Do you love travelling? You can’t wait for your next holiday and wish that you had more than four week’s annual leave entitlement?
Well, the good news is that there are now plenty of internet-based occupations that allow you to mix work and travel, making money as you enjoy seeing the world.
There are three prerequisites to all these jobs:
- A laptop
- A reliable internet connection
Many entrepreneurs who have their own websites (including myself) use one or several of the following methods to generate income, often outsourcing some of the work to freelancers, which allows them to be location independent.
Even if entrepreneurship isn’t your thing, many of these jobs are also available as employed roles too!
So, here are 20 jobs that allow you to work remotely.
1. Website developer/designer
As a website developer/designer, your work involves creating websites for clients.
The design element of your job entails developing and styling the overall look and layout of the website, whereas the developer aspect of the role involves developing internet functionality and applications.
2. App developer
Whatever you do in the world today, “there’s an app for that!”
An app developer is basically a computer software engineer who creates, tests, and programs apps for mobile phones, tablets, and computers.
You can come up with your own ideas and concepts for apps that will appeal to the general public or work on projects for specific clients.
3. Virtual assistant
A virtual assistant works for a client or multiple clients, handling phone inquiries, and undertaking general secretarial and administrative tasks that would ordinarily be carried out by office-based staff.
These days, many firms use virtual assistants to keep overheads down and to remain flexible.
You can either work for a company, an agency, or become self-employed and pick up work from one of the many online job boards.
Blogging is an extremely popular web-based job that pretty much anyone can do, provided that they have something to say that is of interest to people.
Bloggers create, edit, post, and promote their writing online.
As a blogger, you want to attract an audience of followers who come back to read your blog on a regular basis. You can then monetize your blog through advertising, affiliate marketing, sponsored content etc. which we will talk about later in this post.
Related Read: 6 Ways You Can Make Money From Blogging
Vlogging is similar to blogging but uses video as a medium, rather than text.
Vloggers build up an online following on YouTube and use a combination of affiliate marketing and brand influencing to generate revenue, along with YouTube’s own advertising program.
6. Brand influencer
Brand influencers use their social media presence and prowess to engage and connect their audience with particular brands or products.
As an influencer, you’ll partner with a brand to create sponsored content.
7. PPC advertising manager
Google AdWords and Facebook ads are used by companies to build their client bases through the use of Pay Per Click (PPC) adverts.
As a PPC manager, you’ll spend your time managing AdWords and Facebook marketing campaigns for clients, working out what aspects of the campaigns are working well, and making adjustments to areas that aren’t performing.
8. Advertising networks
An advertising network company connects advertisers to websites that want to display adverts using banner ads, such as the Google AdSense network.
If you own your own website, you can monetize that site by using ads supplied by these networks. You get paid based on the number of people who view and click on those adverts.
9. Affiliate marketing
An affiliate marketer makes money by promoting and selling other people’s products.
You can do it through social media, podcasts, and/or your own website.
You are given a unique referral link and every time a sale is made through that link, you receive a percentage of that sale.
There are many affiliate programs out there, but the most popular one is Amazon Associates.
10. Content creator
If you have a talent for writing, you could work as a content creator, writing blog posts, and articles for websites.
There are lots of content mills where you can learn the art of writing for the web before applying for work with private clients.
Creating your own podcast can be very lucrative if you can get a big-enough audience to listen to you.
You can then monetize your efforts through sponsorship, advertising, and/or affiliate marketing.
12. Product creation (POD)
If you’re creative and inventive, you might fancy creating your own products and selling them via drop shipping or print on demand.
Both these methods allow you to create merchandise without having to carry expensive stock that ties up your capital (and which may not sell!)
They say that everyone has at least one book in them, so if you want to take a sabbatical, go traveling, and use your journey as inspiration, you could write that novel you’ve been planning for years.
Once the book is written, you can self-publish it, market the book yourself online, and then sell it on a print on demand basis to keep costs down.
Alternatively, you could try to secure a publishing deal with a publishing house, although that can take many months, and your book may not be accepted if you’re an unknown author.
14. Membership website
A membership website is a “gated site” that features content that’s only accessible to subscribers to the site.
Some websites have a membership element to them, such as those “exclusive content” only available to those that subscribe.
15. Flipping websites
Flipping websites is another way of making money.
Basically, you create a website, ideally, with unique content, build up an online presence and a decent amount of traffic, and then sell the site via an online marketplace, such as Flippa.com.
16. Flipping domains
In a nutshell, domain flipping involves purchasing a domain name at a very low price and then selling that domain for more than the original purchase cost.
Sometimes the transaction can be as simple as stated above, or other times the person buying the domain will increase its value by increasing the domain’s authority (DA) before selling it on.
17. Social media manager
Social media managers represent companies as the voice of the brand.
The role involves responding to readers’ comments, creating social and engaging content, and devising campaigns, all of which are designed to enhance the brand’s online presence.
Proof-readers check content, advertising material, and websites for grammatical, spelling, and formatting errors.
You can take online proofreading courses, which can get you into this potentially very busy and profitable niche.
19. Content editor
A content editor works for a webmaster, checking all the website content prior to publication, and devising a schedule for the content’s creation and release.
Content editors are sometimes tasked with recruiting writers and creatives to work on specific websites or projects.
20. Online course tutor
If you have specialist knowledge in a particular topic, you could devise a training program that you deliver online.
That could be in any subject, from learning a language to teaching people how to build their own websites.
To wrap things up…
You can enjoy life on the road and make money, too, by getting into one or a few of the roles we’ve mentioned above.
I have several websites that offer advertising and affiliate marketing content, as well as a range of print-on-demand products. Also, I’m just about to launch a new app that has a subscription model.
Together, these multiple follows of income allow me to be location independent.
Do you have a job that you can take with you when you go traveling? Tell us how you make a living and enjoy travelling, too, in the comments box below.