One of the major benefits of the internet is the host of jobs that can be done entirely online, from anywhere in the world.
The hardest part of becoming a digital nomad is finding your focus area, so we’ve compiled a list of the top career choices for digital nomads, based on ease of education and the number of jobs available.
If you have a computer and an internet connection, these are some jobs that are perfectly suited to the digital nomad lifestyle — all you need is to keep track of your time zones.
Web development is a pretty broad term that covers a range of tasks, but regardless of what part of web development you get into (whether UI design or WordPress installations and plug-ins), you can do it all online. It might sound daunting, but it’s possible to teach yourself how to do it from top to bottom online, so you don’t need a tertiary qualification to get started.
If you were born to sell but can’t stand being chained to the office, online marketing might be the answer. Because marketing is now spread across so many channels (websites and multiple social media platforms, for example), it’s possible to build an entire career just in online marketing. There are many specific job roles this can encompass, but online marketing also covers things like helping with branding and thinking about the type of content that best reflects your business. There are many online courses that can teach you how to incorporate social media into your business, as well as free online marketing courses to help you brush up on the basics.
Copywriting: Copywriting is generally professional writing for businesses. Even if you write something that might resemble a blog post (the client might even call it one), it will usually be a little more structured than a personal blog, and will often have particular requirements (such as links or sourcing pictures). If you have a particular area of interest or education, this can be a great way to set yourself apart from the competition — most clients appreciate someone with background in their business area to write their content, so if you have a degree or relevant experience, this is another way to put it to use.
Blogging: Different to copywriting (but only just) blogging is writing more personalised content, whether on a particular topic or just something that takes your fancy. It’s easy to start your own blog. If you have something in your life that you’re passionate about, or if you want to keep track of your own progress through a personal journey (such as weight loss or even raising children), a blog is a great way to monetise your sharing! Alternatively, many blogs will pay contributors for content, so if you don’t want to wrestle with your own website, you can always looking for paying blogs.
Writers love writing about writing, so there are countless free resources online for all types of writing.
SEO stands for ‘search engine optimisation’ and it’s exactly what it sounds like, customising content and website tags to ensure that search engines find and view your content favourably by putting it closer to the top of search engine results. Good SEO is the difference between being seen and being left to languish on page three of the search results. As SEO parameters change for particular search engines, you’ll need to be on top of what has changed to make sure that your content is still hitting the front page — if you have an analytical, strategic mind, SEO will definitely keep you thinking.
Social media marketing
Social media is huge right now, and most companies don’t want to have to find another desk for someone to manage it on-site, so it’s the perfect job for the digital nomad. Posts can be scheduled to any time globally, so even if you’re not in the same time zone, you can manage your accounts and ensure posts are made when your client’s target audience is awake and active. There are many free courses online that can help you learn social media and how to use it effectively (it’s a lot more than just scheduling posts!).
A virtual assistant is exactly what they sound like, someone who can do the chasing up and phoning around that their boss doesn’t have the time for. So long as you have access to a computer, a phone and the internet, you can do the job! Obviously this is as close to client-facing as remote jobs go, so a good phone manner and professional demeanour (spoken and written) is necessary.
Not everyone has an eye for design, but if you have the desire to learn, graphic design is another way to work from anywhere. Desktop publishing and design software is now so reliable that even if you’re preparing work for print, you can get it finalised and sent through to your client to be printed. There are also plenty of free online courses for you to test yourself with to see if it’s something you might like to do.
No matter what path you choose to follow, most of these jobs can be learned relatively quickly and entirely online. There’s no need to spend three years in tertiary education, just put together a portfolio, find out your strengths and work on your pitch. If you want some more detailed information about any of these positions, here’s a great blog post that covers them, and many more positions suitable to the budding digital nomad.
Regardless of the path you choose, Ditchtheoffice has your back, aggregating content from many freelance and remote work sites, making it easier for you to find clients and projects that suit your lifestyle now that the world is your office.
This guest post is from James, the developer behind Ditch The Office. He’s building the ultimate go-to resource for searching through all available remote jobs. It’s an awesome project and we’re excited to introduce you to it here.