How to become a digital nomad – Thailand

The Digital Nomad Dream

The digital nomad dream cannot come true overnight. You cannot possibly expect to quit your 9-5 job and then within moments be earning your first dollar online. It will take many months or even years to build up an income to a level that is high enough and reliable enough that you can go abroad and live the nomadic life without worrying about your financial situation.

The Internet can provide many opportunities to those who want to start the process of working as a digital nomad. Thailand has many benefits such as a low cost of living, so you don’t have to earn as much as you would have done in the United Kingdom or America to have a decent life.

Internet opportunities

The Internet offers opportunities that can cover the cost of your travel and expenses. Thailand offers extremely good Internet speed and has the requirements you need to work and live as a digital nomad.

All this can be done with a computer and a Wi-Fi connection, so anything is possible. Don’t forget that if you live in a country like Thailand then everything is cheap anyway, such as food accommodation and utility bills, so you don’t have to work as hard as you did in your home country to have a good lifestyle and a great location with fantastic views, great food, great culture and so much to do with your spare time and so many different places to go and explore.

Internet freelancing

Internet freelancing is growing rapidly as is earning money online, there are so many opportunities out there, these include Internet Marketing, Article Writing, Blog Writing, Content Writing, SEO Back linking, Journalism Writing, Travel Writing, Creative writing, Copywriting, Internet research, Google Analytics, Health Food bloggers, EBook’s and web design.

You may not have these specific skills and you may not want to learn them either. But there are many other opportunities that are available for the person working online as long as you have a computer and are computer literate of course.

Freelance opportunities

Now is the best time to start looking for these freelance opportunities, you can build this up over time and replace your 9-5 job so that you can live the independent digital nomad lifestyle. As long as the digital nomad lifestyle continues to grow in popularity, the number of freelance resources out there also increases in line with demand.

Freelancer websites

They are various freelancer websites that you can choose from such as Elance, Freelancer, Guru, Upwork (previously oDesk) Freelance Writing Gigs, GetACoder, iFreelance, Fiverr, just to mention a few.

In time with good content, you will build up a good reputation and will get more work; this will open a lot more opportunities as you build your reputation. Later clients will be coming to you and you can increase your prices as you become more popular.

Freelancing can be a steep learning curve but over time you will find shortcuts and better ways to work as you become more confident. Later you will probably diversify into other areas, giving a different income stream so that you can then have enough money to eventually quit your 9-5 job, and realize that you can continue and earn money no matter where you are in the world.

Achieving your goal to be a digital nomad

You can achieve your goal to be a digital nomad and live the nomadic lifestyle and enjoy yourself and get out of the rate race. Over time if you develop your business with different income streams you can sit back and relax by the beach and only do a few hours work a day, after you have made sure that your income is still rolling in even if you are taking a break.

The 4-hour workweek

Eventually, you will be able to confidently quit your day job and realize that you can continue earning regardless of where you are in the world. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection, join others who have succeeded in the 4-hour workweek and escaping the 9-5 and live anywhere in the world.

Recommending Thailand

I would highly recommend Thailand as the number one choice to see the country, the people and the culture. there is just so much to see and do and has so many opportunities that are not available in other countries.

Of course I am bias towards Thailand having been going there since 2008, it is a wonderful country and it is just so nice to get close to earth and have so much contact with beutiful animals such as elephants and buffalos which are used on a daily basis. And to go to other parts of Thailand where the animals are free to move around and see nature at its best. With so much culture and friendly people  why would you want to go anywhere else. 




Jason Pizzino is a digital nomad who is currently living and working as a digital nomad in Thailand