So many red flags here, so I’ll have to mention them because nobody else will:
- You think it’s the ultimate life style, it’s not. It’s just traveling with a laptop. If you approach it like something ultimate and idealized, you’ll probably burn out like everybody else that did. The reality of remote workers (and DNs) is that they slow down and settle somewhere or settle multiple places, usually outside their home country.
- You say you’ve been buying lots of books etc. so I think you’re idealizing it because other people are idealizing it to sell you stuff. Nothing ideal about it. “It” is not even a thing. It’s just people working remotely living in different places. The only difference with a traditional life is that you’re living in a place that’s not necessarily your home country.
- Becoming a digital nomad shouldn’t be a goal. It wasn’t for most people. The people on here were mostly working a normal job, then worked from home, then could work remotely and then traveled and now live in different places. And some had a business running that they could work on from their laptop.
- The people selling the idealized ultimate digital nomad dream are promising they can teach you how to start a business and live off passive income. But it’s false. You can’t teach or learn that in a few weeks. It takes years of actual practice. And even then it’s high risk.
P.S. I don’t mean to sound harsh and I definitely don’t blame you, this is the problem with most info about digital nomads and remote work on the internet. It’s a lot of idealized b.s.
How I think you should approach this is (and your career) not by focusing on your skillset. What’s your current skills and are they sellable? What do you do for work now? Can you do that remotely? Can you ask your employer to consider allowing working remotely?
That’s way more approachable than starting a business. Building a business that’s sustainable and pays enough to live off can take years, sometimes a decade. And even then most businesses don’t even survive. Entrepreneurship is high risk.
That’s why I’d say approach it from your skillset and make them sellable and marketable. Figure out what people pay for in remote work. I know that’s mostly software development. If that’s your thing, figure out what’s the skillset you can learn to do that.
So to close off with something actionable:
- What’s your skillset now?