How To

Being a remote photographer, you need not be near the camera in order to take the perfect picture. The camera can be digitally or remote controlled or can even be designed with a sensory system. This means that a picture will be automatically taken when the sensor picks up any type of movement in front of the camera. Now, with the introduction out of the way, we can move on to more important things such as how do remote photographers actually get clients?

Pictures are always worth a thousand words

If you’re looking for serious clients that will stay loyal to you no matter what the picture crisis is, you need to pull up your socks and stop looking your photos as a job. You need to look at them as if they’re telling your story – your photography story.

Marketing 101 – Do your own thing

If you’re not getting as many clients as you initially thought, don’t opt for the copycat photographer image. Many photographers copycat their competitor’s marketing strategy. After all, if it works for them, why won’t it work for me? Because your competitors are marketing their own photography story. It’s as simple as that. And the pictures you take will say the rest.

It’s not just pictures – it’s a captured moment in time

Ever thought you can capture time in a bottle and treasure it forever? If you’re a photographer, you can with the simple click of a camera button. The image you captured there is a moment in time and can be held onto forever. It’s just like a split second in time of a memory in the making. That’s what you do – you create a way to capture time that can be treasured forever. It may make you feel like a pioneer, but if the pictures don’t tell a story, you give that time captured a way to escape…

Don’t conform to “it must be like this” or “look like that”

The main reason clients would want to make use of your photographing services is the fact that they also have a say in the way their pictures look. They need to know they’ll be in for an original experience every time. If you take photographs of families, keep the “could you stand up straight” or “make that smile a little bigger” to a minimum. The ones in the photo need to feel comfortable and natural. As much as it may be about the picture, it is about the memory that picture creates. And you are in control of that memory so give them a great one to remember!

If someone wants a photo taken, whether in action or not, they want it to stand out from the rest. That’s why you need to make your photos stand out – the best way of getting clients.

As digital nomading becomes more of a popular and lucrative career choice among youngsters in their 20s, it has also started turning heads among the older generation. More and more professionals who work office jobs are beginning to understand that they too can become digital nomads. Their kids are on their way to becoming independent, they have bought that house they always wanted and they have climbed the professional ladder to a high position in their company.

So what could be stopping them from beginning their life as a digital nomad?

Digital nomads at 40 vs Digital nomads at 20: While many youngsters and millennials take their time figuring out what profession they want while being digital nomads, people over 40 have the advantage of a practiced skill set and years of experience to offer. They are more likely to get freelance work and know what their work is worth.

How to pick a career: Many digital nomads work in the fields of writing, photography, social media management, digital marketing, web design, graphic design and IT. It is fairly simple to find freelance work in these areas as they are constantly in demand. However, there is an online market for nearly anything these days and once you find your niche, the work will begin to flow.

Money: For a nomad, experiences are far more important than material things. If you are willing to spend your savings on travelling, you definitely have the right idea about digital nomading. Your savings will also be a buffer till you begin earning a steady income from freelancing.

Motivation: Do smoothing you’re passionate about. It seems cliched but the only way you will be a successful digital nomad is by doing what you love. Being your own boss is a matter of discipline and self-control and your source of motivation is solely your work. So make sure you are completely invested in what you choose to make a living out of.

Planning: Your planning begins long before you actually begin working as a digital nomad. Extensive research is required in all spheres of you future life: your destination, the market you will cater to, your reach online, your major competitors. It is wise to begin planning as early as a year before you set out being a digital nomad.

Networking: Other digital nomads can be a great resource for information and tips. There is a major network of digital nomads online and they are always willing to help each other out. Talking to others who made a decision to become digital nomads will give you answers to many questions you might have before starting out.

Being a digital nomad at 40 is hardly any different than being one at 20. In fact, you have time and experience on your side. If fear is the only thing holding you back, it is something you need to approach practically. The foremost thing to remember is that it is not impossible. If you find that the lifestyle does not suit you, you can always come back to the old life. But if you do take the leap, it will only give you rewards, even if after a while.

Demonetisation has hit travellers quite hard. Many of them who were on the road when demonetisation came into effect faced a lot of trouble. It has definitely made travel a bit more difficult but that doesn’t mean you cannot travel at all. Here are a few ways in which you can reduce your dependency on cash while travelling:

International Debit Cards: Make sure your debit card can cover international transactions and use it whenever possible. Even though you will be charged a fee for transactions abroad, it will reduce your dependency on cash and make transactions easier. While travelling with cash or credit cards can be risky, your debit card can take care of transactions while you’re on the road.

Book Services Online: Try to book services like accommodation and tickets online as far as possible. Net banking is another effective cashless way to conduct transactions. Just make sure you are doing net banking transactions over a secure connection and not on a public computer.

Cashless Apps: Demonetisation has made many cash-based businesses turn to cashless methods of payment. Taxi services, rental places and small shops have turned to apps that deal with cashless transactions. Download a couple of these on your smartphones so you can reduce your cash spending.

Withdraw Small Amounts: Despite how hassle-free travel can be without cash, services like local transport will always be cash based. Its always a good idea to keep cash on you for emergency purposes. If you have no cash, withdraw small amounts at any ATMs you cross. Withdrawing a little more than necessary will keep you covered for emergencies as well.

Dealing With Emergencies: Even if demonetisation was not taking place, certain emergencies faced by digital nomads that need cash can be avoided altogether with a little preparation. For example, make sure to buy travel insurance and medical insurance. Situations like lost luggage are all too common with airlines and medical cover is essential for travellers. Insurance makes sure you don’t have to spend extra during tricky situations.

Pack Necessities: Avoid spending money on unnecessary or frivolous expenses while travelling. For instance, even small expenses like toiletries and snacks will be difficult at a time like this. Make sure you pack these essentials on your trips.

Make Full Use Of Free Offers: While most restaurants accept cards, you can reduce on your spending altogether by availing of offers or using coupons. Many restaurants have offers like birthday discounts that can be availed of, or you could check to see if the local club has a ladies’ night offer running.

Travel in the time of demonetisation does not have to be a pain if you know how to manage without cash. A slump in the travel industry means more opportunities for digital nomads, so you can have your pick of destinations. Places that would normally be swamped during holiday season will be relatively less crowded given the current situation, so it might actually be a good time to travel. With a bit of thought and sensible spending, you can keep travelling like always even in these financially uncertain times.

Happy Travel 🙂

Being in touch with loved ones when you’re on the road can be tough for a number of reasons — you may not have connectivity, you may be too immersed in your work or you may just want to be alone while you explore a place. It gets more difficult when you have a significant other who naturally wants to stay in contact a little more often. You may have the most amazing partner in the world but being apart can cause tension in any relationship. Here are a few pointers on how to avoid screwing up your relationship with your significant other:

Stay in touch: To state the obvious, stay in touch. Schedule Skype sessions every few days, or if possible, every day. Just because you’re away it doesn’t mean you have forgotten about them and you need to let them know that. Don’t stem communication for any reason, least of all, work. If you miss them and need to talk to them, call them.

Share your experiences: Send a photograph of Times square, a video of a boat ride up the Amazon, or if there’s connectivity, FaceTime them from the top of Fujiyama. Share what you’re doing, or call them at the end of the day to let them know that you wish they were there.

Set time aside for your significant other: Every few weeks, take time off to head to where your second half is. You will still have to work but your down time will include spending time with them. If your second half is also a digital nomad, decide to meet somewhere you both want to visit.

Encourage your partner: If you’re out living your life, why shouldn’t your partner? If they’re stuck in a job just to pay the bills and not fulfilling, it’s natural for them to get jealous of you and even begin resenting you. Encourage your partner to take up a class, take a spa holiday or do something that is really important to them. Neither of you should stop living.

Send them gifts: It’s the easiest thing to mail a gift to your second half. If they collect fridge magnets, send them one. If you miss their birthday, make it extra special. Or send them apology flowers if your trip has been extended. It’s also a very nice gesture to send them something after you’ve had a fight!

Calculate time, not distance: Think of your being apart in terms of time instead of distance. While distance emphasises how many miles apart you are, counting down the time you’ll see each other next puts a positive spin on your long distance relationship. It’ll give you both something to look forward to and erase the negativity of being away from them.

There’s no guide to making long distance relationships work. Each of you has your own life and you’ve chosen to share it with each other so it all depends on trust and understanding between two people. While at times it may seem difficult, consider this: the advantage of having a long distance relationship while being a digital nomad is that anytime you miss them, you can pack your bags and visit them!

Everyone has different reasons to travel. For digital nomads, it’s a part of life. If there’s anything travel teaches us, it is that the world is a enormous place and that we are but a speck on the planet. In short, humility. While we have many stories to share, we need to know why we’re sharing them. There are a lot of people who look at travel as a business; they open a blog, make money and check another item off their bucket list. There remains no point to their traveling because they don’t immerse themselves in it. For them, it’s all about updating their status and bragging to the world about the ability to travel. Here’s how you can avoid being a travel snob.

Avoid pointless stories: “When I visited the Leaning Tower at Pisa, it was so crowded, there was barely a place to stand!” Duh. This isn’t new, not even to people who haven’t visited Pisa because guess what, they’ve met lots of people who’ve been there and heard the same thing. Plus, it’s common sense that a worldwide landmark is bound to have a crowd of people. So what exactly are you trying to say here?

Details are important in stories, not itineraries: No one needs to know every single place you are checking into. If you need to tell someone you caught a flight, text them, don’t check into your flight on Facebook. Instead, describe people and places. Tell stories. Make your travels unique by talking about the important details.

Take meaningful photographs: A couple of selfies at the Eiffel Tower are okay, but no one is interested in seeing a million photos of your face all around the world. It does not qualify as photography and is not important to anyone but yourself. You are just declaring the fact that instead of appreciating your destination, you have been obsessed with yourself.

Think about how your story will affect the listener: Talk about the lesson you learned from not trusting strangers. Or how hiking a tough trail restored your self-confidence. Make your stories relatable. People will appreciate you more for it.

Share anecdotes: Instead of bragging about the places you visited, talk about how you learned a local language or how you made a hilarious mistake while placing an order. Humanizing your story and talking about what it taught you gives an entirely different spin on your travels and makes people listen instead of pushing you away.

It’s not all about you: Lastly, always remember that it is not all about you. Your stories may be from your point of view, but it is more about the things you experience. Your travel could be giving a lot of people hope, and you want to inspire them to travel as opposed to making them resent you.

There is a fine line between bragging and sharing stories. A good travel blogger will make people want to travel, instead of alienating them. So remember to be thankful for your lifestyle and enjoy living it and sharing it as well.

You’ve paid your visa fees and double checked your documents before submitting them, only to find out that your visa has been rejected because your status as a freelancer doesn’t exactly scream job security. In spite of years of building up networks and gaining clients who rely on your work, the lack of an organisation’s name tagged on to your CV can affect your visa approval.

Here are some steps you can take toward securing your visa:

Letter from client: If you’re working on anything long term with any clients, make sure to get written confirmation from them ensuring your role as a serious contributor. This becomes equivalent to proof of employment, which is essentially what visa officers look for first.

Proof of jobs: If your freelance work has tangible results, include printouts of your work as part of your documentation. The bigger the publication, the most secure your job status. Freelancing may not be a steady income but your portfolio is definite proof of saying that you work in the big leagues.

Don’t leave anything out: Be sure to include documents like tax returns, bank account statements and property evidence to emphasise the fact that your job is legal, that you make a living from it and that you are able to support yourself.

Letters from your host: If you are going to visit friends and family anywhere, make sure to get a letter from them confirming your status of accommodation. If you have a sponsor, be sure to include correspondence from them as well.

Return tickets: Your return flight tickets are one of the prerequisites while applying for a visa, especially for countries that do not have a very powerful passport. If you are flying on to another country, make that absolutely clear in your application letter.

Travel visa service: It is not necessarily true that applying for a visa via a travel visa service will guarantee approval, but for those who find the process stressful, it is worth it. Your agent at the visa service will also be able to give you tips about how to make sure you do everything you possibly can from your end.

Copies: In addition to submitting the required number of copies to the embassy, make sure you have a set of the submitted documents yourself, for your reference. In case you are asked about any document, you need to have it at hand.

Interview: In some cases, being called for an interview is actually a good thing. Instead of looking at it as a foreboding event, look at it as an opportunity to explain your situation to an officer in person. In many cases, an interview has helped people get a visa approval.

Do your research: Different countries have different requirements for visas. Even if you do apply for a visa via a visa service, make sure you do your own research and know what is required from you. Always read the details of the application carefully and if you have any doubts, call the respective embassy to ask questions.

While a sharp increase in digital nomads around the world has made countries aware of the nature of different jobs, it has also made visa criteria stricter. Ultimately, your visa approval depends on the officer handling it, but you can always take steps to ensure you have done what it takes.

Yes, Its hard sometime when it comes to convincing traditional style clients that being a Digital Nomad Doesn’t Mean You Will be Unavailable. Right?

So lets talk about it,
Most people’s lives are a tug of war between following traditional job life and  moving towards global living. Concepts are getting redefined and it applies more to jobs than to anything else. Making a living no longer means having a 9 to 5 job that gives you a comfortable salary and a company car. People work out of offices, out of homes, and even while travelling. For those of us who are digital nomads, our more traditional clients often have trouble grasping the concept of our lives. In some cases, we even lose out on work because they have trouble believing that we take our work seriously. Here’s how you can reassure them that even though you aren’t stationary, your work or your role in an organisation is no less important.

Always be connected: The first logical step to convince your clients that your not a beach-bumming procrastinator is to be connected. Make sure your internet connection is fast enough for them to always be able to reach you. Stay online during your working hours so you can address any email sent by them promptly and keep them updated.

Be prompt with your work: Deadlines are the most important thing to a freelancer. If you want to show your client that you are serious about your chosen assignments, always make sure to submit them on time. Submitting them before time would make a better impression of course, but try not to ask for more time. If there’s anything an already skeptical client would not accept is postponing a deadline.

Have Skype meetings: Regular email updates are an important way to notify your clients of your progress and to keep you on top of things as well. But a better way to reassure a client would be to suggest having a daily Skype call to make your report in person. Being visible to your clients enforces that you stand up for your work and take accountability for it wherever you may be.

Don’t mix your leisure with work: Everyone has their own workflow. If sitting on a deckchair and working by the poolside while sipping a drink helps you get your work done, so be it. If however, it is proving a distraction, it is best to head back to your room, sit in a straight-backed chair with your laptop on a table and finish your work. Keeping your working hours separate from your travel time will ensure you get your work done well in time.

Being a digital nomad requires a balance in your life. The reason we are nomads is that we want to learn more about the world, and the only way to do so is to literally get out. While we know that this doesn’t need to interfere in our work lives, it could be challenging to convince clients the same. The best way to do so is by proving that travelling is your way of life and not a fancy, and that it does not affect your work in any way.

Stay Confident! and roll the way you do. 

Remote working is tricky, especially in the beginning. Making ends meet can be challenging but once you begin getting clients, you find yourself earning enough to make a living out of it. There are times though, when your income may dip because of various reasons. When your remote assignments are diminishing, you can always make money by other means.

Online Tutoring: Offering your knowledge in various fields is an interesting way to earn more money. If there’s anything people turn to the internet for, it is to learn new skills, and you can always earn a little extra cash by teaching someone a subject, language or an instrument online. Most tutoring websites have an easy system where you can sign up and state what you’d like to teach and your payment terms.

Contests: Lots of websites run photography and writing contests periodically with cash prizes. A growing trend in travel writing means that your experiences definitely have a place in contests like these. There are times when the prizes may not always be cash, but most of them have great offers in the form of travel vouchers too!

Reviews: Your travel expertise itself can help you make more money when work is low. Certain websites offer partnerships to travellers with a good online presence and the work can be as simple as reviewing accommodations, restaurants and destinations. Such assignments can also be done alongside your regular work and generate a nice income on the side.

Planning custom trips: Certain travel websites look for people who can plan custom trips for clients. Once you’re established as a nomad, your experience and knowledge is highly valued. In addition to general itineraries, specific information about a place and practical travel tips are much in demand, especially if you’re an expert at “offbeat trips”, which seem to be very sought after.

Being a guide: If your online resources and finances are running dry while you’re still on the road, being a guide for travel companies can help you continue to travel. Your contacts at regular travel destinations can help you get small gigs and your familiarity with the place is a big plus when it comes to value for money experiences. Do consider the ethical consequences of such a job though, and before undertaking something like this, make sure that you are not robbing someone of their living.

Work volunteer: Many establishments offer food and lodging in exchange for services of travellers. Jobs like this can include taking care of estates, helping out with the running of farms and dairies, and volunteer work with animals. If your online assignments are dwindling, head to such places to cut back on your expenses. Quite a few farms and research centres around the world offer such deals.

The beauty of being a digital nomad is that as long as you are connected to the internet, you can find ways to make money online anytime. And with the online audience growing every day, there is really no chance that your services or expertise on any topic will not find a target market in addition to benefitting someone.

It is true that not all clients will be worth interacting with. As a digital nomad, whether you are a digital nomad working on physical tasks like art making, Delivering things or Working as blogger, writer, search engine optimizer, developer or anything else in the world you need to apprehend ways you can handle such cases without affecting your business. Simply try the following key ways:
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Who said it is easy to meet the intended saving amount? It has never been, neither will this be the first time. It takes a lot of financial discipline for the digital nomads to be able to accumulate the predetermined budget for a travel that they are planning. However, the good news is that experts have come up with some ideas to help you have an easier way to save. Let us look at some of the eight secrets that have worked for a good number of people. I call them secrets as they are not familiar with many people.
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