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15 Careers to Make Money Online and Live Anywhere

15 Careers to Make Money Online and Live Anywhere

Making money online opens up doors you never thought possible.

With the ability to support your lifestyle without needing to be in one place, you’re free to live anywhere you want in the world, and sometimes even work anytime of the day.

While there are many ways to make money online today, there are proven ways that will increase your likelihood of success. I’m saying this because there are thousands, if not millions of people that are making money online using the careers I’ll outline below to live a life of freedom.

I hope you enjoy and take your first step today to make money online.

1. Teach a Foreign Language Online

Are you a great teacher and know how to teach a foreign language? Maybe you have experience teaching English overseas or you’re already a language teacher in your local city. Even if you don’t have experience teaching, some programs are willing to give you basic teaching instruction and place you with a job teaching in your native tongue to kids and adults around the world. With language lessons going virtual, you can now make thousands of dollars by helping someone learn a language online, while you live anywhere in the world.

Where to do it: Rype, TEFL, or GoAbroad

2. Design a Website/App For Clients

Got some design chops? Most design jobs don’t require you to be in the same physical location as your clients, especially with the communication tools available today, like inVision. There are dozens of websites and platforms out there that have clients waiting to work with you.

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Where to do it: 99designs, Fiverr, or Upwork

3. Rent Out Your Home on AirBnB

If you have a space that you’re renting or a place that you own, you can put it up for rent and make a premium income. AirBnb also has a feature that allows others to host your place for you, and take a portion of your payment as a fee. This way, you don’t have to take the time to manage and host your place, and it frees you up to be anywhere you want.

Where to do it: AirBnB

4. Write and Sell Ebooks on Amazon

Ebooks sales have now surpassed the total sale volumes of physical books. This opens up new opportunities for authors everywhere in the world to sell directly to audiences and fans online.

Where to do it: Amazon

5. Offer Your Software Developer Skills

Software developers are in big demand in the marketplace, especially with technology companies. Best of all, since developers can communicate with other developers online without needing to work at the same time schedule, it’s more than possible to work with your clients wherever you are.

Where to do it: Toptal or Freelancer

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6. Teach Music Instruments Online

Teaching music can seem tricky, but with the right tools it’s possible to find students around the world. Keep in mind that you’re not restricted to teaching music online, but you’re able to relocate to another location and still find students.

Where to do it: Lesson Face

7. Become a Photographer and Sell Your Photos Online

If you don’t want to limit yourself to client work, why not sell your photos directly online to customers? This could be via your own platform or you can sell it on photography marketplaces.

Where to do it: 500px 

8. Sell Sponsorships for Branded Content

John Lee Dumas, who’s the founder of Entrepreneur on Fire generates tens of thousands of dollars selling branded sponsorships on his popular podcast show. He writes about how he does that on his monthly income statement. You certainly don’t need a massive audience to do this, but if you have a niche audience that’s hard for other people to capture, you may be in the perfect position to sell branded content.

Where to do it: WordPress.org or Podcasting

9. Affiliate Marketing (Sell Other People’s Products)

Affiliate marketing is when you sell other people’s products and get a commission based on what terms you agreed on. Amazon is one of the most popular programs you can enroll into, where you’ll earn ~10% on average for each product you sell for them. Other affiliate programs like Rype offer a flat fee ($40) per successful referral.

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Where to do it: Amazon, Clickbank, or CJ

10. Membership Sites

Hosting membership sites has its pros and cons, but it’s one of the best ways to generate recurring income while living anywhere in the world. Since members pay a monthly fee to gain value from you, it’s stable income coming in. However, you need to provide enough value every month to incentivize members to continue paying you.

Where to do it: Kajabi, Memberful

11. Be a Virtual Assistant

If you’re currently an assistant or think you’ll be able to be a good one, you don’t have to limit yourself to working in a physical location. There are many marketplaces that allow you to place your services online.

Where to do it: Zirtual, or Upwork

12. Content Writer

Content marketing is one of the most popular ways for organizations to grow today. This is why content writers have been in more demand than ever for freelancing opportunities.

Where to do it: Freelancer, Crowdcontent

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13. Work for a Remote Company

This is still a novel topic for most organizations, but there are more and more companies that are hiring remote workers all around the world. Basecamp, WordPress, Toptal, Rype, and many others are paving the way for talented workers to find careers wherever they live in the world.

Where to do it: Weworkremotely

14. Digital Marketing Consultant

Are you an excellent marketer that knows how to capture people’s attention online? Build up your expertise and share your services online. I wrote a post few years back about how I got 30 consulting offers in 30 days using AngelList.

Where to do it: Growth Hackers, AngelList

15. Create and Sell a Product Online

Finally, another great way to make money online is to create or source a product and sell it online. If you don’t want to deal with the headaches of shipping and inventory, you can take advantage of dropshipping services that will do all of the shipping and inventory management for you.

Where to do it: Shopify

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Sean is the founder and CEO of Rype, a language learning app. He's an entrepreneur and blogger.

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Last Updated on July 20, 2021

How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

You’re standing behind the curtain, just about to make your way on stage to face the many faces half-shrouded in darkness in front of you. As you move towards the spotlight, your body starts to feel heavier with each step. A familiar thump echoes throughout your body – your heartbeat has gone off the charts.

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with glossophobia(also known as speech anxiety or the fear of speaking to large crowds). Sometimes, the anxiety happens long before you even stand on stage.

Your body’s defence mechanism responds by causing a part of your brain to release adrenaline into your blood – the same chemical that gets released as if you were being chased by a lion.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you overcome your fear of public speaking:

1. Prepare yourself mentally and physically

According to experts, we’re built to display anxiety and to recognize it in others. If your body and mind are anxious, your audience will notice. Hence, it’s important to prepare yourself before the big show so that you arrive on stage confident, collected and ready.

“Your outside world is a reflection of your inside world. What goes on in the inside, shows on the outside.” – Bob Proctor

Exercising lightly before a presentation helps get your blood circulating and sends oxygen to the brain. Mental exercises, on the other hand, can help calm the mind and nerves. Here are some useful ways to calm your racing heart when you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach:

Warming up

If you’re nervous, chances are your body will feel the same way. Your body gets tense, your muscles feel tight or you’re breaking in cold sweat. The audience will notice you are nervous.

If you observe that this is exactly what is happening to you minutes before a speech, do a couple of stretches to loosen and relax your body. It’s better to warm up before every speech as it helps to increase the functional potential of the body as a whole. Not only that, it increases muscle efficiency, improves reaction time and your movements.

Here are some exercises to loosen up your body before show time:

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  1. Neck and shoulder rolls – This helps relieve upper body muscle tension and pressure as the rolls focus on rotating the head and shoulders, loosening the muscle. Stress and anxiety can make us rigid within this area which can make you feel agitated, especially when standing.
  2. Arm stretches – We often use this part of our muscles during a speech or presentation through our hand gestures and movements. Stretching these muscles can reduce arm fatigue, loosen you up and improve your body language range.
  3. Waist twists – Place your hands on your hips and rotate your waist in a circular motion. This exercise focuses on loosening the abdominal and lower back regions which is essential as it can cause discomfort and pain, further amplifying any anxieties you may experience.

Stay hydrated

Ever felt parched seconds before speaking? And then coming up on stage sounding raspy and scratchy in front of the audience? This happens because the adrenaline from stage fright causes your mouth to feel dried out.

To prevent all that, it’s essential we stay adequately hydrated before a speech. A sip of water will do the trick. However, do drink in moderation so that you won’t need to go to the bathroom constantly.

Try to avoid sugary beverages and caffeine, since it’s a diuretic – meaning you’ll feel thirstier. It will also amplify your anxiety which prevents you from speaking smoothly.

Meditate

Meditation is well-known as a powerful tool to calm the mind. ABC’s Dan Harris, co-anchor of Nightline and Good Morning America weekend and author of the book titled10% Happier , recommends that meditation can help individuals to feel significantly calmer, faster.

Meditation is like a workout for your mind. It gives you the strength and focus to filter out the negativity and distractions with words of encouragement, confidence and strength.

Mindfulness meditation, in particular, is a popular method to calm yourself before going up on the big stage. The practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future – which likely includes floundering on stage.

Here’s a nice example of guided meditation before public speaking:

2. Focus on your goal

One thing people with a fear of public speaking have in common is focusing too much on themselves and the possibility of failure.

Do I look funny? What if I can’t remember what to say? Do I look stupid? Will people listen to me? Does anyone care about what I’m talking about?’

Instead of thinking this way, shift your attention to your one true purpose – contributing something of value to your audience.

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Decide on the progress you’d like your audience to make after your presentation. Notice their movements and expressions to adapt your speech to ensure that they are having a good time to leave the room as better people.

If your own focus isn’t beneficial and what it should be when you’re speaking, then shift it to what does. This is also key to establishing trust during your presentation as the audience can clearly see that you have their interests at heart.[1]

3. Convert negativity to positivity

There are two sides constantly battling inside of us – one is filled with strength and courage while the other is doubt and insecurities. Which one will you feed?

‘What if I mess up this speech? What if I’m not funny enough? What if I forget what to say?’

It’s no wonder why many of us are uncomfortable giving a presentation. All we do is bring ourselves down before we got a chance to prove ourselves. This is also known as a self-fulfilling prophecy – a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it already is. If you think you’re incompetent, then it will eventually become true.

Motivational coaches tout that positive mantras and affirmations tend to boost your confidents for the moments that matter most. Say to yourself: “I’ll ace this speech and I can do it!”

Take advantage of your adrenaline rush to encourage positive outcome rather than thinking of the negative ‘what ifs’.

Here’s a video of Psychologist Kelly McGonigal who encourages her audience to turn stress into something positive as well as provide methods on how to cope with it:

4. Understand your content

Knowing your content at your fingertips helps reduce your anxiety because there is one less thing to worry about. One way to get there is to practice numerous times before your actual speech.

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However, memorizing your script word-for-word is not encouraged. You can end up freezing should you forget something. You’ll also risk sounding unnatural and less approachable.

“No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and the application of wise thought that counts.” – Bob Proctor

Many people unconsciously make the mistake of reading from their slides or memorizing their script word-for-word without understanding their content – a definite way to stress themselves out.

Understanding your speech flow and content makes it easier for you to convert ideas and concepts into your own words which you can then clearly explain to others in a conversational manner. Designing your slides to include text prompts is also an easy hack to ensure you get to quickly recall your flow when your mind goes blank.[2]

One way to understand is to memorize the over-arching concepts or ideas in your pitch. It helps you speak more naturally and let your personality shine through. It’s almost like taking your audience on a journey with a few key milestones.

5. Practice makes perfect

Like most people, many of us are not naturally attuned to public speaking. Rarely do individuals walk up to a large audience and present flawlessly without any research and preparation.

In fact, some of the top presenters make it look easy during showtime because they have spent countless hours behind-the-scenes in deep practice. Even great speakers like the late John F. Kennedy would spend months preparing his speech beforehand.

Public speaking, like any other skill, requires practice – whether it be practicing your speech countless of times in front of a mirror or making notes. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

6. Be authentic

There’s nothing wrong with feeling stressed before going up to speak in front of an audience.

Many people fear public speaking because they fear others will judge them for showing their true, vulnerable self. However, vulnerability can sometimes help you come across as more authentic and relatable as a speaker.

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Drop the pretence of trying to act or speak like someone else and you’ll find that it’s worth the risk. You become more genuine, flexible and spontaneous, which makes it easier to handle unpredictable situations – whether it’s getting tough questions from the crowd or experiencing an unexpected technical difficulty.

To find out your authentic style of speaking is easy. Just pick a topic or issue you are passionate about and discuss this like you normally would with a close family or friend. It is like having a conversation with someone in a personal one-to-one setting. A great way to do this on stage is to select a random audience member(with a hopefully calming face) and speak to a single person at a time during your speech. You’ll find that it’s easier trying to connect to one person at a time than a whole room.

With that said, being comfortable enough to be yourself in front of others may take a little time and some experience, depending how comfortable you are with being yourself in front of others. But once you embrace it, stage fright will not be as intimidating as you initially thought.

Presenters like Barack Obama are a prime example of a genuine and passionate speaker:

7. Post speech evaluation

Last but not the least, if you’ve done public speaking and have been scarred from a bad experience, try seeing it as a lesson learned to improve yourself as a speaker.

Don’t beat yourself up after a presentation

We are the hardest on ourselves and it’s good to be. But when you finish delivering your speech or presentation, give yourself some recognition and a pat on the back.

You managed to finish whatever you had to do and did not give up. You did not let your fears and insecurities get to you. Take a little more pride in your work and believe in yourself.

Improve your next speech

As mentioned before, practice does make perfect. If you want to improve your public speaking skills, try asking someone to film you during a speech or presentation. Afterwards, watch and observe what you can do to improve yourself next time.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself after every speech:

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  • How did I do?
  • Are there any areas for improvement?
  • Did I sound or look stressed?
  • Did I stumble on my words? Why?
  • Was I saying “um” too often?
  • How was the flow of the speech?

Write everything you observed down and keep practicing and improving. In time, you’ll be able to better manage your fears of public speaking and appear more confident when it counts.

If you want even more tips about public speaking or delivering a great presentation, check out these articles too:

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