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How to Make the Digital Nomad Life Work When You Have a Pet You have the urge to travel, see new places, and a variety of experiences — so you've decided to hit the road as a digital nomad, and you're taking your pet with you. As simple as it might sound, this actually requires careful planning and preparation. It’s one thing to be a digital nomad, but it’s another thing to bring your four-legged sidekick with you. To help, RMDCommerce invites you to read on for some ideas about how to enjoy life as a digital nomad pet owner.
Find the Right Job Your first step on your journey as a digital nomad is to find a job that allows you to work remotely and support yourself. Start with your talents and interests. If you're an excellent web designer, you can turn this into a full-time career. If you write or edit, pull together a collection of freelance jobs and clients to stay busy.
You could become a photographer, tutor, bookkeeper, or virtual assistant, or combine several activities into a custom job just right for you. Keep in touch with your clients by email, though, and answer all communication promptly and thoroughly.
Consider an LLC
If you choose to freelance, you’ll essentially become your own boss. And with this choice, you’ll want to protect yourself and your business. Many freelancers choose to operate as sole proprietorships. This structure is simple and easy to set up, and requires less paperwork than other business structures. However, there are a few reasons why freelancers might want to consider an LLC instead.
First, LLCs provide personal liability protection. This means if your business is sued, your personal assets won’t be at risk. In addition, LLCs can help you to preserve your personal credit rating. When you form an LLC, your business debts and obligations are separate from your personal finances. Fortunately, an LLC is easy to register for when you use an online service that specializes in business formation.
Save Money Of course, you may not make as much as you would in a regular job, at least at first, so you'll need to find ways to save money. You might save on travel by using discount apps and public transportation, and you can cut food expenses by cooking for yourself rather than eating out. Spend time in libraries where you can use the internet for free as well.
Rent Smart You'll also need to make sure you're renting places you can afford and that are pet-friendly. As you look for accommodations in each new city, pay special attention to pet policies and fees. Since you're bringing your pet with you, you'll need to make sure every place you stay is safe for an animal.
Look for house-sitting positions as well as standard rentals, and be mindful of added utility costs. If you plan to work from your accommodation, check internet access strength and wireless availability so that you don't end up with unpleasant surprises and frustrations.
Keep Your Pet Healthy and Safe
As you travel and work, always remain focused on the health and safety of your pet. Before you leave, have your pet checked by your home vet, then reach out to vets in other cities for regular checkups. Keep up with flea and tick prevention schedules, shots, and medications as well.
Get your pet used to traveling by providing a comfortable carrier or restraint, whether it’s a harness, a backpack or a soft crate. Make sure you invest in durable, top-rated items that will stand the test of time with your travels. The best resource for this info is through sites that offer reviews straight from veterinarians.
Be a Digital Nomad If the nomadic work life is calling to you but you can’t stand to leave your pet behind, there are ways to make this work for both you and your fur baby. Carefully find the right job and ideal business structure. Be smart about where you stay, and always keep your pet’s health top of mind. With a careful approach, you can enjoy an adventurous lifestyle with your four-legged bestie right by your side.
Article contributed by Jessica Brody.
Jessica created Our Best Friends so others could find a place to share stories and photos of their beloved animal companions.