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Riley Bennett: This Digital Nomad Can Teach You How To Work & Travel

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.

“I’m a true minimalist. Over the years I started to naturally carry less and less. It’s just easier! I carry 1 suitcase and 1 backpack with me around the world – with virtually everything I physically own inside! The StickyWallet just made sense to me. I’d seen other phone wallets out there, but none were optimized. So we created a better one and launched our own,” he states.

Riley is a creator of digital products as well.

“I also create video courses because my Youtube subscribers ask me all the time about things like how to sell on Amazon. So I created an advanced course called The Amazon Method to break it all down step-by-step” Riley points out.

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

“It started off with having a deep desire to travel after college. After a short trip to Thailand with Parker and 3 other friends in 2013, the travel bug hit us. From there, I got on YouTube and figured out how to make long-term travel possible. The top two Youtubers that inspired me then were Jubril of PassportHeavy and Johnny FD of Travel Like a Boss Podcast, both of whom are friends now and have been on my podcast” Riley shares.

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.

“Mindset is very important. You have to believe that you can do it before you do it. In addition to this, I have a list of five life hacks that helped me become successful as an e-commerce entrepreneur and remote-professional: have a team, watch YouTube instead of TV, find someone to help you who has already done what you are trying to do and living the life you want to live and ask them for help, and lastly, you just have to want it really bad.” Riley advises.

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.

As Riley enjoys the success of location-freedom and financial-freedom from his online-based businesses, he has the option to do what he wants, when he wants, where he wants. “That’s what it’s all about!”, he says. Talk about living the dream!

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.