One of the most exciting ways of making money these days is by working online and traveling the world. While this used to be more difficult to do, so many businesses are going fully remote now that it’s become a reality. Even better, many entrepreneurially-minded people who might have never thought of starting a business because of how expensive it is or because of how it tied them down, are now doing so. Possibilities are endless, so if you’ve been thinking of starting a business and becoming a digital nomad, it’s time to start.
We’ve put together this list of business ideas so that you can figure out which one works best for you. Once you’ve made your mind up, you’re one step closer to living that life you’ve always wanted.
1. Freelance writing
If you’re a talented wordsmith, then you’re in luck. In the digital marketing world, content is one of the most important aspects of any business’s advertising strategy, which means that once you start working with a few businesses, you can start writing for even more. Whether you prefer to write B2B or B2C content, people will want your skills. Take a free course with MediaBistro to improve your skills and get certified, and learn about Google AdWords for free.
Content marketing generates over three times as many leads as outbound marketing, so there’ll be lots of people asking for your services.
2. Instagram business
If you’re great at taking pictures and enjoy posting on social media, starting an Instagram business is a great idea. By posting regularly and using fun captions, you can slowly build up your following, which will eventually get you paid advertisements. Remember to choose an audience you’re creating your profile for, and using the right hashtags so that they’ll find your account.
You’ll build a following in no time, considering that 1 billion people use Instagram every month.
3. Stock photographer
Another great job if you’re good at taking photos is simply selling your pictures online. While traveling, you’ll get a lot of amazing shots out there, and people are bound to notice. Check out stock photography sites and sell your work on there. Another similar option is doing travel photos for tourists. Just set up a great website with some of your samples and advertise where tourists spend time, and you’ll have a business in no time!
Blogging is one of the oldest online businesses out there, and it’s tried and true. So if you’re a great writer and you think you have something interesting to write about, then get started. Pick the right niche so that a lot of people are interested, but it’s specific enough that you can focus your content on a specific group. Design a beautiful website, and study up on SEO so that you’re putting the right keywords in and optimizing. And don’t forget that what matters most is regularly posting high-quality content!
Considering that 53 percent of marketers say blogging is their top priority, making this business your top priority will get you money fast.
5. Graphic design business
If you’re a highly creative person–maybe you’ve even worked in marketing before–then starting a graphic design business is a no-brainer. These days, when everything is so visual with apps like Instagram being so popular, and every online business needing a new logo, graphic design is booming. Especially if you have experience with Photoshop, you’ve got a great skill set.
Think about this: 67 percent of small businesses are willing to pay $500 for a logo, so you can support your digital nomad lifestyle once you’ve got a few clients!
If you already have a lot of work experience, and expertise in your field, consider becoming a consultant. All you need to do is set up a website, reach out to your connections (especially on LinkedIn), and blog a little bit about your field. As a specialist, you’ll be able to charge quite a lot, even at the beginning.
Do you enjoy posting videos online, and are you an expert in something? Whether you’re teaching how to play songs on the guitar online or teaching makeup tutorials, there are people who want to watch your videos. Once you’ve used a free video editor for YouTube and marketed yourself correctly, you’ll start earning money from the ads that appear.
Considering that six out of ten people prefer online video to live TV, you’ll be able to make a lot of money once you have a regular following.
These are some of the best business ideas for anyone who wants to become a digital nomad. By starting one of them, you’ll be able to live the life you’ve always dreamed of.
What other business ideas would you pursue?