With their laptop in their backpack, they board the train or take the plane. They travel the world and earn enough money via the internet while traveling so that they can continue to travel. Those are the digital nomads. They work on their laptop wherever there is an internet connection and can thus continue their working and traveling lives for the rest of their lives. What should you consider if you want to become a digital nomad and what is useful to arrange in advance? The tips can help with this.
Working on the road
- Digital nomads
- Diginomade – a global citizen
- To travel
- Passive income
- To start
Digital nomads combine traveling with working online. Anyone who can do their work via the Internet can do so anywhere in the world, as long as there is an Internet connection. You can work in restaurants and coffee shops with internet and in between you can work offline, for example on the train or plane. This way, digital nomads have no office hours or routine. If a job has been chosen that requires no more than 4 to 24 hours of activity per week to generate a full income, and that is possible, then there is a lot of time left to visit interesting places abroad and do fun things. . Journalists and photographers are also digital nomads, although they are often employed and work more than four hours a week.
Diginomade – a global citizen
A digital nomad goes out into the world with a laptop, just like a nomad goes into the desert. The digital nomad is simply called diginomad . He is a global citizen par excellence: he can travel and live abroad and call that country his home. Home is where you stay and where you can work to support yourself. Diginomads have unlimited freedom. They travel and stay in a region for a few months or stay for a short period and travel to the next beautiful place on earth. One person chooses to travel as an explorer, another wants to visit all continents or even all countries in the world, while a third prefers luxury resorts. For a diginomad, anything is possible, as long as the laptop works. Internet is the lifeline. There is internet almost everywhere in the world and if it is not there, work can be done temporarily offline.
A diginomad can travel until he doesn’t want to anymore. Stopping somewhere along the way to pick kiwis is not an option for the diginomade. He has his own job and can spend as many hours as he wants or as much time as necessary to earn sufficient living income. The income from digital labor ensures the diginomade enough money to make the next leg of the journey. The best thing the diginomade can do is look for passive income.
You don’t have to work eight hours every day to generate passive income. The principle of passive income is that you only have to spend a few hours on it every week. The rest of the time can then be spent enjoying the surroundings and doing fun holiday activities. Passive income means that money comes in even when you are not working. The work happens before it generates income. The diginomade must maintain the business and that does not have to require 36 hours a week. If you take that first step smartly, you will see the income rolling in automatically. Maybe not thousands of euros at a time, but enough to continue the existence of diginomade.
There are plenty of beautiful countries that are cheap and where you can live well with a modest passive income. The local currency also ensures that you can buy much more for your euro in cheap countries than in the Netherlands. This also applies to accommodation. For example, in a country like Thailand you can live comfortably for 700 euros.
There are a few steps to take to become a diginomad:
- Set up your own business;
- choose income;
- quit a job;
- to detach;
- quit house.
Set up your own business
The digital nomad must choose a business that can make money and start their own business. This can be done while you are still employed. The special thing about the company must be that it can be run digitally.
The diginomade can work as a freelancer or start an online business, with income coming from online sales or advertising. It is best to generate passive income.
The digital nomad must determine the travel destination. This is usually to a country that is cheaper than the Netherlands. One of the most popular countries for diginomads is Thailand. If a lot of money is earned, the travel destination can also be more expensive countries.
Quit your job
To become a diginomad, you must quit your job. It is wise to only do this if the online business generates enough income.
The diginomade does not need that much stuff for travel. Some clothes and a laptop will suffice. A major clean-up must therefore be carried out before departure.
The rent of a rental house can be terminated or the house can be rented out temporarily. A private home can also be rented out temporarily; that also generates income. There are agencies that can help with this.
Anyone who has taken these steps can take a plane and discover the world. A few hours of work every now and then and everything runs smoothly for the digital nomad.
There are always practical matters that it is better to have arranged well and in advance.
- Insurance For a long stay abroad you need long-term health insurance that is valid abroad.
- Pension Digital nomads do not automatically build up a pension. The question is whether that applies, because a digital nomad can choose to continue working later or to do precisely the type of work that continues to generate income later. Like writing for InfoNu, for example.
- Tax The digital nomad can register as a small business or self-employed person and simply pay taxes.
- Invoices Invoices can be sent very easily by e-mail. Payments can be made via PayPal or directly.
- Contracts Contracts can be drawn up online with an inclusive digital signature.
- Visa You can travel on a tourist visa and not indicate that you work in that country. After all, your company is also registered in your own country.
- Postal address In your home country you must have an address where paper mail can be sent and someone who empties the mailbox and who can assess whether there are important items in the mail.
- Applications for the smartphone
- Shopping on the Internet – Kerkmarkt.nl from VKB
- Digital nomad Toulemonde – Working from home on a deserted island
- Social Media and the Dutch municipalities
- Social Media – Negative sides of Facebook and platforms