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How to Live the Life of a Digital Nomad
– The Top 10 Jobs/Skill Sets That
Allow You to Work Remotely

Covid-19 has forever changed our lives. Every one of us has had to make immediate and major life adjustments - some we may not have been ready for. While some of us had to encompass the role of teachers, others of us realized that we have a family outside of work, and some of us have been overcoming financial challenges that Covid-19 brought along with it. Therefore, in these trying times, sometimes a little extra earning can make a large impact.

What Is a Digital Nomad?

A digital nomad is someone who uses modern-day technology to earn a substantial living. This person can work from any remote location - given they have a good internet connection. In the past, the lifestyle of a digital nomad has been often criticized as the ”easy way out” or something only someone with a strong monetary status is able to explore. However, it is now helping many cover their monthly expenses. 

But how is this possible? 

You may not know it but you may already possess certain skills to lead the life of a digital nomad. With proper training and guidance, you can be on your way to enabling yourself a little more financial cushion. 

Here we have compiled a list of the top 10 jobs that are best suited for a digital nomad. 

The Top 10 Jobs for a Digital Nomad 

1. Digital Marketing 

We all have a love-hate relationship with our digital media. As a society, our daily routine has come to revolve around our phones and other devices. However, many businesses are having a hard time staying up to date with the digital era. Digital marketing officers offer a sigh of relief for those who are struggling. From scheduling Facebook and Instagram posts, updating your pinboards, or uploading the latest video on Youtube - digital marketers can handle it all. Therefore, with a little bit of time management skills, the job of a digital marketer can lead to the perfect nomadic lifestyle.

2. Freelance Content Writing 

If you have a passion for writing then the internet provides you with the ultimate platform. In efforts to reach a global audience, many businesses have begun to reach out to creative minds to help them create influential content. Some sectors in content writing include - copywriting, proofreading, technical writing, academic writing, and ghostwriting. Another important point to note is that as a freelance writer you can potentially partner with multiple employers at the same time - given you are not bound by an official contract. 

 3. Blogging 

Blogging is not as simple as it may seem to the naked eye. You need to hone in on special skills such as understanding search engine optimization, the ability to conduct thorough research, and above all being able to analyze that information. Blogging suits the nomadic lifestyle as you can make a blog about practically anything and anywhere - however, it is worth the mention that traveling and cooking blogs register the highest among audiences. 

4. Tutoring 

With the rise of the pandemic, the demand for online assistance has gone up substantially. If you happen to be lucky enough to hold a strong command over multiple languages and have a strong internet connection - then you can become an online tutor. Something as simple as teaching someone a second language, such as English, can lead to you becoming more financially independent.

5. Computer Programming

As businesses take notice of the digital revolution, they seem keen on hiring people who can learn the language of computers. Hence if you have a special attraction towards computer codes then the life of computer programming is the perfect fit for you. Also, the computer programming industry pays generously. 

6. Create Your Own YouTube Channel

We would all be lying to ourselves if we said that we don’t have a pre-recorded video sitting in our phones that we are dying to upload to YouTube - all in hopes of becoming an overnight viral success story. Well, your secret dream may not be too far from reality. If you can overcome your fear of the spotlight and are passionate about virtually anything (cooking, cleaning, traveling, make-up tutorials) then creating your own YouTube channel may just be your calling.

7. Virtual Assistant

Are you still trying to figure out your place in the digital world? Then the job of a virtual assistant is perfect for you. This particular job has no special skill-set requirement, allowing anyone to blend right in. The job of a virtual assistant requires them to provide online support to business owners or even their clients.

8. Coach or Consultant

Who doesn’t need a little moral in today’s climate? Whether you are looking to start a business, find monetary bliss, or kickstart that weight loss journey - getting help from a coach or consultant can help you find the stability you may need. 

9. Graphic Designer 

When we talk about living the life of a digital nomad - it doesn’t get better than this. Graphic design is something that can be done in the comfort of your home with some very basic set of skills. Furthermore, if you are willing to pick up a few courses on finessing your graphic designing skills then there can be an additional monetary incentive for you.

10. Translating 

The job of a translator requires them to read original documents and translate them into a certain language(s). However, while doing so they have to ensure that they keep the original tone, don’t lose context, and check for the usage of proper technical terms. The job of a translator is perfect for anyone who is bilingual and wishes to utilize and explore this trait as a life skill. Furthermore, you can look into brands such as Afrolingo. If you are looking to learn or improve a new language, it’s highly recommended that you take help on tools like Google Translate, and apps like Duolingo and HelloTalk.

The life of a digital nomad has many exciting turns. However, the first thing to do is to figure your calling - as a digital nomad you can overlap any of the 10 jobs listed. For example, you can have your own YouTube channel while you graphic design for a company. Furthermore, something you might have started as a part-time job or hobby may become the ideal career path you were seeking.

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