Are you a digital nomad who’s looking to earn a little extra money? Even if you have a full-time job or are enrolled in school, lifestyle costs can add up! Finding part-time work can help, but it also cuts into your free time.
Many digital nomads instead look for a second or even third income stream to help them make ends meet. Leveraging your skills in a new way can help you maximize your income while you travel.Becoming a digital nomad has never been easier, thanks to flexible short-term rental apartments. Blueground has turnkey furnished homes in 15 cities around the world. Each of our apartments is individually designed with thoughtful touches, and we choose the best neighborhoods for making the most of your time outside of work.
We’ve outlined a number of ways to earn some extra money while you’re on the road. Some of these ventures require only a few hours a week, leaving you that much more time to explore. Be sure to research cost of living in cities where you might want to live to make sure that your expenses won’t exceed your projected income.
Here are just some of the creative ways you can earn more money while traveling or living in a new city.
Getting started with blogging requires little more than a computer and a reliable Wi-Fi connection. There are a number of free or low-cost hosting platforms that let you start your own blog without needing to know HTML or how to code.
Including pictures of your travels, along with practical tips for travelers who follow in your wake, is the perfect way to combine traveling with a potential passive income stream.
If you already have a blog, you may be able to find sponsorships or monetize your writing by signing on with an ad affiliate network. Unlike many part-time jobs, blogging lets you work on your own schedule.
Are you a talented writer who doesn’t mind letting someone else take credit for your work? Ghost writing, the practice of developing materials that are published under someone else’s name, can be a great way for digital nomads to earn some extra money.
The best way to find ghost writing work is through an agency. You’ll likely need to complete a writing exercise, and it could take a few weeks — or even months — for you to be matched with a suitable client. Be sure to tell your agency contact about your relevant education and business experience, and include a copy of your resume with your writing test.
Another lucrative sideline is gig work, which can be anything from freelance copy editing to driving for Lyft or Uber. Gig work is more flexible than a traditional part-time job but not quite as flexible as something like blogging.
You don’t have to rely on apps to find gig work. Believe it or not, Craigslist can be a great place to find one-off gigs around the world. You can also check social media and your alumni boards to see if anyone is advertising for help in your area of expertise.
Do you have mad Photoshop skills? You don’t necessarily need a degree in graphic design to bid for projects. Graphic design can be a great way to earn some extra money while you’le traveling.
As with ghost writing, signing up with a creative agency is the easiest way to find work. Although the agency will take a cut, they will generally match you with clients who pay better than someone who is advertising online.
The job market has been heating up around the world, so it’s a great time to hone your skills as a professional resume reviewer. As long as your own CV is impressive, you have what it takes to help others level up in their careers.
Search for resume-writing services with a robust online presence to see who’s hiring. Often times, these companies will offer paid training to promising new recruits. Generally you will be paid by the resume, but be sure to ask about how compensation works.
Do you have thousands of online followers? If you’ve built up your own Instagram or Twitter following, you should consider monetizing your talents rather than finding a traditional part-time job.
Social media marketing requires more than just a flair for attracting attention. It’s important to be organized, responsive, and prioritize your clients’ goals for campaigns. A creative agency can help social media marketers connect with brands, but you can also try reaching out directly to an account to see if they’re in the market for a professional marketer.
If you’re a native speaker or have near-native fluency, teaching English as a second language is a wonderful way to make some extra money while you’re living abroad. Although the hours aren’t as flexible as blogging or gig work, teaching English pays quite well in many countries.
Of course, speaking and writing English well won’t even get your foot in the door. Most English schools require a certification. One of the most common certifications is TEFL, and there are a number of programs to help you gain the credential and boost your earning power.
Tutoring is a wonderful option for someone who wants to work with young people, but who doesn’t necessarily want to go through the process of getting a TEFL certification to teach at a school. In general, a college degree and good people skills are all you need to be a tutor.
Local agencies are a great place to connect with potential students to tutor. You can also email school administrators to see if they have a program that connects tutors with students. Be ready to send over a copy of your resume and references from former students, if you have them.
Are you a YouTuber, or maybe just the go-to in the family for documenting get-togethers on video? If you know how to shoot and edit video, it’s an excellent way to earn some extra money outside of your usual work.
Agencies are an excellent way to find video-editing gigs, and you can also look for individual jobs on Craigslist or sites like Fiver. Just be sure to set expectations around the finished product, and make it clear to your new clients what they will need to pay extra for additional rounds of edits.
We hope that these ideas for easy ways to increase your income while working remotely will inspire you. Are you still renting the old-fashioned way? A flexible rental lets you live wherever life takes you without worrying about breaking a lease. Find out more about the Blueground experience.