"Digital Nomads" (Working abroad on Internet Marketing)?

Profile picture of the author LocoDice by LocoDice Posted: 06/07/2011
Hi folks,

I just wondered if anybody else out there is leading a similar life to me and travelling in far off distant places while keeping up their IM career. It would be great to network with some of you!

I've worked so far in NYC, London, Riga, KL, Melbourne and I am currently in Buenos Aires.

Would love to hear your stories!
#abroad #digital nomads #internet #marketing #working

  • Profile picture of the author TryBPO
    TryBPO
    We're Americans, living in Davao City, Philippines where we have our company, home base, etc. We both travel throughout Asia quite a bit, though...mostly for fun but a little bit of business mixed in! (Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, etc.) I like the Digital Nomads lifestyle because I just love to travel and make money while I'm doing it...can't beat it!
  • Profile picture of the author LocoDice
    LocoDice
    Cool! Sounds awesome, do you know any good websites that focus on the 'digital nomad' style life?
  • Profile picture of the author TryBPO
    TryBPO
    These guys have a really nice community:
    Location Independent | Live and Work Anywhere

    Cody McKibben's pretty interesting to follow, although last time I talked to him he beat me up for my social media "tactics"...ouch!
    Lifestyle Entrepreneurship, Permanent Travel & the Digital Nomad Lifestyle | Thrilling Heroics

    That should give you a couple of good places to look!
  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Andyhenry
    I'm now back in the UK and settled again but in the last 3 years I've lived in America (Boston), Singapore and been all over the world to more countries than I can remember- doing IM the whole time.
  • Profile picture of the author LocoDice
    LocoDice
    Great to see some good responses here, where do you think some of the best countries to minimise costs and have a good quality of life are?

    I've lived in Riga, Latvia and Buenos Aires, Argentina and have good things to say about both. I can live a lot cheaper in both these places than my home town of Melbourne, Australia.

    But I'd like to know what other options I have. I'm thinking of dropping into SE Asia for 2-4 weeks in July/August and wondering about tips. Anybody done Bangkok?

    I'd love to do that stereotype, sit on a beach with pina colada in hand and work on my laptop.. just because
  • Profile picture of the author allenjohn
    allenjohn
    Vietnam = $1 per bottle of Heinekin
    Paris = $15 per bottle of Heinekin

    Tough call all the very best, Allen
  • Profile picture of the author LocoDice
    LocoDice
    Haha, funny I usually go on can of coke or the price of a big mac...
  • Profile picture of the author Anonymous Affiliate
    Anonymous Affiliate
    I've been working+traveling for years. I dont do the backpacking trail anymore (did it extensively through my 20s). Instead, what I do now is to move somewhere, rent an appartment, settle in like a local, live for half a year or so, move on, etc. I've been doing that in France, Germany, Thailand, Spain, Argentina and some other places along the way.

    Nothing, NOTHING, beats the feeling of knowing that you're in full control of your next destination and your location in the world, and you can change it within the day.
  • Profile picture of the author Willie Murray
    Willie Murray
    All being well we're moving out to Thailand this year and plan to travel in Asia, from the UK.... Can't wait...
  • Profile picture of the author LocoDice
    LocoDice
    Great to read similar stories to what I'm doing. I always think that this kind if lifestyle really was not possible until very recently.

    It is funny in a way because this is what they were predicting back in the 1960's/1970's.. so called 'telecommuting'. Well for some it is happening.

    If anybody knows any beaches I can work on with wifi and that are cheap in SE Asia let me know.. I am interested in doing this in a month or two.
  • Profile picture of the author Brazilraider
    Brazilraider
    thanks for posting this question. Currently I'm living in Brazil and looking to implement some local marketing. I'm very interested in reading more about how to live abroad and make cash. I will ck out the community links that were offered.

    How about the issue that was raised with the paying of taxes. If I have an LLC in the U.S. and live abroad? any recommendations?
  • Profile picture of the author Reed Floren
    Reed Floren
    I've done this too but always found it hard to focus being in a new time zone, adjusting to food/culture, seeing the sites and then finding time to do internet stuff when I know that I may never be at that specific place ever again

    As for taxes I was away on April 15th and my accountant filed for an extension so my taxes are due in October. (I think being overseas you can get an automatic 2 month but it may be an automatic 6)
  • Profile picture of the author TryBPO
    TryBPO
    The Philippines is an excellent place for a low cost of living, beautiful beaches, etc. If you get outside of dusty, smoggy Manila, there are some amazingly beautiful places you can go. (Boracay, Palawan, Bohol, etc.) I highly recommend stopping in if you're out and about on an adventure. Locationally, it's a little out of the way, but it's a great place to check out.

    For the best tax advice, definitely speak to an accounting professional! I can tell you that it's a really good idea to set up a corporation or LLC...we have a corp based out of California and another corp here in the Philippines. As a foreigner, you can't own a business here in the Phils, so what we had to do was have our corporation in the US own 95% of the corporation here. The other 5 percent is split up between my partner and I and three Filipino placeholders.

    As an American, you're taxed on worldwide income, not just income made in the US, but there are tax breaks for those living abroad X% of the year...but, again, speak to a tax professional.
  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    hardraysnight
    i have lived in asia for much of the past 10 years, mainly china, south korea and philippines. i have worked, on a wage structure in both china and south korea

    i have successfully launched and maintained an im business pertaining to sports betting, soon to make it bigger and better and a wider subscription base

    i do not pay tax except on interest in my home country

    you forgot baguio, joe, strawberries and the best shopping in the philippines
  • Profile picture of the author Mac Wheeler
    Mac Wheeler
    I have not been home to the UK for 5 years, all I need is my laptop and an internet connection and I can work anywhere. I even managed to keep working whilst I was trekking, half way up a mountain in Northern Thailand thanks to mobile internet.
  • Profile picture of the author Superior Content Creation
    Superior Content Creation
    I've been living in Thailand for the past 3 years, and I can't get enough of it. At the moment, I'm actually visiting family in the States for the first time since i left. I've been here for 3 months, and it was great to see everyone, but I can't wait to get out there again. I'm planning on heading back in a couple weeks.
  • Profile picture of the author Apollo-Articles
    Apollo-Articles
    How do you manage the tax side of your business when being a "digital nomad"?

    I.E. Who do you pay taxes to?

    Sam
  • Profile picture of the author Simin
    Simin
    Great men.. IM really a border-less business...
    I hope some day I can do my IM business in other country..
  • Profile picture of the author flyinghammers
    flyinghammers
    What an inspiring thread. I have heard that U.S. citizens don't have to pay federal taxes on earned income as long as they are not in the country for more than 30 days out of the year.
  • Profile picture of the author JCorp
    JCorp
    Originally Posted by mkterbynite View Post

    Hi folks,

    I just wondered if anybody else out there is leading a similar life to me and travelling in far off distant places while keeping up their IM career. It would be great to network with some of you!

    I've worked so far in NYC, London, Riga, KL, Melbourne and I am currently in Buenos Aires.

    Would love to hear your stories!



    Cool man! Great job...

    Doing the same as well, but found a place to stay a bit longer to really dig deep in the culture, life, etc. That's the beauty of working online, you can choose to stay in a place for a day, or for a year and move to another place...

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