When it comes to running a business as a digital nomad, things can get super busy. Whether you’re worrying about the invoices you have to send out by the end of the week or how you’re going to get all your projects done before flying off somewhere new for a few days (where there is no way you’ll be able to get any wifi access), you’re constantly juggling your business responsibilities with your nomadic lifestyle. This is also why it’s hard to make time to read business ebooks on your tablet to getting advice and improve your business,
Luckily, there are some great podcasts out there for digital nomads, which means the next time you’re at the airport waiting for a delayed flight or going out for a walk exploring a new city, all you need to do is listen.
1. Tropical MBA
If you’re considering the digital nomad lifestyle, but you aren’t sure yet whether it’s something that’s technically possible — after all, can you really manage bank accounts from halfway across the world, or get your clients to trust you on tax advice if you aren’t living in their country? — then you’ll want to check out the Tropical MBA Podcast. Dan Edwards, the host, puts it simply: “If your entrepreneurial leap isn’t going to cause death, destitution, or dismemberment, then just jump. Because you’ll figure it out.”
The fact is, it’s estimated that by 2020 there are going to be 1 billion digital nomads in the world. It’s a number that’s steadily growing, which means it’s the perfect time to get started. So don’t wait; turn that freelancing side business into a full-time job and buy a ticket to the land of your dreams!
2. The Remote Podcast
If you’re looking for ways to get inspired or learn some lessons on running a business without a set location, you’ll want to listen to The Remote Podcast. Hosted by Victor Kung, he interviews digital nomads all over the world who have made it, discussing everything from that first online business idea they could work from anywhere to how they struggled and found creative solutions to problems to become established as digital nomads.
With so many changes in technology and the world being more connected than ever, listening to this podcast will help you decide to take the leap if you haven’t yet or stay motivated if you’re going through a hard time with your new country’s bureaucracy (probably Spain, by the way, considering most digital nomads are based there).
3. 21st Century Work Life
The digital nomad life wouldn’t be complete without, well, the digital aspect. We don’t even want to know what it was like to run a business from another country back in the time before internet, airfare sales, and hostels with free wifi. Any digital nomad is supremely grateful for how connected we are these days, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t struggles along the way.
That’s why 21st Century Work Life is such a great podcast. Host Pilar Orti interviews guests every week to talk about a variety of remote working solutions, which help with running virtual teams and flexible schedules. If you’re one of the 6 million people using Slack or running an online business with a team you’re leading, you know what a difference these technologies can make for a digital nomad.
4. Ask Gary Vee
As any digital nomad knows, having a strong online presence is key when it comes to running any business, whether that’s an ecommerce store or a travel blog. 84 percent of American online shoppers review at least one social media site before making an online purchase, which means that even if your business has absolutely nothing to do with social media, you still want to make sure you’re out there in the world of Facebook and Instagram.
What makes the Ask Gary Vee Podcast so great is that he takes listeners’ questions and answers them, which makes it a topical show. According to Aftership, “He has this amazing energy to share good and actionable tips for any business trying to leverage social media… You ask questions – obviously on Gary’s social media channels. And Gary answers them.”
5. The Abroaders
Finally, one of the most important things you want to think about as a nomad is how to save on travel expenses. After all, any money saved on flights and accommodations is money that can go directly into your business (or saving for other trips, if you’re like the average digital nomad who visits between 5-10 countries a year). That’s why you’ll want to listen to The Abroaders Podcast, which can save you on average over $900 per person, per flight. According to becomenomad.com, “Most of the topics revolve around frequent flyer points and ways of reducing your flight expenses.”
Do you have any podcasts you’d recommend to digital nomads?