I’m a big fan of Upwork for folks who are getting their start as freelancers. In fact, I’m such a big fan, regardless of how busy Team Impressa gets, I keep my profile up. But many struggle to make it on freelancing websites like Upwork, but there are some things you can do to actually land gigs.
I love my location independent lifestyle, but I had a recent interaction that made me really think long and hard about what defines being a digital nomad. Here’s what happened:
Lots of folks have been asking me what it’s like to be a digital nomad. And I’m not quite sure what to say.
We finally did it. We made the plunge. We went full nomad.
Some freelancers avoid platforms like Upwork and various freelance job boards because they claim there aren’t any good opportunities there. I completely disagree: there are indeed profitable posts on freelancing job sites. However, there are plenty of listed freelancing gigs that are horrendous.
If you’ve paid attention to my site, and my “I Became My Own Boss” video, you know I’m a big proponent of freelance job sites. I talk about Upwork a lot because I’ve had a lot of success with it, so I use it almost exclusively, but there are plenty of others out there too. And regardless of what some folks say, there are ample profitable, worthwhile opportunities on these sites.
Six years ago, I was perched on my tiny Italian balcony, smoking a cigarette (when in Rome!), trying to figure out how to start freelancing.
I beat the Las Vegas heat by heading up to Montréal last week. I ended up with two full days to myself (sans client meetings and traveling) to explore this beautiful Québec city that I hadn’t visited in 15 long years. And I also experienced the digital nomad’s worst enemy: connectivity issues!
Seeing the world and making money while you’re doing it sounds great and all, but it isn’t for everybody. Even many folks who’d love being digital nomads may not really be able to hack it.
I’ve met so many people who echo the same sentiments: