Are you bored of the same 9 to 5 office job and want to explore the world while you work? You’re not alone. Millions of people are flocking to a more flexible lifestyle to live on their own terms. There’s never been a better time to flourish as a digital nomad. The only thing preventing you from taking the next step is finding the right source of income worth the risk of quitting your job. It needs to sustain the cost of your new life without requiring too much time and responsibility that brings stress wherever you go. With that in mind, we created a list of the best digital nomad jobs to give you the right work-life balance and stable income.
The best digital nomad job is a consultant because they are widely used in most professions. You can get upwards of £50 for an hour of sharing your expertise so the role requires the least time commitment while offering high pay. Just 2 consultancy calls a day, 5 days a week at £100/hour would earn you around £50,000 a year, leaving plenty of free time to explore. The only catch is that you need to create demand for your services and find new clients to keep the money flowing. However, if you’re an outgoing person you’ll find networking opportunities within the digital nomad community and beyond while traveling.
2. Video editor
Content creators on video platforms like YouTube and TikTok are thriving. Demand for video editors continues to grow with millions of channels needing assistance. It’s an easy way for Millennials and Gen Z to gain a competitive edge in the market as there aren’t many older folks in this space. If you’re a creative person with an eye for detail then you can go far honing your editing skills. Once you have a few successful projects on your record, finding a job or freelance clients will be quick. AI has also reached a point where this work can be done a lot more efficiently.
3. PPC ad manager
A Pay Per Click manager sets up and monitors ad campaigns on search engines like Google. They bid on keywords (or search terms) to feature at the top so people click onto your webpage and buy something. Paid search is one of the most lucrative ways for companies to boost their revenue online and you can clearly demonstrate a return on investment to ensure people keep throwing money at you. The average salary for a PPC Manager is around £38,000 per year in the UK and can be even more abroad.
4. SEO specialist
SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) is the organic way to get webpages to the top of Google. There’s much less pressure to get quick results as it takes months for a lot of work to take effect. SEO has become one of the most sought after digital marketing skills because it requires a fraction of the budget of paid media activity. While it sounds technical, most of it is actually straightforward and quick to learn. It offers a diverse range of job responsibilities, for example you can audit/improve a website’s performance, write blog content, and outreach to other websites for links to yours. The average salary for a SEO Specialist is around £35,000 per year.
5. Copywriter/Content writer
Content makes the world (wide web) go round. Every marketing department seeks to craft effective content to make sure they cut through the noise. Whether you want to write copy for an advert, email a sales letter to prospects, or create scripts for social media videos, you have an abundance of choices to get a writing job. Even a junior copywriter can expect between £20,000-25,000 so if you can see yourself as a wordsmith then this one is for you.
6. Affiliate marketer
You have two options for affiliate marketing. You can work for a business partnering with publishers who run discounts promoting your products. But one of the best digital nomad jobs is working for yourself running an affiliate website as the publisher. This is a top choice for a flexible nomad lifestyle because once your website is making good money there’s very little maintenance required and it becomes a semi passive source of income. In essence, you create a niche information website, refer people to an affiliate program partner like Amazon and then take a commission fee for any sales. They do all the heavy lifting so you never have to deal with product, logistics, customer service, and other headaches of running a business. Just refer people and collect a paycheck. The only cost to you is £100 a year for domain hosting and a few website plugins so it’s low risk. The downside of affiliate marketing, and the reason it’s not for everyone, is the initial time investment to get to a point where you’re making enough money to live on. While there are affiliate sites making six figures, you need to have the skills and patience to get tens of thousands of people to your website every month before it can replace a full-time job. But if you have money sitting in the bank, it’s possible to skip the ground work and buy a site that is already set up and generating revenue.
7. Social media influencer
This is the most interesting digital nomad job but takes a while to get meaningful results. Consider becoming a ‘thought leader’ in your field of expertise with consistent, value-oriented posts on social platforms like LinkedIn and YouTube. Increasingly, there is also an appetite for workers filming themselves on the job and sharing it. There are channels dedicated to towing cars away, carpentry, cleaning solar panels, demolitions, and countless other jobs. Alternatively, if you have a hobby or passion that could impress others, create engaging content and you might find yourself starting to blow up in popularity after 6-12 months. Even better, there are millions of people out there interested in the journey of aspiring digital nomads. So YouTube vloggers can make a modest living from video journaling their experience of this lifestyle. Once you build a following you’ll be able to connect with other influencers in the nomad community and collaborate for mutual gain. Whatever you prefer, growing your social media presence is a wise decision for generating tons of new business leads and job opportunities.
8. Coach, trainer, tutor
Coaching, training and tutoring is similar to consultancy but is focused more on education than specific problem solving. Business coaching is highly profitable as experienced coaches can charge £1200 for a monthly retainer per head. They teach frameworks for running a business, improving team productivity, and being a good leader. However, it’s difficult to get credibility to coach until you have worked for/with some well known companies. Training and tutoring can teach more general topics to a broader audience, so they are better as a starting point. You can run paid webinars or 1-to-1s teaching e.g. a language or pick a trending topic like ChatGPT where there’s a clear knowledge gap because it’s new and then position yourself as an expert. Although, these types of jobs are a lot more scarce if you want to be employed.
9. Product manager
If you like understanding the ins and outs of how things work and what people want, a product manager job may be for you. You’ll be organizing comms, managing deadlines, aligning the team, scoping out new product features, and researching customers. There is more responsibility but you can expect to get paid £52,000 to £65,000. Yes, your role is important, but a big part of it is delegating work so you don’t need to be a specialist. As long as you can balance who needs to do what and by when, you have a solid foundation to do the job with plenty of available resources to visit different countries.
10. Data analyst
If you’re analytical and enjoy working with numbers, a data analyst is a great digital nomad job. Data collection, management, analysis, and forecasting is always evolving and now drives a lot of business decision-making. With a salary between £30,000-45000 you’ll be duly rewarded from this work from home job. Businesses know it’s important but very few understand what the role involves, which, on the one hand, gives you more control over the pace of your work, but on the other hand your contribution is often undervalued. As a digital nomad you may want your job to be under the radar because more of your priorities are outside of work.