Five Businesses You Can Run from Anywhere
This is the era of the digital nomad. Technology allows creative and passionate people to work from anywhere. You can produce content on an island off the coast of Thailand or Greece and share your work with colleagues or clients in Singapore with tools like Dropbox and Skype. A rising digital nomad culture means that you can find a cheap co-working space and a like minded community in any major city in the world. If you don’t want to be tethered to your home office and have a strong urge to experience the world while working, you can do it. Here are five ideas for businesses you can run from anywhere.
If you have great design skills and know your way around major design software applications, you can make a decent earning as a freelance graphic designer. Your potential clients can include large clients such as advertising agencies, PR agencies, or smaller clients such as bloggers and other online creatives. In terms of tools, you will require a higher performance laptop and latest software. You can get leads through websites which have short term jobs and projects posted for designing promotional materials.
If you are the type of person who loves exploring new places and experiencing new cultures, you can turn your lifestyle into a business opportunity. As a traveller, you can create blogs, post videos on YouTube, and even self-publish online travel guides through self-publishing platforms. Creating a sustainable and well-paying blog or vlog (video blog) requires building your reputation consistently over time. It will be a slow process. But, if you persevere, you can grow your subscriber base and eventually make a living. You can also build partnerships with businesses in the travel industry through the strength of your content. Once you have built significant experience, the business opportunities will come to you. The tools that you require are a camera, and a laptop to edit your writing, audio and video.
If you have a solid background in technology, you can help businesses in adopting innovative new technology or in managing their information systems. You can either provide simple tech support or consulting services in specific areas such as cyber security. You may have to be on call and may have to take on projects for clients during odd hours. This will especially be true if you are travelling. With remote access software available to you for working on your clients’ information, cyber security and computer technology systems, your required tools are a laptop, subscription to important software on the cloud and an Internet connection.
Almost all businesses these days have a presence on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Business owners usually have no time to personally engage their customers on social media on a daily or even hourly basis. You can help businesses manage their various social media profiles. All that you require to navigate the geography of social media is a laptop and a Wi-Fi connection. Start by managing the social media profiles of friends and family and even their businesses. This will give you crucial social media management experience, help to build your portfolio and generate leads for larger clients.
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If you are a trained accountant who wants to take a break and work from home, this is the perfect business for you to start. It is not necessary to be a Certified Public Accountant in order to become a freelance bookkeeper, but you must have the background knowledge related to bookkeeping, that courses at any community college can offer. Freelancing work in this field is especially needed for small businesses that don’t need or can’t afford a full-time bookkeeper.
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I have given you five business ideas that you can make use of as a digital nomad. You will face challenges such as building client relationships and retaining them over the long term. You may also face mundane problems such as bad Wi-Fi. Constant and clear communication is crucial in a situation where you may not be physically present with your clients. Prepare for contingencies and to be ready to work at any time depending on your clients’ needs — you will then be well positioned to succeed in your business while you travel the world.