Now that summer has officially started and that the holidays are just around the corner, most people are getting ready to take some days off and completely unplug from work. And I say *most* people because there are others who are planning what to work on during the holidays. I have to admit it… That’s where I belong!
Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s not about being a workaholic or something like that. The thing is that, when you’re a freelancer, your mind never stops thinking of new ideas, and although I love taking a couple of days completely off work, I know that being on holidays with so much time to relax and think… makes my mind turn on and come up with new ideas. 🤪 Needless to say that choosing my holiday destination involves the “are we going to have WiFi” question. And because I know myself, I try not to take too much work with me, just those tasks that I love doing (like writing) and that aren’t too urgent… Just in case I do unplug completely! 🏖
So I have a challenge for you! If you’ve been wanting to become a nomad or just to start something new but never really found the time, what about using the holidays as a “trial month”?
Let me explain… I love to travel. I could be discovering new places and learning new languages all year round, but with 2 kids, this isn’t something that I wouldn’t do – at least not yet. But stubborn as I am (any other Capricorns out there??), I didn’t want to renounce completely to digital nomading, so I started part-time nomading, as I like to call it. 😅 If you’re curious about travel and work, check out this blog post on how to become a part-time digital nomad, and let me know what you think!
How to plan your digital nomad trial month
Let’s break your planning strategy in 4 steps:
- In Step 1, you have to figure out what you’re going to do.
- In Step 2, you’ll have to look for clients or platforms to offer your services.
- In Step 3, start planning your travel details. Where, how, and when are you going to?
- In Step 4, you’ll need to set some processes for your new business to enjoy your digital nomad experience.
Step 1 – What can you do as a digital nomad?
As a nomad, you won’t be working at your current office, nor will you work from home. At least not in the traditional way. This means that you need to choose an activity that doesn’t need a specific brick-and-mortar place and that lets you carry as few tools as possible with you. Think of a laptop, a photo camera, or a tablet as your “tools”.
If you’re already working as a web designer, for instance, your digital nomad month will be easy to set up: Just take your laptop with you and jump to the next step 😉
But what happens if you don’t work online, but you have a rather more traditional kind of work? Like yoga teachers, personal assistants, or bank employees? Well, you’ll have to turn your creativity juices on and use your skills, experiences, and hobbies to start making money online. If you need some help to figure out what kind of jobs you could do online, feel free to download this worksheet and take some time to think it through.
Step 2 – Look for customers
If you are currently working and are going to use this month just as a “trial month,” you may not need to obsess with customers right now. In fact, you could take it easy and work on your online presence. Then, once you have it all set up, you can start looking for customers – if they haven’t reached you yet!! I recommend you to go and read this blog post and start working on your online presence: How To Get Customers – Without Looking For Them.
However, as the fear of not finding customers is the reason #1 for not starting a business, you can also go on and look for them actively! In fact, this could be your first goal for your “trial month”! Check this blog post and get ready to work!!
Step 3 – Plan your travel details
While having a laptop as your only tool can ease your travel-and-work adventure a lot, there’s nothing like doing a little bit of planning ahead to avoid surprises. For instance, how is the bandwidth in the countries you’re considering visiting? Are you staying at an apartment, a hotel room, or at a friend’s? Are there any coworking spaces around? You don’t necessarily have to work at a coworking space, but you should know where the next one is, just in case it gets too loud! For more info about planning ahead and scheduling your tasks, read how to plan your work & travel experience – and enjoy freelancing abroad!
Are you traveling with children? In that case, will you need any programs to keep them entertained while you’re working? How are you going to plan your schedule to balance work and family? While you’ll have to figure out what works best for you all, check out this post on how to work & travel – with or without your family.
Step 4 – Set priorities and work in batches
If you want to enjoy your digital nomad experience, I highly recommend for you to work in batches. In my opinion, working in batches lets you focus on the most important tasks for your business, especially if you’re traveling and you’d like to do more than just working!
For you to be able to focus on the most important tasks, you’ll have to set priorities first: Which tasks need to be done and which ones aren’t really urgent? Once you know that, you should be adding those tasks to your planner or calendar. There are several types of batching (in 20-minute blocks, batch days, weeks, or even months!). If you’d like to know how to start, check out this blog post on batching for freelancers.
So what do you think?
Will you use this summer to try out your digital nomad skills? Who knows… You may not return to work anymore!!
If freelancing is something that you’d love to do but don’t really dare, feel free to download the free Roadmap to Self-Employment. I hope it helps! If you have any questions, feel free to write them in the comments section below 😉
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