Housesitting usually means you’re working for free, but sometimes you do get paid. If you aren’t getting paid, it’s a free place to stay and you may stay in some very nice homes as well.
This can be a great way to make money while traveling or at least a way to cut your travel costs.
7. Work remotely.
I know someone who traveled for around one year and still kept their day job. Yes, I understand that most employers cannot/will not be this flexible, but there is a chance that yours may be fine with this option.
If you have a job which may allow you to work remotely, you may want to think about popping this question. If you plan on traveling anyway then what’s the worst that could happen?
This leads to my next tip…
Have a plan.
Having a plan is a good idea if you want to travel and work at the same time.
Some of the things you will want to think about if you want to learn how to become a digital nomad include:
What will you do to earn money?
How much will you need to earn in order to survive?
Will you need to save money before you leave?
How long do you plan on traveling for?
What will you do for health insurance?
Will you have a home base?
How will you receive mail?
What will you do for internet?
Will you need a visa in order to work?
How it has worked out so far: I only went to a coffee shop on the first few days. It turned out to take too long to go to a coffee shop, do an hour’s work, and then come back. So I’ve been waking up a bit early and doing my work as the kids get ready. This is a bit distracting, as all the chaotic activity of six kids and a wife getting ready can be noisy and busy, but I have been able to get my work done despite this. I’ve had less energy, because we’ve been walking an incredible amount, but I’ve still overcome that obstacle as well.
Here’s what has worked for me:
Great remote workers have a few traits that make them successful:
Propensity towards action: This is the type of person that devoid of a task list given to them, they’ll find something meaningful to do.
Able to prioritize: Often times, important tasks can be unclear when working remotely (especially at a startup). An individual who can focus on the right tasks and know to ignore others will do well.
Proficient written communicator: Most communication in a remote team happens via text—email, team chat, or one-on-one private messages. If someone struggles to write clearly and concisely, they’ll struggle in a remote team. Equally as important is being able to show tact in written communication, too. It’s all-to-easy to come off as curt via text. Liberal use of emoticons can go a long way.
Where you work can affect your physical health. When you’re looking for your perfect setup there’s plenty to choose from: exercise balls to sit on, treadmill desks, standing desks, ergonomic chairs and keyboards, laptop stands, second screens… you could spend hours (and a fortune) putting together a setup that works for you.
iOS developer David Smith described a tip I’d noticed myself on his podcast, Developing Perspective. According to David, when he started university a professor told him that “the most important part of ergonomics is hydration.”
For me, part of what makes telecommuting work is that I am able to mentally flip a “work switch” in my head. There are times where I let go of the idea that I’m at home and instead I view myself as being wholly at work. The things I need to do at home no longer really matter. I am at work, not at home.
The first step in really making that happen for you is to create a place in your home where you work. Here’s how to do that.
Finding a job that allows for remote work or telecommuting on a regular basis can be difficult, but here are a few tips to help you land one.