Would you like to travel the world?
It’s probably safe to say that most people’s answer would be a resounding “Yes!”. So why do so few ever do it?
It’s pretty obvious. We all have bills to pay. This usually means working a 9-5 office job and getting a maximum of four weeks of vacation every year. And we can’t afford to just quit on a whim and hit the road. These circumstances are not exactly the most conducive for a life of adventure… But do you really have to be satisfied with those four weeks of vacation and hope to start seriously travelling when you retire?
Digital nomads are the people who refused to follow this script. They travel the world indefinitely by working remotely. All they need to make money is a laptop and an Internet connection. And there are thousands upon thousands of them roaming the world right now. Why don’t you join the digital nomad revolution, too?
It’s 21st century. There are plenty of opportunities to make money online. Need some ideas? Here are six of them…
One of the easiest ways to start an online business is to launch a blog. The idea is simple: you produce valuable content, build an audience, and then monetize that audience by selling products and service. And no, you don’t have to be a Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist to do it, all you need is the ability to provide value through writing.
You can combine your passion for travelling and your passion for writing by launching a travel blog. However, if you decide to do that, keep in mind that it can’t be all about you, it has to be useful to your readers. So, focus less on your own adventures and more on providing valuable advice to fellow travellers.
Youtube is the second most popular search engine on the Internet. It has 1.57 billion active monthly users. And there are plenty of people on it who are making a full-time income from their videos!
Are you good on camera? Then you might want to consider a career as a Youtuber. This is an especially good opportunity for travelers because you can capture a lot of footage just by having your camera out while on the road. Of course, if you decide to go down that path, you should keep in mind that there’s a lot of competition, so you will have to go the extra mile to make your travel videos stand out!
Instagram is a major social network that has over 800 million monthly active users. You probably already know that it’s a great place to share your travel photos… But are you aware that you can make money while doing it?
You might roll your eyes when you hear the term “Instagram influencer”, but it’s a viable career option, especially if you have a knack for travel photography. Share great pictures, upload regularly, use relevant hashtags… Keep at it long enough and you will amass a significant following that you will then be able to monetize!
Do you want to try your hand at e-commerce? Dropshipping is a great way to learn the ins and outs of running your own online store. It is a business model where you, the store owner, sell the products, meanwhile the manufacturer produces them, stores them, and ships them to customers. There’s almost no risk because you don’t need to pay for anything in advance!
One of the best ways to get started with dropshipping is print-on-demand products. You create your own unique designs and use a fulfillment company to put them on various products (t-shirts, mugs, pillows, you name it!). Interested? Check out Printify Print on Demand Drop Shipping – Shopify App Store.
Do you know how to code? Then you can build your own software-as-a-service product (a software product that you sell for a monthly subscription fee). The possibilities are pretty much endless!
It’s important to have the right attitude, though. Stop trying to come up with “the next Facebook” idea and start looking for problems that you can solve with software. You can probably create a small product that makes $1k+/month. And you know what’s the best thing? Once you decide to move on to something else, you can sell your product for 20x – 30x the monthly revenue! That’s enough money to fund an entire year on the road!
Do you dream about becoming a published author? I have some bad news for you. That book deal is probably never going to happen. But it’s not your fault! It all boils down to the simple fact that publishing houses are all flooded with manuscripts and have sky-high slush piles. You are not missing out on much, though, because unless you are an established author, book deals are not what they used to be anyway.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t become a published author, though! It costs nothing to make your book available on Amazon Kindle Store. You only need a text file with the manuscript and image files with the cover. And there are no gatekeepers preventing you from publishing your work!
You can even make decent money with self-publishing. Focus on popular genres (thrillers, young adult, and romance all sell well), write “to the market”, and promote, promote, promote. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to fund your travels with your creativity?
You only live once. Once the time runs out, that’s it, there are no do-overs. This is not a dress rehearsal! Moreover, no day is promised, and you never know what might happen in the future. So is it really wise to keep putting your dreams on hold?
Want to travel the world? Then make a resolution to create a business that would allow you to make money from anywhere. Yes, it’s going to be hard, especially if you have a full-time job. But it’s going to be worth it! It’s time to follow your dreams!