Do you want to combine your Buslife passion with a career as a digital nomad? You’ve come to the right place! Our vibrant community is responding positively to recent articles in which we discuss life in a VW Bus while doing remote work:

Well, hold on. I would love to start a digital nomad career, but I don’t have enough experience or background education. This is a very common first reaction when people start thinking about remote work. While it may be true that you currently do not possess the right degree or experience, the rules of online work versus traditional jobs are entirely different. A whole world can open up once you make your first few steps in the world of freelancing. In this article, we discuss the most important approach to making that transition: Self-education.

Digital nomad career: stepping into new territory

Think of it: The digital age brings about so much change in a short period. So, what’s hot now, may not be in a year. For example, look at how fast phones become outdated. Instead, Instagram has taken over the social media space. People who studied online marketing ten years ago did not learn about Instagram. However, there are tons of people earning an income by becoming an Instagram marketer. A common trait among successful digital nomads is their constant hunger for learning, adjusting, and growing through self-education.

If you want to be an independent digital nomad – meaning, travel while working – you need to self-educate!

So, what do we mean by self-education? Merely to open yourself up to doing some (online) courses to gain mastery over a specific skill set. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of 10 online courses that can give you that creative push to expand your horizon.

1. Copywriting

Course name: The Complete Copywriting Course: Write to Sell Like a Pro

Copywriting is one of the most sought-after skills in the market place. Do you have a passion for writing, or do you want to explore this world? Copywriting is the act of writing content for the purpose of advertising or marketing-related text. The goal is to engage the audience and to sell a product or service. Check out the course to develop your copywriting skills and start helping businesses grow!

2. SEO

Course name: SEO 2020: Complete SEO Training + SEO for WordPress Websites

Are you passionate about writing? While writing itself is a common skill for a lot of people, far fewer know about SEO (Search Engine Optimization). SEO is a writing style that allows an article to rank high on Google.

3. Google ads

Course name: Ultimate Google Ads Training 2020: Profit with Pay Per Click

Google Ads is an exciting field to explore. The mix of self-education and practical experience will help you reach a decent level of knowledge of Google Ads within a few weeks. Google Ads specialists are paid quite well, so the time invested may well be worth it.

4. Facebook ads

Course name: Facebook Ads & Facebook Marketing MASTERY 2020

Social media ad rules are constantly changing. Follow the most recent course to get introduced to Facebook Ads. Similar to Google Ads, direct experience mixed with self-education is the key to becoming a Facebook Ads specialist.

5. Landing pages

Course name: Landing Page Design & Conversion Rate Optimization

A popular digital nomad job is the writing, designing, and optimizing of landing pages. Basic writing and design skills are useful, but most of the skills related to landing page work can be learned and developed through your efforts.

6. Web design

Course name: How to Design a Website on Squarespace – No Coding Required

The world of web design has changed significantly in recent years. For example, not long ago, web designers required coding skills to develop websites. They got paid very well for it, too! Nowadays, platforms like Squarespace offer pre-made templates that are both stylish and customizable. They automatically show well on mobile as well! The best of all: No coding skills are needed!

7. Newsletters

Course name: The Complete MailChimp Email Marketing Course

Newsletters are an important part of email marketing for most companies. Mailchimp is the most well-known newsletter software. Getting yourself introduced to the design and data features is a useful skill to possess, as many companies specifically look for email marketing skill sets.

8. Social media marketing

Course name: Social Media Marketing – Content Marketing Masterclass 2020

Social media marketers are needed everywhere! That’s because social media is one of the most rapidly changing fields. Staying up-to-date with trends, upcoming platforms, and learning content marketing techniques is a sure way to set yourself up for a digital nomad career.

9. Instagram marketing

Course name: Instagram Marketing 2020: Complete Guide To Instagram Growth

Sometimes it is better to focus on a particular niche subject. For example, many companies look for Instagram marketers, not all-around social media marketers. As you know, Instagram is one of the fastest-growing platforms. It’s easy to see why small and mid-sized businesses make use of it. As opposed to Facebook, Instagram doesn’t lean as heavily on advertisements. Companies can achieve great results on Instagram by posting high-quality content and using the right hashtags.

10. Marketing psychology

Course name: Marketing Psychology: How To Become A Master Of Influence

2020 will go down as the year in which businesses either increased their online presence or started offering their products and services online. COVID-19 forced many companies to go that way. As a result, marketing psychology is a skill set that is in high demand currently!

Embrace being a lifelong learner

Why should you focus on lifelong self-education as a digital nomad?

  1. Skills become outdated
  2. Your experience, expertise, and leadership is much needed
  3. Education strengthens your brain functioning
  4. You will feel more satisfied when learning something new and sharing your knowledge with others

Getting started on your digital nomad career

The information in this article might be overwhelming. However, our advice is to start small by taking some time to reflect on your interests. Once you’ve identified your interests, take a look at Udemy’s course offerings. Ready to apply for remote projects? Join Upwork now! If you need some support or if you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

Darren Van Es
Author: Darren Van Es

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