How did you start the journey as a digital nomad? How did you change your career and what did you do before?
Back in 2013 I was working for Chemical UK in Bristol in charge of the DJ equipment and was feeling I wanted to travel more - I had the money but not the time. I was made redundant a few weeks later so suddenly had the freedom to travel. My journey to find my Ikigai / dream job took me from Drum & Bass music production (while house sitting around the UK), Photography, NGO Logistics in Ecuador and finally on to coaching where I trained with Animas in 2017.
I remember seeing an image of a laptop on a beach way back in 2013 and came across the term digital nomad thinking that it would be a cool thing to do but kind of forgot the idea as I didn't have a location independent career at the time. Once I discovered coaching could be done online (I originally assumed it would have to be done in person), I realised my vision of being footloose could become reality. 3 first steps on how to get started (for those who want to)
The best advice you can give anyone who's getting started?
- Speak to those already doing it - get some ideas on what you could do for work and what the realities of travel and work are like. It's not all laptops and cocktails. There are plenty of FB groups worldwide you can tap into if you don't know anyone locally.
- Start small - If you are learning a new skill then just get the experience/build your references/portfolio. Even start doing it on the side of your current job then slowly transition into being fully location independent. Or if you want to keep doing the same work, ask your boss about the possibility of going remote. There are lots of studies on the benefits to the company and you that you can use as evidence.
- Do a trial run for a short time - see if you can survive technologically, financially, physically and emotionally as a digital nomad.
Be patient. Building a business/starting a new career/moving to remote work takes time. Whatever you do, managing your own time and energy is vital without a boss looking over your shoulder. What's your next big thing?
Personal - Travel more of Africa. I'm grateful to have visited 68 countries so far but have a lot to explore in terms of the continent and my lack of knowledge and experience means it is out of my comfort zone.
Professional - Creating a project management style workflow/software for my clients and I to set and track their BHAGs. I'm also looking into becoming a speaker at events and conferences around Europe. So, combining my love for travel and community.