If you want to know how to live and work from anywhere, that’s great because there are a few ways to do it. Have you ever wished you could escape the 9-5 grind of the rat race and live the life that you’ve always dreamed of?
Well now you can forget about just living for the weekends and your annual holiday’s, whilst spending your life at your office desk secretly Googling getaways.
You might have a great job, impressive title, gleaming office and brilliant career prospects with little complaints. However, your present job may also involve sitting behind a desk all day long, meeting deadlines or working for an employer who hardly gives you any time off, or worse still makes you feel underappreciated.
If this describes you, maybe it’s time you went for a career change, where you can choose to live and work from anywhere. The days when working in an exotic or far off location meant you had to be an English teacher, travel photographer or journalist is over.
With globalisation and the magic of the internet, it means it’s possible to do a number of jobs remotely without being an absolute wizard. Here are few that you might think about trying.
Even though copywriting is not the best paid job in the world, if you’re a native English, Spanish or French speaker for example, you can easily make around $15 an hour, which is enough to finance your travels in countries with a low cost of living, working four hours a day.
If you can specialize in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), you can charge more money for your services and article customisation. There are various websites that offer these jobs and you can start with www.freelancer.com.
You can start by charging low and once you’ve become established, you can raise your fees.
2. Virtual assistant
Being a virtual assistance involves very a broad category of activities. Your typical day may involve answering Skype telephone calls, responding to emails, updating websites and data entry.
If you have various skills, this is a great job because you will be self-employed and you will be providing professional administrative services to various clients. The job can allow you to earn more money faster, and you can spend the rest of your time travelling or doing other things you like.
If you’re skilled at copywriting and you also speak other languages fluently or better still you are bilingual, translation is a great way of earning an income.
The benefit of doing translation work is that you can take advantage of living abroad. For instance, if you’re a German citizen and you spend most of your time living in English-speaking countries, you’re more likely to receive job offers compared to your locally established German counterparts because your clients are going to have more confidence in your mastery of both languages.
4. Social Media Marketer
If you spend most of your time on Facebook, why not use that opportunity to earn some income? The thing is, most companies find it hard to update their Facebook accounts, and this is an opportunity for someone with social media skills to make money.
As a social media marketer, your work is to publish new and engaging information for these companies. You will also interact with followers on their fan page and Twitter account by posting status updates, tweeting and replying to their comments.
5. Web design
It’s very easy to learn the basics of web design and if you study well, you will learn how to build websites for clients using WordPress within weeks.
You even don’t need great design skills because there are templates that you can use for designing websites.
When I started my second company Piranha Media and wanted to start making money through web design, I started by building a corporate website for myself and then asking other business owners that I knew personally if I could design websites for them. Since I did a good job, I was soon getting work through referrals.
6. Graphic Design
Graphic design is a great way of making money from anywhere in the world. That’s because you can become a freelancer and get job offers through the internet.
You can use a website like Craigslist to advertise your services. If you’re good at graphic design, there won’t be a shortage of companies who will give you job offers.
However, you need intensive or existing training before you can master programs like Photoshop. You also need to keep polishing your skills because graphic design is a dynamic industry and there are new techniques that are being introduced all the time.
Becoming an expert programmer isn’t easy and you need years of working experience before you can become proficient. Skilled programmers earn good sums of money, and there will always be someone looking for a programmer.
In addition, you can also do your own project. For instance, these days we have smart phones and they run apps. You can design and sell your apps on the app market. You can sell your apps in places like Google Play and Windows App Store or Apptopia for IOS or Android.
8. Online teaching and coaching
The online teaching industry is growing and there are many opportunities that are available. If you’re proficient in English, Spanish, Chinese, Italian etc, then you can teach a language.
You can also do lectures in universities and this is a job that you can do from anywhere in the world. If you’re highly qualified, you can earn great amounts of money through teaching.
Online teaching and coaching can be a rewarding job for people who like to help others learn from the comfort of their home.
Nowadays, it’s very easy for people to build online stores and sell their products through the internet. The amazing thing is that you don’t have to build your store because you can join eBay or the Amazon Marketplace and sell your stuff.
There are sites that allow you to build your online store, and they provide you with all the necessary support. You can also learn SEO, Pay per Click and website design if you want to venture out on your own without relying on eBay and Amazon.
10. Online Entrepreneurship
Apart from everything that I’ve mentioned above, there are many other opportunities for people to make a living from anywhere in the world.
This would be categorized under online entrepreneurship. If you want to become an online entrepreneur, you need an innovative idea and great execution. You can sell digital products, create passive income as an affiliate or establish a start-up.
How to start
The best way to start is to acquire new skills, which can allow you to get paid by clients. Whether you want to venture into web design, graphic design or copywriting, start by getting a new skill. Once you start making a good income, you can start other projects and expand your horizons.