It’s no longer impossible to imagine a career built around your love for traveling and immersing yourself in different cultures. When I was growing up, I thought it was only a lifestyle that only expats, jetsetters, those in the travel and tourism industry, and glamorous, wealthy people could afford.
Today, anyone can achieve a way of life centered around being able to travel freely. The secret is in finding the best digital nomad jobs that are a good fit for your own skills, dreams, and passions. So if you’re interested in the digital nomad lifestyle, it’s important to determine which jobs are a good fit with you. Here are ten of the best nomad careers you can consider.
This is hands down one of the most common jobs for digital nomads that I’ve encountered thus far. So many businesses and personalities require the kind of content to make their products and services constantly significant, but unfortunately do not know how to go about doing it by themselves.
Content creation can include writing a brand’s copy by way of blog posts, email blasts, social media copy, and other digitally share-able text. It can also involve visuals such as graphics and videos. A content creator basically comes up with relevant information to help clients further their brand to a wider audience. And the good news is, you don’t have to stay locked up in an office to do this!
In line with content creation, copywriting is one of the most in-demand digital nomad jobs today. In fact, many of the coworking spaces and coffee shops I frequent are patronized by copywriters. For this job, all you need is a laptop!
Writing effective copy relies a lot on the power of persuasion, and how good you can make your client’s products or services appealing to its target audience. It’s also one of the more scalable in terms of payment – a more impressive copywriting portfolio means you can charge more compared to someone who is just starting out.
Graphic or web designer
I used to think that web or graphic designers won’t make it to the list of common nomadic jobs. But given the portability of the contemporary tools used by these modern-day artists, it is now highly possible for them to be digital nomads. Whether they do their work in a coworking space or a rented cottage or hotel room, creativity can still flow for any design-oriented projects – without creating too much of a clutter or demanding a hodgepodge of bulky equipment.
Online language tutor
In general, virtual tutors can all be nomadic. Unlike classroom-bound mentors, all they need is a stable Internet connection, a laptop, a webcam, and a mic or headset. Online language tutors in particular are in special demand in certain parts of the world – especially for the English-speaking variety.
Remote language tutors can either be part of a stable of other tutors, or do it independently with select clients. All you need for this job would be a quiet space, a good command of the language being taught, great communication skills. and the above-mentioned tools.
A company may have good branding and original content, but without SEO (search engine optimization) specialization, it can end up largely ignored and unappreciated. An SEO specialist basically helps a brand become highly searchable online by people (AKA potential clients). For this career, experience is still the best tool, along with a laptop and a stable Internet connection.
Social media manager
While some may consider this particular career “unnecessary” because they think they can do social media management by themselves, others see it as important enough to make it their job to help clients. What a social media manager does seems to be basic – create, share, and market content via social media platforms to improve readership and reach. But many companies and personalities tend to be overwhelmed by the minutiae of marketing themselves online that they need to hire someone else to do it for them – and that someone can be a digital nomad!
Arguably one of the best digital nomad careers has to do with consultancy. Life coaches, diet and fitness gurus, and other variations of lifestyle consultants are in much demand these days. Their output and advice can be had in various ways: via blogs or vlogs, as eBooks, a social media page, or other means of accessing help and encouragement in any field. People need help in different aspects of their lives, and if you’re an expert at something, you don’t need to stay in one place to extend a (virtual) hand to someone who needs it.
If you can sell someone something even if they don’t need it, then this might be the nomadic career path for you. An online marketer doesn’t need to be face to face with a potential customer, as long as they can represent their client’s products or services well. It works even better with the right kind of tools, such as SEO and PPC (pay-per-click) strategies.
App or web developer
Another familiar digital nomad would be the developer. They already typically work from home, anyway, so why not get the work done in places not necessarily confined by four familiar walls? An app or web developer is always in demand because theirs is a specialized task not easily learned by anyone. And gone are the days of bulky tools, because everything is cloud-based and portable nowadays.
Virtual assistance is a sort of blanket career that involves helping a client out with clerical, administrative, or even creative tasks – but remotely. It’s one of the most logical digital nomad jobs to take on. You don’t have to punch in and out of a regular office schedule, but having some kind of structure as far as meeting deadlines and providing a timetable for efficiency is a must.
This list of digital nomad careers isn’t all-encompassing. There are increasingly more traditional jobs that, with the help of modern tools, can now become nomadic. For instance, it might be argued that people who work in travel and tours get more mileage to their name compared to these ones on the list. The main difference between those people and the working nomad who freelances, though, relies on accountability. Those who are employed or in-house must answer to higher-ups for any mistakes or promotion, while digital nomads are often freelancers (with the exception of those who do remote jobs from a steady employer) who must take on the responsibility for every decision they make in their career.