A digital nomad’s guide to Guadalajara

Almost three months ago we moved our nomadic HQ to the beautiful city of Guadalajara, Mexico. The largest city, second only to Mexico City, Guadalajara had a lot to see. After spending these three months exploring the city, learning about the culture, the cuisine and the unique marketing trends taking hold, it’s time for our quarterly guide for other digital nomads that are looking for their next remote work destination and want to make sure that Guadalajara is the right place for them!

Like the last time, we’ll discuss all aspects that digital nomads need to know before travelling to this beautiful new city. We will share our experience with you so you won’t have any doubt that Guadalajara deserves a spot on your travel list! Let’s begin.

Free WiFi and internet speed

Every guide for digital nomads has to start with the resource that fuels our lifestyle, the availability of a reliable internet connection. Access to free WiFi is the first thing you need to ensure before moving to a different city if you want to keep enjoying the digital nomad lifestyle (and your job). Guadalajara’s city council keeps a list of Zonas WiFi where you can get access to a good internet connection.

Apart from the zones on that list, you can access reliable WiFi from hotels, restaurants, and our favourite, coffee shops. Our go-to work space was Starbucks, and the WiFi is always reliable there. If you use Airbnb for your accommodation, 90% of places have WiFi available. Always double check before booking just to be safe.

The average internet speed in Guadalajara is around 16mps, it’s not the fastest internet but it was enough for us to get our projects done on time, so we can’t complain too much! Unless you need to send huge files in seconds regularly, you shouldn’t have any problem to do your work and enjoy other online activities like binge-watching that new season of your favourite Netflix show to reward yourself for that empty to-do list.

Safety in Guadalajara

Overall, we didn’t have any issues with safety during our time in the city. While there are hotspots to avoid and certain times of the day to avoid wandering around, normal safety precautions are enough to keep you out of harm’s way. In general travellers can walk around the city without feeling unsafe as long as they act with common sense and keep an eye on their belongings, especially expensive electronics like mobile devices and laptops. Stick to the main streets and populated areas, especially at night.

If you avoid dangerous neighbourhoods like the outskirts of Tomalá and the east of downtown and keep an eye on your gear you shouldn’t have any problem here. From a health perspective, don’t drink tap water and protect yourself from mosquitoes. It’s also good to know that travel health insurance covers most travellers during any length of stay in Mexico.

Coworking spaces

There are many coworking spaces available for you to work comfortably in Guadalajara. You can find WeWork offices and other options like the local Hospicio Coworking, Metta Coworking, Regus MX and Epicnest. Local coworking spaces offer all the amenities you need to feel focused, comfortable and ready to meet those deadlines. You will have high-speed internet, all the coffee you need to stay awake, phone booths, access to conference rooms, bilingual staff if your Spanish is a bit rusty and, in some cases, playrooms, popcorn and even a massage. The per day rate usually costs a little more than $10USD and monthly subscriptions are around $120USD.

AC Hotel Guadalajara by Marriot (www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/gdlac-ac-hotel-guadalajara-mexico/)

Where to stay

There are plenty of beautiful hotels in Guadalajara in all price ranges, many of them with their own restaurants to enjoy a nice dinner after a long day of exploring the city. Some famous examples include Hotel Riu Plaza and El Tapatío Hotel & Resort, and lower budget options like Hotel Dalí Plaza and Hotel Castilla y Leon. Apart from the many hotel options, you can find a lot of rooms available on Airbnb in Guadalajara. Keep your budget in mind and read the reviews. Take it from us, there are some great and some really not so great Airbnb options in the city. Take your time to search for the one that suits you best.

The digital nomad community

Cocohub is a decentralised coworking and coliving community of digital nomads and remote workers that aims to start local communities for location independent workers in many cities around the world, and Guadalajara has its own remote work neighbourhood associated with the Cocohub community. You can join their WhatsApp group, find a room in the neighbourhood and join other nomads. They can help you to know the city better, have a great time together, and even meet great business contacts in the process.

Low cost of living

As in all cities, you can find different price ranges across Guadalajara, but on average it isn’t very expensive. For a stay of around three months, staying in an affordable hotel, and eating out three times a day you can expect to spend around $1,100USD per month. The average Airbnb room costs around $22USD per night, and you can get a good dinner for $10USD.

Getting around

Uber has helped us a great deal. You will see many buses travelling around the city, but we have had many times where we got on a bus with the correct number only to find out after going somewhere very different to our destination that there are two or three with the same number. Be careful and don’t be afraid to ask someone at the bus stop if you are going to venture a journey on public transportation. With Uber, once your driver arrives, always check the license plate and ask who is the driver picking up. As we said in the safety section, you don’t have to feel unsafe in Guadalajara, but crime is a factor in all big cities.

Local Opportunities

Some people consider Guadalajara to be Latin America’s Silicon Valley. This is thanks to its growing technology and electronics industry. Not only is the government working on projects to increase this sector, opening spaces dedicated entirely to its growth, but international giants as well as startups are turning their eyes on the city with the aim of opening new offices. Technology isn’t the only industry that is growing in the city, there are many professional opportunities in the city for you, even if finding a full-time job isn’t why you’re travelling, being informed about the business landscape of the city you’re in is always useful.

Puerto Vallarta

Lifestyle and Tourism

Guadalajara is full of tourist attractions of all types, and we were sure to enjoy as many as we could during our three month stay. The few day trips we managed let us see Lake Chapala and Ajijic, the circular pyramids of Guachimontones and the beach towns of Sayulita and Puerto Vallarta. If you miss the beach and you can take a trip, Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit is only a five hour bus ride away. It might not be as internationally known as other Mexican beach towns like Cancun and Playa del Carmen, but it is definitely worth a visit. The nightlife, surfing and overall relaxed vibe are big draws for tourists.

But you don’t have to leave Guadalajara’s to enjoy culture and good nightlife. Chapultepec and Zapopan are two main centres for this. There is a lot more than partying, there are many cafes, shopping, cultural events like those held at the Teatro Degollado.

Takeaways from our three months

After three amazing months of exploring the great city of Guadalajara, it’s time to move to our next nomadic HQ. With good WiFi, amazing sights and flavours, and a good community of travellers it was definitely a good choice to visit Guadalajara. We couldn’t leave before telling you all the reasons why Jalisco’s capital needs to be on your list. This city has a lot to offer digital nomads and remote workers. Just a few more days for us in the city, but while we are leaving, we strongly recommend you start making plans for your own visit to Guadalajara.

We’ll see you in our next nomadic HQ. London here we come!

Keys to communication for remote work and travel

Freedom is one of the main reasons why someone chooses to work as a freelancer. The freedom to choose their own schedule, set their own rules, work their own way, etc. Sometimes freelancers and people with remote jobs want to take this one step further and they start using their freedom to become what we call Digital Nomads. A Digital Nomad is someone that travels the world while doing remote work. You may have a part-time job, but like many other ways of living, the digital nomad lifestyle requires a full-time commitment.

One of the challenges that you face when travelling while working is communicating effectively with your team or clients. They need to be able to trust you, so you need to be there for them and ready to answer when a situation requires it.

In this post, we’ll give you some advice to help you improve your long-distance communications without keeping you from enjoying your travel to its fullest. Don’t expect a list of tools, but best practices and things to keep in mind to avoid future problems.

Get used to different time zones

If you are travelling the world while remote working, you’ll likely be in a different time zone from the rest of your team or clients. This already adds some complications but, usually, when working as part of a remote team or with more than one client, you’ll have to learn to work with multiple time zones at the same time while you keep changing yours every few months.

Tools like Slack will tell you the local hour of your teammates, but you won’t always be using Slack, so try to keep a general understanding of everyone’s time zones to plan accordingly. If you’re in Bali, Indonesia and you need to talk with your co-worker in Medellin, Colombia about a deadline that’s getting close then you’ll have to wake up early in the morning or stay after 8:00 pm to catch them. It is a small concession to give you the opportunity to live this lifestyle.

If you’re freelancing, and one of your clients is in Lisbon, Portugal; the other one in Cape Town, South Africa; and another in New York City, US; you’ll have to be very careful of your deadlines and the work that needs to be done for each one because we’re talking about three completely different times of the day. Clients are concerned with their deadlines, not with your sleep habits. If you don’t want all that to turn your travel experience into a mess, keep a general awareness of everyone’s time zone and plan accordingly.

Find a coworking space

Ok, the majority of us became remote workers or started freelancing because we didn’t want to be near a cubicle. But, having a stable place you can work from will become necessary sooner rather than later. The act of going to a workplace triggers healthy work habits that will help you to stay connected and stay productive.

In coworking spaces, you’ll have everything you need to work comfortably and you can find them in most cities around the world. Also, you can find like-minded people that prefer remote working. Talk with them and they can share tips with you and maybe even a new destination to check out.

Illustration from slack website (https://slack.com/intl/en-mx/)

Direct communication: Slack and its alternatives

For remote workers, having a direct communication channel is essential. You’ll use it to plan and work on projects, send files, ask questions, ask for help when you need it, or send memes during breaks (or during a meeting). Usually, you won’t give a lot of thought to choosing the best method or platform to use. You might even try to just use WhatsApp or another instant messaging app, this might work in some cases… But, in general, it is a terrible idea.

What could go wrong?

If you work with more than one client or you are part of a team, you’ll notice very quickly how these apps lack the features you need to keep effective communication channels without losing your mind. You need to be able to categorise communications, search for information quickly, send and receive files, keep track of multiple conversations at the same time, and depending on the kind of work you do this list could be bigger.

Trying this on WhatsApp can be tricky. Switching from a personal account to a business account can help keep things more organised if you prefer this type of communication. You can categorise by client, by work type and by team. And, as we have found, many phone plans have WhatsApp as a free service, not deducting from data plans. This means no matter how many messages or files shared there are no extra charges at the end of the month. It doesn’t have a solution for every communication problem, so there are some alternatives to consider.

What platform to use

As of now, the quintessential solution to apps like WhatsApp, whether you’re a freelancer or a remote worker, are Slack and its alternatives. Skype is useful for calls, but that is pretty much it. Whatever tool you decide to use, just remember to keep in mind what features you need to keep everything organised and easy to find. Here is a quick list of things that an effective tool should provide you with:

  • Organised conversations with groups and individuals
  • Quick access to previous messages, search-ability
  • File management
  • Native integration with other tools you use (or at least allow you to integrate through Zapier/IFTTT)
  • A mobile app, preferably
  • A way to turn it off when you won’t be available

Ok, I found a tool I like, now what?

Now, these tools are only useful if you keep effective communication habits. Check your messages in a timely manner, but don’t let them interrupt your work, especially if maintaining focus isn’t easy for you. Try to stay aware of the general state of each project you’re working on to know if you should be expecting messages that require your immediate attention. If that’s the case, you should be checking all new messages as they come, but avoid answering immediately if it isn’t necessary. If there aren’t any emergencies right now, just take small breaks from work every few minutes to send and answer messages. Communication is important, but you can be absorbed by chats easily if you don’t set priorities.

Asynchronous communication

You don’t always have to answer in real time to keep effective communication with your team or clients. Frequently, your first conversation will happen through email. This gives you a few hours to answer without causing any trouble. In some cases, this is the most effective way to communicate, for example company announcements, general reminders, weekly status updates if teams are too big, etc.

Email is the most common option, but it’ll get messy sooner or later, so what many remote teams use is a specialised tool like Fridayapp or Twist for specific purposes and then they allow email notifications. A CRM is a great way to keep everyone on the same page regarding any activity with a lead or client.

For this type of communication, you should set apart specific times a day to check new messages and update everyone. This type of communication is designed to add structure to establish workflows and reduce distractions from matters that don’t need an immediate input from you, but you still need to participate.

Work-life balance for digital nomads

Travelling the world, enjoying the benefits of a remote job, can be a liberating experience, especially if you have trouble managing your work-life balance. But even though the digital nomad lifestyle can free you from many of those problems, it comes with its own set of issues for your healthy work-life balance. If you’re going to be travelling frequently, you need to consider the time you’ll spend searching for accommodation, a new place to work, food, and all the activities you plan to do. This is time your availability could be limited, and you can’t wait to the last minute to let everyone know that you will be busy for a week.

You don’t want your work to become an obstacle to enjoy your travels, but you don’t want your travels to become an obstacle to getting your work done. The best way to keep that from happening is getting your work done on time, communicating frequently, and setting clear boundaries. Letting your messages and work pile up will make a mess of your schedule and take time away from you that you could have been spent going on that tour you planned for next weekend.

Always think about WiFi

Being a digital nomad, your work depends on your internet connection, so let everyone know if you’re going to be away from a reliable WiFi source. In many cases being away from notifications will give you time to rest and recharge your batteries, but if it’s not your day off it can make you anxious, especially if you couldn’t notify anyone that you’ll be away. This won’t help you enjoy your lifestyle and it surely won’t help your performance at work, so keep it in mind when planning your days. It is always best to be open with your clients if you think you might lose signal for a bit.

If you want to scout out public WiFi, there are some handy apps to use. Check your app store to see which work for the areas you are travelling. Depending on where you are, you could easily find a coffee shop with free WiFi.

Remote communication takeaways

Communication is a key element of any aspect of life, but when it comes to keeping a remote job as a digital nomad it has its own challenges and ways to approach it. You will rarely have the chance to have a face to face conversation with any of your clients, so you need to use the tools available to keep everyone on the same page. Keep in mind your specific needs and be aware of the challenges of each situation to choose the right tools and develop habits that help you to be as present as any in-person employee.

A Digital Nomad’s Guide to Vancouver, Canada

Working full time as a remote worker has been gaining popularity over the last decade. Freelancers are embracing the trend and enjoying the advantages of the digital nomad lifestyle. Being a digital nomad in Vancouver, Canada can be a nice adventure from the usual work schedule. A nice change of scenery is exactly what draws many digital nomads to this type of work. Freelancers enjoy better working conditions that adapt to different needs and life expectations, and companies experience real cost savings for their office needs.

As a result, digital nomadism has become a popular lifestyle for professionals, especially those in the “knowledge industry”, and a goal for people new to the labour market and entrepreneurs. What better way to explore the world than by still being able to make an income while doing it.

Digital nomads typically spend a lot of time travelling the world, and that is exactly what the Forager team does. Since we launched our Digital Nomadic HQ program, we wanted to find the best city to start off. Over the course of these past three months, we have been exploring the beautiful city of Vancouver. Exploring the region, sampling new foods and learning about the local culture, both in and out of the marketing industry. Armed with our laptops, smartphones and a great international calling plan, we set off to explore our new nomadic home in British Columbia.

As with any new city, Vancouver comes with its own challenges that any established or aspiring digital nomad needs to consider before embarking on this journey. After three months here, we have come to find some great things about this city we wanted to share with you.

Overall, Vancouver is an amazing city, and any digital nomad looking for their next stop would do well to add it to their list. Below, we have put together some of our takeaways from this Canadian nomadic HQ.

Free WiFi

For any digital nomad, the first thing to be aware of is the availability of WiFi. Vancouver is one of the tech hubs of North America, so it is no wonder why it has so many great spots for free WiFi. In the downtown core, you can find plenty of work space to use at venues like the Central Library. There are also plenty of cafes with WiFi that can be utilised for the cost of a coffee (from $2.50CAD). The neighbourhood Forager set itself up, Gastown, has plenty of options.

Our only suggestion when visiting an independent cafe would be to check if the internet is working. We have purchased a wonderful cup of coffee or tea, sadly without any way to get online. Apart from that, you can find a more typical Starbucks if you want to stick with what you know.

Vancouver Public Central Library

WiFi at home is standard as well, so no matter if you are staying in a hotel or an Airbnb, there will be a good connection for those times when you just can’t sleep until you get just one more thing done.

Safety

Taking measures to ensure you are safe is essential for digital nomads, especially when travelling to places you aren’t familiar with. Vancouver is virtually a crime-free city. Petty crime can occur, so it is still important to pay attention to your surroundings and never leave valuables unattended on the table at the cafe. Crimes against travellers however, are very rare so you can feel safe as you walk around the city. Whether enjoying the nightlife or going for a run along the seawall, there is no need to feel unsafe.

Hot Desking and Co-Working

For many, a coffee shop or Starbucks is more than enough, but the comfort of using a space specifically designed for productivity and getting work done is what gives others the fresh start they need. Vancouver has a whole host of co-working spaces to park yourself for a few hours or days. You can find different WeWork options, Regus options, and some local ones too. We checked out HiVE because of its social impact focus.

Photo taken from Wework website (www.wework.com/buildings/station-square–vancouver)

If you prefer a dedicated working spot to be able to separate your day, then check out some of those options. And remember your old friend Google if you need to switch it up from time to time. There are many other providers you can choose from like L’Atelier Vancouver, VanCubers and Pavillion Cowork.

Local Opportunities

Even when you’re travelling the world as you work, it is always a good idea to check on local opportunities and build new contacts, find more clients and even a new job. For those interested in the tech industry, it is the perfect city as tech giants like Microsoft are opening new offices, and that entrepreneurial atmosphere brings new opportunities.

The local food industry has a lot of opportunities to offer (apart from unique flavours you won’t find anywhere else) and the film and television industry is quite active too. You can find plenty of local opportunities if you are searching for a new professional adventure.

Lifestyle

Of course, not everything in the life of a digital nomad is about working. We love this lifestyle because it allows us to enjoy all the things we love about travelling the world while still sustaining our careers. There is no need to sacrifice one thing for the other.

So, let’s talk about the fun part! Enjoying your new destination will keep you motivated to continue this career choice. Vancouver has a prolific food scene that you won’t be able to enjoy in a single trip. There are just too many things to try and places to visit and if you’re a foodie like us believe me, you’ll want to try everything. We even made a post about the local food scene, go check it out!

Water Street Cafe

Food isn’t the only thing waiting for you. Vancouver has a lot of events happening each week. Check out websites like Meetup to see what is going on in and around the city. There are plenty of concerts, theatrical shows, music festivals, film festivals and sports for you to enjoy.

If spending time in nature is your thing, don’t forget to take any of the local tours like the Sea to the Sky Gondola or just go for a hike in a local forest. You can’t miss the opportunity to go out and gather your own food from the woods if that’s not common in your city (or if you miss it) but before doing that, research the local rules and make sure you know how to do it safely!

Transportation

As a digital nomad you need to know how you are getting from one place to another. Luckily Vancouver has a great public transport system. The entire city is blanketed with plenty of bus lines, and if you are needing to go farther out, there is the SkyTrain. Tickets cost anywhere between $3.00-$5.75CAD per trip. And don’t miss out taking the SeaBus from downtown Vancouver across the inlet towards North Vancouver.

Taxis aren’t easy to find, and cost around $3.50CAD + $1.89CAD per kilometre. Car-sharing services like Car2Go, Modo and Zipcar are popular among locals and travellers, costing around $0.41CAD per minute or $13.00CAD per hour.

Farewell Vancouver

Vancouver, one of the greenest cities in the world, is an amazing place to visit and explore new experiences. We enjoyed our three months in the city. It has incredible food, great events, beautiful landscapes and, on top of all that, it’s completely remote work friendly. Digital nomads can enjoy their stay in a safe place with many opportunities to offer as they keep up their productivity without worry.

Don’t forget to do your research before travelling to a new destination and plan according to your needs, that will save you from more than a headache in the future! If you need inspiration, don’t miss any of our blogs on working remotely. Every three months we are exploring a new city.

How to become a digital nomad

You love travelling and want to be able to travel to any foreign country you wish whenever you feel like it. Digital nomadism sounds like the right fit for you. Becoming a digital nomad and taking on remote jobs is how you can achieve that hope to explore the world without sacrificing your career. The passion for exploration is why all of us at Forager Media Group do what we do. But how do you start? You may have experience in the industry, but working from an office is quite different from working wherever you can find a WiFi connection.

No matter the case, in this blog we are going to tell you about our experiences finding work while living the nomadic lifestyle and give you an introduction to the process of finding a job that will support your new globetrotting lifestyle. Let’s dive in!

The existential questions

As with any career or project, there are some things you need to ask yourself before beginning. Some may seem obvious, but all of them are essential to set you on the right path and avoid wasting your time and the time of your employers/clients.

Who are you?

One of the deepest questions in all human history, and a critical one to answer before starting your journey. Well, maybe not the whole depth of the question, but before starting your new life as a digital nomad you need to have some understanding of what you need and what you can offer.

First of all, what value can you offer to an employer or client? They won’t have you in-person, so you need to be able to prove why you are the best candidate regardless of what time zone you are in. This will be the base to build your new remote career. All companies and agencies like to have complete control over the timeline and daily schedule of their team, but, as a digital nomad, you will have more control over this. That means you need to be able to prove to them it is worth the loss of some control to take you on.

The digital nomad lifestyle works better with online businesses related to the knowledge economy, this is, positions that are mostly valued for the knowledge and expertise the professional brings. Examples of these roles include marketers, designers, writers, virtual assistants and consultants.

Another alternative to the same principle is turning your knowledge into a product, for example making courses. Courses can be a great way to build an authoritative positioning for yourself and get a loyal client base for repeat work.

What do YOU want?

Defining what you are going to offer to your clients and employers is an essential part of being a digital nomad, but knowing your needs is just as important. It means you won’t put yourself out of your own comfort zone. This is the reason you are choosing this lifestyle in the end. You aren’t choosing it because someone wants you to do this. You are choosing it because you want to create this exciting work-life balance that enables you to travel.

First, remember what you need to survive and to be productive. Keeping this in check will ensure you don’t lose perspective and get yourself into a situation that isn’t beneficial for you or your work. It sounds simple, but it has even happened to the Forager team in the past.

There have been times where we didn’t realise the quality of WiFi connectivity in the country we were travelling in. The cost of living has also played havoc on our nomadism. Sometimes it is easy to assume that there will be everything needed at a reasonable price, but heavy tourism or remoteness can mean you are spending every last bit of income just to survive. That is why a lot of people in the digital nomad community often travel to places like Mexico, Thailand and Bali to enjoy the low cost of living while still enjoying a good quality of life. You want to travel, we know that part, but you want to be able to enjoy the place you are exploring.

Second, your values are important. They will help you define what you want to do during your travel, where you want to go and who you are going to work with. They will also affect the perception your clients and employers have of you, many modern companies put more attention on personal values than on expertise to decide who is the right candidate. That is why every member of the Forager Media team has a passion for food and travel, but we also put weight into working with brands that emphasise sustainability and cultural heritage. Our values are similar and we choose clients based on those values.

Lastly, it is important to know your desires. You have goals you want to achieve, how are you going to achieve them? What do you need in order to get there? Can you do that from anywhere? These goals can be anything from living the luxury lifestyle you always dreamed or being able to attend all the music festivals happening around the world. What matters is that you keep all this in mind to keep yourself satisfied and motivated to continue with this lifestyle.

The personal brand

A sometimes overlooked aspect of any professional is the personal brand, anyone can benefit from a well crafted personal brand. This is particularly true with remote workers and digital nomads. Personal contact has a significant role in the way our minds decide who to trust and your employers and clients won’t have the chance to meet you in person in most cases and even if technology allows you to use tools like video calls, it’s still not the same.

You need to rely on your personal brand to surpass this obstacle. So, here are some tips to achieve this:

  • Expand your network as much as you can. Connect with new people on LinkedIn and in co-working spaces. This helps you build social proof that future clients and employers can see.
  • As with any regular brand, to have an effective personal brand you need to stay consistent. Try to define a voice and tone that you can identify with and express who you are as a professional, and don’t forget about the visuals.

You don’t know where to start or how to make sure that your personal brand is effective? Let our branding experts give you a hand, get in touch.

A digital nomad’s essentials

There are some things that you can’t live without when becoming a digital nomad. Before you leave your home base behind, let us give you a list of things you need to double-check before starting on your journey. Learn from the mistakes we ran into.

  • Reliable equipment: You are going to spend a lot of time on your laptop and smartphone. Finding issues with them when in the field can be very costly to fix, not to mention the loss of billable hours when you are out of commission for a few days. Check everything is in working order before heading to the airport.
  • Good WiFi: You don’t want to be wandering across a city you don’t know because you can’t find good internet anywhere and you only have a few hours before a deadline. Research your options online for coffee shops and public spaces with good internet connection.
  • A place to work: “Wait, I wanted to be a digital nomad to work from anywhere, why do I need a place to work?!” Yup that’s true, you shouldn’t have to stay in a country or city to work as a digital nomad, but that doesn’t mean that you can work from anywhere. Find a comfortable cafe with good WiFi or a co-working place that you can hotdesk for a few hours or weeks. Nomad hubs like WeWork have partners all over the world for this.

Your options

Well now to the fun part, actually searching for a job. You have three main options to choose from when it comes to joining the digital nomad workforce. These are: being a freelancer, being a remote employee or starting a business.

For this blog, we will cover the first two options. Many companies decide to consider their remote employees as contractors to make things like payroll easier to handle, so both options tend to overlap.

The application process

The application process can be both fun and exhausting. You are in for long weeks of researching, sending emails, and following up to absolutely no avail until someone finally decides that you can be a potential candidate. YAY! But this is just beginning. Remember all the existential questions you answered previously as we give you a list of options to find potential positions for you:

Freelancer marketplaces

If you aim to be a freelancer, this option can be all that you need. There’s a whole industry of freelance marketplaces competing to be the best option for you and their clients, that’s something you can of course use to your advantage. Keep in mind that each marketplace has its own rules and dynamics, and some of them are focused on specific niches, so do your homework and choose the right one for you.

Your personal brand is extremely important here. Why? Because these marketplaces are full of people that do the same for less. If you want to have a chance of surpassing the competition you can’t just work harder, they already work quite hard, you need to be different. Start with choosing specific niches you want to focus on, you may start with fewer clients but it will help you to gather good reviews that you can use to improve your position and expand to other areas later.

Some good examples of freelancer marketplaces you can try are Upwork, Freelancer, PeopleperHour, Guru, and Fiverr.

Job boards

If you are aiming for a remote position in a company, your best bet is to search online job boards like LinkedIn, WeWorkRemotely, ZipRecruiter, or AngelList. Many job boards have options to search specifically for remote-friendly jobs, but others are more tricky.

The way to apply in this case can vary a lot, but generally these job boards will make you create a profile where you are going to add information about your experience, skills, expected salary, availability for travel, etc. Then once in the position you want to apply for you’ll either click on a button to submit your profile along with a cover letter or they will direct you to the company’s website where you can fill their own questionnaire and attach your CV.

Remember that these companies receive a lot of applications every day. So, remember to work on your personal brand and let that differentiate you from the competition.

The careers page on the company website

Companies usually have a page on their website named “careers” or “jobs” where you can find a list of their available positions and apply directly (or find instructions on how to do it). If you know that a company accepts remote work and you really want to work with that company in specific, it’s worth checking every once in a while but remember, these companies receive many emails, make sure yours stands out.

Nailing that interview

You’ve applied to your dream job and they finally answered your email, they like your CV, so should you buy those plane tickets now? Absolutely not. Now you need to prove to them that you are the right candidate. Usually, what will happen next is a job interview. This is the perfect opportunity to create a great first impression (not exactly the “first” considering they already checked your portfolio, CV, profile and probably all your social media.

Depending on the company, you may do a video call or just voice, but prepare for both. Ensure that your internet connection is up to the task and if it isn’t find a calm place where you can go to have your interview. You don’t have to be extremely formal, but don’t go to the other extreme either, and of course, be on time.

When it comes to remote positions, interviewers want to see your values and attitude towards work, even more than normal. Sometimes they have very specific requirements like a minimum internet speed and a quiet place to work without interruptions, this won’t always align with your goals as a digital nomad so keep it in mind. They do this because they can’t be there with you, in most cases they won’t even know if you are working until it’s time to send reports, so they need to know they can trust you.

Of course this isn’t the only thing they want to see. Keep your CV around and be ready to answer questions regarding previous work experience, what problems did you solve, what value did you bring to your past employers/clients, and many more. Conduct research and prepare to answer the most common interview questions.

It’s not over yet

What comes next will vary from one case to the other. Sometimes you’ll know if you got the job or not after the first interview, in other cases there is a long recruiting process with multiple interviews and even some tests before they know if you are the right candidate or not.

Be patient and don’t lose your motivation as you keep trying, reaching the final stage of a long recruiting process just to be rejected can hurt, but you need to remember that you got that far for a reason. Analyse your failures to uncover opportunities to improve. Maybe you can write a better CV that will capture the attention of a recruiter faster, or maybe you can practice your job interviews and research the companies to increase your chances of being selected. As long as you don’t stop and you keep making yourself better, this will be time well spent and it will lead you to your first job and the beginning of your new digital nomad life.

And here we are, after dozens of interviews and even more applications you are too tired to remember, you finally got a job that will support your desired lifestyle. What comes next? Well as with everything, this will vary from one case to the other, but in general you will be able to start enjoying your new lifestyle bit by bit.

If you are used to travelling and you already have the resources to do it, nothing is stopping you from planning your next trip right away. If you are new to all this, it’s better to start with something simple, maybe without even leaving your country at first. Explore new cities, new places, research future destinations remembering what we discussed before, and bit by bit you’ll start travelling to more and more exotic places.