The whole “digital nomad” lifestyle gets a lot of love these days. Pack up your stuff, take advantage of location arbitrage, and travel all over the world. It’s a cool concept. And if you know me at all, you’ll know I’m living in Vietnam myself these days (from Japan), and usually travel to around 7-10 countries per year. A friend of man runs a digital agency in Kenya while here.
So here’s how to do it: (Hint: It’s not that hard)
Step 1. Make some money
Step 2. Pack up your stuff and go
Step 3. No, that’s it, you’re done
I’m kidding, but it’s really not something you need to ask a million questions about. My Dad runs an “old school” offline business. Aka he visits clients homes on a daily bases to work. For him to travel, he would literally have to give up his entire business – or massively scale it into a big team.
For us, we just need to book a flight. In South East Asia, you can get by on $1,500/m easily. That’s 1 client. Or 1 fairly decent affiliate site.
(Though give yourself a little breathing room first). And yes, you can easily manage your business from anywhere. Even with clients. All clients care about is ROI. If you run an SEO company in Kenya, that’s all you should think about.
Doesn’t matter if they can never meet or call you… doesn’t even matter if you haven’t spoken to them in months… Add multiple 6 to 7 figures per year to someones business, and they’re not going anywhere – unless they’re total morons (which you’ll get occasionally). As for how many clients you should get, or how much you should earn first – that’s up to you.
If you’re already spending multiple 4 figures to live now, you’ll actually save money moving asap. If your living costs are extremely cheap now, like you’re young and living with your parents (or old, if that’s your thing) – then personally I’d want to build up a bit of cashflow first.
But if you want to do it… just book a flight. Huge perk of running an online business. P.S. If you actually want to have free time while you’re travelling though, you’ll need to figure out how to hire and automate tasks. You’ll be amazed how much time a couple VAs can save you.