Do you like the idea of working from a café in France one week, a beach hut in Thailand the next, and a hip apartment in Tokyo after that? Then you probably dream of becoming a digital nomad.
A digital nomad is a fairly modern creature. Thanks to technology, particularly cheap internet access, smart phones and voice over internet protocol (VoIP), digital nomads can easily work from anywhere in the world they choose. Sure, the commute from France to Thailand is a bit longer, but the views are worth it!
Here are the top 10 digital nomad careers that may allow you to see the world:
1. Web or App Developer
Should you run into a digital nomad at just about any corner of the globe there is a good chance he or she will be a web developer. This career is perfect for remote work for a few different reasons:
- The world of tech has always been innovative and ahead of its time. There were remote workers in tech before pretty much any other industry.
- The tools of the trade a generally a laptop and the cloud. There is simply no need to be in the same location or have face-to-face time with anyone.
- As long as you deliver milestones of a project on time, the hours you choose to work are completely up to you.
Not only is a web developer a career that allows you to freely travel, but since the work is in high demand, you will never be out of work.
When it comes to online marketing, content has always been and will always be king. There are pretty much limitless numbers of individuals and businesses who need someone to write web copy, articles, blog posts, ebooks, white papers and social media snippets for them. If you are a native English speaker, have a solid grasp of grammar and spelling, and are able to write in a creative way that engages audiences, you can pretty much pick and choose which clients you want to work with. All you need, besides your mind and fingers, is a laptop and good internet connection.
3. eCommerce Sales
Back in the day, if you wanted to sell physical products, you needed to have a brick and mortar store, employees and overhead expenses. These days you just need a laptop and some knowhow.
Thanks to dropshipping companies or fulfillment by Amazon, you can sell physical merchandise and have someone else take care of shipments. This digital nomad career requires you to spend your time managing and marketing your online store, but the supplier (like Amazon) will handle the rest.
4. Online Marketer
If you’ve learned the art of SEO or paid traffic advertising, or know how to launch and run an effective social media campaign, there are many people who will pay you good money for your skills.
Hint: Many people who find success with affiliate marketing/amazon fulfillment sales can take what they’ve learned about generating and converting traffic and turn it into another stream of income by helping other business owners market their products and services.
5. Graphic Design
If you have a good eye and artistic talent, you may want to consider a digital nomad career as a graphic designer. Since all businesses need websites, consider starting there. You can also specialize in infographics, ebook covers, user experience or user interface design. All of these skills are in high demand.
6. Coach and Consult
Are you an experienced professional that has been working in the corporate world but now feel like you need a break from the rat race? Consider making a career out of independent coaching or consulting. If you have expertise and like the idea of traveling around the world while advising individuals and small business owners how to achieve desired results, coaching and consulting may be just right for you.
Another way to earn a nice living from your expertise is to offer it to a wider audience through blogging and creating information products. Many bloggers and infopreneurs make incredible money each month creating valuable content for their followers. You may want to create and sell ebooks, instructional courses on Udemy, or online lessons of some sort. The sky really is the limit as long as you have some drive, passion and commitment to getting your business off the ground.
8. Manual Software Tester
Software testers typically work from home, but as long as you have internet access, you’re good to roam the Earth. You’ll work with a team of software developers and will test new applications and features. You may also be required to build the tests yourself. If you are incredibly analytical (I mean like nerdy analytical) and have always been into coding, this could be a dream digital nomad career.
9. Online Tutor
Are you particularly good at math? Do you speak a second language and could help ESL students? Online tutors can help people of all ages get their GEDs, learn languages and achieve educational goals. And making money while traveling AND helping people is a win/win/win.
10. Blockchain/Cryptocurrency Developer
If you have worked on Linux/Unix platforms, are a strong problem solver, and have some experience with relational and NoSQL databases, you could have one of the absolute hottest, and possibly most lucrative, careers on the planet. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ripple and Litecoin all have a dedicated team of coders and developers behind them. These people are not just trying to create new technology, they are trying to solve some pretty big financial problems that affect us all.