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Why I decided to live as a digital nomad. And how you can do it too!

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December 10, 2021

I want to share my thinking process with you and how I finally decided to start working location independently while barely having an income (because photographer, winter, always rain in the Netherlands haha).

What is a digital nomad?

A Digital Nomad is someone who works online, is location independent and therefore travels from one place to another regularly. They don’t have to be present in an office or workplace daily and they are often their own boss. A lot of people think this is out of their league, but when using your skills in the right way a lot is possible. A digital nomad can provide income by starting its own company, but it’s also possible to work as a virtual assistent or marketeer where working remotely is accepted.

Why I wanted to became a digital nomad

Well, to be completely honest I never knew I wanted to be a digital nomad. I didn’t even know – like many people – that it was actually possible. What I did know was that the 9-5 jobs I had weren’t making me happy and I really wanted to do something with photography and storytelling, because that’s what I’m really good at. However, there are no organizations for photographers and all of it is basically freelance. Meaning I had to start my own company. I decided to start Kaylee Burger Photography and from there the adventure began. Never the less, it wasn’t as dreamy as it sounds, because how was I gonna make an income? This was hard, so I decided to work 4 days and start with photography on the side. But this made me so unhappy, because I couldn’t spend all my time in my photography business even though I knew it and felt in my heart that that was it. I believed I could do it, I just didn’t know how. I tried to fit my photography and social media skills into a regular job in the Netherlands but it all felt like I couldn’t give my full potential, so nothing felt right. At this point I knew I only had one option to be happy in life, which was: following my heart and my gut feeling.

What changed for me in 2021?

I quit my job at the content department of Troostwijk Auctions in 2020 and wanted to work as a photographer fulltime. Little did I know That Corona was about to ruin all of my plans. I started working for a medical company until October 2021. That’s when I realized that I had to go for it. It took me two months to figure out what to do. I had a lot of (self) doubts and was scared of what my surroundings might think. When something in my personal environment changed in December I decided to book a ticket to Curacao and it was all hands on deck. January 3rd I was going to be in Curacao, had a remote job and was providing my valuable service to companies and travel agencies there. I had no solid plan, barely no income (because being a photographer in the Netherlands in winter is hardddd) but I knew this was the only way and if not now, then when?

How do you know if being a digital nomad is something for you

If you are doubting to become a digital nomad or at least work location independent you should know that a lot is possible. However, it’s not easy and you have to firmly believe in yourself and that you can bring something to the table. I don’t wanna destroy your dream, but it took me 6 years to connect the dots together and write my first proposal. BUT if you feel in your heart and soul that you have to do it, then go for it. Take the jump. What is the worst thing that could happen? Because nothing is worse than living an unhappy life, right?

Below you will find some options if you’re considering a digital nomad job:

• Blogger
• Virtual assistant
• Designer
• Marketeer
• Translator
• Writer
• Sales
• Webdesigner
• Teacher
• Customer service

How to prepare for living as a digital nomad

For some people it may sound easy, just leaving everything behind and doing some work on a laptop and mobile phone. But I can tell you that it’s not easy at all. There are lots of preparations before actually leaving your home country and living location independent. Where are you going to stay? How will you make money? How will you meet new people? What if you get injured? Is there wifi on my location?

• Look at a community where other Digital Nomads are. How do they do it?
• What are your skills? What are you the most passionate about?
• How are you going to turn this into something companies need for their business
• Why should they hire you and not one of the other half million Digital Nomads?
• Get a great health insurance, because it’s still real life and a lot can happen
• Are you going to blog? Search how to set it up on your own or hire a professional
• What equipment will you need? Are you doing all photography on your phone or buying some new gear?
• Research your destinations. Is it female friendly? Do they have a stable wifi connection? How many opportunities are there?
• What will be my safety net? How stable is my income? Do I need a side remote job to have a continuous flow of income?

I will explain the ins and outs of a digital nomad and how to become one in other articles, but for now I wanted to give you a quick update why I made this change and that it’s possible for anyone.

Hope to see you at the next read!

x Kaylee

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