So you have decided to become a digital nomad while you travel Australia, well what digital nomad jobs can you do you ask?. Well, digital nomads do a variety of jobs to make income to sustain their lifestyle. The list of professions that can be done remotely is growing bigger every year. And with covid, many more professions have gone online. Here are 18 typical digital nomad jobs you could consider doing while you travel Australia and beyond.
READ MORE: How To Be A Digital Nomad in Australia
Write and Publish an ebook
People are writing and publishing ebooks on a wide variety of topics. Once it is written you will need to design it and then be able to sell it on a variety of platforms. Most people have their own website where they sell it or they use a platform such as Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. Here’s the link to my ebook Live Work and Play in London and the UK on my website and also on Amazon so you can see what I mean.
Start a Blog and Monetise it
A blog can be a great source of passive income. Most who start a blog monetise it in a variety of ways. The most popular include writing an ebook, creating a course and offering their services. But the most popular is joining affiliate programs to make money. Basically when a visitor clicks one of your affiliate program links and if they purchase a service or product through the link, then you receive a commission. For instance, I have joined the Booking.com affiliate program. If you are looking for accommodation and click on my link on my website and book and pay for accommodation, I will receive a commission. There are plenty of affiliate networks out there. Some are run directly by the organisation like HostelWorld, Skyscanner or Amazon. Or you could join a platform that runs affiliate programs for customers like CJ and Commission Factory.
READ MORE: How to Start a Blog and Make Money Online. Please note: this link will take you to my LiveWorkPlayTravel website.
Create an on-line course
If you have specific knowledge or skill on a subject then create an on-line course. The course can be on anything like travel writing, professional development, web designing, etc. Pretty much anything really. You will need to create and structure the course and generate sales of it. Plus be around to interact with the students via email. You could market your course on your own website or through online platform sites like Udemy or SkillShare where you could have your course available. Check out my travel writing course to see what I mean – it is available via my website only at this time.
READ MORE: Live Work and Play Travel Writing Course
Virtual Assistant (VA)
A Virtual Assistant assists someone who needs assisting and there is a growing need for them. Essentially you perform the role of a personal assistant and do jobs requested. The type of help you can provide can include accounting, bookkeeping, admin, customer service, database control, content creating, proofreading and editing, appointment making, etc.
Start an On-line Store
If you aren’t familiar with drop shipping or being an Amazon Affiliate you had better get yourself up to speed. Once you decide on your product niche you can set up your store and begin selling product.
Software Programmer / Website /App Developer
These are very portable professions where results matter and not where you live or work. As long as you have the right knowledge, skills and equipment you can work anywhere. And there are many people who require software, websites and apps developed for them. Often with ongoing assistance required. So if you have skills with WordPress, Shopify, WIX, Squarespace you could find building website gigs on sites such as Upwork and Fiverr. Or post your services on social media.
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation and this is the art of optimising content so search engines can find the content. Many individuals who have websites plus organisations often seek an SEO specialist to help them up their game and stand out from the crowd. They do this by ensuring the content is fully optimised so when search engines crawl them they will rank on page 1. They do this by tweaking the content to contain certain highly searched for keywords. This ensures people find what they are searching for. That’s why skilled SEO experts are highly valuable in today’s digital environment.
Social Media Expert
Everyone needs social media marketing these days. You can easily earn a substantial living if you love using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and other social media channels. Even if you aren’t an expert in all fields of social media you can provide businesses with a social media strategy with a specific channel. For instance, if you are great at making pins you could concentrate on Pinterest strategles for businesses. You will need to know what you’re doing if you’re looking to help others with their social media efforts as a client does want results for spending their money. But if you can build, refine, analyse and manage a client’s presence you will be a treasured part of any brand.
Freelance Writer / Content Creator / Copyrighter
Publications, both printed and electronic rely on contributions to fill the pages of their publications. Every website, ebook, email, social media post and video has been touched by some kind of writer. And the people that supply these contributions are freelance writers. No matter what genre there would be a market out there. Some people contact publications directly while others register on sites such as Freelancer and UpWork to find writing jobs. And the great thing is you can write from anywhere – while enjoying a coffee in an Internet cafe, on a train or to sitting at a table by the beach. My Travel Writing Course helps you to develop your writing skills to sell saleable content. Check it out here.
If you have the skills then offering your services on-line while you travel would be ideal. So if you are good at designing logos, newsletters, book covers, etc. then by all means do this to help you live the digital nomad lifestyle.
If you are a good typist you might want to consider transcription work. This involves listening to recordings and viewing video footage and writing down every word that is said. This can be in an interview setting. It can be tedious but as long as you have skills and equipment it is a good way of making money while travelling. You can find such work through transcribing sites such as REV or Transcribeme.
Teach English Online
Teaching English face-to-face in an English Language School classroom has long been a way for travellers to work and make income to further their travels. To save students having to go to an English Language School many are opting to take English lessons on-line. So if you have a teaching qualification there are opportunities for you to teach on-line. There are a number of on-line agencies that link you with students. If you don’t have a qualification check out the courses offered by i-to-i here.
If you already have a qualification contact a company which has a platform for teachers and students to come together. These include VIPKID, Kids and Say ABC. This career fits perfectly with travellers as long as you have a computer, secure internet and enjoy interacting with others from other cultures. If teaching English online is of great interest to you check out my ebook Teach English Abroad and Online.
Do Surveys Online
If you have spare time you might want to do surveys on line. You register with on-line survey sites and sit back and answer questions on products and services and be paid for your opinions. Some people make a lot of money but it can depend on how many surveys you qualify to do.
READ MORE: Doing Surveys Online
Proofreading and Editing
There is so much written content being produced and released daily and all of it needs to be proofread and/or edited. You may hear the saying ‘you are only as good as your editor’. If somebody reads something and notices a word spelt incorrect or knows a fact is wrong then the credibility of the person who wrote it goes straight out the door. This is why it is imperative that work needs to be proofread and/or edited. To find such work you can set up your own little company and advertise it on a website to link to clients or join websites such as Airtasker where you can offer your services.
Provide professional services
If you are currently a professional such as an accountant, lawyer, marketing whiz you could offer your professional services. These services would be offered via the internet on your own website or through sites for freelancers such as Upwork or Fivvr.
If you know another or even multiple languages really well you could find translating work. With the interaction between people from different countries there are opportunities to translate documents and even websites. Some website owners like to have their website content available in a number of languages – and this is where you could help out. Many find work by approaching employers directly or through agencies such as Gengo or Onehourtranslation. Even Upwork and Fiverr.
If you are a good typist including numerically you could find on-line data entry work. It can be pretty simple work but very manual. It might not be the most fun but it Is a good way to start being a digital nomad. The jobs available are mostly entering data into sheets, databases or websites for a variety of e-commerce, marketing and private customers. I have been doing data entry on and off for years.
Video Creators / YouTube Channel
Video is dominating the on-line world and video creators have plenty of opportunities to make money. Businesses and individuals are seeing amazing growth opportunities by using video marketing. That means there is a high demand for high quality video makers. And videos are required for YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other media to help brands build their presence. If you enjoy and have the skills for creating, cutting and adding effects to videos then this could be a digital nomad job for you.
The most popular software options include Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro and iMovie. You can either approach organisations offering your video services or register with on-line platforms such a Behance Jobs List, ProductionHUB, Stage32 and even Upwork or Fiverr.
I hope this post has helped you gain a clearer picture of the possibilities of becoming a digital nomad, or not. There is no harm in travelling around Australia purely as a traveller who has saved and resigned from their job and then hit the road. If the digital nomad lifestyle doesn’t eventuate you can always pick up physical work along the way. Head over to my Job Types pages on Live Work and Play in Australia website to see what jobs you could get. Most of all, enjoy your time living, working and playing in Australia – however you do it.
Hi. I’m Sharyn. I have travelled most of my life thanks to my dad who worked for an airline. I love coffee, chocolate, eating in pubs and living, working and playing in Australia. I currently call Melbourne home. Read More.