Asking Digital Nomads What They Do For A Living (Bali, Indonesia)
By Charlie Chang
In this video, I traveled across the world to one of the biggest hotspots for digital nomads in Bali, Indonesia. I got to ask strangers a bunch of questions about what they do for a living, how much money they make, advice for others, and a bunch of other spicy questions about the lifestyle costs in Bali, business, and philosophy.
I’ve always wondered what types of people are working online in Bali, so make sure you watch the entire video because I was able to find a lot of really cool people with very interesting income streams and businesses!
I hope this video inspires you if you’re looking to become a digital nomad and make money online! My goal is to motivate you guys with success stories from other people that are crushing it, so that you can learn from their experiences and replicate their success. There is so much opportunity out there and money is flowing all around us, and I think this video proves that there are so many creative ways you can make money online nowadays.
I think being a “passport bro” and having complete location and time freedom is the best lifestyle possible – and I was truly inspired getting to visit Bali. We filmed this video in late July 2023, during my 3 week trip to Australia, Bali, Jakarta, Singapore, and Tokyo! We stayed for about a week in an epic Villa in Bali: Villa Atas Ombak in Seminyak!
Here’s what others had to say:
Bali was my dream destination for 10+ years and I’m so glad I finally got to go for a week! Thanks to everyone who talked to me for this video. It was truly inspiring to have these conversations and get a glimpse into what the Bali lifestyle is like. One day in the future, I’ll be on my own digital nomad journey 🙂
To the viewers who want to be a digital nomad someday – you got this!!! It’s entirely doable and living in places like Bali is actually quite affordable. You should be able to have an amazing lifestyle while spending 1-2k per month. Have a great day! -Charlie
I will be forever grateful to you, you changed my entire life and I will continue to preach on your behalf for the whole world to hear you saved me from huge financial debt with just a small investment, thank you Maria Reyes.
Ola’s energy is so sublime. Just about everyone featured is inspiring to listen to. You did a great job Charlie in capturing their essence and giving us some quality viewing.
Philippe, Adam, and Ethan presented with remarkable suavity and practicality, making the listening experience truly enjoyable.
Awesome, inspirational video – thank you Charlie for taking the time to interview all of the entrepreneurs. Looking forward to seeing your own future digital nomad journey.
It’s really eye-opening to see the diverse fields these digital nomads come from. I’m curious, how do they navigate the time zone differences with their clients or teams back home?
Wonderful! Here I was working for the last 20 years in the Academia. Now, I’m making the transition into something new like this. Thank you for these kind of videos because they’re an inspiration for me to go for it.
Great content, I love it! You making me wanna go to Bali to network as well as living there! Wishing you many happiness and success on your endeavors Charlie
Although it’s great that this video shows the positives of ppl working in Bali as digital nomads, I believe we should also be aware what are the negative impacts to the local communities by this influx trend, an example is one of the interviewees was mentioning about real estate ventures, foreign involvements has severely affected the market and local livelihood, take a look at Canggu and you’ll understand. My small plea to you whom wishes to go to Bali for this intention, is to do your research on the situation there and understand your wider footprint on the island before making your decision.
Nice video, I have a job that potentially I can do from everywhere in the world, but finding the companies that allow you to do that is the most difficult part. If they employ you, then you’re their slave and they lock you to go in the office, even 1 or twice a week. If you’re self-employed, finding clients that pay you every month is not very easy.
Most of them come from wealthy families and are well set off. With that said it’s going to cause a problem the more people move there, causing housing and other costs only to go up which the locals can’t afford.
Getting a fron end engineer job after a 3 month bootcamp alone is just wild to me because that’s not the standard unless she had prior relevant experiecne.
Always great to see people making money from their online businesses. For me, the best decision in my life was that I started doing dropshipping. Of course, it was tough at start, but as soon as I got good products (I am using a little bit of winnerzila as source of my products, their lifetime deal is absolutely amazing value imo), everything started to get better for me. Now I have two online stores, and I am constantly hitting over 10k per month, which is already enough for me considering that I don’t like to travel a lot.
Last thing I was expecting was an OF manager. No mom wants her son in a gang or in jail and no dad wants his daughter spreading her cheeks for strangers and his friends to see online. She said people will judge, but I’m typing this because the more people see such a career as how I typed it above, the less likely the chance my little sister and future daughter/s will get into it.
How do the locals being exploited feel about all this though? (like, really feel. It’s hard to get the honest truth from some Balinese but dig in and you’ll hear a very different tale since they’re still poor and basically exploited as servants to the mostly so-called “self-made” benefitting from family money.
Kaya should probably talk to an accountant if she thinks that’s the Australian tax rules.
Was it by choice that most of them come from first-world/western countries? I’ve always wondered if this kind of lifestyle is only possible if you come from that part of the world; earn more there, spend less here in Asia. Businesses like gemstones, cutting clothing, etc feels almost made up but I guess it works if it works.