How I Became a Digital Nomad at The Age of 19

in #life3 years ago (edited)

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When I was a kid, I hated not being able to control my own life – I couldn’t travel alone, I couldn’t drive a car, I couldn’t (legally) work, heck, I couldn’t even stay at my friend’s place if my parents didn’t agree!

That’s why I always dreamed of starting my own business so that I could make my own money and be able to do whatever I wanted to do with my life.

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Making My Own Money at 15

Long story short, I established my first business at the age of 15, which I sold 10 months later for €7,800 to my business partner who was 38 years-old at that time.

For the next three years I continued running various online businesses ranging from a recipes website to a vintage fashion products’s marketplace to everything in between. In those years I couldn’t think about anything else other than my business – it was my work, my passion and, essentially, my life.

The day I established my very first corporation at the age of 15.

Life-Changing Trip to Malaysia

However, when I graduated from high school at the age of 19, I had a completely random opportunity to spend 2 weeks exploring Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. That experience made me realize how big and interesting the world was and I suddenly became interested in traveling.

Even though at that point I had been financially independent for quite a few years, I wasn’t really location independent as I would have to attend some conferences, meet my team members and customers face-to-face.

At that point I didn’t even know what a “Digital Nomad” was, but I realized that I could create and run an online business remotely, which would allow me to travel absolutely anywhere and stay for as long as I wished (as long as I had a Wi-Fi connection, of course).

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Becoming Location Independent

After thinking about all the different businesses I could start, I decided to establish a social media marketing agency that would provide Facebook marketing services to small businesses.

The idea was this: every small business had a Facebook fan page, but they were so busy with all the operational tasks that they didn’t have time to manage it. Even if someone did have a little bit of time, it would usually be a person who’s doing 7 different jobs at the same time and obviously wouldn’t know much about social media marketing.

That’s where we would come in.

We would create a marketing strategy for them and once they would approve it, we would start managing their Facebook fan page. We would post 3-6 times a week (write all the captions, put their logos on the photos, reply to people’s comments, etc.), depending on which payment plan they chose.

Now the best part of the whole business was that I didn’t hire anyone.

Every client worked with one project manager and one content manager, whom I would pay a monthly fee per client. Let’s say I was getting paid $250 a month for one client. I would then pay $75 a month to the project manager and $75 a month to the content manager, in which case I would be making $100 profit.

Not only that, the company would be profitable even if we only had a single client, which would, of course, be impossible had I been paying my employees full-time or part-time salaries.

The only thing I had to focus on was acquiring customers and making sure they were happy with the services we were providing.

Full-Time Traveling While Working Only 6 Hours/Week

I remember in those days I was only working 6-8 hours a week and making from $1,600 to $2,400 a month. That is not a lot of money in Western Europe, but it’s definitely enough to travel to most places around the world and that’s exactly what you need to be a digital nomad.

You don’t need a million dollars, you just need enough money and time to do anything you want to do.

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Thank you very much for reading the post, I really hope you enjoyed it!

Let me know what you would like me to post about in the comments below and follow me for more updates in the future.

Also, if you want to get real-time updates from my travels, check me out on Instagram.

And always remember...

Life's short, why waste a second?


Keep living that dream! You are a hero to a lot us who are desk jockeys. :)

Wow, you have achieved what most of us have been just dreaming about! You did it quite early which is very good. Most of us have been trapped in daily sedentary job, which howmuch every we try becomes more and more hard to come out of! Though, hopefully someday we all live the dream!

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Excellent life story, a further demonstration that age is never a limiting factor.

Yesss! Age is definitely just a number :)

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when i read content like this one, i get super inpired. You are the proof that if you really want something and you focus on that, you can get it. Since i've started travelling i've realised that my home is the whole world. I like to have a base and be settle somewhere but i also want to be free to move anywhere i want and be able to work at the same time. I'm definitely not a person that find fullfilment by working 8 hrs a day for 5 days a week. I've been working hard since i was 14 for different company and now at the age of 30 i've realised that all i did was building the business of someone else but very soon i will start to build my own one. I think that we don't need money to start a business but a good strategy. Dream BIG, start small, act NOW. Do you agree buddy? Congratulation for your post, i've really enjoyed it.

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Lovely images and very inspiring story. Impressive!

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@jacoblaukaitis Fantastic story!!! You have actually inspired many youngsters to look at their life and focus on their dreams. " Set your goals high and try to exceed them"

Keep growing!!!

Thank you very much, @jagdishb! That's exactly what I want to do with my life and it means the world to me to read this comment of yours. Thanks :)

@jacoblaukaitis I am truly delighted to see your commitment and burning desire that is needed in today's youth to make the world a better place!

Wao! You really knew where you wanted to go from 15 years old. it´s a wonderful post, I thank you very much for taking the time to tell us what your business idea was to make money online. Definitely the options are endless, we just sometimes close ourselves to the opportunities. I live in Venezuela and my dream has always been to know the world and have enough money to travel quietly, support my mother and help people get me on the road. Reading makes me feel and think that if you can. (Sorry for mi bad english)

Wao! realmente sabías hacia donde querías ir desde los 15 años. Que maravilloso post, te agradezco mucho que tomaras el tiempo para contarnos cual fue tu idea de negocio para hacer dinero por internet. Definitivamente las opciones son infinitas simplemente a veces nos cerramos nosotros mismos a las oportunidades. Yo vivo en Venezuela y mi sueño siempre ha sido conocer el mundo y tener suficiente dinero para viajar tranquila, apoyar a mi madre y ayudar a las personas que me consiga en el camino. Leerte me hace sentir y pensar que si se puede.

You can definitely do it, there's no question about it. Go for it!

This is quite revealing AND INSPIRATIONAL! It should be a " must read" for every youth especially in moderately developed nation's like South Korea and Nigeria.

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I think it's amazing that you have such drive and ambition at such a young age! The level of maturity you present is wonderful! So many people would rather just sit on their asses and get handouts than work for something they believe in and in your case, you did the exact opposite!

Not many people can say they created their own business and sold it, at all, so to have done it at such a young age is astonishing!

Definitely keep up with your passion for the things you do, you're gonna go far in life! I really enjoyed reading your post and I would definitely love to hear more stories about your life! :)

Thank you very much for the kind words, @jerr! They mean a lot to me :)

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I need this life. I am trying to work toward it. I want to travel by bike and work on the road though.

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Thats a great post without being showy offy or preachy. For someone wanting to start a nomadic lifestyle now, other than Steem,where would you suggest a good starting point is please?

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Hey @jacoblaukaitis, I follow you on Youtube regularly. I really liked the video of your motorbike ride through Khardung La India, it was crazy what you did (seriously). You really have inspired me and a lot of people who wishes to travel but cannot due to financial ties. Your digital nomad concept could not have had been a better example for it. You rock bro!!!

Thanks a lot, bro! Super happy to hear that. Are you thinking of doing Khardung-La too? :)

Yeah totally! I am looking to avoid storms though. I could never survive such harsh conditions like you did. 😠
But then again you only live once and if you do it right, once is enough. Give me a heads up if you ever decide to do it again and keep up the good work buddy! 😊

Congratulations... It's way to go

you did bro, keep it up. very nice experience of your life

Hey Jacob! I'm a digital nomad too-- been working remotely for almost 3 years now and have traveled to over 20 countries within this time. I'm actually employed though and work 9-5, which I think is pretty rare for nomads. I'd like to start up something similar to what you did with your agency but don't understand where you found your content managers that you worked with. Did you just have a bunch on deck waiting for work?
P.S. I'm brand new here! Just posted an IntroduceYourself post and am trying to get into the Steemit game :)

Your biography inspired me. Nice post. I want to say to all do not listen to people keep on in your work.

@jacoblaukaitis well awesome brother..but have you thought ever that you can do these things in this young age ???

This life span is ours, live with our own passion ,I like your courage, keep it up and grow well, and support others. Thank you for sharing.

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#KeepInspiring #KeepItIp #KeepWorkingHard :)

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Thanks man! Good to hear :)

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wow, really life inspiring, and where did you visit in malaysia?

During that first trip I spent all of my time in Kuala Lumpur, but later on I went back to Malaysia 9 times (I think) and visited quite a few different places around the whole country.

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A very successful person at a very young age. Hope you will share more of your strategies on becoming a digital nomad.

I definitely will, @torania! Thanks for the kind words :)

What an inspirational story, I'm guessing that you're on Steemit now to further increase the availability of funds on a day to day basis :)

@lpreap, I'm going to donate 50% of everything I make on social media (including Steemit) to empower more people to travel in the future. So I'm here not to fund my travels, but help other people travel more :)

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You are so wonderful, starting a business at a young age and being able to manage the risks. What you think is your future

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Sounds like the 4-hour work week by Tim Ferriss. Definitely something I'm trying to achieve myself so props to you for accomplishing it.

Yeah, I'm definitely a fan of what Tim Ferriss talks about in the book - go for it!

I bet you run into a lot of other "digital nomads" on your travels too. In my experience they tend to frequent similar places because of cost effectiveness and level of adventure.

How did you manage to keep your workforce flexible running the social media business? You had managers that would only work when you needed them but also always be available in case you did?

Well they were contracting for me. So every time I'd find a new customer, I'd make an introduction and they'd start communicating directly while I'd manage the whole thing remotely. Obviously the catch was that it would have been easy for them to cheat me and start working with those clients directly, but there are things you can do to prevent that, like providing additional value to the customers, having a close connection to them, etc.

Interesting, thanks! I'm glad you have been successful in a location independent career. I love to travel as well but am only partly independent :)

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i love the word , you dont need million dollar.just need enough money to be life easier.god beless , every body think like u. only few people understand about life. more people run to make money.when u do good job money is come need to run toward money. thanks to read about your child hood.

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I am 20 years old and I want to start my own business but don't know how.
But by reading your post I gain confidence and clarity.
Thanks for sharing.

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fantastic life you have i am too much inspire from your life you are real hero

waooo.... realmente impresionada de la forma tan ágil en que decidiste hacer lo que te gusta y sacarle provecho económicamente. felicidades... suena fácil pero no debe serlo cada quien sabe como hacer sus cosas. muchos éxitos.

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Very inspiring story ... I love it.

Cool one! Want to see more and more from you. Really, you are doing right to your life. God Bless, Enjoy...

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truly amazine story .

i have a dream to travel around the world but im afraid to make or until this year.

i become a photographer and i have become travelling photographer . and that how i make
money travelling . i starting travel from
myanmar to thailand then laos then indonesia and now here i am in vietnam.

i start blogging in steemit while after steemit approve my application when im in jakarta.

so here i am. travelling while you can because our day is getting night .


I agreed with you, freedom and travel the best memories in the life! :-D

Being independent at the age was a great initative, now you are earning and living your life comfortly and fulfilling too. Your efflrts are credible and you are doing just great

Nice post!! ^^

well done pal

what an inspiration you are! good luck for your bright future

You did it quite early which is very good @ jacoblaukaitis
Lovely images and very inspiring story. Impressive!

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That was incredible era. Full pockets of cash, travelling and feeling like a pioneer.

Hey man, Im gonna be real right now, reading your post made me feel pretty hyped up, i can understand why people want to collab with you. This kinda opened my eyes to thinking i can do this and probably better than what my buddy is doing at his company. Youve made more money than me starting out then i have in a year haha. Good to see proof of success bro keep doing you thing bro.

excelente jacoblaukitis interesante reportaje de vida.

Congratulations on achieving something that so many dream of. Was very interested to hear about how you did it at such a young age but it just goes to show that freedom is on the other side of fear hey :)

Truly inspiring, I logged on purposely just to drop this comment. Became a kid with that level of financial awareness is something very few could ever be achieved at that age.

life is definitely short to waste a second, we must embrace opportunities and do what makes us happy

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I've learned a lot reading this post!

I'm from Venezuela and in my country the young people have not dreams or expectations... I think that if everyone of us follows your example we could get out of this situation

That's a really cool story. I'm sure many of us here would love to follow the same path as you. It's pretty inspiring in my opinion.

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Your story inspires me and at the same time it makes me a bit jealous as well. I would very much like to have this kind of independency and travel the world at the same time. I am so happy for you and I thank you for sharing your amazing story in steemit. Keep it up! Cheers!!

great post! I too vibe out to the digital nomad lifestyle and think it's great we can share thoughts on a platform like Steemit. Keep up the good content friend! #Followed

Bro I really appreciate your will power to be successful in business , I am sure you ha e gone through lot hardship and sacrifice and hence today you are successful all the best bro

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