When traveling as a freelancer, you’ll want to find the perfect balance between the work and the adventures. Your freelance career fuels your travels by funding your trips, but it shouldn’t take up too much time out of your day either. That’s why it’s crucial to grow your freelance career by varying the type of work you do and the following are some of the best ways to do that.
1. Stock Photography
You’re a traveler and a digital nomad of sorts. Why not capitalize on this by using your experiences to make money? As long as you have a reasonably decent camera, you can take simple photographs of your surroundings and upload them to stock photography websites. Most of these sites will pay you every time a customer downloads an image. Pictures of other cultures, cities, unique foods, and exotic landscapes are always in demand on these types of websites.
2. Article Writing
Just about every freelancer who travels knows about writing articles online for money. However, the way you go about doing so can mean the difference between making lunch money and making travel money. Instead of signing up for freelance websites where many of the gigs don’t pay much, you will gain more clients by approaching travel websites directly. Send them a personalized e-mail offering your services, along with a few samples of your writing.
3. Online Teaching
Teaching English online to others in China and other fast-growing countries is often a reliable stream of income. Many online tutoring companies don’t require a degree or any experience and some only require that you have a mobile phone with internet access. The money you’ll earn per hour is normally very good, especially when you’re traveling in developing countries where your money goes further.
4. Social Media Marketing
Your travel experiences are an asset because they’re not only valuable to you, but to others as well. Many people go on social media websites to watch videos or to look at pictures of other people traveling. Your fellow travelers are looking for guides and tips, so your videos or pictures should be tailored to that. You can turn your travel experiences into a service and then pair your content with ads in order to make money from it.
5. Data Entry
If you can type quickly, there are many different companies and websites in need of data entry workers. You can find these types of gigs on any of the popular freelance websites online. With data entry, you’re normally paid per word, but this can really add up when a client likes you and begins to give you steady work. The types of tasks you’ll normally do can include anything from transcribing audio into the text to typing out written legal documents. If you want to increase your output of words, investing in an accurate voice to text software program will help to give you an edge.
6. Forum Contributions
Contributing to forums when traveling is a great way to make money that’s often overlooked by freelancers. When a website developer makes a new forum, they are sometimes looking for conversation starters and they are willing to pay someone to post regularly in their forum. You can contact the owners of smaller forums and tell them you’re willing to make posts and start conversations that will help grow their site. If they don’t have many members yet, they will often be interested and will tell you what their rate is per post.
7. App Testing
When companies develop apps for smartphones, they normally need people to test them out. It’s quite common for these companies to post these tasks on gig sites where freelance workers can be found. Freelancing as an app tester can be extremely convenient for traveling freelancers. All you normally need is a smartphone and you can do it from anywhere. After installing their apps, some will want you to record your screen with provided software as you’re using their app.
One last piece of advice is that you should find which tasks work best for you based on your skills as a freelancer. Make a list of these and prioritize the ones with income streams that are the easiest to grow. You can then focus a larger percentage of your time on these, while still leaving time for exploring new gigs as well. As travelers, trying out new things is part of our culture and this is what makes many of us such great freelancers.