Have you been baited by words like “financial freedom” & “location independence”? Do you want to travel the world making beach towels and cozy AirBnBs your office?
In these days we call the internet age, a steady remote income is a lot easier to make than you may think. By “remote income”, I am referring to jobs that don’t require your physical presence to get paid; the types of jobs you can do with your computer. Below is your guide to making a living while traveling the world.
~ Create and sell an ebook on something, anything you’re good at. It’s actually way easier than you think these days with self-publishers like Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.
~ Broadcast yourself live and talk to people through apps like live.me. If people like you and/or your talent (which could be anything from eating a slice of pizza to belly dancing in a hula hoop), you can recieve gifts and even get paid.
~ Participate in paid focus groups. Many people will pay you for your time in studies involving groups of people. Studies can involve your presence or it could be just a simple phone call or online survey. There are thousands across the internet so it’s advisable to research company reviews beforehand.
~ Make and physically (as in, not online) sell artisan crafts like jewelry, journals, shoes, bags, wire art, art made from palm leaves, whatever you think people would enjoy. I’ve met a good amount of people along the road who do this successfully and live comfortably from it. Everyone loves a good piece of art!
~ Freelance write/web design/copyright/graphic design/etc. remotely for companies with content mill websites like Upwork or PeoplePerHour. Or, if you prefer a more personal approach, contact companies directly and pitch some good ideas for them.
~ Take online surveys (time consuming but they do pay). Read reviews of the company first with a quick internet search – just like there are plenty of good guys, there are plenty of scams out there that will take your time and withhold your payment.
~ Submit stories to websites like BuzzFeed and List Verse. Plenty of businesses take stories and articles from people who have no experience writing professionally. They just want a good story. At (often times) a hundred bucks a pop or more, it could be worth the time & competition.
~ Drop ship products. Advertise and sell goods or services that other people are making.
~ Flip websites, flip articles, flip anythingggg online. This means taking something that could be much better by applying your expertise. Don’t have any website design skills? Think out of the box. You could flip a hotel’s social media page and improve their sales reach.
~ Scour Craigslist-like gigs. Many countries have classifieds websites like Craigslist that list paid gigs around the area you’re traveling.
~ Be a social media ambassador for a business. Market their products or services in exchange for commission.
~ Review businesses in exchange for their good or service.
~ Become a dive master and teach diving around the world. Many businesses will even pay for your training in exchange for your work with them.
~ Start a blog. Get paid through affiliate links (links to products for a pay-per-click or commission base pay), sponsorship, advertising, etc.
~ Edit or translate restaurant menus.
~ Teach English (or your preferred language) online. No, you don’t necessarily need a college degree to participate.
~ Teach or tutor a skill online through websites like Skillshare.
~ Be a transcriptionist. Use content mills like Freelancer or Upwork to transcribe audio into a word document. If you prefer a little less competition and/or you are still in the process of building your portfolio, use a specific transcription service like TranscribeMe.
~ Be a mystery shopper. Many organizations like Gigwalk will pay people to collect information about products and services near you. Yes, you can get paid to shop!
TIP: It’s wise not to spread yourself too thin with the jobs you pick from above. Choose one or two to start with and develop the skills to take your income to higher levels than if you picked five and developed them all in the same amount of time.
Freedom from the matrix is possible: it takes guts, a little elbow grease, and a healthy drive for financial and emotional independence. I’m trusting these ways to make a remote income has got your brain cooking up something good. Now go be free, little birdie!!