Updated: August 7, 2018
Whether you’re just thinking about the logistics of travelling fair and wide, on an extended holiday to get a feel for properly travelling, or already fully immersed in the digital nomad lifestyle, at some point you have probably wondered how people make it work. Money-wise, that is.
Sure, some people may be born into wealth and living off their trust funds and inherited corporations as they jet around the world on a private cruise ship. But most of us still need to work. And, as it turns out, there are plenty of ways of working on the go.
1. Show off what you’ve got
If you’re more of a physical, or arty person, you might prefer getting out in the street and showing off. Everything from making paintings on the roadside, to busking, to performing juggling acts, can get you a little money. Just make sure to check the area’s laws about street performers before you commit!
Another job that’s really easy to get going and really easy to do wherever you are is eTutoring. If you are good at any language, Maths, IT, or Science, there is usually a steady stream of students. And even if you only speak English, you may find many people who will pay you just to talk and correct their English!
3. Be outsourced
If you’re not too sure about going out and doing something brand new, perhaps you could try doing your day job, but as an outsourced worker? Many companies will hire someone to complete their books, clean, or drive on a contractor basis.
4. Document your travels
If the places you’re going or the things you’re doing are out of the ordinary enough, you might be able to live off ad revenue. Get a quality video camera and start a blog, and see where it goes!
5. Writing resumés
If you like the idea of writing, but you’re less creative and more of a formal writer, then maybe you could help people who need their resumés writing?
6. Au pair or house sit
If you want a place to stay and to be paid for it, you can always work as an au pair. Or, if kids aren’t your cup of tea, you could pet sit or house sit instead.
7. Resorts and summer camps
It may be the cliché “I’m a student and I want to travel for cheap” job, but it’s nothing to turn your nose up at. Resorts and camps offer a place to stay, food, and a paycheck you can use to fund further travels.
8. Freelance writing
One of the simplest jobs to get into, but not necessarily the simplest job to do. There are many websites that allow you to just sign up and apply for work. The downside is, you have to make sure you’re delivering high quality work every time, because bad reviews can add up fast.
A lot of these jobs need you to have your writing game on point. So if you aren’t sure about your writing style, you may need to check out some writing guides, like State of Writing, and you can always use a grammar checker to make sure that your texts are absolutely perfect.
9. Find seasonal work
From picking strawberries to waking up sheep in snow drifts, everywhere has seasonal work. It’s often cash in hand, and you won’t rely on credentials or giving out bank details, which is a major bonus.
10. Various freelancing jobs
When it comes to work online, the sky is the limit! Whether you want to design logos, sing songs, or edit blogs for a living, there are people willing to hire you to do just that on a job-by-job basis.
And whatever you do, always remember to give 110%. Unlike at a standard desk job, much of this work doesn’t pay by the hour, but by the number of deliveries.
What is more, you want to get enough money to fund your travels without spending all day cooped up in a hotel. If this is the lifestyle you want, you’re going to have to work hard and play hard.
This article is written and contributed by Brenda Berg. She’s a professional with over 15 years of experience in business management, marketing and entrepreneurship. Consultant and tutor for college students and entrepreneurs at Oxessays. She believes that constant learning is the only way to success. You can visit her personal blog at Letsgoandlearn.com