Want to become a digital nomad, but don’t know where to start? Check out this list of 10 popular digital nomad jobs to give you some inspiration and get you started.
There are tonnes of people out there that fund their travels through blogging. Though it may take some time to set it up and generate traffic, once it’s up and running, the potential to make money is huge. If you do decide to try blogging as a way to fund your travels, then we recommend setting up your own domain and web-hosting, as some blog sites have restrictions on affiliate marketing, paid advertising etc. Having your own domain increases your earning potential.
- Freelance Writing
Freelance writing can be a competitive market, but that doesn’t make it unachievable. Approach websites or organisations that you’re interested in and ask them whether they would consider guest posts. Another option is to Google your niche, for example “budget travel” + “guest post.” The search is likely to display tonnes of potential employers. There are also a lot of websites and writing job sites out there that display lists of “one-off” writing work needs to be done.
- Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing can be done through your own website, email subscriptions or even social media. Search for relevant affiliates that fit your niche, then promote them on your website or social media sites to generate sales. If you have a background in sales, then this could be the ideal option for you.
- Teaching/ tutoring your native language
There are a few options to teach online. You can work independently, and promote your teaching skills on teaching job websites. This will mean having your own students, who will pay you directly. Or, you can find teaching work through an online school. Most schools contract their teachers, so you will be required to work a set number of hours a week or month. Whether you speak English as a native language, or your native language is French, German, Spanish or another language, there are plenty of opportunities out there for you to teach
This is another competitive job, however that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. There are plenty of sites to sell your images through. You can also promote your work online on your website or social media challenge. Find out what images are in demand, then try to get good quality photos that fill that demand.
If photography isn’t your thing, then perhaps videography is. Many travellers have funded their travels through sites such as YouTube and Vimeo. Once you gain a good following, the opportunities are endless. You can also promote your services via other social media, such as Facebook or Twitter.
- Web development
This is quite a specialised digital nomad job, however if you have experience in web development or web design, then why not try freelancing or working remotely? This independence will allow you the freedom to work from anywhere in the world.
- Selling digital products
Selling digital products is one of the most popular digital nomad jobs, and with good reason. Digital products can include ebooks, webinars, courses, music, videos, photography, and web elements (patterns, themes, wallpapers etc). The list is endless.
- Run an online shop
Do you have a creative flare? You can sell your crafts online and fund your travels that way. You can either create your own website with an e-commerce shop, or using a site like Shopify. Shopify is also a great place to gain inspiration and see what sellers well and is in high demand.
There is a high demand for people who have good communication and typing skills to complete transcription work. Transcribe work usually consists of typing out a set amount of minutes from audio or video files.
Have you funded your travels through another digital nomad profession? We would love to hear about it in the comment section below.