Francis Nayan on Becoming A Freelancer, Digital Nomading & Living in Budapest

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Date: March 21, 2022
Episode: WeNomad Episode 8
Title: Francis Nayan on Becoming A Freelancer, Digital Nomading & Living in Budapest

If you’re looking to create a life of freedom and fulfillment, make sure to listen to this episode of the WeNomad podcast.

About Francis Nayan

Francis is the founder of The Nomad Newsletter and has been a freelancer for many years. He created the newsletter as a platform to help other freelancers find businesses that help them live better lives on the road. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

In This Episode…

Francis and I talk about freelance copywriting and building and running a newsletter. We also discuss his plans for the future of his business, and how he intends to help others achieve their goals of living a nomadic lifestyle.

Francis also shares his experience as a digital nomad in Budapest – his thoughts on the city, its people, and the best and worst neighborhoods to live in.

Key Takeaways

  • Francis started his digital nomad journey by freelancing as a copywriter for 6 to 12 months until he had a solid income. He then gradually started traveling to places where it was easy and cheap to live while continuing to work on his laptop. Now he spends most of the year in Budapest, with shorter trips to other places, and he loves it.
  • Research is an important part of the digital nomad lifestyle. It helps you to be prepared for new situations and to find the best places to work and live. By doing research, you can save time and make the most of your nomadic lifestyle.
  • Francis Nayan’s freelance copywriting tips:
    • Always be persistent and patient when pursuing copywriting clients
    • When you’re just starting, say yes to every opportunity, even if it’s not the highest paying project
    • Keep everything you write in a portfolio so you can show potential clients your experience
    • Use any statistics or data you have from previous projects to demonstrate your copywriting skills and success rates
  • The best way to niche down as a copywriter is to choose the industries and mediums that you’re interested in and that fit your personality. Email copywriting is a great option for those who want to see results quickly (because after you launch an email campaign, it usually takes an hour to a day to get performance data).
  • Be persistent and own up to the work that you’re doing, even if you’re struggling at first. Eventually, things will start rolling and you’ll be successful.
  • Constantly strive for growth and learning. Networking with other copywriters can help keep the dream alive and inspire new ideas. Showing up every day and being intentional with the content you write about helps maintain a successful newsletter.
  • Budapest is an affordable city with a great quality of life. The city has a vibrant expat and digital nomad community, and it’s easy to make friends. The best neighborhoods to live in are the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth districts. If you have any questions about Budapest, Francis recommends joining the Hungary Expats Facebook group.

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I've been building digital businesses, wandering the world, and writing about optimizing life for freedom since early 2017. My mission is to lower the barrier for people who want to live with more freedom: whether that be as an entrepreneur, a digital nomad, an early retiree, or just as someone who wants to live a happiness-driven life.