We have all had dreams of being a remote worker. Of being someone who can travel the world, working from their laptop while sipping a cocktail poolside in a far off land.
The rise of the internet has allowed more and more people to begin living out this dream, and they are increasingly calling themselves ‘Digital Nomads’. These are the people who use technology to offer services, or run businesses, solely from an internet enabled device, while traveling to destinations of their choosing.
Digital Nomads choose to be remote workers to escape the 9-5 grind, and often travel to countries with a low cost of living to be able to make this escape sooner. When your income comes from any country you target, it is easy to get paid at higher Western wages, while living in low cost South-East Asian countries.
Dion Evans, a digital nomad who left Florida for the nomadic lifestyle, bills his translation service to United States, Canadian, and United Kingdom based clients at US$45 per hour. Since embarking on his global Travels, Matt has traveled through 4 countries in South-East Asia and lives on under $20 a day.
“I work Monday & Tuesday evenings and do 2 to 3 hours on these nights. This brings in enough money to live a good life where I am currently living. Hours fluctuate month by month, sometimes there is little work, and sometimes I put in 20 – 30 hours a week. It all balances out in the long run.”
Dions story is not uncommon. Digital Nomads are increasing in numbers as the nomadic lifestyle being increasingly appealing. People are no longer accepting of following a career path that leads them out of High School, into University, and into a 40 hour per week job – with a few weeks holiday each year.
SecretNomads.com has interview 43 nomads in 2015 who all have distinct jobs that enable them to live this lifestyle. They are internet entrepreneurs who range in scale from the silicon valley success stories of the late nineties, to the Average Joe who created a successful blog which consistently makes enough US dollars to live remotely with minimal day-to-day upkeep.
Our interviews uncover their jobs as freelance writers, photographers, web designers, graphic designers, SaaS (software as a service) website owners, membership website developers, affiliate marketers, or sellers of digital assets such as ebooks, podcasts, or online courses.
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