The Digital Nomad Lifestyle
A Day In The Life of A Location Independent Freelancer
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel the world while working online?
Be your own boss, decide your own schedule.
Basically do whatever the hell you want?
I’ve been working online since 2016. Starting out with zero online skills I had no idea how I was going to make money online.
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Do You Want To Fall In Love With Your Life?
I’m not kidding when I say this. I genuinely LOVE my life.
I wake up when I want, travel where I want, work on what I want and don’t have to answer to anyone! Deciding to become a digital nomad changed my life forever.
Being able to fit my work around my life is something I will never grow bored of. However, it’s important to remember, that being your own boss does mean you have to WORK hard as a freelancer, like really hard!
A lot of people don’t understand that being self-employed involves a lot of work. Go figure.
I probably work the same hours as a full-time job, between 5-7 hours a day, plus some time at weekends. It feels like A LOT LESS though because I split the day up 🙂
I do a few hours in the morning, then a fun activity in the afternoon and then a couple more hours in the evening.
A Day In The Life Of A Digital Nomad
Last week, I was in Seville with my family.
So, find out how I spend my days working while vacationing at the same time!
This is a normal day for me when I’m abroad. Working in the morning, followed by a break in the afternoon and then a few more hours work in the evening.
The only difference is that normally, I try and fit in some exercise too.
A Typical Day In The Digital Nomad Lifestyle
I woke up naturally at 8ish and jumped in the shower. I made a BIG pot of black coffee before getting straight to work on my laptop!
This morning’s work was doing some SEO for a new client of mine. I’m overhauling his website, increasing its presence on Google and boosting his organic traffic.
At the moment, I’m making most of my money from SEO, each project earns me between $500-$1000.
SEO work is a great option for anyone wanting to become a digital nomad because you can teach it yourself for free! It’s not hard to learn and it’s very lucrative.
In order to be as productive as possible, I like to split my day up into sections.
So, after a couple of hours I leave apartment to get breakfast in a coffee shop and continue working there.
After breakfasting on a nutritious slice of chocolate cake and yet more coffee, I do some work on this blog.
Blogging is something I started doing seriously in the past year and it’s paying off. I’m making MONEY from this site now and the income is increasing each month. I plan to turn this blog into my full-time income over the next year!
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I finish writing my article and order yet more coffee.
One downside of working as a digital nomad, is the amount of coffee you drink! I’m surprised my pee isn’t black yet!
Next, I then make some new pins for Pinterest. The key to growing a successful blog is building organic traffic, this is done through SEO and PINTEREST!!! Before blogging, I had never really used Pinterest but now I’m obsessed!
I get a call from my Mum asking if I want to meet the rest of the family for lunch and join in on some sightseeing.
Hearing my tummy rumble, I take it as a sign to close my laptop for the afternoon and enjoy Seville!
My family and I eat some delicious tapas in a beautiful Spanish plaza with the sun shining down on us.
It felt like something out of a movie and I felt really grateful that I am able to enjoy days like this whenever I want.
Between wandering down Spanish streets and drinking cervezas, I check my phone every now and then. I see I have a few quotes to fire out to potential clients. So I quickly send out a few replies.
One downside of being self-employed is that I can’t let the emails wait like you could in a normal job.
I need to be on top of my game AT ALL TIMES, because there’s no one else to depend on but me.
But you know what? I like being in control of my destiny, and I know that my success is a direct correlation to how hard and how smart I work.
Since Upwork clients favor freelancers who respond quickly, I make sure I reply as quickly as possible. I go into more detail on the importance of this in my book, Upwork Your Way To Freedom.
We wander past a beautiful flamenco dancer and my little 2 year old niece wants to get involved. Unfortunately, her dancing isn’t quite as skilled as the professionals, but it was very cute to watch!
After a brilliant last day soaking in the sun, it’s time for the holiday to end and we head off to the airport.
We arrive at airport with plenty of time to spare.
So, while my family go off to find some food, I decide to squeeze in a bit more work.
I check my emails, respond to clients and do a little pinning on Pinterest. It sounds like I spend a lot of time on Pinterest, that’s because you need to! It’s important to pin regularly to keep blog traffic up.
Elle explains it really well in her course if you want to learn how to master Pinterest and send consistent traffic to your blog!
Time to jump on a plane back to the UK. I decide to use the time flying to write this article.
I think a BIG SECRET to being productive as a digital nomad is knowing how to use pockets of time to get work done.
We land and finally it’s home time! Ready to plan next trip away!
Conclusion To The Digital Nomad Lifestyle
As you can see, being a digital nomad means that work is a CENTRAL part of life.
There is no real work- life balance, but you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.
When I was working in an office, I felt like nothing I did mattered. Now my work matters.
Working for myself, I finally feel like I have a purpose.
I love seeing my blog grow (How To Start A Blog Guide), I love helping other people realise their dreams of working online and achieving freedom.
Don’t let not having any online skills stop you.
You can use platforms like Upwork to get started freelancing, or have you thought about being a Virtual Assistant? It’s a great way to start making money online if you don’t have any skills yet.
Blogging is another avenue to explore if you’re serious about making a living online.
Choose a niche, create content that helps people and then build traffic and you can have a successful money making blog.
Lots of companies are now realizing that people want flexibility in their lives. So, more and more employers are offering remote working as an option.
Point is, if you’re sick of watching your life pass you by from your desk. DO something about it.