Imagine if you could get a chance to work from any place in the world, be it Thailand, Australia or Japan and lead a regular life at the same time. This is not a pipe dream but a reality in 2017, where you can both live and work from wherever you please. The freedom to explore and travel should not be confined to a one week vacation! There are alternatives to the conventional nine to five grind. If total flexibility in work is your aim, here are ten location independent jobs that can be undertaken no matter in which corner of the world you are.
1) Teacher or Tutor
Just imagine that by helping students solve assignments and learn across the world you can earn a lot of money sitting at home or traveling thousands of miles away. You can pickup a job teaching English virtually anywhere in the world. If you teach online the possibilities are limitless – math, programming, and languages are just a few of the subjects that pay well. With higher qualifications, you can earn even more money from online teaching. Tutor.com and udemy.com are few places where you can get started teaching online.
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There are millions of people around the world making a living by just blogging. The best part is that the topics are endless, as you can blog about just anything, in an easy and inexpensive way. If handled in a proper manner, the returns, with relation to time given and traffic generated, could be quite generous. Social media can increase the visitors towards your blog, ensuring in high rewards in a short time. If you want to get started with blogging, startbloggingonline.com has a step by step tutorial for beginners.
3) Social Media Marketer
Flourishing companies often do not have time to manage social media on Facebook and Twitter, let alone newer platforms such as Instagram. Each platform requires a different strategy and learning curve. Their headache can be converted to a profitable business for you, so long as you are willing to spend most part of your day on your computer and work on their accounts. This can be done from any place, so long as you are aware of the different time zones during travel. Socialmediaexaminer.com has compiled an excellent list of social media resources for marketers.
4) Web Designer
This is a great way to earn money while on the go. First create a portfolio website about yourself with examples of your work. If you don’t have any projects to put in your portfolio, do a free website design for a local non-profit. Once you have done this, you can ask people you know personally for referrals, or ask about creating a website for them. When your business starts moving, you can learn to easily build websites for clients with WordPress or Weebly. All this can be achieved within a few weeks of hard study. Once you have got to grip of basic web design, then you can start selling your services on Guru.com or design templates on marketplaces like Themeforest.
5) Tele-Healthcare Professional
Some of the best, most high paying virtual jobs that can be done from the café or your living room couch are related to health care. Services of health care specialists are increasingly be utilized, especially by insurance companies, for consultation no matter which corner of the world they are in. Depending upon qualifications and experience a teleradiologist, for example, can study his patients scans on the screen, confer with a medical specialist through conferencing, and report back to the patient. These roles require advanced education, though you can save some tuition cost and time by becoming a nurse or physician’s assistant. For a list of open telemedicine jobs, check out the American Telemedicine Association.
If writing is a passion for you, then you can turn this love for words into an extremely lucrative career by becoming a professional copywriter. The rapid rise in Internet and exposure to social media platforms has resulted in a high demand for creative copywriters who can meet the needs of companies in search of quality marketing content. As a freelance copywriter, you can work from anywhere you please, and set your own deadlines. This not only provides you with fast cash, but leaves enough free time for you to pursue other projects. Though it's relatively easy to get started (you don't need a degree in creative writing to get hired), the cream of the crop can charge hundreds of dollars an hour.
The invention of digital cameras and image editing software has dramatically cut the cost of becoming a freelance photographer. And, with the growing popularity of social media quality images are in high demand. Since the physical requirements of hard disks, film, and darkrooms have been replaced, photographers are now free to travel the world. You can even recoup some of the travel costs by billing clients for flight and accommodations during a shoot.
8) Virtual assistant
A virtual assistant can be of great help to those who are busy in running their core business and have little time to attend office related work. These equally important tasks, like answering emails and sending invoices are often outsourced. This is where the virtual assistant will take care of the administrative part of the job, while the business owner takes care of the financial part. You don't need a fancy degree for these tasks, though it will help you stand out from the competition. You can opt to work on hourly basis or on a fixed fee for specific projects. Upwork offers both options and is one of the largest marketplaces for virtual assistants and freelance jobs in general.
Podcasting is a type of a broadcast by audio through the Internet. It was originally piloted by Apple with iTunes, but is now available on all platforms via third party apps. Even with just a computer, you can listen to podcasts online. An internet podcaster has the capacity to target an audience much larger than any radio, numbering in the millions. This new method of content distribution empowers individuals to distribute their ideas worldwide, which is great news for those seeking travel. On your podcast, you can sell your own products or sponsored ads for other companies to make money.
10) Search Engine Marketer (SEM)
Search engine advertisements can be found on the sponsored results site, which is normally located at the top of the search engines page. The fee for these advertisements depends on a variety of factors, like the keyword and bid competition for the advertising space. The higher the bid, the better the position the ad will garner in the search results. The quality of the advertisement and user click through rate play a factor as well. This branch of online marketing forms a good source of income for freelancers from companies looking to set up or test new advertisements.
There are many more jobs that you can do while traveling. The road to getting location independent jobs, for those already running an online business is relatively simple. With just a laptop and WiFi connection, one can work in one country for a month and land in another for the weekend. Just the power of having the option to travel at leisure evokes a strong sense of freedom.
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