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The life of a digital nomad is an inspiring one; the ability to work from anywhere and be your own boss is somewhat of a dream vocation, being able to travel and make money from the road.

But while it’s still a very non traditional career, being that more people want to become digital nomads, it’s also become somewhat of a competitive vocation (click here to see different digital nomad jobs).

Being that the world of freelancing means there are remote work opportunities in every industry, and every field, the skill set of the digital nomad is broader than you can imagine; everything from teaching English online, to web coding.

You won’t need to be skilled in every single area or method for making money online, though with a constantly evolving industry, expanding your skill set puts you in the best possible position for being able to sustain the lifestyle.

Wanting to expand your digital nomad skills? We got you covered!

 Simple Ways To Expand Your Digital Nomad Skills

Keep Your Foot In Education

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It’s vital to keep one foot in the educational arena when you’re a digital nomad. It’s not just a way to keep you fresh but it is a perfect way to make sure you stay ahead of the curve as far as changes are concerned.

With new platforms, technologies, and innovation happening in the space of remote work every day, it’s a constantly evolving learning curve, with new strategies and approaches disrupting the industry on a constant basis.

While remote work exists across a diverse range of fields, there are numerous online MSBA programs that you can take advantage of so your business skills stay sharp. Business skills are applicable to every industry when you’re working for yourself.

Online education is quite common nowadays, and the great thing about this approach, ie enrolling in courses or units which can be done in your own time, is that you can learn pretty much anywhere. Just make sure you seek education from a qualified source.

Diversify Your Skill Set (AND Income)

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Many digital nomads start in copywriting or blogging, but as long as you can identify where your skills lie, you’re in a  much better position to diversify.

Simply put, diversifying your skill set will make you more employable. For instance, a popular career choice in this field is that of a Virtual Assistant, and for roles like this, having a broad range of skills will set you above other applicants.

Diversification is key to a sustainable career as a digital nomad, especially if you’re a freelancer who jumps between clients and jobs. If you hold down a permanent position that allows you to work remotely, this will be less important.

Having a broad range of skills leaves you open to more opportunities, which in turn makes it easier to diversify your income. And this is important.

For freelancers who seek contract work, diversifying your income streams is essential should one specific project or income stream dry up – ie in the world of blogging, if a specific affiliate suddenly cancels their program, or if Google traffic stops.

The very nature of nomadic work is temporary, so don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.

Consider Generating Passive Income

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If you haven’t set up a blog already do it! We’re living today in the age of affiliate marketing. And passive income is a great way to sustain a remote work lifestyle.

Affiliate advertising is where you gain a percentage of each sale referred from your links. More and more companies are offering these partnerships, in absolutely all industries, so it doesn’t matter whether you’re an expert in mattresses, travel, or fitness (for instance!).

Laying down the foundation for passive income streams straight up allows you to free up your time later down the track for evolving your strategies and staying on top of education, and technology trends.

What are useful ways you manage to expand your skills while living as a digital nomad?

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 50+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.


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