Do you find yourself dreaming of living in a different country? Exploring new cities, spending your days on the beach, or hiking in the woods? Thanks to the Internet, the world of work is changing, and employers are finally seeing the benefits of letting their employees work remotely.
If you’re lucky enough to have an employer who allows you to work remotely, that’s great! Step one to becoming a digital nomad is securing a source of income that works with your travel schedule. If you’re still spending your days working 8 to 5 in a dimly-lit cubicle, then keep reading to learn about the best resources for landing your first remote job.
Weworkremotely.com bills itself as the largest online community for finding and posting remote jobs. From customer support, to programming, design, and writing jobs, this is the best place to find a comprehensive list of full and part-time remote jobs.
If you’re completely new to remote work, Upwork is a good place to gain clients and discover if freelancing is right for you. It’s the largest marketplace for freelancers, and there are thousands of job listings in several categories, from web design and development to writing, graphic design, data entry, and beyond.
If you don’t have any existing clients and you need to get started quickly, Upwork is hands-down the best option for you. You can take tests to prove your skills, which will help convince clients that you’re the right person for the job. The job listing types are diverse, from hourly and fixed-rate gigs to one-off projects and long-term jobs.
There are some well-known drawbacks to working on Upwork. For each new client you work with, you’ll have to pay a service fee of 20% on the first $500 you earn. After that, the service fee drops down to 10%. It’s a bummer, but I like to think it’s just part of the cost of doing business. If you’re new and don’t have a strong client roster outside of Upwork, or if you live in a smaller town or city with few freelance prospects, this is one of the best options you’ll have in your journey to becoming a digital nomad.
Geared toward the tech industry, RemoteOK offers a variety of full and part-time jobs at tech startups and established companies, ranging from engineers and programmers to designers, managers, and support specialists. This is a great resource for anyone looking to join a remote, future-focused startup.