What Is A Digital Nomad

Before we get into a more in-depth topic on what’re the different types of the digital nomad and how do they make money, let’s have a brief explanation on what’s a digital nomad, first.

What Is A Digital Nomad?

As there so many types of digital nomads, so it’s hard to come up with an absolute definition.

However, people who can afford a nomadic lifestyle have 2 common shared characteristics;

  • Most of them have mastered high-income skills that will never go away from them.
  • They’re able to turn their professions into real cash by leveraging wireless digital technologies to perform their work duties, which allows them to work anywhere they like. Every place could become their office (public libraries, cafes, beaches, etc.) as long as there’s an internet connection available. 

6 Major Types of Digital Nomad

Freelancers who write, code, coach, and runs a social media campaign for their clients online.

Professionals who serve their clients with services like legal help, accounting, and business counseling. Unlike freelancers, their jobs will require more expert knowledge.

Virtual Assistants who work remotely within a traditional company or an online business owner.

Content Creator who create and sell digital products like e-books, guides, and online courses, etc.

E-Commerce Entrepreneurs who build online businesses. For example, they could be running successful dropshipping or Amazon FBA businesses, and they manage their team using online tools like Zendesk.

Affiliate Marketer who earns a commission for marketing another person’s or company’s products.

How Do They Make Money?

One of the benefits of being a digital nomad is that your value is determined by the marketplace.

If the products/services that you provide to your customers can give tons of value to them, you’ll have the right to raise the pricing of the product/services to increase your income.

For digital nomad who works as a freelancerprofessional, or virtual assistant, most of the time, they are getting paid for online gigs.

All they need to do is posting their skills or profession on to the websites of gig economy heavyweights like Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer.com.

These are the primary platforms where businesses outsource their works to skilled freelancers to get it done for them. It’s like a Craigslist for work.

Some of them will choose to build a personal brand around their profession with social media and websites, and promote their services with both free and paid traffic.

For a digital nomad who runs an e-commerce business or produce digital products, they have complete control over the pricing of the products. They determine how much they want to charge their customer for their products.

There’re many ways for them to make money online, including Shopify Dropshipping, Amazon FBA, or even flipping products on eBay, unless they are an affiliate marketer who earns a commission from each sale they make by marketing another person’s or company’s products.

Summary

Types of Digital NomadHow They Make Money
FreelancerGetting paid for online gigs.
Professional
Virtual Assistant
Content CreatorIt depends on their service fees/product price
Online Entrepreneur
Affiliate MarketerEarns a commission for marketing another person's or company's products.

I hope this article has helped you gain a clearer picture of what is a digital nomad and how they actually make money for living.

Living a nomadic lifestyle might be very appealing for you, and If you really want to achieve this lifestyle, the most important thing right now is to TAKE ACTION and work for that goal.

Feel free to read this article: “The Ultimate Guide To Be A Digital Nomad With No Experience“, I have covered all the tips that you should know before you set off to become a successful digital nomad.

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16 thoughts on “What Is A Digital Nomad & How Do They Make Money Online?”

  1. Thanks a lot for sharing with us this amazing article about Digital Nomad. For me it is the first time I see such explanations and useful information about it. It seems that there are many types of Digital Nomad and for me it is a novelty that freelancers belong to this category. I saw that you put the Fiverr platform here and I can say that many people have recommended me to become a member. Do you think that if I know how to do design in CAD programs I might try to join this Fiverr platform?

    1. Thanks for your recognition, Nimrodngy.

      Yes, for sure. Fiverr is not only a great place where you can outsource your works to experienced freelancers, but it is also a great place where you can showcase your skills to your clients and earn money in return!

  2. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to read and comment on your excellent post and allowing all of us who reads it to receive free information on the different types of the digital nomads and how they make money by covering all the tips that we should know before we set off to become successful digital nomads. 

    Don’t forget, you played a part in it too! Thank you again for the very useful information! Continue to Have a Productive day!

    1. Hi, Jerry. Good to see you! I’m glad that you gave credit to my content, and I ‘m also happy that my content does serve you well.

      If you do build an online business. Would you mind sharing with me your experience? Maybe we can share more knowledge and help each other grow. It will be a great experience.

      I also appreciate your help if you’re able to share my content on social media to help more people.

  3. Thanks for posting this quality article. High-income skills remind me of something a guru by the name of Dan Lok, spoke about. He stated that we are always just concerned with making a lot of money without providing any value to someone. Based on your 6 types of digital nomads I’d say I cover at least 3 on the list, is that too much? Lol. Affiliate marketing is a gem that can provide opportunities to make money in your sleep, and there is so much space in this niche to earn. Places like fiverr and Up work are great for freelancers but tend to be over-saturated. It’s kind of a hit or miss there. But learning how to set a system that has worked for others and is comfortable for you, can be a good tool and working online.

    1. Hello, CinaMatics. I appreciate for your comment, and I’m glad that my content is able to help you.

      I also agreed with you that affiliate marketing is a great way to build a massive passive income.

      If you’re also doing affiliate marketing, would you mind sharing with me about your experience and what niche are you in? That will be a cool experience if we could help each other, and share knowledge together.

  4. This is certainly an interesting read. I quite agree with your definition of a digital nomad but do not quite agree that you can categorize it in the way that you have done.

    It is true that these people groups can be digital nomads in one form or another, most aren’t and would struggle if you take away their favorite terminal. 

    1. Hi, Chydon. Good to see you again! I’m glad that you gave your precious opinion to my content, and I ‘m also happy that my content does serve you well.

      Actually, I categorized the types of digital nomads are just because I want beginners to have a clearer idea of the kinds of jobs that most digital nomads do for a living, and they are just my personal opinion.

      I also appreciate your help if you’re able to share my content on social media to help more people.

  5. Thank you for sharing such an informative article with us. Through your article I got to know more about a digital nomad and I believe I am one of digital nomads. Recently I started doing affiliate marketing in Wealthy Affiliate website, as a newbie I am facing ups and downs but still I am fond of doing this work. You article made me clear about the issues regarding a nomadic lifestyle. Would to like to share your article in my social media so that people can get clear idea of the life of a digital nomad. 

    1. Hi, nahifabinte. Good to see you! I’m glad that you gave credit to my content, and I ‘m also happy that my content does serve you well.

      I am so very happy to know that you’re a member of WA! And yes, it’s not only you, almost everybody does face ups and downs in their business journey.

      But you know what? We at WA got your back! Just ask any question you that troubled at WA and we’ll solve it with you. You’re not alone along this journey, my friend.

      Would you mind to share your experience in affiliate marketing with me? It will be a great experience if we can share more knowledge and help each other grow.

      I also appreciate your help if you’re able to share my content on social media to help more people.

  6. I had never heard of the term Digital Nomad before. Thanks for bringing this up. Out of the six examples you shared, the first four earns you money by providing a service in exchange for money. The last two are  based on building assets that pay you 24/7. 

    Although the first four may seem like a job, you are still your own boss. And you can dictate when and where you work. However, if you don’t work, you don’t get paid. 

    I much prefer the last two. Sure, in the beginning you get paid virtually nothing for putting in a lot of effort. But in time, you start to earn an income whether you are working at it or not. When the income becomes substantial, all one needs is to maintain the website. 

    I love the Nomad analogy as all six can be done anywhere there is an internet connection. And with mobile phones being connected to the internet can be virtually anywhere. 

    All the best to you.

    Cheers!

    Edwin

    1. Hi, Edwin. Good to see you again! I’m glad that you gave credit to my content, and I ‘m also happy that my content does serve you well.

      I also agree with your opinion saying that we must work hard in the beginning so we can build a successful passive income stream later in time.

      It might be impossible in our great grandparents’ generation, but it is possible now as the existence of the internet has given us endless opportunities to build our own business online.

      Would you mind to share your experience in building an online business with me? Again, it will be a great experience if we can share more knowledge and help each other grow.

      I also appreciate your help if you’re able to share my content on social media to help more people.

  7. Great topic. The technological advancement in the world today have led to the availability of better internet services thus making digital normads perform their tasks more effectively and efficiently. It is clear that there are many online opportunities for people wish to become digital normads. This article will be of great help to the people who want to become digital normads and don’t know where to start. Thank you for sharing

    Baraka

    1. Hi, Baraka. I’m glad that you gave credit to my content.

      And I do agree with you saying how the advancement of technologies and the existence of the internet provides endless opportunities to the world and give them a better working experience. Compared to our great grandparents’ generation, we’re really lucky to be born in this era.

      By the way, would you mind to share your experience in online business with me? It will be a cool experience if we can share more knowledge and help each other grow.

      I also appreciate your help if you’re able to share my content on social media to help more people.

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