You’ve seen the photos.

You’ve seen photos of people lying on the beach in Bali or exploring amazing cities in Japan. The people in these photos are calling themselves ‘digital nomads’. They claim they have a job or a business that allows them to travel around the world while earning an income. Some of them even claim that they earn and save more money while travelling than they ever did at home. That’s crazy right!

Well, it’s all possible and I’m going to help you with the first step.

How do you actually get employed or run a business remotely?


Freelance or Employee – The Grand Debate

The first step is identifying if you’re ready to freelance or would rather start off working for a company. Let me be the first to say that having a job and working for yourself is not a bad thing. Working for a company is a great opportunity to learn. You get a chance to contribute to something larger than what you could produce on your own.

If the idea of working for someone else makes you cringe, it’s time you go freelance or start your own business. I know, I know – you may be thinking I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT THE HELL I WOULD BE SELLING or I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT IM GOOD AT.

Don’t worry, we will get to this.

Alright, so do you don’t mind working for someone else, or would you rather go out on your own?

Take a minute to think about this. Some other considerations may include your experience level. Do you feel confident enough to sell your skills on your own?

Got an answer? Good. Let’s continue.

Mapping Your Skills

What are you good at?

This is not the time for humility, what are you good at? Think about previous jobs or contracts you’ve had – what skills stand out? Imagine you are in an interview. The interviewer asks you to describe yourself professionally, what do you say?

Let’s say your a project manager, some skills you can list are:



People Management

You have to know what you’re good at before you try and sell it to anyone else.

If you’re a designer you can list that you are:


Good with Deadlines

Pixel Perfect

You may assume that some of these skills are inherent to your current job title but they are not. You are what makes your current role unique and special – hone that in your self-description.


Don’t Forget About Passion

So now we have an idea of what you are good at, let’s map out what you love. Maybe you’ve always cared for animals or new technology gets you excited. Without any judgement, write down a list of 5-10 things that you’re really passionate about.

Here are a few personal examples,

I am passionate about:

  • Connecting People
  • Empowering People
  • New Technologies
  • Design Thinking
  • Travel

These are things that get me excited. Whether I’m getting paid or not, these are the types of projects that I always gravitate towards.

But what about the cash?

To travel the world, let’s be real – you need money. Money is not the best motivation but a driver that allows you to access more opportunities. It’s not about having more but about having enough to allow you to afford the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of.

Alright, so how much do you want to earn this year?

40k, 50k, 100k? How much do you want to earn?

To figure this out let’s figure out how much it will cost you to achieve your goals. Say your goal for this year is to spend three months in Europe during the summer. You want to travel, work a little but take a few weeks off here and there to really soak in the summer. Aside from flights, say your Euro trip will cost you on average $150 per day.

This means you have to earn a minimum of $150 per day. Meaning, that you’ll need to make more than $19/hour if you work an average of 8 hours a day.

So if you want to make 40k per year and take off about 12 weeks per year you’ll need to make at least $25/hour.

You see how the math works. You decide what you need in your life and then calculate the salary that fits this.

Start with these figures:

  • How many weeks per year do you want to be working?
  • How many hours per day do you want to work?
  • What will be your average daily cost throughout the year?

Play with the numbers and get to an hourly figure. Ensure you convert your hourly figure into a day rate based on how many hours you want to work per day.

I.e. If you decide your time is work $50/hour but only want to work two hours a day – you want to make $100 a day.

Let’s Summarize

  • Would you prefer to work for self or do you not mind working for an employer?
  • What are you good at?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • How much money do you want to make per hour?
  • How much will you make per day?

Having a sense of clarity like this will expedite your online job searching.

Spend the next few days refining these.

Get a clear idea of what you want your remote work life to look like. Start researching location, coworking spaces and get excited!

Next week, we will get into the technical but right now we need to get a sense of clarity on what you want.