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Digital nomad goals can sometimes feel far beyond reach.
But it is entirely possible that you possess skills that can help you transition into a digital nomad lifestyle sooner than you believed you could.
Although I have acquired new skills to help reach my digital nomad goals, I came to the realization that my new skills built upon preexisting ones.
So in this post, I would like to help you acknowledge which skills you currently possess and then offer ways to determine which ones you may need to improve upon in order to reach your goal.
I do not have all the answers because I believe that your answers are stored in your heart. In the remainder of this post, I pose a series of questions that might help you access the truths that already exist but may need a little help surfacing.
Here are some steps that might help:
Step 1: Conduct a Skills Assessment
What do you already know how to do? After you list all of the immediate answers that come to mind, give yourself at least 15 additional minutes to sit in silence while pondering this question. You might be surprised to learn that you have additional skills that you may have forgotten.
Step 2: Which Do You Enjoy the Most?
Out of the skills you jotted down (or typed out), which ones do you enjoy carrying out the most? Why? What draws you in to these tasks? Can you see yourself carrying them out on a regular basis in order to sustain yourself once you adopt this lifestyle?
Step 3: Is There Any Cross-Over?
Now consider the skills you have along with the ones you enjoy. Is there any crossover? Which skills overlap with the tasks you enjoy carrying out?
Out of the overlap, which of these skills can be carried out remotely?
Step 4: Narrow Down Your Options
Now let’s consider how you might fit the pieces together.
If you want to spend 70% of your time in the wilderness where there’s limited access to the Internet, will it help to develop this particular skill or might you need to choose another one?
Can this option support you fully or might you need to pick up migrant work from time to time?
Consider any viable ways your crossover skills lend well to the nomadic lifestyle.
Choose Your Next Steps
Now that you have an idea of what you’d like to pursue, it’s time to create an action plan.
Do you need additional training? Can you begin looking for remote work in these areas now? Can you begin to build a freelance business now? Do you need help structuring your business?
Here’s an example:
- In conducting your skills assessment you realize you have more than 10 years experience with administrative tasks.
- You then discovered that you really enjoy troubleshooting and serving others.
- With this skill and preferences, you realize that you can become a virtual assistant.
- It is possible to support yourself and you can complete clients’ work on your own schedule, spending as much time in a particular geographical area as you would like.
- Although you know the what of this plan, you’re not quite sure how to go about starting a VA business, so you do some online research and maybe even take a class on how to become a virtual assistant.
This is just one example that illustrates how you can use this process to determine which skills you’ll need to develop and the steps you can take to get there.
Proceed in the way that works best for you. If your heart is guiding you to this lifestyle, it will also help you determine which steps to take next.
Some options might include:
- Online trainings (free or paid)
- Facebook groups (topic-related groups – avoid falling into an abyss of information overload)
- Online research
- Online tutorials (paid or free)
- College degree (required in some fields, but not all)
- Vocational training (required in some positions, such as, medical coding)
Overall, it’s up to you. This is an exciting time, and I’m happy to help in any way that I can. Have questions? Leave them in the comments section below.
Oh and there’s a novel that I think fits perfectly with this process. It’s “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho.