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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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Last Updated on June 24, 2019

Why Social Media Might Be Causing Depression

Why Social Media Might Be Causing Depression

A study [1] published in Depression and Anxiety found that social media users are more likely to be depressed. This was just one of the huge number of studies linking social media and depression[2] . But why exactly do platforms like Facebook and Instagram make people so unhappy? Well, we don’t know yet for sure, but there are some explanations.

Social Media Could Lead to Depression

Depression is a serious medical condition that affects how you think, feel, and behave. Social media may lead to depression in predisposed individuals or make existing symptoms of depression[3] worse explains[4] the study above’s senior author Dr. Brian Primack. So, the problem may not be in social media per se, but how we use it.

Signs You’re Suffering From “Social Media Depression”

If you feel like social media is having a negative impact on your mood, then you may be suffering from “social media depression.” Look for symptoms like:

• low self-esteem,

• negative self-talk,

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• a low mood,

• irritability,

• a lack of interest in activities once enjoyed,

• and social withdrawal.

If you’ve had these symptoms for more than two weeks and if this is how you feel most of the time, then you are likely depressed. Although “social media depression “is not a term recognized in the medical setting, social media depression seems to be a real phenomenon affecting around 50% of social media users. As explained in a review study[5] published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, if a person has a certain predisposition to depression and other mental disorders, social media use may only worsen their mental health.

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Social Media Could Crush Self-Esteem

We know that social media and depression are in some way linked, but why is this so? Well, according to Igor Pantic, MD, Ph.D.[6], social media use skews your perception about other people’s lives and traits. To explain this further, most people like to portray an idealized image of their lives, personal traits, and appearance on sites like Facebook and Instagram. If you confuse this idealized image with reality, you may be under the false impression that everyone is better than you which can crush your self-esteem and lead to depression. This is especially true for teens and young adults who are more likely to compare themselves to others. If you already suffer from low self-esteem, the illusion that everyone has it better off than you will just make you feel worse.

Causing Social Isolation and Other Negative Emotions

Another commonly cited reason for the negative impact of social media on mental health is its link with social isolation. Depressed people are more likely to isolate themselves socially and chose only to interact indirectly through social media platforms. But communication online tends to be superficial and is lacking when compared to real-life interaction explains Panic. What this means is not that social media leads to isolation but the other way around, possibly explaining why we find so many depressed persons on these sites.

Lastly, social media use may generate negative emotions in you like envy, jealousy, dislike, loneliness, and many others and this may worsen your depressive symptoms.

Why We Need to Take This Seriously

Both depression and social media use are on the rise according to epidemiological studies. Since each one has an impact on the other, we have to start thinking of healthier ways to use social media. Teens and young adults are especially vulnerable to the negative impact of social media on mental health.

Advice on Social Media Use

Although these findings did not provide any cause-effect explanation regarding Facebook and depression[7], they still do prove that social media use may not be a good way to handle depression. For this reason, the leading authors of these studies gave some suggestions as to how clinicians and people can make use of such findings.

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One suggestion is that clinicians should ask patients about their social media habits. Then they can advise them on how to change their outlook on social media use or even suggest limiting their time spent on social media.

Some social media users may also exhibit addictive behavior; they may spend too much time due to compulsive urges. Any compulsive behavior is bound to lead to feelings of guilt which can worsen depressive symptoms.

Having Unhealthy Relationship with Social Media

If you feel like your relationship with social media is unhealthy, then consider the advice on healthy social media use provided by psychology experts from Links Psychology[8]:

Avoid negative social comparison – always keep in mind that how people portray themselves and their lives on social media is not a realistic picture, but rather an idealized one. Also, avoid comparing yourself to others because this behavior can lead to negative self-talk.

Remember that social media is not a replacement for real life – Social media is great for staying in touch and having fun, but it should never replace real-world interactions.

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Avoid releasing personal information – For your safety and privacy, make sure to be careful with what you post online.

Report users who bully and harass you – It’s easy to be a bully in the anonymous and distant world of social media. Don’t take such offense personally and report those who abuse social media to harass others.

The bits of advice listed above can help you establish a healthy relationship with social media. Always keep these things in mind to avoid losing an objective perspective of what social media is and how it is different from real life. If you are currently suffering from depression, talk to your doctor about what is bothering you so that you can get the treatment you need to get better. Tell your doctor about your social media use and see if they could give you some advice on this topic.

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