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.
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 :)