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Top 10 Best Digital Nomad Jobs in 2020

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If the turn of the decade has you craving a digital nomad job so you can have more freedom at work and in your daily life, you’re not alone.

According to smallbizgenius.net, in the U.S. alone, the year 2020 has seen an increase of 140 percent of remote workers or a rise of nomad jobs over the last fifteen years—bringing the number to around 4.3 million people who work from home at least half the time.

Fortunately, with most of these jobs, all you need to pay for is your online connection and a computer (or you can always go to the library for free but having your own device is recommended)!

With digital nomad jobs popping up everywhere—geographically and online—this guide is to help you choose one of the top 10 best digital nomad jobs in 2020.

Top 10 Digital Nomad Jobs

1. Blogger and Writer

How to Start: Fortunately, there are so many different types of blogger and writer online platforms out there like Fiverr and Upwork that can help you get started.

Skills Needed: If you still that Journalism degree hanging up on your wall but haven’t figured out what to do with it just yet—freelance writing can be the perfect answer.

However, you don’t need a degree to try this new job out! Being great with words, grammar, and creating text can make you the perfect copywriter. You just need to be good at writing texts, captions, blogs, emails or website content.  

Average Salary: You can earn anywhere from $19K to upwards of $79K a year.  

Finding Clients: Signing up for a profile is simple and easy with most of these online platforms for freelancers.

Working while Traveling: Digital nomad is literally the epitome of an online blogger—you can work from anywhere as long as you have internet connection and a writing device.

2. Graphic Designer

How to Start: If you have an art degree or simply an eye for art, a graphic designer can be your next calling. Get online and sign up for classes and then get in touch with clients who are looking for online marketing and advertising.  

Skills Needed: Whether you’re making logos or branding images online, this easy-to-learn job is just an online program away from being your reality!

Average Salary: The average annual wage of a graphic designer is around $50K a year.

Finding Clients: As you grow your online portfolio, you’ll be able to easily grow your clientele—especially if you go through connections and referrals.

Working while Traveling: As with most of these digital nomad jobs,a graphic designer is a very mobile job—all you really need is your computer and a few artsy programs.

3. Social Media Manager

How to Start: If you’re already a social media guru, this is your time to bring that skill set to money-making potential.

Skills Needed: If you’ve worked with most social media platforms—Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snap chat, etc.,—you can easily be a social media manager.

Average Salary: The average annual wage for a Social Media Manager is around $45K a year

Finding Clients: You can either find individual clients needing to boost their online presence or work for a corporation that needs an online manager to help manage their online channels.

Working while Traveling: As long as you’re in tune with your client’s audience time zone, you can do this job from anywhere.

4. Online Teacher

How to Start: You don’t have to have a teaching degree to be an online teacher! Getting signed up on teaching platforms like VIPKid or Chegg can help you get started.

Skills Needed: From teaching your native language online, all you need is patience, a stable internet connection, and expertise in the field you want to teach.

Average Salary: Depending on the subject you teach and who your students are, you’ll be making an average of $14-$50 an hour.

Finding Clients: Whether you’re going through an online platform or offering your services to international companies, you can easily find an untapped target audience.

Working while Traveling: Having stable internet connection is of utmost importance with this position since most of your “classes” will be streamed.

5. Website Developer

How to Start: If you familiarize yourself with coding or website creation, then you can get into website development. Whether you’re making a blogger’s page or a multi-page eCommerce platform, you can easily self-teach.

Skills Needed: It does help, however, to know UXstrategies, HTML, and CSS, as well. You can easily take a course online on howto learn the skill.

Average Salary: An annual average for a Website Developer is about $50K to $75—you can earn up to $150K if you get the right clientele.

Finding Clients: There are a ton of online platforms like Fiverr that can help you connect with clients needing your service. You can also take a peek through job boards.

Working while Traveling: You might need a bit more concentration with coding—but ultimately, this job can be done from anywhere with an internet connection.

6. Audio Voice Over

How to Start: If you have a broadcast journalism degree, you’re already there! However, getting started and building a name for yourself might mean starting with minor and low-paying projects.

Skills Needed: If you are a good reader, a voice over for audio books, online how-to-guides, and videos are growing in need!

Average Salary: Depending on the company, you can earn up to $250 an hour.

Finding Clients: There are a ton of online platforms like voices.com that can help you get into the field of voice-overs and voice actors.

Working while Traveling: As long as you’re in a quiet room, this job can easily be done from anywhere.

7. Transcriptionist

How to Start: Have a knack for typing fast and being a good listener? Transcribing audio can be your money pot. Finding clients who need interviews, podcasts, even medical records transcribed can help you get started.  

Skills Needed: Being a fast typer and having knowledge of the language.

Average Salary: An advanced transcriptionist can make around $30 an hour.

Finding Clients: There are a ton of online platforms like Fiverr and Upwork that are in need of transcriptionists in multiple languages.

Working while Traveling: You can work from anywhere!

8. A Photographer

How to Start: Developing your portfolio is extremely important for a photographer’s business. Finding your niche is also a crucial step—find what you’re good at—whether it’s landscape, weddings,newborns or influencers, there are so many different photography fields.

Skills Needed: Having a professional camera and working on your skill can help make you big money.

Average Salary: As your portfolio grows, you can make around the annual average salary for a photographer, which is around $32K to $46K.

Finding Clients: Whether you’re reaching out through social media or having an online website, you can reach out to clients on your own and then work through referrals.

Working while Traveling: Although you can edit photos while you’re on the go, being a photographer means that you have to be flexible with your schedule to physically be at your client’s photo shoots.

9. Translator

How to Start: Look into what type of certifications you might need to start as an official translator—especially if you’re working with government officiated documents.

Skills Needed: Obviously, you need to know multiple languages to be a translator. It also helps if you’re a fast typer or speaker so you can do your job efficiently.

Average Salary: You will make an average of$20/hour or around $46K annually.

Finding Clients: Depending on your niche, you can find translation jobs online, at foreign national offices or even city buildings.

Working while Traveling: Depending on the kind of translating you’re going to be doing, (if it’s in person, you can’t work solely online), you can usually transcribe translations from anywhere.

10. Virtual Assistant

How to Start: Online platforms like Upwork and Fiverr are hot commodities for business people who are looking for a virtual assistant.

Skills Needed: Being a virtual assistant usually entails various office tasks, which can be learned pretty quickly.

Average Salary: You can make an average anywhere from $8 to $40 an hour, depending on the tasks you’re completing and the person or company you’re working for.

Finding Clients: You can reach out and “cold-call”various (usually small) businesses that may need a virtual assistant. There areal so various online platforms that advertise the service.

Working while Traveling: Depending on the tasks needing to be completed, this may be done from anywhere—within reason.

If any of these digital nomad jobs have sparked your interest,take a look at this post about switching careers.

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