Is your idea of a dream job one that allows you to travel the world? Of course there is a wide range of tourism and travel related jobs that would just allow you to do so, but here we are going to explore the less obvious ones.
I have to say that there are 3 main ways you can work online: 1 as a Freelancer, 2 as an Employee, 3 as an Entrepreneur. Here we will mainly explore the freelancer and employee option.
This has been my first online job, and I cannot but recommend it to anybody who wants to start an online career. It is probably the first place to start, because you can start as a VA with basic tasks which do not require too much experience and expertise, such as online research, data-entry, etc. Of course, if your job doesn’t require too much expertise, chances are it will not pay a lot.
In the virtual assistance industry competition is fierce and you can find rates as low as 5 USD per hour. However, if you specialize, for instance in marketing and know how to use specific tools, such as Clickfunnels, Kartra, Leadpages, to name a few, your rate might pop up to 50 USD per hour.
If you want to know more about how to start a virtual assistance business, of course I would be more than happy to assist you (just book your preliminary free call here).
If what you are looking for is a more structured academy where you can go through a full training, I can recommend you both VAClassroom (I took a couple of their courses and they are excellent) and Michelle Dale. She has been one of the first VAs I started to follow 10 years ago when I started my personal journey and even if I haven’t taken her courses, I am in a couple of her groups and I cannot but admire her work ethics and her great professionalism.
You can find jobs as a Virtual Assistant everywhere! A few websites worth checking:
If words are your thing, you have a gigantic market. There is a huge demand for writers, technical writers, ghost-writers, SEO copywriters, and the list goes on. My suggestion: pick a field you can really specialize in and become the most sought-after copywriter in this field.
Some of the topics that are popular now might not be as popular in 6 months, so do your research. It might be blockchain, cryptocurrency, VR and AR, but also something completely different, non technical, such as travel.
These are some website where you might look for a job:
I would probably start with Upwork because it’s a huge marketplace.
Social Media Manager
Although many specialized Virtual Assistants offer Social Media Management, it is indeed a very specific role. As for most of the jobs, there is an entry level, and a more advanced level.
In the first scenario, you won’t be required a lot of experience, but a few skills that will be required are certainly: communication, writing, probably some basic graphic design. Coaches and very small businesses, or anyone with a tight budget will be more likely to hire a freelance SMM. In this case you can search in Upwork, and also Facebook and Linkedin groups.
If you are more into the tech stuff, this is the perfect job for you. Again, there are several degrees of expertise and you could theoretically design a website without knowing how to code, using some of the tools out there such as Squarespace, Strikingly, etc.
I do believe that these tools do their job, but they might be quite limited and if you want to get into web design, yes, you do need to learn how to code.
This is one of the oldest location-independent jobs: I worked as a freelance translator when Facebook was not even an idea in Zuck’s mind.
To become translator you need 2 things: a perfect bilingual level and a degree or equivalent experience in translation. Of course as a professional translator I cannot possibly say otherwise, and believe me, I’ve met bilingual persons who were not necessarily good translators. Translation is a skill and you have to develop it.
If you are a translator these are some websites where you might look for a job – besides Upwork and Freelancer – :
Whatever your expertise is, now you can create your course, training, school, academy and teach people how to do what you do. It might be a language, it might be webdesign, graphic design, mathematics, cuisine, painting.
Whatever comes to mind, if you are good at it and you can teach it, you can teach it online.
Now, how to create an online course is actually not difficult, but it does require a separate post, which will come soon, I promise. Start to get the outline of the course ready and if you need help, just send me an email and let’s see how I can help you.
In this case it is really about the kind of subject/topic you are going to teach. If it’s languages, I definitely suggest Italki: I love it!
It actually applies to video maker too. With all the craziness around photos and videos, there is definitely room for this art. You can travel the world and take pictures to sell online, both on your website and in specific marketplaces. Here you can find 12 places where you can sell photos online.
You can also work as freelance photographer in exotic destinations where you might spend some time.
It is a highly sought role, as graphics is what gives the look to every project we build: starting from our logo to the images that we share on social media to feature our content.
There are many tools that can help the amateurs, but definitely design is a skill that makes you stand out of the crowd of newbies, so if you are a graphic designer you already know that you can work from anywhere in the world.
I once hired a graphic designer on Upwork and it was ok, but most recently I came across the platform which I believe is the top choice for designers: Behance.
Whether you are a life, business, health or career coach, you have the amazing opportunity to build your own business and work from anywhere. In my experience helping Coaches to create their own online business, this option would be my number one suggestion.
However, if you are not ready yet and are looking for opportunities, here are some options:
Just to show you that not everything has to be digital and you can live an amazing live, travel the world and probably never see a computer, how about becoming Yoga Instructor?
Honestly I am not sure about the “never seeing a computer” part, because nowadays every business, even the most traditional brick and mortar business, can only benefit from a well-designed digital marketing strategy. However, if you don’t feel like using social media for your yoga practice, you better delegate it, but if you do, you will only see benefits from it.
I am not 100% sure about the need of a recognized certification, personally I believe there is too much of a business around the yoga world and if you are a good Yoga Teacher, you definitely don’t need a piece of paper.
However, if you are interested in knowing more about Yoga Teacher Training, I would suggest you check the Yoga Alliance website.
If you are asking where to find jobs as a Yoga Teacher, here are a couple of websites:
I know I have left out a lot of other interesting jobs or careers you could develop while travelling the world and be location independent, so please drop me a comment and let me know what job I should include in this post!
Digital Entrepreneur and Business Mentor for Location Independent Wannabes. I founded my virtual assistance and digital marketing agency in 2009 and I’ve helped over 300 individuals to become virtual assistants and location independent.
I can help you no matter at what stage of your business you are and if I cannot, someone of my team can.