There are so many opportunities to work remotely in today's world that there has to be something out there that fits my skills, right? I have been reading many websites and blogs to see what kind of options are out there and what skill-sets other digital nomads have and often I get discouraged and anxious about what exactly is it that I can do? Here's some of the top remote jobs I've come across:
- Graphic designer
- Website designer/programmer
- App developers
- Freelance writer
- English teacher
- Marketing/business consultant
Hm.....well none of those probably are realistic options for me unless I go back to school to get some formal training. I have little to no experience in these departments whatsoever.
I have done some of my own design work for event logos and website design for our business events but am not a trained professional with any real street credibility. I know just enough to be dangerous and break things with basic HTML but not any real marketable skills
And I have read on many blogger sites that teaching English is actually really easy and fun in other countries but honestly it's not something I really want to do or rely on. Being a pretty introverted person, getting up in front of people, be it adults or children, is not something I really like to do at all.
So how am I going to be able to generate any income for us? A few of my rambling ideas:
- This Website - I am not a technical writer and probably don't have perfect grammar but I do enjoy writing these blog posts and sharing our travel stories and knowledge with those that like to read it so possibly there will be some minor ways to generate income or earn opportunities from this site but at this point.
- Virtual Assistant - I actually have had a part time job as a remote assistant for the past 5 years and do really enjoy it. So my hopes is to build a portfolio for myself and find opportunities in this area. I am fairly well versed in Microsoft products, basic finance in Quickbooks, travel and meeting coordination, website management and social media management. All things that most small businesses need but don't always have the full-time staff or budget for.
- Race Consultant - I've been a runner for 9 years now and we have owned our race management company for 4 years now as well. So I know a thing or two about putting on a successful race, working with cities for permitting, setting budgets, sourcing vendors, creating courses, etc.
- Random "in office" jobs - What I mean by this is I won't be opposed to picking up part time jobs wherever we may be. If we need a little extra cash, I wouldn't mind working part time as a barista, doing seasonal retail jobs or even selling seashells by the seashore. (geez i can't even type that without getting my brain tongue-tied!). Some people might think this sounds like a horrible collapse back to their college days but I think if you stay in the mindset that the work is temporary, it could be fun and a great opportunity to gain some new skills.
- Travel Manager Extraordinaire - Ok so this isn't for other people, just us :) I have been doing a lot of research on work exchange programs and housesitting opportunities and am really excited to use these as opportunities to travel and explore different areas of the world while saving up some money. Many work exchange programs offer free lodging in return for a few hours of work a day. Housesitting jobs also offer free lodging at the host's home in return for basic upkeep and maintenance of their property while they are away on business or vacation. Many housesits also come with the responsibility of caring for their beloved furry companions. Being huge dog and cat lovers, this is perfect for us! The two sites we are currently a part of are TrustedHousesitters.com and MindMyHouse.com. Both have a small fee to be part of their network and apply for housesitting opportunities but are highly rated and have been used by many of the other digital nomads we follow.
Obviously there is another half to this equation and that is what Mark will be doing as well while we are on the road. Currently he is going to school for photography which is his true passion. Plus, he has years of experience in the IT industry and he has done a number of remote jobs in this field as well. It's not his true passion in life but he's got a lot of experience and does very well in the field.
We are also lucky in the fact that we do own one rental property that will provide us with a small monthly income and plan to put our current house up for rental as well but it's not enough to live on.
For the other digital nomads out there - What do you do for a living? What successes (or failures) have you had? Did you ever find yourself anxious or nervous that you might not be able to earn enough money to continue your nomadic lifestyle? And feel free to mention your own sites in your comments, I don't mind!