What if I told you one of the best ways to grow your business, leadership skills, your startup, or professional network was by traveling? Yes, really! Many entrepreneurs are trading in the 9-5 office for a nomad lifestyle in a unique way to grow both personally and professionally.
Well, the phrase ‘pounding the pavement’ has never been more adventurous or prosperous.
More startups are being built by Digital Nomads – location independent workers – than ever before. What is triggering this phenomenon? I’m so glad you asked…
Meetups offer the opportunity to network and converse with like-minded people in a myriad of industries and niches.
Websites like Meetup.com or private Facebook groups allow travelers and entrepreneurs access to thousands of specific groups, whether you want to literally meet up with fellow small business CEO’s, website coders, marketing gurus, or any other field, the possibilities are endless.
The photo above is from the weekly Chiang Mai Nomad Coffee Club. Each week, Digital Nomads join to network, drink coffee (obviously!) and hear stories from entrepreneurs throughout the world. It’s a great way to learn new skills and make friends.
Cheaper Living Costs
Living cheaply allows professional nomads to spend their money on sources like webinars, conferences, or investing funds back into their business.
Cost of living varies from country to country, but in startup hotspots such as Chiang Mai, Thailand you can live comfortably on ⅓ of the average living budget in the United States.
In Chiang Mai, I rent a studio apartment from Airbnb. It’s right in the trendy Digital Nomad part of town on Nimman Rd. with several cafes, eateries, shops, and coworking spaces. Per month it’s $420 USD, but I know I could find much cheaper accomodations if I didn’t rent through Airbnb. However, I like the security it provides me in case something happened to the property and knowing exactly who I’m renting from and if they have positive reviews.
Working your own hours allows for a ‘plug and chug’ mentality that allows the entrepreneur to work hours that they are most alert and engaged. Being constantly exposed to different scenery also provides a more creative landscape to find your “a-ha moment” or spark new ideas.
Having access to the most inspirational scenery and freedom unleashes the creative mind in ways being in an office doesn’t for many people.
Become a Thought Leader
As a Digital Nomad, you have the opportunity to meet the most bold, like-minded people in your industry from all over the world. Collaborating and networking with these people grows your personal brand and sharing your experiences leads to you becoming a thought leader.
There are so many different niches that you can grow your personal brand in. Whether that’s Dropshipping (a popular form of earning income for Nomads in Chiang Mai) or being a photographer, blogger, website developer or – anything, really. Networking abroad expands your professional circle far beyond Linkedin every could 😉