All you need is a laptop, internet, and a traveling spirit. The reasons for wanting a digital nomad lifestyle are prominent and numerous. Whatever your motivation to look for a remote job, the numbers show that this segment of the workforce is on the rise.
These job trends speak to people’s desire to be freer, to live far from the confines of an office. In the following decade, it is estimated that 30 percent of the full-type workforce in Pakistan will be remotely, and there are many worksites dedicated to this change in the way of working, offering remote jobs to those who need them, such as remote.co or remoteok.io.
Become digital nomads
For those who really want to become digital nomads, all they need is a computer, Wi-Fi, SIM cards from certain countries and adapters to work. Zulfiqar Anees (Founder/CEO TechMag) maintains a strong discipline: he is not on vacation. “The main rule in my life is to be available having access to the Internet all the time, to be able to respond almost immediately, and the most important thing is to maintain a strong personal relationship in every place I go and with all the people with whom work.”
If you living in Pakistan and want to join the growing tribe of digital nomads, here are 18 ideas for you to start.
18 Ways for Digital Nomads to Make Money in Pakistan
- Take advantage of the shared economy
If you have an apartment, house or extra room, you can rent them on any platform such as Airbnb, HomeAway or Overnight (specially designed for women), and thus have different sources of income that can support you or serve as the main source while traveling the world. In addition, you can manage your income through your computer.
You can also earn money by renting your parking spaces, or if you have warehouses in your building.
Rent your car if you are not using it, or put it to work for Uber, DiDi, or any other platform of this type.
To manage your income remotely make sure you have access to the internet, and if you are going to rent your house, put an automatic insurance system (you can have an access code that is activated with a code and that you can manage remotely) so that you do not You need to give people the keys.
- Edit documents
This work can be done from anywhere in the world as long as you have a computer and internet access.
First, investigate how good you are for this type of work. To do so, you would receive written material, and you should review it in terms of grammar, writing, and spelling. It is an extremely detailed work for people who have a great ability with language.
There are several industries that require this type of work, from print magazines to financial institutions that are looking for text editing for their mailing campaigns.
Take advantage of the languages you speak and offer translations for companies. This is a perfect opportunity to improve your knowledge of a language and earn money in the process. Translation is a job that requires certain skills but can be done from anywhere in the world.
Depending on the languages you speak, you can translate from audios to written documents, videos, etc. You could even work for a translation agency that assigns you certain jobs.
The field of translation is one in constant growth, with a projected rate of 18 percent by 2026. Most translators are freelancers and work remotely. To do this type of work they usually ask you for some type of certification that you master the language you are going to translate, but usually with a couple of samples of your work you can get good projects.
- Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is when you promote a product of a company on your website or in your blog and earn a commission every time someone follows the link you put. However, to make money, you must have a website or blog with enough visits.
If you already have it, you surely know that affiliate marketing is a good way to earn money; however, the idea is to have many sources of income while you build your traffic and start earning commissions.
- Sell your experience online
Digital nomads can earn a lot of money per hour by consulting or coaching in their area of expertise, be it web development, law, writing, medicine, whatever. All you need is your computer and a smartphone with internet access. Be smart when identifying your area of expertise and find out how you can help relieve some pain in your industry. Also, think about how you are going to promote your services.
One option to do so is the freelancer market, which allows professionals to sell their experience from anywhere while they have an internet connection. Workers with degrees in different areas such as accounting, law, medicine, social sciences, writing, advertising, or veterinary can create profiles that customers then choose to hire you.
- Manage social networks
The job of managing social networks requires spending a lot of time online and can be done almost anywhere as long as you have a computer and internet. If you have a good knowledge of how social platforms work, you have a good presence in networks and are willing to learn about the necessary tools for work, and you can have a good future in this field.
The responsibilities of these positions include opening social media accounts, running audits (examining customers’ fingerprints), developing strategies to create, curate and manage content across different platforms as well as developing digital marketing campaigns.
There is no single way to become a social platform administrator, although now many of these positions require prior experience and have a good personal fan base.
The point is to show that you know how to use the relevant tools and that you understand how to build and manage a fan base through content. You can promote your services online, through blogs, or by offering free trials or tips for people to see your level of expertise.
- Create digital courses
Creating digital courses is a great way to have passive income while traveling the world. Start creating courses on what you know how to do (such as personal finance, public speaking, life coaching, finance) and upload them to any of the available platforms such as Udemy, Domestika or Teachable.
This job requires recording videos, creating questionnaires, writing content and generating tasks. However, once you finish it, you just have to upload it (study the format to do it right) and get a percentage of sales. Payment models vary depending on the platforms, but you usually receive a percentage of the sales plus royalties that are calculated by the number of video minutes consumed.
- Be a virtual assistant
Virtual assistants are in great demand and can be done almost anywhere (although there will be some limitations due to time differences).
A virtual assistant does a series of tasks in fascinating industries, although the basis of the work is administrative. Many of us have booked flights, organized together, made expense reports, kept a calendar, made investigations and other administrative tasks, and these are among the capabilities you want to highlight for this work, along with any other administrative experience or organizational you have had.
The life of a writer allows you to work remotely while you have a computer and internet. To be a writer, you need to have the foundations of good writing and know how to investigate. If you have sources to interview, it can be a plus. There are many types of work for writers, from creative writing or writing content for all types of industries or even making content for brands, and most can be done remotely.
And it is not surprising that the demand is directly related to your experience and areas of interest. Experience in certain niches such as aviation or blockchain can have a big impact. To define what areas you have knowledge and contacts and make sure you have a website that shows your work and your contact information.
The transcription work can be done from anywhere with the equipment we always say: computer and internet, although to this we must add headphones.
To do this, you need to be fast and precise when writing, as well as have basic computer skills such as knowing how to download files, attach files and send them, or convert different types of files to work with them.
Work can be done from anywhere and has a lot of freedom. The required speed depends on the company, but the faster you write, the better. Usually, the payment depends on the length of the audio.
If you are looking for a transcription job, emphasize the previous work you have done, and highlight your ability to handle files.
- Create CVs
This work is flexible and can be done from anywhere. All you need is a computer, internet, and some editing program and to do so you need a good organizational capacity, know how to format the information and know-how to convert work experiences into significant achievements that give an advantage to the candidate for whom you are working.
A CV writer generates them for people who cannot (or do not know how) to organize their ideas and format them, but if you are good at doing this and tell a relevant story from the data you have, each project can take between 30 minutes and one hour, or up to 5 hours, depending on how elaborate the CV will be.
You can offer your service in universities, or on Facebook for newly graduated boys, and help them get better opportunities for their professional life.
- Give classes
Math tutors (in all grades) are always in demand, especially during exam time, also in fields such as physics, chemistry, biology, and languages. If you have certifications such as Toefl, you can offer your services to help other students pass those exams.
So, digital nomads need to create their virtual profile and promote yourself on social networks or through acquaintances.
- Data entry
This job does not require a physical location or investment in equipment or education. It all comes down to entering information on a computer. And although it does not require any type of education or previous experience, it is convenient for you to have a basic knowledge of computing such as downloading software, converting files, creating folders, etc.
The creation of programming codes is a super complicated job, but does not require equipment and can be done from anywhere in the world.
If digital nomads think they have the capacity to do it but you still don’t know how you can take courses in Code Academy or Udemy and learn from the different programming languages. Once you specialize in some language, you can offer your services on different platforms or search for independent projects on social networks.
- Create a dropshipping business
This is a business model in which someone sells a product and a third party, whether the manufacturer or the distributor, is responsible for delivery. It can be a practical model for digital nomads because you don’t need to deal with product development or handle inventories, or store, and you don’t need a large investment because you don’t really buy anything until you have closed the sale.
And it allows you to live as a digital nomad. “A dropshipping business can be run from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. As long as you can communicate with suppliers and customers, you can manage your business,” says the Shopify blog.
All you need to have is an e-commerce website to promote your products (such as Shopify), a laptop, and Wi-Fi to place your bids. Many dropshipping entrepreneurs also work with Amazon FBA, the Amazon delivery arm, which stores your product, advertises it on your site and delivers your orders for a monthly fee. Your focus should be to sell products that are in tune with your interests and the brand of your business, as well as advertise them to have as many conversions as possible.
It takes some time to earn money with this business model, especially since there is a lot of competition. However, much of your success will depend on your marketing strategy. If you have a good blog on a niche topic, such as animal health or safety, you can keep a drop shipping business related to this topic. The point is to attract potential consumers through marketing, whether through your blog, social networks, or mail, or a combination of all.
- Create graphic designs
If you are a highly creative visual nomad, graphic design can be a great source of income. Designers work with companies and individuals to create logos, websites, banners, and advertising materials, to name a few. The job is to understand the design principles and know how to use their programs (such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign) to execute your vision. Then there is the client factor: you have to communicate with your customers to understand what they want to express through your designs. Designers often work with advertising agencies, publishers, magazines, companies, and individuals.
In general, no professional qualifications are required, but the verifiable experience. Create a digital portfolio with your work, and you can even give the first design to get to know you.
- Interior decorator
Believe it or not, digital nomads can make a living as an interior decorator. The world of e-design is relatively new, and there are companies like Modsy, Havenly or Decorist that are part of the trend of designer services that offer a space for you to advertise your services and customers can find you.
- Video editor
If you are a digital nomad, you can earn money by editing videos that you can then sell to stock sites such as Pond5 or 123RF, and you get money every time your materials are downloaded. Or you can work for companies that hire video generators for a wide variety of industries.
Video editors need to master basic editing software such as Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro, and it doesn’t hurt to know something about After Effects, a postproduction tool. You can take digital courses at Udemy, Lynda, Domestika, etc. Although this field usually gives preference to experience education. Have a portfolio with samples of your work ready and get ready to make money generating videos for those who need it.