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Ideas for Making a Living on the Road

Jake Redman August 17, 2022 5

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It’s no stretch to say that more people are working remotely than ever before. These digital nomads are choosing to work at home or from cafes instead of coming into the office and commuting back and forth every day. If you love exploring new places, crave the excitement of new sights and sounds, and don’t mind uprooting your life regularly — or even permanently — then being a digital nomad could be right for you. But how do you make a living on the road? How can you travel and still pay your bills? Are there any special skills or certifications that will help you land remote work? Here’s what you need to know about making a living as a digital nomad.

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Jake at a trade show. Network at meet-ups or anywhere that like-minded professionals meet.


Networking is key

If you’re trying to find a remote job, you should start networking before deciding on a destination. This way, you’ll have tons of opportunities to choose from. You can network in person at meetups, events, and conferences or online via social media and message boards. By networking, you can find people who can help you, people who know people, and people who can give you advice on what you need to do to find remote work. Plus, you might make a few friends along the way.


Find the Right gig

The last thing you want to do is jump from gig to gig, making the wrong impression on prospective employers. You don’t want to take the first job that comes your way. You want to make sure it’s the right fit. If an opportunity pops up that you like, take the time to research it, ask questions, and apply when you feel ready.

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Jake in a meeting from Koh Chang, Thailand.


Video conferencing is your best friend

You might worry about how you’re going to have meetings with clients and co-workers when you’re on the road, but virtual and video conferencing can help. It’s not just Zoom anymore. You can use many more apps and software to stay connected and keep meetings and projects flowing smoothly. When you’re working remotely, you’ll likely collaborate with colleagues in other locations, which is when virtual conferencing can come in handy. 


Keep a Backup Plan

While some people have made a living as digital nomads for years and are very successful, it’s not for everyone. It’s best not going into it expecting that you’ll make a full-time living from it. It may take time to find remote work, and it may also take time to build up a client base. If you don’t find remote work quickly and are unsure when you’ll next be able to earn money, have a backup plan. Consider getting a part-time job at a local cafe, taking on a side hustle, or applying for short-term work like odd jobs. Simply: Don’t let your remote plans to lead to financial ruin.


Don’t forget to factor in time off to enjoy your travels

Working remotely is great, but you’ll want to make sure you take time to enjoy your lifestyle. Whether you retrain in a new career, for example, getting ASFA Fitness Certifications to become an online personal trainer and set your own hours, or you are still working for an employer, Your lifestyle won’t be half as much fun if you spend all of your time working and forget to enjoy your location and experience the world as you travel. So as much as it is essential to earn a living, living your life is too.


Bottom line

Being a digital nomad can be challenging, but it can also be gratifying. You can see the world, make lifelong friends, and meet incredible people. You can also earn a decent living in the process. With more people working remotely, many opportunities can be had. Now is an excellent time to start if you’re interested in becoming a digital nomad.


Are you working on the road? Have you gone full digital nomad? Tell us about your experiences in the comments or @modhop on IG or Twitter.

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Jake Redman

Jake Redman

Modhop Host & Founder Jake Redman brings years of global exploration and travel tips to the podcast and our videos at Modhop. Jake is also a Producer and Host for SiriusXM.

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