How to make money as a digital nomad

 

I first stepped off the corporate/public sector ladder in 2014. Scared witless, I’d no idea what kind of journey I was about to embark upon. I was unmotivated by the industry I was in at the time, and desperately wanted a change.

Like many blogs on the internet, mine began as a passion. I’d always loved writing and traveling, and so made the decision to join the millions of other bloggers out there.

Part-time vs full-time

Life as a part-time blogger is far more fun. By that I mean, you still get to have a life. You don’t spend your days and nights obsessing over SEO or whether your website’s DA has gone up or down.

As a part-time blogger, you also don’t care whether you’ve recently posted on one of your 20 social media accounts. When you make the decision to go full time, you understand the potential gains behind growing a successful blog, and a strong brand.

Full-time slog

Becoming full-time opens up a whole new insight to blogging. Gone are the quirky post headings, as you know it’ll never rank on Google.

On the plus side, you learn a hell of a lot, and in a short space of time. It’ll be overwhelming, challenging, tiring, but the effort can be immense.

On the flip side, it’s tough getting paid for it. There’s no amount of good YouTube videos that’ll turn you into a top earner in a week. Tons of hard work and commitment is the only way you’ll make it.

In the meantime, making a living as a digital nomad is one way to ensure you can still eat.

How to make money as a digital nomad

One thing I’d always said to myself, and to anyone who’d listen, was that, I’d work remotely one day. I didn’t know what kind of job I’d be doing. I just knew I didn’t want to be confined to a conventional type of working.

The following points offer insight into how you can make a living as a digital nomad, while building your blog at the same time.

1. Freelancing sites

Freelancer or People per Hour are a good place to start. They’ve hundreds of freelance jobs just itching to be filled. For both sites, it’s important you spend adequate time filling out your profile.

Add a photo, your rate of pay, something about you etc. The key here is to keep it lighthearted and to the point.

Remember, you’re not entering a corporate environment, so keep it light. Sign up using my referral link for People per Hour and get your journey started.

Freelancer works on the same principle. You can filter what types of jobs you’re looking for, and hopefully find something that’s right for you. The competition’s high on both, but be persistent, and triple-check your submission before submitting your bid.

Tip: know your strengths — how to make money as a digital nomad

It’s the classic job interview question: what are your key strengths? When making the decision to work remotely, this can help you secure the kind of work you’re good at.

I’ve a background of over 16 years working in communications, and never hesitate to mention it when pitching.

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Luxury experience in Vienna - Vienna State Opera

“…making a living as a digital nomad is one way to ensure you can still eat!”

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2. Gig economy websites

We’re fortunate to live in an age where technology and innovation meet. Websites like Fiverr let you create your own profile and showcase your skillset. From website and logo design, to music and audio jobs, it’s all here under one banner.

It works on the concept of jobs, or gigs, starting from $5. This may not sound like much, but there are ways to increase your earnings.

The more jobs you get, and do well, the more positive reviews you’ll receive. Once you’ve established a reliable reputation, you can work your way to becoming a top seller, and enjoy your earnings.

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3. Become a social media influencer

For the people who know me best, I’m the last person who’d ever consider myself a social media influencer.

However, in an age where companies are looking for all sorts to market their products, even I’ve a shot! Being an influencer doesn’t mean trying to become the next biggest Instagram model.

Focus on content — how to make money as a digital nomad

Being a social media influencer also doesn’t necessarily mean that you need a large following. In fact, if the brand likes your submitted content, there’s a high chance they’ll pay you for it.

Many companies like Tribe and Buzzoole need influencers for their clients, and can pay well if you win a campaign. I should point out that the higher your following, the more you can charge. However, don’t let this put you off.

Focus on creating content, being authentic and showcasing your ethos in your brand. After all, the majority of us are most likely to follow creators who we can relate to.

4. Pitch your idea

Go back to basics and pitch a unique story idea. Many editors at national or local news desks are always looking for a good story. Calling is usually better than email, and make sure you know your rates before approaching press contacts.

Guest posting also raises your profile, and not to mention your website’s domain and page Authority too (DA and PA). Writing for Huffington Post or Lonely Planet may not make you rich, but it’ll elevate your profile and credibility.

5. Become a virtual assistant (VA)

The second I make it big, I’m getting myself a virtual assistant (VA). Virtual assistants can be a godsend to busy bloggers, and do all the jobs you consider mundane. That said, the market’s huge for VAs, with plenty of jobs waiting to be snatched up.

There’s no ‘one size fits all’ in finding the right VA. Search on the internet for reputable companies, and join relevant Facebook groups until you find the one.

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“Thanks to the constant innovation of new apps infiltrating the marketplace, there are plenty of jobs for digital nomads.”

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6. Miscellaneous money-making ways

Thanks to the constant innovation of new apps infiltrating the marketplace, there are plenty of jobs for digital nomads.

These jobs may be a little different from your usual field, but it gives you the chance to recharge your blogging brain.

Housesitting / pet-sitting — how to make money as a digital nomad

If you’ve never heard of housesitting or pet-sitting, you may want to jump on board with the idea. In short, you can earn money just by looking after someone’s house or pet — or both.

It’s ideal for digital nomads on the move, and helps you cut costs while traveling.

There are many companies now advertising this, and with gigs in reach of your location. Simply search for the term ‘housesitting’ and see what comes up in your browser.

Completing tasks

Websites like Task Rabbit and Airtasker are some of the bigger brands making the headlines. Simply put, once you register and create a profile, you can begin making an offer on jobs that are posted online. 

Airbnb

I can’t write a post about making a living as a digital nomad, without mentioning Airbnb. If you’ve a property, or even a spare room to rent out, Airbnb can make you some serious cash.

It’s a great money-maker as a host, and can save you heaps as a guest. Still not signed up for an account? Here’s a link to get £30 (€34/$42) off your first booking.

What do you think of these pointers — did I leave anything out? If you’re a digital nomad, or looking to become one, leave a comment below, I’d love to hear your feedback!

Till next time, happy and safe travels X

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