Gone are the days that you’re anxious about how to keep up with your inner wanderlust while working. But what about for those who don’t have a bachelor’s degree and want to work while travelling? Not known to many, there is actually a pretty sizable list of jobs that let you travel with no degree required. From virtual assistant to vlogging, depending on your acquired skills set, your dream of travelling while working is just within reach. Whether you’d like to work and travel once in a while or start a digital nomad lifestyle, there are online jobs that let you travel with no degree.
A digital nomad is a person whose location independent and uses modern technology to carry out his job while travelling. Through a number of developments in telecommunications, including inexpensive internet access, working anywhere is now obtainable. Working remotely or digital nomad lifestyle is the best option for those people who would like to pursue a stable career and travel with no degree.
What do you need?
- A good laptop computer – Working online requires a computer and travelling while working online requires a laptop. Invest on a laptop with higher specs. Choose what you think is the best and don’t cheap out! No doubt, buying a cheap one can save you money, but it can also cause you a lot of headaches in the long run.
- Reliable internet connection with sufficient speed – Always remember that being available and reliable is very important when you’re travelling and working, since you’re not physically in the office. Always bring a back up mobile dongle or a pocket wifi just in case.
- Other things – Functional headset and earphones, excellent software and if you’re travelling, a good laptop bag.
10 online jobs that you can do and let you travel with no degree
- Virtual Assistant or VA – You will generally be like a self-employed person. A virtual assistant provides administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients from different parts of the world. A virtual assistant works remotely from a home office or any other places with internet access. This job includes researching, managing emails, creating excel files and word document etc. Once you’ve established a good relationship with your clients, they will likely ask you to be involved with more projects and it gives you the job security. The average salary of Virtual assistant in the US is $15.57 per hour.
- Data Entry – A data entry clerk is a member of staff employed to enter or update data into a computer system. Data is often entered into a computer from paper documents using a keyboard, optical scanner, or data recorder. This job requires speed, accuracy, and attention to detail. The worker will need to be very familiar with office software such as word processors, databases, and spreadsheets. One must have quickness, focus, and great customer service skills. Education higher than a high school diploma is often not required (source is Wikipedia).
- Non-voice Customer Support – Non-voice Customer Support involves working with computer and internet. Examples are answering emails, live chat support, help desk and so on. Salary depends on which level of support you can provide. Most don’t require a college degree. As long as you pass the training and be knowledgeable enough about a product or service, you’ll definitely make a living while travelling as a non-voice customer support.
- Online English Teacher or Online Tutoring – Online tutoring is the process of tutoring in an online, virtual environment or networked environment in which teachers and learners are separated by time and space (source is Wikipedia). In the Philippines, a few people that I know are earning an average of $1000.00 USD a month. Most of their students are Korean, Chinese and Japanese. If you’re a natural English speaker, it’s even better. You just need to acquire the proper certification and be endowed with a lot of patience to teach.
- Writer – A high school diploma or equivalent is the minimum educational requirement to qualify for a majority of writing jobs. As a writer, you develop a thought, research and write articles, manuscript and other types of written content. The role of a writer may be in line across different categories, like nonfiction, poetry, fiction and satire. Freelance writers get to choose their topics. In a business setting, writers may work as copywriters, technical writers, bloggers and feature writers, and as editors.
- Transcriptionist – A transcriptionist converts audio recordings, handwritten notes, or other communications into typed documents, with a focus on both efficiency and accuracy. As long as you have exceptional typing skills, a keen ear, an eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the language, you can earn and make a career as a transcriptionist.
- Social Media Manager – While this job typically requires a bachelor’s degree in marketing, there are other ways you can try to become a social media manager. A social media manager is the one who creates and maintains the social media presence of a particular brand. The social media manager is responsible to promote a product and come up with marketing strategies for their company across several different social media networks. They are also responsible in monitoring the social media analytics using different online tools. They respond to questions, comments and gather feedback. Social media managers work daily to generate new content for their companies. They constantly introduce new ideas and layouts and weighing how well those ideas perform. If you have great marketing skills, a good idea would be to join social media groups and forums and start being active in that group. Get in touch with the managers and offer your services. Make an impressive portfolio and create an awesome profile. Be it your website or your social media accounts, your online presence is your starting ground. So, make sure it stands out and looks appealing enough to attract companies who are willing to hire you even if you don’t have a college degree.
- Telemarketing or Sales Associate – If you have what it takes to be a telemarketer, put your sales skills to the test with remote telemarketing jobs. Many companies are hiring telemarketers with some sales experience and excellent communication skills. Some even offer great commission scheme. A bachelor’s degree isn’t necessary to be in sales. If you can demonstrate persistence, diligence and dependability while not fearing rejection, no doubt you can be successful in this line of work.
- Blogging – Make money blogging by writing about what you’re good at. Think of a great niche or topic for your blog and your target demographic. Write useful and informative content. Start making money from the readership you have through one or more income streams like advertising and affiliate income. If you’re not sure how to start, you can sign up for free online courses. From there you can learn different techniques on how to be a successful blogger.
- Vlogging – A vlog (or video blog) is a blog that contains video content. Same as blogging, you also need to select a niche or topic for your vlogs. You have to be an influencer and grow your engagement. Once you’ve established a good audience online, you can start making money by advertising and other affiliate income sources. Remember the endless power of social media. Many of the successful vloggers are earning millions! If you have what it takes to be on camera, vlogging can be a great career for you.
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If you’re not into blogging or vlogging but still looking for ways to earn money while travelling, I highly recommend signing up with Upwork (formerly oDesk). Upwork is used by many professionals across the world. I started my part time virtual assistant career with them 6 years ago. Since then, I’ve learned a lot and I’ve met great clients who pay really well and even give bonuses. You can brand yourself in a favourable light by making your profile looks appealing to potential clients. List down everything you know and browse through all the job listings that match your skills. This online outsourcing platform is easy to navigate. They also provide excellent support to both freelancers and clients.
While a college degree is very important for someone to get a high paying job, it is also good to note that there are other opportunities for those who did not get a bachelor’s degree. Don’t let it stop you from attaining what you want. If you believe in yourself and have what it takes, just go for it and chase your heart’s desires! If you liked this post, please share it with your friends and family.
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