My sister in law recently moved to Spain and she kept paying Verizon huge amounts of money to keep her phone service.
When I heard about this I told her she needs to port her phone to google voice and download the voice app. Then when she gets to a new country she just buys a cheap local sim card and makes calls and sends messages from her old phone number through the Voice app.
No more paying Verizon huge amounts of money to keep your phone number while international traveling.
The baby boomers did it their way, but now people are moving to a more location independent lifestyle.
But you already knew that, right?
More and more companies are open to working with freelancers and location independent professionals because talented hard-working people have a lot of pull in the world of business.
Every company needs them/you.
As a passionate digital nomad I’ll use this post to break down the newest trends and opportunities when looking for digital nomad jobs and location independent work.
Entrepreneur vs freelancer vs employee
First we need to figure out what type of situation you want. Do you want the security of a W2 income from a company? Or do you want to get scrappy and be a freelancer? Or maybe you want to start your own business.
Starting your own business as a digital nomad
This is a great option for some but you’re going to have to hustle if you want to make it work.
A lot of entrepreneurs go to Bali or Thailand where cost of living is cheap and they can bootstrap their business with other like-minded creators.
Not a bad option but you may need one of the next few options as well to supplement the start-up costs.
Some of the trending location independent business ideas are:
E-commerce – Find or create a product, create a shopify store, and have someone else fulfill the orders. You’re basically just a marketer and site manager.
E-learning – Create and sell your own online course using Teachable (complete guide here) or teach kids in China how to speak English and earn $20/hour. My wife does this a ton and loves it and earns a great side income. It’s super easy and very rewarding. CLICK HERE to learn how to do it.
Affiliate Marketing – A lot of people don’t know this but when you click on something from a blog and it takes you to Amazon, that person gets 5% of everything you buy there for the next 24 hours. Not just for Amazon either, like every company that sells anything online likely has an affiliate marketing program. This is one of my favorite passive income opportunities. A complete guide on affiliate marketing coming soon.
License Media – If you’re a media creator then you’re in luck. Use sites like Shutterstock, Pond5, Audio Jungle, Artlist, Videoblocks, and the like to create and sell photos, videos, and music as passive income. There is HUGE opportunity here. My complete guide to licensing media is coming soon!
Live A Great Story – If you live an amazing life, you can share your stories in exchange for money. People make huge amounts of money on Patreon and you can too. You can also become an Instagram influencer or YouTube vlogger. All these options use affiliate marketing to earn money.
Become a digital nomad freelancer
One of the easiest ways to get money flowing in remotely is to become a freelancer. I use Upwork as well as Fiverr to get clients but if you’re super talented you can use Toptal which I hear good things about.
The skills that are most needed on these platforms are in the realm of media creation, web development, marketing, animation, and some financial services.
If you like photo/video/audio then I highly recommend purchasing and learning Adobe creative cloud. I think learning this suite of tools is one of the easiest and quickest ways to become a digital nomad freelancer.
Everyone needs skilled workers in these programs.
Don’t have any skills or know which ones you want to learn? I would go to upwork.com and look at the top and trending skills at the bottom of the homepage, click on a few that interest you and start developing your skills by watching YouTube.
You don’t need a 4-year design degree, you just need to learn how to teach yourself new skills. All the information is free online you just have to learn how to learn.
That’s all I did…
Getting a location independent job
Ok last but not least, just got a job.
Getting a remote job can be a little more competitive but if you stay at it, you can find a way to rise above the other applicants and land a great job that doesn’t care where you are.
This allows for lots of financial security but may require you to be available at certain times of day etc.
Here’s my exhaustive list of digital nomad jobs sites:
General digital nomad jobs:
There’s a few tricks to making all of this digital nomad thing work. Here’s a few I live by:
You can make a lot of money by saving money. You might start out your journey in a cheap country while you get on your feet. You can live very comfortably in many Asian countries for very little money.
You can also save huge amounts of money by doing work exchanges. Checkout workaway.info to find opportunities to work in exchange for room and board. Then you make a few bucks online and you’re good to go.
The most important thing to learn, is how to learn. Did you know that Google and Apple both dropped 4-year degrees from their hiring criteria?
That’s because no one cares about your 4-year degree anymore, they just want hard-working talent, and talent is not some God-given thing you were born with.
Talent is developed through reading, learning, practicing, and focusing on results.
I recommend you become a YouTube user. Not just for cat videos but to go deep and learn skills that will get you paid. Spend 1/2 as much time on social networks and double your time on YouTube, and use it as a social learning platform.
Every single Adobe app is taught extensively by thousands of people around the world, for free, on youtube. The barriers to entry have never been lower.
Ok I think that’s all I’ve got for now. Thanks for reading and I hope this helped.
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Here’s some videos we’ve made to highlight some of the examples above:
Right before Carly and I left to travel, we developed her online course 12-Days To Sexy on her website and it has helped buy us plane tickets, AirBNBs, and food around the world.
Since then we’ve created multiple other courses and have found great success in creating online courses and schools.
In this post, I’ll share why you should create an online course, how to create one, and the best online course platforms to choose from.
Why To Create An Online Course
Chances are, you’re really good at something that other people aren’t. No matter how big or small that skill is, someone on the world wide web will likely pay you to teach them how you do it.
After you develop a school and produce some curriculum, you’ll have a tangible product that will live on forever and the best part is, you don’t have to manufacture it more than once.
After posting it online and doing some marketing, it is possible to receive passive income from your courses for the rest of your life.
What You Will Need To Create An Online Course
There’s multiple ways to succeed in this realm but after lots of trial and error, I’ve discovered a few things that are crucial to success.
A platform that you can easily create, update, and market
An affiliate program
A small understanding of video production (iPhone will work fine)
That’s about it.
Best Online Course Platforms
I started out by building Carly’s entire course on her WordPress blog. I made new pages for each day of the cleanse and password protected the directory page. After someone purchased, we’d send them an automated email with the password and that was about it.
It worked alright but it was cumbersome to design and use, and most importantly, it didn’t have an affiliate program!
After a few months, we came to realize how crucial an affiliate program is to the success of any school so I started searching for platforms that had an affiliate program built in.
The other day I was chatting with a friend over the phone and he kept asking me questions about how I’ve travel the world, make money online, and play music as I go.
He’d ask were you ever scared for your life? How much money did you need? Where did you find clients? Did you have health insurance?
And I went on and answered them all. After our call, we were both feeling inspired and he said I should write this all down somewhere, so here it is.
How I became a digital nomad musician/marketer/accountant/videographer
When we first decided to leave we went to one of our favorite websites ever, workaway.info
I always suggest people go and browse on here, even if they’re not planning on traveling because once you get in there and see that you could work on a huskie farm in Sweden in exchange for room and board, you’re much more likely to go and actually travel.
There are so many available opportunities on Workaway like to work on a horse ranch in Costa Rica, pick olives in Tuscany, or go Glamping in Portugal (we did all these)
We did Workaways in Europe because it’s more expensive to hang out there, and we only worked on our computers in the inexpensive countries in Asia.
Digital Nomad Life
A lot of people don’t realize that there is an entire community of people working from their laptops in countries all over the world. They’re called digital nomads because they float around to multiple countries while still working to pay for it all.
Thanks to the internet, these things are possible.
We managed Instagram accounts, created videos, did SEO, wrote blogs, ran Facebook ads, created websites. Pretty much anything that was creative, needed in the marketplace and could be done remotely.
The only reason we knew how to do these things was because of a wonderful website called YouTube.com
Here you can learn any skill you need, then prove the results you can deliver and people will hire you. That’s how I’ve learned so much of what I do every day today.
Remember in The Matrix when he just loads up a file into his brain and he suddenly knows how to fly a helicopter? YouTube is like that, by typing the right questions into the search box you will have learned how to do it in less than 5 minutes.
I’ll link all of my favorite websites, tools, and resources for digital nomad jobs below, they just might inspire you.
How To Make Money While Traveling
This is the number one question that everyone asks, and for good reason. There are a million ways to make money and live a nomadic lifestyle but the easiest way is to convince your current job to let you go remote.
The second easiest way is to get a new job that encourages remote work, or has a fully remote workforce.
If you want to see what’s available, you can check out the remote job boards at the bottom of this post, or you can get started teaching English online.
We’ve found this to be one of the easiest ways to make money while you travel. Almost anyone can get signed up and you can do it from anywhere in the world, plus they pay well.
We’ve recently discovered an amazing platform that is helping thousands of people pursue a digital nomad lifestyle, and build experience in an in-demand industry.
When looking for remote marketing work I realized that there’s some certifications that employers really like to see on a resume, so I highly recommend taking time to study and get certified in Hubspot, Salesforce, Instagram, and Google Ads (links below).
The world is a safe place. You don’t realize it but you’re living in a total bubble in America. You think you know what life is like but you really don’t until you travel.
Fear is a powerful emotion that is berated at you daily but we said it a million times over our journey, people are good.
We always tell everyone don’t party, drink, do drugs, stay out late, hang out with unsavory characters, and you’ll be fine. It’s the same status in America if you hang out with crazys and do crazy things, stuff might happen to you.
If you find the right people, you will be rewarded with amazing friendships. The people we’ve met are truly amazing.
One thing you should look out for is air pollution. This is no joke in certain places and I had an asthmatic effect that I’d never experienced before, we met Americans developing Asthma from being in Ubud, Bali. Be careful and get a purifier, and use a mask.
So I’m a fiddle player by trade and I did bring it with me. I wanted to write songs, produce music, and play in epic locations around the world and that’s what I did. I even started a band while I was out and we played a show in Cambodia. I also played about 10 shows in Australia and a house concert in Canada.
While out I built a kind of mobile studio into a Pelican case which I wrote a post about HERE, and that really helped me get organized. I started producing cover songs on YouTube and wrote a good amount of original music about travel as well.
Digital Nomad Visas
As an American, you can go to just about any country and get a Visa On Arrival, it usually permits you around 3 months so it naturally, keeps you moving.
Visas are never really a problem, especially if you have an American passport. While traveling we realized how much of a luxury American passports are.
Long-Term Travel Insurance
The insurance that most everyone uses is called World Nomads.
This company provides a very good plan for a very good price, they cover too many things to list here, but I suggest you check out their site below.
Digital Nomad Ergonomics
When working while traveling, you end up in some strange positions. You might be sitting in a lounge chair on the beach, crammed between people at a Starbucks, or sending emails from the floor of an airport.
That being said, I highly recommend focusing on your working posture and getting ergonomic computer equipment to make sure you can do this long-term.
I like to think of myself as an athlete. The soul lives forever but the body is only temporary so take care of it. I’ve listed some of my favorite ergonomic office supplies below, and trust me, I’ve tried all the options.
Whenever I talk to a friend about traveling the world I let them know that it is easier than you think, it’s not as scary as you think, and it will open your eyes and breathe depth into your life.
I highly recommend the digital nomad lifestyle and I believe we should take advantage of this opportunity in our lifetimes. The people before us could only dream about living a life like this!