With so many jobs going remote these days, you might not want to go back to an office. After all, what can beat working from the comfort of your own home?
Plus, remote jobs also allow you to work while you travel. As long as you have a computer and an internet connection, you’re good to go!
So if you’re dreaming of a nomadic lifestyle, here are some remote jobs that will allow you to work from anywhere:
1. Real estate investor
When you think of real estate, you might think it’s very location-specific—and you’d be right. But that doesn’t mean you can’t invest in it remotely. Modern technology has made it easier than ever to buy, manage, and sell investment properties from afar.
For example, you can use the internet to shop for properties on sites like Zillow, hire property managers, and collect rental income. You can run it all from your laptop. In fact, you could even get your real estate license online if you wanted to.
The point is you can make real estate investing as location-independent as you want it to be. If you want it to be maximally passive, you can even invest in real estate investment trusts (REITs) or crowdfunded real estate. Then you don’t have to even worry about choosing the properties.
2. Freelance writer
Another great way to work from anywhere is through freelance writing. You could write blog articles, marketing emails, web landing pages, ebooks, case studies, and more. All you need is a laptop and an internet connection.
You won’t be making six figures right off the bat, but you could eventually. Start by making a LinkedIn profile and offering your services to other business professionals. You can also apply to contract writing jobs on the platform.
If LinkedIn doesn’t bring you much success, try finding gigs on freelancing platforms like ndash or Fiverr. It might be easier to find jobs that way. Whatever you do, set reasonable rates (charge by the word or by the project) and raise them as you get more experience and your skills improve.
3. Virtual assistant
Virtual assistants (VAs) help business owners with routine administrative tasks. These could be things like data entry, phone calls, scheduling meetings, or managing emails. Most people who hire VAs are looking for a way to outsource what they used to do themselves in order to better leverage their time and scale their business.
The beauty of being a VA is that it’s totally flexible. You get to choose your clients, your hours, and your rate. It could be a side hustle or a full-time gig. It’s up to you.
Of course, you’re going to need to hone your administrative skills first. So consider offering your services to a relative or friend. You might even do it as a favor. Then keep a careful record of the work you do so you can compile it into a portfolio. Then you’ll have past work to show prospective clients, which will help you land more jobs.
4. Online English teacher
Do you enjoy teaching others? If so, then you might like teaching English as a second language (ESL) online. One of the most popular online ESL platforms is called VIPKID.
It connects you with foreign language students that you can teach over video calls. The platform handles all the curriculum and scheduling for you, so all you have to do is set when you’re available to teach and wait for students to book you.
There are a lot of similar English teaching platforms out there as well. So you can shop around for the one with the pay and format that best suits you. Keep in mind, there may also be time differences with your students. So this job could require you to work early in the morning or late at night.
5. Software developer
Lastly, becoming a software developer can be a lucrative remote gig. You’re going to need to learn how to program first, but these days there are tons of affordable online coding boot camps to choose from. And if you’re really strapped for cash, you can even learn to code for free on sites like freeCodeCamp.com.
The average software developer makes over $70,000. That’s a hefty salary for how quickly you could learn how to program. If you work hard, you could become proficient in as little as 3 months! Then you’ll just need to apply for software development jobs at companies that allow remote work.
Now, before you quit your day job to pursue one of these remote careers, make sure to consider your personal strengths and weaknesses first. You’re probably better suited for some remote positions than others. And it’s important to know these things about yourself before switching careers.
That said, there are tons of ways to scale your income and lifestyle. So there are probably multiple remote career options that you could choose. We went over 5, but there are plenty more. Do your research and eventually, you could be working from anywhere across the globe!