Two Great Jobs To Have Online and Work On The Road

There’s so much opportunity online, it’s ridiculous. There’s no longer a need for an office for many jobs and people are simply working from home or on the road. Some positions are in more demand than others though and obviously depends on your skill sets. It does take awhile to learn but the payoff is fantastic if you have a passion for it.

Now with software like Skype or Google Voice and Hangouts, you can have an entire conference meeting and never meet your clients or boss in person.

 

Programmer

I’m a self-taught programmer. As I continue to learn, I realize how much opportunity is out there for me. I started selling my services on Art of Traveling.

This is one position that I feel will never die and will always be in demand. Especially now with mobile development of Apps becoming so popular, it’s a great time to learn. There’s so many resources on getting started too.

According to Salary.com, the median expected salary for a typical Programmer I in the United States is $54,160. Depending how well you market yourself and how much experience you have, you could earn a whole lot more being independent and taking jobs on your own. Or you could just create the software yourself and sell it.

Interested in getting started? Try Codecademy or Youtube and start learning. I found a lot of the video tutorials are by teenagers that know more than I do about programming!

 

Graphic Designer

I hear it all the time from other travel bloggers looking to redesign their logo or entire website. There’s a huge market out there for graphic designers. I design WordPress Thesis themes and its worked great for me.

Hop & Jaunt is a good example of two travel bloggers who design for a living. You’ve probably seen their designs on other travel bloggers and perhaps never noticed (Twenty-Something Travel). Never Ending Voyage is another good example.

 

The Key Is To Sell Your Services

Whatever it is that you’re good at, sell it. Are you good at SEO, social media, or writing? Create a profile for yourself with your own domain and start looking for clients. The first few clients you’ll end up spending more time than you thought. As as you get use to the job, you’ll start to work more efficiently.

As I travel around the USA, I plan on using Skillshare as well to host my classes.

What do you do online to keep you traveling?

12 Comments

  1. Beverley | Pack Your Passport on March 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I’ve found that freelance writing, whilst obviously not enough to give up working a little bit while I’m travelling, is a great way to earn a bit of cash – any money’s good money!  And, through the company I’ve been working for in Sydney, I’ve also managed to do some social media consulting with a couple of small businesses in Australia too 🙂 I guess you just have to be willing to put yourself out there and think outside the box.  So many people think you have to be stuck at a desk permanently to earn money and you really don’t!

    • Michael on March 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Social media consulting is a good one. I found that Mashable has quite a few listings on there for companies looking to hire. Demand is pretty high but probably so is the amount applying.

  2. Beverley | Pack Your Passport on March 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    I’ve found that freelance writing, whilst obviously not enough to give up working a little bit while I’m travelling, is a great way to earn a bit of cash – any money’s good money!  And, through the company I’ve been working for in Sydney, I’ve also managed to do some social media consulting with a couple of small businesses in Australia too 🙂 I guess you just have to be willing to put yourself out there and think outside the box.  So many people think you have to be stuck at a desk permanently to earn money and you really don’t!

    • Michael on March 26, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      Social media consulting is a good one. I found that Mashable has quite a few listings on there for companies looking to hire. Demand is pretty high but probably so is the amount applying.

  3. Andi Perullo on March 22, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I wish that I had learned more about computers in college. Such a shame!

  4. Andi Perullo on March 22, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I wish that I had learned more about computers in college. Such a shame!

  5. Cathy Ly on March 23, 2012 at 5:32 am

    I, too, wished I focused more during computer classes in college. However,  today will be my first day learning more about HTML coding. Hoorah!!

    Great post; more juice for inspiration and motivation!

    Cathy Trails

  6. Cathy Ly on March 23, 2012 at 6:32 am

    I, too, wished I focused more during computer classes in college. However,  today will be my first day learning more about HTML coding. Hoorah!!

    Great post; more juice for inspiration and motivation!

    Cathy Trails

  7. David on March 23, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    With the ability to work from anywhere with an internet connection, and sites like Elance and Freelancer offering at least some work for skilled professionals that isn’t (always) a race to the bottom on price, there really hasn’t been a better time to try to travel long term and make some sort of living while doing it.  Long may it last!

  8. David on March 24, 2012 at 12:28 am

    With the ability to work from anywhere with an internet connection, and sites like Elance and Freelancer offering at least some work for skilled professionals that isn’t (always) a race to the bottom on price, there really hasn’t been a better time to try to travel long term and make some sort of living while doing it.  Long may it last!

  9. MasJ on March 31, 2012 at 1:01 am

    I run a large gaming website and travel website 🙂 However, working online can sometimes retract from travel experiences since I do sometimes stress about work. Definitely beats not having an income on the go though.

  10. MasJ on March 31, 2012 at 2:01 am

    I run a large gaming website and travel website 🙂 However, working online can sometimes retract from travel experiences since I do sometimes stress about work. Definitely beats not having an income on the go though.

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