If you’re stuck in a cubicle for work, making money while traveling internationally might sound too good to be true. But lots of people have found ways to work and travel at the same time.
According to the World Economic Forum, flexible work arrangements are one of the biggest drivers of change for businesses today. And no work arrangement is more flexible than the one embraced by digital nomads, who make money working remotely while traveling around the world.
Whether you’re working full time for a remote company, picking up freelance gigs online, or offering consulting services to global clients, here are six ways you can make a solid income as a globe-trotting digital nomad.
1. Pick up freelance projects online
If you find freelance online gigs, you can make money while traveling by working from any place that has access to good Wi-Fi. Online freelance work takes many forms, from writing blog articles to designing company logos to organizing calendars as a virtual assistant.
Check out sites such as Fiverr, Upwork, or Freelancer for such opportunities. Although most projects on these sites are short term, you might be able to piece together enough work to financially support yourself.
Typically, the people who hire you leave reviews for the projects you complete. With strong online reviews and a portfolio of projects, you’ll have a better shot at finding steady, long-term work. You might want to build your own client list, so that you won’t have to rely on these websites for freelance work in the long term.
If your marketable skills are rusty, try an online education platform such as Udemy to polish them up. From learning photography to coding, there are ways you can develop the chops to make money online.
2. Get a full-time remote job
If you don’t like the idea of fluctuating income, set your sights on a full-time remote job instead of doing freelance projects. According to remote job site FlexJobs, some of the fastest-growing full-time jobs, such as nurse practitioners and software developers, can be done remotely.
Some big companies also hire location-independent workers. FlexJobs analyzed jobs posting data and found that Amazon, Dell, and UnitedHealth Group were a few notable companies that hired remote workers in 2017.
Some companies operate fully remotely workplaces and rely on teams dispersed all over the world. Search for openings with these innovative employers on the Remoters’ Job board or sites such as WeWorkRemotely.
Popular job categories to hire remotely include copywriting, programming, marketing, and customer support. If you have these skills, you can build a fulfilling career while filling up your passport. Check out also this analysis developed by Remoters about the skills remote based companies are looking for.
3. Teach English to international students
If you have a strong grasp of the English language, you could work and travel abroad as an English teacher. According to the British Council, more than 2 billion people will be speaking or learning to speak English by 2020.
Schools around the world are looking for native English speakers to join their classrooms. Earning a Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate could make you eligible for these jobs.
You might also look for work abroad teaching English through companies such as Adventure Teaching Inc. Some government-backed programs also place English teachers in schools. One example is the JET Program, a teaching exchange program that offers opportunities in Japan.
You could work and live in a foreign country and have a chance to travel on weekends, vacations, and over the summer.
If you prefer true location independence, consider teaching English online. Companies such as Cafetalk and SkimaTalk hire English teachers to provide lessons online. You might need to keep odd hours to connect with students in different time zones across the globe.
4. Start your own e-commerce or consulting business
Running a business online is another option for the entrepreneurial digital nomad. You could start an e-commerce company to sell and ship products to customers. Or, you could offer consulting or coaching services if you have expertise in a specific field.
A third option is to create a website and monetize it by connecting consumers with specific products or services offered by other businesses via affiliate marketing programs. In this case, a business provides you with affiliate links to place on your site for visitors to click on. That takes them to a product or service page for the business. You typically make money when one of your website visitors makes a purchase from that business through the link.
Running your own business can be challenging because you’ll be responsible for the entire operation. But thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever to start a venture for a low cost. Learn more about how others have done it so in this post about “Lessons from setting a digital agency of senior, remote, freelance professionals“.
5. Run a successful blog
Fancy yourself a wordsmith? Writing a popular blog is another way to make money from anywhere in the world. You might write articles on your adventures for like-minded travelers. Or you could hone in on another area of expertise.
In addition, you might set up other areas of influence on social media sites such as Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. Building up a following takes time and effort, and monetizing your blog takes even more. But if you keep at it, you could earn income through affiliate marketing or by writing paid posts as a successful blogger.
6. Rent out your home, car, or parking spot
Owning an apartment or house doesn’t mean you can’t travel the world, especially if you live in a place other people like to visit. Instead of feeling tied down by your home, try renting it out on a home-sharing network such as Airbnb or HomeAway.
You can make money off your property while freeing up your time to travel. Make sure you have a plan to handle the logistics of hosting and cleaning your home between guests.
If you want to make money while traveling the world, there are many paths you can take. In addition to taking on any of the jobs listed above, consider finding a side hustle that can travel with you to make some additional income.
Guest post by Rebecca Safier.
She writes for Student Loan Hero about education, careers, and other personal finance topics.