Do you know what it takes to become a digital nomad?

 

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Rest, relax and let inspiration flow while you explore the world. Doesn’t that sound great? Then why not be a remote freelancer? As a designer, you might have the chance to travel while working or work while travelling, whichever suits you better. The best part is that all of this is now possible thanks to advances in information technology and e-commerce.

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To be successful however, there are some factors you need to consider:

  1. Time schedule

    Like it or not, you might need to schedule yourself based on your client’s time zones. Believe me, it makes the communication process much easier.

    If your clients still prefer face to face conversations, don’t be shy to suggest Skype video calls. Make things easier for your clients. Don’t be scared to sound too pushy in order for them to land on the checkout page with just two clicks. Humans have   increasingly shorter attention spans nowadays. You don’t want to take any risks, do you?

  1. Payment

    You want to make it very clear to your clients that designing is not just a hobby. You depend on it for a living and this is your job. You do not work for free and you provide written contracts, because after all, you are a professional. However, there are times when clients are reluctant to pay your price. You cannot always afford to reject them especially if you need the money or the experience. Learning to adapt to circumstances is a plus.

    If your clients are not in the same country as you, make sure to accept online payment. Bear the cost of the surcharges if any, and remember, you need to always treat your clients well. From time to time, send them nurturing emails to make the design process more personal and show the client that you care.

  1. Budgeting

    Whether you are travelling or not, freelancers need to keep track of their expenses. Foresee those difficult times where it gets hard to acquire clients. When budgeting, don’t forget to include taxes and other miscellaneous fees you might encounter.

  1. Have an online resume

    It is also a good idea to have an online resume. Include your contact details such as a phone number or an email address and keep up to date with them as often as you can.

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As a designer, maintaining a personal website is a smart move so that people can easily find your work and relate to it. Be original and creative! Share your progress and constant design works to keep your sites as interactive and updated as possible. From time to time, change the site design slightly to make it trendy. In case you do not know how to create a website for yourself, you can find third parties who are willing to sell your work on their platforms such as http://www.designs.net/

Before you leave…here are a few additional tips for you!

  1. Since you’ll be relying heavily on the internet, make sure your accommodation runs an internet speed test before you agree to move in. Slow internet should not be a problem for a freelance designer like yourself.

  2. Download all required software and updates and get yourself familiarized with them. As a precaution, get all your necessary work tools offline if and when possible.

  3. Lastly, of course you need to get your fare tickets and check the visa requirements before you travel anywhere.


Ultimately, remember that a happy client will recommend you to other clients. Allow yourself to step into The Not-So-Unknown and let the adventure begin. You can also get an insight into freelancing from this article: 10 Personality Traits of a Successful Freelance Designer

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