How To

When it comes to increasing productivity as a digital nomad more so in India, it is really no different from increasing productivity in any other sector in most cases the same underlying principle will still apply. India is a really vast country and has a lot of different climates, the following are more ways one can improve on their productivity when it comes to being a digital nomad.

  • Create a schedule

Having a time schedule is a vital especially for good time management, that means you need to practice a lot of self-discipline and dedication , being self driven means do all you can to optimize on the available time you have an always knowing what and where you are meant to be at a given time. Being in India as a digital nomad it is great to get accustomed with your surroundings, getting to know people as well as knowing how to network is as crucial. Clearly outline your goal scheduling your time.

  • Having set hours and a dedicated working place.

Having a dedicated working place is extremely crucial more so because it gives a sense of responsibility and professionalism, in as much as many claim the main reason they resulted to being digital nomads was to escape the monotonous day jobs characterized by a nine to five working schedule and office desk was to get freedom, the truth is that a professional working environment sets the mood for focus and creativity. It brings a lot of motivation and sets a working tone. Having a set out and dedicated number of hours when you are most productive is the best way to get a lot done.

  • Minimise distractions using technology

When it comes to making the most of your time you will need to keep the distraction at a minimal level that means making a clear distinction between the working hours and adhering to your set obligations and set goals. One thing that really stands out when it comes to technology is just how useful it can be especially when it comes to handling duties as well as planning both long term and short term. That is where applications and calendars come in handy. You can easily plan out your day and your week at your own convenience and even follow up the plans made.

  • Take breaks.

This is probably something that most people never really put to consideration but taking breaks is as crucial as the actual work , breaks are important with maintaining a high level of concentration and optimizing productivity. This is because a person’s concentration span is limited and you cannot extend it beyond a given period regardless of how good you might be. Breaking down your time into bits of thirty minutes is a great way to maintain concentration and ensuring you do not compromise on the quality of your work in the end. Small five minute breaks go a long way, just unwinding and moving around or just listening to your favourite song is a great way to change the monotony of a task.

  • Regular exercise

Working out is something that most people may not consider and may not be aware of despite being very important. There is a direct link between one’s overall health and their level of productivity. This is why exercise is so important; it can range from something as simple as regular yoga to taking up a sport. Exercise takes you out of your comfort zone and brings a level of tolerance and discipline and in the end it results to one being more motivated as well as being in a really good mood. It is no coincidence as to why some of the most successful people in a wide range of fields will so often attribute their success and productivity to regular exercise. It enhances your mood by releasing dopamine which is the “feel good hormone” and in the process ones overall health and immunity improves. This goes on to reflect in all other aspects of life including overall productivity. For a digital nomad this can be a great opportunity to explore one’s surrounding and environment, it’s a fun and exciting way to make the most out of a given location.

  • Get enough sleep.

Sleep time is as important as the working time you have set aside if not more important. Productivity and moods are severely altered by one’s sleeping patterns. That means setting aside time to sleep enough and sticking to the schedule is essential. And this is where discipline comes into play. One must be ready to commit to a given time. Though there is no harm with having a cheat day once in a while.

  • Change your working environment

Consciously being aware of your surrounding and taking the initiative to spice things up by changing the environment and experimenting with stations every once in a while can go a long way in improving your productivity as well as giving you a renewed sense of purpose. It’s a great way to increase your productivity especially if you are in a new environment. This can be something as simple as taking your laptop and going to a lovely park where you can enjoy the fresh air; you will be surprised just how much of a difference it is capable of making. And India with its vast scenic places is bound to be full of beautiful places you can enjoy this. Digital nomading in India can be very exciting especially if are an adventurous kind of person.

  • Take time to appreciate what you are doing.

Perhaps what is my favourite way to keeping productive is appreciating what I am doing. Being a digital nomad more so in India seems like a very exciting venture. But what might be even more exciting is finding fulfilment in being a digital nomad. It takes a lot of courage to get started but if you constantly find something to be grateful for and you constantly take pride in what you do then it will eventually reflect in your level of productivity.

So, who is a telecommuter or a remote worker? It’s a person who can work from anywhere as long as they have a stable internet connection and a laptop with them. Our generation is sick and tired. Tired of the current horrible job market, working under supervision over all the years, a thousand-and-one job regulations to adhere to, rising super early to go to work yet get pea-nut payment by the end of the month. Thanks to the digital nomadism lifestytle which has come to the rescue of many fed up employees. Digital nomads in India make money through various ways including blogging, social media marketing, affiliate marketing, e-books, online coaching and other ingenious ways.

If you are serious and passionate about traveling while working online, I will share with you easy real-life steps on how to get started in the digital nomadism career:

  • Join Digital Nomad Communities

Before I joined any digital nomad community, I hardly thought it was necessary at all. I always relied on advice from a few friends who have been remote workers in India and reading blogs of successful digital nomads online which was quite limiting. Interacting with other nomads in digital nomad communities gave me a great exposure on how to find new clients, the best software to use for time tracking, ways of finding talented graphic designers and many other business tips that have contributed to my success story today. 

  • Find a way to generate steady income

Being a digital nomad does not exempt you from expenses; if anything you only pocket the profit after catering for all expenses including accommodation, flight charges, food, co-sharing space fee and so on. Before you can even make your trip arrangements, ensure that you are earning regular income that is capable of sustain you in any foreign country without experiencing financial set-backs. This means you have to increase your money-making avenues like say Upwork, Fiverr, Freelancer, Homework market and any other platforms that will help you generate income. 

  • Rent your Home/ sell your home

Becoming a digital nomad sometimes means staying without a permanent place you can call home. If you’re serious about being a digital nomad, you need to be a person who can comfortably embrace this state. Incase you can get tenants to live in your house while you are away,  hire a person they can count on in case any issues arise. Property management agencies are a good option if you want to go the professional way. Alternatively, you can consider selling off your home. But this is a difficult decision to make especially because of the uncertainty of digital nomadism.

  • Get a storage unit to put all your belongings

I was done living a life crowded in all corners especially during weekends and all I wanted was to become a digital nomad in a far away country. But how exactly was I supposed to detangle myself from the script and be a telecommuter? Am I supposed to sell off everything I own including Precious, my pet? These are some of the questions that kept lingering in my mind and they can certainly bother anyone. After you are certain about starting the digital nomadism lifestyle, get a garage sale for all belongings you may not need. There is always that one thing you find really find difficult to part with; yet you cannot travel with everything you own to foreign lands. For such, you may need to get a storage unit and start paying for it a year prior so that you avoid any anxiety while you start your journey.

  • Get someone to take care of your pets while you are away

At first, I had thought I would carry Precious with me throughout my travels. This was definitely not a good idea considering climate change factors and a whole slew of laws and regulations in different states. Hence, do not even consider carrying your pets along as you embark on your trips. You may also have to add extra responsibilities like dealing with immunizations, quarantines. Let your pets remain at home with a person whom you can trust for their long-term care while you’re away.

  • Get a credit Card without International fees

Most of the credit cards have an extra cost for any ATM withdrawals and purchases. You need to avoid any unnecessary charges when you can. Hence, consider a card such as an American Express Card that lacks those extra costs. It is important for you to access your cash at low or no cost at all.

  • Find good Travel Insurance In case of emergencies

Problems are unpredictable and may arise anytime while you’re traveling, so getting good travel insurance is a must-have.  Ensure your insurance is valid throughout the time you’ll be away so as to cater for any emergencies or other health-related incidents that may arise. Always bear in mind that healthcare is a prerequisite need and different states have different healthcare systems.

  • Join a credit monitoring site

It’s crucial that you get a service provider to monitor your credit anytime while you’re away. They should be able to send you message alerts whenever an unusual activity is detected. Issues with credit can arise at anytime and you may only realize 6 Months later that your identity was stolen when you do not have much to do then. The other option would be to get a security freeze for your credit throughout your time away.

  • Book your Housing Prior to arriving

It is always advisable that you find your accommodation before arriving to the actual destination. Whether you will book some cottages or decide to reside in a hostel, do intense research on how to make booking arrangements before arrival. Through my personal experience, I’d advice anyone to look for a temporary accommodation first. On arriving to the desired destination; look for a long-term accommodation.

It took me about 3 Months to get my feet in digital nomad life in India, full-time travel lifestyle. It would take around the same time for any digital nomad in India to find out what’s working best for them. But throughout your lifestyle as a digital nomad, you will have totally different encounters in almost every new place.

Hmmm, relationships. To be sincere with us all, relationship is more than just what most us of take it to be. While some see it as a journey, others see it as a way to out of loneliness. Irrespective of what our opinions are on relationship. One thing that I know, which is for sure, is that relationship requires, hard work, commitment coupled with a lot of sacrifices.

Relationships can somewhat be quite complicated even for partners who live the conventional kind of lifestyle, not to talk of we Digital Nomads. An average digital nomad will be on the road for at least nothing less than 8 months in a year. This is not to scare us, it’s just a clarion call for us to fasten our belts and look for a way in which we can make our relationship work most especially while we are on the move.

Travelling and moving around from one place to the other with or without our partner has the tendency to make things south. While on the road there it is very possible we lose touch of romance, intimacy and some other fun stuff that come with a happy relationship.

Does this now mean that being a digital nomad, does not really give room for a relationship? NO, with my few years of experience in the industry in an active relationship, I do hope that some of the insights I’ll be sharing with us in this write-up should point our relationships in the right direction. Below are some of the ways in which you can spice up your relationship while on the road.

Be Open and Honest With Our Partner

Being open and honest is one of the key ingredients needed for any successful relationship. When going on a trip to Thailand, we must always let our Thailand be Thailand. We should not be found wanting taking pictures in some caves in Brazil when we ought to be in Thailand. Lies can really pull some bad strings in any relationship such that if care is not taken, such a relationship might crash without notice. When it comes to being open, we must be very open to our partner, because this might be the only way to make our partner see what we really are going through. Our partners should be the first to know when things are not really making sense. He or she must always be aware of our locations at every point in time.

Be Time and Date specific

Most of the time, our partners will definitely miss us (for those of us that who do not travel with our partner), so the need for us to keep with date and time. When we fix 5 pm to do FaceTime with our partner, we shouldn’t for no reason be excused. When we fix a date to return home, we shouldn’t for no reason compromise, even if at all we want to miss out on a date, we should come up with tangible reasons, and we must be sure to notify our partner beforehand.

Always keep him/ her in the loop

Obviously, most of us might live in countries other than that which our partners reside, time zone differences might also have some roles to play here. The need for us to always keep our partner in the loop and fill them in on every single detail when the time permit. Above all, we must be good listeners. Through effective listening, we tend to discover some things about our partner which sometimes might not be communicated directly.

Try doing things together.

This might sound kind of impossible, but it’s however very possible, watching a movie via Netflix at the same time, reading the same book, or playing online games together with your partner if he/ she is type that loves playing games are some of the activities that could foster high level of intimacy between us and our partners.

Learn to express love.

This is one of the most important things we need to continuously do for our partner. With or without distance, we should inculcate the habit of expressing love to our partner. Doing this brings about:

  • Unending Romance and intimacy
  • It keeps the fire burning.

We could express love to our partner’s in a numbers of ways. Some of which includes but are not limited to the following:

  • Sending of postcards
  • We could also arrange for flowers to be delivered at her doorstep
  • While going on a trip, we could leave notes, stating how much we care about our partner in places where he or she could easily stumble on it. Under the pillow may possibly not be a bad idea, under the coffee machine might also be cool. Just be sure to place it in places where it could easily be found by her after your departure.

Rules and boundaries must be clearly stated.

Some folks may not like the idea of their partner’s going to parties, having guest around or going on dates while away. These are some of the things that should be sorted out before setting out on a trip.

Here are some other ways in which we could spice up our relationship, while on the road.

  • Always make her feel important
  • Always keep in touch and be consistent with it.
  • We must always be mindful of the fact that we are not single anymore. We shouldn’t be found doing things singles do, you guys should know what I mean. LOL.
  • We shouldn’t be too distracted with work, there must be hours of the day, dedicated to having fun with our partner.
  • We must learn to keep to our words. we must try as much as possible to let our NO be NO
  • Finally the most important. There should be an agreement when it comes to spending. Spending out of budget could really upsetting at times. Anytime we decide to spend out of the budget, let’s be sure to fill our partners in before doing such.

There are no singles ways to make a relationship work, what works for me, might not apply to your relationship. But, I strongly believe that some of the points raised in this write up should help spice up our relationship and make it more fun.

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. 

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