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5 Popular Digital Nomad Jobs

The fastest way to become a digital nomad is to pick a job that you can do anywhere and purchase a flight. Maybe you're wondering what kind of jobs people are actually doing that allows them to live and travel abroad. This list will show you a few of the most popular digital nomad jobs.

Digital Marketer

If you have a passion for marketing and are a creative thinker this may be the ideal career path for you. Digital marketers are responsible for creating, managing and running marketing campaigns for companies and products across a number of websites, apps and social platforms. A simplified way of thinking of it is being responsible for ads that appear on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Youtube, but the job goes beyond just making the ad itself. Digital marketing requires knowledge of audience targeting and data analytics to ensure that there is a good ROI on ad-spend.

Software Developer/Engineer

Software engineers are staples of digital nomad communities across the world. When most people think of what a digital nomad does for a living they probably think of a blogger or a software engineer. Contrary to popular belief you do not have to be a math genius or have a computer science degree to be a software engineer. Many software engineers are self-taught over the course of a year or went to relatively affordable bootcamps and learned over the course of a few months. For many software engineering positions, little to no math is ever involved, but if you are starting as a complete novice, learning won’t be a walk in the park. Software engineers are problem solvers. They need logical minds, a solid foundation in at least a few coding languages and the patience to work through the most difficult problems.

Freelance Artist

This is a career path that has a surprising amount of flexibility and variety when it comes to its implementation. Of course there are people on sites like Fiverr or Upwork who make money offering their artistic services for a small fee, however many people have found surprisingly unique ways to travel and see the world while earning money for their art. One of the most interesting people we’ve ever met was a man from Italy who had traveled around Europe hand-delivering his artwork to his patrons who ordered from his website. We met that man in a hostel in Lisbon, but in the week before we had gotten there he had already been to 4 countries and had made a profit even with travel and accommodation expenses taken into account. This strategy may not work for everyone, but it goes to show there is no shortage of opportunity to turn selling your art into an opportunity to travel.

Customer Support

There are plenty of opportunities for this. You will never find any shortage of part-time or full-time remote customer service opportunities, especially for proficient English speakers. The roles can be anything from shift work answering incoming customer phone calls, responding to emails, handling customer questions on a website’s live chat or all of the above. The pay may not be great, but if you’re looking to go to travel cheaply and stay in low-cost of living countries then you may want to look into customer service.

Online Language Instructor

Sometimes seen as “the easy way to expatriate”, teaching English in another country is not just a fast and low-effort way of getting a work visa. In fact, out of anything else on this list it may be the most enriching job because it requires that you work directly within the community you live in. Nowadays you can be a virtual English teacher, but traditionally the job requires you to be physically in a classroom working with local students and local family every single working day. This is not only a great way to immerse yourself in the local community but it is also a fantastic way to get a long-term visa in some countries where a “freelancer” is not yet recognized as an occupation.

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