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How to Find Digital Nomad Jobs in 2024 (and beyond)

Digital nomad jobs are a hot topic. If you’re looking for inspiration, tips, and resources to find remote work, you’ve come to the right place.

First, understand that being a digital nomad is a lifestyle, not a career. Anyone who can earn a living remotely and chooses to wander the world can be a digital nomad. Our jobs are as varied as anyone else’s.

Above all, you should know that our incomes are widely variable. Some of us are getting rich, while others couldn’t live on our incomes in the United States at all.

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This was one of my favorite “home office” photos — I took it while working in a forest in southern Turkey. But as you can see, it was kind of a rough morning. My coffee cup was empty and I couldn’t reach the cat!

Think inside the box

Start by answering this question: If you wanted to work from home, what would you do?

Are there jobs or careers that you’re qualified for that would allow you to work remotely? Writers, graphic artists, web designers, and programmers often work from home, as do marketing consultants, life coaches, and some therapists. Transcribers, English tutors, call center workers, and data entry clerks often work remotely as well.

The pandemic started a wave of remote work possibilities, and there are almost as many work-from-home opportunities as there are jobs. However, if your work history is mostly in manual labor, retail, or a trade, you might need to do a little retraining or build a new career from the ground up.

One word of caution: many so-called work-from-home opportunities are really get-rich-quick schemes, and the only people who get rich are the ones selling the schemes. The best way to tell the difference is to look at how the job is being advertised. Real jobs will usually post a long list of requirements and ask you to sell yourself to the employer. Scams and schemes act like they’ll hire anyone, and work very hard to sell their job to you instead of the other way around.

FlexJobs.com is a great resource for real work-at-home opportunities, that are screened by real people to keep out the scammers. The site has a 10-year track record connecting job seekers with real opportunities across a wide spectrum of career paths. They charge a very reasonable $14.95/month for a membership, but you can view the available jobs for free. You might find what you’re looking for there.

Flexjobs can help you find hand-screened digital nomad jobs and digital nomad careers

Think outside the box

Lots of digital nomads don’t have jobs. We’re entrepreneurs, and some of us (including me) have a collection of side hustles instead of a full-time gig.

Check out Udemy’s selection of online courses related to working at home for ideas, inspiration, and training. Look for courses with lots of reviews and high ratings. The one below, for instance, has thousands of reviews and high ratings.


Work From Home – 5 Ways To Start A Successful Home Business

If you have a college degree, consider teaching English (or your native language) as a second language. Demand has fallen off in recent years, but it’s still easy to enter the field. Many nomads teach online, while others take short-term postings in different countries and enjoy a more traditional teaching environment. Check out this article on that topic for details and resources.

When I started my journey, I made most of my living from writing content. You don’t have to be a creative genius to work as a writer. Most people are more interested in reading simple writing that gives good information than they are in flowery prose (this article that you’re reading is no Shakespeare sonnet, for example). I shared my strategy and resources for making money as a writer in my post on content writing, it’s a good place to start.

The Best Digital Nomad Jobs

I’m putting together a series on how digital nomads are earning their living. For example, I’ve shared my own experiences and lots of resources in the post about content writing. In addition, I’m interviewing other nomads to find out how they’re funding their travel lifestyle. All the posts below are based on real conversations I’ve had with successful nomads.

This series is just getting started. Subscribe for updates as I add more content to this page. I never sell or share addresses.

Top 12 Part-Time Remote Jobs

This list is limited to realistic part-time remote jobs that are worth your time.  It doesn’t contain any scams, get-rich-quick schemes, or MLMs. Unlike many side-hustle lists, this one doesn’t assume that you can become a successful photographer, novelist, or graphic designer overnight. A few items on this list require special skills, but there are…

Continue Reading Top 12 Part-Time Remote Jobs

You don’t need as much income as you think

If you’re willing to sell everything back home, so you don’t have storage and car insurance bills, you can live on surprisingly little.

My budget was $1500 a month, and I lived comfortably in places like South America, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (although expenses can vary widely even among neighboring countries). I typically rent whole apartments, eat very well, and treat myself to fun things to do. But some people live on much less by renting only a room, housesitting, eating out less, etc.

Here’s a simple version of my budget as a nomad (note that these are prepandemic numbers – adjust them upward by 20-30% to accommodate for global inflation.)

  • Airbnb monthly rent (rent, utilties & wifi combined): $600
  • Transportation/travel expenses: $200
  • Food/dining $300
  • Entertainment/epic experiences: $200
  • Travel insurance: $80
  • Miscellaneous (gifts, tips, etc): $120
  • Total budget: $1500

Budget notes: Airbnb rentals are often discounted by 50-60 percent at monthly rates, so I try to stay a month in each location. I always get a place with a kitchen and do a lot of my own cooking. Because I’m low-income, I have a health insurance policy through the Marketplace that is covered by a tax subsidy — if I needed serious healthcare, I could come home and get that. My travel insurance from World Nomads covers medical care & transportation home in a health crisis, as well as trip cancellations, lost luggage, theft, etc. I’m very lucky that I don’t have regular or ongoing medical expenses or other needs.

I was renting out my house back home for $750; with an average of $500/month in expenses, that gave me a $250 head start, so I only needed to earn $1250/month. That’s less than rent alone in many parts of the U.S.

Final notes

The best way to start your digital nomad career is while you’re still in the safety of your home. If you’re considering starting a business, start it as a sideline. When you earn around $2,000 a month, you’ll know you’re ready!

Check out my post on How to Become a Digital Nomad, where I share all the practical details of creating a mobile life.

Featured image by Steven Zwerink via Flicker.

FAQs about digital nomad jobs

How much do digital nomads earn?

Being a digital nomad is a lifestyle, not a job. Some are high-earning entrepreneurs, others have a low part-time income but enjoy their freedom. Most digital nomads are self-employed.

What are the best jobs for digital nomads?

Many nomads earn a living by writing content, teaching ESL classes in person or online, or developing websites. Those with specialized skills can usually find remote work in their fields, or they start businesses. Most work that allows you to work from “home” can be done from anywhere and is suitable for a nomad.

What’s the easiest way to get started as a digital nomad?

Teaching ESL through a phone app, for companies like VIPKids or iTalki, is a great way to begin if you don’t have any special skills.

How much income do you need to be a digital nomad?

Not as much as you’d think. In most of Southeast Asia, Central America, South America, and Africa, you can live comfortably on as little as $1,000 a month.

How can I get a digital nomad job?

Some of the most popular jobs for digital nomads include teaching English online, working as a virtual assistant, and doing tech work like web design. Many nomads are self-employed, but you can find remote work on sites like Flexjobs.

What are some non-tech digital nomad careers?

Many digital nomads make a living by teaching English online, creating content for websites, or working as virtual assistants.

How much do digital nomads make?

Being a digital nomad is a lifestyle, not a career, so there is no standard level of income. Some nomads do housesitting or volunteer in exchange for lodging and live on less than $1,000 a mont. Others are wildly successful entrepreneurs making lots of money.

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