Digital nomads are people who telework full- time. That is–they work from wherever – their home, a coffee shop, a foreign country, anywhere. Digital nomads tend to make a living in the digital marketing industry. This type of job is becoming a trend as the world becomes more digital. But not all digital nomads are successful, as it’s not easy to make it full-time as an independent!
Riley Bennett is one of the most popular digital nomad YouTubers out there. I’ve been following his travel vlog for a while now. He has been a full-time e-commerce entrepreneur since 2015. As a digital nomad, he lives most of the year abroad and visits his hometown of Seattle, Washington in the Summers.
Riley runs 3 digital businesses: a physical product brand based on Amazon, an Amazon Marketing Agency called AmzElevate that helps brands launch and optimize on Amazon, and a YouTube channel that he started in 2016 to document his life as a digital nomad.
What’s really cool is Riley runs his companies with Parker, his best friend since 3rd grade – they live & work remotely together as location-independent entrepreneurs.
One of their most recent successful products on Amazon is called The StickyWallet – a minimalist stick-on wallet made of spandex that sticks to the back of your case, with a metal ring attached that doubles as a finger grip and a kickstand to prop your phone up next to your computer while working.
Riley is a creator of digital products as well.
For those who ask him about how to break into this remote style career, Riley also recently launched his “Digital Nomad Beginners Course”, where he shares everything that he’s learned over the years. Including how different business models work that he and his nomad friends use to make a great living remotely – and all the “life hacks” that he’s learned to make a quicker transition from a regular job to a successful remote career.
When asked how he got started in all this
Now that he has over 50K+ subscribers on his YouTube channel, and an up-and-coming podcast as well, Riley can sit back and reflect on his journey. For example, he shared the importance of mindset when starting a business.
So what’s next for him? Riley says it is continuing to post fun and educational videos on his YouTube channel Livin That Life, while he traveling the world with a camera crew. As well as continuing to create more advanced courses on whatever his audience asks to learn.
Since he has multiple sources of passive income, he is able to work on his passion projects, like his YouTube channel, where he’s able to express himself and share what’s possible in this new-age “Career 2.0” digital economy, while sharing expertise and knowledge with the world, to help more people make this life a reality if they want to.
What’s awesome that Riley is not only excited about living this type of lifestyle he’s created for himself, but also very passionate about helping others make it a reality as well. “I was there just 4-5 years ago, working the 9-5 job in corporate sales. Then I made the simple decision that location-independence was for me, so I started watching YouTube videos on digital marketing, bought some advanced courses and put my head down and worked on my side hustle night weekends until it was time to blast off! It’s possible, folks!” Talk about motivation! To learn more about Riley, check out his blog here.