The life of a digital nomad is something of an enigma.
We all hear about those people who somehow were able to build a career online and live in a different country every month.
Well, not so much.
Unlike the real world, the internet world has endless opportunities.
If you are earning money for a blog or selling items it doesn’t take away from other people’s blogs or selling items. Unless of course, you have a competitive product but that relies more on quality than the competition.
Personally, I’ve used multiple avenues to earn a passive income online.
I don’t put as much effort into it as others, therefore, I’m not a millionaire backpacking to Bora Bora.
I study full time so while I could choose to be location independent, my career requires me to be in Oz for at least 9 months of the year.
The other three months I spend travelling.
This works for me personally as I want to spend time with my family and my cat.
How about you?
Top 5 Digital Nomad Jobs
IT – programming and developing
This is a skill that you must have some passion for.
This is hard work and takes some time to get a grasp on.
There are multiple avenues with programming and developing that can get.
Jobs such as front end developing, software testing and website developing can sustain you very well as a digital nomad if these are skills you learn or have.
This one is a little more niche.
While it may seem like everyone who is literate can write, it’s not as easy as it seems.
Your content must be new, creative and actually helpful.
If you’re a blogger and you’re regurgitating content, the search engine’s crawlers will ignore you.
If you’re a content creator there are dozens of jobs per minute on jobs boards like the ones listed below.
The trick with this is you may have a particular style of writing and until you have some work behind you, new clients won’t be willing to jump in with your style.
If you have experience and natural style, writing will be very lucrative for you. Every site, every page, and every ad needs a writer.
This one also requires training and passion.
These days sites like Fiverr sell off graphic designers and promise job after job when in reality they create a hostile space where competition stifles creativity.
You’ll end up underpaid per job if paid at all and no ongoing work.
Upwork and Airtasker are equally poor quality for digital nomads.
Building your own client base once you have the skills and a portfolio will leave you with endless work.
Set yourself up with a landing page and utilize social media.
The first few gigs you may get from cold calling, or you might plunge in and get a whole bunch of responses from Gumtree or Facebook ads.
This one is kind of an outlier.
There is always money to be made with e-commerce.
If you have something to sell, someone will buy it and it doesn’t have to be a commodity.
People sell macramé sticks and wool for over $300 AUD on Etsy.
Find a skill that allows you to create things and stuff, make sure it will make you a profit and won’t take up too much of your time.
You need to be prepared for a large amount of demand. If you are handcrafting items, make sure that if it’s a lot of work creating, it sells for enough to sustain you until you can create more.
Either way, try and make sure that what you’re selling is not going to create too much of an environmental impact.
The more sustainable your items are, the more likely you’ll be able to sell them for longer.
Teaching a language is a gift.
It can be hard work and you may need to be grounded enough o have regular sessions but all of this can be done online.
If you hold a teachers accreditation that’s even better.
There are dozens of companies that will take you for a ride and won’t actually help set up classes.
Most sites require you to pay to be listed.
The most successful gigs for language tutors are the ones that are self-advertised.
The only issue you will find with this gig is you may be less able to be location independent if you have set times.
Top 5 Bullshit Jobs
It will work, to begin with. The best sites are Pureprofile and Octopus group.
After the first $100 it eases off and you get kicked out of surveys before completion.
Not worth the amount of time you spend investing.
This gig will not let you be location independent.
Even if you think you could do admin work anywhere, you will be tied to the phone, spread-sheets or your client.
Not worth the stress.
Unless you’re from the town and have good pay for it, you will get conned. In my town there’s a lot of tour guide jobs where they start you on commission with the promise of an hourly rate and that day never comes
People can be rude and combative and you’ll almost certainly not have any security or protection on the job.
It may be a nice way to see new places and meet new people but it’s not a sustainable job in the long run.
This one’s pretty easy.
You start up and you advertise the brands you buy.
You get discounts and contacts.
You by more and more.
You get more discounts.
You buy more.
Now you have lots of stuff and not really an income.
Unlike most digital nomad jobs, this one is totally reliant on an entity paying you when they are satisfied and on your looks.
In this day and age, we know very well that being judged on your appearance for monetary survival is detrimental to your health.
Like affiliate marketing, this one also guarantees you stuff, but not necessarily income.
Most blogs throw this one into their top ten lists to fill out space but this is not guaranteed income.
It can also be very stressful as well as very wasteful.
Save yourself the stress, invest in skills and stay away from get-rich-quick ideas. Like any job, money takes time to turn into savings.
Digital Nomad Job Boards
I’ll make this easy and quick.
Below are the sites that I have scored successful work on.
If you’re looking for a way to be location independent as well as jumping out of the rat race without being a bum, try and find skills you could use.
There will always be work and there will always be different ways to do it.
Whether that’s being totally location independent 12 months of the year or only a few.
You can be totally online or just supplementing your income.
What’s worked for you?
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