What Type of Work could You do as a Digital Entrepreneur?
Throughout my blog I will be going into more depth on different types of work that digital nomads do and that I have experienced with.
But the reality is there is a growing list of digital jobs out there, which will only get bigger as more companies turn to digital entrepreneurs to solve problems or provide services.
The most important part of being digital is to become an expert in your particular field. It will help you stand out and market yourself effectively. Keep learning and stay up to date with your skills and the latest technology. It is also important to be a jack-of-all-trades, as in, know enough about everything to either provide answers or at least know where to look.
Jobs can range from:
- Creating websites and blogs
- Managing websites and blogs
- Digital marketing
- SEO Specialist or Social Media Marketer
- Content creation
- Web Design
- PPC (Pay per click) and other digital advertising (AdSense etc)
- Freelance services
- Affiliate Marketing
- App development
- Photoshop or graphic design
- Online tutorials, either live or pre-recorded
- ESL teacher (English as a second language) or any other language really
- Coaching (personal training, health, lifestyle, business, sales etc)
- Write eBooks (whether it is fiction or how-to guides)
- Virtual Assistant
Many of these can even generate passive income. Even better, you can cross promote your own products across different platforms you manage.
- Sell photography or digital artwork on stock image sites and earn every time someone downloads your image
- Sell your images on print-on-demand sites
- Commissions via affiliate marketing
- Commission when someone purchases your tutorials
- Commissions from PPC, AdSense
- Commissions from apps sold/downloads on app stores
- Sell eBooks across different platforms
While it takes time to build a sizeable passive income stream, you can certainly work on them on the side and focus on other jobs as a priority.
Besides using sites like LinkedIn to promote your skills and services, ‘gig’ economy sites are a growing segment of the market. Create your profiles and focus on your niche market, once you have built up a good reputation it will be easier to source jobs. These types of jobs are great for flexible, short term projects where what you earn is based on how many jobs you can do in a short time frame.
I don’t by any means recommend getting on a plane and deciding at the destination what you will try your hand at. What I will suggest though, if you are planning on changing your lifestyle, is to start now.
Build, develop or strengthen your skills. Use your free time to plan and really assess your skills. What do you enjoy doing? Is it something you do for free or part of your current job?
Start by writing down all your strengths and weaknesses. Then write down all the different jobs you’ve done, and what you did and didn’t like about them.
You may find that the two lists match on a number of things. Use the list of strengths and things you enjoyed and see what stands out.
Do you enjoy teaching? Look at what you need to do to be able to teach online. Maybe you can create online courses and sell them to sites such as Skill Share or Udemy.
Enjoy digital art? Sell your art on stock image or print on demand sites. Create a profile on Etsy, Creative Market, Fiverr and similar sites and either sell predesigned images or create custom images.
Are you handy with Social Media? Offer your skills through ‘gig’ sites or create tutorials to sell.
Having said all that, if you find you don’t enjoy the work as much as you thought you would then take some time to assess why and try something else. Just make sure to give it time. There is a reason why most jobs have probation periods and that is to give people time to settle in, learn their roles and see if the company is the right fit for them. The same process applies to trying out the opportunities online.
If you find yourself with gaps in your knowledge, well there are plenty of resources online to help you (both free and paid).