So you failed at saving enough cash before your trip? Or you splurged on one too many pricey activities? Luckily we have a list of 5 easy ways to top up your funds in the road that mean your adventure doesn’t have to grind to a halt. Becoming a ‘digital nomad’ seems to be the big trend at the moment, with just about every travel blogger offering expensive courses to teach you how. Luckily, the 5 sites below are an easy introduction to a possibly life-changing way of working. No tutorials required!
Upwork.com is a website for freelancers.
Companies and small businesses post jobs for everything from copywriting to web design to tutoring services. Ince the jobs are posted you can create a job proposal. And don’t worry if you’re not a brilliant web programmer or can’t write your way out of a paper bag. There are zillions of jobs posted on Upwork every day, and I know you’ll find something that’s a good fit for your skill set.
TakeLessons is a site for teachers and students. I use those terms loosely. If you have something to teach, you can connect with someone who wants to learn it.
Teachers teach lessons to students via Skype, Google Hangouts, or in person. Since you’ll be traveling, you’ll probably want to shoot for online lessons, though it could be cool to set up some in-person lessons in the cities you’re visiting abroad.
Popular categories are things like singing lessons, French lessons, WordPress lessons and acting lessons, but don’t let those categories deter you. If you are passionate about World of Warcraft or Flamenco, chances are other people too.
Create a free account, set your hourly rate, and make sure you specify your time zone. Students will sign up for a time slot and you’ll get paid via Paypal.
Voila! Who’da thunk you could make money traveling so easily?
This site is sort of like Fiverr meets TakeLessons. It’s more business-focused, so if you have a background in online marketing, design, or technology, this is totally your bag.
The way it works is simple: set up a free account, fill out your profile, specify your areas of expertise, and set your “call rate.”
You call rate is the amount of money people pay you per minute to speak with you on the phone (or via Skype) and pick your brain about whatever topic you’re an expert in.
“But I’m not an expert in anything!” I hear you cry.
Oh no? Well, you can read this sentence, can’t you? Which means that a) your English skills are better than billions of other people on the planet, and b) your computer skills, which allowed you to open a web browser and navigate to this page, are equally as impressive.
Clarity also has an “other” section for non-business related skill sets, so now you really have no excuse not to make money traveling
On Fiverr.com, people will pay you $5 to do just about anything.
That could be something that requires technical skills, like web design or social media, OR it could be something completely ridiculous like paying you $5 to break up with their girlfriend.
Check out the site and see who the high rollers are, look at who’s making the most money and how. Then think how you can offer something with similar value.
5. Travel writing
Writing for travel sites is one of the fastest ways to earn money on the road. Doing this will improve your writing skills and help you have a better perception of the country you are traveling. Websites such as Boots n All and Matador Network are willing to pay from $25 to $50 for an article depending on the quality and the number of words. That is not a lot but still, it is something, right?