A real digital nomad? Nothing is as inspiring as meeting real people, living the life that you’re dreaming of.
Find out how they did it!
This week we meet Digital Nomad Rui Ludovino
Please tell us a bit about yourself
I’m 51 years old, from Lisbon, Portugal. I’m an Olympic Judo Player and I’ve been in the Portuguese National team for more than 10 years. I’m a system engineer, and have been working from home since September 2002.
What motivated you to pursue a life as a digital nomad?
In fact, I was kind of pushed to do it. The computer company I worked for in Lisbon was not doing very well and I was looking for a new way to make money.
One day I came across a newspaper advert which said “earn extra money online”. I requested more information and was introduced to network marketing.
In my first 6 years, I used online marketing to build my network marketing business. Later, I got involved in other niches and my business greatly expanded.
Did your friends/family/colleagues think you’d gone crazy? Were they supportive?
Some of my
Thankfully, my parents were very supportive. They told me “if that’s what you want, go for it”
What is your current job and location?
I work for myself.
My main income comes from my network marketing business (which I am not developing right now).
But, I have several streams of income from affiliate offers I am promoting and recurrent ones I promoted in the past.
My main tool for marketing is email marketing (that I`ve used since 2002), but I combine it with social media (mainly Instagram and Facebook).
Where do I live? Well…In the last 11
I lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a few years. Then in Kiev – Ukraine, after that in Sao Paulo – Brazil. I went back to Lisbon for a while and then I lived in Moscow – Russia.
Right now I don`t have a base. Four months ago, I left my apartment, put all my belonging in a garage and started to travel the world.
Right now I am in Colombia, and I think I will be traveling until Christmas 2019 (12 more months) before going to see my parents in Portugal.
What do you struggle with most when you work and travel?
I am a very positive person, and I think this helps a lot.
I always focus on solutions, and then I am not too distracted by my struggles too much.
I think my main
…so I have had to become much more organized and now I always make sure to check what the internet speeds are like being choosing to travel to that city or before booking a certain hotel.
How did you get into this line of work? Do you think anyone can do it?
As I said, I didn’t look for it, was a necessity.
Many people, through the years, have asked me how or if it is possible for them.
In fact, for many years I have been helping and mentoring thousands of people to start and evolve their digital careers.
I truly believe that everyone has the potential to do whatever they want to.
So, yes anyone can do it!
What advice would you give to anyone who wanted to start out as a digital nomad?
My advice is this:
– Get yourself a mentor – Usually, a mentor will be someone that went through the process and know what you need to do to start your online career. You can find a mentor who is knowledgeable in your field of work.
– Be teachable – Many people buy training courses, get mentors, go to seminars etc but then they don’t apply what they have learned or been told. Too many people think it is an easy life, but it is not, and to start with, you will need to put in a lot of hard work.
– Study every day – Things are always changing and so you need to keep up to date with the best tools and strategies out there.
– Be consistent – After you have made a plan, you need to be consistent and work every day towards your goal. Managing your own time and
When I feel lonely…I go out there and meet other people (usually travelers).
My favorite digital nomad location is… anywhere with good weather and preferably near the beach.
The one item I always pack is … my credit cardM
In 5 years time, I want to be with someone I love doing exactly the same things I do now.
My all-time favorite quote is “Don’t ask for fewer problems, ask for more skills” – Jim Rohn
If you’re curious about Rui Mentoring Program, you can find out all the details and apply here to join and learn more about starting a digital career.
“This guy makes magic happen! If you want to create freedoom in this industry you got to study and you got to partner yourself with mentors who know how to get to the next level and Rui can be that mentor for you.” Jonathan Budd – Powur CEO