The percentage of people with location-independent jobs has only been increasing in the last few years. Envy-inducing photos by bloggers and Instagrammers have created a new demand for jobs in travel and for jobs that require or expect one to travel.
This article will list all the jobs that can be done online or remotely so you can work and travel online and become location-independent.
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- 1 The Growth in Remote Jobs
- 2 Websites For Online and Remote Jobs
- 3 Blogging
- 4 Bookkeeper
- 5 Graphic Designer
- 6 Programmer or Web Developer
- 7 Online English Teacher
- 8 Digital Marketing Consultant
- 9 Outreach Manager
- 10 Personal Coach
- 11 Virtual Assistant (VA)
- 12 Social Media Manager
- 13 Pinterest Manager
- 14 Freelance Writer
- 15 Content Manager or Editor
- 16 SEO Consultant
- 17 Copywriting and Copyediting
- 18 Translator
- 19 Video Editor
The Growth in Remote Jobs
Interest in remote jobs which can be done from anywhere has increased significantly in recent years and more and more companies allow their employees to now work online. While working online and remotely is not for everyone, it does afford the opportunity to travel the world and that is a major appeal to many.
I (Mar) have been working remotely for over two years and even before. When I was working at Google, I had a remote job and worked from home one day a week. I was working with a global team scattered around the world and often on a different day to mine.
Having a job that can be done from anywhere offers you the same benefits as some of the travel jobs with the added advantage of being able to work on your own schedule and rules, especially if you are an online entrepreneur working for yourself.
At this point, it is important to differentiate between remote jobs done under the umbrella of a long-term contract versus becoming a freelancer and essentially an online entrepreneur.
Almost all the jobs mentioned below can be done as full or part-time positions for a specific company or as a freelancer.
Chances are if you are looking for a remote job, you also want the freedom and flexibility of working for yourself, so the majority of digital nomads are also online entrepreneurs and their own bosses.
There are a variety of online jobs that allow for remote work, from bookkeeping to graphic design to video editing. Anything which can be done with an internet connection, a video call app and a laptop is a potential remote work opportunity, but some of them pay better than others.
Besides being able to take your regular job online, it has become increasingly more common to get a job from a global supplier that you have never met in person. Clients are also more inclined to consider remote contractors or freelancers to get their needs covered. Companies no longer limit their choices to what is available in their city.
Websites For Online and Remote Jobs
While we have listed resources for each of the jobs mentioned below, there are three websites you definitely need to sign up for if you are interested in finding any remote job:
Flexjobs remote job portal. This is a very well-curated site for not only freelance jobs, but also remote and otherwise flexible gigs. It’s sorted by the type of freelance job (or other remote job) you may want, and you won’t have to worry about scam postings, because they research the jobs and monitor new gigs pretty thoroughly.
Fiverr. A site where you can list any type of task and price it. It started as a site to buy things for $5 but prices are no longer this low. You can list pretty much any skill, bite-size, from voice over to video editing to writing, pitching or outreach. If there is any skill you have, go ahead and add it in.
Upwork. One of the best known freelancer sites, good for finding part-time, project-based jobs or even longer-term ones.
Over 4 million blog posts are published every day so it should come as no surprise that becoming a blogger is one of the most obvious ways to have an online job that allows you to travel; all you need to set up your job is a laptop and internet connection. You don’t even need to be a travel blogger, you can work from anywhere in any blogging niche.
However, most bloggers who want to travel pick travel blogging because of the opportunities it affords to do just that. When you start, you may not generate a lot of income straight away, but may be able to strike barter agreements with complimentary stays in exchange for coverage.
At the same time, there are some niches which are mostly at odds with travel and having a remote job and are best off done from a fixed location (eg. mommy blogger or cooking bloggers), although there are many travel blogs which operate within the food niche and publish international recipes.
Blogs make money from a long list of sources (click here to read them all), from advertising and affiliate commissions to brand collaborations, social media posting, advertorials, or even courses. Some niches are more conducive to certain monetisation paths than others.
What to expect as a blogger
Getting paid to [travel, wearing new clothes, trying out new make-up] is one of the first reasons why people get into [travel, fashion or skin care] blogging. However, the media doesn’t help in making the long hours required to grow the business to a decent size clear. Furthermore, headlines such as “So and so makes $xxxx every month traveling the world for free” only portray one side of the story.
Building a successful blog is possible, but tough, and you will need to devote significant time to it before it starts to generate an income.
- Salaries: Blogs can make anything from $500 a month to $15,000 a month but the niche and strategy that you implement will determine your monetisation strategies and salaries. There are an infinite amount of revenue sources for bloggers and deciding where you will focus your business is key. Check out this survey of 200 bloggers to learn more about the business of blogging.
- Requirements: All you need to do to get started is a blog name, a URL and host, all this costs less than $100. This low barrier to entry means that a lot of people start blogs that are abandoned when the time requirement becomes apparent. Although it may seem that anyone can start a blog, successful bloggers need to master a variety of skills from writing to photography, editing, SEO, WordPress, etc.
- How to get a job as a blogger: Blogging is an entrepreneurial job that you set up yourself. You can start it while still working on your full time job like I did, as a side hustle, or go all in and devote yourself full time to it. Taking courses when you start out is the best way to fast-track your success. If I knew when I started what I know now I would have saved 4 years.
There are many blogging courses out there and if you start searching a bit online you will be bombarded with ads. Some are legitimate, some are scams and some are just not good. But if there is something we (Mar and Meg) are good at is being able to tell you the courses that are worth it, because we have tried them and we are successful bloggers with online jobs making $5,000-$15,000 a month.
- The ultimate best blogging course is by Sharon Gourlay. She is the Queen of SEO and affiliate marketing and has set up and sold several blogs. She is really a blogging machine. And even though we each run successful blogs ourselves, we have been in her group for years and have taken her course. If you want to fast track your success and make money within the year, take her Build Blog Freedom Fast Track course.
- Tom and Anna from Adventure in You grew a business from nothing and now teach others how to. They have 70,000 members in their newsletter and are very good at monetising their blog. Their course is another great one we highly recommend. You can start with a free blogging course and see if this is for you first before you pay any money, maybe you’ll discover blogging is not really what you want. Join their FREE Blogging fastlane course.
- Jessie Festa’s Travel Blog Prosperity courses are structured as a monthly membership instead of an upfront cost which means that you also get monthly encouragement and support much like you would in a mastermind group. This hand-holding is what has made it a favorite for many bloggers who find working online alone quite daunting. We reached out to her and asked for an offer for the community so you will get the first month at only $9 if you use code SFT and this link to sign-up.
Many companies hire freelance bookkeepers to do their annual filings and taxes or their monthly accounting.
It is easy to send scanned copies or images of all the receipts and electronic invoices to your accountant wherever he or she is in the world, or to use online accounting systems such as Quick Works which can then be the basis for annual filing. As a result, becoming a remote accountant is great way to get a job that allows you to travel the world.
I’ve never met my own accountant and do everything online, despite the fact that his office is only a few minutes away.
- What to expect: Bookkeeping is a job that can easily be done from anywhere. It has peak months during tax season, but can otherwise have predictable workloads that can easily be managed around travel. You need to have a good handle of spreadsheets and be a detail-oriented person, you can’t make mistakes when entering a figure and need to be able to double check everything. Being a numbers person is a must as this is what you’ll be doing all day.
- Salaries: Salaries will depend on the amount of clients and rates. Monthly packages are common, with a set of monthly recurrent commitments. This means that your monthly income tends to be quite stable.
- Requirements: You will usually need to have a degree in accounting or similar formal education depending on the country you are focusing on. Taxation and accounting are country dependent, so your degree will be tied to the legal framework you work in.
- How to get an online / remote job as a bookkeeper: This is not a job for everyone and you will need experience doing the job to understand the legal and accounting requirements first. However, it is not a job that cannot be learned
- Flexjobs remote job portal
- Accounting Department for remote accounting and bookkeeping jobs in the US
- Belay to find virtual assistants including bookkeepers
- Accounting jobs on Upwork
- Start an online bookkeeping business with Bookkeeper Launch
Graphic designers were some of the first digital nomads that existed. As this is not a job that you need to be physically next to a client to do, it is one of the easiest remote job opportunities.
What’s more, the job itself is part of the digital economy so it is even more geared towards online freelancers. In fact, it’s actually rare nowadays to find a graphic designer who has a regular company with a fixed office space.
- What to expect: You can set your own pace and your own workload and accept projects depending on availability. Word of mouth is powerful as are repeat customers, but there are lots of online platforms that match graphic designers with clients.
- Salaries: Salaries vary significantly based on experience and portfolio. Some graphic designers do repetitive simple work that takes little effort and can be sold for lower amounts whereas others focus on larger custom-made projects that can span a longer time period and be worth a large sum.
- Requirements: A good online portfolio, testimonials and referrals are more important than any degree as almost nobody will ask for formal education but they will need to see your previous work.
- How to get a job as a graphic designer: There are lots of platforms entirely devoted to graphic designer projects which we have listed below. You should also make sure everyone you know is aware of your skill and business so they can refer opportunities to you.
- There are several job search sites with graph design opportunities: SimplyHired, The Professional Association for Design, Monster
- Flexjobs portal specialises in remote and flexible job opportunities
- Upwork and Fiverr focus on freelancing jobs
- Sites to find graphic design jobs
- 99Designs is a site specifically made to match graphic designers with clients. You set your rates or pitch to clients who post opportunities.
Programmer or Web Developer
If you are more of a techie who likes to work on your own with your computer, you might be a good web developer or programmer. The good news is that this is a profession that is quite lucrative and which can be learned without a university degree.
- What to expect: Web developers used to have formal education and degrees but are increasingly self-taught or trained via online courses. If you’re a techie and have always loved computers and creating things from scratch, this is the time to start your learning.
- Salaries: Web developers tend to get paid quite well although in the remote work space global competition from countries with lower salaries has brought rates down.
- Requirements: You need to learn coding in the main languages to be able to work in this field. In the resources section below there are several sites with online courses. There are also boot camps where you can fast-track your learning.
- How to get a job as a web developer: After you acquire your qualification, you can apply for jobs on the portals mentioned below. You can also attend hackathons. If you plan to set up your own business, you should network with people in your industry online. Facebook groups are very good for that. Lastly, you can also set up your seller profile on Fiverr and start selling your piecemeal services there.
- Flexjobs remote job portal
- FreeCode Camp
- There are lots of job portals for web developers including Stack Overflow, GitHub, Authentic Jobs, CyberCoders
- Hackathons websites such as Angelhack and Hackalist
- Best developer bootcamps
Online English Teacher
Many people prefer a nomadic lifestyle and want to teach English online instead of abroad. Thankfully, in recent years, lots of platforms have come up that facilitate this job and aggregate demand, making this one of the fastest growing remote job types.
What makes teaching English online extra interesting to many is that some of the platforms don’t even require you to have a teaching certificate or be a native English speaker – some of the jobs are simple conversations and just require you to speak live with one or more students in a free-flow format.
- What to expect: Because you are teaching online, you can do that from anywhere in the world. However, bear in mind that the location and time zone of your clients may determine your working hours and if you are in a time zone that is significantly different from your client’s, your working hours could be hard to keep up with.
- Salaries: Salaries are paid per hour and can range from $15 to $50. Because you are teaching one or a few people at the same time, income is not scalable, to make more money you will have to work longer hours. However, you can also choose to take breaks and depending on who you teach, you may enjoy extended summer holidays.
- Requirements: Some of the platforms require you to have a degree, some require a TEFL certificate, others require no education at all. You can work as many hours as you want but you need to bear in mind that peak scheduling hours tend to be evening time in China, this could be middle of the night in the US west coast or lunch time in Europe.
- How to get a job as an online English teacher: It is really easy nowadays to find online English teaching jobs as there are several platforms which offer them. Look at the resource section below for more details on the most popular platforms. Read the requirements and set up a profile to get started.
- International TEFL and TESOL Training is the most complete resource to gain certifications to teach English abroad. Members of the Solo Female Travelers community get 10% OFF regular prices when applying for the courses here.
- Palfish focuses on live streaming talking mostly to students in China. Live talking has no program, no certificate requirements and can be done during daytime hours in China from your mobile phone (no desktop app). However, it also comes with lower rates ($10-$18 per hour on average). If you want to teach English to children you will need to be a native English speaker and have a certificate but will earn higher rates ($31 an hour).
- VIPkid is another great service to find online English teaching jobs to Chinese students. The curriculum is set and you pick the hours you want to work. Hourly rate is between $7 to $9 for each 25min session which translates into $22 an hour, you cannot set your own rates. Having a Bachelor’s degree (on any topic) is a must and there is a minimum of 6 months contract (though you pick the hours). VIPKid requires teachers to be from the US or Canada only.
Digital Marketing Consultant
A Digital Marketing Consultant helps clients in any aspect of digital marketing, from social media advertising to Search Engine Optimisation, to paid ads to coming up with a digital marketing strategy.
Projects vary significantly depending on what aspect you focus on, your skills and experience as well as the industry you choose. Specialising in an industry makes it easier to get clients and to develop an area of expertise as the challenges are not the same in all sectors.
I have been an online digital marketing consultant for years now. While this is a job which benefits from being based in a location, for networking and client relationship building, it is also a job that allows you to travel because you can do the actual work from anywhere.
In my case, I work only with clients in the travel and hospitality industries and this helps me stay up to date and become a trusted advisor. It also helps me network at industry-specific events and get speaking opportunities that have brought in clients.
This is usually a job one transitions to after becoming an expert in one of the aspects of digital marketing. For example, maybe you are knowledgeable on social media and social media advertising, so instead of working on the execution part of the job, you can turn that into digital marketing projects that also have a strategic component.
What to expect as a digital marketing consultant:
- What to expect: As this is a project-based kind of job you might go through busy and quiet periods. Finding a constant stream of clients is difficult which is why word of mouth and networking at conferences is critical.
- Salaries: There are two ways most consultants charge: by project or by hour. If you are mostly providing advisory support, it is probably easiest to charge by the hour. If you prefer to focus on certain types of projects, you can charge by project type. You need to bear in mind that you are selling your time so your salary will be capped at the amount of hours you can work, unless you can outsource some of the elements to other team members of freelancers for a lower cost.
- Requirements: You obviously need to have experience in the field before you can start helping others. Typically, consultants have formal education and come from the digital advertising industry. They have worked at large companies or have done the work for their own business before they decide to set up an independent firm. There are also some experts who decided to learn from scratch and became very successful too. The most important first step is to gain experience and then create a website showing your digital marketing services portfolios with testimonials and case studies from successful brand collaborations, you then need to be a master of the trade and a good sales person.
- How to get a job as a Digital Marketing Consultant: Finding clients might be difficult when you are starting out, which is why putting yourself out there is necessary. Speaking at relevant conferences in my niche has always been very useful to me, as is attending networking events and meet-ups. You can also start by working for another digital marketing company as a remote account manager before going solo. Lastly, depending on the type of digital marketing work you want to do, you could list your services on Fiverr.
- How to become a successful digital marketing consultant
- Remote marketing jobs
- Hubspot inbound marketing course
- Flexjobs remote job portal
- Digital Marketing courses
An outreach Manager is in charge of doing outreach efforts on behalf of clients to find guest posting, advertorial and link building opportunities all for Search Engine Optimisation purposes.
The job consists of reaching out to target quality websites with a pitch for a guest post, an advertorial or a link building offer and negotiating the rates and content from there.
A guest post is an article that you write as an expert on a subject and want to publish in a website of your same niche. You provide quality content and the target website will credit you or your client and website for it with a link.
An advertorial post is a promotional article in nature that sells or markets a product or service. For example, a hotel chain might want an article about a new hotel opening published on a travel magazine. Links in advertorial posts should be marked for Google to understand they were paid for.
Link building consists of paying a target website to publish an article or include a link mentioning your website or your client’s website. Links built this way are intended to trick Google into believing that the client did not pay for this link and it is earned credit.
As outreach work is entirely online-based and only requires an email address and some outreach marketing tools, it is one of the cheapest online jobs to set up. There are lots of available courses and online articles that talk about this and many people doing this job.
Unfortunately, competition has brought prices down and your best bet to make a good salary from it is by developing a large database of potential host websites and by working with digital marketing agencies who sell this service as part of a larger SEO project.
What to expect as an outreach manager:
- What to expect: Your job basically entails reaching out to website owners and getting a post approved. If you have no or limited budget to pay them for the guest post you will spend a lot of time emailing without success. If your clients understand they need to allocate a budget to this you will have an easier time.
- Salaries: You can work an amount per article placed or a commission that you take from the blogger’s amount. For example, you could charge $50 per link placed in addition to the cost of the link paid to the blogger or agree an amount per link with the client and then try to negotiate payment with the bloggers so you can take a commission.
- Requirements: Not a lot of skills are required for this as the job can be easily learned from the many online resources available. A computer with email is the only minimum investment but you will most likely need an outreach tool if you don’t already have a database or a way to get it.
- How to get an online job as an outreach manager: You can set up on your own and look out for clients directly. Typically, those who do that on their own can because they have built a network of clients they have previously worked with as website owners or because they have built a portfolio by cold calling potential clients. Platforms like Fiverr allow you to advertise your services and find clients at your desired price.
Online personal and professional coaches have become quite the rage, and with so many available online tools, you no longer need to see clients face-to-face to have a successful coaching business. You can simply touch base with your clients on video call.
For example, I have been talking to my therapist on Skype since I met her and there are many other coaches who have taken their businesses online, from yoga instructors and fitness coaches, to business coaches and speech therapists.
- What to expect: If you plan to become an online, remote personal coach or therapist you need to consider the time zone when deciding where to base yourself. Since your job is online and live, you should be based in a location with convenient overlaps with your client’s availability.
- Salaries: Like with many other jobs on this list what you are selling is basically your time and this means that when you don’t see clients you don’t make money and your salary upside is capped at the hourly rate you can charge. Coaches can charge from $25 to $250 per hour depending on experience, credentials and niche.
- Requirements: Almost all coaching jobs will require formal education and experience. There are a multitude of courses you can take depending on what you want to specialise in. A psychologist that works online will need a university degree and a professional qualification whereas career coaches could be more self-made and rely on experience instead.
- How to get a job as a personal coach: Personal coaches need a website and are heavily reliant on word of mouth, personal recommendations and, more and more, on social media to promote their services. Testimonials are essential as it is difficult to demonstrate success otherwise.
Virtual Assistant (VA)
Virtual Assistants are one of the newest and best remote jobs there are. You get the flexibility to work from anywhere as the job title specifies, and you get to focus on the tasks that you are best at while leaving the rest out of the job scope.
- What to expect: Your day-to-day job will vary depending on what type of VA you are. Some VAs focus on administrative tasks that are similar to those of a secretary (managing agendas, emails, travel bookings, etc.), others are social media focused (see next), while some virtual assistants manage aspects of an online business. Although this is a remote job you will do online, it will be more convenient if you can have a degree of time-zone overlap with your clients in case there are weekly or regular calls you need to jump on.
- Salaries: Your salary is usually determined by an hourly rate but you can also come up with packages of tasks that a client buys (eg. managing a social media channel every month posting x times per week).
- Requirements: You may have some of the skills required to become a VA but there are courses you can take that will teach you all the processes and things you need to know. These are critical as there is no formal education on the matter. We highly recommend Horkey’s 30 days or less VA course. I first came across Gina Horkey years ago when I was looking at how to make money online and her income reports were staggering. She has been doing this for a long time and evolved her craft into teaching others, successfully, while also helping them find a VA through her own job portal. So when you finish the course, you will also be added to the portal so you can land jobs quicker.
- How to get an online job as a VA: You can obviously use all the job portals out there, the usual flexible and remote job sites as well as the regular portals. The other alternative is to contact VA agencies and drop your CV and an introduction. The third and possibly the best way if you are starting out, is to take one of the VA courses from sites that also have their own job portal. At the end of the course you will be added to their list and placements are almost guaranteed as they have a sales funnel to find clients for you. These are both learning platforms as well as VA agencies and will also help you stay updated on industry developments. Horkey Handbook is one of those.
- How to become a VA and Breaking into becoming a VA
- Horkey 30 days or less course is for those who want to make it a career. Gina Horkey is one of the best known and established VA gurus and the site not only helps you learn the skills but also find a job through the job portal. She has lots of other course materials here. Her courses come with monthly instalments options.
- Flexjobs remote job portal
Social Media Manager
We all have social media accounts and spend hours on them every day (some longer than others!!), so providing social media management services is something a lot of people look into when considering remote job opportunities. It is one of the most obvious online careers and one which is a newly created one. We all now know that social media jobs are here to stay.
Social media management jobs vary and can include one or more networks and require you to manage the comments and interactions and create the content that will be shared as well (ie. videos, images, infographics, etc.), this is why graphic designers tend to offer a slightly different skill set than those without.
Some clients may hire you to schedule posts only whereas some social media management jobs can also include creating a calendar and a social media strategy.
While we all think that because we spend time online we are qualified social media managers, there are a range of skills required, from project management to the use of some skills (eg. scheduling tools) as well as copywriting and design. Taking a course that teaches the basics is highly recommended because using social media for business is not the same as using it for yourself.
What to expect from a social media management job
- What to expect: Social media management jobs day-to-day tend to be quite similar and you can decide if you prefer to concentrate most of the scheduling work in a few days a month or a bit every day. Your job may also entail answering to comments, messages and moderation which means that you may have to be available every day for a certain number of hours. All of this will be agreed with your client upfront.
- Salaries: Social media managers can earn from $15 to $50 an hour depending on the graphic design and media skills required. If your job is simply to schedule posts, add hashtags and moderate comments, the rate will be lower, whereas those with graphic design skills can command higher rates. A social media management role can earn $250 to $1,000 a month per client depending on the number of accounts, platforms and requirements.
- Requirements: You will need to have copywriting skills for social, a certain degree of design skills and learn the use of scheduling tools. You also need to stay up to date with developments in a world that is ever changing. While formal education is not usually required and may not be asked if experience and track record can be proven, there are courses that you can take to learn the basics.
- How to get a job as a Social Media Manager: Social media management roles are often listed on sites like Flexjobs and you can also list them on Fiverr. However, the best sales channel is word of mouth and recommendations from satisfied clients. If you are interested in working full time (aka 8h a day) you may only be able to take 10 clients a month, a portfolio you can build relatively easily. Network online within your community and in online entrepreneur communities to get referrals and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.
A Pinterest Manager is a combination of a virtual assistant and a social media manager; you’re basically a VA that focuses only on Pinterest.
The reason why we split this online job from the rest is because of the proliferation of Pinterest VAs and because the social media platform is more a search engine than a social interaction space. As such, the skills and experience required are very different from those needed to run other social media accounts.
- What to expect: The best thing about being a Pinterest VA is that this is genuinely online work that can be done from anywhere at anytime. There is little interaction with the client and this happens online.
- Salaries: You can easily determine the time it will take you to carry out the job for each client and price accordingly to ensure a minimum hourly rate. Rates for Pinterest VAs can range from $20 to $50 per hour depending on experience and proven track record.
- Requirements: If you aren’t already an experienced Pinterest user and manager, this is one of the easiest skills to pick up because there are many courses out there that teach you all about it. One of the most recommended is Ell Duclos. Her courses have been praised by several users and you can see a long list of happy customers. She has had more than 2,000 students to date and a Facebook group attached to the course that has more than 10,000 members.
- How to get a job as a Pinterest VA: Word of mouth is one of the most cost-effective strategies to find clients. Once you start to work with satisfied customers, expect that they will refer you. Join online communities of entrepreneurs in your niche and respond to calls for Pinterest VAs. You can also run social media ads.
- Flexjobs remote job portal has Pinterest VA job listings
- Fiverr is a good place to advertise your services
- Ell Duclos’s course
- Blogging like you mean it Pinterest course is also highly recommended
If you’re a writer who doesn’t want the added effort of setting up your own site and monetizing a blog, freelance writing is a great career path, and one which can be done as a wholly remote / online job.
This involves producing content, articles, and written features for clients to publish on their own platforms, whether that be writing articles to be printed in traditional magazines, content to feature in ebooks, blog writing, or SEO-optimized content for online websites.
Most bloggers tend to also diversify into freelance writing on top of the content they write for their blog, though you can definitely pursue this as a career path of its own. This type of work means you’re paid per assignment, so there’s no regular salary, sick pay, or guarantee of work to fall back on, and you’ll spend quite a lot of time pitching publications without knowing if your story will get picked up.
For these reasons, being a freelance writer isn’t for everyone, but it’s also the online job which offers the most amount of freedom – freedom over both your physical movements as you can work from anywhere, and actually travel to pursue stories as part of the job, as well as freedom over which jobs you take, and which jobs you don’t.
What to expect as a freelance writer
- What to expect: Freelance writers work on a self-employed basis, and you set your own terms of employment – you can work for just one client, or you can write for several different clients at once. You’re typically paid per writing assignment, though if you have repeat and regular clients you may choose to negotiate a payment per batch of assignments.
Traditionally, freelance writers have been credited for their work with a byline, though these days ghost writers have become more prominent – you do the writing, but your name is not published. The range of writing you can offer includes editing work, ghostwriting, copywriting, social media copy, blog posts, magazine articles, ebooks, all the way up to technical content like white papers and logistical reports.
- Salaries: Rates for freelance writing are all over the show, and really vary depending on the industry you’re in, the type of writing you’re doing (ie. traditional print magazines pay far more then SEO copywriting), your experience, and your client list – higher-end clients will be willing to pay more.
It’s up to you to negotiate with each individual client your rate per work – some freelancers charge on a per word basis, and will charge anywhere from 0.05 c per word right up to $2 USD per word (the travel industry average tends to range between 0.25 c – $1 USD per word ie, $125 – $500 for a 500 word article), or you can charge a flat fee for an article within a specific word count. The prominence of bloggers moving into freelance work has seen rates drop, so if you’re operating within a competitive market / industry, you may need to be flexible on what you charge.
- Requirements: Freelance writers traditionally had writing / journalism degrees behind them, and while this will certainly help you hone your craft, today it is not a requirement to have any certifications or skills. More important than specific qualifications are experience and skill in this industry, and you’ll need to be able to provide clippings / a portfolio of your work to prove your writing style. This is why many bloggers are also successful freelance writers – their blog acts as a portfolio of their writing and attracts freelance offers. You’ll also need to be reliable with meeting deadlines, have a sound foundation in grammar, and an ability to adhere to differing style guides.
- How to get a job as a Freelance writer: Picking a niche is the first step of getting a job as a freelance writer – making yourself an expert / authority on one particular topic (ie. a travel freelance writer wouldn’t likely receive work writing about constitutional law). That said, at the same time, the more diverse you can be, the more likely you are to land a job. After picking a niche, you can join content mills, or set up a portfolio on websites like Contently, which connects clients with freelance writers. You can look to job boards, or most freelance writers get work by cold pitching. The paid publishing guidebook from Freedom with Writing is a massive (free) resource of 1531 magazines, websites, and blogs that pay writers.
- Flexjobs remote job portal
- How to become a freelance writer
- 30 days or less to become a Freelancer Writer course
- Directory of travel writing publication pay rates
- Paid publishing guidebook
- How to write an article pitch that sells
Content Manager or Editor
Many VA roles might encompass a portion of content management or editing into their scope but there are also entire roles devoted to this. I hired a Content Manager for my blog and his job is mostly to create, upload, edit and review all the content on the site.
Content Managers can also become Editors when they have decision power over what content to publish. Many Content Managers have SEO skills and experience and may come from a journalism or writing background. They can also take care of managing a team of writers for which project and people management experience might be required.
- What to expect: This is another of the jobs on this list that only require a laptop and internet to be done. Because it is mostly online and has minimal to no face-to-face interaction, you can be located anywhere. Your job will require writing, reading, correcting and fact-checking content and, if editing skills are included, you may have to decide a content strategy and calendar. Some jobs will be regular and part-time, like my Content Manager, others might be one-off or variable in nature when your clients need it.
- Salaries: Usually paid by the hour or by 1,000 words depending on the arrangement.
- Requirements: Having an English, Journalism or similar degree or other formal education is almost never required. Instead, you could have proven experience as a writer. Many clients have started to also require SEO skills or experience for the job
- How to get a job as a Content Manager: This is an increasingly in-demand job that is commonly found on Flexjobs. You can also list your services in Upwork, Freelancer or Fiverr.
SEO Consultants work for content creators, editors or companies of all kinds to help them improve their SEO skills and rankings. This is a highly in-demand job that can be highly paid if you are a real and experienced professional.
The role requires not only to be able to write and to be an expert on the subject you write about (or at least have the ability to learn fast) but also to stay up to date with the constantly evolving world of search engine optimisation.
While a lot of people consider SEO a black box, it is possible to learn the job and carry it out in a methodical and relatively formalised manner which is why this is something that can be learned.
It is worth noting that a lot of SEO consultants may also provide SEO implementation services which implement the recommendations on the client’s site.
What to expect from this online job
- What to expect: Most SEO experts and consultants specialize in a niche although if you are only a consultant, having in-depth knowledge of the industry may not be as necessary. Jobs in SEO consulting tend to be project based and specific to a client need. You are hired to understand the current situation and propose recommendations which the client will implement. Alternatively, you are hired to perform a specific task, for example an SEO audit, a backlink clean up or to improve a site’s speed.
- Salaries: Work is priced either per hour or per project/module, depending on the situation. When my company gets hired for this work we charge $100/hour for pure consulting/advisory work and fixed rates for specific services. When you charge per package, hourly rates are less transparent and you are able to outsource some parts to other team members with less experience while you still supervise the work. SEO consulting is higher priced than most of the other jobs on this list because there is a lot of demand and really good ones can truly change the online success of a business.
- Requirements: Formal education is not required and a lot of the expert SEO consultants may have none, or they may have a degree in an unrelated field, but experience is key.
- How to get an online job as an SEO consultant: Almost all of the work will come via referrals or from listing sites such as Fiverr, Upwork, Freelancer or Flexjobs. Most people will look for testimonials and recommendations from others they know which is why doing a good job at the beginning is essential. Consider offering the work for free to friends and family first.
- Sharon Gourlay from Digital Nomad Wannabe focuses on SEO, and hers is a great resource to learn from, and then be able to offer your services. I know of several people who became consultants after taking the course. She is the Queen of SEO and we can tell you because we have been in her group for years and have taken her course ourselves. If you want to fast track your success and make money within the year, take her course.
- Flexjobs remote job portal
Copywriting and Copyediting
There is a difference between copywriting and copyediting. A copywriter will write copy, or text, to support a social media campaign or any other communication materials whereas a copyeditor will simply review and edit the copy that has already been written.
While it may seem that both require the same type of experience, a copywriter has a handle on words that a copyeditor may not.
- What to expect: Copyeditors receive texts to read and correct whereas Copywriters receive a brief with details on what needs to be written, the objective, the tone, and possibly, brand guidelines. There will be a deadline and a process to get the work done including reviews and comments from the client (in the case of copywriting).
- Salaries: Payment is usually per hour or per 1,000 words or A4 page and can start as low as $10 per hour for copywriting and go as high as $50 per hour for copyeditors depending on experience and skill.
- Requirements: Formal education (English or Journalism degrees) tends to be required for part-time contracts for larger companies. Set up a portfolio site and a page in each of the freelancer sites with your previous work and testimonials from other clients to build up credentials.
- How to get a job as a copywriter or copyeditor: One of the best ways to find such jobs is to research possible clients and reach out to them directly to refer them to your portfolio page and send them sample work. You should also reach out to agencies that offer these services and be added to their database. Networking is key to finding long term opportunities. You can also find copy writing and editing jobs via these platforms:
Translation work is one of the most traditional jobs you can do online as it is typically a service needed by many companies on a short-term or punctual basis that does not justify hiring someone full time. Clients do not need to see the person to hire their services, unless it is a very complicated job.
Many freelancers who work online as translators will also do so for a specific company on a project basis. On the other hand, companies who specialise in providing translation services have a roster of freelancers they hire as the need arises. These can become ongoing contracts with variable workload but fixed commitment and rates.
In these situations, clients usually have their own systems and processes in place and are looking for technical translators, so vocabulary and understanding the company’s business is more relevant.
- What to expect: The job will vary significantly if you have your own portfolio page and sell services vs if you work for a few clients on a part-time basis. If you sell your services directly on freelance sites, you set your rates and the type of work that you do and the commitment is more piecemeal. If you get hired as a part-time translator by a translation company, your day-to-day will look more like a remote worker’s schedule, with deliverables, deadlines and tools/software provided by the company.
- Salaries: Salaries for translation work vary significantly based on experience and type of translation. Some offers on Fiverr go as low as $5 for 100 words translated whereas technical translators with degrees and experience can charge upwards of $50 an hour for their services. Rates are usually fixed per hour or per word.
- Requirements: Formal education is usually a must for these kinds of jobs and you will need specific translation degrees or other certificates that confirm your knowledge of the language.
- How to get an online job as a Translator: If you are already working as a Translator for a company, your best bet to work online might be to ask them if they would be open to you doing your job remotely. If you can’t take your job online, consider starting your service pages on the freelancer sites below. Offer your services for a lower amount at the beginning so that you get clients and reviews.
- Top online translation sites
- Genko and Smartling are both online translation platforms to sign-up for
- Flexjobs remote job portal
Video editing is a job that is on the up. We talked about Content Creators, but you don’t need to travel to edit someone else’s video content. So this is different from becoming a Videographer, where you travel to the destinations to obtain footage. In fact, my Content Manager has been doing that for me for years: I record the footage on my trips and he edits it to a nice video.
There are more and more companies providing online video editing services today who have disintermediated the entire process. Your output can only be as good as your input though, so if the footage you get given is not great, you might be frustrated with the outcome.
- What to expect: Client briefing and a storyboard should be provided at the beginning of every project, along with the footage you will use. In some cases, you may even discuss the storyboard before the shooting takes place. You should agree the number and type of review loops you will provide to limit your time spent.
- Salaries: Rates are usually fixed by type of video, amount of raw footage provided, length and complexity. If you have skills in animation, graphics, etc. you can command much higher rates. Longer projects might be charged per hour or per day.
- Requirements: You need to have a very fast internet connection to be able to download all the footage provided by your client, enough storage to keep all the videos, a computer or laptop with pretty good specs and the tools of the trade: Adobe Premier Pro or Final Cut Pro.
- How to get an online job as a Video editor: Create your own profile in the more general freelancing sites and also join the specific video editing platforms such as ProductionHub, Behance (also good for other creative jobs such as design), SimplyHired or Mandy (one of the first).
Do you know of other remote and online jobs you can do while traveling? We have aimed to create the most comprehensive and well-rounded resource online, so please do tell us in the comments. We’d love to hear how you make money online!