Live a Location Independent Lifestyle By Working On Your Laptop
Becoming a digital nomad and living a location independent lifestyle is not new. Thanks to the pandemic that saw many people having to work remotely from home, many have realised they can work online from anywhere, so becoming a digital nomad is gaining momentum. If you are one of these people and are wondering what job you could do online so you can begin a location independent lifestyle then read on. In the post I have put together the top 18 digital nomad jobs for beginners you can do from anywhere. So lets get your digital nomad life started.
What is a Digital Nomad and Location Independent Lifestyle?
Firstly, let’s confirm some terms. A digital nomad is someone who works online to make money to fund their travels around the world. Being location independent is a lifestyle. It is where you have the ability to live and work wherever you want. You aren’t tied to one location, you can move around while working online. Another term you will hear is remote work or work remotely. This is where you work for an employer but are not physically working in your employer’s office – you are working remotely in your own home, coffee shop, van or anywhere else you choose.
18 Digital Nomad Jobs for Beginners You Can Do From Anywhere
Digital nomads do a variety of jobs to make income to sustain their location independent lifestyle. The list of professions that can be done remotely which suit the digital nomad lifestyle is getting bigger every year. Here are 18 typical digital nomad jobs for beginners to get you started.
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Write and Publish an ebook
People are writing and publishing ebooks on a wide variety of topics. Once it is written you will need to design it and then be able to sell it on a variety of platforms. Most people have their own website where they sell it or they use a platform such as Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. Here’s the link to my ebook Live Work and Play in London and the UK on my website and also on Amazon so you can see what I mean.
Start a Blog and Monetise it
A blog can be a great source of passive income. Most who start a blog monetise it in a variety of ways. The most popular include writing an ebook, creating a course and offering their services. But the most popular is joining affiliate programs to make money. Basically when a visitor clicks one of your affiliate program links and if they purchase a service or product through the link, then you receive a commission. For instance, I have joined the Booking.com affiliate program. If you are looking for accommodation and click on my link on my website and book and pay for accommodation, I will receive a commission. There are plenty of affiliate networks out there. Some are run directly by the organisation like HostelWorld, Skyscanner or Amazon. Or you could join a platform that runs affiliate programs for customers like CJ and Commission Factory.
Create an on-line course
If you have specific knowledge or skill on a subject then create an on-line course. The course can be on anything like travel writing, professional development, web designing, etc. Pretty much anything really. You will need to create and structure the course and generate sales of it. Plus be around to interact with the students via email. You could market your course on your own website or through online platform sites like Udemy or SkillShare where you could have your course available.
Virtual Assistant (VA)
A Virtual Assistant assists someone who needs assisting and there is a growing need for them. Essentially you perform the role of a personal assistant and do jobs requested. The type of help you can provide can include accounting, bookkeeping, admin, customer service, database control, content creating, proofreading and editing, appointment making, etc.
Start an On-line Store
If you aren’t familiar with drop shipping or Amazon you had better get yourself up to speed. Once you decide on your product niche you can set up your store and begin selling product. Here’s how you can start a dropshpping store.
Software Programmer / Website /App Developer
These are very portable professions where results matter and not where you live or work. As long as you have the right knowledge, skills and equipment you can work anywhere. And there are many people who require software, websites and apps developed for them. Often with ongoing assistance required. So if you have skills with WordPress, Shopify, WIX, Squarespace you could find building website gigs on sites such as Upwork and Fiverr. Or post your services on social media.
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation and this is the art of optimising content so search engines can find the content. Many individuals who have websites plus organisations often seek an SEO specialist to help them up their game and stand out from the crowd. They do this by ensuring the content is fully optimised so when search engines crawl them they will rank on page 1. They do this by tweaking the content to contain certain highly searched for keywords. This ensures people find what they are searching for. That’s why skilled SEO experts are highly valuable in today’s digital environment.
Social Media Expert
Everyone needs social media marketing these days. You can easily earn a substantial living if you love using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and other social media channels. Even if you aren’t an expert in all fields of social media you can provide businesses with a social media strategy with a specific channel. For instance, if you are great at making pins you could concentrate on Pinterest stratagles for businesses. You will need to know what you’re doing if you’re looking to help others with their social media efforts as a client does want results for spending their money. But if you can build, refine, analyse and manage a client’s presence you will be a treasured part of any brand.
Freelance Writer / Content Creator / Copyrighter
Publications, both printed and electronic rely on contributions to fill the pages of their publications. Every website, ebook, email, social media post and video has been touched by some kind of writer. And the people that supply these contributions are freelance writers. No matter what genre there would be a market out there. Some people contact publications directly while others register on sites such as Freelancer and UpWork to find writing jobs. And the great thing is you can write from anywhere – while enjoying a coffee in an Internet cafe, on a train or to sitting at a table by the beach.
If you have the skills then offering your services on-line while you travel would be ideal. So if you are good at designing logos, newsletters, book covers, etc. then by all means do this to help you live the digital nomad lifestyle.
If you are a good typist you might want to consider transcription work. This involves listening to recordings and viewing video footage and writing down every word that is said. This can be in an interview setting. It can be tedious but as long as you have skills and equipment it is a good way of making money while travelling. You can find such work through transcribing sites such as REV or Transcribeme.
Teach English Online
Teaching English face-to-face in an English Language School classroom has long been a way for travellers to work and make income to further their travels. To save students having to go to an English Language School many are opting to take English lessons on-line. So if you have a teaching qualification there are opportunities for you to teach on-line. There are a number of on-line agencies that link you with students. If you don’t have a qualification check out the courses offered by i-to-i here. For more details and a list of schools to contact check out my ebook How to Teach English Abroad or Online
If you have spare time you might want to do surveys on line. You register with on-line survey sites and sit back and answer questions on products and services and be paid for your opinions. Some people make a lot of money but it can depend on how many surveys you qualify to do. If you want to know more about this read my article Doing Surveys Online.
Proofreading and Editing
There is so much written content being produced and released daily and all of it needs to be proofread and/or edited. You may hear the saying ‘you are only as good as your editor’. If somebody reads something and notices a word spelt incorrect or knows a fact is wrong then the credibility of the person who wrote it goes straight out the door. This is why it is imperative that work needs to be proofread and/or edited. To find such work you can set up your own little company and advertise it on a website to link to clients or join websites such as Airtasker where you can offer your services.
Provide Professional Services
If you are currently a professional such as an accountant, lawyer, marketing whiz you could offer your professional services. These services would be offered via the internet on your own website or through sites for freelancers such as Upwork or Fivver.
If you know another or even multiple languages really well you could find translating work. With the interaction between people from different countries there are opportunities to translate documents and even websites. Some website owners like to have their website content available in a number of languages – and this is where you could help out. Many find work by approaching employers directly or through agencies such as Gengo or Onehourtranslation. Even Upwork and Fiverr.
If you are a good typist including numerically you could find on-line data entry work. It can be pretty simple work but very manual. It might not be the most fun but it Is a good way to start being a digital nomad. The jobs available are mostly entering data into sheets, databases or websites for a variety of e-commerce, marketing and private customers. I have been doing data entry on and off for years.
Video is dominating the on-line world and video creators have plenty of opportunities to make money. Businesses and individuals are seeing amazing growth opportunities by using video marketing. That means there is a high demand for high quality video makers. And videos are required for YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other media to help brands build their presence. If you enjoy and have the skills for creating, cutting and adding effects to videos then this could be a digital nomad job for you.
The most popular software options include Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro and iMovie. You can either approach organisations offering your video services or register with on-line platforms such a Behance Jobs List, ProductionHUB, Stage32 and even Upwork or Fiverr.
How to find a Digital Nomad Job
Some people think that finding a digital nomad or remote job is hard. It’s not that hard, in fact, there are a number of ways to find a digital nomad or remote job. Firstly, decide what type of digital nomad job you want to do. Ask yourself:
- Do I want to work as a remote employee of a company?
- Should I become a freelancer and offer services? Or
- Will I start my own business and sell products?
Once you have defined the work method and the type of job you want, it’s time to find it.
- Talk to Your Current Boss
Before you begin the leg work of finding a new remote job, ask your current employer whether your job can be done remotely. If you do most of your work tasks online and have meetings and conversations with your team members online or over the phone, then more than likely, this could be an option. If it is, you could take this job ‘on the road’ and do it from anywhere.
- Freelancer Platforms
If you are planning to work as a freelancer, I suggest you register with a freelancer platform. On registering, you create your own profile listing your skills and experience and sell your services or apply for job positions. Some of the most popular job boards for remote freelancing jobs are:
Note: Competition is huge on these platforms. You will need to stand out amongst the crowd and unfortunately, start low with your pricing while you build up your clientele. These platforms also take a cut of your earnings for being the platform that has introduced you to your client.
- Online Job Boards and Remote Boards
The large job boards such as Indeed, Seek or Monster are a great source for remote jobs. Simply type in keywords such as ‘online job’, ‘work from home’, ‘remote job’ and see what pops up.
- Online Remote Job Boards
There are many online remote job boards specifically aimed at digital nomads and those who want to work remotely. Simply look for your desired job on some of the following remote job boards. There are many more than what I have on my list, if you find a really good one, I’d love to hear so I can add it to the list.
- Remote OK
- We Work Remotely
- ProBloggers – content writing jobs
- ProZ – translation jobs
- 99 Designs – graphic design jobs
- Stack Overflow Careers – programming jobs
- Transcribeme – transcription jobs
- Behance Jobs List – video creators
- Social Media Networking
Social media can be a wonderful thing. Facebook in particular has many groups like ‘Remote Jobseekers’, ‘Digital Nomads Around the World’ and ‘Virtual Assistant Jobs’ to name a few. You could literally just search for the type of job you want to do and there is sure to be a group where such jobs are advertised. LinkedIn is also good for networking and finding online jobs.
- Start Your Own Business
Starting your own business online and being able to work from anywhere is a big possibility, and many people do it. You could start a dropshipping business, write and sell ebooks or online courses, start a blog and monetise it, or design and sell merchandise products such as t-shirts, jewellery or coffee.
Once you have found your perfect digital nomad job it is time to start living your location independent lifestyle. Where will you do this? From home or another country that offers a digital nomad or remote worker visa? Where ever you decide to go I hope one, or more, of these 18 Digital Nomad Jobs for Beginners You Can Do from Anywhere will help you on your way to your dreams. I’d love to hear about them in the comments following.