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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 January 15, 2021

7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

Posture

First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

  • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
  • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
  • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
  • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

Facial Expressions

Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

  • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
  • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
  • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

2. Relax Your Face

New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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3. Improve Your Eye Contact

Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

3. Smile More

There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

4. Hand Gestures

Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

5. Enhance Your Handshake

In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

“Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

Final Takeaways

Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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Featured photo credit: Maria Lupan via unsplash.com

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