I simply love my life. Every day I wake up in a great mood, feeling energized and lucky to be alive.
The best part of my life is that I design it exactly how I want it. I wake up, have my breakfast, a big bowl of tea, work for a bit, then go to the gym.
The rest of the day consists of more work, lunch with a friend or something else.
The reason that I’m able to do that isn’t because of some special voodoo or some luck; it’s because I’m able to create value that’s consumed by people over the Internet.
While I run multiple online businesses that provide me with location-independent businesses, you don’t need to build a business in order to have this kind of life.
All you really need is to have skills that are highly in demand by others and provide such services over the Internet.
Thinking about doing the same? Here are a few solid job ideas:
If you know how to copywrite, you have a license to print money. That’s how lethal this specialty is.
In a nutshell, copywriting is the ability to write text and words that connect directly with the reader, solves a particular problem they’re experiencing and then sells them a solution that problem.
This applies to basically everything, whether it’s selling physical products such as eCommerce, digital downloads or things like webinars and informational products.
So, while, you must find the customer, bring them to your site, you still need to actually sell the customer once they’re on your site and trying to figure out whether your product will solve their problem.
That’s where solid copywriting comes in.
Do it well, and you will be handsomely rewarded.
While marketing means many things to many people, in a nutshell is the discipline is finding groups of similar people who may be interested in the product you’re selling.
Digital marketing simply means finding such people on the Internet (as opposed to in real life).
How exactly do you find these people? Well, you have to put yourself into the mind of that person and start thinking like them. (That’s called “customer avatar.”)
Then, you ask yourself: are they hanging out on Facebook? Are they searching for a solution on Google? Or are they hanging on some very specific forums?
Of course, these are obvious, easy solutions. Experienced marketers need to be creative and use a variety of techniques and tricks to pinpoint the locations of their users, wherever they are on the Internet.
FB Advertising / Google AdWords
While marketing is a generally broad field, one of the most in-demand specialities when it comes to marketing are Facebook Advertising experts and Google AdWords experts.
In case you didn’t know, Facebook Advertising is extremely hot right now and many people have been able to make incredible fortunes in a very short amount of time.
The problem with Facebook Ads is that there’s an incredibly steep learning curve, so you must spend a lot of money to buy all that experience before you even get good (if ever).
Thus, someone with a lot of experience in successfully buying traffic and turning a profit is indeed in high demand. In fact, just recently I consulted with a Facebook expert and paid them almost four-figures for several hours of work where they diagnosed and solved a couple of problems in one of my eCommerce stores.
I made the money back in profit in about two days.
The same goes for someone who knows Google Advertising (AdWords) in and out. Although it’s not as complicated as Facebook Ads, having the ability to hire and expert who can hit the ground running quickly is an important asset in a fast-growing business.
This is mostly a catch-all terms that represents all the things that you can do to make a website (a store) better and faster.
This includes things like speed improvements, landing page optimizations, conversion optimization and other things in this area.
If you can show a potential client how increasing their website’s speed even by even few seconds can make them $X,XXX more revenue (they are studies that prove this), you will have an interested client.
If you can help a client streamline their website and improve conversion ratio and increase their revenue, they will be very interested in working with you.
I know businesses that make anywhere from $1,000-$20,000 (and more) per month in helping businesses optimize their websites.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
SEO is the art of optimizing a website so that it ranks high on Google for specific keyword(s) and, therefore, receives tons of traffic.
It’s one of those skills where you basically take an idea and generate money out of thin air.
Of course, there are ever-changing Google updates to know about, the best practices and a bit of trial and error to see what works and what doesn’t.
If you’re willing to put in the work, this can be an extremely lucrative skill to leverage for clients as well as for yourself.
Affiliate marketing is how I started making money on the Internet back in 2003 or so. It’s one of the most tried and true methods of making money online and no wonder it’s one of the most popular and time-tested ways of making money out there.
Affiliate marketing is when you market other people’s products or services. When the other person purchases the product, you get a commission. That commission can range from something like 10% to even 100% (although it’s typically somewhere in the range of 50-75%).
Affiliate marketing is great because you don’t need to spend time and effort to build your product and service to sell. All you have to do pick a product or service that solves your audience’s problem and go from there.
Essentially, you’re just a digital middle man who finds an audience for a third party product and gets a cut for the effort.
The above jobs are only a quick sample. What they all have in common is that they directly bring revenue. There’s money involved in a direct way.
The skills I listed above are mainly “selling” skills. These are the skills that enable you to hit the ground running without needing to work for anyone else. That’s because, as I mentioned above, these jobs have direct access to money.
The second type of skills are “building” skills. These are the skills that other people can hire you for. Then, these other people combine your “building” skills with their “selling” skills and make lots of money.
For this blog, I wrote all the content myself (except a few guest articles who were submitted by others), but for other sites I like to outsource content.
I basically tell these writers what the content should be about, how long should the article be, and they do the rest. This saves me lots of time and effort that could be potentially put into other projects and endeavors.
Make no mistake about it, content writing is hard and monotonous work, especially if you need to write about subjects you have zero passion or interest in.
In my former life, I was a software developer. Being a logical thinker, I enjoyed getting the computer to do exactly what I wanted to do. Programming came to me naturally and, as it happened, it was a skill that paid extremely high salaries. That allowed me an awesome lifestyle.
Software development is the quintessential remote job because you’re basically writing code (instructions) that make the software that everyone has installed on their computers.
While software development isn’t for everyone, if you can learn how to code, you will have access to a plethora of jobs that will allow you to finally become free and see the world.
The downside is that it’s a rather boring skill where you’re forced to talk to the computer for many hours instead of people (via email).
Web design/General design
Last but not least, we have programmer’s cousin: web design. Whereas programming is a very logical task, web design is much more artistic and emotional.
While I’ve been a decent developer, I’ve always sucked at web design. It’s not a skill that I ever managed to do well, and I don’t even know if it’s something that someone like me can actually learn.
Nevertheless, if you’re more of an artistic type of person and someone who enjoys creating stuff, you may be suitable for design work.
Moreover this isn’t just applicable to web design, but all kinds of design. I have a friend who does logo designs for major corporations. He’s making some good money at it.
But that’s just one of those skills that I personally wouldn’t be able to do, never mind excel at. It just not something that I’m design for.
Live on the internet, make money online
What do all these jobs have in common? They live on the Internet. They take advantage of people’s wants and desires and deliver a particular service that others will enjoy.
Obviously, the first category of jobs allow you to hit the ground running and make money while working for yourself. These jobs are the building blocks for a business.
Whether you’re an affiliate market, an SEO strategist or an FB Advertiser guru, you’re making money directly from clients or from your own projects. That means you can hire other people, expand the business, grow, etc.
The second category of jobs, however, are the jobs that don’t deal directly with money. When you specialize in one of those jobs, you’re typically hired by someone else to help build a product for their business. You’re not building your own business.
That’s ok because you’re able to get a nice salary and live the location-independent lifestyle.
Of course, my preference is mastering the skills for the jobs in the first category. Those allow you to be more independent and have complete control in the kind of money you make.
Nevertheless, any one of these jobs is a lot better than being forever stuck in a fluorescent office with annoying and soulless colleagues and two-week yearly vacations along to “off-the-beaten” path destinations like Cancun, Cabo San Lucas or Key West.
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