You have thought about it for a long time. You are sure you have the necessary nomad skills or are able to learn them. You have a few ideas in mind what you could do abroad. Now you only need to find out, how to find nomad and digital nomad jobs. The good thing is: there are plenty of opportunities to find the right job for you. Read on and learn about the most popular ways of finding work while traveling.
How you can find digital nomad jobs depends mainly on what kind of job you are looking for. Do you want to work locally or remote as a freelancer or do you want to start your own business?
1. How to find local jobs while traveling
Once you have settled somewhere (and even if it’s just for a few weeks), you can walk around the place and knock on doors. Ask in bars, restaurants, hotels, or in local handicraft businesses, if they are currently in need for a temporary employee. You should also prepare some CVs, in case they want to see your experience or offer some trial work. Get in contact with locals. Maybe your Airbnb host or the waitress at the pub where you have dinner knows something about open positions in town.
Local newspapers & public job board:
If you can speak the language, you could also check local newspapers and see if someone is looking for employees. Are there any public job boards around? Sometimes you can find them in supermarkets or around a university campus. Depending on how big the place is, you might even get help from a local employment office.
Online search engines:
Use websites such as Gumtree, Craigslist or Indeed to check if there are jobs available in your region. It is surely easier to find open positions in bigger cities. But you never know, maybe someone is looking for help in that small town place in the middle of Vietnam.
There are also some websites around that are specified in international jobs, such as Overseasjobs. It might be worth checking them out, too.
International working programs:
Websites like Statravel or Gapyear offer you help finding a job in your dream country. Unfortunately, the choice of country is very limited and you have to pay a fairly high fee to participate in one of these programs. On the other hand, they organize most of the trip for you and many programs combine a few weeks or months of work with a few weeks or months of travel.
It’s mostly designed for younger generations and a good way to get to know a few like-minded people, which minimizes the risk of ending up all alone. As I said, you have to pay quite a bit of money for it and you are definitely not as free to do whatever you like, as when you organize it yourself. But it might be a safer choice for some travel-newbies and could be an easy starting point for a long-term nomad lifestyle.
If you are highly qualified and are looking for a professional job abroad, you could also hand in your CV to a recruitment agent and let him or her find a job for you. Although you will probably find a way better-paid job than when you simply show up at the local diner, this has some big downsides.
For example are those kind of jobs usually long-term commitments. An HR agent won’t invest all the time and effort only for a few weeks of work. Plus since these jobs are more professional ones. You might have to wear specific working attire, e.g. suits. And you don’t want to travel the world carrying a suit and tie with you, right?
2. How to find digital nomad jobs
If you are planning to work as a freelancer, websites like Upwork, Fiverr or Freelancer might be a great idea. You usually have to register, create your own profile with all your experiences and skills and can then apply for open job positions or clients can find you and book your services.
There are a lot of jobs on there, so you have a good range to choose from. They are also fairly safe, as they often verify payment methods and you can check former reviews and see if the client is reliable.
Although this sounds very easy, the competition is huge. That means that prices, for let’s say Virtual Assistant jobs, go down to a tiny $4 per hour rate. Even when you are a backpacker who can survive on the smallest budget you will still struggle with that payment.
That’s why it is important to build up a reputation so potential clients see that you are worth the extra money because you deliver a great quality. Read this post for more tips on how to score a job on these freelancer websites.
Another disadvantage is, that most platforms charge you a fee which is deducted from your payment. For example, if you score your first job on Upwork, they keep between 5 and 20 percent of your payment, depending on how big the job is.
Online search engines:
Normal job search engines like Indeed or Monster are a great source for remote jobs, too. Simply use keywords such as “remote”, “online”, “location independent” or even “from home” and see if you can find a job in you desired field.
Remote online search engines:
Of course, you can also approach your potential clients yourself. If you are an expert in a certain area, you could build a website to display your experience and knowledge. Send out emails or call companies directly and see if they would be interested in your help. High-level self-marketing skills will definitely help you with that approach.
Use LinkedIn and/or contact former working colleagues or employers. They might remember your expertise and great working moral. If you are lucky and they are in need for someone like you, they might consider giving you a remote position. If not, they can still reach out and recommend you to others. You never know what happens. Networking could get you some really great digital nomad jobs.
3. Your own business
If you don’t want to do local jobs and are not a big fan of freelancing either, you could start your own business (sounds so easy, hey?). At least you wouldn’t have to apply for jobs anymore. There are plenty of opportunities. Produce your own products and sell them. Or buy products and resell them.
For instance: Produce your own products and sell them. Or buy products and resell them. But please don’t underestimate the logistics of that, especially when you are traveling! You could avoid that problem by selling services, for example, create a website where people can sell and buy used wedding dresses. Or earn your money with blogging.
Just be aware that it is usually a long process until you can actually make money with your own business. You have to invest a lot of time and sometimes even quite a bit of money until you can generate income with it. Make sure you have enough savings to survive for a while.
The power of Social Media
It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a local position, freelance digital nomad jobs or if you want to start your own business: Never underestimate the power of social media! Use Facebook groups like “Jobs in Kuala Lumpur” to find local work. Groups especially designed for digital nomads also offer positions every once in a while, for example Digital Nomads Around the World. And depending on what your own business is about, promoting it in social media is almost essential for your success.
Chose from many options
As you can see, there are many options you can find digital nomad jobs. Of course, you don’t have to use all of them. Test them out! See what works best for you, where you feel most comfortable and what brings the biggest success. If you need some ideas what kind of remote jobs you can do or are looking for jobs that don’t require you to have any IT skills, check out my linked posts.
If you have another creative idea how to find work, feel free to let me know in the comment box below!