The dream of sipping margarita by the beach side, while you plug away at your keyboard and take short breaks in-between to enjoy the incredible skyline view gives you thrills you?
I’m sure it does, but guess what?
It is just what it is…a dream!
Don’t get me wrong, with all the easy-to-start digital nomad jobs out there, it is possible to be a digital nomad and enjoy the entire freedom and work thrill that comes with it, but the pictures of nomads sitting by the beach with their laptops, sipping cocktails and taking pictures for the camera are, well, just for the camera.
Nevertheless, being a digital nomad allows you travel the world and work from fun spots – heck, you can add finishing touches to a graphics work in the back of a ride you hitchhiked somewhere in Brazil :) – while still having that money hit your account at irregular intervals.
There are several other advantages and perks with coming with being a digital nomad, and there are there for you to enjoy when you become one.
Take note, that while you might not necessarily possess any of the skills at the moment, they are very learnable.
1. Freelance Writing:
Blogging is another rewarding digital nomad career you can engage in to break free from the 9 - 5, and if you are currently reading this article, you already know a tad about blogs and blogging.
There are a couple of well established digital nomads out there globe-trotting, while making a killing from their blogging efforts. A shinning example of a digital nomad blogger is Cody Mckibben who started off blogging immediately leaving college back in 2007. He is currently in Thailand working out of there.
Another successful blogger is Darren Rowse who makes a living off his photography and blogging tips blog at problogger.net.
Most of these bloggers make their money by setting up a blog, providing valuable info and resources to their blog visitors, then monetize the traffic they pull via adverts (adsense, infolinks, CPM programs, etc) or selling off their own digital products (ebooks, courses, reports, etc).
If you will want to go down this path, the first step is to pick up a niche you are interested in and quite knowledgeable about. The emphasis here is picking a topic you are passionate about, because if you pick a niche just because it looks lucrative, you might get frustrated and burnt out in the first few months when the money isn't coming in yet - and it usually takes time for it to come!
When you have decided on a topic, the next step is to build a blog. You can use any of the free popular blogging platforms out there, as it is relatively easy to set up a blog in few minutes to hours. Examples are Wordpress, Blogger, Weebly, Typad and Tumblr.
You don't have the time or patience to figure those blogging platforms out? You can outsource much of the work starting from $5 on fiverr.
You can now sign-up to Googl Adsense or any other ad serving platform, or start preparing your digital product, as you done some work in creating valuable content for your blog visitors.
This seems like a digital nomad career you will like to pick up? What are you waiting for?
3. Website Designing:
Writing for a pay can take any form from writing short 400 word articles on sites like fiverr for $5 per article (not limited to just $5, as you can charge multiples of that for longer and more technical write-ups), or full length eBook, academic papers, news articles, sales copies, etc. The options are truly limitless here.
You think you suck at writing, but feel it will be a good launching pad for you? Don’t sweat it, as there are a ton of detailed resources out there to teach you and improve your writing skills to a level where you can charge some bucks for the words you spit out.
You can kick-off your writing learning curve by reading this CopyBlogger’s 73 ways to become a better writer. Business Insider’s 22 Writing Lessons from Stephen Kings is another good one to check out. Want more? You can check out these 10 writing tips from The Muse and this 99u.com’s 25 insights on becoming a better writer. You can then wrap things up neatly with these inc.com’s 50 awesome resources to help you become a better writer.
While writing as a digital nomad is rewarding and has made many digital nomads who have towed this part rich and comfortable, don’t expect to start off to tens of thousands of dollars in your first few months.
It took most established digital nomad writers like Kelly Dunning over a year to build a client base and start making enough income to fund her trips to choice locations in the US, Germany, The Netherlands, Scotland, etc., and you can possibly attain her heights too from just writing if you can put your time to it.
Thinking of how to get writing jobs? You can easily start off by opening an account of freelance job posting sites as freelancer, elance, oDesk and Fiverr, and start bidding on writing contracts that looks interesting.
While it might totally suck getting paid small amounts for writing boring articles for a start, you will surely grow your bottom-line with time and attract clients that will be giving you the big bucks over-time.
This one requires a bit of technical skill if you are to differentiate from the market and make a sizable income from it.
Website design could range from setting up 5 paged websites using CMS' like Wordpress and Weebly for a moderate fee, to building large scale dynamic sites from scratch for a huge one-off fee.
While you can quickly learn how to build a site on Wordpress and start offering this service for $5 to about $150 (depending on how many pages and the complexity) per client on freelancing sites like Fiverr, ODesk, elance and freelancer, you will have to learn much on PHP, HTML, CSS and Mysql to make highly tailored, dynamic sites and charge as much $1,000 to $10,000 per job.
If you are considering this as a digital nomad career, my advice is that you start off with the Wordpress site building, while you learn PHP and the likes, and gradually morph into a more skilled and advanced website designer, then begin charging the big bucks.
4. SEO Consultancy:
As you will imagine, this is a priceless skill. One that if you learn, you can charge a whole lot of money for.
An example of an entrepreneur offering this service and making a ton of money from it is Niel Patel who consulted for TechCrunch, HP, Gawker Media, etc.
With those big names, you are beginning to see the potential $ figures this career path can land you if you are serious about it. Huh?
Like with the rest of the Digital nomad jobs already listed, you can start off by learning SEO (if you know nothing about it at the moment), hone the skills, then start off from a site like fiverr offering SEO service. You can then launch off on your own when you have sharpened your skills to a comfortable level, and have some paying clients in your kitty.
Want to learn SEO? A good starting point is resource at Tutorials Point. You can also get some more detailed lessons on SEO via this resource page on Kissmetrics.
5. Affiliate Marketing:
Affiliate marketing is good source of recurring income. Once you put in the initial effort to build an affiliate system, you get to reap from it for months and years to come.
Affiliate marketing typical involves marketing and selling products and services (mostly digital) of an author, supplier or company for a fraction of the sales price.
Glen Allsop is a perfect example of a digital nomad living his dreams, traveling the globe, while he gets paid handsomely for his affiliate marketing efforts. He is currently working out of Hong Kong. His former location was Singapore. Nice!
If you want to get started with affiliate marketing, the first thing to do is to find a product you can promote. There are thousands of easy-to-promote products on clickbank, commission junction, neverblueads, plimus, share a sale, etc. Search through the database of any of these sites and pick a product you think you can comfortably promote.
When you find a suitable product to push, the next thing is to build a blog (if you will want to be using this avenue to pull traffic) or set up a PPC campaign (Google Adwords, Facebook, etc).
Yes, I know the whole concepts sounds so complex. You can go to this Neil Patel's affiliate marketing bible to know everything you need to know about affiliate marketing. It is rich in content and knowledge.
Hopefully, after going through the 5 digital nomad career jobs listed above, you have have started getting a clearer picture of the possibilities of being a digital nomad.
Perhaps you have began to see that you can actually get started much more quicker than you had initially imagined.
If you are truly serious about embarking on the journey to a location-independent work and lifestyle, time to act is now.
Pick one of the career ideas above, practice on it (if you are new to it), get better that the average Joe at it, and begin your trip to experience the freedom and joy of the digital nomad lifestyle.
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