The Digital Nomad trend is the hottest trend in the entrepreneurship community.
A lot of you are probably wondering “what the f**k is a digital nomad?” which is a great question that I can answer (not right now).
This article will explain exactly what a digital nomad does, the visa situation for digital nomads in Vietnam, and if being a digital nomad in Vietnam is worth it.
What this guide won’t tell you is how to become a digital nomad. There isn’t a step-by-step guide to being a digital nomad. I mean, there are already lots of guides that suck. Go read one of those.
You gotta find the way yourself. No handholding with this.
Sorry, not sorry.
With that being said, this article will provide some details on the more nitty-gritty details and lifestyle choices.
Now that we got that out of the way we can go over the process of becoming a digital nomad in Ho Chi Minh City.
The first step to becoming a digital nomad is to work online. Hard to make money on a computer in a café if your job involves hammering nails all day. So, what kind of work can you do online?
Virtually any kind of work that does not require your physical presence. Some examples of work include affiliate marketing, blogging (don’t do this), web design, programming, playing online poker, and freelancing on a platform like Upwork or Fiverr.
Others include flipping concert tickets or operating an international import business. With enough creativity, you can do almost any career path online.
Where to Work?
You can work anywhere with an internet connection.
Cafes, coworking spaces, or working in your apartment are all good options. I usually choose option number three because I don’t have to wear pants.
Keep in mind, you have to take internet security super seriously while working online. Check out these tips for staying secure online.
On Co-workng spaces
Co-working spaces are often filled with digital nomads… that pretend they’re working, but really spend more time talking about their hot new SEO strategy. Or figuratively jerking each other off.
They might actually jerk each other off. I haven’t seen that, yet.
However, they are decent places to network and stuff. I don’t know, I tried working at one because I had a free pass, and I didn’t like it. Your results may vary…
Working In Ho Chi Minh City Cafes
Cafes are great for getting work done.
The easy part of cafes?
Ho Chi Minh City has a café on almost every block.
The hard part? Cafes in Vietnam think they’re a nightclub on Bui Vien and blast Top 40 music all day.
Really though, cafes are decent for getting work done. They’re cheap, have comfy chairs, and there are cute girls working there. Plus, it gets you out of the apartment.
I like working at a cafe. Unfortunately, you have to wear pants at a cafe.
Visas For Digital Nomads in Vietnam
Not sure about other nationalities, but renewing a visa in Ho Chi Minh City is fairly straightforward for Americans. You take a bus to the Cambodian border, get a new stamp, and return to Saigon. It costs $70 and takes a day. Sounds easy?
This is Asia. Nothing is easy without paying lots of bribes. Also, Cambodia and Vietnam both issue full page visas with two stamps. Your passport will fill up fast, so make sure to keep an eye on that.
Don’t worry, you can show off your full passport to other travelers.
Is Being A Digital Nomad In Saigon Worth It?
It’s worth it for some people. Know that you will be giving up lots of things to make it work.
You have no safety net. You might not have a steady income (or any income).
Your income will fluctuate (or go to zero). Hooking up with cute Vietnamese girls is fun. Though, building meaningful relationships for many nomads is difficult.
As for me, I find it kind of fun. It does get lonely sitting behind a computer doing business stuff all day. Not sure if it’s for me if I’m being 100% honest.
For all the digital nomads, is life as a digital nomad fun?