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Transitioning from employment to a digital nomad lifestyle will require you to revisit your own skills and learn how to rebrand them.

Knowing how to market yourself and being pragmatic are all essential skill sets you need to be successful. Combining these interpersonal skills with clear travel expectations will set you up for success when searching for digital nomad jobs.

Skills Needed for Digital Nomad Jobs
Skills needed for digital nomad jobs

It might feel disingenuous to market yourself for digital roles, since it’s a completely different arena than traditional employment, but having the freedom to travel and work remotely is entirely reliant on your ability to set yourself apart from the rest of the applicant pool.

Understanding how internet searches work and how people use them can leverage you to make yourself appear more frequently in search results.

Critical keyword placement on your CV will help you get noticed and hopefully help you land a remote job. When you’re showing up more frequently on freelance remote sites, clients are more likely to select your profile to offer you work.

Common digital nomad categories

Consider how you fit in to the larger digital nomad lifestyle. Developers are going to approach the lifestyle differently than creators. Common digital nomads can generally be broken down into seven categories:

  • Internet marketers – SEO, pay per click adverts, social media management
  • Media producers – vlogs, videos, musicians, podcasters
  • Programmers/developers – develop, customise, tweaking code for applications
  • Teachers/translators – tutoring, ESL, professors
  • Virtual assistants – web updates, emails, calendars, light design work
  • Wordsmiths – content writers, copy editors, ghost-writing
  • Online Education – courses, membership communities
Be pragmatic and search for ways to make an income

Embracing a digital lifestyle doesn’t mean you need to run out and learn how to code. Yes, coders and developers are always in need, but chances are there are plenty of things you like to do that are also in need.

The ideal pragmatic approach to embracing a nomadic remote working lifestyle is to identify a problem that people around you are already having.

Start with your social feeds to see what people struggle with and how your own existing skills might be a good solve.

Resolve issues for others

It’s a general rule that people like working with people they know. If you can alleviate a revolving issue for people you already know, you’ve taken the first step to becoming a digital nomad. That wastes no time because there’s no learning curve involved.

Once you have a few gigs under your belt, consider looking at ways to create passive income. Remember that each work experience and travel locale are going to build on the skills you already have. This is going to help you hone the ability to see the world as an entrepreneur.

Gaining an understanding of what others in your niche need will help you see areas where you can help facilitate income without having to do the work.

Recommended personality traits

The fact is, people will try and sell you the dream of being a digital nomad – sit on the beach with your laptop while sipping a cocktail. It isn’t the reality, and the truth is making money online is not easy.

You will have to have certain personality traits to become successful in this lifestyle.

  • Strong work ethic – your clients and customers have to be your focus
  • Highly organised – a daily routine is a must
  • Trustworthy – be trusted to get work done, and on time
  • Good communicator – keep your employer and clients informed of work progress
  • Passionate about your work – be passionate about the work that you do
Build your personal brand

Remember that everyone’s version of being a remote digital nomad is going to look different. Learning how to build your own personal branded empire with less effort will give you the opportunity to create meaningful and lasting experiences.

Dial in to your own processes to help you figure out what works for you to help you maintain a level of success in the long term. Identify the skills you already possess and look for a way into that industry without having to go out and reinvent yourself. Chances are, there are needs waiting to be met with the skills you already have.

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This guide was written by Darren Cronian. Over the last 7 years, he has secured numerous remote jobs and built a successful freelancing business. Frustrated at automated rejections or struggling to find freelance clients? Your remote work coach is here for support.

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