Just a few short years ago, working whilst you were travelling meant getting a job in a bar, picking fruit in the red hot sun, or getting involved in the tourist industry. The hours were often long, and the tasks left you with not much time for exploring and enjoying yourself.
Thankfully, things have changed. These days, you can make money whilst you travel as long as you have a laptop and a reliable internet connection.
Looking for inspiration? I’ve put together this list of 12 jobs you can do on the road…
1. Virtual assistant
If you’ve got admin skills, then you can help business owners to get organised and keep their tasks in order. This role typically involves things like replying to emails, typing, and uploading content to websites.
2. Freelance writer
If you love writing, then you can earn seriously good money by writing content for businesses. This could include blog posts, social media updates, and email marketing messages. If you find your niche subject area, you can command higher rates. Check out sites like Freelancer and People Per Hour to find clients.
Did you know that plenty of people earn a full-time income from writing blogs in their spare time? If you’ve got a message to share with the world, you can get paid for it. You can include ads on your site, offered sponsored content to businesses, and even create your own information products like books and courses. You could even share your travel journey!
4. Website developer
If you know your way around the backend of WordPress, then you could sell your services to businesses who know that they need an online presence, but just don’t know how to do it themselves. A website can be a real asset for a company and help them to attract more leads and sales, so they’ll be keen to invest in your help.
5. Graphic designer
Got a great eye for design? Know how to create logos that pop, or headers that grab attention? That’s a real skill, and you get paid handsomely for designing marketing materials for businesses who know that their brand needs a facelift. All you need is some design software, and a creative flair.
Many business owners record their meetings and interviews, and like to have a written copy of the notes to look back on. If you’re a fast typer, this could be the ideal option for you. You’ll typically be sent an audio file, and be expected to have the typed document back to them within a specified timeframe.
7. Online tutoring
This is a great one if you have a degree qualification. You can coach students in your subject via Skype, and provide them with feedback on homework and assignments. This is a great way to make sure that you’re keeping your own knowledge fresh, and it could look fantastic on your CV once you return home.
8. Social media manager
Know how to craft awesome Facebook posts that get people talking? Think you know a thing or two about building a Twitter following? You might want to consider being a freelance social media manager. Your job will usually include writing content, scheduling it, and keeping on top of replies and queries.
9. Forum moderator
There are forums out there in every subject area imaginable, and many of them are profitable businesses in their own right. This means that the owners need to keep a close eye on conversations, and ensure that rules aren’t broken. This is where a moderator comes in. You’ll often be responsible for flagging up any issues, and keeping the conversation flowing.
10. Survey respondent
Companies really value market research and your opinions, and many of them will pay you to take surveys and provide them with an insight into what makes you tick, and what makes you buy. This won’t make you rich, but it can definitely put a few extra quid in your profit. Look out for the sites and apps that pay in cash, instead of vouchers.
11. Website tester
Businesses invest serious money in their websites, so they need to make sure that they’re working effectively. You might be surprised to hear that you can get paid to test out websites and provide feedback. Check out websites like WhatUsersDo, and UserTesting.
12. E-book writer
If you’ve got a passion for a certain topic, you can publish your own virtual book on platforms like Amazon and earn a commission for every sale that you make. You don’t have to write War and Peace – just enough content to make it interesting and useful for your target audience.
These options here are really just the tip of the iceberg, and there are so many options available to you when it comes to making money from your laptop whilst you travel.
Have you tried any of these? And do you have any other suggestions that you’d add to the list?