a successful website. I’m super passionate about helping other business owners succeed with the knowledge I’ve gained through my journey from cubicle to boss lady!

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I’m from the awkward in-between generation that remembers life without computers, but mastered them when they came on the scene. It was the combination of my training in arts and creativity, and my desire to learn computer art, that lead to me running an online design studio.
I have a degree in graphic design, but the program was so new at the time that they really didn’t teach me anything. So I taught myself and decided on my own projects and goals. Through this, I realized you don’t actually need a degree to practice graphic design.
If you have self-discipline, dedication, and time to learn and practice, there are many routes that you can take to become a nomadic designer. You can get a degree, work in house, then break free on your own. You can teach yourself art, design, and business, then open a studio. No matter your path, make sure to join design groups and get lots of feedback!

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Costa Rica! The internet is a struggle, but it forces me to disconnect and refuel my creativity 😉

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… A good CRM and project app – I use Dubsado.

If you want to find out more about Erin you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Ieva – Freelance illustrator

I’m a 22 year old freelance illustrator from Lithuania. Started traveling three years ago and this year decided to continue my travels in Asia. After two months of traveling, I decided to settle somewhere far from home – the vivid and crazy Phnom Penh.

What is your location independent job?

Since I’m an illustrator, I usually make illustrations for magazines, independent brands, etc. Being only 22, I can’t afford an agent and am not signed with any illustration agency, so I need to find my own clients, which can sometimes be very tiring. So, my work is really a mix of communication and artistic skills.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

It might not be a good example for everyone, but I dropped out from art academy at 20 and took my time to understand what I really wanted and needed. It’s taken a long time, and still I struggle to get clients, but when you decide to be freelancer you must understand that you will always have up and downs, which makes life even more exciting. There is really no space for “giving up” and you need to work and try day-by-day.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Phnom Penh is my favorite city is Southeast Asia, so I’ll give it a shoutout!

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… a drawing tablet

The one item I always pack is… notebook! I like it oldschool!

If you want to find out more about Ieva you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Jessica – Head of Design Development

I’m currently in Adelaide, the wine capital of Australia! I’m relatively new to the location independent scene – a little over 6 months – but, having discovered the large amount of community support through a friend who’s been location independent for years, I jumped in and look forward to many more years of it!

What is your location independent job?

I work as a designer for a US-based cross-stitch company! I design patterns, books, merchandise, and general imagery within their specific genre of art. I am in the process of building a website for my own textile art endeavours, but I thoroughly enjoy that this role allows me to lose myself in my passion for design without having to worry about promotion, business requirements, social media, etc.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I’ve been stitching for over 6 years and started designing soon afterwards when I couldn’t find patterns I wanted. I don’t have an innate entrepreneurial spirit and wasn’t raised in a business-y environment, so taking the initiative and building my own company seemed too big a task. Stitch People placed an ad for an admin/social media role on Facebook and, during the application process, my skills as a designer kept popping up. At the end of the process, they offered me a choice between the admin job or a designer role they created specifically for me. I was lucky to come across the role and that it was a fantastic fit; cross-stitched roles in existing companies are very rare. I look back now and realise that starting my own business was, and is, a very doable endeavour.
For those in niche markets, and those who, like me, feel intimidated about taking charge of your own pay packet, I’d thoroughly recommend jumping off the deep end instead of waiting for a role to be advertised. There is tonnes of support and information out there and, while it can be a bit overwhelming at first, it’s 100% worth it.

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… I love Harvest – it’s straightforward and lag free!

The one item I always pack is… An extra power board – useful, and makes you many friends!

If you want to find out more about Jessica you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Laura – Motion Designer and Animator

Born in the Dominican Republic, I moved to NYC in 2005. After years of doing motion graphics as an in-house senior designer, I decided to quit my job in 2014 and start my company. A year later I realized clients didn’t mind where I was working from, so I put my belongings in storage, and took my work on the road. In February of this year I decided to work from Southeast Asia and now I’m back in Portland, Oregon.

What is your location independent job?

As a motion designer I create animated videos to be used as online content, and for live events. I work with my own clients from concept to completion, and as a freelancer for bigger creative agencies in the US and the Dominican Republic. I am also a speaker and mentor young girls.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I went to school for graphic design in the DR. I had no idea how I was going to make money at first, but this path proved to be very rewarding, both financially and artistically. I later discovered animation, and fell in love with giving life to my designs. That led me to a scholarship to Parsons School for Design in NYC, where I focused on design and technology. After school I got into the fascinating world of animation for web and games. I then discovered the live events video industry. Traveling for work was one of the perks of doing events worldwide.
Every path is different, and although I went through years of school to get here, the internet offers many ways to learn motion graphics without leaving your couch (or beach chair!). If you’re interested in getting into it, I would recommend checking out schoolofmotion.com and thefutur.com
As a motion designer you could work in film, commercials, online content, events, apps, etc. All you need is good internet and a computer!

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Koh Lanta, Thailand. And Kohub is my favorite co-working space.

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… FlatTomato app. The Pomodoro technique helps me stay focused

If you want to find out more about Laura you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Lorna – Freelance Graphic Designer

I live in England on the south-east coast of Kent – the sunniest part of the country! My house is just a 5 minute stroll from the beach and a short drive gets you into the beautiful countryside. I have been freelancing for ten years and became location independent five years ago, but I don’t choose to travel all the time.

What is your location independent job?

I work as a freelance graphic designer. Over the years I’ve worked on a lot of different projects, but my first love is publication design and I’ve worked on a lot of magazines and books over the years. Exhibition stand design and branding have been a big part of my work in recent years and I’m starting to take on more web design work.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I always knew that I wanted to work for myself and the design route made the most sense because I love organising information in a pretty way. It’s visual problem solving. I started by trawling Gumtree for small local jobs and, after completing a few, I decided to study for a Masters in Graphic Design. At this point I quit the publishing company I was working for (in project management), but not before securing a position as one of their freelance cover designers. I still work with them 9 years later. I moved back home for my masters and kept looking for freelance work in the area. Income-wise it was pretty up and down for the first few years, and I did take a full-time design job for a few months, but I continued freelance work on the side. I kept my eye out for part-time freelance jobs and was fortunate enough to get one with a luxury travel publication. I am now able to work for them remotely and all my other client work is remote based. Skype, email, drop, and WeTransfer are everything to my business!

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Ubud, Bali – you can’t move without bumping into a fellow nomad and everyone is so open-minded.

The one item I always pack is… My Roost stand – your neck and back are important.

If you want to find out more about Lorna you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

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Ecommerce

Diana – Digital Marketing/CRO for eCommerce (Shopify)

I’m from Sofia, Bulgaria. Currently in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. I’ve been location independent since February 2016.

What is your location independent job?

Working with small/medium companies on growing their online businesses, by improving e-commerce stores and developing related marketing strategies. I find products that were in a successful crowdfunding campaigns particularly interesting.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I have been in marketing for over 10 years, but got into e-commerce 2 years ago. At first, I was doing it on the side, just for myself, but then people started asking “Hey, can you do this for me?” With time I realised I liked new challenges and helping people, and here I am now – working on customer projects.

How to do the same? Think of a problem many people have and would like someone to help them solve. Pick a related skill set in a niche that you like and start working hard on becoming very good at it. Keep an open mind and look for opportunities. Be flexible, learn constantly.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Koh Lanta in Thailand, Georgetown, Penang in Malaysia, Hoi An in Vietnam, loving LPA so far.

The one item I always pack is… My Kindle.

If you want to find out more about Diana you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Erin B. – Graphic Designer and Etsy Entrepreneur

My hometown is Sydney, Australia, where I started my main business (graphic design) in 2010. I was always location independent (living and working between Bondi Beach and Kangaroo Valley – yes there really is such a place!), but moreso since I began travelling in 2014 and opened my first (of many!) Etsy stores while living in Prague. I arrived this week in my next new ‘home’ in Vienna, Austria where I’ll be living for the next 10 months!

What is your location independent job?

I’m going to call it an ‘Etsypreneur’ – does that work?! By day, I work on my graphic design business, but I am always thinking of new ideas for stores to start and designs to sell on Etsy! My first store was Daydrift, a store selling aerial beach photography inspired by a photo I took in Capri. Since then, I’ve started over 10 Etsy stores (and one Amazon store) selling prints, framed prints, pillows, mugs with my designs on them.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

My concepts are inspired by my travel and surroundings, so once I have a new idea for a new store, picking an available name and getting the URL are the first steps. Selling on Etsy is super easy – you go to Etsy, create a new store, and then start filling it up and making it look pretty! It’s important to write keyword-rich product descriptions so that customers can find you. I also recommend styling the shop as nicely as you can – as a graphic designer I like to create beautiful branded banners and product shots. Dropshipping (having a third party facilitate your order) makes selling even easier for my location independent lifestyle, so most of the fulfilment is done for me while I work on marketing and customer service from wherever I am in the world. Once you launch a store, it may take time for sales to come in, but I find it gains more and more momentum over time. For me it took around 8-12 months for Daydrift to start thriving.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Capri… it was the start of something that now allows me to work anywhere in the world!

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Etsy! Then Photoshop and Indesign!

If you want to find out more about Erin you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Luna – Ecommerce Consultant / Dropshipper

I have been location independent on/off for about four years now. Before I became a digital nomad, I was living in NYC with a cushy six-figure job. I left it all to pursue my entrepreneurial dreams. I started as a Freelance/Consultant traveling 6 months out of the year to various locations. I am currently splitting my time between Miami, Barcelona and New York. I like having a base and traveling from there because I feel drained when constantly being on the road.

What is your location independent job?

I started as a Fashion Ecommerce Consultant – helping various brands grow their business & increase their sales. I quickly decided to start generating more passive income to enjoy my traveling lifestyle more. As I knew the ins and outs of e-commerce, I decided to start experimenting with dropshipping. I had plenty of experience working with my e-commerce clients, so the change was rather smooth. I have been able to scale my dropshipping business while working with a select few e-commerce clients. I’ve never looked back.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I started my digital career working for a range of large-scale digital campaigns for a list of Fortune 500 clients. An assignment to Singapore in 2012 made me realize the countless opportunities for e-commerce retailers to reach a global market. Afterwards, I quickly wrote my book – The Global Influence – and launched a Podcast and weekly Youtube channel. I was applying my knowledge and helping smaller fashion e-commerce brands reach a global market. My experience in digital advertising has helped me get into the world of e-commerce consulting & dropshipping. The recommendation I would give to anyone looking to get into dropshipping/ecommerce is to start small. There are so many great courses out there – you should invest in these courses to help you get ahead. Some guys I’ve been following include Justin Cener, Sebastian Gomez, and Ezra Firestone. Put up a landing page using clickfunnels, test different products, advertise on Facebook & don’t overthink it. Test the market, test different products, and test different niches. Don’t wait for the perfect logo – branding, etc. You will gain your knowledge through doing.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Barcelona (because as a NYer – I do need a bit of a cosmopolitan city). I also love Bangkok & Chang Mai.

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… nomadlist.com

The one item I always pack is… My running shoes 🙂

If you want to find out more about Luna you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Marcherry – Online Store Owner

My name is March. I’m a filipina, born and raised in the Philippines. Now I live in Chiang Mai and have been traveling in and out of Chiang Mai for 4 years now.

What is your location independent job?

When I moved to Chiang Mai, I started as a VA and, fast forward to today, I now own a few successful e-commerce stores and have just started a venture with Merch by Amazon.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

My now-husband was running an online business and asked me if I wanted to travel with him. He suggested that I work for him as his VA, which I tried for a month while we were in the Philippines and liked it. After we moved to Chiang Mai, I met awesome lady bosses and realized that I need to step up and couldn’t be a VA forever. I went to meetups, asked questions, and decided to quit as my husband’s VA to open my own e-commerce store. I watched a lot of youtube videos about dropshipping, FBA and even blogging, but knew dropshipping was perfect for me, with no inventory and low costs. It wasn’t hard for me to find my first niche. I joined loads of FB groups, asked questions and decided to use shopify. As a VA I had learned about building social media and did a good job building my brand. When I launched my website I had 3,000 followers on instagram already and messaged them all (LOL) and BOOM 8 hours later I made $80 and the rest is history. I created a six-figure business with two online ecommerce stores, all with organic sales. My advice is, don’t be afraid to be proud of your idea. The world is a big place and you’ll be surprised how many people shop online. It’s not easy, but don’t think for a second that you are alone. Back yourself up with like-minded people that have the same goals as you.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Chiang Mai and Lisbon

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Dynamite circle.

If you want to find out more about marcherry you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Marisa – Online Bakery Owner

I’m 29 years old, originally from Atlanta, GA. After working in NY and LA for a Fortune 500 company for six years, I quit my corporate marketing job a year and a half ago to start my own location independent company. As of a few months ago, my company is finally in a place where I can be location independent!

What is your location independent job?

I run an e-commerce bakery business. I brought back a family restaurant business that my mother had closed years ago. However, there is no brick-and-mortar restaurant like the old days…all orders are placed online and sent via mail to our awesome customers. I have wonderful bakers and a system in place for orders to be delivered. I run the business from my laptop…and some great apps on my phone!

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I got into the location independent work by being extremely mindful about the lifestyle I wanted to live, and working backwards to make it happen. These days, it’s easier than ever to create an e-commerce business with very little upfront investment. I built my website myself with no background in coding. My advice to others is to pick a product and niche that you LOVE, and be sure to share the STORY of why you are in this business. People are more likely to invest in you and your products when they feel your passion and understand why you brought your products into the world.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Costa Rica. But I haven’t yet explored SE Asia, and I have a feeling I will fall in love with the region…

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Shopify! It’s such a great e-commerce tool.

If you want to find out more about Marisa you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

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Entrepreneurs

Alexandra – Co-Founder and CEO

Nomad traveler since birth. Born in northern California and began crossing the USA a month later as a newborn with my parents. Since 2012, I have averaged a different city every 10 days. Recently returned from Rwanda and currently located somewhere in Colombia, but that could have changed by next week.
As a kid, I said I wanted a career as a ‘tourist’. Clearly, that isn’t feasible, so I began figuring out how to intersect social good with travel. I am now the Co-Founder and CEO of a technology company building devices for children with disabilities in developing countries.

What is your location independent job?

I envisioned, and now lead, a company focused on co-creating technology for people with disabilities in developing countries. We collaborate with NGOs and government entities to build and distribute affordable and sustainable hardware to those who need it most. Our first project is with Handicap International-Rwanda. My ‘professional’ nomadic lifestyle began when I started working for an international nonprofit (NGO) before I finished graduate school. My job was to write grants and travel to social innovation conferences both in the USA and Europe. Basically, I kept up-to-date on all the movers and shakers making major impacts in their communities around the world.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

It’s been a crash-course with endless risk-taking. Early-on, I knew I wanted to work in international development, but wasn’t sure how to go about it. I studied Political Science and Public Relations. After college, I volunteered at a local nonprofit. I knew I wasn’t cutout for direct-service, but great for a managerial/strategy-type role. I searched for jobs I envisioned doing in 10 years and the skills most in-demand were grant-writing/fundraising. So, I got a fundraising job at a nonprofit and learned how to grant-write.
To work internationally, you need a masters or 10 years’ experience, so I went for the masters, ultimately giving me a strong knowledge baseline. Before finishing graduate school, a leading international NGO (nonprofit) contacted me via LinkedIn offering me a fundraising role…BINGO! My lifelong strategy worked (PHEW)! Soon thereafter, I was traveling the world meeting with groups/leaders introducing our mobile learning projects. I was exposed to a wide-range of efforts targeting the bottom-of-the-pyramid. About a year later, I met some students building technology for people with disabilities. I was familiar with existing tech gaps, so I contacted disability networks and, next thing I knew, I was starting my own company focused on supporting the world’s most marginalized.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… the mountains of Colombia.

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Priority Pass, aka layover in style.

The one item I always pack is… my travel microfiber towel – it’s essential!

If you want to find out more about Alexandra you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Maartje – Blog & Liquor Brand owner

I’m Dutch, 33 years young, and currently in the Netherlands to set up a new business… I bought my own liquor brand! 🙂 I quit my job as a Project Manager in February 2012 to travel the world and I’ve been location independent ever since.

What is your location independent job?

I’m not the typical Digital Nomad Girl, I don’t always work, and also not always online. During my travels I became a freelance dive instructor, I started a blog, gave talks, and worked behind bars and in tour agencies, but never with any commitments. I discovered that the less you spend, the less you have to work, so I only really work when I feel like it. But, I just signed up for my first commitment in 5.5 years, I bought a liquor brand with two of my friends and I’m responsible for the branding! Online, haha! Excited!

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I lived, volunteered and did crazy adventures all over the world. I drove a crappy car from London to Mongolia, drove my own tuk tuk across India and took a cruise ship across the Atlantic Ocean to finally arrive at my dream destination, Antarctica. In the meantime, to make some money, I did everything that crossed my path. I like to party so I worked behind bars, I like to dive so I became a dive instructor, I love to travel so I started a Travel Blog. Now, because I’m in the party scene, I got the opportunity to get my own liquor brand, “Drop It”! It’s a liquor made from a typical Dutch Candy, called Drop. I’m convinced that if you choose a job you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life! Especially when you do it part-time, with no commitments, to keep it fun. I live a minimalistic life that’s full of freedom! I can go wherever I wanna go and do whatever I want to do!

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Medellin, Colombia

If you want to find out more about Maartje you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Marta – Travel Blogger and Social Media Influencer

I’m originally from Poland and now based in London. I’m not quite sure if ‘location-independent’ is the best way to describe my current lifestyle – although my job certainly allows me to live anywhere with a wifi signal. I prefer having a base in between my travels as it helps me focus. I’ve been self-employed for over 6 years now, with 2.5 years spent blogging.

What is your location independent job?

I’m a travel blogger and Instagrammer. My website, A Girl Who Travels, was born out of passion for travel and a desire to show other women how to live unapologetically passionate lives filled with a deep-rooted sense of purpose and fuelled by the desire to live on their own terms and experience new exciting things, one trip at a time.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

My blogging business is fuelled by passion and a genuine love for travel, lifestyle and self-development. I feel that passion is key when starting a blog, or any business in fact! Forget about fancy website design and a huge social media following – if there’s no passion behind what you do, it will show and you’ll lose the motivation to keep going. My second piece of advice would be to get very clear on who your audience is and how you can serve them – be it in terms of content, the social media channels you choose, the look and feel of your site, etc. To secure blog projects, focus on multiple income streams – mine include content writing, SEO, sponsored trips, brand collaborations, and photography assignments.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… I love my London life and I’m in no hurry to leave!

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… FEA, remoteok.io and DNG of course! 🙂

If you want to find out more about Marta you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Nataliya – Online Business Strategist

Hi, I’m Nataliya. I’ve swapped Israel’s heat and unstable national security situation for traveling the world. Currently, you can find me on a beautiful, exotic island called Koh-Phangan, located in the ridiculously gorgeous Thailand.

What is your location independent job?

I own a website studio, where me and my team plan, design and develop websites. My goal is to not just build clients a “pretty website”, but to plan and execute a full blown sales strategy that will automate my client’s sales process and sell their product or service for them, 24/7. Think of it like having a business coach that tells you exactly what to do to get to where you want to go, while also creating and handling the tech stuff for you.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

If you want to do what I do, you’ll need four things:

1) Learn everything you can about sales psychology, which is how to persuade someone who doesn’t know who you are to buy from you. “Amateurs” in this field focus on the tech stuff, but the truth is that understanding how to structure a website that will work and make money is most important. That’s how you can give the max amount of value to your customers and charge more.

2) Put up a website describing what you do, what makes you different, and allow people to contact you.

3) Plan your sales process and how you’ll get customers to your business. There are many ways to do it, and you’ll need to find the method the works best for you and your personality. Remember that your sales process is like a “preview” of the work you’ll actually do for your customers, so make sure it’s good.

4) Start creating websites! As many as possible, even if it means you’ll have to work for free at the beginning.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Thailand! For the exotic views, super cheap prices, fast internet and awesome nomad communities.

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Trello! Kind of like a to-do list on steroids. I use it to plan my projects and to keep my team and clients in the loop.

If you want to find out more about Nataliya you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Sarah K. – Coworking Space Founder and Owner

I’m Sarah, a 32 year-old Hamburger Deern (girl), traveling the world since January 2016 as a freelance business plan writer. In April 2017 I opened Hub Hoi An, a coworking space in the rice paddies and near the beaches of Hoi An. I set up my own 100% foreign-owned company in Vietnam without any local partner involved. Hub Hoi An is run by women only, and I’m lucky to have a great team of girls.

What is your location independent job?

Sabai Dii is my German company and online business. I am a freelance business plan writer and consult people in English and German in all business-related manners. I love hearing people’s ideas and dreams. My job is to listen to my client’s passion and create a strong, analyzed and well-funded business plan to help them make their dream real. At Hub Hoi An, I offer a casual consultancy for interested members in creating a business plan. We brainstorm, chat, laugh, scrap and create a step-by-step plans to make ideas happen.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

After studying and 7 years of office jobs, I started researching how to combine work and travel without picking fruit on Australian farms. I read an e-book from a digital nomad guru, which was the only investment, except for a new laptop, and wrote a plan for my online business to write online and print text for tour operators, in which I had experience from previous jobs. I loved the idea and registered a company, but never did what I wrote in my plan. Instead, I met two clients on the road by accident. One was looking for a business plan writer. As I had written my own plan, why not for other people? So I started writing business plans for other people. I was really lucky, and would never start traveling again without a job or clients to pay the monthly expenses. Slow traveling is one way to reduce costs, but it can still be tough to find clients on the road.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Hoi An, that’s why I settled here. If that doesn’t count, I would always go back to Koh Lanta and Bali.

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Airbnb, Wunderlist, Headspace, Sleep Cycle.

If you want to find out more about Sarah you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

A HUGE Thank you to all the girls who shared their stories with us here! You see? There are TONS of ways to become location independent, you don’t have to be a web designer or blogger (but you can if you want 👩‍💻 !) With a little bit of inspiration, a lot of hard work and a pinch of Wanderlust, everyone can become a digital nomad!

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50 Digital Nomad Girls Share their Online Jobs – Part 1

50 Digital Nomad Girls Share their Online Jobs – Part 1

50 Digital Nomad Girls Share their Online Jobs - Part 1

Because not every digital nomad is a techie or blogger...

To celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the Digital Nomad Girls Community, we asked 50 Digital Nomad Girls to share their online jobs. We put together a series of mini interviews to show you that there are many different ways to become a digital nomad, you don’t have to be a web developer or blogger to live location independently. Due to technical issues (and sadly I’m not a techie either 😉) I split this post into 3 parts to make it faster!

I sorted the jobs into categories that you can jump to by using the pink menu bar below!

p.s This post contains some affiliate links.

 

50+ Digital Nomad Girls Share Their Online Jobs – Part 1

Admin & Business Support

Ana Karen – Remote Customer Service

From being a lawyer, last year I went to Poland to teach English as a volunteer and realized I wanted to start a digital nomad career. I’m Mexican and Spanish is my first language, so I looked for my first remote job and found a bilingual customer service role at a Chicago-based company. I just started my career as a digital nomad this year, but I’m enjoying working and starting a blog about digital nomads for Spanish speakers.

What is your location independent job?

I work for a detox programs company helping customers with, for example, problems with our website, product questions, ways of getting better results, etc. I love to practice my english and help people that don’t speak english and need help understanding our products. It’s been really empowering for me to boost my problem-solving abilities through this job.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

While teaching in Poland, I met Ceci, a Spanish girl that introduced me to the DN lifestyle and we soon realized we wanted to work together. We saw that there weren’t many resources for Spanish speakers that aspired to become nomads, and knew we needed to create a platform where Spanish speakers could also start this lifestyle without the limitation of language. I was sure that, in order to help others to become digital nomads, I had to become a digital nomad myself, and found the opportunity to become employed in virtual customer service. As someone just starting this path, I would advise determining the skills you already have and could become a career, or what career you want and work toward getting the skills necessary. We live in an era where we can learn almost anything online. I’ve learned most of the skills I use today from tutorials.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Guadalajara, México

If you want to find out more about Ana Karen you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Britany – Podcast Editor & Launch Consultant

I’m from Indiana. In Spring 2016, my husband and I sold our house and almost everything in it to travel the country full-time in our RV. After a few months of exploring, we’re currently based in Colorado, which we fell madly in love with.

What is your location independent job?

I help guide people through the process of launching a podcast. I also provide audio editing and post-production services for existing podcasts.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I decided to start a podcast in 2015 as a way to leave the corporate world that was sucking out my soul. I’m not big on writing and prefer no makeup and pj’s to being dolled up for videos, so podcasting seemed like a perfect fit. I fell into editing a show for a friend and it snowballed into a full-time career.

I have zero social media accounts for my business and have never paid for any advertising or marketing. All my clients come from Facebook groups (accessed via my personal profile) and referrals from existing clients. I had zero experience with audio editing prior to starting my own show so, if I can do it, anyone can.

All you need is a laptop, a decent pair of headphones, WiFi, and free audio editing software. For anyone interested in this kind of work, I would recommend reaching out to other editors via Facebook podcasting groups and asking if they would be willing to mentor you. Most are happy to share their expertise.

It’s definitely a male-dominated field, but respectful and incredibly welcoming, so don’t be afraid to reach out.

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Dropbox, for sure.

If you want to find out more about Britany you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Chris – Bookkeeper for Online Business

I’ve been a digital nomad since last week. I’ve been in South Carolina for 17 years. After 3 1/2 years of working remotely for one company, I decided that it was time to diversify my income. I’ve been building up a clientele, and am enjoying my first week of 4 months of travel.

What is your location independent job?

I have several years of experience working on a remote accounting team for an international company with $10M in annual sales. I use my experience to help small business owners scale up to reach high income goals. Financial reports influence key decisions for business growth.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I have been a sole proprietor and an LLC, and have used bookkeeping services for hire in my previous businesses. I learned the importance of accurate financial statements and thoroughly enjoy bringing order from chaos and saving people from excessive taxation.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Vermont. It’s beautiful and peaceful.

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Dropbox, LastPass, and Expensify.

The one item I always pack is… an extra laptop charger.

If you want to find out more about Chris you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Elvira – Recruiter and HR business partner

I’m from the Netherlands. Since 2014, I have partly lived and worked from a sailing boat. We are slowly travelling through Europe on our boat, and usually try to be onboard for at least a week per month, but we’ll stay for six or seven weeks now it’s summer. Currently, we’re sailing around Ibiza, which will be followed by Mallorca, Menorca and then Barcelona for the winter.

What is your location independent job?

I work as a recruiter, headhunter and HR business partner. I work for different clients, but have one client that I’ve been working for the last 7 years. I also just started working for an international startup and have my own agency for location independent jobs. When I’m in the Netherlands, I go to the office sometimes for face-to-face interviews if necessary. But, I can do most of the work remotely, such as searching and interviews by skype or telephone.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I studied in the US, stayed in Spain for a while, and then, once back in The Netherlands, started working in recruitment. I made a career, got married, bought a house and got two beautiful daughters. I always had a strong urge to travel, but having children in school made it more complicated to live and work abroad. Now my daughters are more independent and allow me to stay away from home more often, and my goal is to be able to live and work remotely completely in a few years. Many companies are still traditional when it comes to work remotely as a recruiter, but working as a searcher remotely is easy. You could get started by getting a Linkedin recruiter seat (lite) and train yourself to use it. Once you have a proven track record of finding the right candidates for your clients, more companies will allow you to work remotely. Or you work on a no-candidate/no-pay basis.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Spain. I just love the climate and lifestyle.

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Trello, Toggl and Evernote

If you want to find out more about Elvira you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Erin C. – Product Manager

I’m a Product Manager and full-time wanderluster. I’ve been lucky to be a part of a company that supports my nomadic lifestyle and allows me to work from anywhere. I’m from Denver, Colorado and am currently in Kuching, Malaysia on the island of Borneo.

What is your location independent job?

As a Product Manager, I work for a recruitment software company and manage any new features or products from the idea stage through to development and launch. I communicate daily with developers, QA and the other PMs on my team.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I actually fell into Product Management. When the company was in startup phase, they needed a jack-of-all-trades with some project management background. They came across my Linkedin profile and the rest is history. Eventually this morphed into being a full-time Product Manager. The company has always supported remote workers, but it wasn’t until about 2 years ago it really became a part of the culture. I get to work and travel wherever I want, as long as I’m still online to communicate with my Aussie colleagues.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Canggu, Bali

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Workfrom.co, Slack

The one item I always pack is… my Plug Bug

If you want to find out more about Erin you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Petra – Community Manager

Born in the heart of Europe (Prague) and location independent for about a year now. I’ve been oscillating between travels, Germany and home.

What is your location independent job?

I do community management for a Prague-based digital advertising agency. That basically means I’m in charge of replying to angry people on Facebook for various brands (about 10 at the moment). That is my regular job (invoiced by the hour). I also create content for travel companies and run my own YouTube channel & Instagram.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I studied multimedia & marketing, but really what got me here was people. Learn as much as you can about things you enjoy doing, and then meet people in that area and talk to them. If you have skills and other people can verify them on the internet, I genuinely believe there’s no way you’d couldn’t find work. And don’t be afraid to ask for work either.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Germany, just because my boyfriend lives there, but basically anywhere with lakes and mountains would do.

If you want to find out more about Petra you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Renee – Lawyer for Online Entrepreneurs

I was born and raised in NYC, and am getting ready to begin full-time traveling in November, starting in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Though I’ve been location independent for over a year now, I’m excited to start this next part of my journey. When traveling somewhere new, the first thing I find is the best food and best coffee. I love adventure, laughing, writing, and reading, and I’m at my best when challenged and discovering something new.

What is your location independent job?

I help online entrepreneurs bulletproof their business and provide comprehensive legal services. I help with all legal aspects of their business including contracts, trademarks, copyright, business entity, international issues, and help them get systems in place that help their business be bulletproof for the long haul.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

Well this part of my business fell into my lap. I went to law school, passed the bar, and became a litigator. Though I enjoyed helping people, I knew I didn’t want to be stuck in an office or courtroom. I wanted freedom. As many friends became entrepreneurs, I helped them with the legal aspects of their business. I became great at it and enjoyed it more and more, so decided to make it my full-time job.

The one item I always pack is… Sleepmask and earplugs

If you want to find out more about Renee you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

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Branding & Marketing

Caroline – Growth Hacker & Full Stack Digital Marketer

I’m from beautiful Vancouver! I launched my digital nomad adventure 2 years ago by using my superpowers on my employer. Starting off in Bangkok, I’ve telecommuted & eaten my way through Seoul, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Myanmar, Penang and the Philippines. Currently I’m home for a visit before I head back to Taipei to stuff my face with its renowned street food, err, I mean, learn Mandarin.

What is your location independent job?

I’m a Growth Hacker. I grow businesses/brands using marketing, data analytics and technology skills. Essentially, I develop creative strategies to spread the word for a product, to acquire and retain customers and increase revenue. Day to day, I’m involved in social media campaigns, conversion optimization, search engine optimization, funnel optimization, website analytics, A/B testing, Facebook or other digital ads, content marketing, guest blogging, copywriting, remarketing, referral programs, user feedback, paid search optimization, viral loops, word-of-mouth marketing, etc. Now, if I could just find a way to UNgrowth hack my waistline!

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

Growth Hacking is a natural fit for me, as it’s a subset of Marketing. I’ve been a full stack marketer for over 10 years working with startups and global brands, like Singapore Airlines, General Motors, Volkswagen, and in a variety of industries, including travel, retail, automotive, finance and ecommerce. Starting on the ad agency side as a media planner and buyer, I also crunched data…all. the. time. Do you love learning and trying new things? I do! So I took up coding.
Growth hacking = marketing + data analytics + technology/coding + product/market matching. A well-known growth hack is Airbnb’s tactic of using Craigslist to post their ads. Interested in this field? If you want in, I suggest:
Follow/subscribe to top growth hackers, including Sean Ellis, Neil Patel, Noah Kagan, Andy Jones, Josh Fechter, Brandon Pindulic, Andrew Chen.
Learn from growthhackers.org, growth hacker tv, Badass Marketers & Founders (BAMF), growth hacking subreddit, growth hacking twitter lists.
Hone your marketing, data analytics, creativity and technology skills.
Take courses eg. Lynda.com, Udemy, growth hacking schools.
Experiment on your own blog or site.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Thailand.

The one item I always pack is… Chawel = towel, blanket, changing poncho, neck pillow, bed liner.

If you want to find out more about Caroline you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Katie – Pinterest Manager

I am from New Zealand originally, but have been living abroad and traveling for over 13 years in the UK, Australia, Canada, and now the US. I have been location independent for just over two years now.

What is your location independent job?

I am a Virtual Assistant specialising in Pinterest, and a Travel Blogger. I work primarily for other Travel Bloggers managing their Pinterest, which involves scheduling pins, creating pins, participating in group sharing threads, curation of boards, and SEO optimisation.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I started with managing the Pinterest for my own blog, learning skills along the way by trial and error, and through online Pinterest courses and articles. I gained clients by word of mouth in the blogging community and online groups like Digital Nomad Girls.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Isla Mujeres in Mexico because it is a beautiful island with lots of great cafes to work in.

If you want to find out more about Katie you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Kelly – Senior Social Media Account Manager

I’m originally from Chicago, IL, USA, but spent most of my adult life in Los Angeles before becoming location independent in 2016. I’m currently in Playa Coronado, Panama, but will be relocating to Puerto Escondido, Mexico in one week!

What is your location independent job?

I work as a Senior Social Media Account Manager (it’s a mouthful!) for a marketing agency in New York that permits remote work. We specialize in marketing solutions for startup and growth stage brands by building an organic and engaged social community and creating influencer partnerships and activations that matter. I manage social profiles, with an emphasis on Instagram, for seven of our clients. My day-to-day consists of photo sourcing, caption writing, and community management.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I started to feel stagnant living in Los Angeles and took a seasonal gig at an artistic hotel in a tiny surfer village, Santa Catalina, on the Pacific Coast of Panama. While there I fell in love with the country and a guy (my now boyfriend!) and became determined to find a remote job! I started searching daily on remote only search engines and applying to anything and everything I could possibly qualify for. My favorite sites are Jobspresso, Idealist, Remotive, We Work Remotely, and The Muse. I also used typical search engines, adding “remote” as the location or job description. It took five months, but I ended up landing my current position through Indeed of all places! My biggest piece of advice is to be consistent and persistent, and use your network. I’ve also helped other friends who are looking, and my sister actually started working at my company just a couple months ago!

The one item I always pack is… Headphones and natural bug spray!

If you want to find out more about Kelly you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Kelsey – Brand Strategist & Entrepreneur

I’m from Portsmouth, NH (AKA the Christmas Capital of the US & Best Small Town in America), now living in São Paulo, Brazil. I bought a one-way ticket to Brazil right after graduating high school in 2014 on a crazy adventure to find myself, and have been living and travelling there ever since. In the past 3 years I’ve also lived in Santos, Florianópolis, and outside Porto Alegre. I live & travel with my fiancé and swiss shepherd, Kira. I’m a Sagittarius, and love mojitos, Stevie Nicks and everything adventure and travel related (hence the Wild Side branding!)

What is your location independent job?

I create strategic and meaningful brands for adventurous entrepreneurs. This starts at defining brand positioning, goals, differentials, tone of voice, and strategy, and expands to brand design, visual identity, collateral, web design, ecommerce, social media, and marketing.
I find myself working on both ground-up projects and rebranding existing companies. My most popular service is brand & website design. I have clients in 6 continents, 23 countries, and 45 cities! Every day is an adventure, and I love being able to work with people from around the world!

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

My story is pretty unconventional! I was valedictorian of my class and shocked everyone by turning down my college acceptances and buying a one-way ticket to Brazil instead.
I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but trusted my intuition. All I had was a computer, internet and $100 in my bank account! I started using free resources to teach myself web design, basic programming & the Adobe suite. I got my first clients by direct messaging/calling local Brazilian businesses on Facebook who needed websites (crash course in Portuguese) until I closed my first contract. From there I jumped to the international market and started Wild Side. Now I’m preparing for my next adventure, an online community & course for women entrepreneurs & digital nomads, Trailblazer Academy!
My advice: don’t be afraid to invest. When I started I invested the last of my money in advertising, which was best thing I ever did! And never stop learning! You don’t need a college education to be a successful entrepreneur, just a will to learn, self-discipline and lots of grit! The knowledge is out there, you just have to want it badly enough.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is…
Florianópolis, Brazil

If you want to find out more about Kelsey you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Nayla – Remote International Marketing Agency Owner

I’m originally from Brazil, 28 years old, and have been location independent for 18 months. After being located in New York and other countries in Europe, I returned to Brazil in early 2017. My next stop will be Asia.

What is your location independent job?

I own what seems to be the first 100% remote marketing agency in Latin America, “Interland Marketing”. After learning how to work location independently myself, my goal is now to provide others with the opportunity for a better quality of life, working wherever they are and whenever they want to. Interland Marketing is also the first marketing agency in Brazil focused on international marketing. My clients are companies expanding their businesses both into Brazil and out of Brazil.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I worked at large multi-national companies for almost a decade. I was thankful for developing important business skills, but became tired of corporate life, emotionally drained, overwhelmed, and stressed. Realizing there were more important things in life than “climbing the corporate ladder”, I left and started traveling.

I dreamed about traveling and working remotely. And once I’d accomplished that, I wanted to provide others with the same opportunity. To work as a digital nomad, you must have the discipline to work independently, prioritize tasks, make decisions, and feel comfortable asking questions. You must be open to learning new things and seeing the world from new angles. I believe that our best work happens when there is a good balance between personal and professional life.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… New York City. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Trello, to follow and share tasks with my team.

If you want to find out more about Nayla you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

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Coaching

Adelaida – Psychologist

I’m Adelaida, from Bilbao, Northern Spain where I’m currently living. Before Bilbao I lived in Salamanca, Madrid and Arusha (Tanzania) after quitting my job as a civil servant (a secure job for the rest of my life).

What is your location independent job?

I work as a psychologist or psychotherapist. After many years working on my own practice (“physically”) I’m now transferring my tools and skills to an online service. I was reluctant at first, but since many of my clients asked for it, and they are happy and improving, I decided to use it as a chance to live abroad again as a digital nomad. I’m a specialist in trauma (abuse, neglecting, maltreatment, etc) and how this impacts on our emotions and body.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

Working online is the last step after many years of experience and study. That’s my main advice, first become a professional with the best skills for your clients. There’s no tricks, only hard work.
For me, online logistics and marketing are “hell”, so now someone is helping me with it. I’m still finishing my website and learning how to deal with social media. I’m also working on a new blog. All this hidden work that people don’t see sometimes can be very frustrating, but be ready, because it is indispensable.
And one last piece of advice, if you really want this, fight for it in spite of insecurity, fears or doubts. There’s only one life, and this is it.

If you want to find out more about Adelaida you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Christy – Personal Trainer and Yoga Teacher

I’m from Texas and have been traveling the world exclusively for a little over a year, though I’ve been to 38 countries since 1999. I travel so much that it makes it hard to settle at a gym or yoga studio. So when I got my personal training certification in 2013, I immediately started taking clients online.

What is your location independent job?

Many people are frustrated with personal trainers at their gyms telling them they have to eat meat. I’m a vegan trainer, so they come to see me. I develop a fitness program and meal plan they can follow that is aligned with their ethics. It’s cheaper than in-person training and I can give them nutritional guidance. My program is 16 weeks and we have monthly Skype calls to go over their results. I also teach yoga while I travel, sometimes as a work exchange or private classes. I also do private cooking classes and or parties.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I had already built a network of people after starting a blog in 2009 and publishing a cookbook in 2011. So when I got into fitness coaching, I reached out to my network and easily got clients. I offered a discount the first year to build up my testimonials. I also offer specials during holidays.

It can be challenging to continue getting new clients, so make sure you have a great website, a blog/social media/YouTube where you give out free content, & start building an email list. If you already have clients in-person, you can probably transition them to online when you start travelling.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… London

The one item I always pack is… a power strip with a long cord, helpful when charging many devices.

If you want to find out more about Christy you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Cris – Freedom Coach and Nomad Actress

I’m a universal foreigner, and belong to the tribe of people who don’t identify as any nationality. I’ve been location independent for 10 years, and am currently in Edinburgh, having previously lived in London, Barcelona, Madrid, Sao Paulo and Melbourne. I’ve visited 24 countries so far, including 9 during my year-long backpacking trip last year. I’ve always dreamed of living – not just traveling as a tourist – in as many countries as possible, even when “digital nomadism” was not a thing, I was 14 and had no idea how to do it. I’m so glad this dream came true!

What is your location independent job?

I’m a freedom coach who helps:

– Aspiring long-term travelers, backpackers and explorers go on their first solo adventure

– Trailblazers create work that brings them freedom and purpose

– Survivors break free and move on (and away!) from toxic relationships

– Free spirits who feel stuck in a routine they never signed up for

– Brave-to-be people speak in public confidently

I’m also an actress/director/scriptwriter, acting coach, personal branding strategist and YouTuber.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

The first thing I did was to quit a fancy corporate job to become an actress. Running acting workshops for non-actors, people would often approach me asking for my help to express themselves since they were too shy to participate in meetings, their bosses thought they weren’t being proactive, they always felt interrupted in any conversation, an other public speech and self-confidence challenges. The need to study coaching came organically! Adding the fact that I found out the person I had been with for the past years was a psychopath, I branched out into my biggest passion: freedom, breaking free.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Byron Bay, Australia. But I seriously don’t have just one.

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Acuity Scheduling! No more “what time works best for you?” emails.

The one item I always pack is… A sarong – the most versatile item ever.

If you want to find out more about Cris you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Janice – Career Coach for Introverts

I started life in England, where I still moved around a bit and lived in at least four different places. I didn’t realize I was location independent until I started seeing that phrase and others being used to describe the life I have now been living for over five years. I’m currently in Mexico, but will be getting on a flight shortly to spend the next few months hopping around Asia. Luckily quite a few of my friends are scattered around the world, so I always have someone to visit!

What is your location independent job?

I tend to be working on a few projects at a time, including charity work, but the thing that is dear to my heart and my core business is helping people with their careers, specifically introverts. I have personalized monthly Skype or phone sessions and help people work through the misconceptions of introverts and utilize their natural talents to help them achieve personal career breakthroughs.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I had taught workshops centered on introversion around the world, and people kept on asking me to help them with navigating office politics, becoming a manager or starting a business. With almost 15 years of experience in HR as an introvert, I have seen the ins and outs of multinational corporations, small businesses, and startups. I have also gone through a LOT of career changes successfully, and I know firsthand how difficult it can be.

Things don’t have to be perfect for you to start making money. Don’t worry about the logo and the website. They come in time. Think about the problem you are trying to solve and how to let other people know that you can help. Also, remember that it is ok to change your mind, that’s how we learn and grow. Please don’t judge your success by measuring yourself against others! We get so overwhelmed now with social media that it is hard to block out the unnecessary noise that can bring us down. Don’t make your hobby your job unless you are planning on getting a new hobby.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Dominican Republic, though I am always searching for new places.

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… Evernote, because it autosaves everything across devices

The one item I always pack is… luggage scales

If you want to find out more about Janice you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Krista – International Life Coach for Female Entrepreneurs

I am originally from St. Louis, MO and am currently living in Belgrade, Serbia for the next three months. I have been location independent with my boyfriend since Oct 2016.

What is your location independent job?

I help women create an income doing what they love in life, so that means lots of support, empowerment and business development, while taking big scary risks moving from the corporate world to self employment. This business stemmed the idea of Tub Talks, a YouTube series where I interview powerful women from their own bath tub, allowing vulnerable taboo topics to come alive.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I hired a life/business coach to help me get started in 2016. For five years I was in the nursing field and hated every minute of it. I knew I was meant to do something different. Having a coach to guide me and develop my strengths helped with discovering that I wanted to be an online life coach and travel the world at the same time. I couldn’t have done it without a coach because the jump was too scary to do on my own.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Chiang Mai, Thailand! Everything is so cheap and it’s easy to travel on the weekends.

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… www.nomadlist.com

The one item I always pack is… Tylenol and Advil.

If you want to find out more about Krista you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

Samantha – Eating Psychology Coach

I’m from New Zealand, but have been living in South Korea since 2011. I recently became more location independent and have lived and worked from Bali, New Zealand, and am now in Sweden.

What is your location independent job?

I coach women, mostly online, who struggle with unwanted eating (like stress eating or binge eating). I help them create new, easy, and trusting relationships with food. It’s incredibly frustrating and defeating to feel like a ton of your potential is being used up worrying about food and weight – so together we stop that from happening.

How did you get started and how can others do the same?

I got into this line of work mostly because of the food and weight struggles I’d been through myself. The stress of graduate study, plus moving overseas solo, really took it’s toll! After much trial and error, a little therapy, and some soul searching, I knew I wanted to help others heal like I had. I already had a degree in psychology, so I signed up for an online eating psychology certification through the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, and started a blog. It’s grown slowly from there.

My favourite Digital Nomad location is… Seminyak, Bali

My favourite digital nomad app/tool/resource is… the Pomodoro method

If you want to find out more about Samantha you can check out her website and follow her on social media here.

A HUGE Thank you to all the girls who shared their stories with us here! You see? There are TONS of ways to become location independent, you don’t have to be a web designer or blogger (but you can if you want 👩‍💻 !) With a little bit of inspiration, a lot of hard work and a pinch of Wanderlust, everyone can become a digital nomad!

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