Does the idea of working online and travelling the world appeal to you? In this guide, I share 8 fun and interesting digital nomad jobs for beginners that will allow you to do just that.
Living life on your own terms. Waking up in a new city, country or continent whenever you please. Have freedom and flexibility in your work. It sounds like a dream lifestyle, doesn’t it?
It certainly seemed like a distant dream to us a few years ago. We never even knew it was a thing until we started travelling and met other digital nomads along the way.
We were and continue to be amazed at the creative ways people find to make money online. And the best part of it is that it’s getting easier and easier to do.
So let’s jump into it and show you 8 digital nomad jobs for beginners that almost anyone can do!
8 Interesting Digital Nomad Jobs for Beginners
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Since this blog is our number one source of income, I thought it made sense to kick off our list of digital nomad jobs for beginners right here.
Blogging has been absolutely life-changing for us. It allows us to work wherever and whenever we want. We get to help other people by writing about topics we are passionate about.
And best of all, it helps us to sustain a nomadic lifestyle.
Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well, there is a bit of a catch. While a blog is relatively easy to set up, it isn’t as straightforward to get a blog to a position where it’s making money.
It’s certainly not a get rich quick scheme. We’ve been blogging (on and off) for nearly four years. But it took us over 3 years to be earning a comfortable living from it.
That’s not always the case, though. I know plenty of bloggers who’ve started earning much quicker than that.
Our problem was that we weren’t consistent enough in the beginning. However, with the right strategy and mindset, you can easily monetise your blog within the first 12-months.
There’s a lot to consider when thinking about starting a blog. But it’s totally doable if you’re willing to put the time and effort into learning.
We knew nothing about blogging, to begin with. Everything we know now is self-taught by watching YouTube videos and reading content online.
There’s so much free content that you can utilise to help you on your own blogging journey. And once you know what you’re doing, it is one of the most exciting and rewarding jobs in the world!
2. Teaching English
Another popular digital nomad job for beginners is teaching English online.
We met numerous travellers around the world making money this way. Some were even earning over $2000 a month!
In continents like Asia, $2000 goes a long way. You could live like royalty and still have money spare for savings. All things considered, it’s a great gig.
If it hadn’t been for our blog taking off, we would have certainly gone down this route. In fact, I even did my TEFL course in preparation.
I did my course with the TEFL Academy and if teaching English is a digital nomad role that you’re interested in, I highly recommend them.
The course itself was fun, immersive, and educational. Even with no teaching experience, I felt confident that I could go out and teach English to both adults and children by the end.
Once you’ve done the course, your opportunities are endless. There are many websites where you can teach English to students online, allowing you to teach anywhere where there’s WiFi.
If you’re looking for a rewarding and reliable digital nomad role, this is it!
“The TEFL Academy is the world’s leading TEFL course provider. They provide the very best in accredited courses, meaning your qualification is recognised worldwide. Whether you choose the Online Level 3, Online Level 5 or Combined Level 5 version of the TEFL course, they can help you acquire everything you need to teach English as a foreign language.”https://www.theteflacademy.com/
3. Freelance Work
Are you a specialist in a particular line of work? Do you have a unique set of skills that could be of value to individuals or businesses? If so, freelance work could be your answer.
We’ve met several travellers on the road who make their money this way. Yet it’s one of the most overlooked options amongst beginner digital nomads.
Many don’t realise quite how valuable their skills and experience are. Never mind the fact that there’s high demand for such services through freelance job websites.
Alongside our blog income, we also make money through freelance writing and digital marketing. However, there are tons of other freelance jobs available.
It’s not the best example; however, you only need to look through Fiverr to see the variety of services people offer.
From freelance writing and content creation to web programming and graphic design, the opportunities are truly endless.
4. Virtual Assistant
Another natural fit when it comes to beginner digital nomad roles is a virtual assistant.
A VA is basically a virtual receptionist, and tons of businesses are looking for VAs these days to take care of administrative tasks.
There are various levels of virtual assistant jobs available. So if you have experience in any particular area, that can help you earn more money.
More specialised VA roles include social media management, blogging assistant, accounting, and payroll.
Whereas a basic VA role might involve things like making phone calls, data input, managing schedules, that kind of thing.
Either way, you can make a decent and reliable income by becoming a VA. Here’s some excellent advice on how to become a virtual assistant.
An excellent place to start when looking for VA roles is Upwork. At the time of writing, there are over 9000 VA jobs available, ranging from beginner to experienced.
5. Customer Service Representative
Like with VAs, more and more businesses are recruiting customer care teams who work remotely.
So if you value yourself as a people person with excellent communication skills and a willingness to help people, this beginner digital nomad job might be for you.
As a customer service representative, it will be your job to assist customers with any problems or queries they might have. This could be over the phone or through an online chat.
Either way, you’ll need to be equipped with all the right gear to allow you to carry out your work efficiently.
A great place to look for customer service roles is glassdoor. Once you’ve signed up, you can filter jobs by location and your level of experience.
6. Content Creator
Another way that we make money on the road is through content creation.
This is when a brand or business pays you to create content for them.
There are several ways to create content, whether it be photography, videography, graphic design, or writing articles.
Many people associate content creation with being a social media influencer. And to an extent, they would be right.
Content creation is how influencers and bloggers grow their following; however, you don’t need to be an influencer in order to create great content.
If you have experience in any creative field, you have the potential to be a content creator.
First, work on building a portfolio and then you’ll be able to pitch your services to clients.
This next role might be considered quite boring compared to the other jobs on this list; however, it’s ideal for beginners with little experience.
The job of a transcriptionist is to listen to audio recordings and convert them to written documents.
With that in mind, you’ll need to be able to type with efficiency and accuracy. You’ll also need reasonable spelling, punctuation, and grammar skills.
If you don’t see yourself pursuing this career for too long, it could be a nice side hustle while you work on growing a blog or building a portfolio for freelance work.
8. House/Pet Sitting
The last job on our list isn’t exactly a digital nomad role; however, it’s a great way of sustaining a digital nomad lifestyle.
The idea is that you take care of people’s homes and, in most instances, their pets while they go away on holiday.
In exchange, you get to live in the property for free and make use of any facilities that they have.
These gigs are great when you need a base to work from for extended periods, as they save you money on travel and accommodation.
However, don’t only do it for those reasons. You need to actually be willing to take care of people’s homes and pets; otherwise, it won’t be a beneficial exchange.
Here’s a list of the best house sitting websites to get you started.
Where to Look for Beginner Digital Nomad Jobs?
There is no shortage of people looking for beginner digital nomad roles these days, and with that, there are plenty of places where you can look for work.
Job boards, social media, and remote work websites are great places to start. Here are some of the best websites listing jobs for digital nomads:
Final Thoughts on Becoming a Digital Nomad
Becoming a digital nomad has changed our lives in ways we could never have imagined.
Escaping the 9-5, becoming our own boss, and earning money while travelling the world has done wonders for the soul.
Having said that, it’s not always been easy. There have been moments of insecurity and times when things haven’t worked out as we’d hoped.
My advice is to embrace the uncertainty of digital nomad life. See it as another one of your big adventures and roll with whatever comes your way.
With the right mindset and a willingness to work hard, you will undoubtedly be successful in whatever you decide to pursue!
Good luck! We are routing for you!
Charlotte & Natalie x