First, my confession – I’m by no means a full-time “digital nomad.” But someone on Quora asked this question, and so I thought I’d answer here since this is longer than your typical Quoran response.
When Life Forces You to Change
Over the last year or so I was forced to switch almost completely to online work because my last car (an old beat up Toyota Corolla) finally died. Before that I would go back and forth between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area to do my main work in commercial property inspections. You can see me do a walk-thru in the video. [link]
Over the years I’ve tried a lot of different things with varying degrees of success – everything from trying to make money through affiliate commissions to teaching online – both my own field inspection course to Udemy classes, even publishing a couple of Kindle books – Local Business Alchemy and Field Inspection 101 Home Business.
While there isn’t a remote / digital nomad site as comprehensive as Monster.com or networking quite like LinkedIn, here are some ways to find digital nomad work –
Who You Know vs What You Know
Often you can find opportunities through people they know – not so much by saying “do you know of any jobs where I can work remotely?”
No, it’s usually a bit more roundabout..
“Hey, I saw this posting – who should I contact in that company? Are you also looking for [your specialty]? ..would you consider hiring someone who works in [your location]? ”
Of course, although there are more companies today that would consider hiring remote workers, it’s still not the first choice of most businesses.
So, it may / may not be worth the time to “sell” them on the idea. To be honest it’s better to simply look for a company or hiring manager who is open to this.
Either that or your work specialty needs to be unique enough and still be portable, of course. This is why programming and other technical specialties are more common.
Some Recommended Sites for Digital Nomad Work
A few of the most popular freelancer sites include:
(links are to my profiles on these sites)
While it seems nearly impossible to make a living with microjob sites like Fiverr and more recently http://www.konker.io/, don’t write these off. Besides connecting with other sellers, this can be an opportunity (within the site rules) to get higher paying work.
There are specific niche sites like italki – where I teach English online through Skype calls.
You can even find some work on local sites like Craigslist
Be sure to check out social groups like Facebook groups geared towards digital nomads –
People often look for specific tasks to be done or projects to be completed
There are now more and more “digital nomad” job specific sites, but most of the work for technical fields like programmers or other areas of software development. https://remoteok.io/
Like I’ve said, “your results may vary.” What works for one person in one area will probably work differently for someone else.
In general, until you get some ratings, aka “social proof,” are you willing to humble yourself and take a bit of a pay cut? If so, deliver the best work you can each time, and you’ll have no problems earning a solid reputation. Remember, often the best advertisement is a happy customer or client!