The future of work is now. Walk into any coworking space, coffee shop, or co-living hotel anywhere in the world and you’re guaranteed to meet at least one or two digital nomads, each of which may be working very different jobs. Thanks to our computers, software developers, architects, bloggers, artists, and consultants, now all share the same workspace.
Of course, there are still many jobs that can’t be done online and many companies that don’t accommodate remote work opportunities for their employees. So if you want to put your lifestyle first, travel the world, and connect with the wider community of roaming remote workers, you may want to consider one of these top jobs for digital nomads.
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A content writing or copywriting job is perfect for those with a flair for literature and the written word. The ability to create thoughtful, valuable content and clever copy is a skill that not everybody can hone. Content writers, especially for online businesses, are expected to work with on-page SEO and general optimization in long-form content. Copywriters offer a more sales-orientated approach with text designed to inform, persuade, and generate leads and sales. It’s one of the most popular digital nomad jobs thanks to its ease of entry and all you need is a laptop, Google Docs, and a client or two to get the ball rolling.
A Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialist is responsible for growing the online presence of a company/business with a range of tools designed to optimize websites. A strong understanding of how search engines work and how to rank in them is of utmost importance and is fundamental to a successful SEO career and specialists may also work on the technical side of SEO, building backlink profiles and designing website structures.
There are plenty of online SEO courses and resources (both free and paid) that newbies can use to get the ball rolling. Many specialists first build their own site from the ground up to create that all-important base knowledge before taking on clients.
Social Media Manager
A decade ago, this job didn't exist and now it’s a must-have position at every company big and small. To do this job, you'll need to become familiar with LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, TikTok, and email marketing software. You can choose to specialize in mastering one platform, niche, or company, or branch out across many. Social media managers are responsible for communicating the brand message, interacting with their audience, and creating content for use across various platforms.
Web developers are responsible for building, hosting, and operating websites for their clients. Depending on your chosen platform, site creation can be as easy as setting up Squarespace templates or as difficult as creating code from scratch. These days every business needs a website, so the demand for web developers is high and growing. The ability to develop and design websites is a flexible skill that can take you far in your freelance career and on your digital nomad journey.
Software developers are responsible for developing bug-free, value-adding software in a variety of different settings and industries. From creating mobile applications to in-browser SAAS products, the work can be varied, challenging, and rewarding. You’ll find software developers coding away in coworking spaces and cafes around the world. With flexible working hours and high-paid salaries, it’s easy to see why so many are learning to code.
Graphic designers are some of the most popular art-inspired professions to take around the world because you don’t need a lot of equipment, just a laptop and a graphics pad. The work can be varied with a range of genuinely interesting projects and clients available to those with a proven track record. A graphic design career is, however, one of the most competitive out there so you will need to develop a unique personal style and marketing skills to stand out from the competition on top freelancing sites like Fiverr and Upwork.
A virtual assistant is exactly like a traditional assistant, except the position is completely remote and you may never meet your clients in person.The administrative job is perfect for those with fantastic people, communication, and organization skills. Daily tasks can range from sending emails and setting appointments to customer support and data entry. As a virtual assistant position has somewhat of a direct relationship with a client, so similar timezones may be a priority. For example, a virtual assistant based in Tokyo working with a client in Seattle will need to overcome a 16-hour time difference.
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This list barely scratches the surface of the wide range of jobs available in the world of remote work. Every day, there are many more opportunities out there as more and more employers understand the importance of offering their employees remote work flexibility. It’s only a matter of time before we’ll see almost every digitally-based profession able to travel the world and work remotely.
Adam Mace is Nurall's Lead Contributing Writer and a full-time digital nomad in search of the best hikes, unique stays, and local delicacies. When he’s not exploring far-flung places he can..
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