One of the reasons that I love my job is because the view from my office is always changing.
Sometimes it is palm trees swaying in the breeze on a street in a small coastal village in the Algarve region of Portugal.
Sometimes it is trees and rivers and tranquil lakes rushing past the window of a train speeding through the wilderness of Northern Ontario, Canada.
Sometimes I look out to see the historic row houses of a small town in Northern England.
I have worked in libraries, planes, buses, coffee shops and park benches. I have even polished off an article in the backseat of a stranger’s car while hitchhiking. I have traveled thousands of miles across this beautiful world, all the while continuing to build my dream career as a freelance writer.
Why Spend Your Life Handcuffed To A Desk?
One of the most common excuses I hear people give as to why they “can’t travel” is that they need to “focus on their career.” They have a good point of course, building a career is very important. However, what if you could do it while also seeing the world?
The Digital Nomad lifestyle is a new phenomenon which wouldn’t have been possible only a few short decades before. These days, if you are creative, clever and hardworking you can fashion a full time income online which will allow you to make money WHILE you travel and have your cake and eat it too.
I’m not promising that you will become super rich, so if this is your goal you should probably go for a more conventional career such as a doctor or a lawyer. However, even if you are just making an average salary, it can go a long way when you spend part of the year in Thailand where your accommodation is only $10 a night! Being a digital nomad gives you the freedom to live anywhere you want, for as long as you want, so that you can make the most of your online earnings.
Five Jobs You Can Do Anywhere
Are you wondering what jobs you could do online from anywhere in the world? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
If you love to write, have excellent communication skills and a never ending flow of creative ideas, why not give freelance writing a try?
Writing is one of my favorite things in the world besides chocolate and the Back to the Future trilogy, so how stoked am I that I get paid to do it all the time?! As a freelance writer I get to write a diverse range of interesting articles and blog posts for tons of great clients and I have the luxury of making my own schedule and logging in from anywhere in the world.
You could end up writing blogs, news articles, web copy, travel stories, reviews, eBooks, creative writing, or all of the above! I can’t lie to you though, it wasn’t easy to get started. Don’t expect to quit your day job and make a full time income right away. I had to build up my writing business on the side for almost a year while working a full time job until I was able to make the leap into doing it full time. I gritted my teeth through the crappy little jobs where I had to write lots of boring stuff for little pay in the beginning and now I am very glad that I did! Once you get established, you will have many interesting and challenging writing jobs to keep your creative muscles in great shape.
Resources for Freelance Writers
Odesk.com is where I found my first writing gigs and met my first clients, some of whom I still work with today! Create a profile and start applying for as many jobs as you can!
With entertaining and educational blog posts such as Ernest Hemingway’s Top 5 Tips for Writing Well and The Eminem Guide to Becoming a
Writing and Marketing Machine , Copyblogger.com is one of my favorite sources of inspiration.
Do you have an artistic talent, excellent computer skills and the ability to turn an idea into something visually stunning? Perhaps your location independent career could be traveling the world as a freelance website designer.
These days a business doesn’t exist until it has a website. Someone has to design, code and maintain the millions of websites which are being created every day. If you have decent skills at webdesign, Photoshop, HTML and programming and you can create a beautiful and functional website, your expertise could be in high demand.
Resources for Freelance Web Designers
Instant Shift – a great blog for freelance web designers with plenty of cool links
SEO stands for search engine optimization and it is the art of improving a website’s ranking on search engine results by tweaking keywords, inbound links and content. Many companies will hire an SEO consultant to go over their website and improve it so that they will receive better rankings. In order to get into this field, you will need to be as knowledgeable as possible about all of the current SEO techniques and understand how search engines work. Search engines are also constantly changing and evolving, so this is a career where you will never stop learning.
Resources for Freelance SEO Consultants
Teaching English Online
Teaching English as a Second Language Abroad was one of the careers featured in our previous post Five Careers That Will Take You Around the World and it can be a great opportunity to work abroad in schools in China, Korea, Japan, Europe, and all over the world.
However, if you want to have even more freedom and mobility you could teach English to your students over Skype from anywhere in the world. There are many websites online offering you the chance to teach English lessons via video-call.
I have never done this myself, nor talked to anyone who has, but it sounds like an amazing gig and it seems to pay very well. If any of our readers have had experience with teaching English online, please share it with us in the comments!
Resources for Online English Teachers
Do you have a strong and clear speaking voice? Are you always entertaining your friends with your spot-on impressions of celebrities? Can you capture the intonations of several different accents? There might be a remote career for you in voice talent! From podcasts to internet radio to commercials to company voice mail messages, there are many people out there who will pay you for the sound of your voice. For example, a few of the voice jobs which I came across on a quick search today included someone looking for a Tim Curry impersonator, someone to sing German verb conjugations, someone to record words for an educational children’s app and someone to provide the voices for an Australian corporate cartoon.
In the past, a voice talent career would be difficult to take on the road because you needed tons of heavy equipment and recorders to get a quality sound recording. However, these days you can find high quality microphones which will fit in your suitcase and produce excellent sound.
I think this would be a super fun job for someone in the acting/improv/radio field who wants to travel for a while.
Resources for Voice Talent
Any Other Ideas?
If you dream of leaving ordinary behind and taking your career on the road with you while you follow your dreams, these five careers give you the flexibility and freedom to work from anywhere at any time.
These are just a few examples of careers which are well suited to working remotely while traveling. Have you done any other work online which has enabled you to earn money while you travel? Please share it in the comments!