8 Ways to Guarantee You’re Always Working as a Digital Nomad
Traveling the world, and taking your work with you – sounds like the dream, right? These days, working remotely from anywhere in the world is no longer accessible to only the lucky few – more and more people are ditching their desk jobs for a more unconventional way of living, and there’s no turning back once you’ve experienced the digital nomad lifestyle!
Whether you’ve been on the road for years or are only just looking into taking the leap into freelancing – remote working, working from the road, and finding a constant stream of work to fund your lifestyle should be a priority. Take a look at these tips to make sure you’re always getting work when you need it as a digital nomad:
1.) Never Stop Networking
One of the biggest mistakes freelancers make is to shout from the rooftops when they’re looking for work; and then once they’ve got it? Silence. Networking may not be at the top of your list when you’ve got multiple emails to send, deadlines to meet and clients to please, but it’s equally important and a chore you should not ignore.
Be sure to tune into your social media channels every now and again and connect with other freelancers and potential clients. Keeping your working relationships fresh will make things far easier for you when you need to start looking for another project.
2.) The Beauty of Blogging
Having your own blog as a freelancer is a great way to market yourself. Whether you’re blogging about the work you do, about your digital nomad lifestyle, or somethings entirely unrelated, having a platform purely for your voice is a great way to make sure you’re not forgotten.
Post regular, informative, well-written blog posts and make sure you’re sharing them on social media. Blogging is a great way to add to your portfolio, make connections with others in your industry, and exposes you to many more potential clients online.
3.) Make Connections on the Road
If you’re a digital nomad, then you’re in the unique position of being able to meet dozens of new people everyday, from anywhere in the world. Make use of this! Attend any digital nomad/freelancer meet-ups in the area you’re staying in, tell people what you do when you meet them, and make efforts to connect with people you’ve met on social media or via email when you’re moving on.
It’s often far easier to make a good impression on someone in person than it is online, so take advantage of the constant ‘interviews’ you’re able to have as a traveling worker. You never know who will have connections looking for the exact services you offer – and more friends means a large audience!
4.) Try Co-Working Spaces
Working remotely can be isolating socially and professionally. While you have the freedom to work anywhere (and at anytime), you’re also competing with an invisible workforce who could also snag opportunities at anytime – or recommend others they know to be suitable.
Co-working spaces can be a great in-between to alleviate this isolation. At the very least, you’ll be able to work in a more social environment and even collaborate with other freelancers. Don’t make the mistake of assuming every other freelancer in your field is competition. The people you meet and impress in co-working spaces could be the people with a full plate looking for someone to recommend to a client. Get yourself in there, make some connections, and open doors for yourself.
5.) Shout it From the Rooftops
Clients will always pick the freelancer with an impressive portfolio. Your portfolio could be positively glowing, however, if you’re not showing it off, you’re going to be missing out on a lot of work.
Consistently update your portfolio with every great project you’ve completed. After a particularly unique or impressive project, consider writing an informative blog post about what you did or any obstacles you overcame. Sharing your accomplishments on social media not only shows off what you can do, but shows that you’re a name in the industry that can provide valuable advice to others.
6.) Ask for Testimonials
If a Portfolio is the best way to increase your chances of getting a job as a freelancer, then testimonials are the second best way. If you’ve received great feedback on a project you’ve delivered, ask for a written testimonial that you can add to your website.
Clients love to see reviews that provide the reassurance they’re working with a freelancer who consistently delivers, so make sure to follow up every project you do with a request for feedback. Even if you don’t get a glowing review, you might learn a valuable lesson on how to improve your services!
7.) Approach Local Businesses as You Travel
Traveling as you work allows you to meet many new people and new businesses. If you’re actively looking for new work, take advantage of the hundreds of businesses you’ll encounter in every new location you stay in.
Are you a web designer? Check out your hostel’s site, or the local restaurant down the road – they could be severely in need of an update, and you could be just the person to pitch to them. Whatever field you’re in, there are likely to be opportunities right at your doorstep – so put on your best smile and seek them out!
8.) Use Job Sites
Job boards dedicated to freelancers are a great way of finding new clients, so don’t neglect them when you’re looking to take on a few extra projects. Make sure your profile is always up to date, with the most recent version of your CV, portfolio and contact details.
The most important thing to remember as a digital nomad is not to isolate yourself. Living the dream of working from an exotic beach is wonderful, but you need to be consistently networking, marketing your services and communicating with others in your industry.
No matter where you work from, make sure others know what you’re doing and why you’re in the top of your field. The effort to network regularly will really pay off when you’re in need of an extra client later down the line.
Yaz Purnell is a content creator and marketing co-ordinator for Freelancermap, sharing her own experiences of the Digital Nomad lifestyle. Freelancermap connects IT professionals with freelance jobs internationally, and provides tips and insights for freelancers of all levels of experience. Check out our blog for more freelancing tips!