The best money making location independent jobs

Have you ever dreamed of that idyllic location independent lifestyle? Working off your laptop in the morning, sipping cold drinks by the pool in the sun all afternoon? For many of us this is just a dream, but there is a growing population of people who work full time from their computers as they travel the world. These ‘digital nomads’ enjoy the flexibility of being able to choose where and when they work, and many of them are making a lot more money than you might think.

What remote jobs are out there?

The first hurdle people come across when deciding they’d like to live and work anywhere in the world is knowing what remote jobs are actually available. You may be surprised to find you have more location independent skills than you might think. Some of the most popular location independent careers include:

  1. Freelance writers
  2. Customer service roles
  3. Independent online businesses
  4. Web developers
  5. Digital marketers
  6. Graphic design
  7. Online tutoring
  8. Social media experts and influencers
  9. Virtual assistants

What remote job will pay me the most money?

Depending on how many hours you are willing to put in and how much work you can attract by building a name for yourself as a reliable freelancer, location independent careers can be very lucrative. 

Hourly rates can range from anything between £5 to £150+ depending on your skillset, and all you need is an internet connection. See our chart below for an idea of what we’ve seen some of the highest-paid freelancers charge per hour on Fiverr.

How do I find remote work?

Okay, so you’ve got an idea of what jobs are out there, and you know you’ve got the skills to do them, but where can you find them? In the digital age of today, there are a number of companies that employ skilled professionals across the globe to complete different tasks from their own homes. 

Some of the most popular freelancing platforms are Freelancer, Upwork and Fiverr. These sites enable businesses of all sizes and from anywhere in the world to pair up with the skilled professionals they need. Offering services from web designers to search engine optimisation, copywriting to data entry and online tutoring to providing voice-overs; sites like these prove popular with companies and freelancers alike. 

These digital platforms allow individuals to set their own hourly rates, which can have the disadvantage of driving down fees for professionals who compete with one another for work. However, by consistently meeting deadlines and receiving positive reviews, freelancers can gradually increase their fees as they prove themselves to be more and more reliable.

More niche companies that subcontract work out to specialists anywhere in the world. One of the main advantages of working for a niche company is that you can’t see what your competitors are charging, so you set your fee off your own merit. On top of this, working for a well-established company means the jobs that come in are usually for reputable companies which can be a great addition to your CV.

What does it take to be a digital nomad?

Now you have a vague idea of what some of these well-paid location independent jobs entail, let’s take a closer look at what it actually takes to work from anywhere in the world.

Knowledge 

Any technology role, such as search engine optimisation, web development or digital marketing will require a high degree of pre-existing knowledge. Not only this but a commitment to stay up to date with any industry changes. These roles can be profitable, but you will need to constantly update your knowledge of recent industry changes as they come out. 

Attending industry-led talks and networking events such as Brighton SEO or the Festival of Marketing. It can also be a good idea to follow like-minded individuals on Twitter, read articles from industry professionals and even join a slack group such as Traffic Think Tank. Some Slack groups might seem unreasonably priced to begin with, but the connections you can make through these platforms can prove priceless. 

For professionals outside of the digital marketing industry, it is similarly pertinent to maintain your subject knowledge and make time to network with others in your field. 

Technology 

You might also need to consider basics such as ensuring you always have a reliable internet connection and relevant technology to do your work. You don’t want to settle down on a beach in Thailand ready to get on with a project, only to discover you can’t connect to the web or your computer won’t turn on. 

It can be a good idea to sign up with a reliable mobile phone network provider, so if all else fails you can at least use your personal hotspot to provide internet access to your laptop.

To combat internet connectivity issues, we highly recommend investing in a mobile phone sim card that works in more than 150 countries, such as ChatSim

Alternatively, if travelling around one particular country for a while we would suggest registering for your own sim card whilst there. Too Many Adapters recommend either Optus or Amaysim for travellers staying in Australia. 

How do I develop my skills?

There are plenty of ways to develop your skills to attain the higher reaching pay brackets of location independent jobs such as web programming. 

Looking at online courses that will expand your knowledge can help. Where possible, looking into industry-specific and widely recognised qualifications will help massively when trying to establish yourself before you have any recognised clients. 

Online learning providers include Udemy and Squared Online. Udemy provides affordable, and even free courses on topics ranging from photography to cybersecurity. Squared online specialises in its digital marketing leadership course, ideal for entrepreneurs who are running their own online businesses and looking to get a better hold of their digital strategy.

So what are you waiting for? Get online today and start building your location independent career. 

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