So, you’re a jet setter looking to find a way to earn a living and also keep up with your adventurous ways. Surely this sounds too good to be true?
Not quite: There’s plenty of remote work for travel.
With today’s increasingly innovative and accessible technology at your disposal, you can easily travel and work remotely. No more reason for you to sit idle in a cubicle with no sunlight—now you can do all your work from the comfort of a nice beach somewhere.
But how? Well, Keep reading for 3 of the best tips you can put into action right now to get you started in your brand new life as a digital nomad.
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#1: Find The Best Place for You to Look for Work
First and foremost, you need to have a method for finding consistent and fruitful employment. You could find a full-time or part-time position that’s entirely remote, but more than likely, your remote work during travel will consist of freelancing gigs.
Luckily, there are a number of resources where you can look for work online. Job boards and Facebook groups readily post freelance gigs you can easily apply for.
Online language tutoring is also another popular option that many digital nomads have taken up. Those who are interested should check out Preply, as they are always on the lookout to hire more teachers for online tutoring jobs.
There are also services like Upwork and Fiverr. These are great for starting out and building experience, but eventually you should branch out on your own. As “middleman” services in nature, companies like these often take a pretty hefty cut from each payment you receive.
#2: Slowly Build Up Your Portfolio
Regardless of what your particular field is, you’ll need a way to show prospective clients or employers where your skills lie. The key here is to show your value as a professional and highlight what you have to offer. If you want to work remotely while abroad, you need to secure good and consistent employment.
In order to do that, you’ll need to begin slowly putting together a portfolio—it won’t come overnight!
Unfortunately, you’ll need to temper your expectations and take on a few gigs that maybe aren’t going to pay you what you’d like at first.
Over time though, you’ll have amassed a solid foundation on which to further the growth of your career as a freelancer or remote employee. You’ll have a solid collection of work to show off your skills, thereby bettering your chances of finding well-paying work—your dream of working remotely.
#3: Stay On Top of Deadlines and Communications
Deadlines and emails are unavoidable aspects of professional life. They are simply ingrained in the fabric of almost any modern-day job, and their importance is greatly intensified as a remote worker.
Since you’re not available for in-person discussions and meetings, you need to compensate for that absence by being readily available via other means of communication (i.e. phone, text, email, messenger app, Skype, etc).
Deadlines are also vital because any prospective client or employer is going to demand that your work be delivered on time. This may prove somewhat difficult considering the temptations abound while traveling the country, but you must take a moment to stop and remember the work that’s helping to keep your head above water.
There are many great benefits that come along with living your life as a digital nomad. Working remotely has never been easier, but finding remote work for travel does require a few extra things to get you on your way.
If you follow these tips, you’ll be waving goodbye to your old, stuffy job in no time!
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Eliza Medley is an experienced tutor, educator, and psychologist.
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