Becoming a digital nomad is an exciting career change for many people. It creates the opportunity to work for yourself wherever and whenever.
If you want to travel the world while working you can, if you want to work in the middle of the night because you’re wide awake, go for it, if you want to go for a long lunch in the middle of the day, do it. The opportunities for a digital nomad are endless. But how can you become a digital nomad with no skills?
That is what I am going to answer for you.
Digital nomads are some of the happiest people because they get to live life on their terms and mold their work into their lifestyle instead of the other way around.
Working online isn’t for everyone but for a lot of people it’s a dream job.
People with higher education and degrees as well as those without can find great success in the online world.
There are so many digital jobs out there these days that it doesn’t matter if you have a degree or not, there are so many opportunities to be had.
If you don’t currently possess any skills for an online job, don’t worry. There are so many online jobs that don’t require you to have any pre-existing skills, here are some of the best jobs for digital nomads.
It’s also easier than ever to build up and work on your skills or learn on the job. Some online jobs can be mundane if you don’t have any skills but the lifestyle you’ll live because of the job can be absolutely worth it.
There is never any excuse to believe you can’t do something or can’t learn it along the way. Today, almost anything can be googled or you can watch youtube videos to learn that skill.
Since you’re looking for an online job, google it, research it, and see if you think it’ll be a good fit for you.
Every resource needed for a digital job can be found online. The digital world is at our fingertips and we all essentially have the same opportunity because online jobs aren’t based on environmental factors like where you currently live.
*The only thing to remember is that no matter how simple the job, all will require a computer and WiFi.*
Digital nomad jobs for people with n skills or experience
There are many jobs you can find online that don’t require any skills at all. While they might not be the fanciest of jobs, they will give you the opportunity to work from home, around the world, and essentially wherever you choose.
Some jobs can be worked any hour of the day which allows you even more time freedom.
Data entry jobs can be as simple as typing some numbers. Some require skills or some sort of comfort level with software like excel but this can easily be learned on the job.
The simplest of data entry jobs will require you to just type numbers so there won’t be very much to learn at all.
A data entry job, for example, may have you take information from a pdf and type it into a worksheet where the only required skills would be attention to detail.
The great thing about a data entry job is there will most likely be room to grow. While it can be mundane, there may be room for you to take on an analyzing or more statistical role in the future if you’re interested in working on your skills.
You could be paid to listen to audio and then type it into a manuscript. Transcription requires no prior skills but the faster and more accurate you are, the better.
There is software that does this now, but companies still hire people too because it can be more accurate. You could be transcribing meetings, videos, and various other content. To some, this could be boring but for others, you can listen to or watch some interesting content that you might enjoy while working at the same time.
Customer Service jobs are often outsourced and allow you to work from home anywhere in the world. You’ll answer customer calls, emails, communicate through an online chat, and more.
This can be a great option if you don’t have any skills because the only requirement is that you’re able to speak to the customer and learn a bit about the company and product ahead of time.
Being a virtual assistant is essentially being a personal assistant to a person or business. You’ll schedule appointments, set up meetings, make calls, and do other tasks. Most of the skills you’ll need are ones you already use in your day-to-day life so it’s really no different.
One of the main skills needed is organization so if this isn’t something you’re good at, it might not be the best route for you.
Writing might seem intimidating but if you’re a decent writer, you’ve already got the skills you need. Writing often includes research and forming developed thoughts but it doesn’t require a ton of additional skills.
If you like writing consider this option which can be a fun and creative outlet and less mundane than other digital nomad jobs. Also, you can niche in a subject that interests you so you’re always learning new things and writing about something you love.
Starting a blog can take a while to pick up, but once it does it can be a great money maker. If you enjoy writing but don’t want to write for other people and instead want to build your own brand then this is a great option.
You could even practice by freelance writing for other people while building your own blog on the side. This is a great option and requires no pre-existing skills because you can write about things you’re interested in and already know a bit about.
Start Your Own Business
If you want to work with your current skills, consider starting your own business. Maybe there are hobbies you have that you could turn into a paying gig or something you’d like to learn to do.
This is a great way to control the situation and work with the skills you currently have or skills you’d like to possess. Building your own brand also creates endless opportunities. It can take a while to grow but worth it in the end.
Social Media Manager
You probably already use social media so there is no learning curve there, social media could make for a good digital job.
You can create content, write the copy for posts, strategize, research, and work on creating graphics and putting together photos. This is definitely a no skills job unless you’re new to social media. If you love social media then this job will be fairly easy and fun too.
A great way to make money online that’s very easy to do is affiliate marketing which is the act of promoting products where you earn a small commission on sales.
You can do this on your own social media page or a blog. While it doesn’t usually make you a ton of money to start, the more people you can reach and the better you market the products, the more commission you can make.
You can join programs and sites like Like to Know It or the Amazon Affiliate Program to get started right away. Affiliate marketing is a great digital job to have on the side of whatever else you’re doing.
It’s a very passive income source and you don’t need to be hired by anyone. You can start with products you already own and love and slowly reach out to brands for a discount code and product to promote. The income isn’t very reliable because it’s always changing, however, it’s an amazing side hustle to whatever else you’re doing to make money.
If you have social media, you can become an influencer. It takes time to build up a loyal following but it’s possible.
Work on curating your social media, putting out high-quality content, and engaging with your followers, you can slowly build a following. This will allow you to promote products, create ads, and partner with brands to make money. You can also do affiliate marketing as an influencer as an additional income source.
You already speak the language so you might as well teach it! Many people think you need a degree to teach a language but that isn’t necessarily the case.
There are many sites where you don’t need a bachelor’s degree or higher education to teach. They pay well and allow you to work from anywhere in the world.
Ways to Build Your Digital Nomad Skills
Another option would be to start your digital nomad life with a no-skill job like one of the options above while simultaneously working on building your skills so that you can find an online job you’re more interested in.
There are many ways to gain experience and work on your skills and below you’ll find some suggestions. If you want to find a job that requires expertise and skills, you’ll want to consult the list below.
Build a portfolio
When you first start out with no skills as a digital nomad, you won’t have anything to show for yourself. As you get jobs, grow your skills, and gain experience you should create a portfolio that you can use to get jobs in the future.
Building a portfolio is a great way to show off your skills as you become more and more knowledgeable. Your first digital job can be a struggle to find if the business is looking for pre-existing skills and you don’t have them.
By creating a portfolio, you can begin showing off your skills before you truly have them. All it takes is to believe in yourself until other people do too!
Offer to work for free
If you really want to be a photographer, offer to shoot your friends and family for free so that you can work on building a portfolio that will display your skills.
Don’t have photography skills, to begin with? Why not create them. The more you can practice, the better chance you’ll have at finding people to work with and the more success you’ll have. If you start by practicing and doing things for fun or for free you’ll start to find work as you begin building your skills.
If you really want to be a content writer but have no experience, start with a price that people can’t ignore. Work for a very small fee so that you can get your foot in the door, get practice, and start building your portfolio.
Once you’ve gained experience and you’re building up your writing skills, you can raise your prices. This is a great way to get people’s attention when you have little to no skills, to begin with.
Online jobs are continually growing in abundance. There are more options out there and they’re becoming easier to find.
Whatever you’re interested in, you’ll surely find something online that fits your interests. Go out there and find what you’re looking for. Your dreams aren’t very far away!