You may have even heard the phrase tossed around in casual conversation: “I’m working remotely now!” or “I’ve been able to travel and take my job with me!” You nod your head as you listen to these people extol the flexibility of their lifestyles and the benefits that they’ve seen in their professional lives because they can work remotely, but you still have a few questions.
Remote work is on the rise. While having the ability to work from outside of a corporate office has been feasible for a few decades, working remotely is only now becoming mainstream.
When you need the 9-5 grind and still struggling to pay house rent in an expensive place like Lagos or Abuja? These days, in Africa due to unstable income and of low standard of living, I will advice you to note all sentences below. These jobs will help to travel and explore the world, also to wo anywhere, since your office can be wherever you open your laptop.
According to a study by Global Workplace Analytics and FlexJobs, the remote workforce has grown by 159% since 2005, and remote workers will make up as much as 50% of the entire workforce by 2020. The statistics also show another exciting trend for digital nomads: Remote work gives women, especially female entrepreneurs, an edge and is helping close the wage gap. And here’s the best part: By earning a lot of cash as a digital nomad and staying in countries that are much cheaper than at home, you can live very well.
Here are 17 exciting ways to work online from wherever you choose and live the dream travel life. With remote work, you can be a digital nomad and live and travel anywhere.
1. Set Up an Online Course
Do you have a skill that you want to share? International Living suggests setting up an online course with written tutorials, PDF downloads and videos. For instance, Rebecca Groskruetz used her talent for furniture painting to create a site where members can go at their own pace. When she soft-launched the business, she sold 33 programs at $127 each. After doing a bigger launch later the same year, she sold 216 programs at $149 each. Her total sales the first year: $36,375. Some online resources for teaching courses include TakeLessons, Udemy and Skillshare.
Need more ideas? There are tons of general freelance websites loaded with opportunities from companies and small businesses. Some of these include Upwork.com, a website for freelancers in fields ranging from sales and marketing to accounting to customer service. Or you can market your own services whatever they are on sites like Fiverr. The site was built on the fact that you can charge $5 for anything, but the sky’s the limit. Kendell Rizzo went from waiting tables to marketing her services on Fiverr; now she makes six figures while she travels the world.
3. Become a Virtual Assistant
Are you organized and resourceful? As a virtual assistant, you make money by helping people and businesses with tasks ranging from data entry to research to customer service the sky’s the limit. The website VANetworking was founded by a virtual assistant and is loaded with tips and job leads.
4. Write an E-Book
Speaking of e-books, it’s a great way to turn your expertise into a platform that people will buy, creating a form of passive income. Kindle even has a step-by-step guide for how to create, publish and market an e-book.
5. Publish an E-Book
According to International Living, an even faster and easier way to make money with e-books is to find a book that has already been published in print and license it to publish online. “The person doing the online publishing gets the lion’s share of the money paying the author the standard 8% to 15% royalties based on net sales,” says International Living. You can sometimes do a one-time payment for the rights to publish online, like Vic Johnson. “I once bought the rights to a book for $200, simply because I liked the content,” says Johnson. “Over the years, I’ve made over $50,000 selling it as an e-book.” Consider this statistic: There are over 44 million print books on Amazon but only 2.6 million Kindle books that’s a lot of material that could be converted to e-books.
6. Create Software Reviews
If you have strong opinions about software, whether positive or negative, you can get paid for creating reviews. SoftwareJudge.com pays up to $50 dollars for, as they describe it, “tell-it-like-it-is, no marketing BS, straight-talking software reviews.”
Do you speak another language? Consider doing translating. “Translation positions are plentiful in an ever-melding world with more global travel among those who speak different languages,”says FlexJobs, which offers a sampling of available positions. The company Smartling also makes it easy to become a translator.
8. Create a Blog
So you’re an expert on a topic? Create a blog about it. Like I do on “SUSA”. Always add the need value for readers, I mean fix a friction. The best blogs showcase your experiences by providing info that’s helpful to others. So how to earn money? A big method is by affiliate income: earning a commission if people end up buying someone thanks to your blog. “Right now, my biggest source of affiliate income is from Amazon, which is anywhere from $300 to $600 per month,” says Ali Garland who has been blogging since 2009. “And the great thing about this type of income is that the money keeps rolling in even if I decide to take a couple of days, or even a week, off.” The blogger Nomadic Matt has multiple e-courses on the topic.
9. Make a Podcast That Pays
Podcasts are red-hot. Want to create one? All you really need is a laptop and a good microphone. And here’s the other good news: Podcasts don’t need to run daily, and because they’re not live, you can record multiple episodes at once. According to International Living, there are many ways to make money from a podcast, including commercial sponsorships or advertising products or services. “I can record and broadcast a podcast wherever I am in the world,” says podcaster Luis Congdon. ”It’s remarkably simple, and it can also be profitable. Using a lightweight and low-cost microphone and a laptop I’ve recorded from a hut in the Philippines, a co-working space in Bali and even while staying on a farm in Colombia.”
10. Get Crafty
Are you a crafty entrepreneur? Everyone knows the site Etsy, which is a marketplace for handmade items. But now you can sell your jewelry and other handmade wares on sites like Amazon Handmade, ArtFire, Cargoh and more. You’ll find many more resources in this helpful article.
You don’t just need to write about technology when you’re technologist. If you’re a good writer, you can probably write about anything. According to International Living, Leslie Patrick Moore is a writer who lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and earns two-thirds of her income by crafting marketing copy for companies. “My creativity has been able to flourish here without having to constantly worry about money,” says Moore. “And it doesn’t hurt that my office is often my hammock, set amidst the colorful bougainvillea that grow against the brick walls in our backyard.” One company that hires online writers is iWriter, which pays up to $80 per 500 words once you’re promoted up the ranks.
12. Get Paid for Online Searches and Surveys
This one’s easy: Just add the site Qmee to your browser. If you click on a search result, you’ll earn money. You can also earn cash rewards for taking online Qmee surveys and sharing your opinions on brands.
13. Do Narration and Voice-Overs
Thanks to smartphones, there’s a boom happening right now in the audiobooks industry, which is in turn creating a demand for freelance narrators, according to International Living. “My typical ‘work day’ consists of two to four hours of recording during late morning and early afternoon,” says Meghan Crawford, a freelance audiobook narrator. International Living says that even new narrators can earn an average of $100 an hour based on completed work. Joel Young is a top freelancer on Fiverr who has made more than $1.5 million dollars by selling his voice-over services. “That is an amount of money that would have taken me decades to earn without this platform,” Young told CNBC.
14. Be a Freelance Designer
Are you a talented designer with skills in areas like graphics or web design? You can do what you love and get paid for it on the website 99Designs.com, which will allow you to become a part of a global community of designers and bid on jobs.
15. Conduct Internet Research
According to International Living, you can make good money (up to $50 an hour) by surfing the internet. “An interesting new income category has emerged, thanks in part to the world of ‘fake news,’” says Winton Churchill, the founder of an international training and consulting company. “Companies and individuals are more concerned than ever with fact-checking the information they use on their websites and in their promotional materials. And they’re willing to pay someone to make sure it’s correct.”
According to FlexJobs, digital nomads can make money by helping with fundraising “Fundraising positions are designed to garner the funding needed for projects and to maintain a business entity’s operations,” says FlexJobs. “Donations can be solicited in the form of monetary tithing or gifts for a nonprofit organization.” Here are some positions to look for: senior digital strategist, eCRM contractors, senior campaigner.
Another way to take advantage of your skills: Become an online tutor. The website Cambly helps you get paid to chat with people from around the world. While you’re doing the tutoring, the site automatically tracks the time you spend, paying $10.20 an hour. While that might not sound like a lot, consider the fact that you can set your own hours, work as little or as much as you want and if you’re living abroad, $10.20 an hour can go a long way.