A digital nomad is someone who is able to work remotely and travel as they please. The concept of digital nomadism is slowly spreading all over the world, becoming popular among the youth. There are different types of digital nomads, from freelancers to entrepreneurs to remote workers to content creators, but they all have one thing in common: the ability to work remotely, travel, and live a location-independent lifestyle. In this article, we will talk about the different types of digital nomads and how they earn their living.
What are the Different Types of Digital Nomads?
We can categorize digital nomads into four main types according to their occupations. These four main types of digital nomads are entrepreneurs, remote workers, freelancers, and content creators. We can further categorize these into subtypes based on different factors.
Type 1: Entrepreneur
An entrepreneur is someone who earns an income through his/her own business. A digital nomad entrepreneur is a person who runs an online business. Since the business is online and is not constrained by a physical store, this type of entrepreneur can travel and enjoy life freely. He or she can also keep in touch with all transactions going on in the online store using his/her smartphone. These entrepreneurs might be selling many different products, from tech gadgets to shoes to food, via a multitude of platforms, from Amazon to Esty to their own websites.
If these entrepreneurs are rich and have a big business, they won’t even need to take part in the daily running of the business – all business-related tasks will be delegated, and all they will do is log into their computer or phone for a few minutes to ensure that everything is running smoothly.
Type 2: Content Creator
In this digital age, content creators are individuals who create entertaining or educational materials for digital channels such as websites and social media. Some examples of digital content include articles, videos, e-books, audio, charts, infographics, social media content, and white papers. YouTubers, bloggers, podcasters, video game streamers, and social media influencers all fall under the category of content creators. Content creators earn money through affiliate marketing, advertisements, and brand sponsorships. Content creators can work anywhere as long as they are connected to the internet and make ideal digital nomads.
Type 3: Remote Worker
Remote workers are individuals who work full-time for a company, but they have the freedom to travel as they work remotely. They can work from anywhere as long as they complete their work on time. This is an ideal opportunity for those who prefer the security of full-time work and love to travel around the world at the same time.
In the last few years, most companies have started to offer their employers the chance to work from home. Most jobs, especially jobs that involve working via computer and software, can be done remotely. Even jobs related to law, accountancy, and management, which were traditionally considered office jobs, can now be done remotely, thanks to the advancement of technology.
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Type 4: Freelancer
Freelancers are self-employed and earn money on a per-job basis, usually for short-term work. There are many different types of freelancer jobs – freelance writing, graphic designing, video editing, web development, programming, etc. There are many freelancer platforms like Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer, where you can easily find freelancer jobs to match your skills. In fact, this availability of freelance jobs has made it very easy for people to become digital nomads and travel the world.
What Type of Digital Nomad Do You Prefer to Be?
If you are someone with good business sense and don’t like to work under others, you can try being a digital entrepreneur. But if you are someone who feels secure for a company and prefers to draw a regular salary, you will like being a remote worker. Freelancers and content creators are good options for someone with creative skills. Each of these options has its own pros and cons. But will all four of these options, you can fulfill your dream of traveling the world while working.
Brusseau, James (2022). What Does it Mean to be a Digital Nomad? Turkish Policy Quarterly 20 (No 4. Winter).