If being a digital nomad is a dream of yours, or you’re on your way to becoming one, it’s great to get some inspiration from digital nomad women themselves. You can learn all about what their lives are like, how they got their start, and all the different kinds of businesses they run. That’s why we’ve put together this collection of real jobs from real digital nomad women. Once you’ve read about how they became digital nomads, you’ll be one step closer to being one yourself!
Kyla Mitsunaga, CEO at Mental Health Company WITH Warriors
Kyla, after struggling with depression for two years and discovering that her mother had early onset dementia, realized that she wanted to work in the mental health sector. So she created WITH Warriors, providing tools, tips, and strategies for overcoming depression in the form of one-on-one sessions, retreats, group coaching, and more. Because Kyla is able to do all this online with software such as Zoom, she is able to provide these offerings online. This means a totally digital nomad lifestyle! When she is delivering her services in-person, she gets to travel.
Kyla is based in between New Jersey and South Korea when not delivering workshops around the globe. Now, during the coronavirus crisis, she travels much less–but she can’t wait until things are back to normal!
Regarding the crisis, she says:
“In terms of ‘making it,’ I feel that these unprecedented times we’re living in have been a tremendous opportunity for people. It’s giving them the chance to seek alternative healing modalities to go inside themselves because they can’t go outside. I feel I’ve been extremely blessed to have gone on my own two year inward journey. Now can offer the tools to clients that have helped me. My journey has not only helped me ‘make it’ as a digital nomad, but continues to help others through similar challenges.”
A Typical Day
A typical day for Kyla includes one-on-one sessions or group sessions in the morning over Zoom, with prospective client meetings and collaborative meetings with other businesses over Zoom in the afternoons, as well content creation and website maintenance. If she doesn’t have too much pending, she might even take the afternoon off and meet up with some other digital nomad women she’s befriended!
Janine DeVault, Pet Industry SEO Content Writer at JanineDeVault.com
Upon relocating to Mexico in 2017, Janine decided to start her content writing business so that she could work remotely. She had always loved writing, and she was already working at an office as an editor for a digital media company.
A large part of being a content writer is choosing the right niche. For Janine, it happened quite naturally. As someone who once ran a pet-sitting business, she jumped at the opportunity to write content for a major dog walking company. This company ended up being one of her first clients, and before she knew it, writing about the pet industry was her niche.
“My passion for animals and my experience in the pet industry has helped me work with many pet industry clients over the past 3 years,” she explains.
So if you need to come up with a niche, think about what you really love to write about. If there are businesses in that industry, then you’ve got a niche!
A Typical Day
A typical day for Janine involves waking up early, enjoying a leisurely morning sipping coffee and playing with her dogs. Around 10, she sits down at her desk and works on client projects until about 2 or 3. After a lunch break, she works on business admin tasks like social media engagement or lead generation. If there’s time she’ll work on personal projects, as she runs a blog on the side.
Mary Anne Terry, Copywriter, Designer, and Boundless Marketer at Mary Anne Terry
Mary Anne always knew that she wanted to travel. As she explained, “Travelling and freedom have always been top priorities. I’ve achieved them through a few different means over the last decade.”
Her career started with education. As an undergraduate, she studied Professional Writing, and afterwards, she completed post-graduate studies in Graphic Design and Digital Marketing. If you’ve been considering a class to sharpen your skills, take a page out of Mary Anne’s book and do it!
Once completing her studies, Mary Anne knew she wanted to live abroad. So she moved to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa. Once there, she worked as an SEO Writer and Digital Marketer for an online tourism company. She travelled after this, continuing to work for them as a freelancer. After these travels, I returned home to Canada, where I worked for a hospitality company.
It turned out that this 9-5 corporate job was way too restrictive, so Mary Anne negotiated a new role with a non-profit. This new job allowed her to work full-time abroad as their Director of Marketing and Communications. She travelled the world for years in this role, before taking her independence one step further by starting her own business, Mary Anne Terry. She still has the tourism, hospitality and non-profit companies as her clients, and continues to support other, new clients in the travel, hospitality and wellness areas.
Mary Anne’s career is the perfect example of how, with hard work, education, dedication, and patience, you can live your dream digital nomad life and really make it your own!
Mary Anne has lived and worked remotely in a variety of places for the last three years. How does Ecuador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, California, England, Spain, Croatia, Montenegro, and Portugal sound? She was living in Bali before COVID hit, but has returned to Canada in the meantime, where she’s been living and working from a cabin.
A Typical Day
A typical day for Mary Anne includes coffee and journaling first thing in the morning, then working out. Once she’s done with her morning routine, she dives into work. She starts each day with any client writing projects (web content, sales packs, ebooks, proposals). During lunch, she responds to emails and does admin work. In the afternoon, she moves onto either client design, experience planning, or research work, and takes client calls. After a break in the evening, she engages on social media, usually while watching a show or the sunset from the balcony. Finally, at the end of her day, she writes the next day’s to do list and journals.
By learning about these real jobs from real digital nomad women, you can see just how many possibilities there are when it comes to making it as a digital nomad. You’ve also learned the different paths that can lead you to making it in this career. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to start your digital nomad career journey!
What do you think your biggest challenge will be in becoming a digital nomad? What’s the biggest payoff? Let me know!