We’ve recently talked about some of the job opportunities you can find abroad if you are looking to live overseas long-term. But there is one big, obvious option we didn’t address – and that’s working online, which leaves you completely location independent.

Thanks to the internet, more and more jobs are moving online, giving remote workers the freedom to go where they please, when they please, without sacrificing a steady paycheck. If you land one of these jobs, all you’ll need is your laptop and reliable internet – the world is yours!

Types of Jobs

So what kind of jobs can you find? This list is by no means exhaustive, but to give you an idea of the variety available, here are the most common remote jobs:

-Customer service
-Virtual assistant
-Online teaching
-Graphic design
-Website development
-Software development
-Data entry
-Social media manager
-Technical writer
-Medical coding

While you might not be qualified for or interested in every job on the list, most people can find something that is the right fit for them if they are willing to work at it.

Where to Find Freelance Jobs

So how do you go about finding that first job? A standard place to begin is checking out websites that list jobs, create freelancer profiles for potential clients to browse through, or match freelancers directly to clients.

Some options include:

• Upwork
• Elance
• Freelancer
• iFreelance
• Peopleperhire
• Guru
• Project4hire
• SimplyHired
• CraigsList

Be aware that many of these sites will post jobs that aren’t paying much. If you are low on experience, accepting a few of these projects might help just to improve your CV or get a few recommendations.

But to really bring in a reasonable income, you’ll eventually need to calculate your rates and refuse to drop below them. This will mean skipping many opportunities, but the right ones will come with time and your momentum will build.

I’ve found that when a client likes your work, he’ll start offering more projects and tell others about you. Most of my long-term freelance clients found me by recommendation, not by a site. But these resources can be a good place to start if you know your worth and are willing to be patient and hardworking while you build up your client list.

Remote Employment

If you’re more comfortable with a stable, full-time job that comes with a salary, benefits, and other perks of traditional employment, you should steer clear of freelance roles and start searching for remote jobs instead. Of course, you’ll need to be ready to leave your current position as soon as you accept one of these offers. You can start looking at:

• Flexjobs
• remote.co
• Remotive
• Remote OK
• Working Nomads
• Skip the Drive
• Virtual Vocations
• We Work Remotely
• Outsourcely

Creating Your Own Job

Your final option for location independent work is to truly become your own boss by creating your own products or services, marketing them, and selling them yourself. This probably won’t financially support your life and travels right away – it’s a long-term goal that will take time to build. But we believe it can definitely be worth it if you’re creating or doing something you love. If you succeed, you’ll have the most freedom to create your own schedule, life, and terms.

The possibilities in this area are endless! You can think of any product or service that gives your target clientele what they want, meets a need, or solves a problem for them.

Some ideas might include:

• Writing and selling books

• Developing and leading online courses

• Consulting with clients one-on-one

• Selling a physical product (clothing, accessories, crafts, etc.)

• Creating a paid membership site (to access resources, a community, or a mixture of both)

• Creating a paid app, software, or online tool

• Building an online community (a blog, YouTube channel, or social media presence) and monetizing it

Don’t be fooled – all of these options will take a ton of time, hard work, trial and error, creativity, willingness to invest in further education (whether it’s formal training or self-taught), and stubborn persistence to succeed no matter what. You need to be passionate enough to put in the hours daily even when you aren’t earning a cent. So ask yourself and be very honest: Is this really what you want and do you have what it takes? If the answer is no (or not yet), it’s perfectly fine to go for freelance gigs or remote employment to fund your long-term travels.

Online Working Communities

Whichever path you take, it’s beneficial to become active in one of the many communities for freelancers, remote workers, or online business owners. Along with finding even more opportunities through these groups, you can also network with other professionals in your field, ask for advice, offer support, keep your ear to ground for changes in your industry (the online world is always changing – it will be difficult to keep up on your own), and have a place to vent and receive encouragement if a client treats you badly, a product launch goes badly, or something else doesn’t quite go to plan.

Facebook offers many closed groups for digital nomads. Some are only for women, some are industry-specific, and some are city specific. A quick search could find the right place for you.

Have you ever worked online – whether it was full-time, part-time, or a one-off project? What was your experience like? What advice would you give to someone looking to get started?