5 Questions to Beth Williams

  • Age: XX

  • Years as a DN: 7

  • Profession: Content & Marketing Consultant
  • Nationality: Canadian/ French
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Part 24 of “30 Digital Nomad Stories: How to Work Remotely and Travel the World” is about travelling as a couple. Digital nomad life started for Beth Williams “by accident.” Taking a sabbatical time, meeting her boyfriend and starting to travel with him, finally convinced her take the step to her current job as a freelance writer for her own content and marketing consultant company. Being a digital nomad means freedom and provides her with a constant source of learning.

Why did you decide to begin a nomadic life and what does it mean to you?

You know, it kind of happened by accident. After years of corporate marketing jobs I decided to take some time out to write and reflect on my work situation. I have an international background and I met a wonderful man with a similar background who loves to travel. We started travelling together and, when my bank account started looking a little sad, I put the word out to my network that I was open to freelance work. The work started coming in and I’ve been building my network of clients for the past 3 years. My boyfriend (also a freelance) and I love being digital nomads so we’ve haven’t settled down anywhere. I can’t imagine a different life now.

What does being a DN means to me? Freedom, independence, learning and experiencing new things. I’m someone who needs freshness and change in my life – being a DN suits me perfectly. It means that I’m doing things my way, in the best possible way for me.

How do you earn an income now?

I’m a Content & Marketing Consultant, ie. I freelance. I write a lot of content for the web, do social media strategy and community management, brand development… etc. There’s more detailed information on my website: www.enlwilliams.com

What is your approximate travel budget for a year? Any tip to lower it down?

I honestly have no idea what the budget is…. it varies from year to year. Here are my tips for lowering the budget:

  • Couch-surf as much as possible
  • If you have an apartment/house:
    • Rent it/AirBnB it when you’re out of town
    • House swap
  • Collect Air Miles and use them wisely
  • Sometimes it’s cheaper to road trip (plus it’s a great experience!)
  • Look out for cheap airfare/rail deals
  • Use online tools like Skype to work while abroad (roaming charges can be brutal)

What would you consider to be one of the best tools for becoming a Digital Nomad?

A reliable, lightweight laptop with good battery life is ESSENTIAL. I personally love my MacBook Air. The second most important tool in my opinion is Skype.

Do you have any advice for those starting a DN life?

Here are some thoughts:

  • Save up and make sure you have a financial cushion in case of hard times
  • Embrace flexibility!
  • Be reliable with your clients – don’t miss deadlines. Being a DN means putting work first (after all, it’s what enables you to live the lifestyle)
  • Network, network, network
  • Know that there are trade-offs – everything comes at a price. For example, you may have less stability, less income visibility…
  • Buy clothes that are versatile and need minimal care – that won’t wrinkle in a suitcase and that aren’t dry-clean only. Buy quality – you won’t be able to fit quantity in your suitcase anyways!
  • If you think being a digital nomad is for you, then just do it! You can always change your mind later.
  • Some people will be jealous or simply won’t understand your lifestyle – don’t listen to them and surround yourself with positive individuals instead
  • DN can mean anything – there isn’t one set of rules. Build the lifestyle and travel that works for you.
  • Have fun!!!!!

Bio

After seven years with international corporations in London, Dublin and Paris, Beth left her Marketing Manager position to start working for herself. Three years later, she has fully embraced a Digital Nomad lifestyle and runs her Content & Marketing Consultancy from the road. Beth is passionate about communication, learning, eating and living by her own rules. She is fully bilingual French/English; the closest thing she has to a home is Paris. Follow her on Twitter: @enlwilliams / view her website: www.enlwilliams.com.