To set yourself as a competent digital nomad, you need to have either strong financial back up or good passive income coming from some of reliable sources. Well most of the digital nomads work for clients either directly or through service marketplaces; hence, it is quite apparent that neither their income nor work flow is consistent in the early days. At times, clients take unnecessary time to release pay cheque, and obtaining regular work from freelance portals among such cut-throat competition is a difficult job because initially you need to agree as per their terms and conditions. With time when you grow with your performance and make a credible name, gigs come automatically to you. However, there is a gap time between that successful point and the struggling spell.
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To fill that gap, a digital nomad should have passive income coming from multiple things, so that he/she can concentrate more on the mainstream work without caring about petty expenses. Some of the bright options are:
If you run a blog then making money through it is easy. For that you can opt in for affiliate marketing programs offered by major giant e-commerce shopping sites. Because affiliate marketing can work with minimum traffic as well, choose the program as per your niche and there stands chances of making money. Affiliate marketing works on commission basis – you are just promoting someone else’s products not creating yours. It requires no hefty maintenance – just publish a couple of articles a week and you are done.
Product reviewing is a field on the rise. People love to check reviews before taking up any product because they love to do sure things. There are many good product review websites that pay for well- written reviews. In India it is mouthshut.com.
Hotels’ Reviews while Travelling:
Digital nomads keep travelling, stay in a hotel or guest house for some days then again move on. Generally, it is easy to convince hotel people as they come from hospitality field. Take a tour around the place – present your portfolio to them and start writing good positive reviews about their hotels – in return they will pay you or offer something free.
Sell Images while Travelling:
It is quite obvious that you take snaps of the places that you visit and you also carry a good camera for images and movies. Click impressive images of everything that entice you and then sell those images online. You will get royalty per image sold out.
Largely, digital nomads read books while travelling. Start a book review blog, join book review and author groups and communities online and promote yourself as a book reviewer. Get paid for reading a book. Contact self-published writers, as they always pay to get their book noticed.
Start a Channel Online:
Travelling is increasing because it is a part of lifestyle nowadays. Wherever you go, make video of interesting places, sightseeing, local people and narrate about basic things like how to go, what to wear or where to stay, etc. Start your channel on YouTube and play ads on it. This will also generate money for you.
All the above mentioned passive income ideas don’t need much maintenance, thus you can work for clients almost hassle freely. A smart digital nomad is who utilizes his/her time wisely and earns money from it.