Have you ever thought about finding a job that allows you to travel as much as you want, while also getting work done and bringing in the money? While this may sound like it’s too good to be true, being a digital nomad is something that many people are turning to. Indeed, 4.8 million US workers claimed to be digital nomads, while in the UK, those who worked remotely rose by 250,000 from 2005 to 2015. Whether the travelling is to a local beauty spot during the working day or halfway around the world – being a digital nomad helps integrate travel into a working week. So, what industries should you explore if you want to work from wherever you want?
The digital services sector is set to benefit from entrepreneurial spirit that is seeing more people become their own boss and working in smaller companies. Studies estimate that by 2021, 24% of digital workers will have a virtual assistant. The rise in people working in smaller offices and smaller companies means that there is a lot that can be gained by hiring a virtual assistant or someone to handle the business services. This could extend to HR and accounting, too, while also saving companies money.
The only thing you need to be wary of if you’re a digital nomad and a virtual assistant is to ensure your organisational skills can’t be affected by living somewhere else. For instance, unreliable internet connectivity could undermine the business who is hiring you. Business services need to run seamlessly, so technical difficulties shouldn’t get in the way.
The digital finance industry is thriving due to the way we are moving towards alternative forms of finance – such as online only banks – and from our growing trust in digital ways of doing previously analogue things, such as paying bills and managing money. The move towards these digital finance alternatives means that there is a way for beginners to get involved with trading, for instance.
For those who want to get involved with trading, which can effectively be done anywhere and can allow you to be immersed in a culture and country while you trade their currency, there are many resources online. For example, forex demo accounts are beneficial for beginners to get to grips with trading platforms and see what it would be like to be a professional trader. For those trading or involved with currencies other than their own, the trading day rarely fits our 9 to 5, so living somewhere else could give you an advantage.
Digital marketing is another sector where the flexible nature of the work means that you don’t need to be fixed to an office. Whether the marketing is for an in-house FMCG brand, for a tourist attraction, or a business service, as long as you can still get the necessary marketing collateral, you can effectively work from anywhere.
Working on SEO optimisation, PPC, or social media management requires a specific set of skills that aren’t tied to a physical presence. Companies, especially those with smaller premises, are looking to outsource more, so there are greater opportunities for digital marketers to join a team from anywhere in the world. Digital marketing exists mainly in the virtual world, so while being on-site has certain advantages, it isn’t necessarily a barrier to entry for those who want to be a digital nomad.
Being a digital nomad is perfect for those who enjoy travelling to any destination around the world and for those who want to embrace other countries and cultures. It suits someone who is determined and dedicated to do a good job, while being able to reap the benefits of world travel in their free time. The digital nature of many sectors – from business services to finance to marketing – means that there is more scope to be a digital nomad. For anyone who has been bitten by the travelling bug, there is no reason not to consider working remotely and seeing the world.