“Quitting your 9-5 and becoming a digital nomad where you can make money virtually anywhere doesn’t have to be a terrifying and seemingly impossible experience”, says Luis Nava, a digital nomad and traveler from Central Oregon, United States, documenting his trips around the world and sharing the tips on his travel blog called Nomadic Nava.
“I’m not going to say it’s easy to do, and it’s not for everyone, but there is a remote chance that creating a life for yourself to live and work remotely is definitely possible”.
“When I quit my 9-5 job, broke-up with my girlfriend and left America in February 2017, it was the result of finally deciding that those things were not making me happy and that I needed, I WANTED change bad enough to risk it all and leave”. So he did. Luis had $5000 USD saved up and a 1-way ticket to Thailand. The fear was real but so was the reality of all the freedom he was facing.
“I spent my first couple months fully enjoying myself, traveling and just completely resetting my mindset and priorities. By the time I was in Bali I decided to start freelancing, something I had no experience in but was determined enough and had other applicable skills from previous work as well as hobbies that could be useful to someone online looking to outsource.”
“I began taking on small gigs on Fiverr, a site where you can post a wide variety of random projects for people to bid on doing for you – anything from web and logo design to tarot card readings. I also started occasionally writing content on Textbroker for customers. It wasn’t until I was in the middle of my trip through Vietnam that I landed an interview in response to an opportunity on Upwork, the website which has more steady long-term work options.”
“I ended up getting hired by a new marketing agency startup in Virginia called “More Prospects Now” to do the monthly marketing reports. This ended up being a fraction of the ever-growing list of responsibilities I ended up having, but this also meant that my pay and value were continually growing.
I am still with this company over 9 months later – went from working as a freelancer to a Remote Marketing Account Manager helping the company grow from 2 clients to over 12 now and making just as much (if not more) than I was making living in US. With a much higher standard of living! I also really love my job and who I work for, which are other reasons you should consider quitting the 9-5 lifestyle too,” – says Luis.
If you want to know more about how you can quit your job and work from home virtually anywhere, Luis has created “How to be a Digital Nomad” guide which provides more useful information to help you transition from traditional work and into finding yourself some location independent work opportunities.
Becoming a digital nomad isn’t impossible, even if you are just working from home – the level of freedom you will get to enjoy is worth it! If you have any questions or comments you can follow Luis on instagram @Nomadicnava, or check his blog on http://nomadic-travel.com/