If only we could all fulfill our crazy adventurous dreams without having to worry about where our next paycheck was going to come from, but the reality is you most likely need to figure out how to make money during your time afloat. Although you will need to put quite a bit of time and effort into this, you should be aware that you won’t be bringing in crazy big dollars unless you hit the jackpot of job opportunities.
Good news, the life you are choosing to embark on tends to be quite a bit cheaper when it comes to the cost of living. Be smart and resourceful, and you should be able to live a comfort table little life aboard. You are about to take on the role of what many refer to as a “digital nomad.”
It comes as no surprise in today’s world that the job you will most likely find yourself doing will involve WiFi and a functioning computer. Here are three ways that you can earn a living that don’t require you being shoreside your whole life.
Consider the realm of Virtual Assisting
Becoming a VA is something anyone can do if they can sell their skills in such a way people trust them with their work. This type of job typically includes email upkeep, report and data entry, and any other task that will ease the long list of to-dos that your employer has. Your job would be to make their life more manageable, and this is usually paid by the hour. There are many different platforms out there made specifically for finding virtual assisting jobs, and the overall workload is varied for every company. The key here is finding a position that fits your needs as well as their needs as the employer. Making sure there is clear communication is critical.
Similar to the idea of virtual assisting, freelancing is another flexible way to make money helping others complete projects. Some of the most popular areas of freelance are, but are not limited to, copywriting, design, and content creation. According to Louise R. Bechtel, a lifestyle blogger at Writinity.com and Researchpapersuk.com, “All you need to do is narrow down your skills to an area that you feel you could do well and consistently. In this area of work, consistency and quality work go a very long way.” Many other people who are in this realm also recommend finding employers who are in a similar time zone as you to help keep deadlines and communication clear. Overall many of the same principals apply here as do for virtual assisting. Every job has its expectations and flexibility.
Start a Blog
This one can be a little tricky because the world of blogging is a long road to take. You need to start this type of work a year or so before you decide to take off across the waters. When it comes to monetizing this form of work, you have to develop a strong know/like/trust with your audience to get them to interact with your ads and affiliates. It is not impossible to get this going once you hit the water, but you may get frustrated with the time it takes to get anywhere monetarily with the work you are putting in. Lina E. Carini, a freelance writer at Draftbeyond.com and Lastminutewriting.com, stated it best when she said, “There is a major difference between freelance writing for others and blogging. With freelance, you get to write with an outline and a clear purpose. When you start a blog, there is a ton of branding and marketing that goes into making it successful. Both are great options, but doing your research is a major part of the whole process either way.” If you do choose to explore the world of blogging, find something that you are passionate about sharing with the world and that people want to know more about it. Developing an ideal audience is a tremendous tool.
Even though these jobs are rarely found to be many peoples life long careers, they are a great source of income for those who do not want to be tied behind a desk. There is a lot of work that goes into making sure you have all the proper equipment to access WiFi, technology, and job opportunities, so this is something you should not put off when you start to plan. Be proactive and be willing to put in the work.
Involved in multiple projects nationwide, Ashely Halsey, is a writer at Luckyassignments.com and Gumessays.com who not only travels, attends business training courses, but also is a loving mother of two. She combines her love of these things into her time reading and writing.