Meet Digital Nomad Girl Xenia – Online Translator & Swiss Nomad Blogger

Meet Digital Nomad Girl Xenia – Online Translator & Swiss Nomad Blogger

In our DNG interview series, we feature interviews with Digital Nomad Girls from around the world with interesting location independent jobs. This month we meet digital nomad girl Xenia, online translator and Swiss digital nomad blogger.

 

Hi Xenia! Please tell us a bit about yourself

I was born in Geneva (Switzerland). I have a masters degree in Arabic/History and a masters degree in Translation. I’m turning 40 this year, yay! I’ve been location independent for three years now and I absolutely love it. I decided to be a freelancer after a holiday in Fuerteventura (Canary Island).

I fell in love with the Island, its beaches and its relaxed vibe. I realised that, being a translator, I could quite easily work remotely and spend the winter under the sun. This autumn I’m in the Cyclades (Greece): Paros, Santorini and Milos. Then, like every winter, I’ll probably head to the Canary Islands.

 

What is your location independent job?

I’m a freelance translator specialised in banking/finance and business communication. I also started a blog in French about Swiss digital nomads. In my country, few people know about this lifestyle.

 

How did you get into this line of work? How can others do the same?

I studied translation at the University of Geneva. You don’t need a masters in Translation to be a good translator but speaking fluently two or more languages is not enough. Have someone experienced proofread your work and give you feedback.

Translation requires above-average communication + writing skills and a sense for marketing: understanding what your clients want to say and adapting it to the target audience. As for finding clients, I’d say that networking is key.

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What motivated you to pursue a life as a digital nomad?

Well, actually I became a DN before even knowing the concept or knowing that there was a community of DNs out there. I was kind of old-fashioned and never read blogs or anything like this… I honestly thought I was pretty much the only one out there ;).

Then I decided to go location independent because I wanted to live part of the year abroad (more than travel around all the time), preferably in the sun during winter times. Now I’m working on promoting the concept of DN in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

Did your friends/family/colleagues think you’ve gone crazy? Were they supportive?

Well, there were… all sorts of reactions. In short, everyone thought it was “extraordinary”, meaning “great” but also “not ordinary” (= “weird”).

 

What do you struggle with most when you work and travel?

I think it’s the “logistic” part of it (packing light, finding a comfortable place to work from, finding good wi-fi, etc). I usually go to places where there’s a coworking. It’s easier. If there’s no coworking (like now, in the Cyclades), it’s a bit more complicated: translation is a very demanding job so I really need a quiet and comfortable place to work from.

For me, choosing the right destination and then the right place to stay is the most annoying aspect of this lifestyle. I sometimes spend weeks searching for the right spot, and then I book my flights so last minute that they’re much more expensive ;( !

 

How do you connect with and meet people when travelling?

I try to find places with a coworking space. Otherwise, I post messages in FB groups (local groups or DN groups for example). Actually, I have to say that I’m fine with some alone time a few months per year. Plus I started to use Viber and Skype to keep in touch with my friends in Switzerland or abroad. It works really well and it’s quite fun!

 

What advice would you give a girlfriend who wanted to start out as a digital nomad?

I’ve been asked this question a few times actually… I think you need to have a plan before starting this adventure while being ready to adapt it and have a flexible mindset. It’s a cool lifestyle but it’s not for everyone.

Before starting, you could maybe spend a few weeks in Chiang Mai or in Las Palmas for example and meet DNs there, talk to people, asks questions about their journey as a DN/entrepreneur/freelancer or simply experience the vibe and see if this lifestyle suits you.

 

Quick Fire Round:

When I feel lonely, I … Go for a walk and/or have a coffee in a nice place!

My favourite digital nomad location is … Corralejo, Fuerteventura, of course!

The one item I always pack is ... My good luck charm: three mini-shells in a spherical plastic box.

My favourite digital nomad tool/app/resource is … A good old “paper” map!

In 5 years time, I want to be … As happy as I’m now… oh and an influencer for DNs in Switzerland 😉

My all-time favourite quote is … Everything You’ve Ever Wanted Is On The Other Side Of Fear

 

Thank you SO much, Xenia, for sharing your story with us! If you want to find out more about Xenia you can check out her website and connect with her on social media.

Meet Digital Nomad Girl Chelse – Digital Marketing Agency Owner

Meet Digital Nomad Girl Chelse – Digital Marketing Agency Owner

In our Digital Nomad Girls interview series, we feature interviews with Digital Nomad Girls from around the world with interesting location independent jobs. This month we meet Chelse, digital marketing agency owner & Facebook Ads whizz.

 

Hi Chelse! Please tell us a bit about yourself

Hey fellow DNGs! I’ve been a Digital Nomad since I turned 25 – when I had the sudden realization that I had only one stamp in my passport and that the monotony of sitting in the same desk, in the same office, with the same coworkers every day was draining my creativity and my spirit. Something was missing

After my epiphany, I quickly started researching the remote working lifestyle and shortly after, applied for a Thai visa. BOOM. This was it, I was finally doing it! Since then, I’ve traveled to 12+ countries (I think? They all blend together #DigitalNomadProblems) and have met so many incredible trailblazing women along the way, thanks to the Digital Nomad Girls community.

 

What is your location independent job?

I have been a part of the Marketing Agency lifestyle for 5 years, until recently when I decided to go for it and start my own business. I see a unique need for brands and businesses to embrace Social Media Marketing and Advertising by incorporating an out-of-the-box approach to traditional online marketing. As a Digital Nomad, I see how important it is to step outside your comfort zone and a regular routine to accomplish great things, and I can’t wait to share this mentality with clients that I work with!

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How did you get into this line of work? How can others do the same?

I started working in Social Media as an intern at a magazine, followed by several more unpaid internships gaining experience and teaching myself the technical aspects of multiple publishing and analytics tools. Once I felt confident in my abilities, I began working for a full-service PR, Advertising, and Marketing Firm, followed by a Social Media Agency where I specialized in Digital Advertising.

Ever wonder why you get targeted for certain ads on Facebook or Instagram? It’s because people like me study and research audience profiles for specific products, and use that knowledge to determine the people most likely to convert as a sale. There’s an awesome psychology aspect to what I do, which is why I find it so interesting!

 

If others want to break into Social Media Marketing, I recommend meticulously teaching yourself the ins and outs using Facebook Blueprint or Facebook Creative Hub. However, the platform is always changing so it’s important to constantly stay up-to-date and be the first to learn and implement the latest techniques.

 

What motivated you to pursue a life as a digital nomad?

I have a constant sense of urgency and ambition. I’m always wondering how I can push myself and try new things, which is the natural progression that led me to be a Digital Nomad. Thankfully, I work in an industry that allows me the flexibility to work remotely. Even better, because it’s my job to be creative daily, what better inspiration is there than an ever-changing “office” location?

 

Did your friends/family/colleagues think you’ve gone crazy? Were they supportive?

Almost everyone in my life has been incredibly supportive! I come from a region where a lot of people stay in the same zip code their entire lives or have families at a young age, so it’s definitely a little out of the ordinary not to fit into that mould.

My Mom is the best and after the initial shock of initially telling her I wanted to spend 4 months in Southeast Asia, she’s been an awesome cheerleader as I’ve traversed the world. My friends are my rock and I’m so grateful that we make time to talk to each other as much as possible with varying time zones.

 

What do you struggle with most when you work and travel?

Many travelers I meet have a homebase or “spirit home” that they settle in. I haven’t found that perfect place for me yet, but I know it’s out there. Until then, I struggle with not feeling completely settled in places when I travel. But I’ve found little life hacks that have been helpful – like buying a scented candle when staying more than a few weeks in the same destination, or having a favorite café to work from where I can become familiar with the staff.

 

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How do you connect with and meet people when travelling?

Meetups are an excellent way to meet like-minded individuals in the city you’re in! In fact, I am still friends with several girls I met at a weekly lunch gathering in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We’ve even traveled across the world to visit each other! But you don’t have to become friends with everyone you meet along the way.

I once read a blog post from “Adventurous Kate” recommending the power of wearing red lipstick and ordering champagne or cava at a bar and I can’t explain how much value I’ve gotten from that advice! Often if I’m alone, someone will approach me and we’ll exchange life stories for awhile, then say goodbye at the end of the night.

 

What advice would you give a girlfriend who wanted to start out as a digital nomad?

PURSUE. THE. MAGIC.

Seriously. You’re going to make up 1,001 reasons why you shouldn’t do it. It’s never going to be the “right time” and it’s never going to be delivered to you on a platter. Life doesn’t work that way. Decide what makes you happy, and if traveling and remote working is that thing, just go for it!

If it seems too intimidating, make a checklist of what you need to do and accomplish it in bite-sized pieces.

– Step 1: Research or apply for visa.

– Step 2: Talk to your boss.

– Step 3: Purchase a plane ticket.

 

Quick Fire Round:

When I feel lonely, I … Embrace my inner introvert and roll with it.

My favourite digital nomad location is … Sunny Las Palmas, Canary Islands has my heart <3

The one item I always pack is … Besides technology, hair gel for my crazy curls!

My favourite digital nomad tool/app/resource is … F.lux for working late at night when it’s dark.

In 5 years time I want to be … An acclaimed leader for Social Media Advertising strategy.

My all-time favourite quote is … “The core of man’s spirit comes from new experiences.”

 

Thank you SO much, Chelse for sharing your story with us! If you want to find out more about Chelse you can check her out at Hashtag Tourist or Recharge Social Media and connect with her on social media.

Meet Digital Nomad Girl Stacy – Branding & Web Design Agency Owner

Meet Digital Nomad Girl Stacy – Branding & Web Design Agency Owner

In our Digital Nomad Girls interview series, we feature interviews with Digital Nomad Girls from around the world with interesting location independent jobs. This month we meet Stacy, a branding and web design expert and DNG volunteer.

 

Hi Stacy, please introduce yourself!

I’m 31 years old and from the UK. Before leaving to travel I was working in a very high-pressure, corporate job in London and absolutely hated it. I finally built up the courage to quit in January 2015 and spent 8 months backpacking around Southeast Asia.

After that, I started to settle in places for longer periods of time – usually about 6 months. I spent 10 months living and working in New Zealand before deciding to start my own location independent business one year ago. I am currently based in Chengdu, China.

What is your location independent job?

I run a brand and website design business with my boyfriend (who also travels with me), aimed mainly at bloggers and online business owners.

We are also working part time teaching English in China to supplement our income whilst our business grows.

 

How did you get into this line of work? How can others do the same?

I have always been interested in blogging, websites and design. Back when I was living in the UK I ran a photography blog and taught myself bits of coding so that I could customise it to look how I wanted.

 

So when we decided to become location independent, web design was the natural choice. We spent 6 months learning coding and design skills before quitting our jobs in New Zealand and moving to Thailand to start our own business.

 

For anyone who wants to do the same, I think it’s important to not be put off if you want to change direction and do something completely different. Just learn everything you can. Take courses, learn how to market yourself and just take the plunge.

 

What motivated you to pursue a life as a digital nomad?

I was never really happy when I was living and working a 9 to 5 job in the UK. When I left to travel in January 2015 I assumed I would be back to normal life in a year. I actually ended up in New Zealand working in the same corporate job I had left behind in London and instantly miserable again. I realised that the reason I couldn’t settle in a normal job was that I wasn’t happy being tied down without the freedom to move and travel whenever I wanted. That, and the fact that I desperately wanted to work for myself, is what motivated me to become a digital nomad.

 

Did your friends/family/colleagues think you’ve gone crazy? Were they supportive?

My family have always thought I was a little crazy for just quitting my job and leaving. But secretly I think they are a little proud and they have been very supportive whilst I’ve been setting up the business. They visited us in Thailand last year and absolutely loved it.

 

Actually, one of my favourite moments was this summer, when my little brother told me he was really proud of me for giving up a job I hated to do something I loved.

 

What do you struggle with most when you work and travel?

My biggest struggle is definitely time management. When we first started, I threw myself so much into the business that, although we were living in Thailand, I barely left the apartment and very quickly burned myself out. Since then I’ve gotten much better at managing my time and making sure I balance work with all the fun travel stuff that I love – sightseeing, eating out, going on road trips. My boyfriend is very good at reminding me that we chose this lifestyle to enjoy ourselves and not to end up as stressed and overworked as we were previously.

 

How do you connect with and meet people when travelling?

I find that Facebook groups like DNG are a really great place to meet people who are doing a similar thing. I’m a member of a few Facebook groups for digital nomads and have connected with a few people through them. If I’m somewhere with a lot of other digital nomads, coworking spaces are also great for meeting people in the same area.

 

What advice would you give a girlfriend who wanted to start out as a digital nomad?

It sounds a bit cheesy, but I’d say just don’t give up. Becoming a digital nomad and setting up my own business has been one of the most challenging things I have ever done. But I think that’s normal. And I think it’s important to remember why you started and not give up on your dreams just because they get tough at times.

 

Quick Fire Round:

When I feel lonely, I … Skype home, then get outside and do something fun!

My favourite digital nomad location is … Chiang Mai. I LOVE Thailand and Chiang Mai has everything a digital nomad needs.

The one item I always pack is … Yorkshire teabags. Haha. I’m a true English girl at heart.

My favourite digital nomad tool/app/resource is … Airbnb. It’s good to have somewhere nice to call home for a while.

In 5 years time I want to be … A bit more settled (meaning 6 months in Thailand and 6 months somewhere closer to home)

My all-time favourite quote is … “I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then” – Alice in Wonderland. Sums me up perfectly 😀

 

Thank you SO much, Stacy, for sharing your story with us! If you want to find out more about Stacy you can check out her website and connect with her on social media.

Meet Digital Nomad Girl Bettina – Digital Marketing Consultant & Agency Owner

Meet Digital Nomad Girl Bettina – Digital Marketing Consultant & Agency Owner

In our DNG interview series, we feature interviews with Digital Nomad Girls from around the world with interesting location independent jobs. This month we meet Digital Nomad Girl Bettina, a digital marketing consultant and agency owner from Austria. Bettina is also one of our Facebook Group Admins who helps to run our community. 

 

Hi Bettina! Please tell us a bit about yourself

I’m originally from Austria and I’m location independent for almost 2 years now. I’ve always had a passion for travel – even my parents thought that one day I just won’t come back home… turned out they were kind of right. 🙂 I’ve lived in the US for a while when I was 19 and in 2014 I moved to the Netherlands for 2 years.

After that, I started backpacking through Southeast Asia and started working as a freelancer. I knew I wanted to become location independent since I’ve first heard about it in 2013, but never really had the (excuse my language) balls to do it. I didn’t know anyone who was self-employed or who had heard of the Digital Nomad lifestyle before.

I started improving skills that I thought would help me make this lifestyle possible, but it took me some years of research and the right people to finally make the move towards a location independent lifestyle. In October 2016 I turned my freelancing into a consultancy and agency business.

 

What is your location independent job?

I help entrepreneurs and SMB’s (small & medium sized companies) increase revenue and sales by optimizing their online presence and identifying the right online marketing & sales strategies. I also have a location independent team I work with who help me implement those techniques. BTW I’m always looking for skilled and fun people to work with. I’m also the organizer of the location independent meet-ups in Austria. At least I’m trying to set them up every time I’m home.

 

How did you get into this line of work? How can others do the same?

I’ve always had a big interest in marketing and I’m good with people. Besides that, even though I’m not a programmer, I have a geeky side. This is why I started playing around with websites and blogging. I improved my writing skills, learned more about SEO, social media and ads and participated in many trainings offline and online (e.g. Google gives free courses). Furthermore, I worked for more experienced people and tried to implement these techniques for myself and then also for my clients. I still read a lot and the more successful I am, the more I try to invest in my own education.

I feel this is something people still hesitate because they think of it as expensive instead of what they will get in return in the long term. Of course be careful with scams but you’ll figure that out really quickly and most courses are refundable anyways. Further, interact with other people on social media and go to networking events. I’m holding a lot of workshops recently and this also gives me some expert status, plus I met plenty of really successful and inspiring people during these conferences. Don’t be shy. Most people are flattered when you talk to them and ask questions.

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What motivated you to pursue a life as a digital nomad?

I’ve always been ambitious. When I was younger I wanted to be a successful businesswoman. When I got my first full-time job I ended up with burnout. I’ve tried other jobs too and even though I wasn’t a lazy person I just couldn’t be excited about working. The first weeks were always interesting because I’ve learned something new but after a while, I felt stuck, I hated to go to the same office, doing the same tasks again. I also felt like I couldn’t really show how good I was and many of my ideas to improve the business got turned down because “it wasn’t a priority”, even though I knew it would make a big impact on their success.

I got frustrated and started to work on my own projects to become better at what I was doing. My problem was that I didn’t have anyone as a role model who could help me with my questions about working for yourself. People told me to play safe, but when I finally met others in Asia that did what I always wanted to do and some of those were even less skilled, I thought what am I waiting for, let’s do this. And it was the best decision I’ve ever made.

 

Did your friends/family/colleagues think you’ve gone crazy? Were they supportive?

Most of them didn’t understand what I was doing. Many still don’t know. My mom told me recently “you are just on Facebook all day anyways” my dad doesn’t understand how I can make money when I’m just having fun – because I make it look easy.

My family wasn’t supportive in the beginning. But just because they didn’t know better. Coming from Austria everyone gets a “good” pension one day, but when you are an entrepreneur the system isn’t too great. Also, it’s risky. Now that they’ve realized that I’m actually good at what I’m doing and it works they are really proud and think it’s cool (but still don’t understand what I’m doing :D) Everyone else I’ve met so far is impressed and would love to do the same.

 

What do you struggle with most when you work and travel?

Productivity. In the beginning, I was moving a lot, but this takes so much time. You have to adjust to a place, find your way around, meet people, organize accommodation and flight etc. Now I’m trying to stay in one place for a while and do rather “short” trips in between (week or two) or stay in one place for at least a month and don’t move at all. At the moment I plan my travels according to my business meetings and conferences. This is my priority for now.

Oh and also time zones – I’d love to go to South America but when I was in the US it was a pain to stay in touch with clients. I always felt like I’m running late, while in Asia I was I was one step ahead.

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How do you connect with and meet people when travelling?

Through different Facebook groups, Meetups and conferences I’m attending. Also through friends.

What advice would you give a girlfriend who wanted to start out as a digital nomad?

Find out what you love doing and what you are good at. If you have no idea then do some research or ask your friends. Then start freelancing and get some contacts and experience. After that turn it into a business, because as a freelancer you will probably not make a lot of money on the long term and you exchange hours for money – that’s not the ideal situation.

Quick Fire Round:

When I feel lonely, I … go on Facebook or Meetup.com and look for (new) contacts. (But I never feel lonely to be honest)

My favourite digital nomad location is … so far Bali and Budapest

The one item I always pack is … My laptop and my iPhone.

My favourite digital nomad tool/app/resource isDNG group, Franz, Wunderlist, Google docs.

In 5 years time, I want to be … A business owner with a business that runs more or less without me.

My all-time favourite quote is … “You don’t have to be the most knowledgeable person in the world on your topic, you just have to be one chapter ahead of the people you’re helping” I read this in a book and it’s a very powerful message. We intend to think we are not good enough at something or there are others that know more, but when you realize this, then nothing can stop you (to become a digital nomad).

Thank you SO much Bettina for sharing your story with us! If you want to find out more about Bettina you can check out her website and connect with her on social media.

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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.

Want some extra inspiration while you’re working on your nomad dreams? Grab our FREE DNG Motivational Wallpapers for your laptop here!

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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