Recently, I wrote a post about digital nomads, what the heck they are and how to become one, because I really, really want to be one of them! So, like any good scientist, instead of sitting down and studying HTML or something useful like that, I decided to procrastinate and use the power of google to research what to do next.
Now, I’ve been reading about digital nomads and digital nomad jobs for a couple of years now and I noticed that the theme of the articles you find when researching a location independent lifestyle is always along the lines of “why you should quit your job now and move to Thailand” or “escape the 9-5 and travel the world”, like this:
Hang on, I’ve already done that! Well, I’ve quit my job (ok, my working holiday visa expired) and I moved to Thailand!
So, I researched some more, I wanted to know what were the best ways to make money online, I’m not looking for a get rich quick scheme, just for a decent income to pay for my noodles and coconuts.
Funnily, it seems like it’s always the same 10 jobs or so that pop up whenever I’m looking for information on working online.
I decided to dig a little deeper and also look what kind of skills are useful to work and travel long term. Again, always the same 5-10 skills one should have. Copywriting, freelance work, design, write ebooks, web design, etc…
The problem is, I am not really qualified to do any of those jobs.
Or am I?
That got me thinking. Most people whose stories I’ve followed didn’t necessarily have any of the qualifications or skills either, but they decided to go and get them. They either took a course or taught themselves or in many cases just winged it!
Now, why can’t I do that? I’ve basically been winging it around the world for nearly two years now!
And that’s when it hit me! I don’t have any idea how to do any of these jobs, so why not give ALL OF THEM a try? What better way to see what I like best and what I am good at than trying all the top 10 digital nomad jobs out there?
This is the digital nomad jobs challenge I’ve set myself, I will pick 10-12 jobs/ways of making money and give all of them a try. I will document where I find the jobs, how I get it, how hard they are and most importantly how much money I make with each of them, which you will be able to read in my Digital Nomad Income Reports every month.
Here is the list of the digital nomad jobs I want to try:
- Freelance writer
- Social Media Manager/Marketer
- Designer on Fiverr
- Online tutor
- E-Book author
- Udemy courses
- Etsy seller (half digital)
- Affiliate Marketing
- Web designer (ok, half techie)
This list of digital nomad jobs is probably gonna change over the next few months once I fail at some jobs, I lose interest or if I change my mind! There are plenty more jobs out there to try, so I’ll just start with these for now!
I know that many of you might also be interested in becoming a digital nomad, so I will write regular updates on what I’ve applied for, if I got the job, how much money I’m making and if it’s fun or not. This way you can see what I’m up to and if this is something you’d like to give a try, too! Now I better get to work!
Now over to you: do you know any ways to make money online? Please share in the comments!
Good on you! I wish you all the best and am curious about the results of your challenge.
Thank you Stef! I will post updates so hopefully it’ll be useful for others too 🙂
Thats a great idea ! My fiance is a graphic designer and he taught himself through youtube videos ! 😀 im looking foward to your results, thanks for sharing
Hi Gloria! Thank you for commenting 🙂 That’s such an awesome idea! I’d love to learn more about graphic design (I’m obsessed with Canva!), I should check out those youtube videos! I taught myself knitting on youtube 😉
Sounds like a fantastic experiment – I reckon you should throw online poker into the mix
Haha! I might just try that Neil! But I have a feeling I’ll go broke, or even broker if that’s a word 🙂
Hah, this is great.I’m in the same boat, as I’m not especially into writing posts for people (besides my own blog) or PR/marketing stuff, but I just realized Virtual Assistants are a thing. My current job is already administrative, and I’m the obsessive lists type, so that digital nomad job is first on my list to try!
Isn’t it interesting that you can make a living out of organising other people’s lives, even from a different country!? I know the top VAs make a really good salary, up to £35 an hour! Check out timeetc if you have experience, they seem to be quite good.
Let me know how it goes 🙂
Awesome. I am very interested and excited after read your article.
I hope I can learn and create revenue like you.