What Is Digital Nomadism? (And How to Become a Nomad?)
What Is Digital Nomadism?
Is it a myth? Or you can really become a nomad and work remotely?
There's a lot of misinformation and confusion about what being a digital nomad means, which either makes people think that it is just a myth to become a nomad, and then they don't try or take action.
Or they might believe that it is so easy to become a digital nomad, and when they start taking action and don't see results, they give up early.
I have written this article in order to let whoever is asking this question the honest truth about what Nomadism is, and whether it was really achievable or not.
What Is Digital Nomadism?
Digital Nomadism is the ability to use the digital and technological tools in your favor in order to start making a living from anywhere you want, instead of tying yourself to an office or cubicle.
Simply, the ability to work from anywhere you want and make a full time income.
And now for the most important question:
Can You Become a Digital Nomad or Is it Just a Myth?
Yes, you can become a digital nomad. This is not a myth at all.
Then Why Do People Think Otherwise? (2 Main Reasons)
People might think that Digital Nomadism is a myth for many reasons, here are some of them:
1 - Scammers with Their "Become a Nomad Overnight" Courses
Many remote working "gurus" create and sell courses (sometimes for thousands of dollars) convincing their victims that they can become millionaires overnight, ditch everything and travel to a tropical country, by an island and a yacht and never work again, or work few minutes a day.
Unfortunately, this is not true, or everyone would do it.
Making enough money to leave your job and travel to another country is not as easy and quick as these "gurus" make it look.
These people give such claims and promises in order to entice people to join their expensive programs looking for the magical push button that would make them rich overnight.
And when these victims face the ugly truth of these promises and realize that they can't get rich overnight, they think that Digital Nomadism is just a myth, and give up on their dreams too soon.
I was on the verge of getting scammed with some of these programs, but I was lucky to find a person who recommended that I join this great platform, Wealthy Affiliate, in order to learn the truth about making money remotely and starting with the right mindset.
And when I joined Wealthy Affiliate, Kyle & Carson were more than honest about the truth that you should not expect to go from zero to making a living overnight working remotely.
You need to invest time and energy in creating a sustainable business if you want to make a sustainable income working online from anywhere.
Starting with this in mind had a very big effect on me and kept me going forward despite the many setbacks I faced and the mistakes I did because I know that to get a new lifestyle, you need to learn new skills and adapt new habits that would lead you to the new result you are seeking.
When starting, don't quit your job or main source of income, but start your side hustle online during the non-working hours, dedicate 2-3 hours a day to learn and build an online business (Wealthy Affiliate training is designed to help you do this), and stick to building your business on the side until it starts generating a steady income that you can rely on before taking the big step of quitting your job at a much lower risk.
2 - Having One Standard for Nomadism
Another reason why people give up too soon, or don't try at all, on becoming digital nomads is that they have one picture of what becoming a digital nomad means.
Some people think that a nomad is the one who goes to Bali and work from there, some think that a nomad is someone who works from a coffee shop, some think that a nomad is some who lives at the countryside and works online.
Some think that you have to start your own business to become a nomad, and something that you need to work for a company that allows you to work remotely.
And the truth is that there are many forms and levels of being a digital nomad.
You can become a nomad while working for a company, or you can become a nomad working on your own business (like what we learn here at Wealthy Affiliate).
You choose which is better for you.
Maybe working remotely for a company can grant you a stable income and less stress, buy you are still an employee, and then only way to increase your income is to work more hours and wait for the next pay rise.
And you can be a nomad who works from home, from a coffee shop, a co-work space, from a different country, or from a mix of all of these options, like I personally do.
Being a nomad means that YOU have the choice to decide the place you want to work from, and the hours of the day you work.
It doesn't mean that you have to stick to one place.
I work from a different place every few days because that's how I maintain the desire and the energy I need to build my business.
You don't have to travel to another country in order to be a digital nomad, that's just an option.
And you don't have to work from home, that's just another option.
You decide where to work from.
Do I Consider Myself to Be a Nomad?
It's been almost three years since I started making money online, and now I make all of my income online through the different websites I have started thanks to what I learned here at WA.
It took me around a year and a half before relying completely on my online business for making a living, but I did it finally.
Some people make it in a shorter period of time, some in a longer period of time, and some people never do it.
It depends on everyone's consistency and on how fast they learn from their mistakes and move on, which must happen.
So, the answer is yes, I'm a digital nomad now.
I still live in my home country, Jordan, but I have the flexibility to work from any place I want, to go to on vacation and take short breaks at any day I want without asking for a permission. I'm my own boss.
(Photo from my last trip to the Dead Sea)
Can You Become a Nomad?
The opportunity is out there, you need to catch it.
There has never been a time when it was more possible than now.
Lots of businesses are changing the way they operate and lots of people are losing their traditional jobs in favor of both: machines that are doing a more efficient job for a lower cost, and people who are willing to work remotely as employees, freelancers, or small business owners.
You can become a nomad if you understand that you need to work for it, and that it won't happen overnight.
Where to Start from?
You need to decide on a way for making money remotely.
Of course, you can do freelance jobs for businesses, but this is unscalable, and it comes with a lot of pressure.
But starting an online business can be more scalable than handling freelancing jobs.
And building a sustainable affiliate marketing business is the best way of making money online as it comes with the least amount of pressure, and requires the lowest investment (and risk).
The training here at Wealthy Affiliate is enough for you to get started away from the get-rich-overnight scams out there that overpromise and under-deliver.
If you are already a member at this amazing platform, keep going with building your business with what you learn here.
And if you are coming from outside Wealthy Affiliate to read this article, then this is your chance to start learning from the best place the helped many people on becoming digital nomads (by consistently applying what they learned here).
You can get started with the first level of Wealthy Affiliate's training by clicking here (You will be asked to sign up for the free membership), and you learn the basics of starting an online business that makes you money with the best model, affiliate marketing.
You can become a digital nomad and you will become one if you believe in the process and put in the consistent effort.
If you have any experience that you would like to share, or if you have any question, please, let me know in the comments' section below and I will do my best to come back to you asap :)