Being a digital nomad is not as easy as it can be. It is something that you should not just think twice, but thoroughly. I was working in a BPO company as a Data Analyst when I started planning to work at home or online. I started taking online classes like social media management, WordPress, and the various works of a virtual assistant. Also, I take classroom study of website design and photoshop. While taking this classes, I was already applying for a job.
I started with $1 fix rate data entry job to $5 fix rate job. I took all the job that I can do and I am sure that I can have a positive review without taking much attention on the rate.
I have all of those things, but I still was able to do this. Here are four steps that I took to prepare for the journey.
I learned a new skills and enhanced my skills.
The first step I took was to evaluate my skills and what I wanted to do and learn. I always wanted to learn Photoshop so I can work as a Graphic Artist but I also wanted to learn how HTML+CSS works so I can personally design my own website. Since then, I already know that I wanted to have a blog or a website.
Six months before I quit my 9 to 5 job, I enrolled in a website design class. My class started on the peak season of my work, where overtime or 12-hours per day work hours is a must. I worked from Monday to Friday on a night shift. And my class was during Saturdays, 8 hours per day. My Friday shift at work ends on Saturday at 7 AM and my Saturday class starts at 8 AM. At first, it was hard. Working 12 hours before going to class was crazy hard but I did it because I want it.
That schedule continues for like two months and Saturdays became my happy days. I was always excited to go to school no matter how tired I was from my work because I enjoyed what I am doing and learning.
I didn’t stop with website design. I take online classes and self-studied the various tasks of a virtual assistant (from email management to social media management), SEO and keyword research.
When you want something, there’s always a way, no matter how hard and difficult the road you may take towards your goals. At the end of the day, you’ll be satisfied because you did it.
I held on to more of my money.
You could earn thousands of dollars every month, but it will get you nowhere if you’re just going to spend it lavishly.
When I decided to quit my job and travel, I also accepted that I needed to make a few sacrifices to do so. No worries, I didn’t do a ramen famine (although from time to time I somehow do it, to spend less), but I was more careful with my spending. Whenever I’ll be spending on something, I think about it overnight.
When I am craving for Dark Mocha Frappuccino with hazelnut and an extra shot, I’ll think about it or sometimes, I’ll choose to go to a local coffee shop to satisfy my coffee cravings.
I choose to live in dorm rooms rather than rent an apartment to save on monthly rent. If I can go to a certain place by walking, I’ll walk, to save on transportation fare.
My savings rate increased, and I held on to more of my money. That’s also the reason why I started my journey too early than the original plan.
I built a backup plan.
I had a full-time job with a certain (long-term) client. I worked 8 hours per day, 5 days a week. But although I had a stable income, from time to time, I will do some side job that helps me to earn an extra income and additional work experience and reviews.
Working as a freelancer is not stable. Just because you have a full-time client, does not mean, your work with that client is will not end. One of a downside being a freelancer is anytime, a client can end your contract without any heads up or advance notification.
I set myself up for the future.
When I decided to quit my job, I knew that I would want to travel continuously and a more flexible job. Before I started traveling full-time, I was already working online as a social media manager for a long-term client. I worked 5 days a week, 8 hours per day and my time schedule were fixed. I managed this kind of schedule for the first five months of being on the road but eventually, I quit that full-time job in exchange for a more flexible job.
I didn’t quit looking for a client that will allow me to work on flexible schedule. I enhanced my website design skills and learned new skills like DIVI and Genesis themes customization. I focused to master in a certain skill.
Now, I work 4 to 6 hours per day, I do not have a fixed schedule and I can work anytime I want. More so, my hourly rate is much higher than when I started working remotely.
Are you a full-time traveler? A digital nomad? Did you quit your full-time 9 to 5 job? What did you to to prepare yourself to quit your 9 to 5 job and do what you love? Share your thoughts or experiences in the comment section below. I’d love to hear about it!
This post might be helpful when you’re looking for inspiration to do what you love (and maybe travel the world). Hover the image on the left and pin it for later!