We are very lucky to have a growing community of passionate digital nomad girls all over the world. The best part of having this blog for me is the opportunity to meet like-minded women and secondly – the opportunity to share, help, talk and support each other on the challenging (but exciting!) path to balancing travel and remote job. So, meet Simone Moelle from Denmark who shared her experience of quitting the corporate world to do what she loves and enjoys most. The interview has some valuable tips that we hope you will find useful. Enjoy!
Please tell our followers about your background (background, country, age, education, hobby).
My name is Simone and I’m a 28-year-old travel loving girl from Copenhagen, Denmark. I have a master degree in IT and Business from the IT-University of Copenhagen. My hobbies and passions are traveling, fashion and food and sharing it all with my audience on my Instagram, Blog and now also Youtube Channel.
Why did you choose digital nomad lifestyle? What was the turning point to go freelance?
Before I met my boyfriend around a year ago I thought I was going to be a hardcore businesswoman climbing up the latter in the corporate world. He, however, showed me the world and the joy it is to go off the beaten track. So, where my Instagram (@simonemoelle) and blog (www.simonemoelle.com) beforehand was very business and fashion oriented, I have now shifted more towards traveling, but with a fashionable and feminine touch. About 6 months ago I got super depressed and felt burned out. My boyfriend has always been super supportive and asked just the right questions that made me realize that I needed to do something else with my life. So, about a month ago I quit my job and become a full-time influencer as well as Social Business Consultant. I now love what I do and love inspiring other women to dare chasing their dreams.
What it’s like to be a travel blogger, business woman and digital nomad girl on the go? How is your typical day looks like?
It’s fantastic! I have never been happier, but one thing I realized is that it also can be super lonely sometimes. And if you are like me, you constantly have to struggle with self-doubt if you aren’t growing as planned or didn’t earn as much money as you hoped for. But the freedom and the opportunity to work 100% with what you love is worth it! My days start like most others, I wake up around 7 and make coffee for me and Mark, I upload my daily photo to Instagram around 8 (at the moment I’m testing to see if it’s better to post in the evening) and then work on content for my social channels. I promote my content on various social platforms, check my emails, have meetings – so my workday pretty much look like a workday similar to most other business owners.
The only thing is that I’m not selling a product but “me and my universe” so to speak. At the moment Mark and I are traveling at least once a month before our HUGE adventure in Autumn where our life will go through a drastic change – Uh uh uh… What cliffhanger, right guys?! 😉
Many girls who are just starting out are scared to quit their regular 9-5 jobs and balance remote work and travel. What advice can you give to them? What advice would you give to yourself back when you were starting out?
Set a goal like “in 6 months I WILL move to Bali” and put it up on your wall or somewhere where you can see it all the time. Starting writing down how you will achieve the goal, make a (business) plan and start the research and find communities with like-minded people that can help answer your questions. It’s not that difficult actually but planning ahead can take away a lot of frustration! … And if it doesn’t go as planned simply be proud of yourself for daring to do what most people don’t!
What is the most fun/coolest place (or thing) you have done or visited in the last year?
My trip to Iceland was an eye opener and something that kickstarted my wanderlust! Iceland is like nowhere else in the world… I also don’t forget when Mark and I went exploring in the ghost hotel of Bali. It was so scary but at the same time one of the most fascinating places I’ve been to in a long time. Uh, and when we went hiking around Lake Eibsee in Bavaria. It was so peaceful and tranquil! As you can hear there are many beautiful places around the world so it’s hard to pick just 1.
Mention 3 unusual things you can’t travel without =)
One of my many designer bags – they are completely useless but I’m a fashionista to the bone and love a touch of luxury 😉
My pillow – I can sleep anywhere as long as I have my own pillow … I guess the rest is pretty standard haha!
How do you cope with many challenges of being a remote worker? For example, health issues, fitness, financial instability. What worked for you and what did not?
As I still have my home in Denmark and don’t live 100% as a digital nomad (yet) I still have a lot of security. But I think the biggest challenge for me is when I travel as much as I do it is hard to build up a routine. I never know where I am 2-3 weeks ahead, I can’t build up a fitness routine in the gym and my home isn’t as nice as other people my age because I choose to spend my money differently. It’s total first world problems and as there aren’t much to do about it, I simply try not to be too hard on myself.
From your experience, what are the best cities and countries for solo digital nomad girls and couples?
Looking at it from a financial perspective ( and the good experiences you get!) and would say Asia and Eastern Europe. The latter is still totally up and coming and not many tourists go there yet (compared to other countries) so you really can get a lot for your money. E.g. My trip to Budapest was as magical as going to Paris but for 1/3 of the price!
What social media advice can you offer to freelancers and digital nomad girls? Especially if their goal is to get new clients through social media channels.
Nurture your network online and offline… As I just come from the corporate 9-5 world I would still say Linkedin! As a freelancer, you have to position yourself as an opinion leader in your area and people will look to your CV on Linkedin for your experience, and relevant articles you’ve written/shared etc.
As you have a lot of experience in influencer marketing, we really wanna ask this – do you think that digital nomad girls can successfully use influencer marketing for self-promotion(for example) or other objectives?
I would say yes! Influencer Marketing CAN be extremely effective if done right, but for it to work you need to have a clear idea of who you are, what your story is to the world and most importantly have some freaking amazing content on your owned channels which is what capture people. Far too many businesses think that they will make millions if one big influencer mentions their but it doesn’t work like that (anymore). You need to have a much more nuanced strategy in place. And be patient as you don’t become a success on social media overnight.
We hope you enjoyed the interview as much as we did! Don’t forget to comment, ask questions and connect with Simone via her social media channels (her travel pics are seriously one of the best ones!)
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