How to Find Online Work and Earn Money While Traveling

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When Mat and I came home after our first full year of travelling, the only thing we could think about (aside from seeing friends and family) was how we could save the money we needed to travel again.  We wanted to get going again pretty quickly so we started looking into ways to make money on the road and got lucky when some friends offered us an online job that allowed us to work while we travelled.

We’ve now been living and learning about the digital nomad lifestyle for over two years and we are finally ready to share 12 tips that will help you find online work, become location independent, and travel more.

1) Flex Jobs
Search the Flex Jobs website to find telecommuting and work-from-home job opportunities.  

2) Forbes Top 100 Lists
Take a peek at the Forbes top 100 companies that offer remote jobs lists from 2014, 2015, and 2016 and click on the companies names to see the online work opportunities they have available.

3) Freelance
Apply for contracts using freelance websites like Guru.com and Upwork.

4) Virtual Assistant
Be helpful and earn money by assisting companies with tasks like online research, data entry, and more.  Fancy Hands is one virtual assistant company that always seems to be hiring.

5) Follow Your Heart
Make a list of 10 companies or organizations you’d like to work for (or more if you’re feeling ambitious!) and visit the careers/jobs page on their website to see if they have any location independent work opportunities. 

6) Word of mouth
Tell everyone you know that you’re looking for online work – you never know when an online job opportunity might find it’s way to you.

7) Coworking Spaces
Search for coworking spaces in your area to find out about networking events and volunteer opportunities that will put you in contact with local startup companies and fellow digital nomads.

8) Start an Online Business
Be your own boss and start an online store, create a youtube channel, write eBooks, or design apps – the sky is the limit.

9) Be Cautious
Avoid scam online jobs (like clicking ads and filling out surveys) that promise to make you rich quick, and focus on legitimate job opportunities instead.

10) Travel Smart
Find out about wifi availability, cost of living, border entry requirements, etc., before you plan your trip.  The Nomad List is a great website that provides a lot of this information.

11) Acquire New Skills
Take the time to learn (or improve) your job-specific skills to increase your chances of getting hired.  For example, if you want to do graphic design work, make sure you know how to use Photoshop.  If you want to be a virtual assistant, make sure you’re familiar with Excel spreadsheets.  Reading job postings will help you figure out which skills are important for the jobs you want to apply for.

12) Spend Less
Reduce your travel expenses so that you can spend less time working and more time having fun while you travel.

If you’re a digital nomad with tips for finding online work, please share them with us in the comments below!  If you’re interested in learning how to earn money while traveling but you don’t want to work online, stay tuned for an upcoming post about how to find offline work on the road.

Happy Exploring :)

Danielle

18 thoughts on “How to Find Online Work and Earn Money While Traveling

  1. Jocelyne Langis

    Génial! Bon il me semble que ça serait pal mal pour nous aussi ces petits trucs, non’?
    Faudrait peut-être envisager un blog du genre “Basic introduction course to get older people involved in some projects” .
    Très instructif.

  2. Ricky

    Kinda disappointed. I checked out websites aforementioned are not deaf-friendly. Websites indicate requiring an audio headset (with a microphone) to do this job. Is there an online job a deaf-friendly where Deaf people could work online at home? Please advise. Thank you.

    1. Danielle Chabassol Post author

      Hi Ricky, thanks for checking out the post and I’m sorry that you’re not finding deaf-friendly job postings on the sites we shared. I can see how a lot of online jobs might would require you to use an audio headset but there are definitely a lot of other opportunities that won’t require it, or that might be adaptable to your needs. I hope you’ll keep looking and reach out to companies who are posting jobs you’d like to do. It might just be that they aren’t familiar with audio headset alternatives, or that they list an audio headset as a requirement for jobs that don’t really need it. I’m guessing customer service and sales jobs will be more likely to require you to do work on the phone, while other jobs like web design, copywriting, etc. might not. Last but not least, if you’re still not having any luck finding jobs that are deaf-friendly, you might want to consider starting your own online business. Maybe an app or a blog that would help hearing-impaired people to find online work! Take care and happy exploring :)

  3. Kim

    Been meaning to comment on this for awhile – awesome resources! You guys have totally inspired me to pursue some alternative work arrangements. I don’t need fully remote (a nomadic life isn’t in the cards for us), but I’d really like to work towards a combination or part-time ‘out of the house’ work, and at-home self employed work. And recent conversations have suggested that these ‘pipe dreams’ may in fact be achievable… and the resources in this post will be a great help :).

    1. Danielle Chabassol Post author

      I’m super happy to hear that the links are helpful, Kim. It’s always exciting when you can find a way to make a master plan become reality :D xo

  4. Marie-Stephanie Proulx

    Great post! I am considering a new alternative lifestyle for our family where we could be traveling with our kids and living a simpler life. My husband and I are already working from home as translators and I am also working on restarting my blog so the job issue would not be a problem since we are already working full time online. Just wanted to share a site that helped us a lot to get started in translation – Proz.com. Even though we already are working full time with an established list of clients I still often get contacted by new agencies almost on a daily basis. It might be an option for some of your readers so I thought it might be a good idea to share.

    1. Danielle Chabassol Post author

      Hi Marie-Stephanie, thank you for sharing the Proz.com website – it looks like a great resource and I know quite a few people already who would be interested in finding translation work!

      I recently found this list of blogs written by families who travel – you might find some interesting stories that will inspire your own family travel plans :)

      http://worldschooladventures.com/other-traveling-families/

      Take care and happy exploring!

      Danielle

  5. Todd (VanLifeAmerica)

    Great article guys, thank you for posting some really useful information. I have been trying to seek alternative ways to supplement income whilst living the nomad life for as long as it suits my desires. I hope you two are well! Safe and Happy travels!

    1. Danielle Chabassol Post author

      Hi Todd – thanks for checking out this post! I hope it helps you find a way to supplement your income. Looks like you’re having some incredible van life adventures. Keep it up and maybe our paths will cross one day :)

      Happy Exploring,

      Danielle

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