We’ve all read articles about those lucky digital nomads that get to travel full-time since they work online. If you’re sick of working your 9-5 while watching those lucky people post braggy statuses from beaches around the world, it’s time to make a change.

Many people get overwhelmed by the idea of making money online while traveling. After all, there are so many ways to do it, but if you’re not successful you can end up penniless, jobless, and stuck in a foreign country.

It is possible to transform your life though, and if you work hard, you’ll be able to live the kind of life you’ve always dreamed of.

Here’s how to do it:

Don’t quit your day job…yet

It sounds like a dream- telling your boss you’re done with their bad management and walking out in a blaze of glory. However this is a bad idea. Firstly, you’re going to need to build up a safety net of funds to keep you going as you transition into a full-time traveller. That means you can’t quit just yet.

You also don’t want to burn your bridges at your current job if you can help it. If your job is able to be done remotely, it’s a good idea to approach your boss, let them know you’re thinking about leaving, and try to convince them that you can do your job just as well from Bali as you can from Boston.

If this isn’t an option, you’ll need to keep your 9-5 while you work on your side hustle. ideally, you’ll take this side hustle full-time when you quit.

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Multiple income streams

The most successful digital nomads have their fingers in lots of pies. That means they’re making money in various ways, and combining them to ensure they have a liveable income. How does this work? Firstly, you need to find a few things you’re good at, that you can do from anywhere.

Some people like to gamble online, and you can check out betting top 10 for some good opportunities. This is a fun way to make some money, but you may want to combine it with freelancing, launching an online business, selling a digital product (ebooks, courses etc), coaching, and more.

Get serious about work

While you may be seeing photos of people working on the beach, most digital nomads would rarely work this way. Firstly, the glare of the sun on your screen is not conductive to working. Secondly, where will you plug in and charge your laptop? The majority of people who are working and travelling actually have set schedules.

Some may get up early and work hard for five hours in the morning, before hitting the beach or exploring in the afternoon. Others may work all day in a coworking space, and spend time checking out their new location in the weekends.

If you’re going to be successful and make money while travelling, you’ll have to prioritise work until you can afford to have a real four-hour work week.