Are you ready to transition to living a life of freedom?
Are you looking for ideas that can help you become a Digital Nomad?
You can make money with a laptop and live in anywhere in the world with access to the internet. When you start earning a side income, you can build it into a business that allows you the freedom to travel.
I’ll let you in on a little secret about starting off as a Digital Nomad…
It doesn’t take a lot of money to do it. I know several Digital Nomads that live a full life on as little as $800 a month. They struggle, but they are willing to struggle because they are living the life they had always dreamed about.
They are free of the 9-5 grind. They are free of long commutes. They are free of the trappings of living a conventional life that costs a lot more than $800 a month for a lot less living.
Now… I must tell you that making your own income streams is a real job. The people that make real money work real hours. HOWEVER, they have the pleasure of working on the beach in Bali, surfing when the waves are up in Costa Rica, and any other activities they desire whenever they desire it.
That’s what is great about being a Digital Nomad! You are your own boss and set your own hours. How much time to spend making money is totally up to you!
I don’t have any experience!
You don’t need experience. You need an active interest in learning and doing. That is something that they can’t teach you in school.
If you are ready to begin your journey to becoming a Digital Nomad these are the places to start.
Digital Nomad Business Ideas
The key to being a successful Digital Nomad is starting with one business and building it to a few hundred dollars per month. Learn your routine to be able to continue making that money and add another revenue stream.
What is a revenue stream?
A revenue stream is a source of revenue (aka money). In business, a revenue stream is generally made up of either recurring revenue, transaction-based revenue, project revenue, or service revenue.
What is affiliate marketing? You advertise someone else’s product or service for a commission payment.
There are several different ways to achieve affiliate marketing – you can run Facebook ads or Google Adwords, start a website or blog with affiliate links, post your affiliate links in forums, promote them on social media, and if you have a permission-based email list, then you can email people too.
Affiliate marketing has been around for a long time, and it’s had its ups and downs. But, it is a no or low-cost investment for someone starting out.
You do not need any experience to be successful — the only requirement is that you do not send SPAM to people.
Recommended Affiliate Marketing Programs
Share a Sale began in 2000 and became a leader in the marketplace. It’s full of various types of products and services for nearly any niche.
You will find known merchants for niches like home, green, travel, business, family, health, technology, and much more.
Each merchant sets their own commissions value. So, you will want to review their rates before you sign up. Some merchants also offer fees for sending them leads. This is a bonus because you can earn a few dollars just for referring a user to their website. That user usually has to register for a free offer, but at the end of the day they pay nothing, and you earn a few coins.
Amazon is one of the biggest marketplaces on the planet. It already has consumer trust and a built-in audience. You can make up to 10% commissions on products sold on Amazon.
Your affiliate cookie lasts for 24 hours. That means that even if the user doesn’t buy the product, you recommended, but they buy something else… you earn a commission.
One day, a few years ago, I earned $350 in commissions from one click-through. The user didn’t buy my recommendation. But, they did buy what I assume was all the party supplies and birthday presents for their daughter.
What is a click-through?
A user clicks on your link. This link can be an affiliate link, a link to your website or blog, or some other tracking link that takes them away from the page they are currently viewing.
Clickbank has also been around for a long time and has grown with the changes in affiliate marketing. They also have a deep resource center to help you become a better affiliate marketer called Clickbank University.
Entrepreneurs who are promoting their products with affiliate programs are using Clickbank. You can find physical and digital products available in all sorts of niches. It’s similar to Share a Sale where you can pick from hundreds of products based on your niche.
Over 100,000+ people are successfully generating an online income with ClickBank, and they all have one thing in common…
THIS ONE THING is the “secret to their success” is being revealed by ClickBank themselves for free right now in this video.
If your niche helps businesses get online, then this program might be for you. Shopify Affiliate program offers commission on new users who signup for a paid plan.
Shopify doesn’t have a monthly sales minimum and nurtures their audience to upgrade. A new user will earn you about $50, and if they sign up for the Shopify Plus program, it can be a few thousand dollars.
Rakuten bought Linkshare, a competitor of Share a Sale, in 2007 to expand their business into affiliate marketing.
They deal with major brands like Macy’s, Nike, and Walmart. Therefore, they take their affiliate partner quality seriously. If you already have a large audience, then you should register. If you are starting out or have a small audience, then put this program on the backburner for now.
CJ also works with major brands, but their program is easier to get into.
Like Rakuten, if you have a small audience, then you will be denied by most of the major brands. But, they cover a lot of niches and have plenty of other smaller companies.
Major brands on CJ include GoPro, InterContinental Hotels Group, and J Crew.
Google Adsense isn’t an affiliate program, but an advertising display platform. However, it is similar enough to affiliate marketing, so I tucked it in this section. The principals are the same. You show ads on your website for a product.
The difference with Google Adsense is that you can allow ads to display that you retargeted ads for your user. This increases the likelihood that they will click on the ad and you will earn money.
Niche Blog / Website
Do you know a lot about a specific topic?
Then, you should consider creating a website or blog around it.
If you can turn your expert knowledge into a product, then you can use affiliate marketers to help promote it. If you can easily talk about it, then you can also quickly and easily write about it.
- Think about the travelers out there that are sharing their expertise on travel.
- Think about the entrepreneurs that are sharing how they launched their businesses.
If you have an expertise in something, then find your space within it (aka “your niche”).
Step 1: Buy a domain & build a simple website.
If you are making a simple website or blog, then you need to use WordPress. Not WordPress.com. Use WordPress.org installed on your own site hosting service. Do not use GoDaddy!! A lot of people recommend BlueHost, but we see a lot of people complain about it too. We <3 Siteground pretty hardcore.
Other people might also recommend Wix or Squarespace because “it’s easy.” If you are serious about building your online business, then some yourself a future headache and use WordPress.
We recommend Siteground for website hosting because it’s affordable, they have great support, one-click WordPress installation, and room for your business to grow.
BLACK MOUNTAIN BRANDS
NOW… if you plan on going down the road of physical products and think you will be selling a lot of items, then you should consider Shopify.
Step 2: Share your knowledge with the world.
Step 3: Decide if your primary business will be selling:
- a physical product – dropshipping someone else’s product
- an info product – affiliate marketing
- your own info product – digital marketing
- your own physical product – e-commerce
If you are thinking about an info product, you need to consider how you are going to deliver the information. Is it a book (e-book)? Is it a video series (course)? Should you share it in a membership site? No matter what you decide always choose the simple path first. Don’t look at the BIG NAMES! They have spent years building to where they are now.
Step 4: Add complementary affiliate links to your website.
Step 5: Create your information product and sell it.
Freelancer / Remote Work
Freelancing is owning your own business, but the product you are selling is your time and expertise. Remote work is more of an employee situation, but you are free to live anywhere.
Freelancing is an option for creative and technical fields. It’s most commonly associated with website developers, graphic designers, and writers. But really… any field can be a freelancer. For example, a virtual assistant can be a freelancing job.
Becoming a freelancer only requires that you are able to learn and complete the job you are hired to do. It is, of course, better if you know how to do the job you are hired for because your client will not pay you to learn.
Working as a freelancer is also a great way to take your passion or skill and turn it into a career.
- Website Design
- Website Development / Development
- Marketing / Digital Marketing
- Public Relations
- SEO Consultant
- Facebook / Google Ads Manager
- Social Media Community Manager / Consultant
- Virtual Assistant
- Graphic Design
- Video Editing
- Customer Services
The biggest issue with being a freelancer is the marketing-side to make sure you have your schedule booked.
Step 1: Buy a domain & build a website – congrats you are now a company!
Step 2: Find clients.
Read Michael Port’s book Book Yourself Solid.