50+ remote work ideas for free thinkers

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Do you dream of hitting the road and leaving the 9-5 far, far behind? Fed up with working your butt off for peanuts, only to fuel someone else’ dream? You’re not alone! We’ve got you covered with some great remote work ideas for people who know there’s more to life than being tied to an office, AND details of where to find them.

What holds people back from doing what makes them happy more than conformity is fear. Fear of leaving a ‘regular’ job (even if it’s crappy) and working out HOW to make enough money to survive. It’s taking that leap of faith from a mundane existence to following your passion, and hoping you make it. I get it- it can seem overwhelming. The truth is, it’s easier to make a living remotely now more than ever. I want YOU to live an amazing life, to be that person in your fam who gets to travel anywhere while making an enjoyable and comfortable living. To be the one who’s friends ask not ‘How are you?’ but ‘Where are you?’

Get qualified

The great news is that it’s easier than ever to find free education on how to do literally anything, thanks to google. If you’re willing to put in the time there are unlimited subjects you can study for free to enhance your skills and start your own business or apply for a great remote position. Udemy is an online university that offers a huge selection of free courses, (over 3,000 at present!!) and is a great place to start.

I know it’s cliche, but it’s important it is to do something you love. If you’re in a job for the cash but you don’t really enjoy what you do, sooner or later your energy will fizzle out. Your passion is what drives you each day to get up and keep going because lets be honest- trying to get motivated to do something you don’t enjoy is crappy.

Some of these ideas are working for a boss, and others are self employment. Some are professional positions and others are fun gigs. This list is in two parts- fully mobile and semi-mobile. Depending on your lifestyle you may be stopped for weeks or even months at a time, or, you may up-and-move more frequently. So lets get to it and find an exciting new way to make a living remotely so you can kick the rules to the kerb and do whatever pleases you!

Fully mobile options

-Rent out your home if you are an owner/ mortgagee. While technically not work, this is a great option for those who wish to hang onto their bricks and mortar. Please do your homework, research (research research) your letting agent and check that your insurance fully covers you. This leads us to..

-Airbnb. Rent out your home to short/medium term holiday makers and make excellent weekly returns. You will need to employ someone you trust to clean the house between customers, but the higher returns often make this a viable option. Again- do your homework and make sure all assets are insured properly.

-Make jewellery to sell online.  Jewellery is a perennial favourite that people will never tire of. Sell online, at markets or to people you meet while travelling. A good ‘stock’ business as Jewellery doesn’t take up a lot of space.

-Travel photographer. Take beautiful pictures while travelling and write it all off on tax. Yes please!

-Company rep for RV related products which you can sell to fellow roadies. Think reversing cameras, vehicle internet installation, zero electricity washing machines etc.

-Graphic designer. Highly sought after more than ever and can be fully mobile.

-Web designer. If you have the skills this profession can be done anywhere.

-Face painting at festivals/markets. I have a friend who does this and makes great money! All you need is some quality face paint and an artistic streak.

-Crochet/ knit/ sew and sell online. Etsy is your friend! Crochet, knitting and sewing are dying crafts and people LOVE hand made items. Great quality work attracts great prices.

-Busking/ street performance. This probably won’t make you a millionaire but will get you some food and fuel money and it is loads of fun!

-Translator. There are many online positions which allow you to work as a translator remotely if you are fluent in a second language.

-Social media manager. This profession is becoming increasingly in demand. If you are interested in teaching yourself there is excellent money to be made. Start with a Pinterest search.

-Virtual assistant. Great VA’s are well sought after and will continue to be as more and more people work for themselves.

-Blogging. Currently doing this! It takes endless hours of hard work to gain a following and start making money, but is great if you love to write. Bloggers don’t make money from their writing per se. but from advertising and affiliate sales, and building online products.

-Write a book/ ebook. Now easier than ever as anyone can self publish a book on Amazon.

-T.shirt business. Not the cheapest start-up option however it is loads of fun. There are companies who can print your designs in bulk at good prices now which may be a good option until you can afford a quality t.shirt printer.

-Drop-shipping. This is selling an item to a customer, but it is shipped directly from your supplier to the customer. You are essentially a middle man collecting a profit for selling the companies goods. A great option if you have no space for stock inventory.

-Amazon affiliate. A bit like drop-shipping. You promote and sell the products on behalf of Amazon, they ship the item and you receive a commission.

-Mobile customer service rep. Many companies allow people to work remotely rather than from a call centre. You will need a reliable phone and internet service.

-Baked goods. Sell directly from your bus/ motorhome/ van/ RV to others you meet or at local markets & stalls. Please check local food safety laws in your area.

-Podcast. Have the gift of the gab? Start a podcast on an interesting topic. When you have regular weekly listeners, approach companies for sponsorship.

-Metal detecting. I’m told there is good money to be made by chasing gold or combing the beaches for jewellery. There is also a lot of satisfaction to be had in tracking down the owner of a beloved piece of jewellery that has been inscribed, and sometimes they will offer a reward.

-Breeding and selling small pets. Mice, rats, crickets, spiders- all of these are sourced by pet stores. Be sure to research local laws and have any licences required.

-Mobile coffee van. Another fantastic option to work from your mobile home. Again, check local food safety standard laws in your area. A good way to make decent cash. Simple ‘no work required’ add-ons such as canned soft drinks and pre-packaged biscuits work well with a coffee van.

Semi-mobile options

-Mobile welding. Most trades can be made mobile if you have your own equipment and a trailer or somewhere to work from. Think plumbing, computer tech, electrician- anything really! Working for yourself always has the potential to make good income.

-Seasonal fruit/veg picking. Done this. It’s hard work but fun and a great way to meet people!

-Resort/hotel/hostel work. Do you fancy waking up on a tropical beach or ski field knowing that you have free accommodation and food, all while being paid to meet interesting people from all over the world? This could be your gig!

-Tour boat deck hand. If you can swim, love the water and have a strong stomach this is a fun way to meet people and save money.

-Seasonal barista/chef/bar/wait staff. Every season there are many jobs calling for bar & waitstaff. Be pre-prepared with any licences you need and you will most likely walk straight into a job.

-Seasonal farm work- muster, shearing, drafting etc. If you have experience (sometimes not required) you can often find seasonal work on farms. Word of mouth is your best bet or hang a flyer on the public noticeboard in the nearest town.

-DJ/ busking/ traveling musician. Friends of mine are professional musicians and toured Australia for two years doing this and booking gigs ahead of time.

-Sell arts/crafts at local markets. With the right products, this can be a great way to make some quick cash! Go for unique hand made items or stick with perennial items that people always want.

-Mobile dog washing. I’ve done this as well. a great way to earn easy cash!

-Mural painter. Approach local businesses and offer your services. Do letter-box drops in higher-end parts of town (where people have money to spare for wants v’s needs) and advertise online. A unique mural on the lounge-room wall is a great showpiece. Have a visual diary or better still a website showcasing previous work.

-Lawn mowing/ garden maintenance/ rubbish removal. Always in demand, pretty much anywhere!

-Upscale old furniture to sell. Done this to! You can find awesome treasures in excellent condition at roadside pick-up. Give it a coat of paint in a funky colour, add a distressed finish and voila! Unique piece which can be sold for good money!

-Card readings at markets/festivals. People love these services and pay in cash.

-Job agency temp work in almost any field. Contact a local agency when you arrive or phone ahead. They will usually have a list of companies needing temporary staff from a few days up to a year or more. Experience is sometimes required buy not always.

-Mobile hairdressing/ beauty/ nail technician/ massage therapist. More mobile trade ideas. If you have a skill or trade it can often be taken on the road with you!

-Nail cutting service for the infirm. I know someone who did this and made a killing! Certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, but a gross job demands a high fee and is usually cash.

-Catalogue/ newspaper delivery. Pay is on the low side and conditions can be crappy depending on the weather and distance you have to walk, however it’s great exercise and a no-brainer job.

-Babysitting. Great if you have an up-to-date police record you can show, along with excellent references with contact details. Be upfront and let parents know you travel and babysit. Advertise ahead of time on local buy swap sell pages and mention police clearance/great references.

Vehicle washing/detailing. Always in demand. Branch into Bus/caravan/ RV/ motorhome cleaning and you’re onto a winner!

-Window washing. Advertise on local buy swap sell pages ahead of time with your rates and phone number. You can also do flyer drops in letterboxes or head to an over 50’s village and offer your services. Word of mouth works well for this job.

-House or fence painting. Hard work, good cash. People are happy to pay for something that they don’t have the time and/or skills for.

-pressure clean driveways/ house washing. Another job that home owners are happy to pay for as they often don’t have time.

-Collect cans and bottles. A lot of people enjoy a beer at the end of the day, especially the road-life crowd. If you have space, collecting these can be a great side-hustle! Approach cafes and restaurants and ask them to keep cans & bottles aside for you. Trade them at the recyclers for some quick cash.

-Breed small dogs/ kittens. Depending on your space and time, this may be a viable option. There are strict laws in place which must be adhered to for the welfare of the animals, and licences are required. Best if you have previous experience prior to hitting the road.

-Firewood cutting/selling. Cut up firewood on peoples properties or source your own and sell via facebook buy swap sell pages.

-Dog walking service. Make $$ while getting some fresh air and exercise.

-Help the elderly set up mobile phones /laptops /televisions etc. Many people, especially the elderly are a bit overwhelmed with new technology and will happily pay for someone to set things up the way they want them.

-Farm sitting. Farmers rarely get a chance to take a holiday because there are so many daily chores which need doing. If you have experience you can make good money by taking over the farm and it’s chores for a week or two. This usually attracts free accommodation as well.

-Tutoring. Use your skills to help students with homework or extra intensive work where they need help. Tutoring can also be done remotely, so this could be a fully mobile option.

-Become an Uber driver. Drive people from A to B for a profit. If you own a motorhome or bus with spare seats and beds, offer a festival or nature tour/road trip  for which people pay an amount per person. This covers their fuel & accommodation, possibly meals and drinks depending on how much work you want to do.

And now for the gold..

We’ve done the research for you. Here are the best places to find real-time, advertised remote positions and credible leads. If you prefer to work for a company or you already have a skillset and are looking for a more specific position, this is where to find them. This list is updated regularly to give you the best chance of finding work you love, so that you can fund your dream of living and travelling full time. Or, y’know. Just avoiding society’s rules. (Click heading to open each website.)

Good for: All kinds of employment.
Notes: Go to the AngelList jobs section and select ‘Job Type > Remote OK’ to find remote work.

Working Nomads
Good for: All kinds of employment.

Good for: All kinds of employment.
Notes: Lets you sort by highest-paying remote jobs if that’s your main priority.

Good for: All kinds of employment.
Notes: Make sure you select ‘100% Telecommuting’ if looking for remote work.

Virtual Vocations
Good for: All kinds of employment.

Good for: All kinds of employment.

Good for: All kinds of employment.

Good for: All kinds of employment.

Good for: All kinds of employment.

Good for: All kinds of employment.
Notes: Tick the “freelance” box before searching for work opportunities.

Mashable/ Jobs
Good for: All kinds of employment.
Notes: Yup. Mashable now have their own job board, many of which are remote.

Good for: All kinds of employment, travel.

Skip the Drive
Good for: All kinds of employment, travel.

All Cruise Jobs
Good for: Cruise ship specific, travel.

Travel Massive
Good for: Travel related employment.
Notes: While some jobs are remote, others are stationery but in interesting/ exotic locations.

Young Travel Professionals
Good for: Travel related employment.
Notes: While some jobs are remote, others are stationery but in interesting/ exotic locations.

Good for: freelancers.
Notes: This platform allows companies to connect with and hire their own freelancers directly, cutting out the middle man.

Good for: freelance writers.

ProBlogger/ Jobs
Good for: Bloggers, freelance writers.

BloggingPro/ Jobs
Good for: Bloggers, freelance writers.

Freelance Writing Gigs
Good for: Freelance writers.

Copy Press
Good for: Freelance writers.

Paid to Blog/ Jobs
Good for: Bloggers, freelance writers.
Notes: You have to pay a membership of this one as they only list top quality freelance blogging opportunities. The community is small, meaning you spend less time looking for work and more time winning it.

Good for: Customer service, marketing, programming, support and design jobs.

We Work Remotely
Good for: Programming jobs, marketing and copywriting jobs.

Good for: Freelancers, digital professionals.
Notes: You do have to apply and be selected to join this platform.

Stack Overflow
Good for: Developers.

Good for: Graphic designers.

Power To Fly
Good for: Programming, marketing, social media and writing.
Notes: A company specifically for women.

Good for: Programming, marketing, social media, writing, graphic designers, finance.
Notes: This company provides an international ‘help wanted’platform for people who work online.

Good for: ‘Designers, hackers, and creative pros.’

Virtual Assistants
Good for: Virtual assistants all fields.

Virtual Assistant Jobs
Good for: Virtual assistants, virtual office temps.

Good for: Freelance financial professionals.

ESL Authority
Good for: Teaching english language online.
Notes: Requires teaching certification.

Good for: Teachers, multi-linguals.
Notes: As a remote teacher, you must be a native speaker in the language you teach. Lessons are held via Skype.

Good for: Teachers, multi-linguals.
Notes: As a remote teacher, you must be a native speaker in the language you teach. Lessons are held via Skype.

Good for: Short term freelance jobs.

Good for: Short term freelance jobs.

Good for: Short term freelance jobs.

Good for: Short term freelance jobs.­

More leads

But wait.. there’s more. Some more leads worth considering when searching for remote work. If you still haven’t quite found something you adore, try these:

Facebook groups.
Many forums have popped up over recent years as the desire to work from anywhere grows. Members often share and outsource job opportunities in threads. Definitely worth looking into.

Might sound like an odd place to search, but linkedIn has a very specific search function allowing you to narrow down and hone in on your ultimate position.

Current or past employers.
Could your position be made remote? Ask them!

Gumtree/ Craigslist.
Have loads of employment opportunities listed, some of which could be work-from-anywhere.

Someone you’d LOVE to work for!
Call them! Introduce yourself and tell them you’d love to work for them remotely. Showing initiative is very attractive to a potential employer and they may just create a position for such a go-getter as yourself.

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I truly hope this list of 50+ Remote work ideas has sparked a fire within you. As you can see it’s all about getting creative and really having fun with what you do. If you yearn to simplify and downsize into a tiny home, please know that it is totally do-able. How badly do you want change?  The entire course of your life is at a crossroads. Do you jump in boots and all and make it happen, or do you look back in 5, 10, 15 years and wish you had? You my friend, deserve a happy heart 🙂
Dust. xx

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