digital nomad career

10 Courses to Get Your Digital Nomad Career Started

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: Stepping Into New Territory

Think of it: The digital age brings about so much change in a short period. What’s hot now, may be out of the picture in a year. Look at how fast phones become outdated. Or think of Instagram, which 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!

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. Not too 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

All around the world, social media marketers are needed! 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. Many companies look for Instagram marketers, not all-round social media marketers. Instagram is one of the fastest-growing platforms, and 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. A quick course will help you get started!

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 and 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

Digital Nomad Career: Getting Started

As you absorb all the information in the article, it is important not to get too overwhelmed. Our advice is to start small by taking some time to reflect on your interests. Once you’ve identified your interests, then take a look around 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.

Reduce your waste on the road

How To Reduce Your Waste On The Road

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For those of us who love adventure, living on the road in a VW Bus is an opportunity. It’s a chance to escape the humdrum of everyday life. However, this doesn’t make us exempt from living a more sustainable lifestyle. A big part of the Buslifers dream is feeling closer to nature. However, with that, there is a responsibility when it comes to how to reduce your waste on the road. Today 99% of everything we purchase is disposed of within six months, and over two billion tons of waste is produced worldwide every year.

With this shocking statistic in mind, it emphasizes that individually, we are tiny cogs in the wheel. However, imagine the significant difference Buslifers could make if we all strive towards living a low-waste life on the road.

Here are our four simple steps for how to reduce your waste on the road.

No To Single-Use

Avoiding single-use items is a pretty self-explanatory waste reduction tip. However, when we start to incorporate reusable products in our lives, it doesn’t take long to discover how much of what we use is disposable.

Carrier bags are an obvious example. Most of us are guilty of having reached for one whilst picking up essentials at the store. However, did you know that the inventor of the plastic carrier bag never intended for them to be single-use? It’s sad to think of plastic bags clogging up our planet, especially when it’s so simple to stop their invasion. A foldable shopping bag is ideal for keeping onboard your VW Bus, as are mesh produce bags for trips to a local market.

Other single-use culprits that you will be familiar with include, plastic dinnerware and straws. As well as cotton buds, face masks, takeaway coffee cups and sanitary products. The good news is that there are plenty of reusable alternatives available on the market, including these VW Bus enamel mugs that we love!

If you’re looking at ways to incorporate reusable products into your everyday Buslife, you will also want to check out our article on how to stay hygienic on the road.

Recycle & Repurpose

When you become a Buslifer, one thing you quickly discover is how to make do and mend.

Recycling your waste is your quickest and easiest place to get started and you could even consider composting your food waste with this compact folding food waste bin. Disposing of your recycling may require some prior planning, but most campsites do offer disposal facilities.

Repurposing is another excellent way to ensure everything you purchase enjoys a second life. Storage is always a talking point for Buslifers, so why not try turning an old shampoo bottle into a phone charger holder. You can also repurpose old clothes that would otherwise end up in the bin when you turn them into cleaning rags.

Avoid Packaging

If you’re striving to enjoy a low-waste life on the road, then like us, unnecessary packaging is going to make your blood boil.

Buying produce without packaging won’t always be possible, depending on where you travel to. However, choosing products that aren’t wrapped in plastic and switching to those that are zero-impact, such as Dr. Bronners can help us make a big difference in the long run.

Whilst on the road, look out for local farmers markets. Eco stores that offer unpackaged food and larger stores that stock fresh loose produce are great too. Don’t forget to take the reusable shopping bags we mentioned earlier!

Make & Grow

We know space is tight as a Buslifer. But, there are some easy ways to cut down on your waste by making and growing produce onboard your VW Bus.

Health and beauty products are an ideal place to start with many of the ingredients being store cupboard staples and easily attainable. If you’re also an avid forager, why not try some of the simple recipes in this bestseller, The Hedgerow Apothecary, that will help you blend your own plant-based natural remedies wherever you’re staying.

A vegetable garden is out of the question as a Buslifer, but fresh produce with zero food miles is possible! Keep it small by growing your own selection of herbs and micro veg on the road. You can also put supermarket food cartons through their paces when you reuse them as growing containers.

Are you feeling fired up for a fight against the enormous environmental impact waste has? The first step as a Buslifer is to commit to reduce your waste on the road. There is no doubt that it takes time to implement a sustainable routine, but by instilling habits that are kinder to the planet, the more positive our impact.

Looking for more top Buslifer tips? Check out our article featuring the Top 12 Travel Essentials.

Live a sustainable VW life

Live a Sustainable VW Buslife

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With more of us striving towards an environmentally friendly lifestyle, a question for many Buslifers is… How sustainable is my VW Bus? Now, driving across the globe is going to hurt our planet. However, in comparison to living a luxurious lifestyle in an average home, your chance of achieving a smaller carbon footprint is easily within reach. It’s time to live a sustainable VW Buslife!

Here are just a few ways you can work towards enjoying the Buslifer dream, while living sustainably, on the road.

Choose Sustainable Materials

If you’re taking the plunge and doing some DIY to your VW Bus, be sure to consider the materials you use. If it’s wood you’re after, visit a salvage yard and for soft furnishings, see what you can pick up second hand. By repurposing where possible, you’re helping to keep items out of landfill. It’s also a thrifty way to give your VW Bus a quirky look. For more renovation tips and tricks, click here.

VW bus interior

Go Solar

Looking to go off-grid in your VW Bus? You’re going to want to get some solar panels fitted. There are plenty of options out there to suit your requirements. Choose from installing panels on the roof to portable, fold-out panels. Solar panels will allow you to power personal electronics. But for power-hungry appliances such as fridges, it’s worth connecting to a power bank that will act as a generator or adding a leisure battery, which will store the energy from the solar panels. In addition to the leisure battery, you will need an inverter to plug in the fridge. There is an initial investment to consider when switching to solar power. However, it’s cost-effective in the long run with the added benefit of avoiding non-renewable energy.

Save Water

Without the luxury of running water, being cautious about over-consumption is something that’s on the mind of all VW Bus owners. However, saving water is easier said than done, and it’s worth taking some time to devise a water-saving system. It could be as simple as having a bottle to save any remaining water when you do the dishes. Or go one step further and install a manual water pump.

Being mindful about water consumption is incredibly important when you’re on the road, but so is staying clean and healthy. If you’re new to the Buslife, read our advice for staying hygienic while on the road.

Live The Slow Life

As we mentioned, the most significant element that is going to let a VW Bus owner down when it comes to sustainability is fuel consumption. Get used to living life in the slow lane to save fuel and plan your route to avoid any long detours. Also, rather than travelling far and wide, sit back and enjoy the view for just that bit longer. For a happy and positive wellbeing, it’s all about slow living.

If you find yourself staying an extra night somewhere, check out our article on how to find an overnight parking spot.

VW bus drivers seat

Be A Conscious Consumer

Although it’s great to try and buy less, there are times when we need to get our wallets out. Price is an essential element when making any purchase. However, instead of prioritising the best deals, be a conscious consumer and consider the longevity of a product, the materials used and a brands ethics. For a little extra help when it comes to shopping ethically, check out the rankings of some of the world’s leading brands via The Good Shopping Guide.

Leave No Trace 

Leaving no trace is a crucial Buslife motto. Remember to dispose of waste correctly and leave areas free of rubbish. Respect wildlife and leave any artefacts that you find for others to enjoy too. Visit the Center for Outdoor Ethics for more information on protecting our natural environments.

By following these simple rules, you and your beloved VW Bus are well on your way to becoming eco-warriors.

If you’d like to do even more to help our planet in your quest to live a sustainable VW Buslife, you could also consider offsetting your carbon footprint for every tonne of CO2 you emit while driving. Other lifestyle changes include shopping locally (which most of us do anyway while living on the road) and reducing the number of animal products you consume by making the switch to a vegetarian/vegan diet.

 

Are You Ready For A Sustainable Buslife?

Yes you are! We all are and being sustainable isn’t about being perfect, but taking the steps we can with the tools we have. Do you have any other sustainability tips for Buslife you would include here? Let us know in the comments.

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The Buslife And Remote Work: The Perfect Marriage

If you haven’t yet considered starting a freelance career, or if you’ve been thinking about, this article is a must-read! Remote work, also known as freelancing, is more accepted and available than ever. As a Buslifer, the main benefit of building a freelance career is that you can work while traveling! In fact, you can decide your own working hours. Sounds like a match made in heaven, right?

The Freelance Boom

The demand for remote workers has grown rapidly over the past few years. A major trend is the increased digital presence of businesses around the world. This has led to a demand for specific skills that are relatively new in the marketplace.

Examples of such specific expertise include:

  • Facebook Ads
  • Google Ads
  • Social Media Management
  • Copywriting
  • Web Design
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Graphic Design
  • Video Animation
  • Photography
  • App Development
  • Project Management

While freelancing was already booming, the COVID-19 pandemic has opened up a whole new chapter. Companies have been forced to let their staff work from home if possible. This unique experience may well be a lasting one. In short: This is the time to build your freelance presence!

Self-Education is Key

Think about your expertise, past experiences, educational background, and interests. Is there anything that stands out for you? Perhaps you are interested in writing. One of the high-demand freelance jobs is website copywriting.

Even if you don’t have the right experience, self-education can bring you very far. Self-education is essential because the digital world is constantly changing. If you want to be a successful remote worker, you need to evolve your skills. Therefore one of our main tips is to continuously educate yourself. Even if it’s just a few minutes per day. This could be reading an article online or following a Udemy course.

freelancing on upwork

Get Started On Upwork

Did you know that the Buslifers workforce consists of freelancers from all over the world? Most of our team members have been hired through a platform called Upwork. We highly recommend you check it out and create a profile. Upwork is by far the most popular freelancing platform in the world.

Some of the key benefits of Upwork

  • Create several specialized profiles to highlight different skills
  • Large database of jobs
  • Guaranteed payment through Upwork’s Escrow system
  • Get paid by the hour or opt for a fixed price
  • Dispute mediation for freelancers
  • Get more profile views and job offers by obtaining a top-rated status

If you’d like to, we can dive deeper into the Upwork platform in a separate blog post. Let us know in the comments!

4 Other Remote Work Platforms To Check Out

We do not have direct experience with other freelance platforms. However, here’s a list of four popular websites you may want to look into:

Are You Ready To Dive In?

This is a time of great opportunity, especially for Buslifers around the world. It is possible to live a simple life and to travel while earning money. In fact, it has never been so easy. Has this article awoken your interest? What is your dream career? Let us know if you’re ready to give freelancing a try.