However, if you are determined and know where to look for remote jobs, it’s definitely feasible and even surprisingly easy for some people.
The list of professions that can be done remotely and therefore are compatible with the digital nomad lifestyle is getting bigger and bigger every year, which is a definite advantage for everyone who wants to try it out.
We will introduce you to great websites that will help you find a remote job and become a digital nomad but before that, we’ll get to the specific professions that don’t put an anchor on you and allow you to travel.
Can’t figure out what to do remotely while living like a true digital nomad? Hopefully, the next section of this article will help you find something that you are good at, enjoy doing, and can do remotely.
Copywriting is the act of writing texts for the purpose of marketing and advertising. As you can imagine, a freelance copywriter can communicate with clients online and therefore work basically from anywhere, as long there is an active Internet connection. And that’s true for all of the professions we list here.
If you think you can write well, be sure to try it out. And if you don’t want to create only marketing texts, feel free to branch out of copywriting to general writing that can cover an endless spectrum of topics and styles, as long as you find the right customers.
Making money on Upwork as a copywriter is easy. All it takes is to have a 5% better profile and proposals than your competitors. That’s how I got my first job. Now I am making more than $1500 per week thanks to this. If I can do it, you can do it too!
Virtual Assistant – Best Job for Beginners!
Who is a virtual assistant? It’s a person who does various small tasks for a company or another person. Just like a personal assistant, but done remotely, from the comfort of your home or basically from anywhere else.
One of the digital nomad jobs for beginners! On websites, such as SurveyJunkie.comyou can get paid for sharing your opinions and testing various products or projects to help brands with their customer research.
All you need is to register and build-up your profile! Once it’s done, you are going tostart receiving surveys that match your knowledge, hobbies, or products & services you usually use.
There are almost no requirements for this job and the starting cost is almost zero, you can probably do this even on your smartphone. You can combine this with some writing job above in order to get some sort of full-time income.
Social Media Manager
Big companies have their own social media managers or hire online marketing agencies to manage their social media.
However, smaller companies often hire freelance social media managersthat take care of their accounts and help them grow.
Social media manager takes care of a lot of stuff
Designing a social media strategy
Creating new posts and ideas
Creating graphics and infographics or outsourcing them to illustrators
Analyzing the success of past posts to determine which of them works best
Reacting to comments and messages to keep a good relationship with the followers
Can you imagine yourself doing that?
Christa Romano – Social Media Manager & Digital Marketer
I’ve been living as a digital nomad for the past six years, working as a digital marketer and social media manager all while traveling to nearly 60 countries! For the large majority of my experience as a digital nomad, I’ve been full-time employed by tech companies. I’m now adding to my resume my freelance coaching business, where I work with people 101 to help them achieve location-independent careers in a way that works best for them. Sometimes my clients end up getting hired for a remote job, but oftentimes they also decide to freelance their skills or start a new online business.
E-commerce is still growing worldwide and online markets bring constantly new opportunities. You can run a shop on Amazon, your own dropshipping store or import goods and sell in your local store.
Starting an e-commerce business requires an investment and a lot of effort in the beginning but if you play your cards right or you come up with some good product ideas, you can make a ton of money.
Here are some of the best articles on how to start
E-commerce is tough to crack as a total newbie, but as you get better you learn how to make money that allows you to live on your own terms. It’s very satisfying bringing products to market and getting sales while adding value to the lives of people. You can start with lower financial investment through dropshipping, but for a longer-term strategy, you should build your own brand.
Video Production or Video Editing
Video jobs are booming nowadays and there is a huge demand for video editors or producers.
If video is something you might be passionate about, try creating simple movies from your travels, get familiar with cutting, and adding some effects.
To start, all you need is to get some video creating software where you can practice and slowly start mastering your skills. You can take on simple jobs and tasks for people they need to cut and put together their recordings.
The most popular software options for creating videos are
I skipped the whole “company employee” experience and went straight to location independent freelancer as a Video Editor. I realized how fortunate I am as a young female Indonesian to use my knowledge and skill to work with people globally and independently. So, I decided to support my own local Indonesians by building an Indonesia based Video Production Company called Zabenno. The idea was to give opportunities for Indonesians to work as a professional content creator with global clients, while still having the freedom to be traveling or location independent.
This is technically not a job, but it’s something that can make you location-independent.
Start your own website or blog and promote other people’s products or services that you believe in. You will receive a percentage of sales made to people that came to their websites through your affiliate link.
As this is basically a business, it will take some time for you to achieve the income necessary for you to become a digital nomad, but it can eventually give you the location independence you want.
A PPC (Pay-Per-Click) Specialist is a digital marketing professional responsible for managing and optimizing online advertising campaigns on search engines (Google, Bing, etc.) or social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) Their primary goal is to drive traffic to websites or landing pages while ensuring efficient spending. Here are some key aspects of this role:
Monitoring and Optimization
Landing Page Optimization
Have a look on this video on how to get PPC jobs
GOOD NEWS, if you are a native speaker of English, German or Spanish, you can start now but for lower rates! In some of the countries in South America or South East Asia, you can get a job in private school and do “conversation” classes.
You can get certified (with TEFL for example) and up your game and teach in Europe, USA, Australia, Canada, and make way more money.
The same applies if you would like to score a LANGUAGE TEACHING job in another language which is not your native language, you need to get certified.
It’s not really a remote job but IT CAN BE! You can run online classes via Skype with clients from all around the world. This is a very common way to “earn” digital nomad freedom for English, German or Spanish speakers.
Here are some pages to look for “online” language teaching jobs
Preply – Most popular tutors earn up to $550/week on Preply!
I became an English teacher when I moved to Madrid, Spain in my early 20s. The demand for language teachers is high in many countries, and salaries can be good compared to the local cost of living. But more than anything, teaching is a lot of fun! I spent several years giving lessons to professionals in a variety of companies and government organizations, as well as language schools. It was a great way for me to make a living abroad. These days, it’s becoming more and more common to teach on Skype, which means you can even do it remotely, eliminating the transport from class to class.
A translator is a great freelance job that you can do from anywhere if you know multiple languages really well.
Translating is regulated in some countries, so you might have to have the necessary education to do it legally, but in many countries basically, anyone can translate, as long as they manage to find their customers. And translating can definitely be done remotely.
Have you always been good at drawing? Maybe it’s time to turn your skill (and passion) into a career.
Become a freelance illustrator or graphic designer. Use social media to promote your work or previous drawings and you might find some commissioned work that will mark the beginning of your freelance career.
I started my career as a graphic designer in London. Six months ago I made a deal with my boss and made a decision to work remotely in Europe with the same social impact startup I’ve been working for more than a year. I work on projects that span the globe, focusing on Africa and Asia, meaning I am really flexible in my ways of working and adapting to different cultures. I think to grow as a digital nomad, you have to embody this attitude. I’m always looking at ways to grow my skills which means in my spare time I work on freelance projects, undertake UI courses and take on passion projects.
Programmers can work remotely too and in fact being a programmer is one of the best-paid remote jobs! There are countless remote programming jobs opening every day.
There are even websites dedicated specifically to remote programming jobs. If you are a programmer or want to become one, it’s a great opportunity to become location-independent.
TIP:one of the best paying programming jobs you can find atToptal.com
Voice Acting (Voice over, voice ads, video productions)
If you thought that voice acting was only reserved for well-known actors paid to bring a Disney character to life, you would be surprised to discover just how much more there is to this job.
Voice actors are needed all across the process of producing content. And luckily for people interested in this kind of job, it does not necessarily require formal training or a specific location!
Best websites to find voice acting or voice-over jobs
Building websites is one of the most common nomad jobs for 2 reasons. It doesn’t necessarily require meeting clients and it’s quite easy to learn.
Most people think that to build a website, you need coding skills! Well, that’s not true, at least not for nearly 15 years. In fact, you can build professional-looking websites for clients with zero coding skills.
There are many tools (website builders) or so-called, content management systems (CMS) with pre-designed templates that can be used easily. These skills can be learned within a few weeks and your digital nomad career as a web designer can begin.
The most popular tools or CMS for building websites are
I’ve been freelancing for the past five years, working as a social media manager and world press website guru. I started my online career working in a coworking office and completing projects on Upwork, which lead to well established online visibility. I traveled to more than 30+ countries working online and having 3-6 clients at the same time. I worked with clients like Coca Cola, Xiaomi, and other multinational companies, and also small and middle-sized companies. In the past 2 years, I started to build my Freelancer collective/agency, where we share work with other freelancers. Besides that, I published my book and have also helpedas a digital marketing consultant.
Data Entry Jobs – Ideal for Beginners
Data entry is definitely worth giving a shot if you really want your digital nomad job as soon as possible. This type of job doesn’t require expertise or any extra education and there is also zero starting cost.
Usually, it’s pretty simple and manual work that can’t be automated. It might not be the most fun but it’s a great way to start. All you need is to make a good playlist and enjoy some nice music (or even audiobook) while moving data around.
These jobs mostly require entering data into sheets, databases or websites for various projects in e-commerce, marketing companies or corporations with many customers.
It won’t make you rich but it’s definitely one of the best digital nomad jobs for beginners to start with!
Are you great at writing but don’t want to write for other people? Write for yourself!
Create a blog and write about stuff you care about. Who knows, it might become a career one day, making you able to become a digital nomad. You can blog from anywhere, can’t you?
A website tester makes sure that websites run smoothly and are customer-friendly before (and after) they are launched. It is more cost-effective to pay for a tester than to fix numerous complaints and deal with bad reviews on top of that.
There is nothing worse for a company than to pay thousands of dollars to have a website that in the end doesn’t meet their customers needs.
If you have programming skills and can easily spot little discrepancies here and there, this job will definitely suit you. It is a lot easier than designing a website or creating content, you just need to make sure that the website or app does what it is supposed to do.
Upwork is one of the most well-known websites of its kind. It connects business to freelancers that do all sorts of work for them.
Hubstaff is a time-tracking solution with all sorts of features for teams and companies. However, at talent.hubstaff.com you can find a website called Hubstaff Talent, which functions as a marketplace for people looking for a job or looking to hire.
Remote OK, as its slogan clearly states, is for finding a job you can do anywhere.
It’s made by Nomadlist.com, one of the most well-known digital nomad websites that might help you find the best destination for your next digital nomad “trip”.
If you don’t only want to do any work that comes your way, but you want to work for interesting and innovative companies, Jobspresso is just for you. It makes sure that only top quality positions from great companies are displayed.
Bidvine is an effective way for professionals who work remotely to grow their business and find new customers. To get started simply create a free professional profile on Bidvine, describe your skillset, areas of expertise, and specify your preferences. Then Bidvine will send you customers that are a match for you.
Indeed.com is quite possibly the biggest job marketplace on the Internet. Tens (or hundreds) of thousands of new jobs are posted daily, which makes it a great place to find what you are looking for.
Social media is a great tool when looking for a remote job. There are countless Facebook groups focused on the digital nomad lifestyle, remote work or even in specific fields.
Use the digital nomad groups for inspiration and the other two types of groups to look for a job you might be good at.
It might be a bit more difficult because you first have to look for the groups and only then for jobs themselves, but trust me, it can be really worth it.
Are you ready to start your next adventure?
If you are just thinking about becoming a digital nomad, it might seem like a scary step for you. Don’t be afraid to try it.
In the worst-case scenario, you will learn something new and figure out whether this lifestyle is the right for you. In the best-case scenario, you will discover something that will keep you going for the rest of your life.