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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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Published on September 23, 2020

6 Effective Negotiation Skills to Master

6 Effective Negotiation Skills to Master

I don’t know about you, but many times when I hear the word negotiate I think of lawyers working out a business deal or having to do battle with a car salesman to try to get a lower price. Since I am in recruiting, the term “negotiation” comes up when someone is attempting to get a higher compensation package.

If we think about it, we tend to negotiate almost every day in a wide variety of things we do. Getting a handle on the important negotiation skills can be incredibly beneficial in many parts of our lives. Let’s take a look at 6 effective negotiation skills to master.

What is Negotiation?

First, let’s take a look at what negotiation is. Put simply, negotiation is a method by which people settle their differences. It is a process in which compromise or agreement can be reached without argument or dispute.

Anytime two people or sides disagree on something, they are almost always looking for the best possible outcome for their side. This could be from an individual’s perspective or someone representing an organization.

In reality, it’s rare that one side gets everything they want and the other side gets nothing that they are seeking. Seeking to reach a common ground of sorts where both sides feel like they are getting most of what they want is the key to being successful and maintaining the relationship.

Places We Negotiate

I’ve mentioned that we negotiate in just about all phases of our life. For those of you who are shaking your head no, I invite you to think about the following:

1. Work/Business

This one is the most obvious and it’s what naturally comes to mind when we think of the word “negotiate”.

When you first started at your current job, you might have asked for a higher salary. It could be that you delivered a huge new client to your company and used this as leverage in your most recent evaluation for more compensation. If you work with vendors (and just about every company does), maybe you worked them to a lower price or better contract terms.

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In recruiting, I negotiate with candidates and hiring managers all the time to land the best talent I can find. It’s very common to accept additional work with the (sometimes spoken, sometimes unspoken) agreement that it will benefit your career in the future.

Recently, I took over a project that was my boss was working on so that I would be able to attend a conference later in the year. And so it goes, we do this all day long at work.

2. Personal

I don’t know about you, but I negotiate with my spouse all the time. I’ll cook dinner with the understanding that she does the dishes. Who wants to mow the lawn and who wants to vacuum and dust the house?

I think we should save 10% for retirement, but she thinks 5% is plenty. Therefore, we save 8%. And don’t even get me started with my kids. My older daughter can borrow my car as soon as she finishes her chores. My younger daughter can go hang out with her friends when her homework is done.

Then, there are all those interactions in our personal lives outside our homes. The carpenter wants to charge me $12,000 to build a new deck. I think $10,000 is plenty so we agree on $11,000. I ask my neighbor if I can borrow his snowblower in the winter if I invite him over the next time I grill steak. And so on.

3. Ourselves

You didn’t expect this one, did you? We negotiate with ourselves all day long.

I’ll make sure I don’t skip my workout tomorrow since I’m going to have that extra piece of pizza. My spouse has been quiet the last few days, is it worth me asking her about, or should I leave it alone? I think the car place charged me for some repairs that weren’t needed, should I say something or just let it go? I know my friend has been having some personal challenges, should I check in with him? We’ve been friends for a long time, I’m sure he’d come to me if he needed help. I’ve got the #4 pick in this year’s Fantasy Football draft, should I choose a running back or a wide receiver?

Think about that non-stop voice inside your head. It always seems to be chattering away about something and many times, it’s us negotiating with ourselves. I’ll finish up that report that the boss needs before I turn on the football game.

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Why Negotiation Skills Are So Important

Put simply, negotiation skills are important because we all interact with other people, and not only other people but other organizations and groups of people as well.

We all rarely want the same thing or outcome. Most of the time a vendor is looking at getting you to pay a higher price for something than you want to spend. Therefore, it’s important to negotiate to some middle ground that works well for both sides.

My wife and I disagree on how much to save for retirement. If we weren’t married it wouldn’t be an issue. We’d each contribute how much we wanted to on our retirement funds. We choose to be married, so we have to come to some agreement that we both feel comfortable with. We have to compromise. Therefore, we have to negotiate.

If we each lived on a planet by ourselves, we would be free to do just about anything we wanted to. We wouldn’t have to compromise with anyone because we wouldn’t interact with anyone. We would make every choice unilaterally the way we wanted to.

As we all know, this isn’t how things are. We are constantly interacting with other people and organizations, each one with their own agenda’s, viewpoints, and opinions. Therefore, we have to be able to work together.

6 Negotiation Skills to Master

Having strong negotiation skills helps us create win-win situations with others, allowing us to get most of what we want in conjunction with others around us.

Now, let’s look at 6 effective negotiation skills to master.

1. Preparation

Preparation is a key place to start with when getting ready to negotiate. Being prepared means having a clear vision of what you want and how you’d go about achieving it. It means knowing what the end goal looks like and also what you are willing to give to get it.

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It also means knowing who you are negotiating with and what areas they might be willing to compromise on. You should also know what your “bottom line” is. By “bottom line” I mean what is the most you are willing to give up to get what you want.

For instance, several years ago, I decided it was time to get a newer car. I say newer because I wanted a “new to me” car, not a brand new car. I did my research and figured out what type of car I wanted. I decided on what must-have items on the car I wanted, the highest amount of miles that would already be on it, the colors I was willing to get it in, and the highest amount of money I was willing to pay.

After visiting numerous car dealerships I was able to negotiate buying a car. I knew what I was willing to give up (amount of money) and what I was willing to accept, things like the color, amount of miles, etc. I came prepared. This is critical.

2. Clear Communication

The next key skill you need to be an effective negotiator is clear communication. You have to be able to clearly articulate what you want to the other party. This means both clear verbal and written communication.

If you can’t clearly tell the other person what you want, how do you expect to get it? Have you ever worked through something with a vendor or someone else only to learn of a surprise right at the end that wasn’t talked about before? This is not what you would call clear communication. It’s essential to be able to share a coherent and logical vision with the person you are working with.

3. Active Listening

Let’s do a quick review of active listening. This is when you are completely focused on the speaker, understand their message, comprehend the information, and respond appropriately. This is a necessary ingredient to be able to negotiate successfully. You must be able to fully focus on the other person’s wants to completely understand them.

If you aren’t giving them your full attention, you may miss some major points or details. This leads to frustration down the road on both sides. Ensure you are employing your active listening skills when in arbitration mode.

4. Teamwork and Collaboration

To be able to get to a place of common ground and a win-win scenario, you have to have a sense of teamwork and collaboration.

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If you are only thinking about yourself and what you want without giving much care to what the other person is wanting, you are bound to wind up without a solution. The other person may get frustrated and give up if they see you are unwilling to meet them halfway or care little for what they want.

When you collaborate, you are working together to help each other get what is most important to you. The other upside to negotiating with a sense of teamwork and collaboration is that it helps create a sense of trust, which, in turn, helps provide positive energy for working to a successful conclusion.

5. Problem Solving

Problem-solving is another key negotiation skill. When you are working with the other person to get the deal done many times you’ll face new challenges along the way.

Maybe you want a new vendor to provide training on the software they are selling you but they say it’s going to cost an additional $20,000 to provide this service. If you don’t have the additional $20,000 in the budget to spend on the software but you feel the training is critical, how are you going to solve that problem?

From what I’ve seen, most vendors aren’t willing to provide additional services without getting paid for them. This is where problem-solving skills will help continue the discussions. You might suggest to the vendor that your company will also be looking to replace their financial software next year, and you’d be happy to ensure they get one of the first seats at the table when the time comes if they could perhaps lower the pricing on their training.

There’s a solution to most challenges, but it takes problem-solving skills to work through them effectively.

6. Decision-Making Ability

Finally, having strong decision-making ability will help you seal the deal when you get to a place where everyone feels like they are getting what works for them. Each step of the way you can cross off the list when you get what you are looking for and decide to move onto the next item. Then, once you have all of your must-have boxes checked and the other side feels good about things, it’s time to shake hands and sign on the dotted line. Powerful decision-making ability will help you get to the finish line together.

Conclusion

There you have it, 6 effective negotiation skills to master to lead a more fulfilling life. Once we realize that we negotiate in one form or another almost every day in every phase of our lives, we realize how critical a skill it is.

Possessing strong negotiation skills will help you in nearly every one of your relationships at both the workplace and in your personal life. If you feel your arbitration tools could use some sharpening, try some of the 6 effective negotiation skills to master that we’ve talked about.

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