45 best digital nomad jobs for beginners (little to no experience required)

Digital nomad working on the beach

There are three ways you can go about in becoming a digital nomad. You can either apply for a remote job, become a freelancer, or as a digital entrepreneur. Each path has its unique advantages and challenges, but with the right mindset and skills, anyone can become a successful digital nomad. In this article, we will explore these paths and provide you with some ideas and some potential digital nomad jobs for beginners and mid-level professionals alike.

Paths to become a digital nomad

Becoming a remote worker

Among the three paths, the easiest way to transition to becoming a digital nomad is by applying for a remote job. As people demand more flexibility in their work, more companies are continuing to move towards supporting remote or hybrid working models to accommodate their employees’ need for better work-life balance.

Pros of becoming a remote worker

  • Roles and expectations are more or less clear
  • Partial flexibility in how time is spent
  • Partial flexibility in where to work
  • Potential to learn from people from multiple backgrounds
  • More predictable income stream

Cons of becoming a remote worker

  • It can get lonely due to the lack of social interaction
  • Building work relationships take longer
  • Less work structure
  • Collaboration and communication is more challenging
  • Not suitable for every industry or role

There is a misconception that becoming a remote worker is more financially secure compared becoming a freelancer or starting your own digital business, however, companies can always terminate contracts or change work policies that can leave remote workers in a limbo. The biggest upsides in pursuing this path are the ease of transition, less overhead, and better predictability of income stream. Once you get a job in a fully remote company, chances are that the role and income expectations are fairly defined.

Becoming a freelancer worker

The second option is to become a freelancer, which can be the best of both worlds once you have a steady stream of clients that are seeking your services or you have an in-demand skill set.

Pros of becoming a freelancer worker

  • Full flexibility in how time is spent
  • Full flexibility in where to work
  • More control over type of project to work on
  • Variety of projects
  • Room for higher income

Cons of becoming a freelancer worker

  • Less predictability of income
  • Lack of benefits
  • Requires higher self-motivation
  • Requires sales and marketing skills to get projects and clients

Compared to being a remote worker, freelancers may have slightly higher financial risks depending on how much work they can book. However, the upside is greater because the harder they work, the more they can earn although this also depends on one’s financial-savviness and ability to book projects. A way to hedge the risks is to establish contracts with clients to book you for a defined period of time. An important distinction to be made is that freelancers are still trading their time for money.

Becoming a digital entrepreneur

Pros of becoming a digital entrepreneur

  • Unlimited income potential
  • Full flexibility in how time is spent
  • Full flexibility in where to work
  • Full control over type of work

Cons of becoming a digital entrepreneur

  • Unpredictability of income
  • Lack of benefits
  • Requires higher self-motivation
  • Requires high learning rate in multiple areas to be successful

Among the three, becoming a digital entrepreneur is the riskiest if pursued on its own. The potential gains are greater than the two other options, and there’s a potential to turn it into a passive income especially if it’s a software or course offering.

Best digital nomad jobs for beginners (no experience)

Man working in a job among the best digital nomad jobs for beginners
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Online tutor

Those that enjoy teaching and have a good handle on a subject or topic may find online tutoring to be a good gig. The job require teaching or tutoring students online, using platforms such as Skype, Zoom, or Udemy. A good candidate for this job would be someone who is good at explaining concepts and have great listening skills. Online tutors get paid anywhere from $20 to $50 per hour.

Companies that matches students with tutors employs online tutors

  • Chegg
  • TutorMe
  • VIPKid

Transcriptionist

Transcriptionists transcribe or convert audio recordings into written content or documents. This role is common in the medical, legal, and educational industries. It requires good grammar skills, attention to detail, and it also helps if someone has great typing skills. Having a computer and internet is the bare essential of the job, but typing speed makes a huge difference in the long run. A good transcriptionists can type 60-75 words per minute and meet a 98% accuracy at that speed. Hourly wage varies from $15 to $40.

There are job boards focused primarily on these roles

Translator

Translators uses their language skills to convey written or spoken messages from one language to another. They must have excellent knowledge of both the source and target languages, as well as a deep understanding of cultural nuances and idiomatic expressions. Depending on the demand for a language pair, translators can earn anywhere between $15 to $25 per hour

There’s many sites where someone can apply to be a translator

Search engine evaluator

Search engine evaluators are responsible for evaluating search engine results and providing feedback to improve the quality of search results. They also provide feedback to search engine companies, helping to improve the algorithms and processes that determine search results. In addition to evaluating search engine results, evaluators may be responsible for testing various features and functions of search engines, such as autocomplete suggestions and related searches. The pay rate for search engine evaluator jobs varies, but on average, evaluators can earn between $15-$45 per hour.

These jobs are usually found in telecom or data companies, although job boards are common places to find these openings

  • Appen
  • Lionbridge
  • iSoftStone

Closed captioner

Closed captioners are responsible for adding captions to videos for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Closed captioning is a meticulous task because aside from making sure that the captions are accurate, they also need to time the context and descriptions at the appropriate timestamps. The pay rate for closed captioning work varies depending on the complexity and length of the video, but on average, closed captioners can earn between $0.40-$0.75 per minute.

Closed or video captioning jobs are available in larger outsourced companies that specialize in making media more accessible to the broader public

  • Rev
  • AI-Media
  • Captionmax

House sitter

As a house sitter, you’ll take care of someone’s house while they’re gone. This could mean watering plants, looking after pets, and any tasks to keep the house in tidy shape. According to housesitter.com, you can earn $150 a day doing tasks such as taking out trash, sweeping the floor, and watering plants just to name a few. You can set your own rates too depending on what services you offer. Alternatively, you can also simply enjoy getting free accommodation. Through Nomador, you can house sit to save money on accommodations while visiting new areas.

You can find other house sitting gigs in sites like:

Voice actor

Voice actors provide voice-overs for projects like commercials, video games, and audiobooks. This job cam be started with minimal skill although it is highly preferred to have previous acting or voice acting experience. will want to think about the tone and style of your voice and matching it to the project you’re applying for. The rates vary depending multiple factors like experience, type of project, and licensing but the hourly rate can be up to $37.

Here are some marketplaces where you can find voice acting gigs:

Online moderator

If you like monitoring activity in forums and social media channels, being a online moderator may be a suitable gig for you. It requires communication skills, diplomacy, and ability to work under pressure. As an online moderator, your goal is to provide a suitable environment for the community’s members and to keep it free from inappropriate content. According to Ziprecruiter, the hourly rate for an online moderator is at $25 but most earn anywhere between $16 to $20 per hour.

Some websites that aggregate online moderator jobs are:

Travel agent

Travel agents help customers book trips, which includes looking for the best flights, activities, and accommodations. You’ll need to have good communication skills and be knowledgeable about different destinations and travel options. There are also some formal training available like that of the www.thetravelinstitute.com. If you were to become a travel agent, you have the option to go independent or work under a company. Going on your own may require more experience and training to get clients, but it will mean that you can control your rates more. Hourly rates are around $16 and go as high as $30.

These are some good places to start when considering a job as a travel agent:

Virtual assistant

As a virtual assistant, you’ll be responsible for helping clients with a variety of administrative tasks, such as scheduling appointments, answering emails, and managing social media accounts. To be successful in this role, you’ll need to be highly organized and have excellent communication skills.To be successful in this role, you’ll need to be highly organized and have excellent communication skills. The hourly rate hovers at $19 and can go as high as $35.

Some sites that you can find clients include:

Data Entry

As a data entry clerk, your job will be to input information into databases or spreadsheets. This is a good job for those who are detail-oriented and can work quickly and accurately. You may also be responsible for verifying the accuracy of existing data and identifying and correcting any errors. This job is usually a stepping stone to higher-paying jobs in tech like being a data analyst. According to BLS, the average hourly rate for a data entry clerk is $18.

Usual job sites can help you find jobs in data entry:

Travel blogger

Being a travel blogger is about sharing content about your travel experiences and resources that will help other travellers in planning their own trips. Good writing and storytelling skills is required and a strong sense of aesthetics is also useful when taking photographs, especially that this gig relies on painting a picture of what a perfect travel looks like. Providing an hourly rate for this gig is only applicable if employed by a existing travel blog, and it can be anywhere between $15 to $35 per hour.

The best way to find travel blog writing gigs is through freelancing sites

Content writer

Content writing jobs involves writing blog posts, articles, and other types of content. There’s a multitude of niches one can specialize in simple topics like gardening to something much more complex like artificial intelligence. The great thing about being a content writer is you can pick a niche that you enjoy talking about and that you know well. It requires someone to be able to articulate concepts concisely and clearly to be successful in this job. Strong research skills and SEO skills are also sought after. For this job, the hourly rate varies depending on experience but it hovers anywhere between $15 to $40 per hour.

Writing gigs are available not only in job sites but also in dedicated sites like:

Content creator

Content creation is a broad category that refers to producing a form of content, but it mostly refers to video content and written content that is published on social media platforms. Because of the variety of formats, the skill requirement depends on the content produces but a consistent skill that is needed to be successful is creativity, ability to read one’s audience, and some technical skill. Like the skill requirement, pay range also varies greatly depending on the social media platform used.

The most popular platforms content creators use are:

  • Patreon
  • YouTube
  • Fiverr
  • Gumroad
  • Substack

Customer service representative

Customer service representatives are the first point of contact for customers who have inquiries and issues with a company’s products or services. They usually deal with common questions, complaints, and returns just to name a few. These remote roles usually exist for either service or software companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Wealthsimple. To be good in this role, communication skills and patience are required. Depending on which company one is employed with, hourly wage can be from $15 to $35.

For these kind of role, larger companies are the usual employers but job boards are also great places to find these roles

Recruiter

Recruiters are assist in sourcing and recruiting candidates for open positions. Their tasks may involve finding suitable job candidates using multiple tools, conducting interviews, screening resumes, and even negotiating job offers. To do well in this role, organizational skills and administrative skills go a long way, Knowledge about the job market and industry trends are also helpful. As a recruiter, salary can be from $15 to $33 per hour.

Job boards are easily the best place to find these roles

Sales representative

Sales is among the easiest jobs to get in because the skill requirements are low and the turnover for these positions are high. These roles involve finding new new sales opportunities, providing product knowledge and demonstrations, negotiating sales contracts, and maintaining accurate records of sales transactions. Depending on the company, the role can also extend to developing strategies and working with other departments to hit the company’s sales quota. Hourly rate can vary depending on the pay structure, and may even include commissions and bonuses.

Finding sales jobs is easy because almost every company has a sales position. To find the ones are actively hiring, it’s best to visit job boards.

Data collector

A data collector’s job is very similar to that of a data entry clerk, where the role is to gather information needed to validate outcomes. A data collector though may have to extract data from multiple media like video or sounds and put the specified information in a format that is more machine-friendly. The role requires attention to detail and access to internet.

The largest employers for this job are data, telecom, or consulting companies

  • Appen
  • Telus
  • Capgemeni
  • Lionbridge
  • Clickworker

Call center representative

These roles are similar to that of a customer service representative, except call center representatives specifically handle inbound and outbound calls from customers. They answer customer inquiries, handle complaints, and assist customers with any other concerns. Hourly wage is from $15 to $25.

Banks, insurance companies, and telecom companies are the largest employers of call center representatives.

Remote market research panelist

These jobs are usually with marketing research companies that are outsourced to conduct studies, clinical trials, and focus groups by larger firms. The only requirement is for someone to fit a study’s target demographic and have internet access to allow them to participate in the discussion or panel. These gig also pay well at $75 to $150 per one-hour session.

These roles are usually posted on job boards, and among those hiring is Apex Focus Group

Dropshipper

A dropshipper is someone who sells goods without them handling the stock or fulfilment. They’re the middleman between a supplier and the customer. Their main focus is marketing the products a supplier produces in multiple media like social media or websites. This is a entrepreneurial gig and it may require a small investment to set up a shop or website. Most of the work required is sweat equity. Sky is the limit in the earning potential, although risk is higher.

Graphic designer

As a graphic designer, you’ll be responsible for creating visual content that helps businesses hook their customers and make a good impression. People now spend a significant amount of their time on social media, and brands look up to graphic designers to make sure that their products are You’ll need to have strong design skills, creativity, and technical skills to use tools like the Adobe Creative Suite or Canva. Websites like 99designs and Dribbble are great places to find graphic design jobs. The wage for a graphic designer is around $15 to $30 per hour

Graphic designer jobs are plentiful and they are usually found in websites focused in design

Online Survey Taker

Becoming an online survey taker is a great option for digital nomads who want to earn money in their spare time. Survey takers help the products and services of companies and organizations running the surveys. The only requirement is an internet connection and a device where you can answer the surveys. Most survey takers are paid per survey, and the amount you can earn will depend on the length and complexity of the survey. On average, you can earn anywhere from a few cents to a few dollars per survey. With this gig, the more surveys you do, the higher your take home income so pinning down an hourly wage is difficult.

Marketing research and data aggregator companies are huge employers of survey takers

  • Survey Junkie
  • Swagbucks
  • Vindale Research.

Stock Photographer

Brands and businesses use stock photography and video to help their marketing campaigns stand out from competition. Good photos are able to communicate emotions or feelings that get the attention and trust of potential customers, which is why companies pay for it. If you’re a skilled photographer, you can earn money by selling your photos to stock photo websites. The amount you can earn per photo will depend on the website and the quality of your photos, but on average, you can earn anywhere from a few cents to a few dollars per photo.

  • Shutterstock
  • Pexels
  • Unsplash
  • iStock
  • Getty Images

Website Tester

As a website tester, your job is to test websites and provide feedback on the user experience. The goal is to make sure that users of the software have the best experience possible in using it. You’ll need to identify and report slow loading times, broken links, and other issues that impacts optimal user experience. You’ll be paid per website you test, and the amount you can earn will depend on the website and the length of the test. On average, you can earn anywhere from $10 to $20 per test.

Aside from the most popular job boards, there are dedicated sites for this job:

  • UserTesting
  • TryMyUI
  • Userlytics

Insurance Agent

As an insurance agent, you’ll be responsible for selling insurance policies to clients. Your job to find the right insurance policy that fits each customer’s situation. What makes it unique to other sales job is that you’re essentially handling the sale from beginning to end, so it may involve following up to customers to ensure that they’re happy with their purchase. The amount you can earn as an insurance agent will depend on the company you work for and your level of experience, but on average, you can expect to earn a base salary plus commission. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for insurance sales agents in the United States is $52,180.

Job boards are the best place to find jobs as an insurance agent:

Remote Merchandiser

Remote merchandisers are responsible for creating and implementing visual merchandising plans for online stores. They are in charge of managing product catalogs and making sure that they are ready for promotional campaigns. They also help develop strategies to ensure people are engaging with the products online. The amount you can earn as a remote merchandiser will depend on the company you work for and your level of experience, but on average, you can expect to earn a wage of $15-$35 per hour.

This role is fairly new and started with the increasing number of e-commerce stores, but you can find them in job boards or freelance marketplaces:

  • FlexJobs
  • Remote.co
  • We Work Remotely
  • ZipRecruiter

Project Assistant

Project assistants (also referred to as project coordinators) are responsible for supporting project managers with administrative tasks such as scheduling meetings, preparing documents, and coordinating with team members. Because their goal is to ensure the successful and timely completion of projects, successful project assistants are great with time management, communication, and collaboration. The expected hourly rate for project assistants go from $22 to $36.

Most project assistant roles are not remote, but this is changing as more software companies are requiring better coordination because of the remote working trend. Popular job boards to find these jobs include:

Trip Planner

As a trip planner, your job is to help clients plan their travel itineraries, transportation and accommodations, and provide recommendations for activities and attractions. Being a trip planner requires excellent communication and organizational skills, as you will be working closely with clients to understand their preferences and needs. You will also need to have a good knowledge of popular travel destinations, as well as the ability to research and recommend lesser-known but equally enjoyable experiences. The amount you can earn as a trip planner will depend on your level of experience and the company you work for, but on average, you can expect to earn an hourly rate of $18 to $35.

Because this job is fairly new, the way to find clients is through social media or freelance marketplaces:

  • Upwork
  • Fiverr

Fashion Stylist

Fashion stylists provide fashion advise and help customer select and coordinate their outfits for events and shoots. Most of their day-to-day involve selecting clothing, shoes, and accessories to create cohesive outfits that flatter their customer’s body type, color, and preferences. They may also suggest new wardrobe pieces and even go as far as suggesting what hair or makeup look to go with. Hourly rates go from $12 to $20.

There are dedicated job boards for those who have a career in fashion, however launching your gig on freelancing marketplaces are also great options.

Fact Checker

With new AI tools becoming more popular, there is now a new job dedicated to reviewing and verifying the accuracy of information used in a wide range of media, including news articles, books, and documentaries. This role requires strong attention to detail and excellent research skills to ensure that all sources cited are reliable and that the information presented is correct. The largest employers of fact-checkers are media and publishing companies. They usually get paid anywhere between $15 to $30 per hour.

This role has been around for a long time in the realm of journalism, but the demand is higher that more freelancers are offering their services on websites like Fiverr and Upwork.

Best digital nomad jobs with some experience

Digital marketer

Digital marketing is a great career choice for those interested in marketing, social media, and advertising. To become a successful digital marketer, you need to have excellent communication skills and creativity to be able to reach the right customer at the right time. According to Glassdoor, the average salary for a digital marketer in the United States is around $71000

The usual job boards like LinkedIn and Indeed will most likely have digital marketing jobs posted there, but there’s also niche job boards focused for marketers

Data analyst

Data analysts are responsible for analyzing and interpreting complex data to help companies make informed decisions. They find ways to make day-to-day business be more efficient and cost competitive. To become a data analyst, you need to have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. A good grasp of data analysis tools and techniques would help excel in this role too. According to Glassdoor, the average salary for a data analyst in the United States is around $65,000 per year.

You can find data analyst jobs through various online job boards, such as Indeed, Glassdoor, and LinkedIn. There’s also dedicated job boards for data-related jobs

Email marketer

Email marketing is still the most effective ways to build a relationship with customers, so the demand for email marketers is not slowing down anytime soon. To become a successful email marketer, you need to have excellent writing skills, an understanding of email marketing software and metrics, and a creative mindset. Salary for an email marketer can go from $55,000 to $80,000.

You can find email marketing jobs through various online job boards, such as Indeed, Glassdoor, and ZipRecruiter.

Bookkeeper

Bookkeeping is a great job for those interested in finance and accounting. Bookkeepers are essential in tracking a company’s financial performance by keeping track of financial transactions and accounts. To become a successful bookkeeper, you need to have good organizational and basic arithmetic skills. It also requires some knowledge of financial software and regulations. According to PayScale, the hourly salary for a bookkeeper in the United States is around $17 to $30 per hour.

Online job boards, such as Indeed, Monster, LinkedIn, and ZipRecruiter, are the best places to find bookkeeping jobs.

Legal assistant

Legal assistants play an important role in helping lawyers prepare for cases. They gather and organize legal documents and assist in trials. They also fulfill the administrative duties in law offices. To excel in this role, one need to have excellent communication, administrative, and organizational skills. Legal assistants earn anywhere from $17 to $30 per hour.

There are dedicated job boards for legal assistants that interested applicants can check out.

Podcast producer

Podcast producing is a great job for those interested in audio and media production. You may be surprised to find this job on the list but nowadays, content creation has been democratized and producing good content is open to anyone. A successful podcast producer strategizes what will make a podcast show great so it requires both technical and creative chops. It also needs a good understanding of audio editing software and equipment. Podcasts producers get paid from $18 to $35 on average.

Those that wish to become a podcast producer can start their own without any employer, but there are also options to first gain experience by looking at job boards focused on podcasting

Podcast editor

If a podcast producer looks at the broader picture of what makes a podcast show great, podcast editors are focused on the the details. Their job is to make sure the audio is flawless and audio issues do not persist. Excellent grasp of audio editing software and equipment is essential, and a good ear for music will help. This job earns anywhere from $15 to $30 per hour

Podcasting is a fairly new medium for content creation, but there are a handful of job boards for it. Cold outreach to established podcasting companies or creators is also an option for those interested to become a podcast editor.

Pinterest manager

Pinterest managers help increase a business’ reach to its target customers. It’s a more specialized digital manager, with a domain expertise in Pinterest’ algorithms and metrics. Using this knowledge, they craft a strategy that helps brands or businesses reacher their audience. Aside from having a good understanding of Pinterest algorithms and metrics, someone will be great in this role if they are able to think strategically and understand user behaviour. This job is mostly salaried and base salary is around $75,000 before bonuses.

This role is mostly freelance where you have to seek your clients, so the best place to find these jobs are freelance marketplaces.

Copywriter

Copywriters write compelling content that drives customers to purchase. A good copywriter resonates with their audience and helps website visitors into paying customers, which helps drive a brand’s revenue. Strong writing skills, great storytelling, and a good understanding of marketing principles help someone excel in this role. The average salary for a copywriter is around $17 to 35 per hour.

The usual freelance marketplaces are great places to find copywriting gigs.

Technical writer

Technical writers create content that explains complex technical concepts in a way that’s easy for non-technical people to understand. They help break down concepts into such a way that a customer is more comfortable with the product or service being sold. The more comfortable a customer is a with an offering, the higher the chances that they purchase or continue using it.

This role will need strong writing skills and a good understanding of technical concepts. Salary for a technical writer is from $22 to $45 per hour

The usual freelance marketplaces are great places to find copywriting gigs,

For those that are specifically targeting jobs that involving writing technical documentation, I found this very niche job board


Tech Support

As a tech support specialist, your job is to help customers with technical issues related to software, hardware, or other electronic devices. You need to be tech-savvy and be comfortable with electronic device or software that you are supporting. Problem-solving and communication skills is also essential because you’ll be dealing with people with different levels of technical literacy. The amount you can earn as a tech support specialist will depend on your level of experience, certifications you have, and the company you work for, but on average, you can expect to earn $15 to $30 per hour.

Tech support jobs are found is majority of the job boards like:


Audio or video producer

Audio or video producers handle the entire video production process, with the goal of delivering the intended impact of a video or audio production. Because it requires involvement from start to finish, it’s a job that requires a wide variety of skills from time management to hard technical skills. Their day-to-day can involve reviewing scripts, directing, hands-on editing of video, and even managing the finances of a video production. Hourly wage go from $20 to $35.

Job openings for this role usually show up in job boards specific to video production or filmmaking, or through referrals from people from the industry. However, social media is now an emerging source of job leads because more content are now being produced on social media

Programmer or Software Developer

Software developers build or maintain applications that bring in revenue for a company or software that businesses can use to improve their operations. Depending on the type or expertise of a software developer, the skills required can include different coding languages, database knowledge, critical thinking, and time management. Developers that have good communication skills usually get promoted to management positions. Software developers make a good salary with the US average at $89,000.

Software developer jobs are abundant in web portals, and most jobs are remote.

Conclusion

There are at least three paths to become a digital nomad: applying for a remote job, becoming a freelancer, or starting your own digital business. Previous job experience is no longer a barrier to getting a fully remote job. To prove that, we’ve listed 45 potential jobs that someone can do to become a digital nomad. There’s pros and cons for each job, and it’s just a matter of finding the right fit for you. If you find a job that fits you, maybe you make Medellin your first stop. It’s among our favourite digital nomad spots and if you’re interested, you can read more about it here.


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