Do you love traveling, exploring the world and everything it has to offer? Want to keep up your wandering lifestyle but don’t think it’s possible without the paycheck of a 9-5 job? Well, in today’s internet driven world, that simply isn’t true anymore. Nowadays it’s more than possible to create a successful income from anywhere in the world through your computer connection. All you need is access to the world wide web and you could be on your way to full time level earnings. Whether you’d prefer to be sitting on a beach watching the sunrise or sipping an espresso at your favorite corner cafe, here are 10 money making opportunities that will help you earn that freedom you really want.
1. Start a Blog
It may seem like everyone and their grandmother’s have blogs these days, but while there are multitudes of blog websites out there, they are still a great way to make a hefty income online. The key to a successful blog is to make sure you take advantage of your greatest resource; you. There’s only one you, and your ability to market your individuality and unique voice is crucial.
Find your niche. What is it that really interests you, sparks a flame of passion that no one else has? In order to write content your readers will love, you need to love it too. Whether your interests lie in SEO, tech, or positive lifestyle changes, make sure your blog is a reflection of that intense admiration to attract readers with the same interests who will not only follow your blog, but share it.
Once you’ve started to gain a following, to really turn your blog into an income resource you’ll need to monetize it. Luckily for you, there are multitudes of ways to do this from advertising, to affiliate marketing, and even to writing sponsored posts. Once you have these revenue builders set up in your blog, you’ll be able to make a continuous income from anywhere in the world.
2. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is simple and a great way to make passive income online. You are being paid to refer new customers to a business through your own website and affiliate marketing has proven to be an extremely successful strategy for businesses and now almost all online retailers offer some sort of program. Because of this, it’s a great way to earn a little extra money or even a full time income from anywhere in the world. However, there are some tricks to becoming a successful affiliate marketer that you must keep in mind.
First, take advantage of your niche and research what programs would be best for your site. What are their payment methods? What quality level services do they offer? Are these products or services that you would consider buying for yourself? If not, it’s doubtful your reader will either. Your affiliate marketing strategy must match your reader base. If you have a website that caters to foodies, affiliate links to Harley Davidson’s probably won’t do too well.
Also, make sure you market on your own. Don’t just rely on SEO techniques to bring in more readership. Take steps to brining in those new readers who will make the most of your affiliate links. Start email lists to campaign your site. Offer to write guest posts to other successful bloggers in your niche. Anyway you can think of to bring in new potential clients will help drive up those sales.
Finally, make sure you keep track of your stats. Often overlooked, this step will help you to better understand what changes you need to make and where you’ve been the most successful so that you can keep increasing your earning potential.
Working as a freelancer is a great way to make a substantial income online. Have skills you’d be able to offer potential clients? Take advantage of them and offer your work online. Some usual freelance work includes:
-Social Media Management
-Digital Marketing Experts
Individuals and companies will pay well for people with skill-sets in these areas, and you can take advantage of that by showing yourself off online. Often, these clients don’t care where you work or when, just as long as you get the job done in the timeframe they need it, and now there are great sites that help you reach these clients quickly and efficiently.
One of these sites is Upwork. This is a great site with access to thousands of clients looking for all sorts of skills from cookbook writing to video and graphic design. Make sure you take the time to really spruce up your profile and if you don’t have extensive experience to list there, take advantage of their quizzes! These are a great tool to help show clients your skills in certain areas.
Another site to consider isFiverr. On this site, you can offer your services with differing levels of commitment and a payscale to match. Here you can offer anything from photography to ebook writing and there will surely be a client looking to pay you for your skill.
Of course, you don’t have to freelance through a site. Setting up a website to sell your skills is another easy way to bring in clients from around the world without worrying about a site fee. However, this method is much more time consuming, as clients will not fall into your lap as they might from an already established site.
4. Teach English Online
Teaching English as a second language online is an easy money making idea that any native english speaker can take advantage of. No formal teaching experience? Not a problem. While there are some sites that require teaching certification in order to join, there are just as many that accept native language understanding as their main criteria. And with English being the most commonly spoken language, our increasingly global world is more in need of English tutors than ever before.
VIPKID is one example of a site that requires a bachelor’s degree, but no formal teaching certification. Pay is generally between $18 to $20 an hour.
CAMBLY is another site which offers ESL teaching opportunities. They also do not require teaching certification, but you must be a native English speaker and the pay is $0.17 per minute.
5. Sell Your Travel Pics
Good with a camera? Take advantage of all those amazing views you’re seeing and sell those beautiful photos online. This is a great way to earn some extra cash with something you’re already probably doing on a daily basis as it is. And for photo pro’s it’s a great way to build some serious income while simultaneously spreading your name through various different sites.
Alamyis a great site to start selling your photos, since they don’t demand exclusivity and offer photographers an amazing 50% royalty payment on each photo sold.
Shutterstock is probably the most well-known photo selling site. It allows users to keep copyright of their image and offers a 30% payout for photo sales.
6. Become a Dropshipper
Looking for the possibility to earn tons of cash? Dropshipping might just be for you. The ecommerce market is booming, and with the involvement of companies as big as Amazon, it’s now easy for more and more freedom seekers to turn to dropshipping in order to be their own boss. This particular branch of ecommerce is great for people who are just starting out, since there’s very little starting capital needed in order to build a successful business and you’re never really physically touching any of the product yourself. Because of this, it’s great for travel seeking entrepreneurs.
Dropping shipping works by having you build a branding tactic and promote a product online from a supplier like Alibaba.comor Oberlo. Later, as a customer purchases this product through your site, you than place the order with the supplier and they ship the product directly to the customer.
So, how do you get started? The first thing you want to do is set up a professional, high quality store website. Shopify is an easy, secure, and aesthetically driven way to do this, making it simple for you to build a great ecommerce store from their templates and accompanying apps.
Once your page is up, you’ll want to market it on various social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest. With such large audiences, it’s a great way to reach a broad spectrum of cliental. Also, consider writing a blog along with your store. Blog readership is a great way to entice new customers by reaching to them through varying interests.
Following these steps won’t deliver you a five figure monthly income on a platter, but dropshipping is a proven method of gaining financial success, especially for those who want something a little more than the usual 9-5 office job.
7. Become a Tour Guide
Lived somewhere amazing for over a year? Want to share it with as many people as you can? Why not consider becoming a freelance tour guide? Here’s just another way to put your love of travel to good use. When working as a freelance tour guide, you are putting yourself in a position where you’ll be in charge of everything. This means in order to be successful you’re not only a tour guide, but also tour manager, tour escort, operations manager, and publicist.
Of course, in this situation social media will become your best friend. Set up your tour company site and link it to a professional Facebook Page, LinkedIn, Instagram, and whatever else you can think of. You want to show off your knowledge as much as you can. Also, starting a relationship with local travel agents will be key, as they will have a great client base for you to work with. You’ll need to make sure you have, or can easily get, all the equipment you’ll need for these tours, whether they be kayaks and harnesses or food bibs. As a freelance tour guide, you’re quite literally responsible for it all.
If that seems like a bit much for you, but you’re still looking to show off your knowledge to fellow travelers, you could also consider working as a guide with an established local company. If you decide to go down this road, you’ll hold back a lot of the formerly mentioned responsibilities, but you’ll have to show exceptional knowledge and skill in the area you wish to work in. You may even want to consider guide training. One such course is offered by ITMI and it is a two week intensive training course matched with entrance to annual symposium where you can easily connect with other guides and companies.
There are also companies which look for a more personal approach to tours, reaching out to guides who show an intense passion for the place they live and travel in general. One example of such a company is ToursByLocals. This company helps you reach clients through training, marketing techniques, and constant 24 hour support services making it a great outlet for new guides with only little experience. To apply you must be able to show you are legally able to work in the area you’re providing tours. Once that is done, they will contact you further to discuss opportunities and your ideas for travel tours.
Another great tour company is Strawberry Tours london. They describe their employees as, “… passionate driven freelance guides. Individuals who show great ambition in the development of their tours. Individuals who are highly motivated and totally in love with their city. Individuals who never tire of learning more and more about the place they live in…” They offer extensive lists of tours in multiple different cities and have achieved TripAdvisors Certificate of Excellence. A company that thrives on it’s employees passion, this is a great work environment for any travel enthusiast.
8. Write an Ebook
You have considerable individual experience from traveling around the world. You’ve acquired knowledge and understanding no one else ever could. So why not put that down into a book? The ability to instantly see your work published rather than going through the tedious traditional method of publishing companies has proven to be an empowering force for authors, allowing them to reach global audiences of millions within moments. Because of the rising popularity of Kindle and Ipad, as well as new apps for smartphones that let you download books right there, ebooks have become the new go-to publishing outlet for writers. So, how can you take advantage of this new trend?
First, you’ll need to write a high quality book that will actually be worthy of publishing. The main complaint towards the new ebook trend is that most authors are putting out absolute garbage, and a badly written book is never going to sell. You’ll need to dedicate extensive time and effort to your book, so make sure it’s something you really love. Spend those extra hours proofreading and then proofread it again just to make sure. It may seem like an insane amount of hours, but once your well written book takes off, it will be more than worth it.
Once your book is written, you’ll want to make sure it makes a great first impression. To do this you’ll need an awesome cover image. While it is an added expense, having a professional graphic designer work with you will pay you back in spades in the long run.
Now that your book is ready for viewing, you’ll need to upload it so that world wide readers can find it. Amazon has a great system and step-by-step guide to make this process as simple as possible. They even have a video you can watch here.
9. Design and Sell T-Shirts
Artistically gifted? Take full advantage of those skills while traveling and create your own t-shirts to make some extra money online. First, think of a great design you and your friends would love to wear, something edgy you haven’t seen before. Good at graphic design? Get really creative and use your talent to create your own visual. Or, as an alternative, take advantage of the local scene, make something you couldn’t get anywhere else.
Once you’ve got your design planned out, you’ll need to make it available for customers to purchase. Zazzle and CafePressare two of the easiest and most efficient sites to help you make this happen. Once you have your products available, possibilities are limitless. You could even consider setting up a Shopify or Amazon Merch site to make an even greater income whilst you travel.
10. Become a Website/App Tester
You can make money quickly and easily from anywhere in the world as a website and app tester. As long as you have a stable internet connection, companies are more than willing to pay to have their sites checked for user friendliness and glitches. They pay is usually somewhere between $3 and $15 per test and can take anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour. Some testing companies will want to capture your screen and voice as you process a site, so make sure your computer is compatible with their software and has a microphone installed. Also, as a tip, most of these companies require their testers to be native English speakers. Two companies you might want to check out are UserTesting and Whatusersdo.
No matter where in the world you are, or where in the world you want to be, making a stable, successful income has become possible thanks to the world wide web. Take advantage of these opportunities and make your travel dreams come true today.