January 31st
**disclaimer: today’s email is made for aspiring digital nomad freelancers — so slightly different from our regular 'everybody' format.**

Yo yo yo,

Today’s newsletter is gonna be a little bit different.

Mondays are about showcasing businesses that grow your career as a digital nomad. I feature coaches, job sites, and other resources that’ve helped others grow as location-independent business owners.

Today, I’m gonna mix it up.

I’m gonna keep the same energy with the value — But I’m gonna spit some wisdom to you, myself. You see, I’ve had a fat inbox of emails, DMs, and messages from aspiring nomadic freelancers, asking me:

“How the heck do I begin my freelance journey?
How do I do it so I can travel? ”


My answer is usually pretty short.

Not because it's simple.

In fact, it’s the opposite.

The “
how do I begin” question is wayyyy too vague to answer with justice.

Especially since everyone is different, with unique paths and skills.

Today, I could give you a dozen answers. But instead, I’m gonna give you just a few tips I wished people told me.

Way back in December 2017, I was just a scrappy, hungry (literally), and struggling kindergarten teacher trying to make it as a freelancer. I was overwhelmed with info. Stuck in endless webinars.

Maybe you're in the same board?

I was freaking out, wondering if I was ever going to make a dollar freelancing.

Fortunately, I did.

And it was because of some of these points I’m about to share with you.

Check them out and I hope they help you on your nomadic freelancer journey.


What's an issue of The Nomad
without a bunch of links?

Before we jump in, here are some relevant links of me talking about working as a digital nomad freelancer.

Creating A Career As A Freelance Copywriter With Francis Nayan by The World Wanderers Podcast — Listen here.

Building A Copywriting Business With Francis Nayan by The Digital Nomad Cafe Podcast
Listen here.

Earning From Writing Emails, Francis Nayan By Join Up Dots Podcast — Listen here.

How To Make Money As A Freelance Copywriter With Francis Nayan by Expat Empire Podcast — Listen here.

How To Make $10k/month as a Digital Nomad Copywriter By Badass Digital Nomads Podcast — Listen here.


#1 Discover What Businesses Need Right Now

Even after choosing to be a copywriter…

I was still overwhelmed.

I didn’t know what kind of copywriter I should be. Email expert? Sales pages beast? Web copy specialist? I had no idea. It wasn’t until I heard that e-commerce businesses were in desperate need of quality copywriters did I niche down even deeper.

Back in 2017 - 2018, the ecommerce/dropshipping was on the rise, and most writers were using templates sold by “gurus”, leading to a filthy orgy of marketing incest with email copy.

Therefore, personalized and brand-voice heavy email copy became what I was known for.

In 2022, things are slightly different.

Email copy is still needed, but…

Perhaps, Tik Tok ad scripts are the hot thing that everyone needs.

Or compliant FB ad copy…

Or YouTube Ad scripts…

Whatever it may be, do your research to discover where industries are going and how you can provide the most value.

(whether you want to be a copywriter like me or not)

#2 Make Client Acquisition A Part Of Your Weekly Routine

I’ll be real with you, getting clients as a newbie is gonna be hard.

You have no experience. You have no results. You have no references.

But, it’s not impossible — even some of the most successful freelancers I know were once nabbing job board ads and asking for clients.

Humble times, baby!!

And the way you dig your way out of the sad and dreary client-less pit is with good ol’ dedication, patience, and making time to prospect. You can’t expect to get clients without a little internet elbow grease.

I’m talking about taking an hour or more each day to pitch, respond to job postings, create content on social media, and actually interact with business owners.

Do it today, even.

Just an hour.

Sure, you may not land that client immediately…

But you’re creating the relationships and momentum that’ll eventually lead you to better, high-paying, and quality clients.

In time, you’ll get to the point where your relationships and communication skills will have clients knocking on your door each morning — even while you’re out and about traveling the world.

#3 People Have To Know Who You Are

This slightly piggybacks on what I mentioned above, but visibility is huge for freelancers.

I’m not saying you have to be some YouTuber with 1m followers, post on IG relentlessly, or do FB Lives till your eyes bleed…

But you gotta show up, showcase your expertise, and “be” places.

Whether your ideal clients are on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter, staying relevant and staying in front of them is crucial.

Like I said, you don’t have to be a social media or content addict…

But consistent posting, networking, and getting to know people goes a long way.

Otherwise, you’re just another person pitching a client with the same offer as every other freelancer.

Show up every day and be the expert.

Let people get to know you.

#4 Start Where You Can & Work Your Way Up

I think it’s important to mention this…

But don’t beat yourself up if things start slow.

They’re supposed to be.

Only prodigies, people with crazy networks, and those with a ton of luck end up reaching those $10k/months fast.

Even then, their skill level won’t be as sharp.

Be patient with the process and enjoy every step of the way.

You’re gonna have a few hiccups, but those are just opportunities to learn.

Just keep going.

When you land your first client, use their name as a reference…

Nab any results or testimonials you can and share them with your network.

Repeat until you get attention.

Leverage every chance to learn from others, meet people, and share what you’ve learned.

Those $100/months will turn into $1,000/months and that will eventually transform into $10k/months.

Alrighty, here’s the end of the unconventional episode of The Nomad Newsletter.

How’d you like it?

If you dig more of these “content” style emails I’ll do more of them.

Hit reply and let me know your thoughts.

We’ll go back to the regular format on Friday.

Francis “Freelancer” Nayan
The Nomad Newsletter

PS: If you like this style of email, then hit me with any question and I’ll dedicate an email to it :)

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