How to Earn An Income From Anywhere – 12 Legit Ideas

Living the life of a digital nomad has great appeal. Traveling the world, location independence, freedom. The problem is, most of us still have to earn an income.

Legit ideas for earning income from anywhere

If you’re considering a nomadic lifestyle but don’t yet know how to earn money while traveling the world, take heart. There are a wealth of opportunities in today’s world.  

While you may not make as much as you are now (at least in the beginning), you don’t necessarily have to earn as much if you travel to the right places.

Here are 12 legit ideas to get you going.

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1. Make your current job remote

One of the most practical ways to accomplish telecommuting is to work with your current employer to make your job remote. Telecommuting has become much more common and accepted over the last couple of decades, and is best suited to those who work at a computer in an office. Deborah Jacobs, a staff writer for, recommended five steps for convincing your boss to let you work from anywhere in her 2013 column:

  • Be productive.
    Before you ask to work remotely, you may need to establish yourself as a conscientious, dependable employee.
  • Emphasize the pay off.
    Greater productivity, increased creativity as examples.
  • Be accessible.
    Technology is key. Expect to keep your cell phone in your pocket, with e-mail pushing through.
  • Account for yourself.
    Be proactive around when and how you can be reached, and when you can’t.
  • Harness technology.
    Cloud technology, in particular, enables you to shift easily between laptop and mobile devices.

2. Be a writer

If you can write, you’re in a great spot to be able to work from anywhere. Writing gigs are plentiful if you know how to work the system. Some of the most common ways to earn money are as a blog post and articles writer, web content writer, technical writer, creative writer, copywriter and editor. Freelance Writing Jobs is a great resource to get you started. The site offers information, support and a marketplace of writing gigs.

3. Technical jobs

A common area for remote work is technical jobs, including web developers, mobile developers and software engineers. If you don’t already have technical skills, it can take some time and effort to acquire them, but it may well be worth it if you’re at least a year away from wanting to make the move. The question is where should you go to learn the technical skills? It really depends on how you best like to learn. You can certainly look for schools where you live, or you can search for online sources. Here is an interesting story from Sergei Garcia on his journey to becoming a web developer. Whether you follow his path or your own, he has some great resources he shares.

4. Build a website for yourself or for others

Building a website is not actually all that hard if you use one of the many tools out there. The hard part is making money from your site. Instead, you might find that it’s easier to make money by building sites for others who need them to support their businesses. Here are a number of tools to check out:

Most in this list will allow you to create a basic site for free. Add-ons often cost a bit more. These will get you started and they are super fun and easy to use.

5. Create a class or teach

Another huge growth area online is education. All of us have some sort of special skill that can be taught to others, whether it’s playing an instrument, yoga, or even English. Again, there are a number of sites, but a few of the better known and larger ones are:

Udemy gives users access to state-of-the-art, free-to-use course design tools to create their own online course. Instructors can reach millions of students worldwide in the largest online learning marketplace.

Teachable allows users to easily create an online course with their all-in-one platform.

Koocam takes a different approach as an online platform that gives people the option to sell the everyday knowledge they already have through video chat. Topics range from languages, cooking, health & fitness and more.

6. Teach English or tutor

The demand for English teachers continues to rise. While there are still opportunities to teach English onsite in a variety of countries, teaching online has also become common. Here are a few sites to check out:

7. Freelance or project work

Many digital nomads make money by offering their talents and services through various freelance sites. Businesses (such as ourselves), employers or even individuals search these sites for freelancers who can take on project work or small tasks. Entrepreneur recently published a good list of such sites.Three of the sites that we’ve used ourselves to find freelancers include Upwork, Fiverr and 99Designs.

8. eCommerce

Yet another route to consider is sourcing high profit margin products from China or other countries, private labeling them, then reselling through Amazon, your own site or other properties. This can be a very lucrative route to take if you’re willing to invest the time. A very good source for learning how is eCommerce Empire.

9. Medical coding or transcription

I’ll admit, this is not an area I know much about. But, I am very familiar with the healthcare industry, and I know that there is a huge demand for people who can fulfill constant demands for billing, documentation, etc. Earning money as a medical coder or transcriptionist requires some training, but again, it may well be worth the investment as it is likely one of the more dependable ways to make money. Start your research with someone like All Allied Health Schools.

10. Virtual Assistant

There are a variety of sites that hire assistants virtually to help with a variety of more administrative tasks that are similar to those of an executive assistant or secretary. The possibilities are limitless. I found the information at this resource quite helpful, or simply Google “virtual assistant opportunities”.

11. Take a job as a teleworker

If you are more comfortable with the traditional idea of finding a “job”, there are several sites that offer job listings in a variety of categories for those wanting to work from home. Right at the top of the list is Flex Jobs, which has been around for a decade and is a professional job service focused on helping users find the best flexible jobs available, safely and easily. The best part is that every job is hand-screened and legitimate, so you don’t have to worry about a bunch of shady deals. Another strong contender is We Work Remotely, The site’s goal is to list jobs that aren’t restricted by commutes or a particular geographic area.

12. Rental Income

Perhaps you hadn’t considered that rental income might be a possibility. Once you move out, you can rent your house, or possibly sell it and use the proceeds to buy a rental property. If you’re not quite ready for that or if the market doesn’t support it where you live, consider potentially investing in one of the many up and coming investment locations worldwide. VivaTropical is one potential source for you; there are many others.

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