Do you know what type of jobs most millennial’s want?
Location Independent Jobs (or, more commonly known as Digital Nomads)
Could you imagine how different your life would be if you could work from anywhere and travel at the same time?!
I know the thought of being in a cubicle 8 hours a day horrifies me. I originally came across the idea of being a digital nomad when I read the famous 4-Hour Work Week by XXx and it completely changed my life. I didn’t necessarily quit my job then and there, but these seed was planted and I started researching and learning the many ways to make money online so I can travel frull time.
And here is a list of what I believe to be the best options if you aspire to be a digital nomad…
This is by far my favorite option and the one I am currently pursuing. The best thing about blogging is there are so many ways to monetize a blog. You can sell courses, create ebooks, run ads, get sponsorships, use affiliate marketing… the possibilities are endless and so is the income. Blogging is 100% location independent. You can do it at home, o a plane, by the beach in Mexico (soon!)
You don’t need any particular skills or expertise, just be thoroughly interested in your topic. Check out my step-by-step guide to launching a successful blog.
Writer & Self-Publisher
Times are changing, did you know you can self-publish your own books? Kindle Direct Publishing allows you to create your book and place it in front of millions of Kindle readers. I know a couple of self-published writers that make an extra $500 to $1000 completely passively from their books.
Chances are you know a lot about one topic, we all have something we know thoroughly about. So why not write about it? Put all your knowledge in a book and promote it.
If self-publishing doesn’t sound right for you, why not become a freelance writer? You can write from anywhere in the world and as your writing improves you can charge more for your services. It’s not uncommon for a freelancer to charge more than $100 for a 1,000-word post, which is approximately how long this post is!
Online tutoring companies allow you to work from anywhere. You teach via Skype or software such as GoToMeeting. The only things you need are a solid internet connection, good headphone, and your laptop.
The demand for teaching online ESL is only growing in the last couple of years as English is becoming mandatory in more and more countries.
VIPKID is one of the most popular and well-known online ESL programs. You can earn $14-$22 an hour with them. You will need a Bachelors degree (in any field) and the interview process is a bit lengthy, but it’s a great side hustle if you enjoy teaching.
Most graphic designers work independently and communicate with clients is via email or skype, so it really doesn’t matter where you are. This is a great job for creative, tech-savvy types. Also, you can teach yourself a lot of the skills you need simply by taking classes on Udemy or playing around with Photoshop and Illustrator. There are tutorials online for everything.
Virtual Assistants are in very high demand nowadays. They are essentially virtual customer service professionals with a variety of responsibilities. Virtual assistants can do anything from answering emails, booking appointments, and even perform market research. The job varies greatly from client to client but if you’re good with administrative jobs and clerical work, this might be perfect for you. You can be anywhere in the world and you just need a strong wifi conenction to get work done.
Virtual Assistants are completely location-independent as your work is entirely online. A Virtual Assistant can earn anywhere between $35-50 per hour. You can find clients on sites like Upwork.
Are you fluent in a second language? Companies hire a translator for specific projects or as an ongoing support to the online platform. It can become a very reliable and stable source of income. This job can get technical, as some clients might ask you to translate legal documents, but if you’re 100% fluent in two languages, this is a great endeavor. Use freelance sites like Upwork and Fivver to find clients
Do you have a lot to say? A lot of opinions? Or perhaps you know a lot about a certain topic? Or are really funny? I don’t know your personal quirks (of course), but podcasting is a great business idea! It can be a lot of fun and a great place to create. Get friends to interview and have authentic conversations with. You’ll slowly build up an audience and be able to monetize.
With a podcast, you can make money from sponsorships and advertisers. All you need is a microphone and a computer and you can start creating!
Social Media Coordinator
Chances are you spend a large percent of your day on social media, you probably know all the ins and outs of it without even realizing it. Most companies outsource their social media marketing because it can be quite time-consuming, and they pay a decent price for a job well-done. Social media coordinators manage all the social media channels of brands, blogs, and other small businesses. Producing good content and engaging with consumers is one of the major requirements for this role.
Become A Voiceover Artist
You can become a voiceover artist and start making money from anywhere in the world, all you would need is a laptop, mic, and headphones. This is a great opportunity that not many people know about. If you have a nice or unique voice and pronounce words clearly, this can be the right job for you.
You can find unique project opportunities such as commercial ads, phone recordings, and more! Check out VoiceBunny to apply.
Similar to a writer, you can sell your photographs. All you need is a decent camera and the willingness to learn. It does take a while to learn the skill, but many photographers can make over $30 an hour for events like Weddings and Quinceaneras. Or you can even sell your photographs to stock sites. Brand and bloggers are always looking for quality stock photos that no one has and they are willing to pay good money for them.
If you possess a strong knowledge of HTML, CSS, and other programming languages, you can find work designing websites. Most businesses need websites and many business owners want a stellar website to showcase their business, but they don’t have the know-how in order to make it happen.
Web design is a broad term that has a variety of specialties falling under it including designers who create the website mockup, as well as front-end and back-end developers who handle all the code that goes into making a website function the way it should. Some web designers do all of these, but most eventually specialize in one specific area.
All kinds of copywriting are another popular choice for digital nomads to be able to travel the world. Copywriting is the process of writing advertising promotional materials. Copywriters are responsible for the text on brochures, billboards, websites, emails, advertisements, catalogs, and more.