No, it’s not a gig on a cruise ship, but you can write, design, edit and create quality content from the comfort of a hammock or a cabin in the Alps.
It’s lucrative enough that one in five digital nomads are making more than $100 000 annually working remotely. FlexJobs found that 40% of digital nomads from any location earn a salary of over $50,000.
According to an 2018 Owl Labs report:
- 52% of employees globally work from home at least once per week
- 68% of employees worldwide work from home at least once per month
- 18% of international employees worked remotely full time.
These stats demonstrate the increasing work trends of employees’ need for an alternative to a static office life. In the US alone, it’s estimated that in the next 10 years 38% of the full-time workforce will be remote.
If you’re keen to work and travel but don’t want to leave your current job, perhaps you can consider how much of your daily tasks solely exist on a computer and can be completed from anywhere. If the answer is that you’re doing a desk job and your company agrees, then you can embark on your digital nomad journey.
Remember, though, that you’re not on holiday, although the view you wake up to everyday might tell you differently.
“The main rule of my life is to remain responsible by always having Wi-Fi access, responding almost immediately,” says real estate entrepreneur and writer and filmmaker Heidi Hough. “Most importantly, maintaining strong personal relationships everywhere I go and with everyone I work with to the best of my ability.”
The good news is that technology exists to make remote working convenient, so if you want the digital nomad lifestyle you don’t need to have a lot of start-up cash. Turn your travel wish list into a real to-do list with these 10 low-cost remote business ideas you can start today: