Rise of the Digital Nomads Conference – Keynote Speaker Nate
我的故事始于 2019 年。刚和女朋友分手，感觉很失落。我觉得我的生活真的很无聊，我所做的就是坐在我的房间里，在我的电脑上工作。温哥华很贵，所以我必须做很多工作才能负担加拿大荒谬的生活费用。我仍然欠学生贷款 22,000 美元，感觉有点沮丧。
当我去泰国进行为期 3 周的数字游牧冒险时，我记得一个更好的时光。这是我一生中最美好的时刻之一，我知道这就是我想要做的事情。
所以在 3 个月内，我卖掉了我拥有的所有东西。将我需要的所有东西装进 2 个手提箱和一个背包，并预订了一张去泰国清迈的单程票。我不知道生活为我准备了什么。我有点紧张，但我有一个目标。过着廉价的生活，还清我的债务。
我了解到，每 1-2 个月搬家最初是令人兴奋的，但过了一段时间，它变得昂贵且令人筋疲力尽。一路上，我发生了很多疯狂的事情。我刚买的笔记本电脑停止工作，当我最大的客户决定改变财务重点时，我的收入损失了一半，我不得不克服语言和文化障碍。
我能在大阪附近找到的唯一实惠的地方是一家名为胶囊旅馆 Sai 在日本森口。 大阪郊外的一个小城市。你基本上睡在一个棺材里，只有足够的空间让你躺下和你的手提箱。不过，他们有一些非常好的共享空间。
我会坐火车去一个名为“The Links in Kitahama”的联合办公空间。这个月只有 $167 相当不错。他们有一台非常棒的咖啡机，友好的工作人员，但每周只营业 6 天，晚上 10 点关门。
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BIGGEST CHALLENGE AS DIGITAL NOMAD
I got back to thailand just to hit the bottom of the rollercoaster. All these things happeded to me at once.
My largest client cut my budget to 2% of what it was. They had to shift financial priorities to survive.
Lost my debit card so it became super complicated to get money out of an atm.
My new computer I just bought broke. The mother board fried. The computer shop said it was going to take 2 months to fix.
I had a trip booked to Bali soon and had to leave Thailand because of my visa.
Lessons Learned From Challenging Times as a Digital Nomad
Owning a second laptop
So I ended having to get a second laptop. Which is actually not a bad idea. If one has problems it gives you time and the ability to work on the other one while you get it fix. I use my cheaper laptop when I take short trips and leave my expensive one at home.
Always have access to cash
One of the worst things that can happen to you as a Digital Nomad is you get stuck in a foreign country with no money. I suggest that you always need to have access to cash. Even if it’s credit. Savings is best but you need a backup plan if funds dry up or if an emergency happens. If I didn’t have access to credit I would have been screwed at this point. If you can get a line of credit it actually has a very reasonable interest rate compared to a credit card. Usually I use my credit card first and always pay it off within 30days to avoid the crazy interest. But… I use my line of credit todo that if I’m low on funds. Having a line of credit has saved my ass so many times. Gives you time to recover from a crisis.
Have a few back up bank accounts & credit cards
It’s always good to have a backup plan if something goes wrong. If you loose your bank card you can easily switch to another. Unfortunately at this time I wasn’t aware of this and it was super painful to get cash. I had to make a Canadian friend, trust him enough to send them $1000, then ask them to take it out in cash for me. I had to do this a few times till I could get back to Canada.
I now have 5+ bank accounts so I’m always covered. I store them in different wallets in different places. Always have 2 on me and a few stored at home somewhere. Many banks let you set up a saving account for free and allow you to add a Chequing account at any time online. Sometimes one bank card might not work as well due to random technical issues.
Multiple Steams of Income
There’re some pros and cons to this depending how its done. One good thing about having multiple steams of income is if one source dries up you can focus on the other one to pay your bills while you rebuild. I lost just over half my income. If I lost everything I would have been in a much worse position. If your a freelancer you defiantly don’t want to rely on 1 client to provide all your income. That’s dangerous and they have too much power over you.
A trap that people get themselves into though is spreading themselves too thin with too many completely different ideas on how to make money but never get anywhere with them. It takes time to create a source of income so don’t work on creating too many especially in the begging. It can be good to have your main thing. Say freelancing and work on 1 alternative source on the side.
Tried Co-Living at Bali Bustle
I stayed at a really cool place called Bali Bustle. Its a co-working office with living space upstairs. It even had a restaurant with room service so I could order food or a coffee up to your room. Had a pool, simple gym, great coworking space and fast internet.
The only problem was I didn’t that much work todo and I was burning borrowed money. I had no time to waste. I had to work on my marketing plan.
My Digital Nomad Marketing Plan
In the beginning I tried many different things.
Applied for 100s of jobs online,
worked on the SEO of my website,
made a video for YouTube,
tried cold emailing companies
but what worked the best was…
Calling someone in my network Every Single Day
I wasn’t too pushy or salesy, more conversational. Asked a lot of questions, see how they are doing, let them know what I was doing, asked them what they where working on, showed them what I’ve been working on.
For gatekeepers and sales people I would offer them a commission if they sent work my way. A gatekeeper is someone who has access to your idea clients.
Studied & worked on personal projects
These 2 things ended up leading to a lot of referrals in time. In 2-3 months my business was back to normal. After 1 year I was super busy all the time.
#1 REASON WHY DIGITAL NOMADS FAIL
The number 1 reason digital nomads fail and I have met many people that have failed is…
They Run Out of Money
Many Digital Nomads have NO INCOME GENERATING SKILLSET
They save up some money, quit there job and try to be a stock trader, Youtuber, develop their own app, try to become a blogger.
BUT MAKE NO MONEY. Once they run out they have to come home with their tail between their legs.
WORST CASE SCENARIO: I?ve seen foreigners that even become homeless because of this. Trapped homeless in a foreign country. Which is just absolutely terrible. I’ve seen more foreigners in this situation during the pandemic. Trapped and cant get home with no money. These digital nomads give the rest of us a bad reputation so this is defiantly not good. This is why I stress this so much. Money is even more important as a nomad. You cant just so easily get a job, there is no income assistance for you. Your on your own.