There’s never been a better time to be a digital nomad! Digital nomad numbers continue to rise across the world, as do the opportunities to become one. If you’ve always dreamt of traveling the world as you work, now could be your chance.
However, first, you need to find the perfect job, and Reddit’s digital nomads are here to help. On Reddit, people recently discussed the “Holy Grail” of jobs for digital nomads. Today, we’ll look at 11 of the most popular suggestions.
Who knows? This might be where your digital nomad journey starts!
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Copywriting is possibly the best job for a digital nomad if they want to work flexible hours and travel the world. Many copywriting digital nomads on Reddit travel year-round, bouncing from country to country.
They also have more freedom to work with different clients and write about things they enjoy. One copywriter described his average week as a writer, and this is what he said:
“I work a few solid hours a day and then relax. I have one half-day a week with all my scheduled meetings and another half-day for self-education.”
2. English Teacher
You’ll be surprised by how many countries are looking for English teachers. Whether online or in a physical classroom, there are plenty of opportunities for digital nomads. You just have to be able to speak fluent English.
A fine example of a digital nomad making money from teaching English is a Redditor who goes by the username Elbell3. She told Reddit, “English teacher with VIP kid here as well as an in-class teacher in Spain. I also have a YouTube channel. With all 3 I can make well over $2,500 a month not even working more than 40 hours a week.”
Popular countries that are currently seeking English teachers include China, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates.
If you have a passion for breathwork, meditation, and yoga, you could become a freelance instructor. A user with experience teaching these three things left a comment that said, “I’m certainly not earning a corporate salary, but I charge up to $40 an hour and I live on a small island in Asia.”
They also wrote, “I do a few sessions a week, and they are usually early morning or later in the evening, so I get my days to surf, chill, etc.” If you’re looking for a good work-life balance, this sounds like the ideal job!
If you’re a qualified accountant, now might be the time to become a digital nomad! Other accountants believe freelance accounting isn’t very popular, so there could be a big gap in the market.
When discussing how to find work, one freelance accountant said, “I work for a freelance accountant and his ‘bookkeeper.’ She subcontracts the clients she gets from him, out to me.”
From the knowledge and skills she’s developed, she’s now comfortable enough to start marketing and trying to find her own clients. Who’s to say you can’t do the same?
5. Teaching Online Courses
Teaching online courses is another fantastic way to travel and work. A digital nomad who does this commented on the thread. He said, “It’s a fair amount of work upfront, but you can do it around nearly any topic. The topic doesn’t have to be nomad friendly as long as you can teach/learn remotely.”
Another Redditor that creates online courses had this to say:
“Once it’s up and running (which might take a couple of years), you can build more or you can pretty much set it and forget it and think of it as passive income.”
What’s not to like?
One of the great things about being a photographer is the variety of different genres you can fall into. For example, you can be a landscape, architectural, wedding, or product photographer to name just a few.
Better still, you can do it from anywhere in the world. The community member who mentioned photography is a wedding photographer. Quite brilliantly, she has even managed to hire a team of photographers to do the shooting for her.
As she told Reddit, she focuses on “all the backend marketing, social media, and editing.”
During conversations about the best jobs for digital nomads, one Redditor wrote, “The Holy Grail would be something like a SaaS business that you have automated most or all of, and users just keep paying each month.”
For those who don’t know, SaaS stands for Software as a Service. It’s a software licensing and delivery model that operates on a subscription basis. If you automate your services, you can earn a passive income, which is arguably a digital nomad’s dream come true.
8. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
If you have experience running a website or blog, you could use your knowledge to work in SEO. Thanks to her husband’s role in SEO, one digital nomad has been able to travel Europe for the last 3 years.
When asked how he does it, this user advised Redditors to “Build your own website(s) and try to rank them.” Another user revealed that her husband teaches it.
If you don’t already know about SEO, maybe now’s the time to learn!
9. Software Developer
Redditors working in the software development industry strongly believe it ticks a lot of digital nomad boxes. One Reddit user listed the reasons why a software developer role might be perfect for digital nomads. Here are some of the reasons he gave:
- Can work from anywhere.
- Doesn’t have set hours.
- Full-time freelance roles are available.
- In high demand (particularly based on skill set).
- It pays hourly.
It’s also worth noting that this role doesn’t require a degree. One software developer said he “started from no real coding experience at all.”
10. Only Fans
Only Fans might be a controversial line of work, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention it! It has opened a lot of doors to digital nomads, allowing them to amass huge wealth while also having more freedom to travel.
However, this line of work could be hard to get into, as one Redditor made clear. The Redditor in question said, “The trick is that you already need a big following from another platform. Only Fans is the way to monetize (or add a subscription monetization) to an already well-established presence.”
For obvious reasons, this is also a line of work that isn’t a good fit for a lot of digital nomads.
When asked for the “Holy Grail” of jobs for digital nomads, Reddit didn’t disappoint with its response. However, one industry stood out above the rest: cybersecurity.
To the average person, working in cybersecurity probably sounds quite daunting. However, there are lots of digital nomads who love the industry. One digital nomad said, “I work in Cybersecurity and it’s been amazing. I’m fully remote, the pay is great, and the work is pretty interesting.”
Another community member left a comment that read, “I’m an InfoSec and Privacy consultant, whose main focus is regulating. It’s my first job in the field, which I find truly fascinating.”
This is clearly an industry lots of people enjoy working in!
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