Are you tired of commuting to and from work? Do you miss being able to spend more time with the family?
Employees working from home are reclaiming a healthy work-life balance, saving money, and enjoying extra personal time. If these benefits sound attractive to you, then you might be ready to launch a career working remotely.
Whether you’ve got basic computer or customer service experience, advanced technical skills, or specialized professional skills, there are remote jobs that may be a fit for your qualifications.
Being a “developer” is a blanket term for a huge variety of tech-friendly jobs. This category can include anything from software engineering, to app development, to website design, systems administration, testing, and ops infrastructure.
It’s one of the most popular categories for a reason—there’s demand, and it pays. The tech industry is the future of how we work, so it’s no surprise that many location-free jobs fall within this category. It’s a great option for those who love to travel, too, because it’s often self-paced work that is low-client facing.
If you don’t have experience with web development, don’t worry. There are many resources out there to help you get started at any skill level. It may go without saying, but this career is best suited for the tech-savvy.
2. Online Marketing
Online marketing is another popular and varied career option for digital nomads. Within this category are jobs related to SEO and PPC, traffic generation, affiliated marketing, and inbound marketing.
With a low barrier to entry and high demand, these jobs are great for generalist nomads. Almost every company has a website that needs marketing, every successful blog has well-planned SEO strategies, and inbound marketing, which is increasing in popularity, requires thoughtful content creation. These jobs aren’t hard to come by, and it doesn’t take too long to master the skills.
There are many resources out there to help you learn the basics of any of these types of marketing, many of which are free. It’s also important to start a blog and ramp up your social media presence to show employers your skills.
For the more creative digital nomads, web-based design may be a viable option. Graphic design, WordPress theme design, UX and UI design all fall within this category and all require different skill sets.
With tons of free and paid resources out there, it’s not impossible to break into the web-design field. Though many stable jobs require experience, freelance is a reliable place to start. Additionally, this is another job with high demand and a bright future—everybody with a product to sell, business to maintain, or presence to grow needs design help. Plus, travel can be a WAY better inspiration than an office cubicle!
Blog writing is a popular way to start, especially for those who love to travel and write about their experiences. Beyond blogging, though, is a whole world of writing and editing opportunities.
Technical writing is a well-paid niche for those who have knowledge in a specific field—manuals, online help articles, training, and reports all fall within this category.
Copywriting is a type of persuasive writing, great for those with a marketing mindset.
For those who love to write, eBook self-publishing is a good way to earn passive income once the work is put in. With sites like Amazon and E-junkie, it’s never been easier to get your writing out there.
You can also make extra money with your writing by building SEO backlinks. SEO is a $75 billion industry and backlinks are very valuable for any online business. Many SEO agencies work with freelance writers to help them build backlinks for their clients.