13 October 2016 | Grads Corner | Guest Author
Even if you hate looking around to find everyone staring at cell phone screens, you have to admit - they sure have made our lives easier. But being able to let a friend know you’re running late or updating your banking information on the fly aren’t the only perks of modern technology.
Running around catching Pokémon may not be life-changing for you. But being able to work your way around the world from the comfort of your laptop could be. Check out these top 5 jobs you can do from anywhere in the world.
Yes. It goes without saying that having a laptop doesn’t make you a translator. Actually, speaking a second language fluently doesn’t make you a translator either. But if you are skilled in one or more second languages and have a second speciality, this is the perfect job for being mobile.
With sites like Translators Café’s job forum and Day Translations translation projects, you’ll never be out of work. Better than that? Living in different countries gives you the prefect opportunity to hone your language skills.
Writing is often a very undervalued and underpaid occupation, especially when you’re starting out. So, if you haven’t built up a portfolio yet, then expect to pay your dues. Try writing a few articles free of charge for sites and publications that interest you. You’re traveling the world, so the most logical thing to mind may be writing about your travels. But travel writing isn’t for everyone. You may prefer writing about different niches. Tie in other skills, such as a degree in marketing, a passion for yoga or art. Check out sites like Zerys and Scripted to find assignments that match your skills.
You don’t have to have a degree in computer science to become a programmer. With sites like Udemy and Teachable inexpensive courses, you can learn to code on your own time.
You’ll be surprised by the amount of doors that learning to code opens for you and the amount of people in need of your services. You can sip on margaritas in Mexico while running projects in New York. Or order a hot frothy latte in Starbucks on 5th Avenue all while using your remote skills.
With everyone in need of a website these day, there’s no shortage of work for a designer. You can specialize in web and mobile app design, or even graphic design for printed materials.
Take advantage of the sights and sounds around you to give you inspiration. You can even make money immediately through sites like SunFrog, where you can upload your designs and sell them on the back of T-shirts. Also check out Behance and Upwork for a wider selection of web design needs.
5. English Teacher
Teaching English has always been the go-to job of many would-be traveler. With such a large global demand for learning the English language, there’s work to be found in every corner of the globe. From large towering skyscrapers in Tokyo to villages with three chickens and a goat in remote parts of Thailand.
But you can also do it from your living room and the comfort of your laptop. Many companies call for TEFL qualifications and / or a higher degree, but if you can demonstrate good personable skills and the ability to explain yourself well, you may enjoy this job. Check out companies like Open English and Education First, who are always looking for new teachers.
Working around the world used to require complicated visa applications, work permits, or illegally working for cash in hand. But thanks to the internet and growth in online jobs, you can work from anywhere with an internet connection. The caveat? There’s always one. Not all internet connections were made equal.
Remember that if you’re planning on traveling in developing countries, their infrastructures may not be what you’re used to at home. There’s nothing worse than being in a client meeting or important phone call and having your internet connection drop. So try to be prepared and have a backup at all times.
Christina Comben is Content Manager at Day Translations, an online translations provider. Multilingual and qualified to MBA level, Christina enjoys working to help improve global communications and has lived and worked her way around the world. As a content writer, she has garnered in-depth knowledge of diverse industries, from media and entertainment to education, health, legal, and information technology. Most importantly? She’s been to 56 countries so far. And counting.