Nomad List is a site dedicated to the rising trend of traveling remote workers, also called digital nomads: it lets people find the best places to go based on their preferences like internet speed, cost of living, weather and safety (and thousands more data points).
It's also a paid membership site where people can meet other nomads in the places they go, through the site.
I started Nomad List in 2014 as part of my goal to launch 12 startups in 12 months:
It was the ~7th startup I tried and the most successful one. I launched it on Product Hunt and it took off like nothing I made in my life before:
Like all of my products I built it very minimally. Nomad List specifically grew out of a crowdsourced spreadsheet with data about cities around the world (like cost of living, internet speed and safety) that I turned into a website:
To monetize Nomad List, I built a paid community around it, that first started on Slack:
That first year of launching something that became successful fast was amazing and also stressful, I wrote about it here:
After 5 years, I launched the 5th iteration of Nomad List, aptly called 5.0. It's now used by millions of people every month and its revenue ranges from $20k-$40k/month or ~$300k/year with a thousands of paying members.
Nomad List is built around my vision for the future of remote work, where I think billions of people in some form will work remotely from multiple countries/cities in the world while moving around to find their perfect place to live with the community of people they fit in:
P.S. I wrote a book on building indie startups called MAKE. And I'm on Twitter too if you'd like to follow more of my stories. I don't use email so tweet me your questions. Or you can see my list of posts. To get an alert when I write a new blog post, you can subscribe below: